The Ant and the Cola Can

Karen and Harry conducted an experiment one hot Texas afternoon. They placed on their backyard table one can of diet cola with aspartame next to a can of regular cola. They watched what happened over the next two days. A determined line of ants marched steadily in and out of the regular cola can, but no ants moved in or out of the diet can. A few ants made their way to its opened ring-top, but each quickly turned about and joined the line steadily trailing up to the regular cola.

What does that tell you?

The dangers of aspartame poisoning have been a well-guarded secret since the 1970s. Now that the market is rapidly saturating with chemical alternatives such as sucralose, acesulfame K, and a variety of other chemical sweeteners, we are all curious to know if these new sweeteners will result in similar health problems we predicted would occur after twenty years of aspartame use. Only time will tell with sucralose.

The research and history of aspartame as a cause of illness in the human body is conclusive. Aspartame is a risky chemical food additive, and its use during pregnancy and by children is one of the greatest modern tragedies in human history.

Aspartame is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sugar and contains about four calories per gram. It's synthesized from the two amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, which are bonded by methanol. Aspartame breaks down easily and loses its sweetness when heated.

PKU: One of the most deadly reactions to aspartame is by phenylketonurics (PKU). One out of 20,000 babies is born without the ability to metabolize phenylalanine, which makes up 50 percent of aspartame. Toxic levels of this substance in the blood can result in mental retardation. Beyond PKU, scientists believe aspartame alters brain function and prompts behavior changes in humans. And thousands of people have reported the following side effects from aspartame:

* Fibromyalgia syndrome and fibromyalgia symptoms
* Multiple sclerosis symptoms
* Dizziness
* Headaches
* Menstrual problems
* Weight gain

According to research scientist Russell Blaylock, M.D., a current review of recent scientific studies has disclosed a connection between aspartame and multiple sclerosis (MS). In 1996, according to Dr. Blaylock, it was shown that the lesions produced in the myelin sheath of axons in cases of multiple sclerosis were related to excitatory receptors on primary brain cells, called oligodendroglia. Recent studies have now confirmed what he suspected-the loss of myelin sheath on the nerve fibers characteristic of MS are due to the death of these oligodendroglial cells at the site of lesions (called plaques). Further, these studies show that the death of these important cells is a result of excessive exposure to excitotoxins at the site of the lesions. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, a chemical that enters the brain and activates the brain cells until they "burn out." Brain cell death occurs.

Aspartame's Blueprint: The design of aspartame seems simple, but what a complicated structure aspartame really is. Two isolated amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, are fused together by a third component, methanol. Methanol bonds the two amino acids, but when released at a mere 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the methanol becomes a poisonous free radical, breaking down into formic acid and formaldehyde (embalming fluid). Methanol is proven to be a dangerous neurotoxin, a known carcinogen that causes retinal damage in the eye, interferes with DNA replication, and causes birth defects.

Aspartic acid makes up 40 percent of aspartame. Aspartic acid is a neuroexcitor, which means it negatively affects the central nervous system. Under excessive conditions, aspartic acid can cause endocrine (hormone) disorders and vision problems. Hyperactivity is stimulated by aspartic acid, so aspartame is not recommended for ADD/ADHD conditions and should be avoided during pregnancy.

Adverse reactions to aspartic acid are:

* Headaches/migraines
* Nausea
* Abdominal pain
* Fatigue
* Sleep disorders
* Vision problems
* Anxiety attacks
* Depression
* Asthma/chest tightness

The second isolated amino acid in aspartame's chemical blueprint is phenylalanine, 50 percent of aspartame. Too much phenylalanine in the diet causes:

* Seizures
* Elevated blood plasma
* Negative effects during pregnancy that could result in retardation
* Increased PMS symptoms due to the blockage of serotonin
* Insomnia
* Severe mood swings

WARNING: It is commonly recommended in the health field that the amino acid L-phenylalanine should not be used by pregnant women or by those who suffer anxiety attacks, have high blood pressure or by those with pre-existing pigmented melanoma (form of cancer). The amino acid DL-phenylalanine should be used with caution if you are pregnant or diabetic, if you have high blood pressure or suffer anxiety attacks.

There is so much information on the dangers of aspartame found in NutraSweet/Equal®, I wrote a book about it! In 1991, I was diagnosed with an incurable case of Grave's Disease caused by aspartame. I cured my "incurable" case of Grave's in less than 30 days, and wrote "Sweet Poison: How The World's Most Popular Artificial Sweetener Is Killing Us-My Story" exposing the dangers of this artificial sweetener. There is much to study about aspartame and diet sweeteners - consider it a new "textbook" for life.

Posted December 2004 | Permanent Link

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