Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bitter Truth on NutraSweet/aspartame

Good Morning Houston!

My sister just visited us from Florida and it was such a blessing having her in town. She is so much fun to be with and she loves to cook. I love that she loves to cook because she cooks awesome! On top of the fact that she loves to cook is that she loves to drink diet sodas. I keep telling her to stop that bad habit because diet sodas contain aspartame.

Do you know aspartame is and what this artificial sugar does to your body? I am including a very simple overview of aspartame and side effects of aspartame below. You can always do a little more research on this topic. Dr. Mercola has an excellent book on this and also go do a youtube search for "Sugar: The Bitter Truth".

It looks like sugar, tastes like sugar (so I'm told), even feels like sugar. But it has virtually no calories, doesn't rot your teeth, and, unlike saccharin, has not been proven to cause cancer. The advertisements say it's as natural as a glass of milk and a banana. I always say if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

NutraSweet(TM), the trade name for the sweetener aspartame, was developed by the B.D. Searle pharmaceutical company and is now consumed by more than 100 million persons in the United States several times daily. Searle's 100 million per year advertising campaign, the largest ever for an ingredient, is clearly paying for itself and a whole lot more. During 1986, aspartame grossed-more than 750 million for the pharmaceutical company.

Food manufacturers have switched from sugar to aspartame in unprecedented -numbers. This food additive, marketed as a food, is now found in over 1200 products, including everything from baked goods and breakfast cereals, to children's vitamins, laxatives and drugs. In fact, it's hard to find a packaged product that doesn't contain aspartame. But nowhere is the artificial sweetener more visible than in cans of diet soft drinks.

With the introduction of NutraSweet(Tm), consumers began drinking as much as six times more diet drinks. In 1985, 800 million pounds of aspartame soft drinks were consumed. That translates into 5.8 pounds per person, a figure which has probably doubled by now. Sales of diet sodas grew five times faster in 1988 than those of regular sodas, with two million American households.

Why are so many people drinking so many aspartane-sweetened drinks? Partly because tap water is unhealthy, but mainly because sugars are addictive and because aspartame creates an increased thirst.

NutraSweet(Tm) is a synthetic chemical additive. It is not a natural product derived from banana plants or cows as implied by TV commercials. Rather, it is-a man-made substance composed of three ingredients which are natural, but never found together in nature in such a combination. It is composed of two amino acids, phenylaianine and aspartic acid, as well as methyl alcohol, also known as methanol.

NutraSweet (TM) Side Effects:
Complaints from 551 reactors

Headaches 249
Dizziness, unsteadiness or both 217
Confusion, memory loss or both 157
Decreased vision and/or other eye problems 140
Severe depression 39
Severe anxiety attacks 105
Severe drowsiness and sleepiness 93
Marked personality change 88
Palpitations, tachycardia (rapid heart action or both) 88
Paresthesia (tingling) or numbness of the limbs 82
Convulsions (grarid nial epileptic attacks) 80
Nausea 79
Recent severe insomnia 76
Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) 73
Diarrhea 70
Frequency of voiding, buming or urination, or both 69
Excessive thirst 65
Severe slurring of speech 64
Precipitation or aggravation of diabetes 60
Severe joint pains 58

Have a blessed aspartame-free day! :)

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Garlic: A Mom's Medicinal Must-have

It's a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon and it's officially the first day of Spring today! I love spring! It's not too cold and not too hot - it's just right :)

I want to share an article from a newsletter I receive from The School of Natural Healing where I received my certification. It's about garlic and rather than trying to put it in my own words, I just posted the whole article here.

Enjoy and here's to an illness-free Spring!

Garlic: A Mom's Medicinal Must-have
By Noell Larsen M.S./M.H.

I have heard it said that the Chinese refer to the alliums - garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, scallions, and chives - as the "Jewels among vegetables"... and I must agree. If there is one thing I have prized from my studies in the School of Natural Healing, it is the many ways in which I can use garlic to help the body's immune system. I began my studies it feels only a short while ago, and since then I truly cannot begin to count the many times I have used garlic to help the body fight off all sorts of infection, for my son, husband, myself, extended family, friends, friend's children, and more.

One night during my Master Herbalist Seminar, a good friend of mine called me in a panic explaining that her son was suffering from chills and a fever that was just not predictable and was not going away. Being that her son's health history made him especially sensitive to febrile seizures, she was exhausted from everything she had done to keep the fever down (showers, baths, sponging, etc.) over the last 36 hours and did not know what else she could do. When I arrived at her door she was amazed that it was not 20 minutes later and her son was sound asleep in bed. I had given her a few children's herbal tinctures (in glycerin) that we gave to him that night and for her to repeat every couple hours during the day, along with some raspberry leaf tea popsicles I had in my freezer and among a few other things, I showed her how to press fresh garlic, mix it in Vaseline and cover the bottoms of her son's feet with the paste for the night. The next day she called me with deep gratitude for the sleep she and her son had gotten, said that her son had not had a fever all day and seemed to feel much better.

This worked well for my friend's son who was the age of three at the time, but if you are in a rush or have a young infant, from experience I have found that prepared garlic-oil on the bottoms of the feet instead works really well - make sure to cover the feet with socks of course. Garlic-oil in the ear has shortened and abated many ear infections in our home as well as coughs or congestion by the oil or paste being applied to the chest.

To compliment the age-old use of garlic medicinally, modern medical science supports garlic's ability to aid the body in fighting off illness. As well, M.D. Anderson's Cancer Center has confirmed that epidemiological studies have shown that people who eat garlic and onions have lower risk of cancers of the GI tract, such as stomach and colon cancer. Modern medical science also states that garlic may also protect against heart disease and stroke by interfering with the formation of blood clots and by reducing cholesterol.

Using garlic has made a noticeable difference in warding off or the duration of sickness in my home and I know has contributed in many ways to improving the overall health of my family. There are so many ways in which to use garlic and I have only been able to mention a few. Know there is much more to this stinky bulb than meets the eye, just ask the Chinese, MD Anderson Cancer Center or/and especially... any Master Herbalist graduate of Dr. Christopher's School of Natural Healing, we would be happy to tell you more.