Aspartame – a bitter SWEETENER?
Aspartame is known to the public as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and has been the subject of controversy since it first time an ingredient in food in 1981. In 1985, Americans used 800 million pounds of aspartame, with an average intake of 5.8 pounds per person. It consumes more than 20 billion doses of aspartame-sweetened soft drinks alone in 1985. A study of the available literature on this subject shows that over the years developed more and more evidence that suggest that the public at great risk through its repeated use. Should seriously considered stopping the intake of aspartame until the safety or lack thereof be given firmly established.
For this article, Complementary Medicine Association has interviewed, by telephone, authorities in the field, George Schwartz, MD, and Mary Nash Stoddard. Dr. Schwartz is a trauma surgeon and the author of In Bad Taste – The MSG Syndrome. Mrs. Stoddard, editor of The Deadly Deception, founded the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and the
world pilot hotline for the reporting of adverse effects of aspartame. We will also refer to a comprehensive text entitled Excitotoxins: the taste of Russell L. Blaylock, MD kills. We are grateful to these individuals for their support.
“If the energy production in the brain reduced starting protection fail pumps and glutamate begins to accumulate in the space around the neuron, including the region of the synapse, when the power will not be restored burn the neurons;. Are they literally excited to death . “‘
What are the risks for children who consume About Aspartame?
The protective enzymes in the brain of a baby are still immature, and therefore are not able to detoxify effectively, excitotoxins, to reach his brain. This would mean that in the case of a pregnant woman eating meals high in excitotoxin taste enhancers, the baby may be exposed to these high levels of glutamate for many hours. It is not unreasonable to assume that mothers are more meals and snacks various forms of excitotoxins such as MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and aspartame eat contain. This could be several times to produce a high concentration of glutamate exposure in the brain of the baby during the day. Also
Importance is the fact that the immature brain four times more sensitive to the harmful effects of excitotoxins than the adult brain. So, after a dose of MSG, the baby’s blood levels of glutamate may remain high for many hours. Since no experimental work may have to be done on pregnant women or children, we look to animal research studies for clues.
“In a study with mice and rats Toth and Lajtha found that if what aspartame and glutamate could this supposedly excluded excitotoxins either as single amino acids or as a liquid diet for a long time (several hours to days), they significantly increase brain levels. brain tissue levels of aspartic acid rose as high as 61% and glutamate levels by 35% in brain tissue over a longer feeding … Humans are exposed to high concentrations of excitatory additives throughout the day by eating a variety of processed foods and diet drinks. ”
Plasticity of the brain in the learning process important. Even if the baby in the womb is stimulated by sound, touch, light, and even caused changes in the structure of the brain in important ways the brain of the infant. Move babies and play with their toes, suck her thumb, and after only six weeks in the womb respond to sounds and music. All this stimulation causes the pathways in the brain to change and develop.
Homogeneous At birth, the brain chemistry functions of the baby – the biochemical reactions occur uniformly throughout the brain. But soon after birth, the brain undergoes a rapid acceleration in the growth and function. During this period the level of glutamine, the precursor of glutamate, increases rapidly in some areas of the brain. Glutamate helps to regulate the development of the wiring of nerves in the brain new. When the child also about teenage years this trend grows compounds grow as well.
This process of formation of the brain throughout life continues, but the majority of growth occurs within 0 – 7 years of life. In these critical years when the unborn and young children fed drinks or foods that contain aspartame, over-stimulation can occur. It is important to recognize that many of the toxic effects of excitatory amino acids at a time when no external develop symptoms occur. The child is not sick or throw, or behavior that the parents would warn you that something is wrong.
How aspartame was approved?
Dr. Schwartz was asked to make a statement to former Senator Metzenbaum, now the Consumer Federation of America in Washington, DC, who said work attributed to “the approval process of aspartame has a questionable history.”
