Fibromyalgia might caused by some Sugars!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ElAnalista, Sep 24, 2002.

  1. ElAnalista

    ElAnalista New Member

    Dan Taylor, LMT (503) 293-4865 in Portland, Oregon was given the following article by a client. The information is vital to your health and the health of those you love. Please make copies and share it with everyone you know and love! The article was written by Nancy Markle (11/20/98) for the World Environmental Conference and the MS Foundation.
    (Note: Supposedly, the FDA no longer does their own research on additives, chemicals and drugs but only reviews the research given to them by the corporation!)
    "I have spent several days lecturing at the World Environmental Conference on aspartame marketed as "NutraSweet", "Equal", "Spoonful", etc. In the keynote address at the EPA, they announced that there was an
    epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant across the United States. I explained that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject!
    "When the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F (the human body is 98.6F) the wood alcohol (a poison) in aspartame converts to formaldehyde (an embalming fluid) and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.) The methanol toxicity mimics multiple clerosis;
    thus people were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error.
    "The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is. In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually drink three to four 12 oz. Cans of them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by aspartame, the victim usually does not even know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that it becomes life threatening.
    When we get people off the aspartame, those with the systemic lupus usually continue symptomatic (because), unfortunately, we cannot reverse this disease.
    "On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with MultipleSclerosis, when in reality the disease is methanol toxicity, most of the symptoms disappear. We have seen cases where their vision has returned and even their hearing has returned. This also applies to causes of
    tinnitus. During a lecture I said "if you are using aspartame ("NutraSweet", "Equal", "Spoonfull" etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pains, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision or memory loss - you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!" People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I've got this, is it reversible?" It is rampant. Some of the speakers at my lecture were even suffering from these symptoms. In
    one lecture, the Ambassador of Uganda told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame to sugar! He continued by saying that one of the industry leader's sons could no longer even walk due in part by product usage!
    "We have a very serious problem. Even a stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and myself and said "Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS?" During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, all heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all
    been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence! Here is the problem.
    There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000
    products containing this chemical, and the patent has expired! At the time of the first hearing, people were going blind. The methanol in the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic - DEADLY POISONS!
    Unfortunately, it just takes longer to quietly kill, but it is killing people and causing all kinds of neurological problems!
    There is absolutely no reason to take this product. IT IS NOT A DIET PRODUCT! The Congressional Record said, "It makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT." Dr. Roberts stated that when he got patients off Aspartame, their average weight loss was 19 pounds per person. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the
    hips and thighs. All physicians know what wood alcohol and formaldehyde will do to a person and especially to a diabetic!
    We find that physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact; it is caused by the Aspartame. The Aspartame keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma. Unfortunately, may have died. People were telling us at the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians, that they had relatives that switched from saccharin to an aspartame product and how that relative had eventually gone into a coma. Their physicians could not get the blood sugar levels under control. Thus, the patient suffered acute memory loss and eventually coma and death. Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine (become) are neurotoxic, without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it goes past the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, said "The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain todeath, causing brain damage of varying degrees".
    Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled EXCITOTOXINS, THE TASTE THAT KILLS Health Press (800) 643-2665. Dr., H. J. Roberts, diabetic specialist and world expert on Aspartame poisoning, has also written a book entitled DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE (800) 814-9800. The web site to investigate these and other titles is: www.sunsentpress.com
    Dr. Roberts tells how aspartame poisoning is escalating Alzheimer's disease, and indeed it is. As the hospice nurse told me, women are being admitted at 30 years of age with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Roberts will be writing a position paper with some case histories and will post it on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians, "We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison". Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed. He said "his diabetic patients presented memory loss, confusion and severe vision loss."
    Just before the Conference, I received a Fax from Norway, asking for a possible antidote for this poisoning because they are experiencing so many problems in their country. This "poison" is now available in 90 plus countries worldwide. Fortunately, we had speakers and ambassadors at the Conference from different nations who lave pledged their help. We ask that your help too! MAKE copies and share them with all the people that you know and love. Take anything that contains aspartame back to the store. Take the "NO ASPARTAME TEST" and send us your case history.
    I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of aspartame, knows how deadly it is. They fund the American Diabetic Association, American Dietetic Association, Congress and the Conference of the American College of Physicians. The New York Times, on November 15, 1996, ran an article
    on how the American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their products, so they cannot criticize any additives or tell about their link to MONSANTO.
    How bad is this? At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they did not know. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure
    threshold and depletes the serration, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence). We told a mother who had a child on NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was having grand mall seizures every day. The mother called her physician, who called the ADA
    who told the doctor not to take the child off the NutraSweet. We are still trying to convince the mother that the aspartame is causing the seizures (because) every time we get someone off the aspartame, the seizures stop.
    (If the baby dies, you know whose fault it is and what we are up against.)
    There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame (poisoning) from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological because the aspartame destroys the nervous system.
    Aspartame changes the brain's chemistry. It is the reason for severe seizures. This drug changes the dopamine level in the brain. (Imagine what this drug does to patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease!) This drug also causes birth defects. Dr. Roberts says "consuming aspartame at
    the time of conception can cause birth defects". The phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta, causing mental retardation, according to Dr. Louis Elsas, Pediatrician Professor - Genetics, at Emory University in his testimony before Congress. In the original lab tests, animals developed brain tumors (phenylalenine breaks down into DXP, a brain tumor agent). When Dr. Espisto was lecturing on aspartame, one physician in the audience, a neurosurgeon, said, "when they removed brain tumors, they have found high levels of aspartame in them".
    Aspartame Disease is partially the cause to what is behind some of the mystery of the Desert Storm health problems. The burning tongue and other problems discussed in over 60 cases can be directly related to the consumption of an aspartame product! Several thousand pallets of diet
    drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm troops. (Remember, heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86 degrees F). Diet drinks sat in the 120 degree Arabian sun for weeks at a time on pallets. The service men and women drank them all day long. All of their symptoms are
    identical to aspartame poisoning!
    IF IT SAYS "SUGAR FREE" DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all pregnant mothers and children of the nature of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes in
    neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the drug and chemical lobbies.
    There are a lot of people who know nothing about this additive (chemical), and we should at least make them aware of the hazards of consumption!
    PLEASE REPRINT AND TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES ABOUT THIS POISON!
  2. ElAnalista

