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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Another Reason Not to Trust Snopes. Please Do Your Own Research!

Another Reason Not to Trust Snopes.  Please do Your Own Research!

So I get this email from my sister-in-law that has the same flavor as emails that tell me Captain Kangaroo is a war hero and Mr. Green Jeans is a professional wrestler named “The Masked Menace.”

Here is that email:

Aspartame  - SWEET POISON.....
In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick.  She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore.  It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications.   The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her.   She was in so much pain, and so sick she just knew she was dying.

She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter's name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

On March 19, I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.

I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda?   She told me that she did.   As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment

I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!   I e-mailed her an article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.   My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk!  The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but, she sure felt a lot better.

She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home

Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed!  He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.   In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda.. and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning!   She is well on her way to a complete recovery.  And she is walking!   No wheelchair! This article saved her life… 
If it says 'SUGAR FREE' on the label;   DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!  

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on 'ASPARTAME,' marketed as
'Nutra Sweet,'  'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.'
In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.  It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.   I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:   When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.   The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.

Many people were being diagnosed in error.   Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with
Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.
The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit.   He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.   We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. W we've seen many cases where vision loss re turned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.   During a lecture, I said,  'If you are using ASPARTAME (
Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs,
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 these symptoms..  Is it reversible?'


STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels!   Many products are fortified with it!   This is a serious problem.   Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for 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 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.   The Aspartame drives the 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 other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE.   Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it 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 as well. Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet.

So called 'behavior modification prescription drugs' (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 Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.   Children are especially at risk for 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 talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.'

Herein lies the problem:   There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included in 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done..  
The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!   There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced.   Everybody wants a
'piece of the Aspartame pie.'
I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.   These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants.
The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.

The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you're informed now!

Please e-mail
to your family and friends. 

Thank you!
# # # #

Now here is what Snopes had to say about this email:

Snopes cited the FDA as declaring that Aspartame was safe.  I don’t trust the FDA. (see “Dangerous Prescription” a PBS Front Line special ) but I don’t trust PBS either, since I don’t think it is safe to get news from a government supported source.

Then I noticed this sentence from my sister-in-laws email, “It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public.”  Being shocked that government sponsored news is biased, or that pharmaceutical and chemical lobbyists influence the FDA is like being shocked that gambling is happening in casinos, so I decided to consult some scientific sources.

Now here is what science has to say about aspartame:

Detailed scientific and general documentation regarding the toxicity of Nutra Sweet, Equal, diet coke, diet pepsi, and other aspartame containing items. Web page includes real life reports of acute and chronic toxicity due to long-term use as well as FAQs related to the methanol / formaldehyde content of aspartame.

Aspartame / Nutrasweet FAQs

  1. Analysis Shows Nearly 100% of Independent Research Finds Problems With Aspartame
  2. Aspartame Ingestion Causes Formaldehyde Accumulation in the Body
  3. Aspartame and MSG Cause Painful Fibromyalgia Symptoms
  4. Aspartame and Brain Tumors (Swedish Study)
  5. Aspartame Causes Memory Loss
  6. Aspartame and Lymphomas / Leukemias / Kidney & Peripheral Nerve Cancer
  7. Aspartame and Weight Gain
  8. Aspartame and Combined Toxicity from Formaldehyde & Excitotoxins
  9. 12 Environmental Health Experts Call for Aspartame Review and Possible Ban


(My notes from this informative CD: Contact us for your own copy!)

Aren’t calorie free foods better for us? Well, yes & unfortunately NO!
Are diet sodas better for us that regular sodas? Neither!
Between 1987 – 2000 Calorie free soda users increased from 70 million to 160 million, overweight population increased from 52% to 66%, obesity increased from 20-32%, obese children from 10% to 17%. We are using diet drinks to wash down fast foods (big Macs & fries) & low nutrient sweets (super sized brownies & Starbucks chocolate chip muffins-large size, of course.) Artificial sweeteners short circuit the body’s ability to judge calories on the basis of sweetness. Yet we still taste the sweetness which causes our insulin levels to increase, which causes hypoglycemia, which increases our hunger. Bottom line, it isn’t working!

