Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Diet Soda - Perfect Name!

can of diet soda

… if they stopped after the first 3 letters (die soda). The majority of these fantastic money making drinks contain artificial sweeteners which have been linked to as many as 100 different diseases from cancer to skin lesions and neurological problems.

I think more people are addicted to the diet versions of these drinks than the original sugar laced versions. One of the reasons for this is that many people believe that the word diet on the name of the product indicates that they will not gain weight from using them. The facts are the opposite however because the chemicals used to sweeten these products actually cause the person who uses them to crave more and more calories and they therefore gain a lot more weight than someone who consumes the regular sugar filled product from the same company.

The chemicals contained in these products are more habit forming than the known street drugs such as opium, heroin, and cocaine. At least when people use these street drugs they are known to have an illness and society provides help for them so they can withdraw from them. People who consume diet beverages are generally not considered ill and therefore their addiction goes on undetected, at least undetected by most of the world. Nobody ever was admitted to a detox facility for diet soda use.

These consumers will just continue their habit of using these legal chemicals until they get really sick and are finally forced to do something about it. By this time many of their organs and tissues will have irreversible damage and they might have a number of tumors and other illnesses that are known to be caused by these products.

Some of the most common symptoms from consumption of diet soda, which have been reported to the FDA (food and drug administration in the US) are: headaches/migraines, 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.

A few of the illnesses that have been known to be caused by diet soda are: brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

The sweeteners used in these products are known as excitotoxins. This term means that they cause the cells of the brain to fire incontrollably and eventually cause the cells to die prematurely due to overusage. This causes millions of brain and nervous system cells to die. Eventually the consumer will exhibit neurological symptoms that can not be reversed.

A few years ago a woman whose family was consuming a large amount of these diet sodas did a simple experiment on two groups of rats. One of the groups was fed their normal diet with water and the other group was fed the same food but the water was mixed with the sweetener used in diet sodas. After several months of the experiment she found that the group of rats that were consuming the sweetener with the water had many more times the number of health problems than the non sweetener consuming group. Many had huge visible tumors and most of them did not survive as long as the non-sweetener consuming counterparts.

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