    ElAnalista New Member

    Dan Taylor, LMT (503) 293-4865 in Portland, Oregon was given the following article by a client. The information is vital to your health and the health of those you love. Please make copies and share it with everyone you know and love! The article was written by Nancy Markle (11/20/98) for the World Environmental Conference and the MS Foundation.
    (Note: Supposedly, the FDA no longer does their own research on additives, chemicals and drugs but only reviews the research given to them by the corporation!)
    "I have spent several days lecturing at the World Environmental Conference on aspartame marketed as "NutraSweet", "Equal", "Spoonful", etc. In the keynote address at the EPA, they announced that there was an
    epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant across the United States. I explained that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject!
    "When the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F (the human body is 98.6F) the wood alcohol (a poison) in aspartame converts to formaldehyde (an embalming fluid) and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.) The methanol toxicity mimics multiple clerosis;
    thus people were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error.
    "The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is. In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually drink three to four 12 oz. Cans of them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by aspartame, the victim usually does not even know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that it becomes life threatening.
    When we get people off the aspartame, those with the systemic lupus usually continue symptomatic (because), unfortunately, we cannot reverse this disease.
    "On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with MultipleSclerosis, when in reality the disease is methanol toxicity, most of the symptoms disappear. We have seen cases where their vision has returned and even their hearing has returned. This also applies to causes of
    tinnitus. During a lecture I said "if you are using aspartame ("NutraSweet", "Equal", "Spoonfull" etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pains, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision or memory loss - you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!" People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I've got this, is it reversible?" It is rampant. Some of the speakers at my lecture were even suffering from these symptoms. In
    one lecture, the Ambassador of Uganda told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame to sugar! He continued by saying that one of the industry leader's sons could no longer even walk due in part by product usage!
    "We have a very serious problem. Even a stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and myself and said "Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS?" During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, all heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all
    been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence! Here is the problem.
    There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000
    products containing this chemical, and the patent has expired! At the time of the first hearing, people were going blind. The methanol in the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic - DEADLY POISONS!
    Unfortunately, it just takes longer to quietly kill, but it is killing people and causing all kinds of neurological problems!
    There is absolutely no reason to take this product. IT IS NOT A DIET PRODUCT! The Congressional Record said, "It makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT." Dr. Roberts stated that when he got patients off Aspartame, their average weight loss was 19 pounds per person. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the
    hips and thighs. All physicians know what wood alcohol and formaldehyde will do to a person and especially to a diabetic!
    We find that physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact; it is caused by the Aspartame. The Aspartame keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma. Unfortunately, may have died. People were telling us at the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians, that they had relatives that switched from saccharin to an aspartame product and how that relative had eventually gone into a coma. Their physicians could not get the blood sugar levels under control. Thus, the patient suffered acute memory loss and eventually coma and death. Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine (become) are neurotoxic, without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it goes past the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, said "The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain todeath, causing brain damage of varying degrees".
    Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled EXCITOTOXINS, THE TASTE THAT KILLS Health Press (800) 643-2665. Dr., H. J. Roberts, diabetic specialist and world expert on Aspartame poisoning, has also written a book entitled DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE (800) 814-9800. The web site to investigate these and other titles is: www.sunsentpress.com
