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An email I received...
Yet another case for steering clear of diet drinks!...

Hello Folks,  

I am here once again with lots of uplifting good news! Your diet-cola maybe killing you!

You heard that right. If you are drinking any kind of diet cola or drink, or consuming any sugar free gum, or any sugar substitute like Equal, Nutrasweet or Spoonful, I got news for you.  

This article can save you or your loved ones from serious illnesses like brain tumors, leukemia, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, epilepsy, birth defects, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s and many more! So I suggest you start paying attention and share it with as many people as you can.  

Ok, here is the background:  

The substance that is used to sweeten your diet drink and sugar free foods (including Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Kool Aid, Listerine Strips, different sugar free gums etc) is called Aspartame. Aspartame is also the technical name for brand names like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and other sugar alternatives. Aspartame was discovered by accident in 1965 by a chemist of G.D Searle Company. G.D Searle tried to get approval from the FDA in United States in 1974 but failed due to objections from a neuroscience researcher named Dr John Olney and a consumer attorney named James Turner. For the time being, the FDA put the approval on hold to carry out further investigation. However, aspartame was allowed on 1981 for dry goods and 1983 for carbonated beverages.  

Aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods. It is responsible for headaches/migraines, heart palpitations, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, depression, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.  

According to recent studies it is also responsible for triggering or worsening brain tumors, multiple sclerosis,  birth defects, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, and diabetes.

So why was aspartame approved by the FDA? Well, for many years FDA not only refused to approve it, but took G. D. Searle to court indicting them under Title 18, Section 1001 for “their willful and knowing failure to make reports to the FDA required... and for concealing material facts and making false statements in reports of animal studies conducted to establish the safety of aspartame.”  

You know why? Because in 1969, Searle conducted a study with Dr Harry Waisman on the effects of aspartame on primates. Seven baby monkeys were given Aspartame in milk. One died after 300 days; five others had grand mal seizures. Searle eliminated these findings when they submitted this study to the FDA!  

So that’s pretty huge right? And Searle should have been stopped from producing this dangerous chemical forever right? Unfortunately there was a famous man in this story who had very high stakes in Aspartame.  

The CEO of G D Searle at the time was Donald Rumsfeld (retired defense secretary for the Bush administration who de facto led the Iraq war)! Mr Rumsfeld said he would ensure that aspartame gets approved even though the FDA said no. He was also on President Reagan’s transition team at the time.

The story of how Rumsfeld accomplished this was told by the attorney James Turner in a documentary on aspartame called “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” you can visit the site here:

www.soundandfury.tv/pages/sweet%20misery.html  

And here are some videos where you can see Mr Turner narrate the story of how greed kills millions of people for years to come!  

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In 1985, the G.D Searle Company was bought over by Monsanto. The first thing Monsanto did was make the Searle Pharmaceuticals and NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.  

Now Monsanto is also one of the world’s biggest companies that produce genetically modified foods and other chemicals that go into foods and food production. Monsanto is also known for producing pesticides.    

Now we are talking about a multi billion dollar industry called the diet drink industry. Just like CFC (which almost destroyed the earths climate because of its long term destructive properties yet was popularized for more than 40 years as the magic chemical that makes money yet is environment friendly, until we had the Ozone Hole) and Trans-fats (that clog your arteries and makes you obese and responsible for numerous other diseases yet millions of people around the world are eating KFC), Aspartame also is very preciously protected because its HIGHLY PROFITABLE!    

In 1992 the Flying Safety Magazine published articles about the dangers of Aspartame and mentioned that some people could be immediately affected by Aspartame with as small doses as a chewing gum. And here is the most interesting piece of information:  

Major airline pilots are not allowed drink or consume Aspartame containing goods! You know why? Because it increases the risk of headaches, seizures, heart palpitations, depression, slurred speech, loss of memory, loss of sensation in lower legs, loss of equilibrium, vertigo, anxiety attacks, chronic fatigue, vision loss, etc. How nice is that? Now you can stop worrying because even if you might be killing yourself with Aspartame poisoning, you should be happy knowing that at least you are going to reach your destination in one piece.  

