Sweet Poison (aspartame and MS)

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Sweet Poison (aspartame and MS)

Postby ShootingStar » Fri May 09, 2008 1:05 pm

I got this from my dad's wife (not my mother). Just another thing to worry about, I figure. I'm not giving up my diet ginger ale!


In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick. She just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter's name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd .

On March 19 I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.

I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.

I told her not to open it, and t o stop drinking the diet soda!

I e-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.

My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.

In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda...and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery.

And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved her life.

If it says 'SUGAR FREE' on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on 'ASPARTAME,' marketed as 'NutraSweet, ' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.'

In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.

I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.
We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disa ppear. We've seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.

During a lecture, I said, 'If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, join t pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!'

People were jumping up during the lecture saying, 'I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?'

Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious probl em.

Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!

These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve 'tissue specimens.' Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!

Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the 'diet products' and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.

We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.

The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.
Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.

Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called 'behavior modification prescription drugs' (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being 'poisoned' on a daily basis with the very foods that were 'better for them than sugar.'

It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.'

Herein lies the problem:

There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!

There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a 'piece of the Aspartame pie.' I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.

These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.

The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you're Informed now! YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!
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Postby EyeDoc » Fri May 09, 2008 1:16 pm

I usually ignore these kinds of posts, and to be quite honest I did not make it through but maybe half of this one.

I don't drink diet sodas. I don't use sweet-n-low. My consuption of aspartame has been minimal at best. I have MS.

Go figure.

There is no one factor that can be pointed to that causes most problems, certainly not MS.
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Postby gwa » Fri May 09, 2008 1:28 pm

This essay and others like it have been around for years. Aspartame does not cause MS, but can illicit MS like symptoms.

For me, I get severe vertigo when I ingest the stuff. Many people get severe headaches. We do not get MS from the product and stating that one does shows great ignorance about the sweetener and MS.

I have no idea why this story keeps making the rounds. Maybe it is just a slow news day.

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Postby Toyoterry » Sat May 10, 2008 12:46 am

I never drank a diet soda in my life till two years after being dx.
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Postby Nenu » Sat May 10, 2008 2:21 am

Almost a year now soda free. :)
Dx RRMS March 5, 2008.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat May 10, 2008 7:33 am

i've never been able to stomach artificial sweeteners since day one!
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Postby Punchy » Sat May 10, 2008 8:00 am

Mmm, I couldn't live without Diet Coke
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Re: Sweet Poison

Postby NHE » Sat May 10, 2008 6:57 pm

I haven't drank a diet soda in probably 25 years or so. I had a family member that used to drink Tab and I would occasionally have one but that was a very long time ago. In addition, I gave up on regular soda about 6 years ago. Once I realized that a 16 oz soda contains about 1/3 of a cup of sugar they have become strangely unappealing and I now think of them as anti-nutrition. That doesn't mean I avoid all sugar. I still enjoy my dark chocolate and home made goodies but spiking out my blood sugar with high doses of corn sweeteners just doesn't do it anymore. Moderation is one of the keys. I can actually get the suggested 4 servings out of a 12 oz tub of ice cream and not have it be a big deal whereas before it would be gone in one sitting. A beneficial effect is that I no longer get sugar hangovers anymore. I've had a couple of those and they're particularly unpleasant.

Back to the subject, I think real sugar is probably a better way to go than the artificial stuff. I also think that it's unlikely that MS is caused by aspartame. MS has been a around as a recognized disease a lot longer than aspartame.

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Postby lyndacarol » Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:45 am

Here is more evidence that aspartame (artificial sweeteners) has possible negative side effects:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/artic ... iment.aspx

Since my belief is that excess insulin initiates the MS cascade, a Discover Magazine article a few years ago reporting that artificial sweeteners were many times sweeter than table sugar (and therefore triggering more insulin secretion) put all the artificial sweeteners off-limits for me.

Interesting to me that the name Dr. Roberts came up in the first posting of this thread and now in the Mercola article.

This Mercola website article only reinforces that I will not be using ANY artificial sweetener!
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:02 am

i'm glad that artificial sweeteners have always turned me off. i can't do fake sugar!!
odd sx? no dx? check w/ dietitian
DRI=MINIMUM eg bit.ly/1vgQclQ
99% don't meet these. meds/lifestyle can affect levels
status can be low in ms & other cond'ns
'but my results are normal'. typical panels don't test all
deficits occur in 'normal' range
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Postby lyndacarol » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:18 pm

This posting concerns sugar, not any artificial sweeteners such as aspartame; but I feel the two topics are related. I think the degree of sweetness triggers insulin production.

The following nine-page article, "Is Sugar Toxic?," by Gary Taubes (one of my favorite authors – his book, Good Calories Bad Calories, is great; likewise, his second book, Why We Get Fat) appeared recently in the New York Times. There are many good ideas in this article; the information about sugar, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and the liver are especially important to us here, I think; I encourage all to read this article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magaz ... .html?_r=1
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Postby Wendigo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:10 am

Ocular migraines predate my MS diagnosis by about ten years. Weird, MS reduced the frequency of the OMs to a couple of times a year. I have always loved coffee and now green tea and used saccharin. Aspartame was on sale a couple of weeks ago and I figured no harm but the first and only time I used it I got four ocular migraine attacks in one afternoon just about back to back and a sick headache. Might have been a coincidence but threw the aspartame away, never again.
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Postby DrDiana » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:32 pm

I received the same email and checked with "Snopes" who have it as an "urban legend". Having said that, I agree with many of you, and some of the intimations of the article. Sweetners likely do cause an insulin response, and carbonation also makes us more acidic -- certainly not to the point of metabolic acidosis, however!

Because our family is reducing the pressure on our brains with Diamox, we need to stay away from acidic causing foods to a certain degree. And like many of you, sometimes I don't feel as well when I have artificial sweetners.

Sometimes, though, they don't seem to bother me a bit, so my guess is, it's multifactoral, much like the rest of our presentations (dang it).

Dr. Diana

Special interest in "brain drains" and how they affect numerous conditions, including MS, Ehlers-Danlos, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, etc. I am a therapeutic optometrist on professional disability with EDS, POTS, CCSVI, mast cell disea
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Aspartame and MS

Postby Real_Whirled » Sun May 01, 2011 12:27 pm

I wanted to point out something those with MS and suffer from Vertigo are unaware of...I have been given Meclazine for the vertigo and swore by it BUT meclazine contains ASPARTAME. Not noted on the bottle as in most drugs so heads up this stuff is hidden in EVERYTHING. One drug I thought was helping with the anxiety and vertigo was causing depression due to the aspartame. So if your taking it stop and talk to your Dr. about a drug that does not contain it! The stuff if vile and EVIL!
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