If someone who loved you gave you the gift of the best Mercedez Benz available, I bet you’d fill the tank with premium gasoline, keep the maintenance schedule and keep your Benz spotless. Our physical bodies are the vehicle for our soul and spirit. And as my Reiki friend from North Carolina, Joanne once told me, “God, don’t make no junk.” We have been gifted the very best vehicle God ever made.
So why do some of us continue to put a substance in our vehicle that has 92 known health hazards associated with it including headaches, anxiety attacks, seizures, brain tumors, Alzheimer’s, Cancer and Lupus? Why would we feed this substance to our children? How could our government, which is fully aware of these hazards, feed it to our troops?
The answer to the first two questions is marketing, in this instance, brainwashing. The answer to the last question is greed, aka drug company profits.
Some of you already know where this is going. Some of you are drinking this substance as you read this article or will have eaten it today in your little container of yogurt. Some of you will have fed that yogurt to your children. I’m preaching to you today about the dangers of Aspartame in particular and I hope that I’m not just preaching to the choir!
Would you knowingly consume formaldehyde or feed it to your precious ones? Aspartame commonly known as NutraSweet (now being marketed under AminoSweet) turns to formaldehyde at 86 degrees, which means that it’s converted in our bodies, not sometimes, but always. I know and see many intelligent people consuming diet sodas and other so called diet products (aspartame has been proven to cause weight gain). How can this be? If you watch television, read magazines, watch movies, you’ve been exposed to the most advanced brainwashing techniques via advertising. You’ve been programmed to think you’ll be overweight if you don’t use diet products and that you’ll be cool, exciting, rich, thin and famous if you do.
What about the FDA? Wouldn’t they take Aspartame off the market if it was so harmful? Dr. Betty Martine, founder of Mission Possible, a world wide organization working to ban artificial sweeteners calls the FDA, Fatal Drugs Allowed. In a perfect world government agencies would support the greater good, not the greater greed of big business. Hey, we don’t live there yet, do we? It’s up to you and me to be responsible for knowing what we’re putting into our bodies, what we’re feeding our children (flavored low fat yogurts) and spooning into the elderly (diet Jello). It’s up to us to educate those who don’t have this information yet or who are blind to the reality that artificial sweeteners are hazardous to our health.
I can hear some diabetics reading this saying, “But I can’t have sugar…” Have you heard of Stevia? It’s a plant sugar that’s been available in health food stores for many years, but just recently garnered approval from the FDA for use as a sweetener. It won’t raise your blood sugar. You can read more about it here, www.stevia.com If you think the detriments of Aspartame are outweighed by the benefits of avoiding sugar, I remind you that Aspartame consumption makes formaldehyde and that can’t be very good for your pancreas. Don’t take my word for it though, please research it.
This past Easter Sunday, we in New England received an extremely rare gift, a sunny, dry summer-like day without insects. To put this in perspective, we had an Easter snow storm three winters ago dumping over a foot of snow here! In writing today’s article, I am remembering one young woman, fifteen years old– a creative and bright light– who died of brain tumors before she could experience the Easter snow storm or the recent heat wave. She, like so many girls her age (and younger, much younger) subsisted on diet cola. The detrimental effects of Aspartame are compounded in children and there is a direct link of Aspartame to birth defects.
You may be one who is vigilant in your avoidance of artificial sweeteners. Good–please will you have the courage and make the effort to share what you know? Perhaps you are one who hasn’t paid this subject much attention. We are inundated with so many conflicting reports that sometimes we just shut down and have an attitude of “The Hell with it! I’ll eat and drink what I want…” If this shoe fits, I hope you’ll go to some of the links below and get enough information to make an informed decision.
Then there’s a third category. Those that do know better and use Aspartame anyway. These are the people who may openly acknowledge an addiction to diet soda. To you I say this: That Mercedes Benz you’ve been gifted, there’s no trading it in for a new model; just one vehicle per lifetime. And think of those who will be missing you some Easter down the road, if you’ve not maintained it.
Below are some links I hope you’ll explore.
Love and blessings for the road less traveled and
Shine your Light!