- A bill at the Hawaii legislature that would have banned
aspartame just sputtered and died. Quoting an email from Dr. Betty Martini:
- "Although Rep. Josh Green sympathized with supporters
who have been affected by the artificial sweetener aspartame, he was unable
to immediately pass a bill that would ban the artificial sweetener aspartame
in food products without concrete evidence showing a connection between aspartame
and medical ailments. We can't take numerous amounts of products off Hawaii
store shelves without evidence of a connection, he said."
- Did anyone actually think lawmakers would ban aspartame?
They would have to ban about 6,000 food products. Not likely.
- I've been a television news reporter for 34 years and
I have won the Hawaii Medical Association Distinguished Medical Reporting
Award five times. I didn't win those awards for going on TV and telling
people how to be healthy. I won the awards for reporting the AMA company
line; the newest drugs, the latest surgery, and the most advanced methods
of zapping cancer with radiation.
- So here's my health story. I suffered from migraines
and panic attacks. Doctors prescribed drugs for both conditions.
- Since my teenage years I endured excruciating migraines,
a type of headache called Cluster Headaches. These are also known as "suicide
headaches" because the pain is so intense you want to kill yourself.
On many occasions I went nearly delirious with pain and beat on my own
head in a frustrated, impotent rage. My doctor told me he knew of a patient
who tried to claw his own eye out because of the pain. Imagine an "ice
cream headache" -when you drink a very cold, icy drink too fast and
have a searing pain for a few seconds. A cluster headache is many times
worse than that, but it lasts several hours. For these headaches physicians
prescribed opiates and also put me on a cousin of LSD known as Sansert
(Methysergide maleate). This drug gives you hallucinogenic dreams. The
doctor told me I had to take it. The dreams were really wild, a Technicolor
acid trip every night. So my doctor basically prescribed a mild form of
LSD to prevent my headaches. What the doctor didn't realize was that cluster
migraines are not caused by a lack of Sansert.
- Later in my adult life I started getting panic attacks.
It is impossible to describe a panic attack. Your heart starts beating
out of control, it feels like you cannot get a breath of air into your
lungs, and you have a feeling of absolute terror as the more you try to
breathe the less you feel like you can get a breath, you lose muscle control
and feel like you are going to convulse and drop dead in the next few seconds.
It is like someone just injected you with a powerful drug that makes you
feel as scared and miserable as is humanly possible. Hence the name Panic.
- The panic attacks had me leaving work and fleeing to
an emergency room. Doctors assured me I must take Paxil. I asked them about
the number of patients on SSRIs who have committed suicide. The doctors
assured me that I had to take Paxil or risk a nervous breakdown. What
the doctors didn't understand was that panic attacks are not caused by
a lack of Paxil. But according to mainstream medicine headaches required
the hallucinogenic Sansert and panic attacks called for an SSRI. Take 10
minutes to write a prescription, get the patient out the door, next patient,
a new prescription.
- I had heard several interviews with Dr. Russell Blaylock
and I began to wonder about food additives. So I did my own research. I
found out things my doctors didn't know. I read as much as I could find
about Asparatame and MSG.
- Could Aspartame and MSG have caused my excruciating headaches
and paralyzing panic attacks?
- I used to drink one diet Pepsi with lunch every day at
work. I used to eat sugarless candy containing aspartame. I used to chew
sugarless gum, also loaded with aspartame. When I read about this drug
and learned that Mr. Donald Rumsfeld helped inflict this poison on society
I decided to stop ingesting it. I stopped. Instead of drinking
one diet soda per day, I drank water with lunch. I threw out the sugarless
candy. I stopped chewing gum. I now read every label of everything I consume.
I don't eat aspartame.
- MSG was a hard one. It is in everything. I am a vegetarian
and I used to cook with a powered vegetable broth that I purchased at my
local "health food" store. The main ingredient was "hydrolyzed
protein." I looked that one up and discovered it is MSG. MSG has many
hidden names. (Do an Internet search for "HIDDEN MSG") Those
- I now make my own vegetable broth. It's easy. Two onions,
chopped, three carrots, chopped. One stalk of celery, chopped. Six cloves
of garlic. Drizzle some olive oil and toss on some sea salt. Roast in the
oven until everything begins to darken and caramelize. Toss the veggies
in a pot with about 8 cups of water and simmer for an hour. Strain and
you have a great broth for soups, stir-fries, and it has no MSG. Does it
take time and effort? Yes. Does it beat writhing on the floor with a pounding,
excruciating headache? Absolutely.
- I stopped eating at restaurants. This is difficult when
you're a news reporter on the go. I take my own food with me. I know about
5 places in Honolulu that don't use MSG. When I go to the grocery it takes
longer for me to check out because most of the food I buy does not have
a bar code. The checkout clerk is usually bewildered by kale or Swiss Chard
and has to look up the code. I buy fresh whole foods. I make just about
everything I eat from scratch.
- Guess what? I stopped having migraines and panic attacks.
Now this is what we call "anecdotal" evidence. It is not a scientific
study and no medical claims can be made from my personal testimony. I won't
even put this on the local news as a story. But when I eat something with
"autolyzed yeast" or "natural flavoring" I get knocked
down with terrible headache. I also realized that my heart would race and
my breathing would become labored after consuming anything with aspartame,
even one diet soda. The more you clean up your diet the more sensitive
- Do not wait for the government to take action. Just stop
eating these poisons. You are in charge of your own health. No one is going
to do it for you. We hear so much about "health care" costs,
but think about it- if you are truly healthy you don't need care. There
is no cost incurred from health and wellness. Health "care" is
- Do you think there's going to be Medicare when we grow
- I don't think so. We're in charge of our own health.