For the most part diet (and non-diet products) are found to contain aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose(Splenda), and other toxic chemical sweeteners.
One point we all know about is the Palin's youngest child, born with Down Syndrome.
You will note a reference in this article to Janet Starr Hull's battle with a serious thyroid condition, Grave's Disease.
Thyroid and other endocrine disorders are known to be associated with aspartame. It is too soon to know about sucralose, but it has a growing number of serious adverse reactions on file.
Thyroid disorders are common following pregnancy, multiple pregnancy, in low sunlight environments (similar to Alaska), in people who do extreme exercise, in people exposed to EMF, and who have low intake of iodine and healthy fat in their diet.
Thyroid problems are in fact a risk factor in trisomy 21, the change in chromosomes that leads to the birth of a baby with Down Syndrome.
Open Letter To Gov Sarah Palin About Diet Dr. Pepper
By Carol Guilford
Dear Governor Palin,
Congratulations on your nomination for the vice-presidential office of the United States of America.
I read diet Dr. Pepper is your drink of choice. ( http://tinyurl.com/6zgzu9 )
The bad news is that diet drinks, including diet Dr. Pepper are sweetened with the lethal, artificial (chemical) sweetener, aspartame (Equal,NutraSweet).
The good news is that with your obvious grit and determination, you can kick the habit, although the 10% methanol (wood alcohol) in the aspartame molecule is highly addictive. Free methanol without the ethanol provided by nature in orange juice or tomato juice, according to a 1998 study by C. Trocho, et al of the University of Barcelona Department of Molecular Biology converts to formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and collects in the liver and in the fatty tissue. (www.presidiotex.com/barcelona/index.html)
50% of the aspartame molecule is phenylalanine, an amino acid that must always be connected to the other 19 amino acids in nature in order to be safe. Phenylalanine in aspartame also coverts to diketopiperazine (DKP), a tumor agent.
40% of the aspartame molecule is aspartic acid. Dr. John Olney tried to tell patent owners, Searle Laboratories (in the 1970's) aspartic acid caused holes in the brains of mice, but they were not interested. In 1996, when Dr. Olney linked aspartame to brain tumors on CBS "60 Minutes", he was media-blitzed by the powerful aspartame industry.
Most important of all, if your pregnant daughter drinks diet soda, you need to know, in 1987, at a Hearing before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, examining the health and safety concerns of NutraSweet (Aspartame), geneticist, Dr. Louis J. Elsas testified: "In the developing fetus such a rise in maternal blood phenylalanine could be magnified four to six fold by the concentrative efforts of the placenta and fetal blood brain barrier. The effect of such an increased fetal brain concentration in vivo would probably be much more subtle and expressed as mental retardation, microcephaly, or potential certain birth defects. In the rapidly growing post-natal brain (children of 0-12 months) irreversible brain damage could occur by the same mechanism."
Twenty years after the Senate hearing, statistics show before aspartame was approved, in 1981, 1 in 1500 newborn babies were diagnosed with autism and today, in 2008, the number of autistic infants is 1 in 150.
In 1993, the FDA revealed, under the Freedom of Information Act, 92 symptoms caused by aspartame from headache to vision loss to death, a list compiled from thousands of consumer complaints. ( www.presidiotex.com/92symptoms )
Why is aspartame still on the market? Tires have been recalled for less. If you are elected, perhaps you can ask Monsanto Chemical Company or Merisant, purveyors of Equal.
Do you have unexplained headaches you attribute to stress? Is your vision getting worse? Do you have sleep problems or change in heart rate? When flying in an airplane, many victims (there are, at all times, 1,000 members on the Yahoo Aspartame Victims Support Group) experience rapid heart beat.
Does diet Dr. Pepper cause cancer? Last year, Dr. Morando Soffritti, head of the Ramazzini Cancer Institute, in Bologna, Italy released the results of his 8-year rat study, proving conclusively aspartame is a multi-carcinogenic agent, especially indicating increased lymphoma and leukemia in the female.
( http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2005/8711/abstract.html )
On April 23, 2007, Morando Soffritti, MD was honored with the Irving J. Selikoff Award at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Soffritti's lecture that day was, "The carcinogenicity of aspartame: the lessons we still must learn."
The core of the anti-aspartame movement is a group who know the truth and continue to share it, across all international borders, through the Internet.
Here are resources I hope you will check out.
Mary Nash Stoddard is a former judge who lives in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Janet Starr Hull cured herself of Graves Disease, a thyroid condidtion, in 6-weeks when she abstained from diet Coke.
Journalist and columnist.
Graphic pictures and concise text from a private experiment.
Thanks for reading.
Carol Guilford is the author of The Diet Book, The New Cook's Cookbook, Carol Guilford's Main Course Cookbook and The Easiest Cookbook.