The major problem with diet drinks is they are sweetened with aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/951/Canderel, etc.) which is not an additive as the manufacturers would like for you to think. It's an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with all drugs and vaccines. It's also a chemical hypersensitization substance so when they mix this chemical poison with other unsafe sweeteners like Splenda (sucralose) which liberates free chlorine and acesulfame potassium which caused cancer and leukemia in original studies it makes the problems worse. The web sites below have many articles from physicians.
Aspartame causes an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with cardiac medication. It damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. There are many articles about this on http://www.wnho.net, click on aspartame by several physicians. Here is one below my signature by Dr. H. J. Roberts who wrote the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com Also, next weekend is Aspartame Awareness Weekend and we hope you will publish to alert those in your country that this is product is deadly. There are efforts around the world to ban it and Malasia should be included. See Dr. Roberts paper below written in 2004 and here is a post on Aspartame Awareness Weekend: http://www.mpwhi.com/fda_to_review_ramazzini_aspartame_study.htm
Stevia is safe when there are no additives and there is Just Like Sugar which is simply chicory and orange peel. Check http://www.justlikesugar.com for availability. Aspartame also can precipitate diabetes, aggravates and simulates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and interacts with insulin. Dr. Roberts is a diabetic specialist.
Dr. Betty Martini
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Aspartame Toxiocity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
ASPARTAME INDUCED ARRHYTHMIAS AND SUDDEN DEATH
By H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
(c)2004 by H. J. Roberts, M.D.
Posted: 24 April 2004
A recent extensive review of sudden death in young athletes (1) made no mention of aspartame as a primary cause or suspected contributory factor, especially when demonstrable pathology was absent. This issue has assumed great public health importance because "diet" products containing this chemical are being consumed by over two-thirds of the population - especially weight-conscious persons.
I have repeatedly reported the serious cardiovascular, 'neuropsychiatric, metabolic and other adverse effects of aspartame products. (2-4) Among the first 1200 aspartame reactors in my data base, 193 (16%) had symptomatic arrhythmia's, 85 (7%) atypical chest pain, and 64 (5%) recent or aggravated hypertension.
One hypertensive patient developed complete heart block within hours after consuming his first diet cola.
Another had undergone unsuccessful radio frequency ablations in the heart before awareness of having aspartame disease.
Pheochromocytoma was suspected in several aspartame reactors.
The issue of sudden death related to aspartame and its breakdown products has been raised a number of times, particularly among previously well individuals using such products... including pilots and drivers , (3,4,6) and athletes. I have detailed the release of norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine and free methanol by aspartame; a host of pertinent-related pathophysiologic conditions, (e.g., cumulative formaldehyde adducts derived from aspartame in tissue proteins and nucleic aids; excessive insulin release); direct oropharyngeal absorption from gum, "breath fresheners" and other products; and the increasing problem of aspartame addiction. (4-7)
The likelihood of pulmonary hypertension induced by the vasoconstrictive effects of aspartame products also has been considered. (5) It is relevant that unexplained dyspnea was experienced by 110 aspartame reactors, usually with prompt improvement after abstinence. Moreover, primary pulmonary hypertension was found at autopsy in a 27 year old female aspartame reactor.
The lack of familiarity of most physicians and medical examiners with the foregoing considerations can have serious legal consequences. A case in point is that of a young woman (also a Sunday School teacher) who has been sentenced to serve 50 years in a Virginia prison for allegedly poisoning her husband with methyl alcohol. Elevated methanol blood concentrations were found postmortem in this body builder/basketball player who drank ten diet drinks and other aspartame products daily. She remains incarcerated despite affidavits indicating that 10% of aspartame becomes free methyl alcohol after consumption.
The need for clinicians and corporate-neutral investigators to evaluate the contributory role of aspartame in cardiopulmonary disorders and sudden death, and drug interactions with aspartame, is underscored by the frequency of persons dying unexpectedly being categorized as "death due to causes yet to be determined." One interested resident of Orange county (California) found 192 persons listed in this category between July 11 and November 15, 2003 according to the Orange county Register.
Note from Dr. Betty Martini:
The woman mentioned in this document sentenced to serve 30 and 20 years in a Virginia prison is Diane Fleming whose husband in reality died from aspartame. Notarized affidavits from at least 5 aspartame experts have attested to this fact. Cori Brackett of Sound and Fury Productions has produced the movie - Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your Health: That soda can pop your heart
By Dr Rajen M.
02 September, 2007
IT is finally coming into sharper focus that soft drinks may be giving your heart a hard time. There is a new study linking diet soda with heart disease and it has been published in the most authoritative of journals when it comes to heart disease Circulation.
The Syndrome Researchers see a possible link between soft drink consumption and a cluster of conditions known as metabolic syndrome which includes:
Let me give you a 50-word summary of the study: Researchers collected food questionnaires from about 6,000 middle-aged people.
Over several years they gathered data from them about the components of metabolic syndrome.
Subjects who drank less than one soda per day were about half as likely to develop metabolic syndrome as those who drank more than one.
"Soft" Danger An even simpler summary would be: The more the soft drink intake, the worse the risk of developing heart disease.
This has to be the sugar in the drinks. After all, soft drinks are just water and all that fizz. And fizz has no calories.
Sugar may be the sweetest poison for your ticking heart.
Sadly, sugar just does not only come in soft drinks. It comes in other packet drinks, too. It is added, almost always excessively in teh tarik and kopi O.
Indeed, there is a lot more sugar in a cup of tongkat ali than there is tongkat ali. After all, the herb is very bitter and needs to be sweetened.
Sugar is also added to drinks that you pick up in the roadside stalls coconut water, soya bean and chin chau.
Researchers have also discovered that regular sodas and diet sodas had the same effect.
Susan Neely, president of the American Beverage Association, posed this question: "How can something with zero calories that's 99 per cent water with a little flavouring in it ...cause weight gain?" The reason why diet soda drinkers might gain weight is that soda drinkers (either diet or regular) often have less healthy diets compared to non-soda dr inker s Animal testing has shown that the substance used to create the caramel colour in colas and other soft drinks may cause your insulin balance to go out of control.
In previous research, diet and regular soda intake has been linked to obesity in the young and high blood pressure in older subjects.
A 2004 Harvard study examined nine years of dietary and medical data on more than 51,000 women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study II.
From this group, well over 700 cases of type 2 diabetes were diagnosed during the study period.
The Harvard team concluded that excess calories and high levels of rapidly absorbable sugars in non-diet soft drinks promoted weight gain and a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
In fact, women who drank one or more soft drinks per day had an 80 per cent increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared to women who didn't drink sodas.
Not surprisingly, a soft drink trade group disagreed with the Harvard results. Their spokesperson stated that "unhealthy lifestyles" are to blame for obesity and diabetes, not soft drink consumption.
But that is neglecting one key fact: Daily soft drink consumption fits in perfectly with an unhealthy lifestyle.
The simple messages are:
However, a bitter or sometimes a somewhat "metallic" after taste is hampering its wider use.
Datuk Dr Rajen M. is a pharmacist with a doctorate in Holistic Medicine.
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