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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Heart Month Hype

This morning I was checking email as usual and came across a most amazing advertising scheme being promoted by Diet Coke.  Fashionable Diet Coke.

Yikes! let's all get cardiovascular disease because an AOL Style Writer and Coca-Cola are telling us aspartame is good for us. Did they also forget that phosphoric acid in aluminum cans promotes osteoporosis?

I just hope the the sake of your heart, and your health, you pass on this dangerous advertising scheme.

Limited-Edition Diet Coke Can for the Heart Truth Revealed!

by Rachel Felder Mon, Feb 1st 2010

Diet soda lovers rejoice! Drinking your favorite Coca-Cola beverage has never been so fashionable!

As part of Diet Coke's annual partnership with The Heart Truth campaign, the company has just introduced limited-edition "heart graphic" cans, each of which feature a large -- and just plain cute -- sketch of a big red heart.

Like our daily Heart Truth factoids that we started rolling out last week, the goal of the new design is to increase awareness about heart disease - the number one killer of women in America. It also is intended to inspire people to incorporate healthy activities into their lives and encourage others to do the same.

In addition to StyleList, there are plenty of tips on how to maintain a healthy heart on a designated area of Diet Coke's website. (The site also includes highlights from last year's Red Dress Collection fashion show to tide you over until this year's show on February 11, which we'll be covering here on StyleList.)

There's nothing like the present to start a new, healthier heart routine! Find out how you can participate with our heart-loving factoids. 

But following on this I have to refer to some experts on the sweet poison who are colleagues of mine and have done the research, a few excerpts follow below -

Additional infromation from Betty Martini ( and Dr Russell Blaylock

Aspartame triggers an irregular heart rhythm, interacts with all cardiac medication, damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. Here is neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD., athlete alert on the subject: Also, here is Dr. H. J. Roberts paper on it: Here is a study that proved it:

H. J. Roberts, M.D. authored the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic and there is a chapter on what aspartame does to the heart.

ASPARTAME, a sweetening substance that is generally touted as innocuous by our health authorities, is implicated in the epidemic of unusual sudden deaths. Often this happens to outwardly healthy people with no known heart problems; high school, college and professional athletes and thousands of children.
Sudden Cardiac Death is not a "heart attack" or myocardial infarction, caused by clogged arteries. Its an electrical problem in which the cardiac conduction system that generates the impulses regulating the heart suddenly output rapid or chaotic electrical impulses, or both. The heart ceases its rhythmic contractions, the brain is starved of oxygen and the victim loses consciousness in seconds.

Aspartame consists of the amino acids phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%), and a methyl ester (10%) that promptly becomes free methanol after entering the stomach. 3 The breakdown of phenylalanine to highly vasoactive substances—such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine—is clearly relevant to pulmonary hypertension, systemic hypertension, and the frequent cardiac arrhythmias experienced by persons with aspartame disease.

Aspartame triggers an irregular heart rhythm, and interacts with cardiac medication. It damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. What my colleague James Bowen MD is saying, of course, is that its not just hitting their hearts but hypothalamus and neuroendocrine system. It exacerbates damage to the cardiac conduction system - it exacerbates the arrhythmia because of the cardiac conduction system damage, and its synergistic.

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