What’s in Your Diet Food?

Post by Tori T.
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In 1994, a case history taken from Sweet Poison, shared about a young girls experiecne with aspartame. Early one morning, a three year old girl by the name of Katrina began to complain of an irritation within her ear. Luckily, the day she started complaining of her aching ear turned out to also be the day of her three year old check up. When her mother informed the pediatrician of her daughters complaints, the pediatrician gave her a prescription ruling her pain to be from an ear infection.

Two days of taking the prescribed medication, Katrina’s pain continued to worsen. According to her mother, she began to act in a clumsy manner, falling much more often than usual, and running into things as if she were blind and literally could not see them.

By the third day since the checkup, Katrina became lethargic and could very little down. What little that she did manage to eat, unfortunately, was aspartame sweetened yogurt and a few sips of diet pop that contained aspartame.

The next morning the three year old was even more lethargic than the day before, and her mother decided to let her sleep. Her mother decided to check up on her before she left for work that morning. She had believed that Katrina was sleeping, but found that her eyes were wide open and looking at the wall. Her mother tried to get her attention by lightly shaking her and calling her name. She did not respond. Alarmed that their daughter was unconscious, Katrina’s parents rushed to get her help. When they turned her onto her back, they found that her lips and fingernails were blue, and the right side of her face was covered in mucus and saliva.

Within minutes the police arrived and began transporting her to the ambulance. On the way, Katrina had her first seizure, and stopped breathing. She was brought back to consciousness only to fall back into it once she arrived at the hospital. Katrina was then transferred to a children’s hospital and put onto life support for two weeks. She was able to be taken off of life support after those two weeks, only to be put into the ICU for another four weeks. She continued to have seizures and apnea in the hospital and was then transferred to a specific toddler unit.

When Katrina’s hands began to twitch, and a seizure followed within the next fifteen minutes. She was given another MRI, after she had fallen into a status epilepticus and had stopped breathing. This time, they found something; but they didn’t know what it meant. Katrina was put into isolation, as doctors feared she could be contagious. She was getting her blood drawn regularly, to check for drug levels and dangerous blood gases. She was put into a Pentobarbital coma for a whole week, and had to be fed through feeding tubes.

Her parents wanted answers; they wanted to know why this was happening to their child. They wanted to know what was causing her to be on her death bed. Katrina soon began to have problems with her liver, and both a liver and muscle tissue biopsy were done. After several tests were completed, the neurologists final conclusion was,  “Status-post status epilepticus of unknown etiology with evidence of a meningo encephalitis on MRI scan.” Katrina began to get better, and was finally released from the hospital after eight long weeks.

Her mother began to research every possible option that could have done this to her daughter. What she found amazed many. Katrina had been given several different food items containing aspartame, but when questioned, the manufacturer insisted its products were safe. Her mother began giving Katrina popular childrens multi-vitamins, and after four months, Katrina fell and got a serious concussion, and her previous symptoms all returned. Her mother immediately stopped giving her the vitamins. She researched the vitamins and sure enough, she found what she didn’t even know she had been looking for. Katrina’s vitamins contained a high level of aspartame and her doctors were able to match her symptoms, which turned out to be symptoms of high aspartame toxicity levels, with her food items and vitamins. As a result of containing high levels of aspartame, Katrina needed speech therapy, monitoring of her movements, aspartame-free diet, and special schooling.

Aspartame is real, and so are the effects.

What is Aspartame?

Aspartame is an artificial, non- saccharide sweetener commonly used in diet snacks and beverages. Aspartame was first synthesized in 1965, however the patent for its use has been expired since 1992, allowing any company to manufacture products containing aspartame.

What is Aspartame found in?

Aspartame is found in several different foods, beverages, condiments, and is also sold as a counter sweetener. Beverages that often contain Aspartame are, but are not limited to:

  • Diet Sodas, the most popular of which being Diet Coke
  • Teas
  • Energy Drinks
  • Coffee Flavorings
  • Protein Shakes
  • Flavored Milk
  • Juice
  • Other flavored drinks

Snacks that are often found to hold Aspartame are, but are not limited to:

  • Cereals
  • Granola Bars
  • Protein Bars
  • Low Fat Yogurt
  • Low Fat Puddings
  • Gelatin
  • Fruit Cups

Desserts and Sweets that may contain Aspartame are, but are not limited to:

  • Ice Cream
  • Frozen Fruit Pops
  • Hard Candy
  • Chewing Gum
  • Breath Mints
  • Syrups
  • Jellies

Condiments that contain Aspartame are, but are not limited to:

  • Ketchup
  • Dressings
  • Sauces
  • Marinads

Medicine can also contain Aspartame. Medicines that often contains Aspartame are, but are not limited to:

  • Prescriptions
  • Over-the-Counter Meds

What does Aspartame do?

“Aspartame accounts for seventy five percent of negative reactions to food additives that are reported to the FDA.”  There are ninety two symptoms that are documented, that have been linked to Aspartame. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Vision Problems

 

    • Muscle Spasms
    • Dizziness
    • Irritability

 

  • Heart Palpitations

 

    • Tinnitus
    • Weight Gain
    • Nausea
    • Numbness

 

  • Seizures

 

    • Fatigue

 

  • Depression

 

    • Rashes
    • Insomnia
    • Loss of Taste

 

  • Memory Loss
  • Headaches/Migraines

 

*** And MANY MORE, if you wish to see a more extensive list of symptoms, click here!

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