Dr. Schwartz: “When aspartame was first introduced for the approval by the FDA, it was used as a sweetener, no additive or a drug be and with a lot of lobbying were driven through the approval process in the discussions and the numerous case reports of individuals with side effects have been ignored. ”
From Dr. Blaylock book, we learn that “In 1975, the Drug Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Foods examined the company GD Searle as part of an investigation of ‘apparent irregularities in the data collection and reporting practices.” The director of the FDA stated at the time that they found ‘sloppy’ laboratory techniques and “typos, mixed-up animals, animals not getting drugs they should get lost pathological specimens because of improper handling, and a variety of other errors ( any), even if innocent, all conspire to obscure and wrong to produce negative results positive results. “” The fight against drugs division has launched a study under the care of Agent Jerome Bressler on laboratory practice Searle and data manipulation. This important report was in buried a filing cabinet, never to be acted on by the FDA.
“Although aspartame tumors in rats is not equal to tumors in humans, began after the consumption of aspartame, there were more brain tumors. During the years 1973-1990 the number of brain tumors in people over sixty-five is increased by 67% (National Cancer Institute SEER Program data). ”
Is it proven that people eat or drink artificial sweeteners not to lose weight?
Mary Stoddard says: “It is well documented that excitotoxins such as aspartame have the opposite effect on weight people drink diet drinks and eating diet food is more hungry, the FDA no longer allows the manufacturers of dietary supplement beverages and foods that contain aspartame. it as the weight mark reduction products, but requires that they be labeled as diet drink or diet food. A study of 80,000 women using artificial sweeteners, were evaluated by the Centers for Disease Control. was found that it was collected and not lost weight with artificial sweeteners. ”
Why pilots need to avoid aspartame?
Mary Stoddard, explains: “In a letter to the editor and in an article in the United States Air Force published, Flyers News, it was found that aspartame caused increased spiking on the EEG, resulting in grand mal seizures and” Blackout “- consequences in the cockpit. Dozens have lost their jobs due to aspartame-related medical problems. ”
How aspartame affect vision.
Dr. Schwartz says, “diet drinks with aspartame releases small amounts of methanol when aspartame is broken down by digestion in the small intestine, it is well documented that methanol interrupts the retina and optic nerve transmissions and causes blurred vision, even if the.. FDA thousands of cases of visual impairment on record of individuals drink too many diet drinks with aspartame, there was no formal, unbiased, scientific studies have been performed.
Visual studies need to be performed. ”
Is there a known connection between increasing consumption of diet drinks and headaches?
In the New England Journal of Medicine, reported Dr. Donald R. Johns, what appeared to be a connection between a case of migraine and the consumption of large quantities of a beverage NutraSweet. A 31 years old woman with a known history of well controlled migraine headaches, began to drink six to eight 12-ounce cans of diet soda sweetened with
NutraSweet, 15 tablets of aspartame and other food aspartame (approximately 100 to 1500 mg) daily for about two hours after taking the drinks she noticed, upset stomach and a throbbing headache.
When taken from aspartame she noticed steady improvement and eventually disappeared entirely the headaches …
In the May 1988 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine two letters from the following doctors about headaches and aspartame appeared. In the first, Dr. Richard B. Lipton and colleagues at the Montefiore Headache Unit reported that in their studies with 171 patients, 8.2% of patients who had headache, were sensitive to aspartame. You
found that stress and tension can also cause migraines and other headaches. Dr. Lipton concluded that “patients with migraine or other vascular headaches should be warned to avoid NutraSweet.” If you are a person suffering from the headache of low blood sugar, you should also avoid excitotoxins, including aspartame, because they are worse hypoglycemia. ”
A group of headache sufferers who given aspartame as the trigger setting their headaches, where 30 mg / kg / day to have identified to study their sensitivity to aspartame under controlled double-blind conditions. Of the total of 32 subjects randomized to aspartame and placebo in a two-treatment, four-period crossover design to receive “, 18 completed the full
Protocol, 7 completed part of the protocol before withdrawing due to adverse events. Three Of other reasons. Two were lost to follow-up, one was withdrawn for failure and moved in and gave no reason. Each experimental period lasted 7 days. Each receiver aspartame reported headache, 33% of the days, compared with 24% in the placebo treatment group (p = 0.04), the. ”
Individual subjective evaluation of aspartame versus placebo to be statistically significant. It seems that some people for headaches caused by aspartame, and want their consumption are particularly prone to be limited. ”
Is there a link to aspartame other disorders?
