- It's not the caffeine, its the aspartame. It has free
methyl alcohol which is classified as a narcotic. It causes chronic methanol
poisoning which affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the
addiction. Here is Dr. H. J. Roberts report on the addiction published
in Townsend Letter for Doctors:
- Aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful/Canderel/E951/Benevia)
is an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with
virtually all drugs and vaccines. Here are the references:
- Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, www.sunsentpress.com
by H. J. Roberts, M.D. , 1000 page medical text on this plague.
- Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon Russell
Blaylock, M.D., www.russellblaylockmd.com
- Aspartame Documentary on how its poisoned the world:
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, www.soundandfury.tv
- Dying for a Diet Coke:
- Aspartame Toxicity Center,
- Aspartame Detox Program: What To Do If You Have Used
- Aspartame Information List,
- www.mpwhi.com scroll down to banners
- These athletes using aspartame are an accident about
to happen: (or anyone for that matter )
- Here's how aspartame makes you gain weight:
- ASPARTAME MAKES YOU FATTER!
- Position Statement from 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
- To discover more about the liver look up my web site
- 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
- Posted: 22 July 2006
- COMMENTS BY DR. BETTY MARTINI:
- 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
- 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, D.Hum
- Founder, Mission Possible International
- 9270 River Club Parkway
- Duluth, Georgia 30097
- Aspartame Toxicity Center:
- Sponsored By Attack of the Diet Cokes
- It's the one addiction people will admit to. But will
Diet Cokenow 25 years oldbe the same if it comes with vitamins?
- By Jerry Adler
- Newsweek Web Exclusive
- For most of the last century vice was defined by critic
Alexander Woollcott's remark that everything he liked was "illegal,
immoral or fattening." That, though, was before the invention of Diet
Coke. "It's my one vice," says Amy Stensrud, a 46-year-old Seattle
mother of two, who buys a 32-ounce container of Diet Coke at a 7-Eleven
every morning, right after the gym. She has in effect defined vice upward
as something "inconsistent with my values," which was never Woollcott's
problem with bathtub gin.
- But now her only sin is in danger of being transformed
into a virtue, as Coke rolls out a new version of Diet Coke with added
vitamins and minerals. Blue-capped bottles of Diet Coke Plus will begin
showing up in stores this week, empty of calories but containing 10 to
15 percent of the daily requirement of niacin, zinc, magnesium and vitamins
B6 and B12. It isn't meant to replace Diet Coke, now the third best-selling
soft drink in America, after Coke Classic and Pepsi; it's just a part of
Coke's plan to conquer the world by making so many kinds of soda that stores
won't have room for anything else. Competition is especially fierce now
in the $70 billion soft-drink market. For the first time in recent history,
the amount of soda sold in the United Statesmore than 16 billion gallonsfell
in 2005, and again in 2006. Diet Coke Plus, says John Sicher, publisher
of Beverage Digest, stands at the convergence of two powerful trends: the
rise of diet drinks (30 percent of the soda market, up from 25 percent
in 2000) and the move toward "functional" products such as sports
drinks. According to Coke spokesman Scott Williamson, Diet Coke Plus will
be advertised with slogans that merely imply it's good for you ("Your
best friend just got friendlier!") without making any health claims.
To do otherwise, he said, "would reinforce the false notion that soft
drinks are unhealthy to begin with."
- Diet Coke Plus grew out of what Williamson calls Coke's
"ongoing dialogue" with its customers. The same process gave
rise to the dozen or so permutations of Coke on the market, including Diet
Coke in 1982, followed by Diet Cherry Coke and Diet Coke Cherry (the same
thing), and Coca-Cola Zero, a no-cal drink for men who are put off by the
feminine connotations of "diet." Diet Coke Plus tastes something
like Diet Coke, but sweeter, because it contains both aspartame and a sweetener
called acesulfame potassium. Its choice of added nutrients seems somewhat
arbitrary and doesn't include the one substance that might arguably be
useful, calcium. "What's the point of adding vitamins to a soft drink?"
wonders nutritionist Marion Nestle of NYU. "You can take a multivitamin
pill. You can even take it with a Diet Coke."
- You might need to, if you're a Diet Coke fanatic like
Victoria Beckham, the former Posh Spice, who drinks almost nothing else
and claims to hate the taste of water. Diet Coke is the one addiction that
public figures willingly own up to. It's the only beverage in the back
of producer Harvey Weinstein's limo, and makes up one half the diet of
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden. The other half consists of peanuts.
A 12-ounce can of Diet Coke, which may contain from a third to half the
amount of caffeine in eight ounces of coffee, is the breakfast drink of
choice for many college students. "I like that fake sugar taste,"
says Stanford sophomore Margot Markman, who usually has the first of four
daily 16-ounce cups from her sorority's fountain at 8:15. It is one of
the few things you can buy at a gas station that's also an object of connoisseurship.
Kristen Scaletta, a senior at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.,
who recently cut back from about a gallon of Diet Coke a day to three quarts,
drinks it only from cans, preferably at room temperaturea taste she
formed as a child when she had to sneak it past her parents to drink in
her bedroom. Other people insist on the flavor of Diet Coke from liter
bottles, or McDonald's.
- Taste aside, what makes Diet Coke so addictive? Caffeine
produces physical dependence, as anyone who has suffered through the headaches
of coffee withdrawal can testify. But addiction specialists pooh-pooh the
idea that people can be "addicted" to soda, in the sense that
it interferes with normal life. The other obvious point about it is that
it has no calories. Not everyone who drinks it is trying to lose weight,
but presumably none of them cares to subject her body to the 1,120 calories
in eight cans a day of regular Coke. The role of diet sodas in weight loss
is a contentious area of research. "Studies suggest that diet drinks
can bump calories out of the diet short term," says Dr. David Katz,
a public-health specialist at Yale, "but that people compensate over
time by eating more sugar." An unpublished seven-year study by Sharon
Fowler of the University of Texas found that the more diet sodas people
drank, the more likely they were to be overweightalthough that doesn't
prove cause and effect. Fitness guru Richard Simmons estimates that 85
percent of the people who come to him to lose weight drink diet soda habitually.
- People do worry about the health effects of diet soft
drinks. There is some research to suggest that all colas, not diet ones
in particular, may contribute to bone loss in women, but all the evidence
isn't in yet. A new study found that the acid in sodas erodes tooth enamel
(although full-sugar versions, and citrus flavors, are worse). As for artificial
sweeteners, a study of the literature by Valerie Duffy of the University
of Connecticut suggests they're safe. "They've all been through extensive
testing," she says, "for acute toxicity, chronic toxicity, carcinogenic
potential, effects on fertility, lactation, fetal development" and
about six other things. To reach the FDA's "acceptable daily intake"
of aspartamewhich itself has a wide margin of safety"you'd
have to drink 18 cans of Diet Coke every day of your life," says Hud
Englehart, a spokesman for aspartame's manufacturer, NutraSweet. (The actual
figure, Duffy points out, varies with the person's weight.) "It's
pretty hard to drink that much."
- Mr. Englehart, meet Rich Underkofler, a 47-year-old from
Euclid, Ohio. "I drink this stuff like crazy," Underkofler says.
"I don't even go to restaurants that don't serve Diet Coke."
Checking his refrigerator one night last week, he found two 12-packs. That
would last him, he figured, a little more than a day.
- With Matthew Philips, Anne Underwood, Karen Springen
and Joan Raymond
- URL: http://www.newsweek.com/id/34923