    Dr. Roberts tells how aspartame poisoning is escalating Alzheimer's disease, and indeed it is. As the hospice nurse told me, women are being admitted at 30 years of age with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Roberts will be writing a position paper with some case histories and will post it on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians, "We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison". Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed. He said "his diabetic patients presented memory loss, confusion and severe vision loss."
    Just before the Conference, I received a Fax from Norway, asking for a possible antidote for this poisoning because they are experiencing so many problems in their country. This "poison" is now available in 90 plus countries worldwide. Fortunately, we had speakers and ambassadors at the Conference from different nations who lave pledged their help. We ask that your help too! MAKE copies and share them with all the people that you know and love. Take anything that contains aspartame back to the store. Take the "NO ASPARTAME TEST" and send us your case history.
    I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of aspartame, knows how deadly it is. They fund the American Diabetic Association, American Dietetic Association, Congress and the Conference of the American College of Physicians. The New York Times, on November 15, 1996, ran an article
    on how the American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their products, so they cannot criticize any additives or tell about their link to MONSANTO.
    How bad is this? At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they did not know. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure
    threshold and depletes the serration, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence). We told a mother who had a child on NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was having grand mall seizures every day. The mother called her physician, who called the ADA
    who told the doctor not to take the child off the NutraSweet. We are still trying to convince the mother that the aspartame is causing the seizures (because) every time we get someone off the aspartame, the seizures stop.
    (If the baby dies, you know whose fault it is and what we are up against.)
    There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame (poisoning) from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological because the aspartame destroys the nervous system.
    Aspartame changes the brain's chemistry. It is the reason for severe seizures. This drug changes the dopamine level in the brain. (Imagine what this drug does to patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease!) This drug also causes birth defects. Dr. Roberts says "consuming aspartame at
    the time of conception can cause birth defects". The phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta, causing mental retardation, according to Dr. Louis Elsas, Pediatrician Professor - Genetics, at Emory University in his testimony before Congress. In the original lab tests, animals developed brain tumors (phenylalenine breaks down into DXP, a brain tumor agent). When Dr. Espisto was lecturing on aspartame, one physician in the audience, a neurosurgeon, said, "when they removed brain tumors, they have found high levels of aspartame in them".
    Aspartame Disease is partially the cause to what is behind some of the mystery of the Desert Storm health problems. The burning tongue and other problems discussed in over 60 cases can be directly related to the consumption of an aspartame product! Several thousand pallets of diet
    drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm troops. (Remember, heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86 degrees F). Diet drinks sat in the 120 degree Arabian sun for weeks at a time on pallets. The service men and women drank them all day long. All of their symptoms are
    identical to aspartame poisoning!
    IF IT SAYS "SUGAR FREE" DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all pregnant mothers and children of the nature of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes in
    neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the drug and chemical lobbies.
    There are a lot of people who know nothing about this additive (chemical), and we should at least make them aware of the hazards of consumption!
    PLEASE REPRINT AND TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES ABOUT THIS POISON!
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I agree that refined sugars and artificial sweetners (except stevia, which is an herb) are to be avoided and are probably very toxic to the body, but there is no scientific proof that they have CAUSED any disease. There is always someone in the scientific (and not so scientific) community claiming to know what causes our illnesses. This is oversimplification as most researchers and many doctors believe the cause is multi-factorial. I just attended a lecture by a doc who treats our illnesses and was very knowledgeable and he reiterated this theory.