Now I know, in your mind you might be thinking well, diet drinks at least keep your weight in check! Right? Well, does it really?  

Aspartame has actually been known to contribute to weight problem and obesity even though it is used in diet drinks. Of course it doesn’t cause over weight issues the same way that sugar does, but it causes obesity by creating some very harmful toxic materials in the body. It also makes you crave carbohydrates which makes you gain weight. These toxins are often stored by the body in fat particularly on the hips and thighs. Not surprising that millions of overweight people around the world are drinking diet Coke, Pepsi and other drinks for years and still not loosing any weight!  

In the famous book Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, says aspartame may trigger clinical diabetes! He says that excitotoxins such as NutraSweet literally stimulate neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. “What really concerns me about aspartame,” he says, “is its association with brain tumors as well as pancreatic, uterine and ovarian tumors. ... and that so many develop an Alzheimers-like syndrome with prolonged exposure.”

Dr Blaylock also commented: “The new study released in the European Journal of oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products...”

“This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers, which also found the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and that this damage was accumulative. The type of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame every day could increase one’s risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia.”  

Unfortunately, even as I write this today, millions of people around the world are sipping on their “sugar free” and “zero calorie” poison. Every year millions of dollars are spent on marketing and advertising diet drinks with slim and petite women in on the billboards and TV. Little do the ignorant consumers realize that they are paying with their health, their children’s health, and their grandchildren’s health everyday to make people like Rumsfeld and companies like Searle and NutraSweet richer and richer.  

On the other hand people like me, Dr Betty Martini (who is the world leader in exposing the ill effects of chemical sweeteners) and hundreds of others are trying their best to reach as many people as possible around the world. But we are up against billions of dollars worth combined advertising and marketing budget of the diet drink companies, processed food companies etc.  

How much chance do we have to break through the noise of these mega budget campaigns? I don’t know. But I would like to believe that we are making a difference... That you would read this letter today and never touch any aspartame related product ever again. That you would take the initiative to tell as many people as you can in person, on the phone, via email, in the next office meeting or whatever else you can think of. If you do that, we take a step forward and we shall win. If you don’t, then all of this effort is worthless.  

Think about it.  

If you would like to help the movement and help thousands, if not millions of people around the planet, read on and follow the 3 steps given here to help the world today.  

Step 1: Forward this email to at least 5 of your friends, family or loved ones.

Step 2: Let me know that you have forwarded it at [Link Removed]  Just send me just an empty email. Don’t write anything as it is an auto responder. If you have questions or comments follow the email link below.  

Step 3: As a thank you gift I’ll send you two motivational ebooks for free. One on a true story of how to bounce back at life when you got nothing more to loose and the other an excellent 49 page special report on motivation. This applies to all readers of this email.  

Spread the word and let more and more people live a life of health, abundance and happiness!    

I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, poison free day.  

Shafin

 —-
Shafin de Zane, CHT, MH, MNLP
Hypnotherapist, Author, Spiritual Teacher


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      Coachmombabe wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Thank you! I will be passing this on. Too many people think that they are doing something good for their bodies by using these products, when they are slowing killing themselves with it. I have eliminated all artificial sweeteners and MSG, feel much better for it!



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      Stephanie wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Oh my... I knew soda was bad for me so I don’t drink it often but I did not realize how much artificial products I consume because I am a regular sugar free gum chewer and splenda user..

      Thank you for this information I am going to regulate my diet!



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      Inakika wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • In the words of Florida Evans: Damn Damn Damn!!



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Stephanie,
      I don’t think Splenda has asperatame as an ingredient. At least I hope not. I’m a regualar user. If it does then I’m with Inakika and Florida Evans..Damn damn damn!!

      The ingredients in Splenda are dextrose, maltodextrin and sucralose, which I think is a derivative of sugar. I’m really not sure of what the others are. I’ll have to look up maltodextrin.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Here is some more info...lengthy....but informative....

