MA The Dangers of Artificial SweetenersHB Treatments

By Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D., C.N.

From the pages of totalhealth magazine

 Before you tear open that little paper packet of sweetener and stir it into your tea or coffee, please read this, even if that’s all you have time to read. Medical doctors, holistic doctors, nutritionists, journalists, researchers, and professors—all have worked hard to expose the truth about the dangers of artificial sweeteners. In this unseen battle, these men and women you do not know have been fighting to save you and to protect your children from injury and illness. With more new chemical sweeteners coming on the market today, the battle is far from being over.

After twenty years of NutraSweet/Equal® (aspartame) dominating the sweetener market, people are realizing for themselves that aspartame really is a foul food chemical tragically harmful to their health. But the corporations deny there is a connection between aspartame and epidemic obesity, mental disturbances, and disease. They have left the proof to the consumer, who is now getting the picture, but at great personal cost. Even the corporations have been working against the thousands of claims of bodily harm and death connected to artificial sweeteners.

Now people think Johnson & Johnson’s SPLENDA® (sucralose) has “come to the rescue” as the newest chemical sugar replacement “made from real sugar.” People don’t want to hear that sucralose may be just as dangerous as aspartame, and that this “white knight” of sweeteners is no improvement.

“They simply exchanged the harmful methanol in aspartame for chlorine in sucralose,” states methanol researcher Dr. Woodrow Monte. “People must realize that these chemicals are toxic and none of them belong in the human diet.”

New chemical sweeteners (like sucralose) and the blending of sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame K combined in one product) may be causing users to show signs of weight gain, disruption of sleep patterns, sexual dysfunction, increases in cancer, MS, lupus, diabetes, and a list of epidemic degenerative diseases. However, the corporations continue to stand tough in their denial of any connection to chemical sweetener additives.

Artificial sweeteners are marketed as “being super-sized with more sweetness and no penalty.” People with eating disorders, children who are first learning about healthy food habits, diabetics and those with degenerative illnesses are being seduced by crafty advertising campaigns. “And the added plethora of laboratory chemicals are entirely unnecessary to put in the public food supply,” says Kelly Goyen, CEO of Empirical Labs.

What do the corporations say about this? “We’ve done a great job of redefining sweetness, and it’s great to see it pay off,” says Anne Rewey, SPLENDA marketing director for Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania-based McNeil. “We’re committed to the leadership position in this market.”
According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians, “doctors are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by these deadly poisons (aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-K).”

As an educated consumer, you have a choice. You can protect yourself from avoidable illnesses by simply being aware of the sweet deception of the artificial sweeteners surrounding you.

What are artificial sweeteners and why are they harmful? Artificial sweeteners are a laboratory mixture of unnatural chemicals that the body can’t process. Basically, these chemicals either accumulate in your vital organs, pollute your bloodstream, or create eventual mutations of your cells.

Our bodies are like machines (only natural) that operate today just as they did thousands of years ago. They don’t understand man-made chemicals and cannot fully process them. Forcing foreign materials into your body is like pouring shampoo into your car’s gas tank: it wasn’t meant to process it, so the engine stalls and stops working.

Which Artificial Sweeteners Should You Avoid?

  • Sucralose (SPLENDA)
  • Aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal)
  • Acesulfame-K (Sunett®)
  • Neotame®
  • Alitame®
  • Cyclamate

SPLENDA: The trade name for sucralose, is a relatively new man-made, artificial sweetener. Johnson & Johnson bought the rights in 1998 to sell sucralose in the United States as SPLENDA. Its basic characteristics are:

Its taste is nearly identical to sugar

Its trademark is its inability to break down in processing or in storage

So, why is SPLENDA potentially harmful? SPLENDA contains chlorine, which is a carcinogen. The SPLENDA marketers guarantee sucralose is chemically bound so it cannot be released in the body during digestion. I question this, and wonder if this artificial chemical can safely pass through the human body.

Sucralose (SPLENDA) is a chlorocarbon—a chlorine-containing compound. The chlorocarbons have long been known for causing organ, genetic, and reproductive damage. It should be no surprise, then, that testing of sucralose documented in FDA reports revealed organ, genetic, and reproductive damage. Research on lab rats showed up to forty percent shrinkage of the thymus gland, a gland that is the very foundation of our immune system. Due to the chlorine content in SPLENDA, sucralose can inflame swelling of the liver and kidneys, and initiate calcification of the kidney, as shown in animal studies. If you experience kidney pain, cramping, or an irritated bladder after using sucralose, stop using it immediately.

ASPARTAME: The dangers of aspartame poisoning have been a well-guarded secret since the 1970s. The research and history of aspartame as a cause of illness and toxic reactions in the human body is conclusive. Aspartame is a dangerous 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. Methanol is a very toxic chemical, and one that is human specific, meaning it reacts negatively particularly in the human body.

One of the most deadly reactions to aspartame is by phenylketonurics (PKU). One out of 20,000 babies born are unable to metabolize phenylalanine, which makes up fifty 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. The FDA has a list of 92 symptoms related to aspartame use, and thousands of people have reported side effects from aspartame.

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.

The second isolated amino acid in aspartame’s chemical blueprint is phenylalanine, which constitutes fifty 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

There is so much information on the dangers of aspartame found in NutraSweet and Equal that I wrote a book about it. In 1991, I was diagnosed with an incurable case of Grave’s Disease caused by aspartame. I wrote Sweet Poison: How The World’s Most Popular Artificial Sweetener Is Killing Us—My Story exposing the dangers of this artificial sweetener.
Despite the misleading tests from over twenty years ago that claim that saccharin causes cancer, in my opinion, saccharin remains the safest of all the artificial sweeteners. Indeed, its cancer “label” has been removed by the FDA.

If you get confused about which colored packet sweetener is which, remember this simple rule of thumb: Color Matters

  • The yellow packet (SPLENDA)=caution like in a traffic light
  • The blue packet (Equal)=makes you feel blue
  • The pink packet (Sweet’N’Low®, or generic saccharin*)=you’re in the pink!

What Are Safe Natural Sweeteners?

  • Stevia*
  • Raw, unprocessed sugar (Sucanat®)
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Barley Malt
  • Date Sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Sorghum

*Safe for diabetics, Stevia is similar to saccharin—use it sparingly or it’s bitter. Otherwise, it’s “naturally” delicious and a much healthier choice!

Dr. Janet Starr Hull’s aspartame expertise is based on her professional background. She holds a Doctorate in Nutrition, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, is an international geographer and geologist, a former university professor, firefighter and Hazardous Waste Specialist and Emergency Responder. She is a Licensed Certified Nutritionist, certified fitness professional, author and aspartame victim. Dr. Hull’s diverse background supports her unique approach to contemporary nutritional issues. She has dedicated the past twelve years sharing with others her life-threatening experience and natural recovery from aspartame poisoning.

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