    People suffered from these illnesses years before Neutrasweet ever came on the market. It seems to run in families, especially among the females. This suggests that there is likely a genetic predisposition.

    Mycoplasma infections are very high in people with these illnesses; this suggests infectious agents.

    We know that stress and trauma can trigger these illnesses as well. This suggests some kind of latent infection or genetic factor which can be activated.

    Please take with a grain of salt anyone who believes s/he knows what causes our illnesses. If it were true; we would be well on our way to a cure. Definitely stay away from artificial sweetners and other excitotoxins as well, but eliminating them from your diet will not cure you.

    Love, Mikie
  4. ElAnalista

    ElAnalista New Member

    It might not be the cause in every person, it simulates illnesses.
    I haven't verified the origini of the text sent to me, that's the idea of posting it here so that others can research some more on this matter.
  5. sybil

    sybil New Member

    my auntie used artificial sweetners for about 40 years and is currently dying from lung cancer caused by too many cigarettes!
    she has never had any of the DD's we have,neither has any other member of my family that i am aware of,

    sybilxxx
  6. JaciBart

    JaciBart Member

    Maybe not that it has caused this for all of us but that it may be a serious underlying factor, I, for one, have drank a lot of it in the past, in my coffee every morn and tons of diet snapple. All day long, for years. I cut it out 100% about 2 wks ago, I will not allow my hubby or child to have any either, I looked it up and I was disgusted. A really good website I found with a lot of very interesting articles is www.jeffrense.com, in the health link are so many astounding articles going back several years, it made a believer out of me whan I started researching it, I am of the mind selt that is should be banned, it says on the package that it has been known to cause cancer in lab animals, I realize other products may cause this but why take chances. Aspartame poisoning CAN be responsible for every symptom we have, it suppresses the serotonin production thereby leading to depression, almost everyone I know is on an antidepressant. Most ly women drink diet drinks, is that a coincidence??? It also blocks the proper meatabolism of fats, so they store in our cells, making us fat. That is what I have found from many different sources.


    Jaci
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Everything we do which is harmful to our bodies sets us up for disease and illnesses. Not exercising, smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking to excess, eating junk foods, using Neutrasweet, and not controlling our stress leaves us vulnerable.

    No doubt that Neutrasweet is toxic and when used in excess, has been shown to produce similar symptoms to CFS/FMS and other illnesses as well; however, that is a long way from proving that Neutrasweet CAUSES any particular illness.

    When we are sick with illnesses for which there is no known cause and no known cure, it is easy to want to find "the answer." At this point, we know that a lot of things can mimic our illnesses and we know that a lot of things can trigger our illnesses, and we know that some things are very dangerous to use. However, right now, no one has "the answer." It just isn't that simple.

    Plenty of research has been done on Neutrasweet to show how dangerous it can be. The fact that it is still on the market shows that we cannot depend on the FDA to protect us; we must do that ourselves. For me, personally, there is no point in further researching Neutrasweet. It's bad stuff; stay away from it. I'm only speaking for myself here. If someone wants to research Neutrasweet, I'm sure it would be an interesting area; however, I would not expect it to turn up "the answer."

    Dr. Nicolson has found that mycoplasma infection is very prevalent in our illnesses, Lupus, MS, and others. However, even he does not believe this explains everything. He believes that genetics probably play a part. Most researchers today agree.

    My point is that we get so many newly-diagnosed people who come here looking for answers. They are desperate for anything which might explain their illness and its cause. We simply do not have all the answers but we do have some evidence and some treatments. The Neutrasweet problem falls into this evidence category; it simply cannot be proven at this point to be "the cause." To suggest so, is to set vulnerable people up for disappointment. We need to take a wider vision and not focus solely on one factor.

