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October 2015  Newsletter
Table of Contents
What is Acesulfame K
Choose Your Poison
Splenda is Sucralose and Sucralose is a poison
Everything You Want To Know About Stevia
STOP Diabetes! Coming in November
The Food Revolution Websites! Coming in December
A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
We're not done with this Series, Obesity In America, yet; but we can see a conclusion; and it looks like December will be it. 

Watch for our last two entries in this our longest Series yet which will have Nine Parts when we're finished. 

This October issue is the last of the Artificial and Substitute Sugar information, which pretty much has caused us to realize it's time to "Make It From Scratch" because Big Food is NEVER going to back away from the poisons they're putting out there disguised as healthy
products. They're even allowed to put the word "Natural" on some of the worst products imaginable.

We're All eating at our own peril, and our kitchens have become war zones where Big Food unleashes chemically laden poisons with delayed and slow death technology placed inside waiting for us to consume them.
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Obesity In AMERICA Part 7
Dear Subscriber:

Here we are in October, and we're still writing about Artificial and Substitute Sweeteners. Unbelievable what a huge subject this is. Who would have thought there were so many toxic products to choose from out there. We promise this will be the last Newsletter about Artificial Sweeteners, but it won't be the last Newsletter in the Series on Obesity In AMERICA. 

We're saving the announcement of the surprise November Newsletter topic within this Series for later in this Newsletter. For now, let us just say, what we're going to share in our November Newsletter even surprised us.

Now back to those ubiquitous Artificial and Substitute Sweeteners. These toxic substances have become so prevalent that a new disease called Artificial Sweetener Disease (ASD) has been named to describe the many maladies being reported to the FDA over the past decade, and an award winning film called "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World", describes the unprecedented rise in brain tumors, diabetes and a once rare brain lymphoma. The culprit, as suggested by the doctors in this documentary, is the introduction and massive ingestion of Aspartame by the American people in their quest to avoid actual sugar, which is called sucrose.  You can watch this documentary below:
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World
We opened this can of worms in August thinking we were only going to discuss Aspartame. Then we discovered it had so many evil octuplets that we also had to discuss them to do justice to the subject. Now, two months later, we are addressing the last four Artificial and Substitute Sweeteners on our list. They are Acesulfame K, Advantame, Sucralose and Stevia, and in many ways, it's the same sad story. So here goes.

Let's start with answering this interesting question. What in the world does Acesulfame K have to do with Lake Erie?
A Canadian environmental company tested the water from the Grand River [in Canada] at 23 different sites between it's originating waters and its destination waters where it dumps into Lake Erie and what they found was very telling. This company found that the artificial sweetener, Acesulfame K, is able to evade wastewater treatment and come out at the other end of a treatment plant in much higher concentrations than either saccharin or sucralose. We'll be talking about sucralose below; and we've already discussed saccharin in our August Newsletter; but the question we need to be asking ourselves right now is this: If Acesulfame K can't even be broken down by a wastewater treatment plant, how are our bodies dealing with it? And with a name like that, what the heck is it anyway? (Information taken from Wikipedia Page on Acesulfame potasium)

The letter K is the symbol for potassium so we know it has potassium in it. No problem there. "In chemical structure, Acesulfame Potassium is the potassium salt of 6-methyl-1,2,3-oxathiazine-4(3H)-on2,2-dioxide. It is a white crystalline powder with molecular formula C4H4KNO4S." Really? Without even knowing what that means, we're opting to forego the pleasure of ACK's 200 times sweeter than sugar rush. (Quote taken from Wikipedia Page on Acesulfame potassium)

By this point in our research regarding these Artificial and Substitute sugars, we just have to admit we're not feeling positive about any of them; and are hoping that at least Stevia, which sits in our cupboard right now, has some redeeming qualities [to be determined, below]. But we digress.

