You reach for a diet soft drink in the effort to prevent gaining weight while still enjoying the taste of your favorite cola. The zero calories on the label along with zero fat aligns with keeping your calorie intake lower so you can stay skinnier.
Unfortunately each serving of diet soda with Nutrasweet (aspartame) increases your chances of symptoms like headaches, dizziness, numbness, tingling, sleep problems and even cancer.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD explains the chemistry behind aspartame in his book, The Taste That Kills. The chemical known as aspartame which is the artificial sweetener in most name-brand soft drinks, breaks down into aspartic acid and methanol. Methanol is wood alcohol. Methanol further breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde, the latter which is an embalming agent.
Aspartic acid causes injury to neurons due to overstimulation of receptors for amino acids and can lead to stroke, hypoglycemia, epilepsy, Hungtington’s disease, ADD, dementia, Alzheimers and Lou Gherig’s disease. (New England Journal of Medicine Lipton & Rosenberg 330((): 613-622 1994)
Methanol, the other by-product of aspartame in the gut, is wood alcohol. This is used as anti-freeze, solvent and fuel. A well-done study compared the effects of feeding rats aspartame and methanol in the water. Lab rats were fed aspartame over the course of their lives in an amount equivalent to what a human would typically consume, adjusted for the rat’s body size (20 mg/kg of body weight). They were allowed to die a natural death.
Rats who consumed the LOWEST amounts of aspartame had a 62% increased risk of lymphoma and leukemia.
Alarmingly enough, when another group of rats was fed methanol over the course of their lifetimes, their rates of lymphoma and leukemia increased by the same rate as rats which were fed aspartame. European Journal of Oncology (Vol. 10 No. 2 2005)
Dr. Blaylocks explains that because of the way mice and rats in the studies metabolize aspartame compared to humans, humans are actually 2 times more sensitive than rats and 7 times more sensitive than mice to having a seizure from aspartame.
A certain kind of vitamin that boosts your glutathione production can help neutralize the effects of aspartame on your nerves. I accidentally consumed a sugar free coffee drink that was mis-labeled. For the rest of the day, I was in a brain fog and couldn’t think or concentrate. When I got home I took some of that vitamin and within a short time I was back to normal, after struggling for hours.
The bottom line in my office is this: all patients are advised to eliminate products with aspartame. The FDA has reports of 92 different kinds of side effects from consuming aspartame. Patients CANNOT get better on ANY kind of protocol while using this chemical. Think about the extra drugs that people end up using as a result of medicating unknown side effects of aspartame. It is an EXTREMELY easy handling that all patients can do, even before they’ve had a chance to see the doctor. So you can guarantee that aspartame is NOT “Dr. Erica–Approved”.