Thursday, June 21, 2012
While Science Sleeps
Products that contain Aspartame will have the warning “PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENLYLALANINE” on the back of the label.
10% of Aspartame is methanol. Methanol is considered a deadly poison. When Aspartame is consumed methanol is slowly released in the small intestine and from there methanol breaks down into Formic acid and Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, a deadly neurotoxin, is used as an embalming fluid, for tanning leather, as a disinfectant and as a photographic chemical among many other uses. Formaldehyde is also a known carcinogen and causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication, and can cause birth defects. To get an idea of how much methanol is absorbed from Aspartame a one litre bottle of (Aspartame sweetened) Diet Coke contains 58mg of methanol, while the recommended limit of consumption for methanol is only 7.8mg per day.
A product as dangerous as Aspartame should never have been approved for use in food and beverages. In fact the approval by the FDA was put on hold for six years when in 1974 neuroscience researcher Dr. J.W. Olney objected against the approval of such a dangerous substance.
Despite the facts about Aspartame it continues to be one of the most popular artificial sweeteners. Awareness is spreading, but public relation firms are doing their best to turn the truth about Aspartame into an ‘urban myth’. But it isn’t! You and your children could be absorbing this mind debilitating and body destroying chemical without even knowing it. It’s up to you to spread the word and warn others of this toxic substance.
Methanol A Chemical Trojan Horse
Until 200 years ago, methanol was an extremely rare component of the human diet and is still rarely consumed in contemporary hunter and gatherer cultures. With the invention of canning in the 1800s, canned and bottled fruits and vegetables, whose methanol content greatly exceeds that of their fresh counterparts, became far more prevalent. The recent dietary introduction of aspartame, an artificial sweetener 11% methanol by weight, has also greatly increased methanol consumption. Moreover, methanol is a major component of cigarette smoke, known to be a causative agent of many diseases of civilization (DOC).
Conversion to formaldehyde in organs other than the liver is the principal means by which methanol may cause disease. The known sites of class I alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH I), the only human enzyme capable of metabolizing methanol to formaldehyde, correspond to the sites of origin for many DOC. Variability in sensitivity to exogenous methanol consumption may be accounted for in part by the presence of aldehyde dehydrogenase sufficient to reduce the toxic effect of formaldehyde production in tissue through its conversion to the much less toxic formic acid.
The consumption or endogenous production of small amounts of ethanol, which acts as a competitive inhibitor of methanol’s conversion to formaldehyde by ADH I, may afford some individuals protection from DOC.
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Methanol: Where Is It Found? How Can It Be Avoided?
AVOID the following, ranked in order of greatest danger:
2. Diet foods and drinks with aspartame.
3. Fruit and vegetable products and their juices in bottles, cans, or pouches.
4. Jellies, jams, and marmalades not made fresh and kept refrigerated.
5. Black currant and tomato juice products, fresh or processed.
6. Tomato sauces, unless first simmered at least 3 hours with an open lid.
7. Smoked food of any kind, particularly fish and meat.
8. Sugar-free chewing gum.
9. Slivovitz: You can consume one alcoholic drink a day on this diet—no more!
10. Overly ripe or near rotting fruits or vegetables.
Cigarette and cigar smoke: Cigarette smoke, a major source of methanol, has been conclusively identified as a direct cause of multiple sclerosis.
Methanol in the food supply: Absent in all but a handful of foods, methanol does not appear in the primitive diet of the Pleistocene and is almost unheard of in the diet of present-day foragers. Its presence is insignificant in most major human food staples such as milk, cheese, fish, meat, eggs, fresh vegetables, beans, and any of the many grains or grain products.
The few foods listed below contain methanol and should be avoided.
Canned, bottled, jarred, and aseptically packaged fruits, vegetables, and their juices: Canning fruits and vegetables increases methanol by staggering amounts. While there is probably nothing better than consuming a glass of fresh squeezed juice, canned or bottled versions of juice destroy its original nutritional benefits. This warning about any canned fruit or vegetable holds true for home-canned products as well as those commercially produced.
Fresh fruit juice is juice you make yourself or watch someone else make. With its live native yeast and bacteria, and little or no methanol, it is the only healthy option. Juice that is bottled or aseptically packaged in a box or pouch, typically with a straw, is a bad choice. Any container, including jars, can be used for freezing, the best way to preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, or juice until consumed, although refrigeration for a week is permitted. If your only choice is a glass of water or a processed fruit juice in a bottle, box, pouch, or can, water is the far more prudent selection.
Bad news about black currants and tomatoes: In only two fresh fruits is the methanol content high enough to warrant avoidance. Black currant juice is dangerously high in methanol, and abstaining would probably not present any great hardship. The tomato is also naturally high in methanol. The next section explains some European culinary means of removing methanol from tomatoes, thus restoring tomato sauce as a safe choice on your menu. There is no reason not to indulge in the occasional slice of uncooked tomato in a salad or on a cheeseburger, since it takes two full-size tomatoes to produce the methanol in a can of diet soda. Let moderation be your guide.