There's chatter on the internet about Acesulfame K containing Methylene Chloride. So let's start there. What is Methylene Chloride? According to the US Department of Labor, Methylene Chloride "is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Methylene chloride is used in various industrial processes, in many different industries including paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing. The most common means of exposure to methylene chloride is inhalation and skin exposure. OSHA considers methylene chloride to be a potential occupational carcinogen." So, there you have it. Methylene Chloride is a dangerous industrial chemical. (Quote taken from  US Dept. of Labor website page on Methylene Chloride

And because this Artificial Sweetener, just like most of the others, is an industrial product that is manufactured, Methylene Chloride is used "as a solvent in the initial manufacturing step of the sweetener." (Quote taken from a page on the Dept. of Health and Human Services, FDA, Docket No. 2002F-0220 regarding Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human Consumption; Acesulfame Potassium

The FDA goes on to justify it's approval of Acesulfame K for food based on it's "assumed" conclusion that "methylene chloride is present in ACK at the LOD of 40 ppb (worst-case scenario) and has evaluated its safety by performing a risk assessment for methylene chloride based on this level." (Quote taken from a page on the Dept. of Health and Human Services, FDA, Docket No. 2002F-0220 regarding Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human Consumption; Acesulfame Potassium)  

Unlike Aspartame, which carries a warning label, Acesulfame K does not have to appear on food labels. "In the United States, Acesulfame Potassium is approved for use in candies, tabletop sweeteners, chewing gums, beverages, dessert and dairy product mixes, baked goods, alcoholic beverages, syrups, refrigerated and frozen desserts, and sweet sauces and toppings." (Quote taken from Nutrition Express online article entitled Everything You Need To Know About Acesulfame Potassium)

When we buy any of the above processed foods, we most likely are getting a dose of Acesulfame K and we have no way of knowing that. We don't know about you; but we're getting more and more convinced we not only need to grow our own food, we need to make our own food from scratch just like Grandma did before Big Food took over.

On the other hand, if you think your intestines need a little stripping or degreasing, then Acesulfame K is the perfect product for you; and there's the added bonus that it's as sweet as hell.
Choose your Poison--Aspartame or Advantame?

If you need to be reminded of the horrors of Aspartame, just click over to our August Newsletter before meeting Aspartame's evil twin, Advantame. Advantame is the new kid on the Artificial Sweetener block, and it really packs a wallop being 20,000 times sweeter than sugar and 100 times sweeter than it's twin, Aspartame. Do we really need a product that is 20,000, that's TWENTY
THOUSAND times sweeter than sucrose (sugar)? 

Advantame is derived from Aspartame and Vanillin so let's find out what the heck Vanillin is. The word looks a lot like Vanilla; but it's different. Vanillin is synthetic vanilla. We all know what vanilla is and have been putting it in homemade frosting for years. It's what makes frosting so sweet. But Vanilla is not sugar. It actually comes from a bean. "Vanilla bean pods grow in areas such as Madagascar and Tahiti, just to name a couple of the most popular locations they're produced. The beans are left to dry in the sun and cured, which is when their flavor develops." (Quote taken from the One Green Planet website article entitled Vanilla Versus Vanillin: What You Need to Know)

Vanillin is, you guessed it, chemically produced to mimic the taste of vanilla; and believe it or not, "most of the synthetic vanillin is made from guaiacol, which is a petrochemical precursor". PETROCHEMICAL! Egad!
(Quote taken from the Honey and Spice website article entitled What is Vanillin?)

So it's not enough that we're having to deal with a labeled Artificial Sweetener like Aspartame with all of its body threatening issues, we've now been given an unlabeled derivative of Aspartame that is full of petrochemicals. Big Food just keeps coming up with the next best POISON for its constituents. In the case of Advantame, the Big Food company that's making it is in Japan and it's called the Ajinomoto Company; and so far, we haven't been able to find a Brand name associated with it but it won't be long before there is one. The bastardizing of our food system is a worldwide money making opportunity for any company that wants to get into the act. But that's not the worst of it. This nightmare just keeps getting scarier.

Just when we thought we'd completed this part of our research on Advantame and it's synthetic Vanillin component, we ran into this frightening bogey man, a twist on Synthetic Vanillin, which is called Synthetic Biology Vanillin. They stick the word Biology into the name and think they're going to fool the fools again. Now, we're getting mad.

