Obviously, aspartame and NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel, E951, etc., are pushed on diabetics. It is a killer to the diabetic because it not only can precipitate diabetes but it simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and even interacts with insulin. The free methyl alcohol is causing them to lose limbs. It keeps blood sugar out of control. Furthermore, aspartame which is in reality an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with virtually all drugs and vaccines because of damage to the mitochondria actually causes memory loss. It's #9 on the FDA list of 92 symptoms from four types of seizures to coma and death. Avoid aspartame like the plague it is. Splenda is a chlorocarbon poison. There is a safe sweetener for diabetics called Just Like Sugar which you can get from http://www.justlikesugarinc.com or in Whole Foods and such places. It is chicory which has been used for 70 years to improve the health of diabetics, orange peel, Vitamin C from organic oranges and Calcium. It's been analyzed and has no chemicals in it. Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D., wrote in the Blaylock Wellness Report, http://www.russellblaylockmd.com three times, "Finally a safe sweetener".
Just today someone called me from Hartford whose dad was diabetic and using aspartame. I warned him that the free methyl alcohol would cause him to lose limbs. Chubby Stephens said, My father who lives in Swainsboro, Georgia first lost his feet and then his legs." I told him to get Dr. H. J. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com for a chapter on aspartame and diabetes, get him off this deadly poison and on to a safe sweetener. Dr. Roberts is an endocrinologist or diabetic specialist.
Here is the FDA list of 92 symptoms showing memory loss: http://www.mpwhi.com/92_aspartame_symptoms.pdf Who is to blame for what aspartame is doing to diabetics? The aspartame manufacturers and the professional organizations they fund to push it like the American Diabetes Assn, and the FDA who not only refuse to ban it but refuse to answer a petition to ban which is required to be answered in 180 days. Send this note to congress. Every Senator and Congressman needs to know the FDA refuses to obey the law.
Be sure to see the aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, http://www.soundandfury.tv to learn how Don Rumsfeld got aspartame on the market after the FDA had revoked the petition for approval. This shows you the FDA knows how deadly it is.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Blood Sugar Control Linked to Memory Decline, Study Says
New York Times
January 1, 2009
By Roni Caryn Rabin
Spikes in blood sugar can take a toll on memory by affecting the dentate gyrus, an area of the brain within the hippocampus that helps form memories, a new study reports.
Researchers said the effects can be seen even when levels of blood sugar, or glucose, are only moderately elevated, a finding that may help explain normal age-related cognitive decline, since glucose regulation worsens with age.
The study, by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, was published in the December issue of Annals of Neurology.
"If we conclude this is underlying normal age-related cognitive decline, then it affects all of us," said lead investigator Dr. Scott Small, associate professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. The ability to regulate glucose starts deteriorating by the third or fourth decade of life, he added.
Since glucose regulation is improved with physical activity, Dr. Small said, "We have a behavioral recommendation physical exercise."
In the study, researchers used high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging to map brain regions in 240 elderly subjects. They found a correlation between elevated blood glucose levels and reduced cerebral blood volume, or blood flow, in the dentate gyrus, an indication of reduced metabolic activity and function in that region of the brain.
By manipulating blood sugar levels in mice and monkeys, researchers said, they tried to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship between the glucose spikes and the reduced blood volume, Dr. Small said.
Bruce S. McEwen, who heads the neuroendocrinology lab at Rockefeller University in New York and was not involved in the research, said the study's findings were "compelling," with important implications not just for the elderly but for the growing number of overweight children and teens at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
"When we think about diabetes, we think about heart disease and all the consequences for the rest of the body, but we usually don't think about the brain," he said. "This is something we've got to be really worried about. We need to think about their ultimate risks not only for cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders, but also about their cognitive skills, and whether they will be able to keep up with the demands of education and a fast-paced complex society. That's the part that scares the heck out of me."
Previous observational studies have shown that physical activity reduces the risk of cognitive decline, and studies have also found that diabetes increases the risk of dementia. Earlier studies had also found a link between Type 2 diabetes and dysfunction in the dentate gyrus.
Sheri Colberg-Ochs, an associate professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., said her research has found that regular exercise, even light physical activity, can offset the potentially negative effects of Type 2 diabetes on cognitive function. It is not clear what the mechanism is, she said, but may have something to do with the effect of insulin.
"This new study is interesting in that it allows for a greater understanding of which region of the hippocampus is likely most affected by poorly controlled diabetes," she said.
But the elevations in blood glucose seen in the new study are more subtle and would not be considered a disease state, Dr. Small said.
"It's part of the normal process of aging, much like wrinkling of skin," he said. "It happens to all of us inexorably, and it worsens progressively across the life span."