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Aspartame linked to vision loss, cancer and other illnesses

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Aspartame – sold under the brand names NutraSweet, Sugar Twin
and Equal – is one of the most popular artificial sweeteners
available on the market. It is used as a low-calorie
sugar substitute
in more than 6,000 processed products
worldwide, especially in diet or sugar-free foods and
beverages.

While it remains the most used artificial sweetener, it has
also faced controversy in recent years. As more and more
research links aspartame to severe health effects, increasing
numbers of people are becoming aware of this hidden poison and
are trying to avoid it at all costs. That’s why Pepsi
proactively removed it from their diet soda last year.

Hidden Poison

Complaints of various health issues have been filed since
aspartame first appeared on the market in the 1980s. As
reported by The Nutritional Source, aspartame is one of
the most exhaustively studied chemicals in the human food
supply, with more than 200 studies completed.

Dr. Betty Martini, the founder of the worldwide volunteer force
Mission Possible World Health International, which is committed
to removing aspartame from
our food
, notes that aspartame has brought more complaints
to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) than any other
additive; it is responsible for 75 percent of such complaints.

Over the years, more than 90 side effects – including vision
loss, seizures, brain tumors, cancer and mild
rashes – have been associated with regular consumption of
aspartame. Furthermore, it can mimic the symptoms of diseases
such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, ADD, diabetes,
Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression.

When aspartame is processed by the body it breaks down into
phenylalanine (50 percent), aspartic acid (40 percent) and
methanol (or wood alcohol, 10 percent).

Aspartame can make you blind

We have all heard the stories about alcoholics ending up blind
or dead after drinking methanol during Prohibition. Aspartame
consists of 10 percent methanol which our body further breaks
down into formaldehyde and formic acid. These compounds
accumulate in the retina of the eye and destroy the optic
nerve, causing vision loss
and blindness.

Furthermore, methanol poisoning may cause central nervous
system depression, and can lead to metabolic acidosis and coma.

As reported by Dr. Martini, in 1986 the Community Nutrition
Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame
because so many people had gone blind and had seizures. Despite
the apparent link, the FDA, backed up by the drug and chemical
industry, refused to take aspartame out of production.

It messes with your brain

Excessive amounts of phenylalanine block the transport of
essential amino acids to the brain, which contributes to
reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin. While our brains need
this amino acid, too much of it has been linked to emotional
and behavioral disorders and brain damage.

Furthermore, too much aspartic acid, another amino acid present
in aspartame, can cause over-stimulation and death of brain
cells. It leaks too much calcium into the cells and triggers
excessive amounts of free radicals, which may damage and kill
neurons.

G.D. Searle, the company behind the discovery of aspartame, was
warned as early as 1971 that excess amounts of aspartic acid
caused holes in the brain of mice and posed a serious threat to
human health, yet nobody found it necessary to remove aspartame
from the shelves.

Induces brain tumors

Before its approval, aspartame had been rejected multiple times
over fears of brain tumors and cancer, the Huffington
Post
reported. In 1996, Dr. John Olney, who founded the
field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, and attorney James
Turner, attempted to stop the approval of aspartame.

Even the FDA’s own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told
Congress that aspartame could cause brain tumors and brain
cancer, and that approving it would violate the Delaney
Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food known to cause cancer.

Sadly enough, Donald Rumsfeld – who was CEO of G.D. Searle and
part of Reagan’s transition team – and Monsanto joined forces.
In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the company that held
the patent to aspartame. They managed to pull a few strings and
played a substantial role in the approval of aspartame by the
FDA.

Sources for this article include:

NaturalBlaze.com

TheNutritionalSource.com

Fortune.com

MPWHI.com

NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov

Rense.com

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The Importance of Detoxing Lead from Your Body

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Ten years ago, I embarked upon a personal road to recovery after suffering a near-fatal neurological disorder caused by pesticide poisoning from two decades of exposure to DDT in India, combined with the mercury in my dental amalgams.

Unfortunately, my case is not especially unique. Examples of poisoning by environmental and dietary toxins during the history of humankind are pervasive throughout the medical literature:

  • Many ancient Romans unknowingly died of lead poisoning from the lead pipes used in their plumbing systems, and low-level lead poisoning may have caused the insanity of some of their emperors.
  • American sailors became ill during the Second World War from lead poisoning. As a result, the lead was removed from ships’ paint (and later from all paints), and it was Navy doctors who first developed chelation therapy.
  • In the 1950s hundreds of terribly deformed babies were born in Japan’s Minamata Bay area due to parental consumption of fish from the surrounding waters contaminated by industrial, mercury, which inhibits fetal development during formation of the brain and neurological system.
  • Close to 10,000 people died or became ill in Iraq in 1972 after ingesting bread made with wheat that had been treated with a mercury-based fungicide.

These are the types of events which resulted in the refinement of tests over time to detect toxicity levels of all heavy metals and other toxic substances such as PVCs and solvents, as well as the development of effective treatment methods. Over the past 60 years, the enormous increase in the use of heavy metal-laced pesticides and industry’s reliance on mercury, lead, barium, arsenic, and platinum also increased the need for such diagnostic methods and treatments.

