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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ASPARTAME: Side Effects & Toxicity Symptoms

"Might as well go for a soda.." thanks Kim Mitchell but maybe not...
I recently moved my practice to home visits instead of clinic visits and I have to say I'm really liking the change. I get to see my patients at their most relaxed and in some cases they really let their guard down and I see something I wouldn't have seen if I was still in clinic.
On a recent visit I noticed my patient was drinking a soda, so I asked how much was consumed in a day, at least 2L of diet soda was consumed. A light bulb went off in my head and I realized that some of the neurological symptoms were from aspartame poisoning. For the first time in my career I moved someone off a diet soda onto a regular one, since juice wasn't an option. I told her to cut the regular cola with a no-sodium club soda to reduce the sugar and increase the soda until that is all she was having. After she's gone through that I will work with her system to detox the aspartame out. 
If you have someone who is a chronic diet'r forward on this list to them and see what symptoms they too maybe experiencing.
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr, Post-Polio Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Grave’s Disease, Meniere’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Hypothyroidism, Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Grave’s Disease, Chronic Migraines or Chronic Diarrhea.
Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:
EYES: Blindness, decreased vision, blurring, bright flashes or squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision or dry eye from decreased tear production.
EARS: Tinnitus, noise intolerance, hearing impairment.
Neurologic: Epilepsy, headaches, migraines, dizziness, unsteadiness, confusion, memory loss, severe drowsiness, numbness of limbs, hyperactivity and restless legs, facial pain, severe tremors.
Psychological/Psychiatric: Depression, irritability, aggression, anxiety, personality changes, insomnia and phobias.
Chest: Heart palpitations, tachycardia, shortness of breath or high blood pressure.
Gastrointestinal: Nausea, diarrhea (can have blood in stools), 
abdominal pain or pain when swallowing.
Skin: Itching without a rash, lip and mouth reactions, skin hives or aggravated asthma
Endocrine: Loss of control of diabetes, menstrual changes, marked thinning or loss of hair marked, weight loss or weight gain, aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), 
severe PMS
Frequency of voiding, burning during urination, urinary incontinence (women especially) excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling and bloating, increased susceptibility to infection
Aspartame changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, blocking or lowering the levels of serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Therefore, it is typical that aspartame symptoms cannot be detected in lab tests and on x-rays. Textbook disorders and diseases may actually be a toxic load as a result of aspartame poisoning.
ASPARTAME STUDY: Also an 11yr study has shown that women that consume 2 or more diet sodas/day led to a doubled risk in fast-paced kidney decline.
Now we know that not everyone drinks liters or gallons of diet soda but it’s more of an accumulative effect- it’s in over 6000 products worldwide. Diet soda, diet cakes, diet yogurt, gum, diet cookies, diet anything.
What is it made of?
(also labeled 951): made from two amino acids - aspartic acid and phenylalanine bound together with methanol. These break down into formaldehyde (used in embalming), formic acid (a venom in ant stings), and DKP (causes brain tumors). Aspartic acid, phenylalanine and ethanol occur naturally in some foods, aspartic acid and phenylalanine are usually bound up with two other amino acids and methanol is counterbalanced with ethanol. These compounds are not bound up and the influx is readily absorbed into the brain causing excess of free radicals and over stimulating the brain cells. Ultimately leading to holes in the brain tissue.
“Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic” by Dr HJ Roberts
“Excitotoxins: the Taste that Kills” by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock

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