Artificial sweeteners:
          Pink: Saccharin – Sweet n Low, Increases risk of Bladder Cancer, Used to be banned but lobbyists lifted warning label, based on lobbying, not on science
          Blue: Aspartame – NutraSweet of Equal, Can break down into Neurotoxins
          Yellow: Sucralose “Polyester sucrose” Splenda – Destroys healthy levels of intestinal bacteria. Increases activity of pumps from blood into intestine. Decreases effectiveness of meds. Metabolizes into toxic carbochlorides, carbon tetrachloride or chloroform. Increases in lung & breast cancer. Stimulates insulin release, which causes hypoglycemia.
          Stevia: May damage DNA. Bitter aftertaste, so mixed w other artificial sweeteners.
Polyols: Sorbitol – Diarrhea. Interferes w essential nutrient absorption.
None of the artificial sweeteners are safe for everyone. Are they the best choice? Do we need them?

Choice between:   Sugar free muffin    vs     apple?
                             high in fat                      low in fat
high in carbs                  low in carbs
high in sodium               low in sodium               
low in fiber                    high in fiber
low in nutrients              high in nutrients

Prepackaged foods: Read labels. High in sodium, sugar, incomplete; not going to supply the necessary nutrition. Would you choose those ingredients when you cook?
Prepackaged foods displacing what real foods from your diet?
Labs created foods are cheaper to produce than real foods

Better to watch carbs than calories? (Balance it out)
Fad diets:
low fat       =  high carb
low carb     =  high fat 
high protein = high fat
weird diets

After 1-2 years there is no difference in weight.
Initially, low carb, fat high diets higher initial weight loss due to water.
Obesity causes heightened insulin levels, not the other way around (carbs) because tissues become immune to the effects of insulin when we become obese.
Carbs do not cause obesity. Insulin resistance impairs carbohydrate metabolism.
High fat diets lead to heart disease,  diabetes, cancer. Not healthy, not effective for long term weight control.

BMI (Body Mass Index) measure of body fat
                    lowest with high carb diets
                   highest with low carb, high fat diets
HEI (Healthy Effectiveness Index) measure of diet quality
                    Highest in high carb diets (fruits & vegetables)
                    Lowest in those consuming low carb, high fat diets

Fat packs a lot of calories: 9 calories for each gram of fat, 4 calories for each gram of protein/carbs

Choose optimal foods.  Do it right this time!

GOOD FATS: mono unsaturated Olive Oil, & Omega 3 poly unsaturated fats from fish oils
          Mediterranean dieters, eating a diet rich in mono & omega rich polyunsaturated fats, have a 25% lower chance of dying of heart disease & cancer. Consumption of 1 gram of EPA (an omega 3 fat) a day is associated with a 45-53% lower risk of dying of heart disease.

OK FATS (Omega 6) Vegetable oils
BAD FATS Saturated & Trans fats

Recommends Mediterranean, American Heart Disease, and DASH Diets, designed to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Diets are not short term, so you can then go back to eating “regular” foods again.
Choose a diet that you can sustain, that becomes a part of your new lifestyle. Long term success requires continuing to follow a healthy diet, regular, adequate exercise, with calories-out exceeding calories-in.

Those on 2001 Weight Control Registry (those who kept weight off 10 yrs or more)
High carb, low fat diet.
Internalized eating patterns.
          Monitored weight on regular basis.
          Ate breakfast.
Lots of exercise.

Nothing worse than starving your body of essential carbs, fats, proteins & essential nutrients to lose weight!

Severe caloric restriction can be counter productive. We have a survival mechanism which decreases our metabolic rate when we significantly decrease calories. Dieting burns muscle as well as fat. Exercise increases metabolic rate & muscle mass, which increases metabolic rate and decreases insulin resistance, which is a barrier to being able to eat a healthy diet & still lose weight.

Yo-Yo dieting: Severe calorie restriction decreases metabolic rate, so we have to reduce our caloric intake even further. During famine response we lose weight by burning lean muscle mass, reduces metabolic rate even further, because muscle burns calories more rapidly than fat. So we have lost muscle as well as fat. Then, when we fall off our diet, and go back to our normal eating patterns, eating the way we did before, we are faced with reduced metabolic rate from loss of muscle mass, and the weight they gain is mostly fat. They never regain that muscle, so their metabolic rate remains low. Bottom line: In a typical diet, if you lose 12#, 5# of that came from muscle. If each # burns 50 calories a day, that means you must eat 250 calories less every day just to keep your weight off.  EAT, to keep your metabolism high, & your body healthy!