Aspartame—a very big no! Every molecule of the artificial sweetener NutraSweet, a.k.a. Equal, or Canderel, 951, or aspartame, turns into a molecule of methanol. Aspartame is 11% methanol by weight and has been the civilized world’s most significant source of dietary methanol since the late 1980s. Consume no diet soda or any other diet food. Smoked foods: Fish and meats are traditionally smoked by long, slow exposure to the condensation products of heated wood or wood chips in the exact manner one would manufacture methanol, also called wood alcohol. A fire purposely set to produce smoke simultaneously liberates large amounts of methanol. The way food is conventionally smoked in countries like Scotland and Ireland produces excellent flavor but extremely high methanol, particularly if peat is used to generate the cooking heat, since peat smoke contains up to three times more methanol than wood smoke.
It is, therefore, no coincidence that in countries where you find the highest incidence of multiple sclerosis, you also find these traditional methods of food processing that can result in large methanol dosing. Scotland, where traditionally smoked food is often consumed at every meal, has the highest incidence of MS anywhere in the world. The Faroe Islands were settled by the same basic stock of people, but because there is little wood and no peat in this location, air drying is used to preserve fish and meat. This may help explain why multiple sclerosis was never recorded there until the English navy introduced cigarettes and canned fruits and vegetables during the Second World War.
(This is a very interesting article. aspertame 951 is a killer. Its in over 6,000 food products. Methanol in lesser amounts is found in canned fruits and vegatbles. Methanol is a killer. This article explains where it is found and how to avoid it.
Heed the above list and avoid aspertame products as much as possible. Also avoid canned products because they also contain methanol but to a much greater extent.
I admit it will be almost impossible to stop eating canned foods but it seems it would help to buy foods that are not canned to avoid methanol. Yes I do believe the government is trying to kill people in this suttle way.) Story Reports
Aspartame has been documented as causing headaches, numbness, fatigue, blurred vision and blindness, heart palpitations, brain lesions and tumours, memory loss, dizziness, muscle spasms, miscarriages, sexual dysfunction, irritability, anxiety attacks, vertigo, epileptic seizures, rashes, tachycardia, tinnitus, joint pain, nausea, mood alterations and depression, hearing loss, slurred speech, loss of taste, and insomnia, as well as eroding intelligence and short-term memory. It also helps trigger multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes, mental retardation, lymphoma, and birth defects.
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Aspartame Symptoms Headache #1, Vertigo #2
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS OR ASPARTAME DISEASE?
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS OR ASPARTAME DISEASE?
By H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
Aspartame disease refers to symptoms and signs attributable to the use of products containing aspartame. This synthetic chemical is commonly known as NutraSweet(r) and Equal(r). Over half the U.S. population currently consumes it.
In my opinion, aspartame disease afflicts numerous consumers of such products, probably in the millions. This is based on my own data base of over 1,200 (!) aspartame reactors and extensive research, coupled with the many thousands of complaints volunteered to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by outraged persons.
Certain areas of the brain, eyes, inner ear and peripheral nerves are highly vulnerable. The most frequent features of aspartame disease include headache, dizziness, poor equilibrium, confusion, impaired or double vision, convulsions, ringing in the ears, slurred speech, tremors, extreme fatigue, motor and sensory disturbances affecting the limbs, and other neuropsychiatric complaints.
I have encountered scores of patients with aspartame disease in whom these features -- in varying combinations - were diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.
This has been particularly impressive in the case of weight- conscious young women using "diet" soft drinks, tabletop sweeteners, and sugar-free gum.
The causative or contributing role of aspartame was convincingly indicated by (1) their dramatic improvement within several days or weeks after avoiding aspartame products, and (2) the prompt predictable recurrence of complaints after resuming aspartame... often inadvertently.
Each of the components of aspartame -- phenylalanine (50%); aspartic acid (40%); the methyl ester (10%) which promptly becomes free methyl alcohol (!) or methanol -- and their multiple breakdown products after exposure to heat or during prolonged storage is potentially toxic to the brain, retina and other nerves.
An erroneous diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can penalize a person for years. Accordingly, it is my opinion that this diagnosis should not be made in individuals consuming aspartame products until they have been observed for months of total abstinence. I must emphasize that some minor finding in a CT or MRI scan of the brain does not conclusively confirm this diagnosis. During this interval it would be prudent to avoid the administration of potentially toxic drugs, currently being advocated for multiple sclerosis.
Five basic health-steps the system does NOT want you to take Read This!
Hidden dangers and sources of MSG Read This!
We are getting so much MSG from the growing number of processed food items that we have come to rely on. When glutamate is in its pure concentrated form, it must be labeled as MSG on food products containing it.
Since free glutamate can be a component part of certain food additives, such as autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein, the FDA allows it to go into food not labeled as MSG.
A label may say yeast extract, calcium caseinate, or beef flavoring, but the product still contains varying amounts of free glutamic acid. This makes it very difficult for consumers who are trying to avoid it. It is also very dangerous for those who suffer severe reactions to it. But food manufacturers only value MSGs ability to enhance product flavors and big profits.
