Many people don’t even know where their pancreas is and only slightly few more really understand the work of this important gland, that is -until something goes wrong with it. The pancreas is pear-shaped, sitting sideways on the left side of the body tucked under the stomach. It is a vital member of the endocrine system, producing certain hormones such as insulin, somatostatin, and others – as well as an organ of the digestive system, releasing pancreatic enzymes for assistance in digestion. This is one part of the body you want to keep healthy, as the impairment of its functions can affect so many other aspects of life. The pancreas can be protected from possible ailments such as cancer and other dis-ease, most especially by eliminating one detrimental thing from the diet – aspartame.
That’s right, aspartame – as found in diet sodas and other ‘sugar-free’ foods – is a risk to not only the health of your pancreas, but the rest of the body as well. Tests have been conducted which show how aspartame damages the pancreas. It does so by inhibiting or negatively influencing both the digestive and endocrine aspects of the pancreas. In other words, it affects the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin and pancreatic enzymes.
The negative effects of aspartame are so far reaching that doctors are rarely able to identify the correlation of symptoms with the intake of aspartame, as the symptoms of aspartame poisoning can mimic so many other serious illnesses including diabetes. I read a recent article linking aspartame with symptoms of MS and lupus. Those who had been experiencing either MS or lupus for years suddenly had their symptoms disappear and healing start immediately upon quitting their intake of diet soda. From the blog (source below), an explanation was so clearly given as to 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.
This is the same reasoning behind many cases of diabetes and pancreatic cancer, unfortunately. According to the Aspartame Safety Network, this seemingly harmless sweetener has been named the cause of at least four different types of cancer – including that of the brain, breast, pancreas and uterus. Not only cancer, lupus and MS, but aspartame is implicated in cases of ADHD, Alzheimer’s, PMS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, ALS, Strokes, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Depression, Lyme’s disease, Mental illness and many more unidentifiable illnesses.
In order to protect your body from creating problems such as pancreatic cancer and many other dis-eases, a simple precaution to follow is to avoid one thing that seems to greatly contribute to the aggravation of so many problems – and that’s aspartame. Is it really so desirable that you would miss it in your life? There are so many more natural sweeteners available today that do not have dangerous side effects. There is really no reason to choose aspartame on purpose. The difficulty may be, in today’s market, to avoid it all together. So many products contain aspartame, and under so many other titles – such as Nutrasweet’, ‘Equal’ or ‘Spoonful’ that you really have to be aware of what you are buying.
The best chance you have in avoiding aspartame is to switch your diet to a more natural one. Allow fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to take the lead. Shop in the ‘health food’ section of your grocery store (nearly all of them have them these days) and avoid diet sodas, sugar-free labeled items and any foods that are ‘suspect.’
You will know almost immediately if the symptoms you have been experiencing are due to aspartame poisoning as soon as you stop consuming it. Aspartame is a neurotoxin, the body is being slowly poisoned. The relief you will experience from stopping the intake of poison should be fairly instant. Allow for a detoxification period following the removal of aspartame from your body. You may experience flu-like symptoms for a few days to a few weeks while you ‘unload’ the burden on the system aspartame has been.
One thing you can most assuredly do to protect yourself from pancreatic cancer and other dis-eases in the body is by avoiding aspartame and any aspartame-related products. Get them out of your kitchen and out of your life. You won’t be sorry and your pancreas will thank you – as will the rest of your body.
Written by: Stasia Bliss