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Aspartame sweetener causes cancer in study

“Nowadays consumers are increasingly concerned about the quality and safety of many products present in the diet of industrialized countries, and increasingly, in the developing world. One particular concern is the use of artificial sweeteners, flavorings, colorings, preservatives and dietary supplements.

General apprehension also exists regarding the possible long term health effects of the raw materials and technologies used for the packaging, sterilization and distribution of foods. Of particular concern are the potential carcinogenic effects of these products and processes. The experimental and epidemiological data currently available to evaluate the above carcinogenic risks are insufficient and often unreliable due to the inadequate planning and conduct of previous experiments/trials.

This inadequacy, combined with the general limited knowledge about the safety/potential carcinogenic effects of substances widely present in the industrialized diet, motivated the European Ramazzini Foundation (ERF) in 1985 to design an integrated program of mega-experiments to test widely diffused goods/compounds such as beverages, food additives, contaminants and pesticides.

This presentation will focus on the case of aspartame (APM), a widely used artificial sweetener present in over 6,000 products including soft drinks, chewing gum, candy, desserts, yogurt and pharmaceuticals, in particular, syrups and antibiotics for children. Results of a long term experimental study conducted in the ERF laboratories and published in Environmental Health Perspectives (Vol.114, n.3, pp. 379-386) demonstrated that APM, when administered in feed at various doses to 1,800 Sprague-Dawley rats (100-150/sex/group), causes a statistically significant, dose-related increase of lymphomas/leukemias and malignant tumors of the renal pelvis in females and malignant tumors of peripheral nerves in males. Results of a second study conducted by the ERF on 400 male and female Sprague Dawley rats (70-95/sex/group), confirmed that APM, when administered with feed at concentrations of 2000, 400, or 0 ppm (equivalent to 100 and 20 mg/kg of body weight) from the 12th day of fetal life until natural death, is a multipotential carcinogenic agent, inducing a significant increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias in males and females and malignant mammary cancers in females. Furthermore, the study demonstrates that when lifespan exposure to APM begins during fetal life, its carcinogenic effects are increased (Environmental Health Perspectives Vol.115, n.9, pp. 1293-1297). Further studies on intense artificial sweeteners are currently in progress at the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center, including on APM using rats and on sucralose (Splenda) using mice. Additional experiments on other intense natural and artificial sweeteners are planned for 2008. An update on the integrated program and preliminary results of the APM-Swiss mice experiment will be presented.”

LINK – http://www.collegiumramazzini.org/viewabstract.asp?id=11&ida=13&ids=107&idv=1

GMOs cause cancer in study

The possible harmful effects of chlorine in the water, and also in use for washing. Chlorine is a known deadly toxin, but is added in water in small amounts to kill bacteria, but could it also be killing us slowly? The most immediate issue is with drinking water which contains the substance. The amounts are tiny, although large enough to kill the bacteria in the water supply, so what effect, especially long term could a harmful toxin have on our body, cells and DNA?

I have also been considering another potentially harmful source of exposure, in washing. Most people nowadays take showers. When water is heated it begins to evaporate and turn into a gas, of course as our drinking water and bathing water all contains chlorine, there must be some small amounts of chlorine in the water that are then released in gas form when the water evaporates at high temperature. This is something which again would have no obvious immediate symptoms, but over a long period, a number of years of washing multiple times a weak the continual toxic built up could be harmful. We are dealing with a deadly poison in Chlorine, and if it is released into the air we are breathing as the water evaporates at high temperature, this could add to the accumulative harm caused by drinking the substance in small quantities. Of course this would also apply to a very hot bath, where the steam evaporating must have some chlorine in it too, which the person is breathing in.

Chlorine in high dosage has been used in wars as an effective way of killing people, it doesn’t seem too far fetched or unreasonable to conclude that consuming a lethal toxin in small dosages for a long period of time could end up producing deadly consequences.

 

 

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