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June 2005
Volume 5 Number 6
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Avoid Aspartame
Excerpt from Death by Modern Medicine
by Dr. Carolyn Dean

Sugar versus Aspartame
Children’s Movement for Creative Education (CMCE) provides teaching modules for inner-city schools in New York. I’m on the board of CMCE, and in one Brooklyn school, much like I did on the Dini Petty show, I demonstrated the ten teaspoons of sugar in a can of pop and the twenty-seven teaspoons in a milkshake to a grade 6 class.

These kids immediately got the message but then said they would switch to diet pop. I told them, and I'm telling you, to not be fooled into switching from sugar to sugar-free substitutes; they're even unhealthier than sugar! Aspartame (Nutrasweet) is a neurotoxin and should be avoided like the plague. Aspartame has been shown to cause birth defects, brain tumors and seizures, and to contribute to diabetes and emotional disorders.

Avoid Aspartame, a Genuine Food Adulterant
Aspartame has three components: phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol (wood alcohol). Those who promote and sell this ubiquitous artificial sweetener state that the two amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, are a harmless and natural part of our diet contained in protein foods. This is one of the many half-truths about aspartame.

Phenylalanine and aspartic acid are naturally occurring amino acids (the building blocks of protein) but are always in combination with other amino acids that neutralize their effects when they occur in protein. Our bodies and brains are not equipped to handle the high concentrations found in a diet soda. In that form they are concentrated enough to disrupt nerve cell communication and can cause cell death.

Art by Stephanie RodriguezThe neurotoxic effects of these isolated amino acids can be linked to migraines, mental confusion, balance problems, and seizures. Read neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock's book Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, which describes the dangerous effects of aspartame as well as MSG on sensitive brain cells. (www.russellblaylockmd.com)

Methanol in Aspartame Causes Blindness
Methanol, too, is naturally present in fruits and vegetables, but these foods also contain ethanol, which neutralizes the methanol. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines safe consumption of methanol as no more than 7.8 mg per day of this dangerous substance. Yet, a one-liter beverage sweetened with aspartame contains about 56 milligrams of wood alcohol, or seven times the EPA safety limit.

Aspartame Causes Food Cravings
The absolute irony of the use of aspartame in diet products is that it can actually cause weight gain. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid stimulate the release of insulin. Rapid, strong spikes in insulin remove all glucose from the blood stream and store it as fat. This can result in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and sugar cravings.

Additionally, phenylalanine has been demonstrated to inhibit synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which signals that the body is full.8 This can cause you to eat more than you normally would and, ultimately, gain weight. In a recent study, a control group switching to an aspartame-free diet resulted in an average weight loss of nineteen pounds.9

Dr. Betty Martini
For the best education on aspartame, go to dorway.com and read about the tireless work of Betty Martini, founder of Mission Possible, a worldwide anti-aspartame activist group. This very powerful woman has probably helped thousands of people regain their health by warning them about the dangers of aspartame. On dorway.com you will find the paper trail that led to the approval of aspartame despite epileptic seizures and brain tumors in test animals. You will also learn about the ninety-two aspartame side effects that have been reported to the FDA.

Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World is a 2004 documentary by Cori Brackett, who begins the film with her own miraculous recovery from multiple sclerosis once she threw away aspartame-sweetened products. Ms. Brackett interviews Dr. Russell Blaylock and Dr. Betty Martini, victims of aspartame poisoning, and Arthur Evangelista, a former Food and Drug Administration investigator, who confirms the dirty tricks played to approve aspartame around the world.

Excerpt from Death by Modern Medicine by Dr. Carolyn Dean

Learn more from Dr. Carolyn Dean -
Future Health Now Wellness Program

Nourishing Traditions
The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats.
Revised Second Edition, October 2000
by Sally Fallon with Mary G Enig, PhD
This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper funciton of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious.

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