Monday, September 18, 2000

Hormone Fluxuation
Swelling of the Optic Nerves
Weight Gain
Restless Legs
Memory Loss

These are problems I have and the same problems many of my friends have. From research I recently discovered it appears as if all of these medical issues maybe symptoms of ASPARTAME poisoning.

If you aren't framiliar with ASPARTAME be certain you have been exposed to it, especially if you are a woman. I say that because diet products are aimed at women and ASPARTAME is a sugar substitute. It is one of the main ingredients in EQUAL and NUTRASWEET. You can also find ASPARTAME in almost every diet soda including diet coke, diet dr. pepper, diet pepsi, diet sprite - my personal favorite, yogurt, pudding, chewing gum and even some dairy products.

Here is a description of ASPERTAME's usages from the FDA:

"Aspartame - NUTRS, REG, GMP, Sweetening agent, sugar substitute uses stated in - 172.804. Sugar substitute tablets, breakfast cereals, chewing gum, dry bases for beverages, instant coffee and tea beverages, gelatins, puddings, fillings, and dairy product analog toppings, ready-to-serve nonalcoholic flavored beverages, tea beverages, fruit juice based drinks where food standards permit such use, fruit flavored drinks and ades, imitation fruit flavored drinks and ades, frozen stick-type confections and novelties, breath mints, hard and soft candy, refrigerated ready-to-serve gelatins, puddings, and fillings, fruit wine beverages with EtOH <7%, yogurt-type products where aspratame is added after pasteurization and culturing, refrigerated flavored milk beverages, frozen desserts, frostings, toppings, fillings, glazes and icings for precooled baked goods, frozen, ready-to-thaw-and-eat cheesecakes, fruit and fruit toppings, frozen dairy and nondairy frostings, toppings, and fillings, fruit spreads, fruit toppings, and fruit syrups, malt beverages with <7% EtOH and containing fruit juice, baked goods and baking mixes 0.5 wt.-% of ready-to bake products or of finished formulation and prior to baking."

If you feel the need to find additional information on foods using ASPERTAME, currently the FDA has more than 101,000 documents referencing the sugar substitute.

Aspartame was discovered in 1965 and approved for use in carbonated beverages in the US in 1983. That was the same time I was entering puberity and beginning to worry about my weight. Why the FDA approved its use is baffling to me. Before ASPARTAME was approved for use in the US, the amount of ASPARTAME in the American diet was virtually zero. Lets assume the FDA didn't know of the damaging effects, why aren't they taking steps to remove it from the marketplace now??? Apparently aspartame accounts for more than 75 percent of adverse drug reations to food additives reported to them. That alone would put a few doubts into my head.

I am beginning to think that the FDA has something to hide. This feeling began when I read a letter to the FDA from the Pennsylvania Citizens Consumer Council. They clearly had done their homework and continued to express concern about ASPERTAME dispite the FDA repeated statements that it is safe. Their concern was that hydrogenated oils when mixed with excitotoxins such as ASPERTAME the effects can be deadly. Their source - world renowned clinical nutritionist Dr. Robert Marshall.

Not to mentioninformation introduced by the Council for Responsible Nutrition disclosing unsual reporting practices by the FDA where ASPERTAME is involved.

If those weren't enough to scare you, in addition to the medical issues I am facing, it's believe that ASPERTAME can trigger or worsen:

Brain Tumors
Parkinson's Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There are more but the point I'm trying to make is that many of these disorders (migranes, chronic fatigue disorder, alzheimer's) have gained momentum especially in the female populate during the last decade - as ASPERTAME has been introduced into more and more food products.

Now that we know ASPERTAME is wickedly dangerous let's look at why. ASPERTAME is made up of three chemicals:

1. aspartic acid
2. phenylalanine
3. methanol

When broken down through digestion, exposure to high temperatures or add into a solution conponets of Methonal produce formaldehyde and formic acid. Yes, the same formaldehyde you learned of in 9th grade biology - the stuff the frogs were soaked in. Formaldehyde is a neurotoxin and carcinogen. It is stored in the fat cells and usually highly concentrated through the thigh and hip region. This substance is best know for its ability to interfere with DNA replication, cause birth defects and damage the retina. The retina part is what I am delaing with currently. To be more specific it is swelling of the optic nerve. I've had this condition for approximately two years. I am one of the lucky ones. Many go blind.

For now, it may be best just to suck up the extra calories and use what nature gave us - sugar.

To make sure you aren't fooled the following is from the FDA's Domestic Food Saftey Program. It is a document that was issued in February of this year (2000) on product labeling and ASPERTAME:

"21 CFR 172.804(e) requires the label or labeling of any food containing aspartameto bear either on the principal display panel or the information panel the following statement: "PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. The regulation further requires the statement to appear in the labeling prominently and conspicuously as compared to other words, statements, designs or devices and in bold type on clear contrasting background. The guidelines for compliance with Saccharin Study Labeling Act published in the December 9, 1977 Federal Register (42 FR 62209) requiring the letters in the warning statement to be at least 1/16 inch in height may be used as a general guide for both saccharin - as well as aspartame- containing products. Foods containing either of these substances but without the required labeling prominence or conspicuousness would be in violation of section 403(f) of the Act and must be brought immediately to the attention of management."