      From the book Skinny Bit**, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

      “When aspartame was put before the FDA for approval, it was denied eight times. G.D. Searle, founder of aspartame tried to get FDA approval in 1973. Clearly, he wasn’t bothered by reports from nueroscientist Dr. John Olney and researches Ann Reynolds (hired by Searle himself) that aspartame was dangerous. Dr. Martha Freeman, a scientist from the FDA Division of Metabolic and Endocrine Drug Products, declared, ‘The information submitted for review is inadequate to permit a scientific evaluation of clinical safety.’ Freeman recommended that until the safety of aspartame was proven, marketing the product should not be permitted. Alas, her recommendations were ignored. Somehow, in 1974, Searle go approval to use aspartame in dry foods. However, it wasn’t smooth sailing from there. In 1975, the FDA put together a task force to review Searle’s testing methods. Task force team leader Philip Brodsky said he ‘had never seen anything as bad as Searle’s testing’ and called the test results ‘manipulated.’ Before aspartame actually made it into dry foods, Olney and attorney and consumer advocate Jim Turner filed objections against the approval. In 1977, the FDA asked the U.S. attorney’s office to start grand jury proceedings against Searle for ‘knowingly misrepresenting findings and concealing material facts and making false statements in aspartame safety tests.” Shortly after, the U.S. attorney leading the investigation against Searle was offered a job by the law firm representing Searle. Later the same year, he resigned as U.S. attorney and withdrew from the case, delaying the grand jury’s investigation. This caused the statute of limitations on the charges to run out, and the investigation was dropped. And he accepted the job with Searle’s law firm. Stunning. In 1980, a review by the Public Board of Inquiry set up by the FDA determined that aspartame should not be approved. The board said it had ‘not been presented with proof of reasonable certainty that aspartame is safe for use as a food additive.’ In 1981, new FDA Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed. Despite the fact that 3 out of 6 scientists advised against approval, Hayes decided to overrule the scientific review panel and allow aspartame into limited dry goods. In 1983, he got it approved for beverages, even though the National Soft Drink Association urged the FDA to delay approval until further testing could be done. That same year, Hayes left the FDA amid charges of impropriety. The Internal Department of Health and Human Services was investigating Hayes for accepting gratuities from FDA-regulated companies. He went to work as a consultant for Searle’s public relations firm. Interesting. The FDA finally urged Congress to prosecute Searle for giving the government false or incomplete test results on aspartame. However, the two government attorneys assigned to the case decided not to prosecute. Later, they went to work for the law firm that represented Searle. Fascinating. Despite recognizing 92 different symptoms that result from ingesting aspartame, the FDA approved it for use, without restriction, in 1999. Brilliant. So many people have been sickened from this sh*t that there are aspartame victim support groups. Some of the 92 aspartame effects listed by the FDA include memory loss, nerve cell damage, migraines, reproductive disorders, mental confusion, brain lesions, blindness, joint pain, Alzheimer’s, bloating, nervous system disorders, hair loss, food cravings, and weight gain. Aspartame is a $1 billion industry. The National Justice League has filed a series of lawsuits against food companies using aspartame, claiming they are poisoning the public. In September 2004, a class action lawsuit was filed for $350 million against NutraSweet and the American Diabetics Association. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfelt is named in the suit for using political muscle to get aspartame approved by the FDA. NutraSweet and Equal contain aspartame. When ingested, one of aspartame’s ingredients, methyl alcohol, converts into formaldehyde, a deadly neurotoxin. In addition to aspartame, Equal contains the amino acid phenylalanine. Phenylalanine occurs naturally in the brain. But high levels can increase the chance of seizures and lead to depression and schizophrenia. There are no lesser of the 2 evils. NutraSweet and Equal are both evil. Sweet & Low is no saint, either. It is an artificial sweetener that contains saccharin, a coal-tar compound. Stay away. Because we‘re having so much fun, let’s bash the sh*t out of Splenda, 1 of the newer sweeteners. Splenda is made by chlorinating sugar, changing its molecular structure. The finished product is called sucralose. The makers of this poison tout its lack of calories and claim it’s safe for diabetics. The FDA calls sucralose 98% methanol, and arsenic. Well, gee, at least it doesn’t have calories. So what if it has a little arsenic? Sucralose has been found to cause diarrhea; organ, genetic, immune system, and reproductive damage; swelling of the liver and kidneys; and a decrease in fetal body weight. What a splendid product! According to Dr. Joseph Mercola in Consumer Research magazine’s article “The Potential Dangers of Sucralose,” “There is no clear-cut evidence that sugar substitutes are useful in weight reduction. On the contrary, there is some evidence that these substances stimulate appetite.” Not only have multiple class action lawsuits been filed, but even the president of the National Sugar Association and the manufacturer of Equal are up in arms about Splenda. They each filed suit, claiming that Splenda manufacturers are misleading consumers into thinking the product is natural when it is “a highly processed chemical compound.” Don’t think that the giants behind artificial sweeteners and the sugar industry suddenly started caring about public health. Splenda’s clever marketing is just totally screwing up their sales. But even executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Dr. Michael F. Jacobson, who normally criticizes The National Sugar Association, had to agree: “Advertising and labeling, whether for products that are healthful or unhealthful, should be truthful and not misleading.” Clearly, artificial sweeteners and refined sugars are bad for many reasons. Here’s one more. We have a delicate balancing act occurring in our bodies at all times-pH balance. Basically, everything we eat has its own pH balance. When food is digested, it leaves an acid or alkaline “ash” in the body, depending on the food’s mineral content. Surprise, surprise: Artificial sweeteners are highly acid forming. (Coffee, excessive protein, meat, pasteurized dairy, refined sugars, and fatty foods are, too.) When our bodies get too acidic, we are much more prone to illness. Sometimes, we don’t even know we‘re sick until it’s too late. But we can notice mild maladies, like skin problems, allergies, headaches, colds, or yeast infections. Or, we can experience major trauma-severe damage to our thyroid gland, liver, and adrenal glands. If our pH balance becomes to acidic, our bodies will react to protect themselves. To neutralize the acid, they will take alkalizing minerals from our reserves. If our reserves are low, the body will withdraw minerals from our bones and muscles. If that doesn’t scare you, consider this: It is commonly believed that cancer cells thrive in acid environments. Now, logically, you would think that citrus fruits are acidic, but actually, when they enter the body, they are alkalizing. We know this goes against the “use your own head” idea because they seem like they’d be acidic. But they contain potassium and calcium which are alkalizing minerals. They also have a high percentage of alkaline salts. Nearly all fruits, vegetables, and legumes are alkaline when they enter the body.”