Synthetic Biology Vanillin is a GMO form of Synthetic Vanillin. Just put the words Synthetic and Biology together and you get the correct picture--extreme genetic engineering--brought to you buy a company called Evolva teamed up with the IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances). Apparently, these folks think it's time we eat our perfume.

" Vanilla is one of the most widely used flavors in our food, and therefore this new application is in the spotlight of the public controversy. Synthetic biology vanillin would be one of the biggest, high profile uses of this new experimental genetic technology in our food system. It will set a precedent allowing for the use of this technology to create other synthetic biology food derivatives such as orange and grapefruit flavoring, coconut oils, and saffron. Already, a synthetic biology produced animal feed ingredient has been approved by the FDA based solely on the company's claim that the product is safe." (Quote taken from a Fiends of the Earth pdf entitled  Synthetic Biology Vanillin: not natural, not sustainable, not likely to be labeled, and coming to an ice-cream cone near you)

The GMO Genie has gotten out of the bottle and is fornicating and pro-creating--mis-creating, as in miscreant, a much better word here. We now have to become aware of the other Big Food Companies besides Monsanto that have entered the dark world of Genetically Engineered Foods and Food Additives. In fact, once we've finished this Series on Obesity in AMERICA, we now know what our next Series will be--The Dark World of GMO's. 
On to the next POISON, Sucralose with it's popular brand, Splenda.

"If you were told to ingest a biologically alien synthetic chemical whose presence on this planet did not predate 1976, and whose structure is only a few atoms away from the deadly pesticide DDT, and you knew that not only were there no long term human safety studies performed on it, but that it had been already proven in tests to have the following adverse health effects: 

· Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) 
· Enlarged liver and kidneys.
· Reduced growth rate
·  DNA Damage
· Decreased red blood cell count 
· Aborted pregnancy (Maternal & Fetal Toxicity)
· Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights 
· Increase glycosylation of hemoglobin (HbA1c) for    diabetics

Would you still consume it?" We all know what your answer would be; but the sad truth is that millions of people are consuming a product that perfectly fits these horrific criteria and it's called Splenda. (Quote taken from Green Medinfo article entitled The Bitter Truth About Splenda)

A big thanks to Green Medinfo for doing all this incredible research on Splenda, which is a very popular brand name for an Artificial Sweetener known as Sucralose. Other brand names for Sucralose are Zerocal, Sukrana, SucraPlus, Candys, Cukren, and Nevella as this Sweetener is being sold all over the world. In the EU, the E number for Sucralose is E955. (Information taken from the Wikipedia page on Sucralose)

Sucralose is between 320 to 1,000 times sweeter than Sugar, twice as sweet as Saccharin and three times as sweet as Aspartame. It "was discovered in 1976 by scientists from  Tate & Lyle, working with researchers Leslie Hough and Shashikant Phadnis at  Queen Elizabeth College (now part of  King's College London). While researching ways to use sucrose and its synthetic derivatives for industrial use, Phadnis was told to test a chlorinated sugar compound. Phadnis thought Hough asked him to taste it, so he did. He found the compound to be exceptionally sweet" and Sucralose was born. It was approved by the FDA in 1998. (Quote taken from the Wikipedia page on Sucralose)

If you look at the Splenda label above, you see that it's made from sugar, which is true. It's what is done to the natural sugar that is highly questionable. Sucralose is produced by chlorinating sucrose (sugar) turing sugar into an organochlorine compound (an organic compound that has been chlorinated). CHLORINATED! Now we're ingesting something out of our swimming pools. 

"The human body is very good at detoxifying itself of certain substances, but this is not the case with organochlorine compounds. Dioxin, one organochlorine compound that is a by-product of the paper bleaching process, is 300,000 times more carcinogenic than DDT, an insecticide that was banned because of its toxicity. These compounds have been linked to birth defects, cancer, and immune dysfunction."

"These chemicals stay in the body and accumulate over time. According to the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center, the absorbed sucralose and its metabolites (chemically altered substances) concentrate in the liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. Splenda manufacturers claim there is minimal absorption of Splenda and its metabolites. The FDA says there is only 11 percent to 27 percent absorption, but the Japanese Food Sanitation Council says as much as 40 percent is absorbed by the body." (Quote taken from a Down to Earth website article entitled Is Sucralose a Dangerous Sugar Substitute?