EXERCISE: Cardio, resistance & weight bearing, functional (several large muscle groups at a time-lunges plyometrics) Find a training partner or coach to keep you accountable.
          Under the concept of muscle confusion: Don’t do the same thing over & over. Burnout, your body will stop achieving weight loss.
          Corrective & rehabilitation exercises to reduce fatigue & injury during workout sessions: foam rolls, warm up & cool off stretches
          Get outdoors stimulate mind in conjunction with exercise, hike, ride bike, rather than continuous tread mill. (Burn out from physical & emotional boredom.)
          Set reasonable goals: Immediate, mid term & Loan term goals, & note progress.
          Have fun w it; something you want to do.

Portion sizes  getting bigger. 1000-1500 calories per meal! Read menu - ck it out on website (even via cell phone from restaurant, if not on the menu.) Eat slowly, so appetite catches up w the amount of food you have eaten. Make logical choices, skip the sauces, gravies. Doggy bag. 
Dessert? Make occasional wise choices (fresh fruit in season) If you can’t imagine doing it as a permanent part of your life, don’t get started on it. Make room in your overall caloric budget.

Snacks? Pick em wisely. Essential if losing weight to keep blood sugar levels on an even keel. Getting too hungry sabotages diets. Fresh, unprocessed foods. Use common sense. Portion size. Move containers of undesirable foods out of sight. Watch fats & salts. (avoid cheese, dips.) Don’t eat from bag in front of TV or when visiting w friends. Portion out your snacks in advance. Balance & moderation the key to success.
ALCOHOL. Am I fine if I stick to Merlot, low calorie beer or Vodka? All alcoholic drinks have calories. Watch mixers. Have you left room in your caloric budget? What nutrient rich foods are you displacing in your diet? Our bodies treat the calories in alcohol just like fat. Alcohol causes hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which makes you hungry. Alcohol impairs judgment, so we are more apt to eat foods that we should not eat.
 SOLUTIONS: Convenient protein shakes first thing in the morning. Need low fat protein to stabilize blood sugar and avoid hunger. Impt at breakfast to rev up body & burn calories throughout the day. Choose supplement that are all natural, from an established company with a reputable history of scientific integrity, backed by clinical trials which prove it works. Healthy combination of dietary fiber, protein, carbohydrates & low fat. Breakfast shake should supply 1/3 of daily value for all essential nutrients. Can use Cinch Shakes daily for maintenance, twice daily for weight loss. Ultra Cinch for complete diet program. The scientists went to great lengths to insure this was the because possible weight loss product & program. Shaklee 55 yr record of absolute integrity, #1 Natural Nutrition Co in US. Backed by clinical trials which prove it works, provides solutions to the problems that often produce problems to long term weight loss.

Cinch Shake: All natural, provides 16 grams of protein, 25 grams of carbohydrate, 6 grams of  fiber, and only 3 grams of fat. 1/3 of all essential nutrients. Based on ground breaking research from UCLA. Enhanced w proprietary blend of the amino acid leucine and other ingredients clinically proven to maintain muscle mass when losing weight & build muscle mass when working out. Stabilizes blood sugar levels which provide energy & keeps you from getting hungry. Available in whey & soy, also in a Meal In A Bar. Solution to #1 problem in weight control. Long term muscle mass when losing weight By maintaining muscle mass, so no more yo-yo dieting.

Healthy diet, exercise, meal plans & portion control, support systems & lifelong learning. Successful weigh loss requires a comprehensive combination of nutrients & herbal ingredients to optimize weight loss safely.

Vitalizer: Convenient, once a day strip, containing all the key ingredients in the 20 year Landmark Study which showed that people who used Shaklee supplements were remarkably healthier  than people who used other vitamins or no vitamins at all. Each strip provides 80 essential nutrients with 4 delivery systems, assuring that the utilization of each nutrient is  bio-optimized.  Backed by a dozen published clinical studies & patents. Contains nutrients clinically proven to lead to a longer, healthier life. This is the solution to problem #2, because many diets are nutritionally inadequate. This is how you keep your health while losing weight.
Glucose Regulation Complex contains chromium, magnesium, vanadium, alpha lipoic acid & banaba leaf extract, to reduce insulin resistance & improve glucose regulation by the cells. Helps body handle carbohydrates normally, reduces blood sugar swings, reduces food & carbohydrate cravings that often destroy your diet. Solution to problem #3, insulin resistance, which interferes with your ability to metabolize carbs normally. So, with Glucose Regulation Complex as part of your program, you can lose weight on a healthy diet.

