ALS Could Be Linked to Diet Soda, Aspartame and Formaldehyde

Posted on October 3, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The next time you drink or eat something with “Diet” in the name think again! I have spent many years telling my clients about the dangers of using aspartame and other chemical sugars even showing the research that proves that they can cause diabetes and weight gain. There is nothing diet about them and they are really quite dangerous.

Anything that increases your exposure to chemicals like formaldehyde is going to affect your body in ways that become dangerous over time. Take a look at this research and the list of products that are mentioned including: diet drinks, aspartame, cigarettes, pesticides, glues, cosmetics, shampoo, and particle board.

Another piece of research I have seen recently about ALS which is becoming more prevalent is the research into glutathione and its very probably positive influence in managing this (so far) incurable disease. (See: ALS Options and Springerlink).

ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) has been linked to exposure to formaldehyde found in Diet Soda, Aspartame, chicken and other products.

ALS is a disease of the nervous system that progressively causes damage to the brain and spinal cord. Patients eventually lose control of their muscles and become paralysed.

“The researchers found that 617 men and 539 women died of ALS during the study period. Only those who reported exposure to formaldehyde had a higher risk — 34 percent higher — of developing ALS.

Formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of a variety of products, including particle board, clothing, glues, cosmetics and shampoo. People who work in medical facilities and mortuaries may also encounter it on the job.

The pungent chemical has already been linked to higher rates of lung cancer and leukemia. It was not declared a probable human carcinogen at high exposure levels by the Environmental Protection Agency until 1987.

Those who reported more than 10 years of exposure to formaldehyde were almost four times more likely to develop ALS…

Researchers have considered pesticides to be a possible cause of ALS, but formaldehyde hasn’t been raised as a villain before, Weisskopf said. It’s not clear how it might be linked to development of the disease, but Weisskopf said it could set off brain damage by increasing the “stress” caused by oxygen.

SOURCES: Marc Weisskopf, Ph.D., assistant professor, epidemiology and environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, M.D., Ph.D., director, ALS Center, University of California, San Francisco; April 16, 2008, presentation, American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, Chicago

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“Nearly 25% of beauticians reported that they were exposed to formaldehyde.

Pharmacists, morticians, radio/lab technicians, dentists, firemen, photographers, printers, doctors, and nurses also reported high rates of formaldehyde exposure. Individuals in these high-exposure jobs had a 28% greater risk for ALS.”

“There are several possible mechanisms for formaldehyde neurotoxicity, said Dr. Weisskopf.

“…other factors that might contribute to ALS were controlled for, including sex, smoking status, military service, level of education, alcohol intake, occupation, vitamin E supplement use, and exposure to other chemicals.” Articles of Health

http://www.neurologyreviews.com/08june/FormaldehydeALS.html

If these products can have this affect on your cells what else can they do?

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Can the ‘Diet’ Drinks They’re Making You Fat!

Posted on March 2, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

sweeteners“TO LOSE weight, bin the diet cola. That’s the message from studies showing rats got fatter on diets containing artificial sweeteners than on those with sugar.

Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, gave rats set amounts of yogurt sweetened with either sucrose or saccharin, plus an unrestricted supply of ordinary rat food and water. Five weeks later, the saccharin-fed rats had eaten more food, gained more weight and put on more body fat than the others.

There’s something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit, your brain chemistry,” said ABC News’ medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard. Though Savard said more research needs to be done to uncover more information, the study does hint at the idea that the sweeteners alter a person’s metabolism.

Savard said another recent study, which included more than 18,000 people, found healthy adults who consumed at least one diet drink a day could increase their chance for weight gain.

Because so many foods today contain artificial sweeteners, the study results may go beyond diet drinks.

“The truth is, we’re putting artificial sweetener in so many different things in water, in yogurt,” Savard said. It’s unclear if the results only adhere to diet sodas, she said.

“We have to rethink what this artificial stuff does to us. If we put this in water it might not be so good,” she added.”

(Behavioural Neuroscience)

I have long held the belief that artificial sweeteners in all their forms are bad for you and finally here’s the proof. Well at least the beginning, there has been lots of anecdotal evidence for years about artificial sweetener and I am glad that science is finally catching up. Not only does much of the anecdotal evidence point towards sweeteners making you fatter, it also points toward speeding you towards diabetes, giving you migraines, neurological damage and even heart arrhythmias.

At least we know sugar doesn’t do that. Here’s a thought, perhaps it might be a good idea to retrain our taste buds to like wholesome foods again and cut down on the sweet foods. Check out my recommended lifestyle eating plan in my eBook: “A Rainbow On My Plate” on the website in the sidebar to your right.

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