      From the book The Schwarzbein Principle 2 by Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. with Marilyn Brown

      “Artificially sweetened beverages: Avoid all beverages with artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, saccharine, sucralose and other artificial sugars all damage the cells of your body. Keep these toxic chemicals out of your system because they will age you faster.”

      “Artificial Sweeteners: You can stop these chemicals cold turkey because they do not affect your adrenal glands like refined sugars do. The only alternative sugar that I recommend is a product called Stevia because it is not a toxic chemical. I do not endorse or recommend that you use any type of artificial sweetener. I do not like aspartame, acesulfame K, sorbitol, sucralose or saccharine because they are all harmful. Alternatively, use a small amount of real honey instead of artificial sweeteners. Although honey causes a rise in insulin levels, it is always better to ingest real food.”



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      Inakika wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I try so hard not to drink diet soda, I mostly drink tea and water (and a little wine)
      But sometimes I just want a soda, so I try to only have one when that urge hits. I used to drink soda all the time until I realized they were just empty calories. But every now and then I just want one.....
      Hi, my name is Ingrid and I’m a soda-holic
      HI INGRID!



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      Dianne67 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • So...after reading the last bunch of information that means no Splenda either.  I have been using Splenda for my boyfriend since he has type 2 diabetes.  The diabetes counsel recommends all of the bad ones; but I know why and that is because they get sponsorship.  I was hoping Splenda was better, even though it went through a chemical process.  

      So I guess it is natural sugar in small quantities.

      I feel like we have to watch everything we eat!!  

