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Chemical Toxicity: The Mounting Debt Our Bodies Will Pay

Chemical Toxicity: The Mounting Debt Our Bodies Will Pay
By Dr. Janet Starr Hull

Modern day chemical sweeteners are part of an alarming trend worldwide – the subtle introduction of more and more chemical toxins into our food supply.  From pesticides to hormones to steroids, antibiotics, preservatives, dyes, and now fake sugars – the list goes on and on.

During a 1990 conference in Brussels, Tate & Lyle’s vice chair of the International Sweetener’s Association (ISA) Public Relation’s Committee Lesley Yeoman stated, “Industry itself would like to see fewer regulations.  We can’t avoid the fact that sweeteners are classed as additives and regulated heavily.  But the ISA’s position is that this is unnecessary.”

A Known Toxin:

Richard Wurtman, MD, Director and neuroscientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), stated as early as 1987, “ Aspartame is a synthetic compound. We should not try to imply that synthetic compounds have the same fate in the body as naturally occurring foods.  The advertising is deceptive.”

With the onslaught of illness and disease syndromes plaguing our modern world today, I’d say Wurtman has been proven right over Yoeman.

The rapid increase of chemicals in our environment, food and medicine has greatly challenged the human body’s ability to rid itself of toxins.  Symptoms related to chemical toxicity vary from person to person as each person’s body is individual, but one common symptom of toxicity is the breakdown of the human immune system.  This response opens the gateway for various diseases in the human body. Reactions to toxic chemicals found in artificial sweeteners can damage the nervous system, followed by anxiety, depression, increased nervousness, blood disorders, and hormone dysfunction.



Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe For Children?

Have your kids been out of sorts lately?  Do they complain of more frequent tummy aches, malaise, mood swings or aggression?  Have you read the labels on what they are eating at home, at school, and away from the house?

“Consumption of even moderate amounts of aspartame during pregnancy may produce a dramatic increase in the number of children born with diminished brain function,” warned Diana Dow-Edwards, PhD research scientist, SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY.  Dow-Edward’s research began in the mid-1980s, but her early warnings of aspartame’s harmful effects on fetuses during pregnancy have fallen upon deaf ears.1

With the rapid rise in mental illness amongst children, AD/HD and hyperactivity, depression, and lower IQs,2 why hasn’t research such as Dow-Edward’s been considered as a probable cause for rising mental disease amongst modern children?  Why haven’t mothers been warned that artificial sweeteners can cause birth defects and mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy?

Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given aspartame and its blend with sucralose or acesulfame K.

I can relate many case histories of children having mal seizures and other mental disturbances while using NutraSweet®. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child's illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children's health into their own hands.

Splenda manufacturers even admit: "One should note, however, that foods made with low-calorie sweeteners are not normally a recommended part of a child's diet, since calories are important to a growing child's body."

Pay attention to this statement....Children should not be encouraged to grow up on fake foods. But just like cigarettes and alcohol, “do what I say and not what I do?” And we wonder why the younger generation is angry, ill, and ridden with ADHD, depression, hypoglycemia, and diabetes.  How many kids do you see taking a sip of mom's diet cola or chewing a stick of sugar-free gum?

Children raised on chemical diets are more likely to develop physical and mental disorders, and as Dow-Edwards predicted, the evidence is surfacing at epidemic levels in America and other developed countries. 

1. Hull JS. Sweet Poison: How The World’s Most Popular Artificial Sweetener Is Killing Us-My Story. New Horizon Press, 1997.

2. Wolraich ML, Hannah JN, Pinnock TY, Baumgaertel AI, Brown J. Comparison of diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in a county-wide sample. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 35 319-324, 1996.

Posted on February 7, 2005 in Chlorine, Splenda Toxicity | Link To This Entry | Comments (0)


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