How many of you have felt uneasy over the amount of “diet” soft drinks your children are consuming each day? If your intuition has given you internal warnings, you are correct. As a chiropractor with a post-doctorate degree in Pediatrics and involved in teaching at multiple conferences, I am very concerned with the increasing use of artificial sweeteners, especially by children. The most widely used of these is ASPARTAME, marketed as “NutraSweet”, “Equal”, and “Spoonful”.  At a World Environmental Conference, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced that there was an increasing epidemic of Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus, among others, thought to be accelerated by a then unknown toxin. It was soon discovered that the toxin in question was Aspartame.

When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F., the wood alcohol (methanol) in Aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid which then causes metabolic acidosis. If you think this is not a problem, think again. Body temperature hovers around 98.6 degrees, perfect conditions for aspartame to be converted to formaldehyde. This then affects the retina of the eye; not a pleasant side effect. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same drug class as cyanide and arsenic – deadly poisons. It is also used to embalm corpses and as a preservative in vaccines. It has no business being in your child.

Aspartame changes the brain’s chemistry and has been responsible for many neurological problems such as seizures, manic depression, rage, violence, etc.  This methanol toxicity mimics Multiple Sclerosis; thus people were being diagnosed with MS in error.

In the case of Systemic Lupus, it is becoming rampant especially among Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers, chewing gum users. It is triggered by Aspartame. With continued use, it can be life threatening. When kids get off Aspartame, those with Systemic Lupus usually become asymptomatic but the disease cannot be reversed.  Those diagnosed with MS (when in reality the disease is methanol toxicity), have noticed most of their symptoms disappear.

If your children are suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in the legs, cramping, dizziness, headaches, joint pains, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss, they may be suffering from Aspartame Disease.

This product is being promoted to children as a weight-loss sweetener. Nothing could be further from the truth. Aspartame makes one actually crave carbohydrates. Dr. Roberts, a diabetic specialist and a world expert on aspartame poisoning, stated at a Congressional hearing recently, that the average weight loss was 19 lbs. in people who got off this chemical. Dr. Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, said that it stimulates the brain causing brain damage of varying degrees.

Why has this chemical not been taken off the market? Well…the manufacturer, funds the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Assoc., Congress, and the Conference of the American College of Physicians. Need I say more?

For safe and sweet alternatives to aspartame you can try Organic Agave Syrup, Stevia, Barley Malt, Honey, Dark Molasses, Somersweet (promoted by Suzanne Somers) and Demerara sugar, all available at your local health food store.

Try to avoid all simple sugars overall and replace them with berries and fruits. Dry berries and fruits can be an excellent alternative.

Let’s take care of our kids!