      Hugs-
      Dianne



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Maltodextrin: made from corn or potato starch. It’s produced by cooking down the starch. During the cooking process starch natural enzymes help break down starch even further. The end result is simple white powder that contains roughly four calories per gram an extremely small amount of fiber, fat and protein. I found this on www.wisegeek.com  

      YEAH!! I can still have my Splenda! which I’m thinking of cutting loose anyway.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I’ll have a coke every so often but I only buy the little 8oz. cans and I still can’t finish a whole one.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Almostfive0, you may want to do some research on Splenda. There seems to be a lot of contraversay about the safety of this additive. Check out this link [Link Removed]

      You may not be out of the woods yet! Sorry!


      Coachmombabe, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • coachmombabe I think you‘re right.. I’ve been in denial...lol

      Like I said I have been considering not using it anymore anyway. I’m not that attached really.
      Thanks



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      Coachmombabe wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • You can do it! I have faith in you!!! (it’s the least I can do for bearing bad news) ;o)



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      Inakika wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I think the best thing is just to use things in moderation. My husband is also diabetic and he uses Splenda sparingly. I do use regular sugar, but only in small amounts.
      My question is this: What can we eat or drink anymore? It seems that everytime I read the newspaper or look at my local news, there is something that we’ve been eating for years that all of a sudden is found to be deadly. How come some of this stuff wasn’t deadly when we were kids? Or were we just un-informed?
      I’m telling ya’ll right now I will be eating cake with full on vigor, joy and with a big old sh*t eating grin on my face!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • inakika, I hear ya! Seems like nothing’s safe, even the good foods now have salmonella! yuck! maybe we need to go back to growing our own.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • LOL inakika....too funny



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I enjoy reading Mercola’s articles too (when he isn’t peddling his latest endorsement.)
      I wholeheartedly agree about Splenda aka sucralose.
      It was next on my list of baby steps to better health posts. The stuff is deadly - albeit a slow sneaking up on you kind of dying. I mentioned it a bit in my 1st baby step blog when I was talking about water.
      Ingrid, a better option is stevia or xylitol for your hubby (and anyone wanting to avoid sugar.) Both are natural, low cal, non blood sugar affecting, substitues for sugar.  

      Sharing Hope,

      Dee Dee



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Coachmombabe,
      I am almost there (self sustaining - at least a wannabe!) We even have to be careful what we grow for ourselves though because of all the genetically modified seeds now on the market. There is a research project for you - although I don’t really have an answer to avoid them. We can as consumers buy non-gmo when we can. We can tell our elected officials to require labeling. For now, I avoid corn as much as possible, and buy organic when feasible. And we take the best anti-oxidant on the market to help our bodies protect us against all the junk that we can’t (or choose not to) avoid.  

      Sharing Hope,
      Dee Dee



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Do a search for sucralose - it is actually the generic name for Splenda - yeah, it comes from a natural source... and they process it in much the same way DDT is made. They chlorinate it - the stuff is toxic, toxic, toxic... and the FDA knows it.  

      Sorry gals - I hate to be a further bearer of bad news. :(

      Sharing Hope,

      DeeDee



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      Darla5 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Almostfive0,

      Girl, I am still trying to work on the impeccable thing...  I have not got that #1 agreement down yet. Now lesson #2...

      I am a Diet Mt. Dew fanatic. I have got to get off it... It is a drug for me. I have tried before and have horrible headaches from withdrawls. This was an eyeopener blog. I will leave off the Dew at the grocery store tomorrow. Now if you see me start using #@!*^# words next week in comments and blogs. You can say ,oh, it is just Darla having withdrawls, no big deal...haha

      I really have taken in alot of things that you have posted this week. You have great insight.    

      Thanks!!!!



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Hang in there Darla!...LOL.
      In the meantime maybe you should practice #4....Always Do Your Best!...LOL! And I’ll try to make sure I remember #2 and not take it personal if you curse me out while your in detox!