In the treatment of stroke patients researcher Roger Simon has shown energy-starved neurons are infinitely more susceptible to damage excitotoxin. There are a growing number of disorders of the nervous system that are related to accumulation of excitotoxins. Excitotoxins excess can have a devastating effect on the nervous system. Dr. Blaylock that a major concern is the possible effect of this powerful brain cell stimulants the adult brain mainly related to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and ALS. The brain uses excitatory amino acids as neurotransmitters normal, but there is a delicate balance of excitatory and
retardant chemicals in the brain. When this balance is disturbed, can cause severe diseases of the nervous system.
“Those who suffer from mood disorders appear to be very susceptible to the effects of aspartame .. A study required that 40 patients with unipolar depression and received a similar number of persons with a psychiatric history 39 mg / kg / day or placebo for 7 days to be. The project was supported by the Institutional Review Board of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine after 13 of 40 individuals with a history of depression experienced severe reactions stopped.
There was a significant difference between patients, aspartame and those. Placebo in the number and severity of the symptoms reported in these patients with depression People with mood disorders are particularly sensitive to aspartame, and its use should be discouraged. “‘
Can seizures be triggered by aspartame? In 1985, Dr. Richard Wurtman reported several cases of seizures brought on by drinking too many diet drinks.
The first case involved a woman with no previous seizure activity, the NutraSweet seizures after drinking seven liters? Developed containing drinks per day. In the second case, a woman, 27 years old had a grand mal seizure after drinking 4-5 glasses of Crystal Light? Contains NutraSweet?. This patient experienced twitching, tremors, convulsions and hyperventilation. The last case was a 36-year-old man professor who drank a liter of iced tea sweetened with NutraSweet every day and after a few days developed grand mal seizures. He had no history of seizures, nor the consumption of aspartame. ”
Who else should avoid aspartame?
“Diabetics, people with hypoglycemia, people prone to confusion or memory loss, pregnant women, the elderly, young children,
Children, patients with epilepsy, liver disease, kidney disease and eating disorders, who are the members of these persons
sensitive to aspartame, diabetics and patients with phenylketonuria (PKU). ”
During digestion, aspartame is broken down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol below. Those with PKU need to restrict their intake of phenylalanine. Where do we go from here go?
Given what is now on the chemistry of the brain, as well as the numerous documented reports of side effects aspartame is now known, it would be wise to eliminate aspartame from the diet.
Read labels on food products is important, but not sufficient. Labeling requirements make it possible from the public the information needed to conceal good decisions about nutrition. For example, there are some cases in which a substance such as aspartame or glutamate does not need to be specified on the label. It is often included under a different name, such as
“Enhanced flavors or spices.” The public needs to be aware of these problems, and request more information.
1 Russell Blaylock L, Excitotoxins-The taste that kills. Page 39, Health Press, Santa Fe, NM, 1995
2 Ibid, p. 74-75, 78
3 Ibid, p. 64, 71-72
4 Ibid, p. 213
5 Ibid. Page 198-199
6 S.K. Van den Eeden et al. Aspartame ingestion and headaches: a randomized crossover study abstracts of Neurology, 44 (10), 1787-1793. October 1994
7 Blaylock, p. 215
8 Reported by R. G. Walton et al. in the side effects of aspartame: double-blind – Challenge: in patients from a vulnerable population. Biological Psychiatry. 34 (1-2): 13 – 7, 1 to 15 July 1993.
9 International Journal of Neuroscience. 76 (1-2): 61-9. May 1994
10 Possible effects on seizure susceptibility. “Lancet 9. November 1984. P. 1060.
11 H. J Roberts, MD, author of Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is It Safe? Philadelphia: Charles Press. 1989