Are you still consuming this “Poisonous” ingredient?

2009 January 27

It seems everywhere I turn this ingredient is smack dab in my face eagerly waiting for me to slip up and consume some of it.

This ingredient is in all gum in the checkout isles of every “regular, lame, commercial” grocery store, almost all sugar free foods, diet soda and then some.

This ingredient is known to cause eye, ear, neurologic, psychological, chest, gastrointestinal, skin, endocrine, and metabolic conditions with a slew of symptoms.

So what is it and why do you want to be taking all precautions to avoid it?

This poisonous ingredient is called ASPARTAME

According to Wikipedia, “Aspartame is the name for an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener, aspartyl-phenylalanine-1-methyl ester; that is, a methyl ester of the dipeptide of the amino acids aspartic acid and phenylalanine.

This sweetener is marketed under a number of trademark names, including Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel, and is an ingredient of approximately 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide.

Upon ingestion, aspartame breaks down into residual chemicals, including aspartic acid, phenylalanine, methanol, and further breakdown products including formaldehyde,[18] formic acid, and a diketopiperazine.

In the UK, foods that contain aspartame must list the chemical among the product’s ingredients and carry the warning “Contains a source of phenylalanine” – this is usually at the foot of the list of ingredients.”

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, aspartame has been shown to cause the following adverse reactions and symptoms:

Eye

  • 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
  • decreased tears
  • trouble with contact lenses
  • bulging eyes

Ear

  • tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
  • severe intolerance of noise
  • marked hearing impairment

Neurologic

  • epileptic seizures
  • 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
  • severe tremors

Psychological/Psychiatric

  • severe depression
  • irritability
  • aggression
  • anxiety
  • personality changes
  • insomnia
  • phobias

Chest

  • palpitations, tachycardia
  • shortness of breath
  • recent high blood pressure

Gastrointestinal

  • nausea
  • diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
  • abdominal pain
  • pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies

  • itching without a rash
  • lip and mouth reactions
  • hives
  • aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic

  • loss of control of diabetes
  • menstrual changes
  • marked thinning or loss of hair
  • marked weight loss
  • gradual weight gain
  • aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • severe PMS

Other

  • 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

  • death
  • irreversible brain damage
  • birth defects, including mental retardation
  • peptic ulcers
  • aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
  • hyperactivity in children
  • severe depression
  • aggressive behavior
  • suicidal tendencies

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Epstein-Barr
  • Post-Polio Syndrome
  • Lyme Disease
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • ALS
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • EMS
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Now seriously…..  Are you still knowingly or unknowingly ingesting any of this chemical?  Check your gum, coffee sweetner, sodas, or anything processed for that matter before ingesting.

How can you ever think of being healthy and well while you are ingesting aspartame?

Think about it, check what your ingesting, cut it out, stop buying things that contain it and find healthy alternatives.

To your health and well-being,

Shawn King

www.Shawn-King.com

Wellness Coach

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