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June 2005

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Avoid Aspartame

Excerpt from Death by Modern Medicine
by Dr. Carolyn Dean

Avoid Aspartame, a Genuine Food Adulterant
Excerpt from Death by Modern Medicine
by Dr. Carolyn Dean
pp. 269-271

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. The 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. 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.

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.

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

Nourishing Tradition

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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