SIDE EFFECTS OF ASPARTAME! Crystal light, etc.. has this in it!
According to Lendon Smith, M.D. there is an enormous population suffering from side effects associated with aspartame, yet have no idea why drugs, supplements and herbs don’t relieve their symptoms. Then, there are users who don’t ‘appear’ to suffer immediate reactions at all. Even these individuals are susceptible to the long-term damage caused by excitatory amino acids, phenylalanine, methanol, and DKP.
Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:
Skin and Allergies
Endocrine and Metabolic
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
These are not allergies or sensitivities, but diseases and disease syndromes. Aspartame poisoning is commonly misdiagnosed because aspartame symptoms mock textbook ‘disease’ symptoms, such as Grave’s Disease.
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.
Ever gone to the doctor with real, physical symptoms, but he/she can’t find the cause? Well, it’s probably your diet, your environment, or both.
Aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. The Aspartame Detoxification Program demonstrates the most effective way to reverse disease symptoms is removing the underlying cause - aspartame.
I counsel aspartame victims worldwide and have witnessed nine out of 10 clients restore their health by following the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Begin with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame's chemical make up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products, and see if any adverse health symptoms remain. Try the Aspartame Detoxification Program, and within 30 days your symptoms should disappear.
I designed this Ten Step Program to help protect your health and the health of those you love from being seduced by the sugar-free diet craze. Wishing you good health.
What can you do about aspartame side effects?
Set an example by changing your diet.
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Splenda, (sucralose and any yellow packets) while not actually GOOD for you, is a way "lesser evil" than aspartame, with the bonus of being stable for use in cooking. Chlorination is used in the manufacturing process, but as of 6 months ago there were no clear studies proving it's dangerous to the body. It has been used in Europe for many years, and is still on the market there. The jury is still out on Splenda.
A truly safe sweetener is plain ol' saccharin, or Sweet n Low (or any pink packets). It was developed at Johns Hopkins in 1879, and was immediately used to help diabetics. The only drawback is that it's not stable in heat, so you can't cook with it without a bitter taste.
Finally, there is Truvia (rebiana), which uses one ingredient extracted from stevia. Not enough is known about it yet, except that when you separate one component from the other components in a natural substance, you don't get the chemical benefit of all of it, you just get the one part which may not "perform" correctly without the others. Also, it was developed by Cargill and Coca Cola, which are not exactly known for their health concerns. So far all the studies saying how great it is have been done by Cargill itself.
I've been studying artificial sweeteners, MSG and other food additives for over 2 years, and I avoid aspartame like the plague. I'm just sayin'...
It just depends on what YOU can tolerate or not.
I personally have a terrible reaction to SPLENDA or its generic SUCRALOSE. (And they put it into everything!!) It causes me to loose so much strength in my legs that I can barely go up stairs.
A few years ago I started having this terrible loss in muscle strength, I though maybe I was getting MS or ALS, and started by doing an Internet search on leg weakness. I came across a site describing this as one of the possible side effects of splenda. I had just switched to splenda in my iced tea a couple of weeks earlier. I cut out all of the splenda, and in about a week, my legs were at full strength again and I had no trouble climbing stairs. I have had a couple of bouts of recurrence since then, and sure enough I could trace it to consuming something with sucralose in it that I missed on the label.
Splenda molecules do start with sugar, but what you consume does have chlorine atoms glomed onto the sugar's Hydrocarbons.
Aspartame just gives me a little buzz. I was reviewing my weight history, and I found I always gained weight the fastest when I was drinking a lot of Diet Coke with Aspartame. There was a recent study with mice that found that giving the mice water with an artificial sweetener cause the mice to eat more than giving the mice sugar water. The explanation was that tasting sweet (even artificial sweet) starts the body releasing insulin to process the coming sugar. If the sugar does not come the the elevated insulin levels cause the mice to eat more to counteract the high insulin levels. DIET soft-drinks can make you fat. Like we needed anything else...
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on 8/1/09 4:31 pm
For me the issue is pretty straight forward. If something is causing you problems stop using it.
There are so many "studies" about so many "toxic substances" out there that for me the rule of thumb is what causes problems is a problem otherwise I try to not get too wrapped around the axle about things.
Some of the Crystal Lite is made with Splenda.
on 8/1/09 10:19 pm - , FL
Good Luck and Congratulations
on 8/2/09 10:04 am - Woodbridge, VA