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October 23, 2006

Andrew Weil’s Sugar Substitutes

This ariticle was originally printed in Open Exchange Healthy Living Magazine
October-December 2006 (www.openexchange.org) which is distributed for free
in the Bay Area.

Andrew Weil’s Sugar Substitutes

Andrew Weil, M.D., is nationally recognized for sound advice on holistic medicine.
According to Dr. Weil, it’s better to consume moderate amounts of sugar than any
artificial sweeteners. “Sugar is okay in moderation, and it’s relatively low in calories
(about 15 per teaspoon.) For diabetics and others who can’t tolerate sugar, I
recommend natural sweeteners like stevia and tagalose.”
Dr. Weil recommends steering clear of most artificial sugar substitutes because
of lingering health concerns, as well as inferior taste.
Regarding Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), he notes tat rats given modest amounts
throughout their lives had elevated rates of lymphomas, leukemias, and other cancers
(Environmental Health Perspectives, March 2006) Many people also report
dizziness and headaches, suggesting an effect on the central nervous system.
Of saccharin (Sweet’N Low), a study by the National Cancer Institute found some
evidence of increased risk of bladder cancer in heavy consumers.
Sucralose (Splenda) is now the best selling artificial sweetener probably because it
tastes most like sugar. However according to the nonprofit organization Citizens for
Health, numerous consumers have reported adverse effects ranging from stomach pains
and headaches to skin rashes. Dr. Weil would avoid it pending more extensive research
to validate its safety.
Sugar alcohols (sorbitol, xylitol, erythritol, and others) may be beneficial to diabetics
because they do not raise blood sugar levels in modest amounts. However, they can
aggravate irritable bowel syndrome and even cause diarrhea. So, Dr. Weil says use with
caution.
We’d like to add that it’s wise to stay away from foods and drinks sweetened with high
fructose corn syrup, now implicated in elevated blood sugar and obesity. Try cutting back
on your sweetener and enjoy the flavor of the food itself. Over time you’ll find your sugar
cravings subside.

Source: Andrew Weil’s Self Healing Newsletter, June 2006

October 17, 2006

Anatomy of a Killer

beating diabetes and the obesity epidemic



Diabetes is a disease of the metabolism: Something goes wrong with the way the body processes food. When a healthy person eats carbohydrates (like bread, potatoes or cookies), they get broken down into sugar and sent into the bloodstream. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, then acts as a delivery system, moving the sugar from your blood into your cells, where it is burned for fuel. When diabetes strikes, the pancreas either stops making insulin or the body cells become insulin-resistant and "refuse delivery" of all or most of the sugar (type II). Either way, sugar builds up in the blood, the body doesn't get enough fuel, and complications result.


Type II diabetes is on the rise. "There's been a sharp increase in the number of cases in recent years. In fact, it's rising to epidemic proportions, and we can expect the number to double in 10 years. A review of the risk factors and a quick look at the American population tells us why.


1) Obesity: Americans (adults and children) are getting fatter.


2) Lack of exercise: We're living increasingly sedentary lives.


3) Age: As baby boomers get older, the number of Americans over 40--statistically at greater risk--increases.


4) Genetics: Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans and Native Americans have a higher incidence of the disease (12 to 15 percent, 10.8 percent and 30 percent respectively, compared with 5 to 6 percent among Caucasians), and these segments of the population are growing.


Fortunately, as dire as diabetes is, it is not a death sentence. The keys to managing it are a healthful sugar free diet, regular exercise and stress management. What's more, you can use these same tools to reduce your risk of developing the disease in the first place.

October 15, 2006

Drawing Success into Your Life

Drawing Success into Your Life
seven easy steps that will bring you closer to success

Success is defined differently by all of us. I have seen people with a great deal of financial success while emotionally they were bankrupt. The best kind of success of all is the well rounded success of having every facet of your life covered. There is of course financial success but, there is also emotional success, family success, educational success and the list can go on and on. Whatever success you desire to draw into your life you will need a plan… a road map if you will. The following seven tips are used by every successful person in the world. Now they can be used by you.

Decide What You Want
Step number one, decide exactly what it is you want in each part of your life. Become a "meaningful specific" rather than a "wandering generality."

Write it Down
Second, write it down, clearly and in detail. Always think on paper. A goal that is not in writing is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and it has no energy behind it.

