People the world over are concerned with obesity and the threat it poses to health. In an effort to combat this epidemic they turn to all sorts of fad diets, pills, exercise machines, etc. which promise quick weight loss and improved health. Unfortunately many of these products are useless, or worsened, harmful. However, they pale in comparison to one of the biggest threats to our health – Aspartame.
Haled by big business and the FDA as the “magic bullet” cure to the obesity epidemic, nothing could be further from the truth.
If you take the time to look at the vast repository of reputable information available on the subject you will discover for yourself the deadly hoax that’s being perpetrated upon the public.
Aspartame is an artificial chemical, discovered accidentally when a chemist at G.D. Searle was testing an anti-ulcer drug. It’s hundreds of times sweeter than sugar and has no calories. This rang up dollar signs in the eyes of the big corporation.
The downside of the story is that over the course of 2 decades it was discovered that 75% of all adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA were caused by Aspartame. Think about it – that’s an astounding number! Here’s a list of just some of the side effects:
- Memory loss
- Hearing loss
- Loss of taste
- Muscle spasms
- Weight gain
- Vision problems
- Heart palpitations
- Breathing difficulties
- Anxiety attacks
- Slurred speech
- Heart palpitations
- Joint pain
This is by no means a comprehensive list, merely a sampling. In addition, according to researchers and physicians, chronic illnesses that can be triggered or worsened by Aspartame include, but are not limited to:
- Brain tumors
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Mental retardation
- Birth defects
- Parkinson’s Disease
Now let’s take a look at what Aspartame actually consists of. Aspartame is made up of 3 components:
- Aspartic Acid (40%) – an amino acid
- Phenylalanine (50) – an amino acid
- Methanol (10%) a.k.a. wood alcohol – a deadly poison
The first 2 ingredients sound harmless enough, after all amino acids are the building blocks of our bodies but the red flag should start to go up with the third ingredient – Methanol, if nothing else.
FIRST: Aspartic Acid along with Glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain, passing information from neuron to neuron. Excessive aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills neurons by allowing too much calcium into the cells. These chemicals excites the neurons and that’s why they are called “excitotoxins”.
When Aspartic Acid is taken in natural foods (i.e. meats, fish) it is in small quantities (about 5%) and bound to proteins. When consumed in Aspartame, it is in it’s “free” form and leads to much higher levels of excitotoxins in the brain and this slowly begins to destroy neurons
SECOND: Phenylalanine is an amino acid normally found in the brain. Many people who have eaten large amounts of Aspartame over an extended period of time show excessive levels of phenylalanine in the blood. Excess phenylalanine decreases the amount of serotonin in the brain. This causes emotional and neurological disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, headaches, etc.
THIRD: Methanol is a deadly poison that can cause blindness or death. Absorption into the body is sped up when Methanol is in it’s “free” form. This occurs when Aspartame is heat, as part of a food product such as Jello or it is improperly stored. Methanol breaks down to formic acid and formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. Methanol is a cumulative poison because it is excreted at very low rates once ingested. In the body it oxidizes to formaldehyde and formic acid which are both toxic. Symptoms from methanol poisoning include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory loss, numbness, shooting pains in the extremities and neuritis. Humans are much more sensitive to the toxic effects of Methanol than animals because they lack certain key enzymes to process it.
Additionally, to add insult to injury, the use of Aspartame may actually make you fat! Research has shown that Aspartame:
- Stimulates the appetite
- Increases the craving for carbohydrate
- Stimulates fat storage and weight gain
Now that you have an idea of what Aspartame is all about you may ask yourself how on earth it ever got approved by the FDA. In actuality, it was rejected by the FDA multiple times over the course of 2 decades due to the flawed nature of the studies funded by corporations with vested interests in the product. Studies done by independent agencies found numerous problems with the safety of Aspartame and the Bressler Report uncovered fraud and manipulation of data so serious that the FDA forwarded the files to the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office for prosecution. However, the office did not get the opportunity to prosecute this case because the statute of limitations had run out. Political and corporate factions then joined forces to assure the approval of Aspartame in 1981.
Think about it for a moment. We are more health conscious today than ever before, there is more information available to us about health, diet and exercise and yet we, as a people, are the FATTEST we’ve ever been.
According to the CDC, in 2012 about 68% of Americans are overweight, 35.7% are obese and 6.3% are extremely (morbidly) obese. Obesity contributes to 100,000 to 400,000 deaths per year and costs approximately $147 billion annually.
Do the math and you will see how lucrative Aspartame can be to the corporations that produce it, to the pharmaceutical companies and to the medical profession as a whole.
The following videos explain much better than I can about the dangers and machinations surrounding Aspartame:
Some book you might find interesting:
Univ. of Alabama School of Medicine, June 2, 2010
Journal of Applied Medicine, Vol. 36, No. 1
Dr. Woodrow Monte, PhD, Aspartame
Journal of Biosciences, August 13, 2012
Drug Chemistry and Toxicology, March 2, 2013
American Diabetes Association, 2005
Dr. Deborah Davis
Dr. John Olney, Neuro Scientist, Washington University School of Medicine
Dr. Eric Millstone, Food Safety Expert, University of Sussex
Ralph Waldo, Professor of Psychiatry, North Eastern Ohio Univ College of Medicine
Dr. Russell A. Blaylock, M.D., Neurosurgeon
Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA Toxicologist
Dr. Joseph Mercola, Sweet Deception