Artificial Sweetener - Deceptively Dangerous!
By Annette Marlow, Sep 2008
Artificial Sweeteners typify how modern diets have gone wrong!
Artificial sweeteners are just about the worst food additive ever to be approved as a legal substance.
Eating diet foods containing artificial sweeteners is a dangerous dietary choice. They weaken your immune system and cause serious illness - and do not make you lose weight!
While artificial sweeteners alone are not the sole cause of Australia's growing obesity and disease epidemic, they are certainly a contributing factor.
Aspartame, is one of many artificial sweeteners flooding the market. You may recognize it by its other names such as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Crystal Light.
Aspartame is not always listed on food labels as an ingredient. Often this extremely dangerous chemical is just listed in the ingredient list as 'Additive 951'. It is found in most diet sodas, a good proportion of chewing gum and a host of ever expanding new diet and low carb consumer goods.
Also, look for the words 'phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine' (usually this is listed separately to the ingredients list) somewhere on the product label, Acesulfame-K and Sucralose (sold as Splenda) and AVOID consuming those products!
Less than one year after the first carbonated beverage containing aspartame hit the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had almost 600 consumer complaints regarding Aspartame's side effects. By 1988, 80 percent of the complaints made to the FDA about food additives dealt with Aspartame products. Now over 10,000 complaints about Aspartame reactions have been received by the FDA. Remember that many people who experience a reaction, do not report it, or are not even aware that Aspartame may be at the root of their problems.
Some of the reported symptoms from Aspartame use include headaches, dizziness/poor equilibrium, extreme numbness, disorientation, aggressive behavior, change in vision, vomiting or nausea, memory loss, hyperactivity, excitability, seizures and convulsions, fatigue and weakness, severe mood swings, diarrhea, abdominal pains and cramps, rashes and hives.
Of all the symptoms reported, over two-thirds of the symptoms fall into the neurological / behavioural category (i.e. headaches, mood alternation, hallucination etc). The remaining one third is mostly comprised of gastrointestinal symptoms. 
According to Dr HJ Roberts, diabetes specialist and world expert on aspartame poisoning, people are often being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when in fact they are suffering from Aspartame toxicity. He says that Systemic Lupus also appears to be triggered by Aspartame and the victim usually does not know that Aspartame is the culprit continuing to drink Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi thus aggravating the lupus to such a degree that it can be life threatening.
Dr Russell L. Blaylock, professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, recently published a book thoroughly detailing the damage that is caused by the ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame... Blaylock makes use of almost 500 scientific references to show how excess free excitatory amino acids such as aspartic acid and glutamic acid (ninety nine percent of monosodium glutamate MSG is glutamic acid) in our food supply are causing serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.
In an interview with Dr Blaylock he says "If you want to avoid obesity, metabolic syndrome, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, and if you don't want to make your cancer more aggressive, then you need to stay away from products such as Aspartame and MSG. The damage affects pregnant women, unborn babies and newborns. It can produce changes in the brain that are irreversible, depending on when it is stopped. What we've found is that it reprograms the wiring of the brain, particularly the hypothalamus, so it doesn't function normally. These children are abnormal for the rest of their lives in terms of their physiological function." 
You may ask yourself how Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners have been declared safe and approved by government organizations such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The history of Aspartame approval is long, complex and scandalous. It appears that industry supported data was manipulated, or in some cases suppressed. The FDA have failed (and continue to do so in many other documented examples) to protect public health through political scandal, manipulation, coercion, deception and by influential government leaders protecting the profits of pharmaceutical and other multinational corporations.
(Read more about the Aspartame scandals in the articles and books listed at the end of this article).
Avoid the deception and become an educated consumer
Deceptive advertising and misleading information is plaguing the general public. Large corporations selling diet foods even encourage physicians to help patients improve their health by recommending they eat and drink diet foods containing artificial sweeteners, rather than encouraging patients to make better food choices like eating REAL foods.
It's well documented that excitotoxins such as Aspartame have the reverse effect on weight. People drinking diet drinks and eating diet food will get hungrier. A study of 80,000 women who use artificial sweeteners were evaluated through the Centres for Disease Control. It was found that they gained rather than lost weight using artificial sweeteners." 
While there are alternative natural sweeteners that are much better for you than artificial sweeteners, the bottom line is that too much sugar over time elevates your blood sugar levels and can lead to insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes ( see last months article about sugar). Sugar, even in its most natural form should be consumed in moderation.
The best sweeteners to use are those that are minimally processed, like raw honey, date sugar (as long as it is on a limited basis), fruit and vegetables.
Other sweeteners such as barley malt, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, molasses, sucanat and turbinado sugar, are more processed than raw honey and date sugar, yet are technically natural and safe to consume in limited quantities (keeping in mind that they still raise your blood sugar levels.
Where to now?
Our bodies were designed to consume natural whole foods, made by nature, not synthetic and chemical foods produced by modern technology and supported by multinational corporations.
We now live in an era where we have abandoned traditional natural diets for chemical and highly processed foods that are nutritionally empty and dangerous. Concurrently, we are experiencing escalating levels of obesity and a host of modern diseases. Something is clearly wrong.
Once you start to nourish your body with natural foods (like those eaten by our distant ancestors), you will begin to fully appreciate the benefits of a healthy diet.
Elaine Hollingsworth, Take Control of your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry, 8th Ed, Australia, pp 55
[2}Dr Joseph Mercola and Dr Kendra Pearsall, Sweet Deception, Why Splenda, NutraSweet and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health, 2006,USA, pp 65
Dr Joseph Mercola and Dr Kendra Pearsall, Sweet Deception, Why Splenda, NutraSweet and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health, 2006,USA, pp 43, 66
Dr Joseph Mercola and Dr Kendra Pearsall, Sweet Deception, Why Splenda, NutraSweet and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health, 2006,USA, pp 65
Elaine Hollingsworth, Take Control of your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry, 8th Ed, Australia, pp 50
Dr Joseph Mercola and Dr Kendra Pearsall, Sweet Deception, Why Splenda, NutraSweet and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health, 2006,USA, Chapter 8.
Below is a reference list of websites and links to many articles and reports about Aspartame, Splenda and other dangerous Excitoxins
Sweet Deception by Dr. Mercola and Dr. Pearsall
Russell L. Blaylock, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
Russell L. Blaylock Health and Nutrition Secrets