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I’m feeling you inakika.
      Everything in moderation. That’s my motto but there’s so much crap in the soil, the water, the air, etc...
      We just have to be aware and at make sure we at least know what’s in the foods we are ingesting.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Empower...
      keep taking care girl, just remain aware. the only time I drink juices is when they are 100% juice.



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      Meri Cain wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I am a Splenda user in my coffee and order sugar free in my latte when ordering out,thinking I am making a better choice for my Low Blood Sugar.
      Very disappointed.
      -Meri



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I use sugar in my coffee....and a liquid creamer. I don’t drink a lot of coffee. I tried Splenda once in my ice tea and I about spit it out all over the table...at a Christmas dinner no less.  

      Listen folks...all of this processed food we are eating....chemicals.....and whatever else that is man made...IS NOT GOOD FOR US.  

      God didn’t invent Splenda....he did invent “honey“...a natural sweetener....or plain old sugar.  

      WE do not eat enough fruits and vegetables...PERIOD.  All this crap we are putting into our bodies is literally killing us.  How do you explain all of the cancer that is diagnosed daily out there, but we keep making some headway in curing it?  It’s out of control.....and our kids....why is their a child obesity problem?  Because we let them eat all of this crap.  We are all guilty.  And it’s hard to escape a lot of it because it’s hidden in so many things.



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      Dianne67 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Another sweetener that I like that is Agave Nectar.  I use it in my iced tea.  It will not crash you like sugar will and I like the taste.  I did not like the taste of stevia.  I found it to be bitter; but maybe I need to try it again.

      Agave syrup (or nectar) is about 90% fructose. Only recently has it come in use as a sweetener. It has a low glycemic level and is a delicious and safe alternative to table sugar. Unlike the crystalline form of fructose, which is refined primarily from corn, agave syrup is fructose in its natural form. This nectar does not contain processing chemicals. Even better, because fructose is sweeter than table sugar, less is needed in your recipes. It can be most useful for people who are diabetic, have insulin resistance (Syndrome X), or are simply watching their carbohydrate intake.  

      Fructose has a low glycemic value. However, according to some experts, if fructose is consumed after eating a large meal that overly raises the blood sugar or with high glycemic foods, it no longer has a low glycemic value. Strangely enough, it will take on the value of the higher glycemic food. So exercise restraint, even with this wonderful sweetener. It is a good policy to eat fructose-based desserts on an empty stomach, in between meals or with other low-glycemic foods. Use it for an occasional treat or for a light touch of sweetness in your dishes.  

      FYI

      This sweetener is sometimes called “nectar” and sometimes called “syrup“. It is the same food.

      The light syrup has a more neutral flavor.

      In recipes, use about 25% less of this nectar than you would use of table sugar. ¾ cup of agave nectar should equal 1 cup of table sugar. For most recipes this rule works well.

      When substituting this sweetener in recipes, reduce your liquid slightly, sometimes as much as 1/3 less.  

      Reduce your oven temperature by 25 degrees.  

      Agave nectar can be combined with Splenda to counter Splenda’s aftertaste and to control the amount of fructose used.  

      The glycemic index of agave nectar is low.

      As a food exchange, a one-teaspoon serving of agave nectar equals a free food. Two servings or two teaspoons equals ½ carbohydrate exchange.  

      Hugs-
      Dianne



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      Meri Cain wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Sound like a good alternative.
      I am going to give it a try.
      Thanks Dianne67.
      -Meri



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I just dont drink Carbonated drinks.  Iced tea plain or with splenda, or water with a squeeze of lime or lemon.  Or juice.. cranberry or lemonaide.

      Now if your sick with a very sore throat, I make exception and get a sprite as something helps loosen flim.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I drink more water than ever.....now.



