An article in the N&R today tells about Laura Bolden, a 28-year-old woman who suffered a stroke and almost died. No cause was found for this stroke.
I wonder if Laura was a heavy user of artificial sweeteners.
After one of my daughters suffered a mini stroke (TIA) I have found much information about the artificial sweetener called Aspartame. Some of it is not documented, but much of the information came from the United States Senate record and from government sources like the FDA.
Here is some of the information that I found.
A thirty-four year old woman in Georgia suffers a stroke. A seventeen year old student in North Carolina has chest pain and heart palpitations. A twenty-seven year old teacher in Florida suffers from hives, itching, and heart beat irregularity. A forty-two year old man has head and neck pain and feels that his short term memory is suffering. A three year old child in Texas suffers from earache and dizziness, a twenty-three year old woman dies in her home and her cause of death is listed as unknown.
What do these people have in common? They were all regular users of products that contain the artificial sweetener Aspartame. Aspartame poisoning is commonly undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because Aspartame-induced symptoms mock textbook disease symptoms.
Aspartame is a low calorie sweetening ingredient used in almost 5000 products around the world. It can be found in a wide variety of food products including chewing gum, candy, soft drinks, children's vitamins, fruit drinks, dry mixes, tea and prescription medications. It is primarily marketed as the sweeteners called Nutrasweet and Equal. The FDA knows that it is not safe, yet our government allows its use.
Aspartame is made from two building blocks of protein just like those found naturally in protein foods such as meat, fish, cheese, eggs and milk and it also contains methanol. Proponents of its use say that Aspartame is digested by the body in exactly the same way as other protein foods and so does not add anything new to the diet. As a safeguard for people who must avoid protein foods, products which contain Aspartame have the label "Contains phenylalanine." This is to warn people who have the rare inherited genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU). But there is no warning about the other side effects of this artificial sweetener. Aspartame should not be used in food products. At the very least, consumers should know how much Aspartame is in the products they are eating and drinking and the possible side effects of its consumption.
Diet Pepsi (8 fl. oz)
Contains: Carbonated water, caramel color, Aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (preserves freshness), caffeine, citric acid and natural flavors
Diet Caffeine Free Pepsi (8 fl. oz)
Contains: Carbonated water, caramel color, Aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (preserves freshness), citric acid and natural flavors
Sugar Free Jell-O:
Ingredients: Gelatin, Adipic acid (for tartness), Disodium Phosphate, (controls acidity), Maltodextrin (from corn) fumaric acid (for tartness) Aspartame** (sweetener), Acesulfame Potassium (sweetener), salt, red 40.
**PHENYLKETONURICS: Contains phenylalamine
Scooby Doo Vitamins:
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Sorbitol, Starch, Sodium Ascorbate, Natural and Artificial Flavors (including fruit acids), Stearic Acid, Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, FD&C Red 40 Lake, FD&C Yellow 6 Lake, Aspartame (a sweetener), FD&C 2 Lake, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate, Monoammonium Glycyrrhizinate, Folic Acid, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Warnings: Do not use this product if safety seal bearing Bayer Corporation under cap is torn or missing.
Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine
Aspartame is listed as an ingredient on the labels of many products we consume daily, but the amount the product contains is rarely listed on the label. It is almost impossible to determine how much Aspartame is being consumed without proper labeling.
The government knows that Aspartame is bad for people and the manufacturers know that Aspartame is bad for people. This is a political issue. It should be a health issue. Aspartame is a poison allowed by our government to be introduced into many food products that we eat everyday.
For more information about Aspartame, Google "Aspartame" or "Aspertame." There is also some information about it at The People's Pharmacy website and at the Federal Drug Administration webside.