Set a Deadline
Third, set a deadline for your goal. A deadline acts as a "forcing system" in your subconscious mind. It motivates you to do the things necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal, set sub-deadlines as well. Don't leave this to chance.

 Make a List
Fourth, make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. When you think of new tasks and activities, write them on your list until your list is complete.

Organize Your List
Fifth, organize your list into a plan. Decide what you will have to do first and what you will have to do second. Decide what is more important and what is less important. And then write out your plan on paper, the same way you would develop a blueprint to build your dream house.

Take Action
The sixth step is for you to take action on your plan. Do something. Do anything. But get busy. Get going.

Do Something Every Day
Do something every single day that moves you in the direction of your most important goal at the moment. Develop the discipline of doing something 365 days each year that is moving you forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you accomplish when you utilize this formula in your life every single day.

Have a sensational week!


Thom King
President

September 16, 2006

Detox Then Re-tox

Detox Then Re-tox
beating the cycle of toxins

Detoxification, or detox, diets are touted by many as a way to remove "toxins" from the body. This practice stems from the belief that the food you consume contains a range of harmful substances, which accumulate in your body, causing fatigue, headaches, nausea and even disease. But there is no evidence that this is true or that detox diets have any health benefits. Also, in some cases, detox diets can have harmful side effects.

Detox diets vary. But the basic premise is to temporarily give up certain foods that are thought to contain "toxins," such as meat, sugar, certain grains, dairy and caffeine. Detox diets typically start with fasting followed by a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruit and fruit juices and water. In addition, some detox diets advocate using herbal laxatives, antioxidants and colon cleansing (enemas) to help "clean" out the intestine and liver. The duration of such regimens often ranges from seven to 10 days.

Some people report they feel better, "lighter," and more focused and energetic during and after detox diets. This may be due to their belief that they are doing something good for their body. But it may also be due to not eating much — if anything — for more than several days. Calorie restriction can lead to heightened feelings of psychological well-being.

However, there is no evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most toxins in the body are very efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool.

Early side effects of fasting include headaches. Prolonged fasting or severe calorie restriction can result in anemia, low blood sugar and irregular heartbeat. Before going on a fast or detox diet, talk to your doctor.

The best diet is one based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein and unsaturated fats. Add regular exercise and stress reduction techniques, and you have a solid foundation for good health.

YOUR RECIPE

Low Glycemic Sugar Free Key lime Pie
Makes approximately 8 servings


INGREDIENTS:
1 cup ground pecans
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoon
Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoon
Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1 (.6 ounce) package sugar-free lime-flavor gelatin
1/3 cup boiling water
1/3 cup cold water
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into pieces and softened
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
2 tablespoons ground pecans

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup ground pecans, butter, 2 teaspoon Steviva Brand Stevia Blend , and 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract. Press firmly into bottom and up sides of an 8 inch pie plate; refrigerate until firm.

2. In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream with 2 teaspoon
Steviva Brand Stevia Blend until soft peaks form. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl with high sides, mix the gelatin with boiling water until all the gelatin has dissolved. Then stir in the cold water. With an electric mixer, slowly beat in the cream cheese. After all cream cheese is added, stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, and beat at high speed until smooth. Carefully fold in the whipped cream. Use a spatula to scrape mixture into the pie pan and spread around. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons ground nuts on top. Refrigerate several hours or overnight to allow gelatin to set thoroughly.

Carbohydrates per Serving (0ne Slice) : 8.24 - Carbohydrates per Serving minus Fiber: 2.01

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August 5, 2006

Low Glycemic Sugar Free Luscious Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Low Glycemic Sugar Free Luscious Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Makes approximately 8 servings


Ingredients:



4 eggs

1/2 cup Steviva Blend or equivalent

1 cup almonds, coarsely shopped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons almond flour

1 tablespoon baking soda

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


Directions:

Separate egg whites from yolks. In a blender, blend the whites and Steviva Blend or equivalent. Continuing blending, add the ingredients in this order: nuts, vanilla, flour, soda, yolks, and cocoa, blend for 2 minutes more. Bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.


Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting Recipe


Ingredients:

1/4 cup dry any-style cocoa (for light flavor)

or 1/2 cup (for medium flavor)

or 3/4 cup (for dark flavor)

16 ounces Steviva Blend or equivalent powdered (put in blender or food processor of 3 minutes on high then sift)

6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

4 to 5 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions:

In small bowl, stir together desired amount of cocoa and powdered Steviva Blend or equivalent.