Cinch Energy Tea contains blend of red, white, macha & green tea extracts, provides energy & boosts metabolism. Its thermogenic blend contains ECGC, clinically proven to boost metabolic rate & burn fat. Solution to problem #4, decreased metabolic rate when you reduce calories. This blasts you through plateaus.

CINCH SNACK Bars: 10 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbs, 2.5 grams of fat, 120 calories; healthy, all natural snacks. Impt NOT to be hungry when trying to lose weight & keep blood sugar levels constant, so you’ll never be hungry again.

Cinch Protein, & Vitalizer are part of Shaklee’s core nutrition program for EVERYONE, even if you are not trying to lose weight. Vitalizer contains nutrients clinically proven to lead to a longer, healthier life. Cinch Shakes stabilize blood sugar levels, providing energy & reducing hunger; low in fats, low in calories. We need something convenient in morning to get our metabolism revved up. These are key components of the Vitalizer Wellness program, which includes Vitalizer, Cinch & NutriFeron, or the Vivix Rx Prescription for a Healthier Life, which includes Vivix, Vitalizer, Cinch & NutriFeron. The simplest, most effective, scientifically proven nutrition program on the market. The long term health benefits from this program are published and the results are guaranteed.

What else are you putting into your body? If it sounds weird, it probably is. We want a nutritionally sound diet. 1200-1700 calories a day, designed for steady, safe weight loss at about 1.5 # pr week. 40% healthy carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat, low glycemic index, 18-20 gr dietary fiber a day (at least 14 g soluble) and all the essential nutrients at recommended levels. Solution to problem #2, that most diets are not nutritionally sound. We have worked this with many people since 2006, the results were extraordinary. Need to learn long-term success strategies for life long weight control. Look up Cinch Online Resource Center for recipes, meal plans, latest articles on nutrition & exercise, buddy matching,  Cinch Club challenges, Cinch Club Cafe which is a discussion board, Cinch University 12 wk training program, fun chat rooms on diet & nutrition, activity &  exercises, staying motivated, sharing what works, celebrating success w each other. This is the solution to problem #6. Most diets don’t teach lifelong habits. Want to stress the importance of online tracking & resources. Being able to share goals & stories w others creates a huge sense of commitment & accountability and the momentum needed at the beginning and for the continued success of any program. Take advantage of all the free tools available to you.
12 wk clinical study w Cinch Inch Loss Plan showed an average weight loss of 15.4#; lost an average of 4.1” from waist, 2.6” from hips; most impt muscle mass unchanged; all weight loss came from fat. Ask to see the inch loss stories. This program works! Educate yourself on what you are doing, so you get the most out of it.

There is no magic formula: calories-in always must be less than calories-out to lose weight.
Fad diets almost never work, long term. If you can’t finish, don’t start. Only start on a diet that you can maintain for a lifetime. Common sense.
Cinch Inch Loss Plan is a safe, effective clinically proven weight loss program which gives you the tools to make sensible weigh control a permanent part of your life. Clinically proven to maintain muscle mass when you are losing weight, and increase muscle mass when you work out. Cinch Shake Mix should be a permanent part of your optimal health program.
Thank you for joining us in debunking some of America’s biggest diet myths, and offering practical & proven solutions. Visit  Enjoy the journey.

Dr Chaney received his BS in Biophysics at Duke, his PHD in Biochemistry at UCLA; has been a Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics in the Dept of Nutrition, UNC Chapel Hill for nearly three decades, teaching Medical Students & runs an active Cancer Research Program.

Dr Chaney is published in 95 peer reviewed studies in respected medical journals. He has written two reviews & two chapters in one of the leading biochemical textbooks used by medical students. Teacher of year, Medical Alumni Distinguished Teacher Professorship.

So if you have any questions about what you read on the Internet contact my sister-in-law rather than Snopes.  She is a more reliable source of information.  Or, better yet, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!

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