    Love, Mikie
  8. Pooh

    Pooh New Member

    Hi everyone! There is so much information out there, and I'm sure you can find pros and cons on any subject you wish. I was taken off sugars due to high triglycerides and can't use anything with aspertane in it due to migraines. I am now using "SPLENDA". It is an artificial sweetner with no aspertane, just surclose, and it doesn't leave any after taste! Just a suggestion for those that need a sugar substitute. Hugs from Ohio, Elicia
  9. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    Sugars, esp. unnatural ones, are bad for everyone, not just us.
    I have NEVER drank any diet soda or used Nutrasweet in any form. I read labels carefully.
    My doctor says my FMS is in the bottom 10% in severity and I've had it for 17 yrs.
    FMS was written about under other names way, way, way before aspartame was invented.
    I only wish it were this simple!
    Klutzo
  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Splenda contains chlorine and may not be a safe alternative. Chlorine has been shown to be toxic to our bodies. Right now, the jury is still out on this one, but I believe that stevia is the only safe alternative.

    Better yet, use low-glycemic-level fruits to get sweets in the diet. I am on a high protien/low carb diet and do not miss sweets. In fact, my other food now tastes so good that I actually prefer it. The Suzanne Somers diet allows fruit, if eaten by itself, and contains good fats. I believe that fats are even more satisfying than sweets.

    Love, Mikie
  11. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I've heard of the Stevia sugar sub. quite alot and want to give it a try.I've already looked in grocery stoes and have'nt found it....is that something you find in a health food store??And....to those who have tried it,how is it??I can't stand a after taste!!!!I've tried them all and hate them!!!thanks!!
    have a good evening!
    Tracey
  12. herblady

    herblady New Member

    i use splenda and stevia. if i use a sugar, it's usually honey. doesn anyone know of splenda causing any problems? i haven't heard of any. i never TOUCH aspertame. that stuff is poison. i wish i could get my daughter off it but she won't listen. she like dr. pepper and they don't make that in diet rite. cindi
  13. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    There are several sites where Splenda is exposed as a dangerous alternative to sugar. Here is just one of the articles I found. Notice that the potential damage is to the immune and neurological systems. I would use Splenda sparingly if at all. My guess is that down the road, people will regard Splenda as we now view Neutrasweet.

    Stevia does not taste as good to me as sugar, honey, or artificial sweetners, but it is an anti-oxidant herb which is actually good for you.

    When you are on a high protien/low carb diet, you lose your cravings for sweets. The good fat allowed on these diets is far more satsifying than sweets.

    ---------------------------

    Splenda, also known as sucralose, is artificial sweetener which is a chlorinated sucrose derivative. Facts about this artificial chemical follows:


    Pre-Approval Research
    Pre-approval research showed that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) and enlarged liver and kidneys. The manufacturer put forth two arguments in an attempt to claim that sucralose is not toxic:


    The dose of sucralose in the experiments was high. However, for chemicals that do not have generations of safe use, the dosage tested must be adjusted for variations in potential toxicity within the human population and between humans and rodents. In order to this, toxicologists estimate a variation of effects in the human population of 10 times. In other words, one person may not have effects until a dose of 10 mg per kg of body weight (10 mg/kg) is reached, while another person may have chronic toxicity effects at 1 mg per kg of body weight (1 mg/kg). In addition, it is well known that many chemicals are much more toxic in humans than in rodents (or even monkeys). For example, the chemicals that the sweetener aspartame breaks down into vary from 5 to 50 times more toxic in humans than in rodents. Therefore, toxicologists estimate a further 10 times the dose for differences between human and rodent toxicity for a total of 100 times (10 * 10).

    In order to estimate a potential safe dose in humans, one must divide the lowest dose in given to rodents that was seen to have any negative effects on their thymus glands, liver or kidneys by 100. That dose is then known as the maximum Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) for lifetime use. Keep in mind that the TDI is just an estimate. Some chemicals are much more than 10 times more toxic in humans than in rodents (or will cause cancer in humans in low-dose, long-term exposure and do not cause cancer in rodents at all). A person ingesting the TDI for some chemical may find that it causes cancer or immune system or neurological problems after many years or decades of use. So, if the manufacturer claims that the dose was equivalent to 50 diet sodas, then the TDI would be one half (1/2) of a diet soda, and even that dose may or may not be safe.