In small mixer bowl, beat butter with 1/2 cup of cocoa mixture; blend well. Add remaining cocoa mixture with water, beating to spreading consistency. Blend in vanilla extract.



Carbohydrates per Serving (0ne Slice) : 8.24 - Carbohydrates per Serving minus Fiber: 4.01


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PLUS!


Two Complete Programs Atkins and South Beach - Our Gift To You!


Overcoming the boredom and lack of variety is perhaps the biggest obstacle you will face in a diet. Well, that is about to change. With this Complete Atkins and South Beach Diet Program, your variety will be vastly improved. You can set up your meals weeks in advance, or you can plan around whatever your local grocery chain happens to have on sale that week, saving you thousands each year on your grocery bill.


Free with any Steviva Brands purchase, you will receive, The Atkins Diet Plan, The Atkins CARB COUNTER and Over 1000+ great recipes. Plus the 4 week South Beach E-Plan, Over 1000+ South Beach Recipes, Glycemic Counter, to keep track of your sugar intake, Substitution Food List & South Beach Shopping List, Helpful Tips and Hints to the South Beach Diet. All Free with any Steviva.com purchase!


All of our products carry a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not 100% happy with any of our products, send them back for a full refund.


These plans will ALLOW you to eat almost everything you enjoy and will re-introduce you to foods you used to think were not allowed.


The greatest part of this offer is that it will cost you nothing. It is our gift to you for your purchase of any Steviva Brand Product!

May 9, 2006

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?

nearly two thrids of the public question the safety

According to a June report by Mintel, nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about the safety of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame, which could impact the direction of the sugar-free foods market.


Although sales of sugar-free products have not declined, 64 percent of Americans claim to be concerned about artificial sweeteners' safety. More statistics have recently surfaced showing that the sugar substitutes raised health concerns.


"The uncertainty [of sweeteners' safety] is not stopping people from using sugar-free products," said Marcia Mogelonsky, senior analyst for Mintel, the firm that conducted the research. "But as far as customers are concerned, moderation is key once they have chosen the substitute they feel is safest."


The sugar-free foods market in the United States has grown 24 percent since 1999, and was a $5.9 billion market in 2005. The majority of sugar-free food consumers are diabetics and people trying to lose weight. In 2002, 6 percent of the U.S. population was diabetic, while 60 percent were overweight, which spells a huge potential growth in demand for low-calorie and sugar-free foods.


However, the report also states that although sugar-free foods do not satiate the appetite as well, which can lead to increased consumptions of the foods containing potentially dangerous artificial sweeteners.


Mintel's report says there is a need for a genuinely safe sweetener, since it seems consumption of artificially sweetened foods will remain high, in spite of consumers' safety concerns.


To date, the FDA has refused to recognize stevia, a natural herbal sweetener, as a safe ingredient in foods. Stevia is widely used throughout the world as a safe, zero-calorie sweetener. In the 1990's, the FDA ordered the destruction of history books and recipe books promoting the use of stevia.


Have an excellent day!





Thom King

President

thom.king@steviva.com

Steviva Brands, Inc.

January 30, 2006

With diet drinks unappealing to some, the industry pursues its 'holy grail' — a natural product

By CAROLINE WILBERT
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/29/06

Elizabeth Golden doesn't even slow down as she pushes her grocery cart down the soft drink aisle at Publix in Buckhead. Golden, 60, gave up Coca-Cola a couple of years ago because of the sugar.

Why doesn't she substitute a diet version?

"I just don't think they are good for you," she explains, adding that she installed a water purification system in her home and mostly drinks water now.

Golden represents the soft drink industry's biggest fear.

Many Americans, concerned about calories, are giving up lifelong habits of drinking sugary soda. Some switch to diet soft drinks. However, some don't, either because they don't like the taste, or increasingly, because they worry about the safety of sweeteners.

Morgan Stanley analyst Bill Pecoriello says beverage companies "need to aggressively develop new sweetener solutions with more consumer appeal."

Though beverage executives will tell you that sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose have been tested and are safe, they acknowledge that many consumers still are uncomfortable with the artificial ingredients. As consumers become more focused on healthful, all-natural products, beverage companies want to ensure diet soft drink sales keep growing.

Coke Chairman and CEO Neville Isdell has said the company is searching for an all-natural sweetener, calling it "the holy grail."

