I stumbled across this meme the other day and it shocked me.
Now, I knew aspartame wasn’t healthy for you…but I never realized it is a neurotoxin. I didn’t know one could suffer systemic poisoning from
long term use. I’d always assumed, since the FDA approved its use, that aspartame must be safe. After all, the FDA has only our best interests at
Well, this meme got me thinking. Since I’m a regular diet-cola drinker (I know, shame shame shame), I decided to look further into aspartame
poisoning. I wanted to know…is aspartame a neurotoxin? Can one suffer systemic poisoning? What are the side effects of aspartame, and what are
the long term repercussions of ingesting it?
So I started digging. In my research, I came across some startling information, and I wanted to share it with you.
There are at least 92 known health side effects from aspartame. 92! Here is a link that shows all 92 side effects, as reported by the FDA.
Now let’s take a closer look at the symptoms of aspartame poisoning.
“Aspartame is a sweetener that is much sweeter than sugar but has fewer calories. Aspartame can be found in diet sodas, coffee and yogurt. While
aspartame products, such as NutraSweet and Equal, may appear to be a healthier alternative to sugar, there are a lot of side effects and the potential
for poisoning. The symptoms of aspartame poisoning can impact your psychological and physiological functioning and may even lead to death.
Aspartame poisoning can cause depression, aggression, anxiety, irritability, phobias, severe depression and personality changes. Other psychological
symptoms may include memory loss and mood disturbances.
With aspartame poisoning impacting your brain's normal functioning, you may experience symptoms that impair your motor skills and your most very
basic level of functioning. Among these symptoms are dizziness, numbness in the limbs, severe tremors, facial pain, seizures, headaches or migraines,
confusion, fatigue, slurred speech and hyperactivity.
Aspartame poisoning may cause nausea, vertigo, skin lesions, ringing in the ears, loss of taste, muscular and joint pain, irregular menstrual cycle,
heart attack symptoms and menstrual cramps. Physically you may also experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, painful swallowing, asthma-like symptoms,
thinning hair, hair loss, burning during urination, excessive thirst, fluid retention, high blood pressure, allergic reactions in the mouth, weight
gain or loss, leg swelling and bloating.
Among the most critical of all the symptoms are peptic ulcers, brain damage, suicidal thoughts, aspartame addiction and birth defects, which can lead
to mental retardation.”
Now, lets switch gears for a moment and look at the symptoms of depression, shall we?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health
, symptoms of
depression may include the following:
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
Fatigue and decreased energy
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
Overeating or appetite loss
Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Notice anything similar between the two lists? I do…and I wonder. Could depression actually be a misdiagnosis of aspartame poisoning?
This is of great interest to me, since I’ve battled with depression for almost twenty years now. However, I’m beginning to question that
diagnosis. What if, all this time, my symptoms weren’t of depression, but aspartame poisoning? Why did my doctors NEVER ask if I ate products with
aspartame? Was it ignorance, or deliberate?
So yesterday I visited my psychiatrist. I showed her the list of FDA recognized symptoms and asked if my depression and anxiety might be caused by
aspartame poisoning. After much hemming and hawing, she agreed that there MIGHT be a connection.
ATS, I’m livid. I’ve lived the past twenty years on multiple medications, battled depression and anxiety that entire time…and just maybe the
cause wasn’t psychological at all but due to what I eat and drink?
So, now that I know how dangerous aspartame can be, I’ve decided to cut it out of my life completely. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than
done. It seems that I may be addicted to aspartame. Yes,
There are two components to any addiction: psychological and physiological. According to Dr. Betty Martini, aspartame is an addictive, exitoneurotic,
carcinogenic, genetically engineered drug and adjuvant that damages the mitochondria.
Moreover, Dr. Janet Hall, another famous advocate against aspartame, shares on her website that all artificial sweeteners create an artificial need
for more sweetness. She goes on to add that forced sweetness, being a class of altered food, is a trap that cause people to become addicted to sweeter
tasting food with no nutritional value.
Additionally, recent studies have shown that aspartame is addictive because it affects the absorption of dopamine in the brain.
So, if a person is addicted to aspartame, will that person suffer withdrawal symptoms? Sad to say….yes. These symptoms will differ from person to
person and depend upon the severity of the addiction.
After wading through the research, I’ve decided to eliminate aspartame completely from my diet. I don’t plan to do this all at once, however. I
believe a gradual elimination will be better for me than to quit cold turkey. But that’s me.