Also note that "phenylalanine, a component of aspartame." If you are interested the FDA keeps records of people who have contacted them with complaints related to ASPERTAME. Most of them are e-mails but still very interesting and a great resource for grassroots research. There are also enforcement records with lists of companies who failed to disclose they were using ASPERTAME in their products.

The Today Showrecently did a piece on aspartame in which the doctor said all the info on the Web related to the sugar subsitute was a big hoax and that they had info on the web which showed the most recent research about aspartame. Well the information on the Today Show Website confirms what I have detailed above for you. Go figure!
I love watching the Olympics. It doesn't matter which sport. I think it is just the passion of the athletes that is suductive. I logged on the official Website this morning to find out when the Russian gymnastic team would once again grace my television screen. It quickly become obvious that the site had information about the games. It wasn't what I was looking for. In fact it was the exact opposite.

Since Sydney is half way around the globe from me the official Website was providing scores and outcomes of events and races I desperately wanted to watch with the same anticipation as the crowd at the event. Now that I know the Chinese men won the gymnastics team event - why would I want to watch it on what... I think Wednesday??? Apparently what I was really looking for was the american tv schedule of the games. As you may know NBC is broadcasting the games on its public network as well as cable casting many of the lesser known events on CNBC and MSNBC. The concept is wonderful - more coverage for us olympic junkies.

BUT....NBC is doing a horrible job of telling the viewers what is on which station and when. I spent most of Sunday flipping between the three channels trying to figure out if I was going to miss something. Of course I did. Even the information on NBC's Website is vague and generic. Maybe that was their intent. You know to make sure that you stay glued to your television for two weeks. And remember it's the two weeks before the Fall Season starts. Maybe. But if that was the plan, I think it's going to frustrate more people than it will make loyal fans.

And am I the only one who is bothered that people who can't afford cable are unable to see a significant portion of the olympic coverage???

Cable has its place but the olympics are about coming together not seperation. And because two cable networks are carrying coverage of the games the broadcast network - NBC - is actually airing less of the games. Can you believe they are pre-empting the olympics in lieu of soap operas???
This came via e-mail from Dick Armey on Thursday. I thought you might find it interesting.Now remember the sound file is from the republican take it with a grain of salt.

"the House fell just 16 votes shy of the two-thirds supermajority required to override the president's veto of our measure to eliminate the unfair marriage tax penalty. We're going to lock away 90% of the surplus to pay down the public debt. Listen to a quick sound file explaining why this is important."

Friday, September 08, 2000

I'm a big proponet condoms for a number of reasons. The first being it is the only form of birth control that helps control sexually transmitted diseases. Second, being one who polluted my body with hormones for too many years I refuse to take the pill eventhough I'm not ready for children at this point in my life. Anyway, I was on the Web tonight looking a condoms and found this condom directory which I promise isn't a porn site that links to ligit condom resellers around the world. It's kinda cool! Very generic but practical.

Ok then during my adventure through virtual condom stores I found this site on how they made condoms in the 1800's. Actually it's kinda scary. You'd thing they'd get some form of bacterial infection from those things...but hey check it out...if anything it is interesting. For those of you who don't like to be surprized, it is a text page but if you want illustrations you can dig into the site to find them. Personally I didn't have the guts to look after reading the description of the process.

Wednesday, September 06, 2000

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The Olympics start in just over a week. While I'm far from athletic and am very particular with my sports viewing, I've always been intregued by the Olympics. Perhaps it's the history of the event. You may not be aware that the Olympics began as only part of a religious festival in honor of the greek god Zeus. Now we don't honor Gods like Zeus and Hera or for that matter Jesus at the Olympic Games. It's not religious at all - at least not for me. I would bet it is for some of the athletes. Do you think they feel like Gods as they fling themselves through the air?

Maybe that's what the spectators are hoping for....someone to harness their tremendous athletic ability and perform some god like task. I'm not exactly certain what would comprise such a God like task.

Vault out of the stadium??
Running so fast the track erupts in flames??

Some people want that feeling so bad that they are willing to use various drugs to transform their body into a God like state - even if it is just for a moment. You know like the 40 athletes who have been pulled from China's Olympic Team. As of this morning seven of them failed blood test designed to screen for performance enhancing drugs. So now what??

They've dedicated their lives to winning the Olympics and they can't go. They won't win and they still have to endure the damaging effects of the drugs on their body. I find it amazing what we as humans will do to ourselves to make ourselves God like. You know usually we only hear about the people with eating disorders and those who have surgeons sculpt their bodies who are attempting to be God like- but are athletes so much different??

I don't think so.

But perhaps the next addition to the International Olympic Committee will spur peoples confidence in their own abilities. I know Kissinger has always done that for me. While I think it a bit odd that he should want such an appointment - I think it's wonderful and can't wait for the opening ceremonies.