    The manufacturer claimed that the sucralose was unpleasant for the rodents to eat in large doses. They said that starvation caused the shruken thymus glands. From the New Scientist (23 Nov 1991, pg 13):


    [Toxicologist Judith] Bellin reviewed studies on rats starved under experimental conditions, and concluded that their growth rate could be reduced by as much as a third without the thymus losing a significant amount of weight (less than 7 percent). The changes were much more marked in rats fed on sucralose. While the animals' growth rate was reduced by between 7 and 20 percent, their thymuses shrank by as much as 40 percent.


    Recent Research
    A possible problem with caecal enlargement and renal mineralization has been seen in post approval animal research.


    Sucralose Breaks Down
    Despite the manufacturer's mis-statements, sucralose does break down into small amounts of 1,6-dichlorofructose, a chemical which has not been adequtely tested in humans.


    Independent, Long-Term Human Research
    None. Manufacturer's "100's of studies" (some of which show hazards) were clearly inadequate and do not demonstrate safety in long-term use.


    Chlorinated Pesticides
    The manufacturer claims that the chlorine added to sucralose is similar to the chlorine atom in the salt (NaCl) molecule. That is not the case. Sucralose may be more like ingesting tiny amounts of chlorinated pesticides, but we will never know without long-term, independent human research.


    Conclusion
    While it is unlikely that sucralose is as toxic as the poisoning people are experiencing from Monsanato's aspartame, it is clear from the hazards seen in pre-approval research and from its chemical structure that years or decades of use may contribute to serious chronic immunological or neurological disorders.


    Addendum (October 2, 2000)
    Ocassionally, persons emailing ask questions about sucralose research. What follows is a copy of a response one such question. The answer starts by summarizing the aspartame (NutraSweet) issue and then addresses the sucralose issue.


    Let me start by saying that, as you may know, there is a quickly growing body of evidence demonstrating the toxicity of aspartame. This includes:


    Recent European research showing that ingesting aspartame leads to the accumulation of formaldehyde in the brain, other organs and tissues (Formaldehyde has been shown to damage the nervous system, immune system, and cause irreversible genetic damage in humans.)

    An extremely large number of toxicity reactions reported to the FDA and other organizations

    A recent report showing that nearly 100% of independent research has found problems with aspartame.


    Why is this relevent to the sucralose question? Similar to the aspartame situation 15 years ago:


    Pre-approval test indicated potential toxicity of sucralose.
    There are no *independent* controlled human studies on sucralose (similar to 15 years ago for aspartame).
    There are no long-term (12-24 months) human studies of sucralose's effects.
    There is no monitoring of health effects. It took government agencies decades to agree that there were countless thousands of deaths from tobacco. Why? Simply because there had been no monitoring or epidemiological studies. Without such monitoring and studies, huge effects can easily go unnoticed.

    So, without even addressing the pre-approval research showing potential toxicity, it is clear that sucralose has a) no long history (e.g., decades) of safe use, b) no independent monitoring of health effects, c) no long-term human studies, and d) no independent human studies. I would hope that the Precautionary Principal, now commonly used in Europe, would be a guiding force for people who are interested in health. Otherwise, we might as well just use any poorly-tested, artificial (lab-created) chemical that has shown potential for long-term toxicity.

    As far as the pre-approval research related to sucralose.... As you probably know, pre-approval research is rarely published. It is only available from the FDA by filing a Freedom of Information Act request. However, you can see a very short summary regarding sucralose and shrunken thymus glands in the "New Scientist" (23 November 1991, page 13).
    It is very important that people who have any interest in their health stay aware from the highly toxic sweetener, aspartame and other dangerous sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda), and acesulfame-k (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One).

    Found on the Splenda Toxicity Center Site.

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    You can use your search engine on the web to find lots more info on Splenda.

    Love, Mikie
  14. marilew

    marilew New Member

    ...and I have FMS/CFS/MPS etc. I would never touch the stuff just from what I have learned about it. My husband used to drink diet drinks all the time, and I have been successful getting him away from them. I also read labels, and keep away from sugar free foods. You won't find it in my house.

    I agree that it doesn't cause FMS as (like I said) I have never used the stuff, but it certainly does mimic our symptoms.

    I think the safest thing is to educate ourselves and all our loved ones on this product, and keep away from it. If we already have the symptoms...why add fuel to the fire.

    Love
    M