Do we really want to bet our health on the Japanese Food Sanitation Council being wrong and the manufacturer of Splenda being right? If 40% of these toxic chemicals in Sucralose are being absorbed by the body, that body is  becoming a vat of poison from head to toe.
Then there's Stevia!
Before I do any research on Stevia, let me remind you that we've already confessed it's in our cupboard; and we're holding up a lot of hope that out of all of those toxic Artificial and Substitute Sugars that we've been researching for months, Stevia is going to be our saving grace. Look at it. It's a sweet (quite literally), innocent plant that couldn't hurt anyone. Right? Let's see.

Suffering Suckertash! The first thing that comes up is a problem. "The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides, which have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. In the United States, stevia was banned in 1991 after early studies found that it might be carcinogenic; after additional studies, the FDA approved some specific glycoside extracts for use as food additives" in 2008.

It's been used in South and Central America for centuries; but that usage was Stevia in its natural form by either eating the actual leaves of the plant or grinding the leaves into a powder. Modern, industrialized technology turns Stevia and lots of other once natural products into toxic concoctions that bear little resemblance to their former natural state. More on that later.

The European Union approved Stevia additives in 2011, and in Japan, Stevia has been widely used as a sweetener for decades. The Japanese have been using it in food products, soft drinks like Coca Cola and as a table sugar. Japan currently consumes more Stevia than any other country, with Stevia accounting for 40% of the sweetener market. (Quotes taken from the Wikipedia page on Stevia)

Then there's the same old story we mentioned earlier about what Big Food companies end up doing to a natural plant like Stevia before putting it into their products like Coca Cola or Pepsi. "They have formulated processes for extracting the sweetest ingredients from the stevia plant leaf. This process of chemical extraction renders the original form of the stevia herb virtually unrecognizable. Because they are extracted or derived chemically, there may be present other chemical byproducts and/or residues which may be harmful." (Quote taken from Culture of Awareness Website article entitled Beverage Companies Mislead Consumers with Processed Stevia)

There are also a few whispers about Stevia being "a mutagen in the presence of a liver extract of pre-treated rats. In other words, it could create changes in the DNA of the liver, up to and including cancer. The study, however, was widely criticized by scientists who claimed the study was conducted in a way that would also find distilled water mutagenic, and largely discarded by health food aficionados, who continued to buy stevia powder in stores where it was marketed as a 'dietary supplement' thanks to a ban by the U.S. FDA" until 2008. (Quote taken from Daily Finance website article entitled Stevia shakes up the sweetener wars)

The sweetness in Stevia "comes from two primary steviol glycosides, stevioside and rebaudioside. Rebaudioside is the sweetest (350-450 times the sweetness of table sugar) and least bitter part of the leaf, while stevioside (250-300 times the sweetness of table sugar) has that bitter aftertaste many people complain about. That's why some processed brands like Truvia and PureVia isolate rebaudioside and use it solely while other 'natural' or 'raw' stevia brands use the full spectrum of glycosides. And as you might suspect, problems arise when brands process the plant and add wierd substances to the mix."

Finally, here's some good news about Stevia--really good news!

1. Stevia and Diabetes: Stevia "looks like an ideal all-around saviour for diabetic patients." This is the conclusion that Regev Elya came to in a Blog (by the same name) article entitled What Is Stevia? Side Effects, Safety Dangers and Health Benefits as a Natural Sweetener. This conclusion was based on the results of numerous research studies she reviewed, which you can look at yourself when you click over to the above link.

2. Stevia and Memory: One independent study found that rats that were given a memory debilitating substance could reverse the memory impairment when given stevioside and it concluded that "stevioside exerts a memory-preservative effect in cognitive deficits of rats".

