Sweet Misery and the Untamed World of Aspartame

In one of the greatest ironies about eating ‘lite,’ artificial sweeteners – like aspartame – actually contribute to weight gain according to Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton. Other researchers like Dr. Janet Starr Hull, creator of the Aspartame Detoxification Program counts 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame.

I believe with my heart and soul that chemicals sabotage our natural weight loss system, zap our energy and prevent what could be permanent weight loss efforts.

NoSignAvoiding chemicals in your diet and eating only whole, organic foods, is a core foundation of Laura Klein’s Green Club.  Inside the Green Club, I cite studies that show FDA-approved chemicals in our food are seriously dangerous and help members take baby steps towards a healthier, non-toxic way of eating and living.

The chemical I consider Public Enemy Number One? Aspartame.

Aspartame is made of: phenylalanine and aspartic acid (amino acids) as well as methanol alcohol or wood alcohol.  Methanol is known to be poisonous even when consumed in relatively modest amounts.  Disorders caused by toxic levels of methanol include blindness, brain swelling and inflammation of the pancreas and heart muscle.

Is it any surprise that aspartame complaints represent 80-85% of food complaints registered with the FDA?

That’s why the documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World , struck a chord with me. In the film, aspartame ‘victims’ speak honestly about their personal battles with myriad sicknesses from MS to neurological disorders to brain cancer. The film also reveals the parallel between a spike in brain cancer rates and the introduction of aspartame to the marketplace in 1983.

Check out a sneak peak of the film on youtube.com, and let us know what you think.

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  • organic and natural food  October 5, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Yes, Organic food fans want their food to be free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives.

  • John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition)  October 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Aspartame is perfectly safe. You have been trapped into believing this garbage by those leading an internet conspiracy theory, see snopes comments: http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=aspartame&sp-a=00062d45-sp00000000&sp-advanced=1&sp-p=all&sp-w-control=1&sp-w=alike&sp-date-range=-1&sp-x=any&sp-c=100&sp-m=1&sp-s=0.

    Read the truth about aspartame safety in my comments at http://blog.rv.net/2009/09/green-tea-a-natural-alternative-to-sugary-sodas/comment-page-1/#comment-85221

    John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition)

    (FYI, the author has absolutely no financial or biasing connection with the aspartame, the soft drink or their related industries. The author has a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry (Pharmacy) from the University of Iowa, postdoctoral experience at Yale University (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry) and at Vanderbilt University and taught nutritional toxicology at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) besides having conducted federally funded research at Vanderbilt, UIUC, and at several other universities before recently entering into retirement.)

  • Robert Dimpel  October 6, 2009 at 6:02 am

    While there is a lot of confusion on the web, Stephen Cherniske who has one of the best Organic diets out there, and is an internationally recognized authority on nutrition and human performance states that:

    “Artificial sweeteners are so sweet, that they send a signal to the brain that a huge meal is coming & everything you eat from that point forward immediately goes to your hips as Fat!”

    Stephen has over 35 years of clinical, research & teaching experience, he´s a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He has also published numerous articles on health and nutrition and is a best-selling author of several groundbreaking books including The Metabolic Plan. What makes this book different, is that it’s not just one man’s opinion, what you find there is backed with over 300 references to scientifically validated published bio-medical literature.

  • Laura  October 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    A study conducted at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center reported a “41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day.” The results of this study was reported at the 65th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego on June 10-14, 2005

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