Coke isn't alone. John Cahill, CEO of Pepsi Bottling Group, was asked about the quest for a natural sweetener at a recent beverage conference.

"I am aware that all the major companies are looking at these alternatives," he said. "I think it would be helpful."

Certainly, existing diet soft drinks with artificial sweeteners still are a large and profitable business for companies like Coke, Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes, which owns Dr Pepper. Diet soft drinks were a $19 billion business in 2004, according to Beverage Digest.

And the diet market has continued to grow, despite decades of controversy about whether artificial sweeteners are bad for people.

Concerns about saccharin, one of the first artificial sweeteners, have been around for nearly a half-century. The Food and Drug Administration sought to ban it in 1977, but Congress instead required that products containing the sweetener carry a warning label that said: "Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals." After additional research, the mandatory warning was rescinded in 2000.

Aspartame, also known by its brand name NutraSweet, has been controversial since the FDA approved it in the early 1980s. Though the FDA says it is one of the most thoroughly tested products ever approved, there are still groups that claim it causes everything from brain tumors to multiple sclerosis.

Sucralose, marketed as Splenda, was approved by the FDA in 1998 and has ignited its own controversy. Critics say the food industry has misled consumers into thinking the sweetener is natural, because it is derived from sugar.

Nelson Martinez, 46, a customer at the same Buckhead Publix where Golden shops, said he drinks diet sodas and particularly likes Coke Zero, which contains a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium. If you worry about every health report you see, he said with a chuckle, "you can't have anything."

The 'natural' trend

But more consumers today are gravitating toward products perceived as natural.

"People are increasingly nervous about what they put in their bodies," said Michael Bellas, chief executive at Beverage Marketing Corp., a consulting firm. "You are what you eat."

Among people who are drinking less regular cola, only 21 percent are drinking more diet cola, according to a report from Morgan Stanley Consumer Research. By contrast, 46 percent are drinking more bottled water.

The research also shows that 73 percent of people say at least one reason they abstain from diet drinks is they don't like the taste. The No. 2 reason, with 40 percent of people citing it, is that they don't like artificial sweeteners.

The problem is that developing an all-natural, good-tasting sweetener without calories is no easy task.

"They don't call it the holy grail for no reason," said Craig Petray, CEO of NutraSweet, which sells aspartame to thousands of companies, including the major soft drink players. "It is very hard to get to."

Petray said NutraSweet's former owner, Monsanto Co., researched all-natural sweeteners in the 1990s but gave up, deciding to focus on new artificial sweeteners, including Neotame, which NutraSweet now is marketing to food and beverage companies. Neotame, approved by the FDA in 2002 , is 8,000 times sweeter than sugar and can be used to enhance the taste of sugar.

Petray said he thinks the next major change will be the use of such sweetener enhancers, which would allow soft drink companies to put less sugar in regular soft drinks but get the same taste. Therefore, as an example, 8 ounces of Pepsi might have 80 calories instead of 100.

If Petray believed a viable all-natural sweetener could make it to the market in five or 10 years, he would be working on it, he said.

The artificial sweeteners on the market today, things like Splenda, saccharin and aspartame, actually do have calories. The key is that they are high-intensity sweeteners, meaning that they are significantly sweeter than sugar. Because of the intense sweetness, a very small amount of the sweetener is needed, making the caloric content so small as to be essentially zero, said Sara Risch, an expert in food science and a professor at Michigan State University. Most diet soft drinks have such a low caloric content that their labels say zero calories.

Risch said nobody has discovered a sweetener in nature with the necessary level of intensity.

'A very difficult challenge'

High-intensity sweeteners therefore are made by chemically altering an existing substance. For instance, the relatively new sweetener Splenda is sucrose, or sugar, that has been chemically altered with chlorine.

The trick, Risch said, would be to find a natural substance, likely a plant or bacteria, that could be altered through a natural process, such as fermentation.

"It is a very difficult challenge, but if they solve it, it will be a phenomenal breakthrough," Risch said.

There are sweeteners out there that are natural with nearly zero calories. However, the consensus is that the sweeteners don't taste good enough to appeal to mainstream consumers. The most well-known is stevia, which comes from a plant in South America. Stevia is sweeter than sugar and is known for its strong licorice taste. Stevia has not been approved by the FDA for use in drinks and food in the United States but is approved for use as a dietary supplement.

Coke isn't commenting on specific plans or research.

