Aspartame. It’s an ingredient primarily found in embalming fluid. So why is this harmful, toxic ingredient found in many things us Americans consume each day? It’s in our soda, juices, gum, candies, mints… and now reportedly even in some pharmaceudical drugs. I am living proof of the dangers of Aspartame. I suffered debilitating panic attacks, several times daily for almost a year (2010). When I eliminated soda, fruit drinks, stopped chewing gum, mints… the panic attacks went away. There are SO many ways that Aspartame can effect our health, mind and well being. This is a very important article that everyone should read. It’s my hope that everyone reads this and eliminates this chemical from your lives. Please share this with your friends and family. Change starts with discipline.
Did you know aspartame is in your diet sodas, sugar free foods, even chewing gum and mints? Do you like your Diet Soda? How about that yummy summer time favorite – Crystal Light? Low Fat Ice Cream? Many illnesses and diseases are caused by ‘what we eat and drink.’ Wonder why your doctor can’t figure out the cause of what’s wrong with you and then you end up being diagnosed with a long term illness or disease? Below you will find just SOME of the effects of eating, drinking or injecting (yes injecting – it’s in most vaccinations) any type of artificial sweetener. These include but are not limited to: Splenda, Sweet n Low, Nutra- Sweet, Equal, Sugar Twin, acesulfame k, acesulfame potassium, saccharin and Neotame.
Aspartame Side Effects
The components of aspartame can lead to a number of health problems. Side effects can occur gradually, can be immediate, or can be acute reactions.
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:
blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
trouble with contact lenses
tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
pain when swallowing
Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma
Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all:
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
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.
What Happens to Aspartame Once It Enters the Body?
Aspartame is broken down by the body into three substances. These are methanol, phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Each of these substances can have alarming effects on the body.
Methanol is converted to formaldehyde by the body. Known for its use as an embalming fluid, formaldehyde is not something that many people willingly put into their bodies. Whether the amount of formaldehyde that is produced by the breaking down of aspartame is cause for concern has been the source of some debate by scientists, but it has been proven that low levels of methanol and formaldehyde are toxic.
Phenyalanine is an amino acid. It is generally considered safe for everyone except for sufferers of phenylketonuria (PKU), a somewhat rare genetic disease. But it has been argued that high levels of the substance could cause neurological damage, especially in fetuses. Pregnant women are therefore advised not to consume aspartame.
Aspartic acid is known to be an excitotoxin. A type of neurotoxin, excitotoxins have been known to damage brain and nerve cells. This can potentially cause a number of chronic diseases.