Artificial sweeteners linked to brain tumors

Let me give you fair warning that I'm about to traduce (I think it means "to verbally beat the hell out of") aspartame. I know I've talked about it before, but after reading a 1,000-page book called Aspartame Disease by H.J. Roberts, M.D., I'm more fired up about it now than I've ever been. The massive introduction of this neurotoxin into the food supply is nothing less than biological warfare against every single one of us, and the only acceptable solution is to ban it from the food chain.

Dr. Roberts doesn't waste any time listing some powerful reasons for you to avoid this neurotoxin. I'm going to paraphrase them for lack of space (my apologies to Dr. Roberts), but I'm sure you'll get the idea.

FDA in-house scientists, consultants for the General Accounting Office (one of the few trustworthy bureaus in the U.S. government), and a public board of inquiry all urged that aspartame not be approved for human consumption. Yet despite clear evidence that this neurotoxin induced brain tumors in experimental animals, the FDA head at the time ignored the facts that were right in front of his face and approved the chemical for public consumption.

Did you know it's against the law to expose people to a drug found to induce cancer in experimental animals? (It's called the "Delaney Clause.") Doing so amounts to genocide and treason, both of which, as I understand it, are illegal.

Anyway, instead of blacklisting the chemical with a "POISON!" sign like they should have, the perps down at the FDA stamped it with their coveted GRAS clearance. In case you're not familiar with the acronym, it means "generally regarded as safe." It gets my heart rate up just thinking about applying such a misleading term to something as UNSAFE as aspartame. It's like impersonating a police officer or slipping razor blades into candy bars.

And let me tell you, that GRAS clearance has been aspartame's "get-out-of-jail-free card" on more than one occasion. Now, when a complaint comes in about a neurological disease or other serious reaction that appears to be aspartame-induced, the FDA blows it off as anecdotal and not worthy of further comment. After all, aspartame is a GRAS chemical - the FDA said so themselves.

So if everything Roberts says is true, why haven't you heard about this scandal on the evening news, or read about it in the papers, or even been warned about it by your doctor? I'll tell you why: Professional organizations and their publications continue to suppress the truth about aspartame because they've all been bought off. In most cases, Big Pharma is behind such under-the-table deals, but in this case, the big food corporations are the culprits.

All of the food giants use the inexpensive imposter in huge quantities in their products. How sweet it is - especially for the bottom line. That leaves them plenty of money to buy off anyone who might want to blow the whistle on their deadly little scam - and leaves most doctors as ignorant as their patients about the dangers of aspartame. And it makes even more sense when you find out that most of the studies "proving" the safety of aspartame were financed by - guess who? - the big food industry.

I'll end with a statistic for you: 66 percent of adults and 40 percent of children consume products containing this toxin. (This statistic is from 2000, so I'm sure these percentages are higher by now - especially considering Bill Clinton's Diet Coke push in our public schools.)

So is it any wonder that every single neurological disease is on the rise? Roberts doesn't think so. In the book, he lists hundreds of diseases he believes can be traced back to aspartame - and he explains the basis for his arguments. Obviously, I don't have the space to get into specifics here, so let's just look at the big picture.

A toxin like aspartame goes to many different types of cells, but it seems to have a particular liking for the cells of the central and peripheral nervous systems. That means that the damage from aspartame can show up anywhere the nerves are - which, of course, is anywhere in the body. And because it attacks your body at the cellular level, it can cause any number of diseases. The collection of signs and symptoms will vary, but the diseases will still come back to one root cause - aspartame.

The use of aspartame is as detrimental to your health as fluoride, chlorine, and soybean products. It's not easy to avoid, either. Aspartame is in hundreds of different colas, desserts, candies, and other junk foods. The only way to avoid it is to shop the supermarket periphery for your food - the meat and fish, dairy, and fresh fruits and vegetables. There are also many fine foods from Europe and the far East that come in cans and jars that don't contain the poisonous sugar substitute - tuna, meat and fish pates, muscles, clams - you get the idea. Yes, a lot of these foods are expensive, but let me tell you, your food is NOT the place to cut budget costs. It'll just drive your healthcare costs up in the future.

No sugar is good sugar

Some people argue that regular sugar is just as bad for you as sugar substitutes like NutraSweet and Equal. And in a sense, they're right. In time, taking in too much sugar can lead to diabetes, which will lead to heart disease, renal disease, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic retinitis (blindness), diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and the list goes on and on.

But again, let's look at the big picture. What we're talking about here is a "lesser of evils." The best possible thing you could do for your body would be to eliminate any and all sugar from your diet. If you want to live to a healthy old age (key word here being "healthy"), you should extract your sweet tooth ASAP in order to avoid the laundry list of horrors I just mentioned.

But like I said, we're talking about a lesser of evils here, so if you have a sweet tooth that just won't take "no" for an answer, consider using a sweetener that doesn't contain aspartame - like Stevia, cyclamate, or lo-han.