Many such food labels state proudly, “No MSG”, but the yeast extract contains a substantial amount of free glutamate.
Free glutamate can be a component part of certain food additives, such as autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein, the FDA allows it to go into food not labeled as MSG. A label may say yeast extract, calcium caseinate, or beef flavoring, but the product still contains varying amounts of free glutamic acid.
Soy protein isolate and soy protein concentrate are high in processed free glutamate and are often a component of textured protein, baby formula, cereal, energy bars, and drinks
Most smoke flavor or smoke flavorings use hydrolyzed protein to intensify flavor.
Gelatin, which is a highly processed by-product of animal protein, and soy sauce, made from a fermentation process of soy beans are also rich in free glutamate.
Pure MSG powder is sometimes added to cheaper brands of soy sauce which increases the free glutamate content, intensifying the flavor.
Whole Foods Market This is where food can be purchased that has NO msg or aspertame etc. It costs a little more but as this blog informs you it is one of the best places to get REAL food that is not processed with msg or 951 aspertame etc.
(Yes its true many companies don't care if msg and aspertame 951 make you sick. The US government allows these companies to sell you food that is enhanced for taste with a susbstance that destroys your body.) Story Reports
More Information About How The Government Allows Companies To Sell You Food That KILLS
Whether genetically modified (GM) foods are safe or harmful is still controversial. Most foods we eat may contain ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)--everything from baby formula and food to our dairy to even our meat. If you live in Europe, avoiding GM foods is easier since laws require labeling. However in the US and Canada food manufacturers are not required to label if their food is genetically modified or not.
Here are some guidelines for steering clear of GM foods in your diet, if that is your choice.
Become familiar with the most common applications of genetic modification. These are the products (and their derivatives) that are most likely to be genetically modified:
Soybeans - Gene taken from bacteria (Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4) and inserted into soybeans to make them more resistant to herbicides.
Corn - There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a Gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis inserted to produce the Bt toxin, which poisons Lepidoteran (moths and butterflies) pests. There are also several events which are resistant to various herbicide. Present in high fructose corn syrup and glucose/fructose which is prevalent in a wide variety of foods in America.
Sugar beets - Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.
Cotton - engineered to produce Bt toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient in vegetable oil and margarine.
Dairy - Cows injected with GE hormone rBGH/rBST; possibly fed GM grains and hay.
Aspartame/AminoSweet - Addictive and dangerous artificial sweetener commonly found in chewing gum and "diet" beverages. A building block of aspartame, the amino acid phenylalanine, is usually manufactured with the aid of genetically modified E. coli bacteria. This process has been used industrially in the USA for many years.
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Buy food labeled 100% organic. The US and Canadian governments do not allow manufacturers to label something 100% organic if that food has been genetically modified or been fed genetically modified feed.
However, you may find that organic food is more expensive and different in appearance from conventional products. Also, just because something says "organic" on it does not mean that it does not contain GMs. In fact, it can still contain up to 30% GMs, so be sure the labels say 100% organic.
This applies to eggs, as well. Eggs labeled "free-range", "natural", or "cage-free" are not necessarily GE-free; look for eggs to be 100% organic.
Recognize fruit and vegetable label numbers.
If it is a 4-digit number, the food is conventionally produced.
If it is a 5-digit number beginning with an 8, it is GM. However, do not trust that GE foods will have a PLU identifying it as such, because PLU labeling is optional.
If it is a 5-digit number beginning with a 9, it is
organic. Note This.
Purchase beef that is 100% grass-fed.
Most cattle in the U.S. are grass-fed, but spend the last portion of their lives in feedlots where they may be given GM corn, the purpose of which is to increase intramuscular fat and marbling.
If you're looking to stay away from GMOs, make sure the cattle were 100% grass-fed or pasture-fed (sometimes referred to as grass-finished or pasture-finished). The same applies to meat from other herbivores such as sheep. There is also the slight possibility that the animals were fed GM alfalfa, although this is less likely if you buy meat locally. With non-ruminants like pigs and poultry that cannot be 100% grass-fed, it's better to look for meat that is 100% organic.
Seek products that are specifically labeled as non-GM or GMO-free.
However, it is rare to find products labeled as such. You can also research websites that list companies and foods that do not use genetically modified foods.
Community Supported Agriculture (Local Farms)
Although more than half of all GM foods are produced in the US, most of it comes from large, industrial farms. By shopping at farmers' markets, signing up for a subscription from a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, or patronizing a local co-op, you may be able to avoid GM products and possibly save money at the same time.
How to Save Money at a Farmers' Market
Buy whole foods.
Favor foods that you can cook and prepare yourself, rather than foods that are processed or prepared (e.g. anything that comes in a box or a bag, including fast food). What you lose in convenience, you may recover in money saved and satisfaction gained, as well as increased peace of mind. Try cooking a meal from scratch once or twice a week--you may enjoy it and decide to do it more often.
Grow your own food.
This way you know exactly what was grown, and what went into growing it.
How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods