Researcher Believes Aspartame Promotes Hypersensitivity Syndrome
By Don Harkins
From the November 2000 Idaho Observer
Most people are by now aware that the artificial sweetener aspartame becomes formaldehyde, a dangerous toxin for which neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Environmental Protection Agency has identified a safe level of ingestion for humans. James Bowen, M.D., a physician who has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and resources to the study of aspartame, has identified the neurotoxin to be a catalyst for polychemical hypersensitivity syndrome (PCS).
PCS is a condition that effects increasing numbers of people who experience varying degrees of allergic reactions to chemical exposure.
According to Dr. Bowen, “The Persion Gulf Syndrome is largely PCS from the massive NutraSweet [aspartame] exposure experienced by our men in combat units in the Persian Gulf.”
The Pentagon has repeatedly denied such allegations since they claim that PCS does not exist. The fact that nothing in orthodox medicine seems to help soldiers stricken with Gulf War Illness (GWI) is an indication to orthodox doctors that GWI symptoms are psychosomatic.
“This illustrates the highly significant feature of aspartame poisoning; that it is an extreme hypersensitization agent which is highly reactive with other chemicals -- especially toxic ones like the nerve gas and nitrogen mustard gas to which our troops were exposed in the gulf when our government tried to destroy the stockpiles of these gases they had previously supplied to Saddam Hussein. This is a very poignant part of the NutraSweet issue because those who had problems with NutraSweet will now experience recurrences of those same problems when exposed to even the most minute doses of various toxic agents,” explained Dr. Bowen.
Dr. Bowen's findings are supported by government studies regarding formaldehyde sensitivity that were conducted many years ago. It was found then that, once a person becomes hypersensitive to the toxin, he can experience a violent physical reaction to a formaldehyde exposure of as little as one billionth of a gram.
If Dr. Bowen's thesis is correct, the millions of Americans who habitually drink sodas and eat foods artificially sweetened with aspartame are not only vulnerable to the entire menu of 92 aspartame-related complications which range from impotence, hair loss, obesity and chronic irritability to death, they are leaving themselves open to a lifetime of multiple chemical sensitivity.
“The reason I feel it's so important to publish this information is that those who have been victimized by aspartame really don't have a good shot at enjoying the health they had before unless they recognize the problem and know how to deal with it,” Dr. Bowen concluded.
The saddest joke on the American consumer is that aspartame-sweetened sodas are marketed as “diet” soft drinks. The truth is that aspartame suppresses the production of serotonin, which makes them crave carbohydrates which, in turn, causes them to gain weight.
DR. MERCOLA'S COMMENT: Nutrasweet is not your friend. This is article is an excellent reminder that you should NOT be consuming any of this product due to its profound negative effects on health. If you are not aware of this please read the first link below as it is a book on Nutrasweet that is about 150 pages long.
Nutrasweet's patent has expired so you are starting to see its clones which are likely to be every bit as bad. I am in the process of preparing an article on sucralose (Splenda), which should be published soon, but in the meantime it should also be avoided.
Remember that your body does not do well with regular sugar, let alone synthetic sugar substitutes. About 70% of the population suffers from an excess of insulin (excess weight, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol) and nearly all of these people would benefit from avoiding ANY sweeteners, even including herbal sweeteners like Stevia until their signs of insulin excess resolve.
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