Someone recently asked if Sorbitol in gum was a safe sweetener. Usually I simply say it’s a sugar alcohol known to cause bloating, diarrhea and gas. However, the Internet is full of more indepth articles on the sweetener and other problems such as this one:
If you google enough articles you will find deaths from too much of Sorbitol. What really concerns me is its added to gum with other sweeteners. On one Wrigley’s page, now owned by Mars, is this list: Acesulfame, Aspartame, Maltitol, Sucralose, Sorbitol, and Xylitol. Here is the web site:
INGREDIENTS: SUGAR , GUM BASE , DEXTROSE , CORN SYRUP , NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS , LESS THAN 2% OF: GLYCEROL , ASPARTAME , GUM ARABIC , SOY LECITHIN , ACESULFAME K , COLOR , (TITANIUM DIOXIDE , BLUE 1 LAKE , BETA-CAROTENE) , BHT
Trident Gum Ingredients Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavorings, GMOs, Carcinogenic Sugars, Toxic Preservatives (Note: This gum has Xylitol + 3 other sugars including Aspartame)”
At this point consider aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen as proven in three studies by Dr. Morando Soffritti. It’s a chemical poison and no one should use it ever, its cumulative. The formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA. Even lead scientist Dr. Adrian Gross and FDA toxicologist told Congress aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because it caused cancer and the FDA should not have been able to set an allowable daily intake. No one will ever forget his last words, “And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?” Also Harvard Hospital claimed to have the longest and strongest study on aspartame and cancer but immediately apologized for publishing it saying it was weak, just exactly the opposite of what it said the day before. Shows you how quick industry gets to anyone making big news against their deadly chemical poison.
Next consider sucralose or Splenda. It started out as an insecticide. Dr. Soffritti also recently had his study peer reviewed and released it on the Internet showing it too is a carcinogen: http://www.mpwhi.com/sucralose_splenda.htm On this URL it even has an article on how Splenda is made. Acesulfame potassium caused cancer and leukemia in original studies. All these sweeteners violated the Delaney Amendment because they caused cancer.
Then there is Xylitol. The first thing people should know is never, never, never give it to a dog: When Xylitol is ingested by dogs it can cause a dangerous surge of insulin. At higher doses, Xylitol is believed toxic to the canine liver. Just three grams of Xylitol can kill a dog. It is genetically engineered: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016816561300182X While a bit technical the point is: The microalgaChlamydomonas reinhardtii has been genetically engineered to produce Xylitol. A xylose reductase gene from Neurospora crassa was integrated into the chloroplast genome of C. reinhardtii. Codon-optimization and promoter selection were shown to improve Xylitol production. Does that sound appetizing to you? There is a study at Duke I’ve not been able to locate but no thank you I don’t want anything with Xylitol.
Recently Ralph Walton, M.D., psychiatrist, who writes on aspartame because it triggers psychiatric and behavioral problems, told me no matter how gum is labeled, it all his aspartame in it.
I did discuss this problem with Mike Sylver now of "Just Like Sugar" who makes a sweetener of organic food and no chemicals. They have agreed to make a gum that is aspartame free. It should be available in about 6 months. After the information from Dr. Ralph Walton my only opinion is I wouldn’t chew gum until this safe gum is on the market. How serious is it? Having been involved in several TV shows on one occasion we used an aspartame victim who had never ever used this toxin until she was handed a piece of sugarfree gum with aspartame. She immediately had a grand mal seizure. Aspartame is a seizure triggering drug and interacts with all anti-seizure medication. Here is the Aspartame Resource Guide:
Just Like Sugar’s web site is www.justlikesugarinc.com Be sure to read the Just Like Sugar story. While they made the safe sweetener for us I have no financial association. I requested this because as soon as people get off aspartame they want to know what they can use. While many use Stevia and in one respect its okay if its pure with no other ingredients, Dr. Russell Blaylock (Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills – www.russellblaylockmd.com said it can cause hypoglycemia. In Brazil they add aspartame to stevia. The FDA once embargoed Stevia when we fought for it because aspartame is so deadly. Then Coke and Pepsi decided to use it and, of course, the FDA gave them permission without hesitation. Arthur Evangelista, who use to work for the FDA and left because of their corruption wrote about Coke’s Truvia:
Who did Coke work with to make Truvia? Cargill who makes fluoride. Fluoride is generated by aluminum, steel, fertilizer factories, coal burning power plants and in the production of glass and cement. Gaseous fluoride and other process waste byproducts have previously been allowed to be expelled through the factory smokestack New environmental regulation now require “scrubbers” atop of smokestacks to remove these toxic chemicals from escaping in the air. Truvia is Coke’s version of stevia.
