The following article is part of our “Well Care” series on, about ingredients commonly used in every day products,that should be avoided in order to maintain optimal health and wellness.  This week Liz explores the health effects of aspartame.

– Guest Columnist, Liz Hopwood,  BioVeda Health and Wellness Center

Do you have headaches or migraines?  Are you suffering from memory loss?  Unexplained rash?  Most of us have no idea why we are having these symptoms.   Could these symptoms be related to what we are eating or drinking? They could be caused by Aspartame! What are the possible health effects of Aspartame?

Some of the possible health effects of Aspartame are: headache, migraines, memory loss, rash, dizziness, weight gain, and vision loss.  According to researchers some chronic illnesses can be triggered by the consumption of Aspartame.  Such illnesses are: Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and brain tumors(to name a few).

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. According to Michael Murray’s Special Report: The bitter truth about Aspartame “Aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death as recently disclosed in a February 1994 Department of Health and Human Services report.(1) A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: headaches, migraines, weight gain, rash, irritability, and Seizures (just to name a few).  According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: Brain Tumors, Alzheimer’s, birth defects, diabetes.”

Why are we not being informed of the effects of Aspartame?  Michael Murray believes there are two reasons.

  1. Lack of awareness by the general population. Aspartame-caused diseases are not reported in the newspapers like plane crashes. This is because these incidents occur one at a time in thousands of different locations across the US.
  2. Most people do not associate their symptoms with the long-term use of aspartame. Many people who have killed a significant percentage of brain cells and have thereby caused a chronic illness,  would not associate such an illness with aspartame consumption.

Aspartame is found in many foods.  Some examples are coffee, breath mints, cereals, instant breakfast, frozen desserts, and sugar free chewing gum.  Trying to eliminate Aspartame from your diet will be extremely hard, but you can do it.

One of the hardest things I ever gave up was Diet Coke. At one point, I was drinking three to four diet cokes a day. For lent one year, I decided to give up Diet Coke. No problem! Boy was I wrong!!  Day one, I had horrible headaches and could barely function.  My energy level was down dramatically! It took about two weeks to finally start feeling better. After the withdrawal, I vowed to steer clear of drinks or eating foods containing Aspartame.

It takes a few extra seconds to read a label and ultimately better understand what you are drinking or eating.  Please take a minute and research the ingredients, it could save your life!

~Results may vary from patient to patient. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If pregnant or nursing, ask a health professional before use. If symptoms persist or worsen, seek advice of physician.