3. Stevia and Cholesterol: In another study, "researchers studying long-term feeding effects of stevioside sweetener on some toxicological parameters of growing male rats found that stevia taken alone in low-doses lowered cholesterol and was deemed safe to use and without any toxicological effects on body weight, organ relative weight, haematological and biochemical parameters or enzyme activities, though high-doses (1500mg/kg, an amount unrealistic outside the lab) did increase some toxic parameters".

4. Stevia and Blood Pressure: Then there's the Chinese study of humans rather than rats  in  China   in which  after  two  years,   researchers "found out that an
intake of 500mg oral stevioside three times a day significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared to placebo. Their hypertension situation improved and there were no reported or detected side effects. Interesting enough, less patients in the stevioside-group developed left ventricular hypertrophy, a pathological thickening of the heart muscle."

5. Stevia and Atherosclerosis: In yet another study using rats, "researchers fed 12-week old mice with 10mg/kg dose of stevioside next to a placebo group and found out that stevioside inhibits atherosclerosis by improving insulin signaling and antioxidant defense in obese insulin-resistant mice." 

"The mice had lower glucose and insulin levels, improved adipose tissue maturation and increased glucose transport, insulin signalling and antioxidant defense. They also had lower oxidised-LDL ("bad cholesterol") and thus reduced  atherosclerotic plaque buildup."

6. Stevia and Cancer: In complete opposition to the early study that suggested Stevia could be carcinogenic, "one  Japanese study from the National Institute of Health Sciences in Tokyo studied 50 male and 50 female rats in three groups for a period of two years. The results showed that " females who took stevioside had a reduced occurrence of breast cancer tumours, and males showed a lesser severity of kidney damage. Also, the stevioside-fed rats weighted slightly less, which makes sense since stevioside has no calories or a glycemic response."

"Other Japanese researchers studied the inhibitory effect of stevioside on tumor promotion and found steviol glycosides [including] stevioside, rebaudioside A, rebaudioside C and dulcoside A  to posses a marked inhibitory effect against inflammation and tumour promotion." The results showed 73% and 96% reductions! WOW! But the researchers weren't surprised because they understand that "a series of naturally occurring components of Compositae plants has been found to possess antitumor-promoting activities' "; and the Stevia plant is one of them.

Bottom line regarding the Stevia and Cancer story is this: "Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar." (Quote taken from Otto H. Warburg, 1931 nobel prize winner)

Sugar is food for Cancer! Take away it's food source and Cancer starves. That means eliminate sugar from your diet; and replace it with Stevia? Not so fast. We haven't come to that conclusion just yet; but things are looking up for our innocent little Stevia plant.

7. Stevia and Reproduction: The CONS
There's one more little obstacle in Stevia's way of being a medical miracle herb--studies that show it has a negative effect on Male and Female Reproduction. Oh Dear! Anything but that! 

There was this study by Professor Joseph Kuc way back in 1968, which he conducted after hearing old wives tales of South American women using Stevia as a contraceptive. Remember, Stevia's been used in South and Central America for centuries. Kuc decided to test out any contraceptive properties of Stevia and he found 
"a visible and relatively long-term reduction in the number of offspring born to female rats he fed with a stevia solution."

"Professor Kuc does admit that his results aren't necessarily valid for humans. First, he used some material from the stevia plant that isn't ordinarily consumed along with his boiled stevia leaf extract. Second, he let his rats drink that mixture in such a high rate, equalling a person drinking about 2.5 litters of liquid in less than half an hour. And third, he used only one dosage level and not a variety of doses to establish what is known as a 'dose-response' relationship." We're leaving any conclusion regarding this study strictly up to you. As for us, we're not planning on having wee ones in our future. 

Another study found that there was a possibility that Stevia extracts may decrease the fertility of male rats. And yet another study "found  a 60% decrease in seminal vesicle weight in rats compared to a control group".

8. Stevia and Reproduction: The PROS
The first Pro Stevia study comes from a research center in Bangkok, which used hamsters in place of rats. "They used four groups of ten male and ten female one-month old hamsters and fed the first group with a daily 500mg/kg dose of stevioside, second group 1,000mg/kg, third group 2,500mg/kg  and fourth group with 0, serving as the control group. These are amounts that far surpass the daily consumption of an average human estimated to be about 2-5mg." 