Coke spokeswoman Kari Bjorhus said, "We're confident in the quality and safety of sweeteners in use today, but we are always interested in new sweetener options that might offer a different taste profile or be more appealing to some people."

A Pepsi spokesman also declined to comment on anything specific the company might be looking into.

"We offer a wide variety of low-calorie beverages that taste great and help people cut calories or maintain their weight," said Dave DeCecco at Pepsi. "We're already using several low-calorie sweeteners in these products and if a new sweetener is developed, we'll certainly consider using it."

January 16, 2006

Will New Mexico Legislature Ban Artificial Sweetener Aspartame? Here is the Bill That is Going to Revitalize Consumer Protection in America

(PRWEB) January 16, 2006 -- A bill to ban the neurotoxic artificial sweetener Aspartame will be introduced in the New Mexico Legislature on January 17, the first legislative ban in the USA on aspartame, by New Mexico State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino.

New Mexico Governor Richardson believes that states must take back some of the FDA's regulatory power, because "the FDA isn't doing anything," (quote: Dec.23, 2005)and "isn't doing enough to warn people about the dangers of aspartame" (quote to medical writer for Albuquerque Journal, October 5, 2005).

Richardson has already placed on the "call" (his agenda for the coming 30 day session, a bill to ban Thimerosal, the Mercury Filler used in Vaccines, and a bill to create a New Mexico Nutrition Council, with specific powers to question and challenge FDA approved products, sponsored by the President Pro Tem of the NM Senate, Ben Altamirano.

Governor Richardson can be reached at (505) 827-3000; his press sec. is Billy Sparks; his Chief of Staff is David Contarino; Senator Ortiz y Pino is at (505) 250-1280. Senator Altamirano can be reached at his office, (505) 986-4733.

Stephen Fox, author of the bill to create the Nutrition Council and the bill to ban aspartame is happy to answer questions on these 3 vital bills which could result in precipitating a new era of major breakthroughs regarding state's efforts to achieve meaningful strengthen consumer protection.

US Senator Bingaman is at (202) 224-5521, and is considering the issue of aspartame's neurotoxicity. He may ask the Senate to ask the FDA Commissioner to rescind the approval for aspartame.

The artificial sweetener, Aspartame, is a carcinogenic neurotoxin, since one of its metabolites is formaldehyde. The recent Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology’s study proves it to cause 6 kinds of cancer: this report was posted on the National Institute of Health website in November 2005.

The FDA has refused to rescind its approval, thus far, so aspartame is found in coffee sweeteners, “diet” beverages, “low-fat” yogurt, “sugarless” gum--- a total of 6000 products consumed by 70% of Americans and 40% of our children.

[Aspartame is also in over 500 children's medications; the New Mexico Pharmacy Board is considering a petition to order a ban in order to protect New Mexico's children; the Board awaits an Opinion from the NM Attorney General. In the meantime, the NM Legislature may move rapidly on this issue

Other Attorneys General, particularly Bill Lockyer of California, Eliot Spitzer of New York, and Mike Hatch of Minnesota, comprehend the level of consumer protection necessary to protect health.

Lockyer is suing 9 mega fast food corporations to require labeling every bag of French fries stating: "This product contains a chemical which is known to the state of California to cause cancer." Heating potato starch to 400 degrees turns it to carcinogenic acrylamide.

When New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on June 1 was informed about our aspartame/FDA efforts, he immediately replied: "the FDA is a joke!"

UK Parliament member from Wales, Roger Williams, on December 14, 2005, asked Parliament for a total United Kingdom ban on aspartame citing recent proof of its neurotoxicity.

The New Mexico Bill will be introduced on the Opening Day of the session, and when Governor Richardson officially puts this bill on the agenda, the FDA will immediately move toward rescinding aspartame's approval. Industries should switch to Stevia or Xylitol, both non-toxic natural sweeteners, and they wouldn’t have to lose any profits.

Stephen Fox
217 W. Water, Santa Fe, NM 87501 505 983-2002

December 18, 2005

A ‘sweet’ herbal tea for diabetic patients

With the increasing incidence of diabetes, Stevia may hold a great promise in the future, said Sai Krishnakant, who has about 20 years experience in conceptualizing and planning agricultural projects, and has a stall at the fair to popularise herbal tea in different flavours and diabetic food supplement which has Stavia leaves as the basic constituent.

