Aspartame Poisoning

Ethan is surprised that aspartame has so many side effects.

You either love or hate him, depending if you lean right or left politically. Glenn Beck is a conservative radio and TV host, known for his provocative TV show, “The Glenn Beck Program” and a daily radio program.  Beck’s programs fuse “Entertainment and Enlightenment.”

Beck has been in the news for his summer Washington DC event, “Restoring America,” where half a million people gathered on the mall. As of late, Beck’s health has made headlines. In July 2010, he told his audience he had macular dystrophy. Last week, he announced that he was taking yesterday and today off for extensive testing for a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms.

In Beck’s absence, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere substituted on his radio program. They joked, “Glenn who isn’t here because he’s of course, being tested for, you know, Rumsfeld Plague.”

They mocked Rumsfeld Plague (aspartame poisoning), which was the focus of an article written by Kurt Nimmo “Warning to Glenn Beck: Don’t Drink Diet Coke.”

I should note that Beck is also a recovering alcoholic, who I believe has substituted diet coke for alcohol. Now, Coke Zero is socially acceptable and a giant step up from being a drunk, for sure. Although, an addiction to diet coke has it’s own complications. According to Beck’s own admission, he drinks about four Coke Zeroes a day.

The two commentators compared Beck’s consumption of Coke Zero to their own. Mocking the possibility that aspartame could be the link to Beck’s symptoms. It’s like a fat man saying he’s not so fat, because the other guy is fatter.

Stu concludes, “Numerous authorities including the Food and Drug Administration, the Joint Expert on Committee on Food Additives, the FAO, W.H.O., the European community and the American Medical Association have concluded that Aspartame is a safe product except for with people who already have a rare genetic condition…So maybe Glenn has that rare genetic condition that he would have to have from birth to be affected by this.”

Seems odd that those representing the king of “personal responsibility” would ignore diet. It appears  they didn’t do much research on the subject. Perhaps they went to only one site:, which states there isn’t even one tiny problem with aspartame!

Since when is the FDA our friend? There is a revolving door between the FDA and the largest chemical pusher in the world: Monsanto. It’s not hard to connect the dots.

For people, who supposedly do a lot of research, the display of ignorance about aspartame is astonishing. Stu and Pat may think aspartame poisoning is a conspiracy theory, but there are many credentialed people who have been sounding the aspartame alarm for some time.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of Sweet Deception and noted for his health website, is one  of many who is sounding the alarm.

Mercola states the obvious, “Keep in mind that the reason you feel products containing aspartame are safe is a direct result of deliberate deception on the part of big business and government. Remember: If you’re consuming a food or beverage created in a lab instead of by nature, you can be assured your body doesn’t recognize it. This opens the door to short-term and long-lasting health problems.”

There are lots of resources for those who will just look. Dr. Janet Hill, author of Sweetpoison and Aspartame Detox reveals over 96 side effects. And Mary Nash Stoddard, a consumer advocate, wrote Deadly Deception: Story of Aspartame.

For those who want a government study, in 1994 the Department of Health and Human Services released their findings with over 90 symptoms related to aspartame including: migraine headaches, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. The following chronic illnesses are triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Beck is experiencing many of those symptoms. Will Beck’s doctors make the link to aspartame poisoning? So far they have missed the obvious. It would be a pleasant surprise, because doctors usually look at each symptom individually. The standard protocol is to treat each symptom usually with a drug that has it’s own side effects. The only way Beck will know which symptoms are related to aspartame is to stop drinking CocaCola Zero for a period of time…before he begins any drug therapy. (Unfortunately, macular dystrophy isn’t reversible.)

In today’s update on Beck’s condition, he’s mugging for the camera, holding a giant milkshake. Doesn’t look like he’s connected diet to disease as yet.

In conclusion, I’ll state the obvious: Children should NEVER consume any product containing aspartame.

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