The results showed "there was no significant difference between the average growth of either of the groups, and there was no difference at all between reproductive fitness and mating performance - no matter the dose of stevioside. Mating was efficient and successful in all groups, without any growth or fertility abnormality of either sex."

A second Stevia study "achieved similar findings where stevia extract didn't affect male body weight, testicular weights and sperm count, morphology and motility. The researchers concluded that it has no toxic effect on male reproduction, at least in rats." 

So now we have two groups of conflicting research studies in the area of Stevia and Reproduction. This is when more research is called for; and we're all on our own regarding our Stevia ingesting decisions.

8. Stevia and Allergic Reactions: Of course there's a small group of people who should stay away from Stevia altogether due to being allergic to it. Most of these folks are also allergic to plants in the Compositae or Asteraceae family like chrysanthemus, marigolds, ragweed or daisies. (All Quotes in this section (except for the Quote from Otto H. Warburg) came from the Regevelya Blog article entitled  What Is Stevia? Side Effects, Safety Dangers and Health Benefits as a Natural Sweetener)

The Stevia Story was a long one with a lot of big scientific and hard to pronounce words. It seems to be impossible to talk briefly or simply about these Artificial and Substitute Sweeteners, which is why we've been on this important subject since August. 

As for coming to a conclusion regarding the use of Stevia, it was looking a little scary for a while. Last night, we were even considering dumping all of our Stevia and taking the Stevia exception off of our cover image; but once we found the excellently researched Blog post by Michele at, the tables turned; and we're feeling that Stevia is our personal answer for a sugar Substitute. But you're going to have to make up your own mind; and remember to pay attention to what your body has to say if you decide to give Stevia a try.

Now, let's take a quick look at which Stevia products to use given you make a decision to Substitute it for sugar. 

1. Use your own home grown plant. 
2. Use Stevia Leaf or Powder that's organic
3. Don't use Stevia products that have been processed or combined with other things.
4. Read your Labels
5. Beware of Liquid Stevia. No telling how it was processed.
What's Coming in our November Newsletter? Obesity In America, Part 8, A Personal Story
When we started this Newsletter, we promised you a big surprise coming in November and here it is. We're going to share a very personal story about what we've been up to since early October. We've been on a
STOP Diabetes Program that's really working. 

That's right. We're not going to just talk about any old Diabetic relief program. Talk is cheap. We're going to share the STOP Diabetes Program we put ourselves on to serve as guinea pigs to see if the program really works. 

We're going to share the Commitment we made, why we made it and how it's all going including the numbers--blood sugar, blood pressure and weight over time.

We're also going to share how we turned our kitchen and Grace's limited cooking skills into a vegetarian's dream using three little Crock Pots, some great Cook Books and a whole gang of newly discovered foods.

We're so looking forward to seeing you in November and sharing this story.
It's been delayed again; but it's coming in December.
We promised to publish this List way back in August; and it still hasn't materialized. Now, it looks like December will be the debut month. The good news is, as time passes, the List gets longer. Thank You for your patience.
As we finally complete these Newsletters about Artificial and Substitute Sweeteners, we're happy we were able to end on a positive note regarding Stevia. We're still quite mind blown to discover this gargantuan market full of toxic horrors that people are blindly purchasing thinking they are helping themselves deal with weight and diabetic issues. We have said before, but it's worth stating again, people with diabetes have become unwitting targets of Big Food companies who are preying on them as unique consumers and selling them dangerous, unhealthy products by the bushel.

Please FORWARD this email to your colleagues, friends and family who need to become aware of the dangers of toxic Artificial and Substitute Sweeteners. We can't make the changes we need to make without first understanding why the changes are so important. We can save lives with this information.

Thank You for following our Newsletters. We so appreciate your interest in our two cutting edge Aquaponics Companies, Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics Wold, LLC. We'll continue to bring you important information about Aquaponics, our Food and our Food System, which, right now, is broken and has turned us into subjects of Big Food.

Please help us turn the tables around so we can declare our Food Freedom again and become the healthiest country on the planet instead of the sickest.


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