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Aspartame And MSG Make
You Fat, Cause Depression

From Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum
Sugar in moderation does not promote weight gain.  Aspartame makes you crave carbohydrates.  If you want to get fat, nutrasweet is where it's at.  However, those using sugar should be sure its raw sugar and not refined sugar.  More here:
Aspartame And MSG Have Caused An Epidemic Of Obesity
By Dr. Sandra Cabot
Mission Possible Australia
I have been a medical doctor for over 25 years and have clinical and research interests in the liver and metabolism. I have authored several best selling health books including the "Liver Cleansing Diet", "The Body Shaping Diet", "Don't Let Your Hormones Ruin Your Life", "Women's Health", "Menopause and Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy" and I lecture internationally on these subjects. I have been consulted by thousands of patients with weight problems, hormonal imbalances, fatty liver, sluggish metabolism and chronic ill health. I have been an advocate and practitioner of nutritional methods of healing for 30 years. I regularly appear on national television and broadcast on many radio stations to educate people about the importance of a healthy liver in achieving good health and weight control!
In the interests of public health I am making a position statement concerning the use of the artificial sweetener called aspartame and sold most commonly under the names of NutraSweet and Equal. One must ask, "why do millions of people ingest a toxic chemical like aspartame everyday"? To me it appears ridiculous and I believe that it is because people have been brainwashed into thinking aspartame will keep their weight down and is good for health. It also shows me that we have lost touch with our own natural senses and instincts.
After having been consulted by thousands of overweight people suffering with problems concerning the liver and/or metabolism I can assure you that aspartame will not help you in any way, indeed it will help you to gain unwanted weight. This has been my experience, and there are logical reasons to explain the fattening and bloating effects of aspartame. When you ingest the toxic chemical aspartame it is absorbed from the intestines and passes immediately to the LIVER where it is taken inside the liver via the liver filter.
The liver then breaks down or metabolizes aspartame to its toxic components - phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. This process requires a lot of energy from the liver which means there will be less energy remaining in the liver cells. This means the liver cells will have less energy for fat burning and metabolism, which will result in fat storing. Excess fat may build up inside the liver cells causing "fatty liver" and when this starts to occur it is extremely difficult to lose weight. In my vast experience any time that you overload the liver you will increase the tendency to gain weight easily.
Aspartame also causes weight gain by other mechanisms ---Causes unstable blood sugar levels, which increases the appetite and causes cravings for sweets/sugar. Thus it is particularly toxic for those with diabetes or epilepsy. Causes fluid retention giving the body a puffy and bloated appearance. This makes people look fatter than they are and increases cellulite.
To discover more about the liver look up my web site - <http://www.liverdoctor.com>http:// www.liverdoctor.com , and to learn more about natural sugars that are better for the liver and weight, read my books "The Liver Cleansing Diet" and "Boost Your Energy". To order see your book store, or call Ten Speed Press or call 1-888-75-Liver
http:// www.liverdoctor.com
Also with regard to obesity and aspartame, the Trocho Study in Barcelona in l998 showed that the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol accumulates in the cells and damages DNA with most toxicity in the liver but substantial toxicity in the adipose tissue or fat cells. Further a recent epidemiological study by Sharon Fowler at the University of Texas in 2005 linked diet drinks with obesity.
In the Congressional Record, Senate, S - 5511, May 7, l985, and part of the protest of the National Soft Drink Assn, now American Beverage, is this Statement:
"Aspartame has been demonstrated to inhibit the carbohydrate-induced synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin (Wurtman affidavit). Serotonin blunts the sensation of craving carbohydrates and this is part of the body's feedback system that helps limit consumption of carbohydrate to appropriate levels. Its inhibition by aspartame could lead to the anomalous result of a diet product causing increased consumption of carbohydrates."
So as far as product liability is concerned you have companies marketing an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug to the population as a sugarfree diet product knowing full well this is causing obesity. They also know that aspartame is addictive and that the methanol component is classified as a narcotic. Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol causing chronic methanol poisoning. This affects the dopamine system of the brain causing the addiction.
Dr. Betty Martini
Founder, Mission Possible International
Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Aspartame And Depression
By Dr. Ralph Walton
Depression is obviously a highly complex phenomenon, but oer the past several years there has been overwhelming evidence that one factor in the development of major depressive illness is decreased availability of serotonin.  Serotonin is one of many so called neurotransmitters - chemical substances released into the synapse, or space, between brain cells.
Information is transmitted from one cell to the other both chemically, via neurotransmitters such as serotonin and electrically, antidepressants such as Prozac work by increasing the availability of serotonin in the synapse. The synthesis, or manufacture of serotonin in the brain is very much dependent on the availability of an amino acid building block, L-tryptophan.  Multiple studies demonstrate that tryptophan depletion is associated with the development of depressive symptoms.  Work done in Richard Wurtman's laboratory has demonstraqted that aspartame decreases the availability of L-tryptophan to the brain.
The neurochemical impact of aspartame on the brain is fairly complicated.  Not only does it decrease the availability of the building block for serotonin (l- tryptophan), but one of the two amino acids that comprise aspartame, phenylalanine, is a precursor for another very important neurotransmitter, norepinephrine.  Papers which i published in 1986 and 1993 discuss what i believe is the clinical impact (accentuating depressive illness) of altering the balance between these 2 neurotransmitters (norepinephrine and serotonin).
There is evidence that the therapeutic effect of antidepressants can be blocked by parachlorophenylalanine - a form of phenylalanine- one of the major constituents of aspartame.  Administration of this substance has also been associated with aggression and binging.
Aspartame and weight gain
Food seeking behavior and satiety are driven by an area of the brain known as the hypothalamus.  Stimulation of the medial hypothalamus in a laboratory rat leads to eating. Stimulation of the lateral hypothalamus leads to satiety and cessation of eating.  Placing a lesion in the lateral hypothalamus produces an obese rat.  The lateral hypothalamus is driven by serotonin.  there are many papers in the current literature demonstrating that antidepressants which increase serotonin (but not antidepressants which act on other neurotransmitters) are useful in treating binge eating disorders.  I believe that consuming large amounts of aspartame decreases the availability of serotonin and is thus analogous to placing a lesion in the lateral hypothalamus.  Although much of this work is recent, clinical suggestions that aspartame can lead to paradoxical increased appetite date back to blunder's work of 1986.
An evolving view in modern psychiatry is that although depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, impulse control disorders and eating disorders have historically been viewed as separate entities, in fact they should be viewed as a continuum of disorders all involving some degree of dysregulation of serotonin.  I believe that at this time there is overwhelming evidence that aspartame contributes to this dysregulation.
Ralph Walton, M.D.
For those needing a safe sweetener they can use Just Like Sugar which is made from food and not additives - chicory which has been used for 70 years to improve he health of diabetics, orange peel, vitamin c from organic oranges and calcium.  www.justlikesugarinc.com or  whole foods -  soon safe cookies and gum.
Also remember that aspartame (Ajinomoto has changed the name to AminoSweet to confuse you), Nutrasweet, Equal,Spoonful, E951, Canderel, etc. has caused an epidemic of diseases such as autism: http://www.mpwhi.com/autism_chart.htm
The medical text Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by H. J. Roberts, M.S.  is 1000 pages of horrors, www.sunsentpress.com  Also read Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. on aspartame and MSG.
The first weekend after Labor Day is Aspartame Awareness Weekend.  See the documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, cori@soundandfury. tv
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible Intl
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599
www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com, www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame

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