The science of medical toxicology is growing as fast as the production of toxins did in the past decades. When the Human Genome Project was recently completed, the first major benefit was not (as hoped for by greedy investors) the identification of specific diseases located on specific genes. Instead, on April 16, 2003, the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. held a press conference announcing that their research has identified some 200 genes which are exquisitely vulnerable to environmental toxins known to be linked to cardiovascular disease and cancers. Many of these genes are regulatory, continuously affecting thousands of other genes simultaneously. So attempting to genetically manipulate even one of them, in the hope of conferring resistance against our pervasive environmental poisons, is now thought to be impossible.

Thus the Human Genome Project has unwittingly affirmed the basic tenets of environmental medicine – that healthy humans require: avoidance of toxins in air, food, soil and water; preventive or therapeutic detoxification; and sustaining nutrition uncontaminated by processing, genetic manipulation, and synthetic chemicals. None of this can be patented. Instead, the world must be cleaned up, if we wish to survive as a species.

Mainstream medical research has made great gains in scientific detective work and developed all the current detoxification techniques, yet very few doctors are trained to recognize the toxic origin of most diseases because medical school curricula and clinical practice guidelines are created by drug companies
in their own image: namely dependency-creating symptom-controlling drugs. Fortunately, there are many naturopathic doctors who have always known better, as well as a rapidly increasing number of physicians who are becoming frustrated with “managing” diseases instead of curing their patients.

The methods for establishing the presence of bacteria, viruses and parasites are well-established and standard medicine knows how to handle those. But the diseases that are threatening to bankrupt the wealthiest countries today are those caused by environmental toxins. On May 13, Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty announced an additional $1.8 billion to be spent on health care while also observing that health costs are rising faster than inflation, mainly because of more expensive new drugs and the exponential increase in chronic disease. (These drugs obviously don’t work: otherwise chronic illness would not keep increasing in lock-step with the increasing pollution.) Furthermore, Alan Greenspan, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, told Congress that rising health costs threaten the U.S. economy most, presumably more so than their various ongoing wars (Medical Post, May 3).

Finding ways to protect ourselves against disease-causing pollution is now as urgent as developing national standards of sanitation was for our ancestors who discovered bacteria. Any medical model requires the need to understand what kind of environment we must create, or preserve, in order to survive.

EFFECTIVE DETECTIVE WORK

According to the World Health Organization, the gold standard for detecting environmental toxicity is hair analysis. Like no other known diagnostic tool, it proves that each of us is in fact poisoned, impaired, exploited, and often sacrificed to make somebody rich through being forced, without our knowledge, to take into our bodies substances on which our industrial economy depends. Corporate anonymity ensures no responsibility will be taken for the resulting cancers, asthma, obesity, and destroyed children’s brains.

A a conference on hair, tissue, and mineral analysis was held in Toronto. Dr. George Tamari (MD) of Anamol Laboratories, and Dr. Patricia Wales (ND) of Alberta (a chelation expert), taught health professionals the most recent advances in the use of these tests. Information gained from hair is more accurate than from blood and urine, which only inform about the last few hours. Blood and urine give the picture of the moment only, informing about what the body discards after the last meal, but not about what toxic metals are stored deep in the tissues where they systematically destroy the organs over time. By the time blood or urine show toxicity and lack of essential minerals the patient may be close to death.

By contrast, hair analysis can show deficiencies that will have future consequences before signs and symptoms of illness have begun: hair analysis is history, diagnosis and guide to a highly specific therapy all in one. Hair shows months of toxic metal accumulation averaged out over time, as well as the depleted status of beneficial metals and minerals. Hair analysis reveals what is happening on the battlefield and who is losing. (Archaeological hair analysis has even helped
establish the declining nutritional status of agrarian populations when agriculture began some 10,000 years ago with
its reliance on mono-diets, the so-called “staples”, after millions of years on much more varied diets.)

DETOXIFICATION PROTOCOLS

Detoxification treatments fall into two groups: those that require a doctor and those that don’t. It takes a medical doctor or a naturopathic doctor to interpret a hair analysis, and legally only medical physicians can provide intravenous therapies. However, for people who are not desperately ill and for purposes of prevention anybody can learn the basics and apply them. That is why the resource section at end of this article is so extensive. A couple of weeks of intensive reading, a hair analysis test in the range of $50, and daily mineral and vitamin supplementation can prevent cancer and save your life. The most comprehensive information on environmental toxins and relevant therapies is available from the International Medical Veritas Association

Toxicology is the branch of biology that is considered to be “exact” like physics. If your hair analysis shows the presence of toxic metals, they should be removed. The available protocols include the following, usually in various combinations:

  • Accessing the bloodstream with chelating drugs to remove toxic metals intravenously; this requires the use of vitamins and beneficial minerals, like magnesium, to be infused simultaneously to ensure that heavy metals do not injure the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract during elimination. (Note: chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease follows different protocols so almost nothing discussed here applies.)
  • Using the skin’s excretion powers through far infrared sauna, clay in baths or poultices, acupuncture to increase lymphatic drainage, herbal foot patches to utilize the body’s ability to excrete toxins through osmosis. The infrared sauna utilizes the body’s largest organ (the skin), which constantly excretes toxins through sweat, while also increasing the cell-division process (healing) and mobilizing lymphatic drainage (the internal cleaning process). Sauna therapy also requires supplementation of vitamins and minerals to offset those lost in sweat.
  • Orally supplementing with beneficial minerals that are antagonistic to the toxic ones, thus slowly removing them (e.g. magnesium chelates mercury, zinc detoxes lead, etc.). Since all toxic metals deplete essential and beneficial metals/minerals, increasing the intake and bio-availability of beneficial metals helps to excrete the toxic ones.
  • Dietary changes: organic food is less acidic and more alkaline due to the absence of pesticides, and it promotes bio-availability of beneficial minerals.
  • Removal of all “silver” amalgams (absolute must in all cases, though timing may vary individually).

Often the above methods are tailored to the specific patient, as Dr. Grace Zeim does at Johns Hopkins Center for Environmental Medicine. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt in Seattle is one of the world’s leading experts in detoxification. He explains: “there are no true detoxification agents: all we have
are mobilizing agents. The body has to do the excreting with the help of proper mobilizing agents.” Hence, the training provided in chelation therapies by the American Academy for the Advancement of Medicine teaches how and when to use which method and how to titrate intravenous chelation over time and intensity, the deciding factor being individual patients’ tolerances and the extent of patients’ prior organ damage.

Environmental and dietary toxins can kill rapidly or slowly, through one-time powerful doses, or through low-level exposures over long periods of time. The mode of action is systematic blockage of essential nutrients and interference with the function of the organs that naturally handle detoxification (liver, skin, kidneys, bowels). Different metals affect different organs as prime targets: mercury attacks first the kidneys and then the brain and spinal chord, lead attacks the brain, all affect the liver.

Detoxification combined with nutrient replenishment are the two inseparable activities of intervention and preventive medicine. Fortunately, we now know how to treat and prevent the effects of almost all the poisons which humanity has inadvertently or intentionally created (depleted uranium being the awful exception).

For example:

  • The medical literature has reported that Alzheimer’s patients, already in diapers and unable to feed themselves, were able to return home to their families after being rapidly detoxed by intravenous chelation from heavy metals.
  • Raving lunatics locked up in mental hospitals woke up to normal consciousness after detoxification.
  • Autistic children, poisoned either by a tuna-fish eating mother during pregnancy or by mercury-preserved (thimerosal) vaccines have had their brain functions restored by various detox protocols.
  • The prevention of damage to a fetus is achievable by analyzing the mother’s toxicity and nutritional status through her hair, and then detoxing her prenatally.

MY PERSONAL CASE HISTORY

Fortunately, my own personal road to recovery was facilitated by my dentist, who was a member of the International Academy for Oral and Medical Toxicology. He sent me for a hair analysis to ascertain heavy metal levels and to establish bio-compatibility for the substitute fillings.

When determining appropriate detoxification protocols, my own experience has been most dramatic with foot patches made in Japan from wood vinegar. Due to a life-long kidney problem caused by decades of exposure to DDT and amalgams, intravenous chelation was not possible for me, my right kidney being too damaged to handle toxic metal excretion. Infrared sauna therapy, one of the best methods, was not an option either because my “temperature gauge” (the hypothalamus) is also damaged from the mercury.

So effective healing was only initiated after complete amalgam removal, switching to an organic diet, and taking three times daily, for many years high doses of vitamins C, B, E, selenium, beneficial minerals and essential fatty acids (often given intravenously to get the nutrients into the tissues faster).

A few months ago, I also learned about the herbal foot patches developed by Japanese doctors; these access the 4,000 sweat glands and hundreds of major acupuncture points in our feet while we sleep. Their efficacy has been confirmed by the environmental medicine lab, SCR Analytical Lab in the U.S.,
which found traces of heavy metals, benzene, methyl alcohol, various toxic dyes and PCBs in used patches discarded from
patients’ feet after being applied overnight. Hair analysis on these patients, before and after use of the patches, revealed a drastic reduction of heavy metals even in extreme cases after just three months of use. Apparently, the secret is wood vinegar’s enormous absorbing power. The effectiveness of this pyroligneous acid is enhanced through the feet’s acupuncture points. Really impressive is also that this a very cost effective detox method (see below).

After five weeks of using the foot patches nightly, I experienced a tremendous increase in energy: no more brain fog! And I appear to tire out my grandchildren these days, need fewer supplements lost most of the aches and pains which I had resigned myself to accepting as part of aging, sleep like a
baby without melatonin, and most importantly manage to attend lectures and conferences in that generally toxic public buildings without being knocked out for a few days afterwards. In six months’ time another hair analysis will provide objective proof of how much these pads have removed. A word of caution: it is essential to take B vitamins and a full-spectrum mineral cocktail twice during the day, as these pads also remove beneficial minerals during the night.

Today we can do what Hippocrates told us 2,500 years ago to do, namely to understand that health is our “most valuable possession and learn how to treat  illness by [our] ownjudgment.”

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