Explaining the benefits of Stevia, he told UNI that the herbal leaves are the only natural product that has been recognised as a sugar substitute all over the world. It is unlike synthetic sweetners available in the market and Stevia is calorie free with no side effects, he added. | Read more Finance news. |

Research has also shown that it is beneficial to persons suffering from hypertension and can be used as a heart tonic to regulate heartbeat, normalise blood pressure levels and for other cardio-pulmonary problems, he said.

Being many times sweeter than sugar, even a small quantity of Stevia is sufficient to get the same amount of sweetness as sugar in tea and other drinks, he claimed.

Krishnakant, who has launched two companies to promote Stevia farming and to produce more value-added products based on Stevia Rebaudiana, said he had initially procured the stock of the herbal plants from Japan before he started its cultivation in Nagpur.

He said the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, has now accepted his proposal to support Stevia farming. Stevia is a perennial shrub, belonging to the Aster family, that grows upto to one metre tall and has leaves 2 to 3 cm long, and is found in the northern regions of South America.

Stevia has as many as 200 varieties but Stevia Rebaudiana is known for its unique sweetness, he said, adding it is being commercially grown in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, Israel, Thailand and China.

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December 15, 2005

Hidden Sugars

By Moss Greene
BellaOnline's Nutrition Editor

Many companies consistently look for new ways to hide more and more high glycemic sugar in commercial products. Why? Because it’s addictive. So be on guard for hidden insulin spiking ingredients with new names.

Some of the products that contain sugar and processed starches that turn into high glycemic sugars are ketchup, jams, jellies, soft drinks, fruit juice, canned fruit, ice cream, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, candies and most other desserts.

Processed starches that behave like sugar in your body are white flour, white rice, pasta (unless the flour is listed as 100% whole wheat), enriched flour, tapioca, cornstarch and processed breakfast cereals.

HIGH GLYCEMIC RESPONSE SUGARS include sucrose, glucose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, maltodextrin, galactose, corn syrup, dextrin, beet sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, concentrated fruit juice, syrup, sorghum, honey, maple syrup, rapadura and high fructose corn syrup.*

LOW GLYCEMIC RESPONSE SWEETENERS include fructose, stevia, acesulfame potassium sweetener, saccharine and aspartame (in NutraSweet and Equal, but not in sodas). **

*FRUCTOSE vs HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Fructose is not the same as high fructose corn syrup. The former is pure fructose with a low glycemic index, whereas high fructose corn syrup is a mixture of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. The glycemic response of high fructose corn syrup is high – about the same as sucrose.

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If it says ‘sugar free’ on the label, don’t even think about it

The dangers of Aspartame
During a lecture I said “If you are using Aspartame (artificial sweeteners) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision or memory loss… you probably have Aspartame poisoning.” People were jumping up during the lecture saying “I have some of those symptoms. Is it reversible?” Yes, stop drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels. Many products are fortified with it. This is a serious problem.

Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic of MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy diet coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence.
Diet soda is not a diet product. It is a chemically altered multiple sodium (salt) and Aspartame containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you gain weight. These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ‘tissue specimens’. Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we should not store it in our body.
Dr. H.J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the ‘diet products’, and with no significant increase in exercise, his patients lost an average of 19 pounds (approx 8 kgs) over a trial period.
Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact had symptoms caused by Aspartame. Aspartame drives blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxic when taken without the amino acids necessary for a good balance. Treating diabetics is all about balance. Especially with diabetics, Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and then deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage. Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics also.
Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turn-arounds in their behaviour when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called ‘behaviour modification prescription dugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never needed in the first place. Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar’.
It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet drinks consumed by men and women fighting the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.
Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects (mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.) Children are especially at risk of neurological disorders and should never be given artificial sweeteners.
There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering ‘grand mal’ seizures and other neurological disturbances due to the use of an artificial sweetener. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to convince people that Aspartame is to blame for their child’s illness.
Stevia, which is a sweet herb, not a manufactured additive, helps in the metabolism of sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics. It has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. It is known that for many years the FDA outlawed this ‘true sweet food’ due to its loyalty to a well-known chemical company in America.
Books on this subject are available: Excitotoxins: the taste that kills by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665). Defence Against Alzheimer’s Disease by Dr. H.J. Roberts, who is also a diabetics specialist. These two doctors will soon be posting a position paper with case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the internet.
According to the conference of the American College of Physicians, “we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.”
By Professor D. B.
United States of America

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