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Food for Thought: Aspartame , Depression and SSRI's

By Melissa Melton

 

 

The eighties didn’t just bring us the magic of hot green biker shorts; it also gave us FDA approval of the artificial sweetener Aspartame and the antidepressant Prozac.

Three quick facts about Aspartame: it is the most widely abundant artificial sweetener on the grocery store shelves today, it took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over 20 years to finally approve it, and when it finally did get approved, it had not been tested on humans even once beforehand (although animal studies concluded the substance caused cancer, neurological issues, and literally ate holes in brain tissue).

Aspartame is 50 percent phenylalanine, 40 percent aspartic acid, and 10 percent methanol (yummy). It comes from genetically modified (GM) E. coli bacteria, and by “comes from”, I mean Aspartame is GM bacteria poop (super yummy). Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin, methanol is wood alcohol used in antifreeze, and too much of the amino acid phenylalanine in the brain can decrease serotonin levels over time, leading to chemical imbalances that can cause mood disorders and depression.

Why? Because serotonin is the neurotransmitter widely believed to contribute to an overall sense of happiness and well-being. Not only can serotonin influence moods and emotions, but it can effect sleep patterns and aggression too.

The FDA first approved Aspartame for use in soda in 1983, after a two-decade-long battle that only ended when President Ronald Reagan fired the FDA commissioner holding things up and put in a new guy that would essentiallyrubber stamp the sweetener for then-Searle Pharmaceutical CEO Donald Rumsfeld, a key player in the shadow government power structure. Searle sold $600 million bucks worth of the stuff in just the following year, and Rumsfeld later became the U.S. Secretary of Defense after he played a major role in Monsanto’s acquisition of Searle.

But did you catch the part before that? Too much phenylalanine, a key component in Aspartame, can decrease serotonin levels and lead to depression. What would one need if they were, say, suffering low serotonin levels that contributed to depression?

Oh why, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) of course!

The global pharmaceutical company with extensive Bush family ties, Eli Lilly, got its SSRI Prozac approved in 1987, and the drug first appeared on the market in 1988. In just two years’ time, Prozac became the “most prescribed” SSRI in the United States.

 

A 2010 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that a fifth of the U.S. population drinks soda on any given day, and the second most popular soda is Diet Coke (with Aspartame). Four of the top ten sodas are diet and contain Aspartame. Today, one in ten Americans take SSRIs.

Nevermind that a multitude of studies have linked antidepressants to everything from birth defects (causing the FDA to place a black box warning on them) to increased suicidal tendencies (causing the FDA to update the initial black box warning to include an additional suicidal tendencies warning).

Problem: Does Aspartame cause depression?
ReactionStudies say it, in fact, can.
Solution: Antidepressants, please!

Hey, wait a minute. Is there a possible link between the best-selling artificial sweetener on the market today and the most widely-prescribed antidepressant in history?

Must be yet another coincidence, just like all of these people:

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Food for thought.

Did You Know?

Donald Rumsfeld, former Searle CEO and Defense Secretary, sat on the board directors for Amylin Pharmaceuticals twice, and the second time was right before the company partnered with Eli Lilly. Rumsfeld ran the Pentagon under President George W. Bush, overseeing the Iraq War, while President George H. W. Bush was appointed to the Eli Lilly Board of Directors by the Quayle family after leaving his CIA Director post in the 1970.

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ChessieCat

I became aware that phenylalanine was an issue when I began researching my MSG intolerance (I became hooked on Sour Cream and Onion Pringles).  Michael J Fox has been a big drinker of Diet Pepsi.

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downtongirl

Good gracious!  I knew it was crap but never knew this...is there any evidence to suggest that if someone quits diet coke over time there bodies will reverse the damage to their serotonin levels created by the diet coke?

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Fresh

If you find any articles relating to that Downtongirl , please post them here.

 

"When withdrawing from aspartame, people often report an array of different withdrawal effects. Many individuals though who withdraw from drinking diet soda end up dealing with caffeine withdrawal symptoms, which can have some similar effects to the discontinuation from aspartame."

 

Full article and discussion of some identified aspartame withdrawal symptoms is here http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2014/07/18/aspartame-withdrawal-symptoms-list-of-possibilities/

 

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btdt

There is a book about Aspertaine and it discusses addiction 

 

http://www.amazon.ca/Aspartame-Disease-An-Ignored-Epidemic/dp/1884243177

 

 

I searched it for the word addiction 

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I then searched the book for the word serotonin

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btdt

There is a documentary called Sweet misery 

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/sweet-misery-a-poisoned-world/

 

I am not up to watching it and it is slammed here by some as being bunk I don't know but I do not use aspertame or msg. 

 

which brings me to an old flow chart I found long ago which I was going to work on and never did I looked at it again just now and it has a list of things that counter act glutamate:

Taurine,

Magnesium

Cocaine

Red Bull

CoQ10

Booze

Ice Cream

 

Rx drugs listed that counter act glutamate these are dopamine agonists

LDopa

Bromocripline

Cabergoline

 

and Singulair which is a Leukotriene Blocker

 

Valium we all know is a benzo right...they have it listed with Lunesta which I don't know about 

 

This is a chart and tricky for me to follow today... all these listed above in the flow chart are green... there are other  colour titles...

blue = Glutamate Blockers 

ibuprofen, baclofen, memantine, riluzole, tramado, tizanodine,haloperidal,benadryl,vitamin e,cinnamon, antihistamines, special K which is ketamine, nicotine 

 

pink = Glutamate Removers 

vitamin B6, is the only one listed note it made me depressed after a few days ... could barely lift my head 

 

grey = protects from neurotoxicity 

ibuprofen, niacin,orange juice, vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid,idebenone, uric acid?

may be useful I took ibuprofen every morning for a long time when I woke with server head issues cement head and brain fog headache... lowest adult dose tried kid dose once ... grape don't do it. 

 

purple = aids glucose to energy pathway 

There are a few others this chart related to Autism 

http://www.msgtruth.org/NEWUNIFIEDTHEORY.pdf

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btdt

B 12 was on the list but I was not sure so did not add it look yourself.

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bubbles

I thought I'd already responded to this, but apparently not.

 

About thirty years ago I noticed that if I had artificial sweeteners, I would get migraines.

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LexAnger

Good for you bubbles, so I hope you stopped putting the poison into your body since then

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bubbles

Oh yes! I only had them - migraines and artificial sweeteners for about a year. I worked two shifts a week in a fast food place and staff were given 2 sodas per shift - I chose some with artificial sweeteners. I started to get migraines. I read somewhere that they were a trigger for migraine. I have avoided them since then and haven't had a migraine in over 30 years.

 

I know I've accidentally had some here and there - this recent push to demonise sugar has the unfortunate side effect of giving artificial sweeteners a health halo and sometimes they appear where not expected. Don't get me wrong - I don't think sugar is *good*, just for me artificial sweeteners are worse. Still, irregular and small intake doesn't seem to be enough to cause me migraines.

 

I discussed it with a doctor some time after that, who asked me if I'd noticed if all, or just some artificial sweeteners, had that effect. I said I didn't know, I'd just cut them all out. He said that was a good move. Nothing has ever caused me to regret that decision!

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