Aspartame dangers, and what to do about it
Aspartame Dangers? Really?!
Are the worries a bunch of crap, or are we really on to something?
Aspartame, the ingredient in NutraSweet and other artificial sweeteners was approved by the FDA in the early 1980s. Many people, with the scare of saccharin and cancer, flocked to this new sweetener that has no calories.
Fast forward 30 years more, and there are accusations of aspartame dangers ranging from depression to migraine headaches, fatigue, and cancer.
“There you go spouting off again Dr. Mike-the FDA approved it, and they’d let us know first sign of aspartame dangers“.
I acknowledge–it sounds paranoid. However, the problem isn’t so simple….There’s just so much out there that states aspartame just isn’t healthy, and the people who are supposed to control it really aren’t….
For instance: A two-year study was performed on 320 lab rats (performed by G.D. Searle, the manufacturer of aspartame). Each rat in the experimental group was fed a normal diet and aspartame, while the control group was fed normal food only. 12 of the rats in the experimental group developed brain tumors, while none of the control group did.
“But Dr Mike, that’s because they were given high doses of aspartame. Almost anything is bad at high doses”.
Not exactly… Of the 12 rats that got brain tumors, 5 of them were subjected to low dose amounts of aspartame (and they still got brain tumors).
Yet the rat study is just one reference among so many others citing aspartame dangers…
-In 1981,Satya Dubey, a statistician from the FDA stated that the risk of brain tumors from Aspartame was so ‘worrisome’, that he couldn’t recommend approval of the sweetener known as NutraSweet.
-In addition to the above, Dr. Russell Blaylock, a Neurosugery professor at the Medical University of Mississippi recently published a book regarding dangers of it when ingested. Through is thorough use of over 400 scientific references, he shows how aspartame dangers are leading to long-term chronic illness including long-term neurological disease.
Aspartame, or byproducts of aspartame following ingestion, have been linked to a series of disorders, the above-listed being only a small number of those disorders.
Why would the FDA not be all over the dangers of NutraSweet and aspartame?
Another good question. The people that manufacture (and profit from) Aspartame, and the people who are supposed to pull it off the market if they find it to be harmful (FDA) are quite often the same people. According to Dr Joseph Mercola, New York Times’ best selling author,
“The FDA and the manufacturers of aspartame have had a revolving door of employment for many years. In addition to the FDA Commissioner and two US Attorneys leaving to take positions with companies connected with G.D. Searle, four other FDA officials connected with the approval of aspartame took positions connected with the NutraSweet industry between 1979 and 1982”.
In lay terms, many people in the FDA who are supposed to keep us healthy by removing aspartame, could stand to lose a lot of money if they in fact did so.
My humble suggestion: avoid anything that contains aspartame (NutraSweet).
What’s a safe alternative?
It’s a completely natural herb within the sunflower family. Widely used by the Guaraní people for over 1500 years, it’s finally becoming more recognized in North America and Europe. Tasting very similar to sugar, it can sweeten virtually anything that sugar would normally be used to sweeten. With negligible effects on blood glucose levels, it’s a great alternative to help maintain healthy hormone balance.
It can usually be found in the grocery store or health food store. Shari and I love making lots of great foods with it. One of our favorites is adding juice from a lemon to a two cups of water, and 1/4 cup of stevia–Extremely healthy lemonade with no added sugar. In addition, we also use it in cooking, and baking.
There’s a mindset among many healthcare professionals that the farther we stray from nature, the closer we move toward destruction. Somehow, they don’t think bubbling up sweet-tasting substances in a chemical plant can be nearly as healthy as what nature can provide. I couldn’t agree more.
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Aspartame is by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods, Mercola, J. 11/6/11, www.mercola.com
More Startling Data on Aspartame and Big Business, Martini, B. Mission Possible International http://www.karinya.com/asper1.htm
Aspartame’s hidden dangers, Mercola, J, www.mercola.com