The main reason this article was written is because so many chew gum and have no idea how serious it is to use aspartame gum, its one of the most serious products. Dr. H. J. Roberts died a couple of years ago but he devoted 30 years of his life to warning about aspartame. He also as a diabetic specialist saw the victims in the trenches of medical practice. He said that not only could aspartame precipitate diabetes but it simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and interacts with insulin. The free methyl alcohol causes diabetics to lose limbs. Because many believe aspartame has caused the diabetic epidemic and aspartame is pushed on them particularly by trade organizations that take money from the manufacturer and other industry who use the product, is another reason I sought help from someone who could make a safe sweetener that would not cause disability or death. Just Like Sugar is made from organic chicory which has been used for 70 years to improve the health of diabetics and also has organic orange peel,.
If the excuse of manufacturers is they use these artificial sweeteners to get away from sugar, then why add sugar too?
Before Dr. Roberts died he wrote an excellent article on aspartame gum and anything absorbed from the mouth. Take the matter very seriously.
The Potential Hazard Of Aspartame Absorption From Within The Mouth
By H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
Aspartame disease is being increasingly encountered in medical practice. (1-4) Over two-thirds of the population currently consumes the chemical aspartame, most commonly, as “diet” sodas and “sugar-free” products. I have detailed the serious neurological, psychiatric, metabolic, endocrine allergic and addictive aspects of this affliction. (1-5)
The widespread consumption of popular aspartame products that can be absorbed from the mouth and oropharynx should be cause for concern. They include gum, mouthwashes, chewable drugs and vitamins, and rectangular “mouth-freshener” strips placed on the tongue. Sugar-free mints are recommended for low-carbohydrate dieters who experience bad breath.
The prompt and predicable recurrence of symptoms (e.g., headache, dizziness, seizures, confusion, visual features, joint pain) on initial exposure or rechallenge to aspartame in this manner has been impressive. These issues are relevant.
Persons tend to chew aspartame gum up to five times longer than regular gum. The prompt absorption of this neurotoxin from the mouth and oropharynx, with direct transport to the brain by a unique pathway, has clinical confirmation. (see below)
These products can create an intense craving for sweets due to increased insulin secretion. The potential for addiction, related largely to the methyl alcohol component of aspartame, is significant. Scores of patients experienced severe withdrawal reactions after abrupt cessation.
The response of a previously well woman illustrates this issue. “I suffered a grand mal seizure watching a movie immediately after applying a Listerine Strip. My friend gave me the strip, and it’s the last thing I remember. Apparently, I stiffened up, my eyes rolled back in my head, and I bit my tongue and drooled. I regained awareness ½ hour later as I was being unloaded from the ambulance. A CAT scan, an MRI, blood work and other tests were all inconclusive.”
Persons at high risk for aspartame reactions ought to be warned against using these products. They include pregnant women, children and patients with seizures, migraine, diabetes, hypoglycemia and weight disorders.
Roberts HJ Reactions attributed to aspartame containing products: 551 cases. J appl Nutr l988; 40:86-94. Robert HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is It Safe? Philadelphia, The Charles Press, l989. Roberts HJ, Sweet’ner Dearest: Bittersweet Vignettes About Aspartame (NutraSweet) West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, l992. Robert HJ, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, www.amazon.com Roberts HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction. Townsend Letter for Doctors 2000: 198 (January): 52-57.
H. J. Roberts, MD FACP Palm Beach Institute For Medical Research West Palm Beach, Florida 33416 USA ___________________ Dr. Roberts books and tapes can be gotten by going to http://www.amazon.com You can see Dr. Roberts in the film on aspartame called Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World! You can get a copy at www.sweetremedyradio.com
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder Mission Possible World Health Intl. www.mpwhi.com