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      Cat Valentine wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • Since we‘re on the subject of chemicals, let me pass on   this very important email I received from one of my dear friends, Captain Ron. It is about PHENYLPROPANDAMINE (PPA).
      He wrote that a friend’s Mother suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while driving home from his house and passed away 4 days later. One week prior she had been issued a clean bill of health from her doctor. However, she had come down with a cold while at his house and had taken Alka Seltzer Cold Plus for 3 days. PPA is one of the ingredients and can cause hemorrhagic strokes or cerebral bleeding, even with the first use!
      If you call the 800# on boxes of drugs containing PPA, request a refund. Here is a list of over the counter drugs containing PPA:
      Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
      Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplemants
      Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control
      Alka Seltzer Plus Children’s Cold Medicine
      Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Effervescent
      Alka Seltzer Plus & Cough Effervescent
      Alka Seltzer Plus & Flu Medicine
      Alka Seltzer Plus & Sinus Effervescent
      Alka Seltzer Plus Nite-Time Cold Medicine
      BC Sinus Cold Powder
      BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
      Comptrex Flu Therapy / Fever Reliever
      Day & Nite Contac 12-hour Cold Capsules
      Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
      Dexatrim Caffeine Free
      Dexatrim Extended Duration
      Dexatrim Gelcaps
      Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
      Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
      Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liquigels
      Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
      Dimetapp Elixir
      Dimetapp 4 hour Liquid Gels
      Dimetapp 4 hour Tablets
      Dimetapp 12 hour Extended Tablets
      Naldecon DX Pediatric drops
      Dermathene Mega-16
      Robitussin CF
      Tavist-D 12 hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion
      Triaminic DM Cough Relief
      Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
      Triaminic Syrup Cold & Pain Allergy
      Triaminic Cold & Cough
      He stated that he called the 800# on the container for Triaminic and they informed him that they are voluntarily recalling the following medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children:
      Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (pink)
      3D Cold & Cough Berry
      3D Cough Relief Yellow Expectorant
      They are asking you to call them at 800-548-3708 with the lot number on the box so they can send you postage for you to send it back and get a full refund.
      To confirm these findings go to this website:
      www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/ppa
      As for the comments on Splenda, I subscribed to Dr. Janet Starr Hull’s newsletter and found out many interesting facts on sweetners. The main concern was that it contains the carcinogen chlorine.
      Hope this helps....maryclark I guess you‘re right...we need to drink more H2O!



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      Jen Owens wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • There is another alternative and it’s called Stevia. I’ve been using it for years and love it. No headaches. You can pick it up in bulk or individual packets at health food stores - I get mine at Whole Foods.

      “If you’ve ever tasted stevia, you know it’s extremely sweet. In fact, this remarkable noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries.”

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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • You can even buy a stevia plant and add the leaves to your tea just like you would mint. There is no bitterness in the leaves Mary.
      Xylitol is also an alternative. It is a ‘good sugar’ - one of the necessary 8 glyconutrients (Miracle Sugars/ The Healing Power of 8 Sugars.) I prefer the combo of xylitol and stevia which gives enough sweetness without an after taste. I also prefer liquid stevia to powdered. You can better control the amount to avoid after taste.

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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • BTW - a good list of food ingredients to avoid:

      artificial sweeteners -sucralose, aspartame, Splenda, saccharine
      MSG (monosodium glutamate)
      high fructose corn syrup
      hyrdogenated and partially hydrognated oils
      artificial food colorings
      just to get you started..... :)

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      Mksactown wrote Oct 6, 2008
    • Isn’t Xylitol in gum like Trident? I was reading that it will harm your animals as well, so make sure if you have gum with Xylitol in it, to keep it out of reach of your animals.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 6, 2008
    • Xylitol is a “good” sugar. Trident might harm your animals, but xylitol won’t. :) Most gums have artificial sweeteners in them, all of the ‘sugar free’ ones do. Xylitol is the source of xylose - one of the eight essential sugars that your body uses to communicate at a cellular level. Those eight special plant sugars create the alphabet that the body uses to talk at the cellular level. The are integrally connected to proper immune function. 6 of the 8 are woefully deficient in our diets, and hence, we have astronomically escalating chronic conditions related to improper immune function.

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      Dee Dee



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      Cat Valentine wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • I just checked out the sugarless gum I buy here in Norway. There is Xylitol (30%), Mannitol, Sorbitol, and Aspartame.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • Aspartame is the bad one. Use google - avoid corporately sponsored sites though. They have a vested interest (just like when you are researching drugs.)

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      Dee Dee



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