ABSCESS   
ACID/ALKALI   
ACNE   
ADRENAL
AGE SPOTS   
AGING   
ALCOHOLISM   
ALLERGIES   
ALUMINIUM TOXICITY   
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE   
AMINO ACIDS   
AMOEBA   
ANEMIA   
ANOREXIA   
ANTHRAX   
ANTI-AGING   
ANXIETY   
APPENDICITIS   
ARTHRITIS   
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS   
ASPARTAME   
ASTHMA   
ATHEROSCLEROSIS   
ATHLETES FOOT   
ASTIGMATISM   
BACK PAIN   
BAD BREATH       
BED SORES   
BEE STINGS   
BELLS PALSY   
BLEPHARITIS   
BLOOD PRESSURE   
BODY ODORS   
BRAIN HEALTH   
BREAST CANCER   
BREAST PAIN   
BRONCHITIS   
BRUXISM   
BULIMIA   
BURNS   
BURSITIS   
CANCER   
CANDIDIASIS   
CANKER SORES   
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME   
CATARACT   
CELIAC DISEASES   
CHELATION THERAPY   
CHEMICAL ALLERGIES   
CHEMICAL POISONING   
CHICKEN POX   
CHLAMYDIA   
CHOLESTROL   
CHRONIC FATIGUE   
CHRONIC PAIN   
CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS   
CIRRHOSIS   
COLD SORES   
COLOR THERAPY   
COMMON COLDS   
CONCENTRATION   
COUGH   
CROHNS DISEASE   
CROUP   
CONSTIPATION   
CUSHING SYNDROME   
DANDRUFF   
DEHYDRATION   
DEMENTIA   
DENTAL HYGIENE   
DEPRESSION   
MENTAL DISORDERS   
DERMATITIS   
DIABETES   
DIARRHOEA   
DIGESTION   
DIVERTICULITIS   
ADDICTION   
DRY SKIN   
EFT   
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
EMPHYSEMA   
Endometriosis
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY
EPILEPSY   
EYE HEALTH   
FAINTING   
FAT BURNING   
FATTYFATTY ACIDS   LIVER   
FEVER   
FIBROMYALGIA   
FLU   
FRACTURES   
FRIGIDITY   
GALL BLADDER   
GANGRENE
GASTRITIS   
GLAUCOMA
GOUT   
GINGIVITIS
HAIR LOSS   
HANGOVER   
HAPPINESS   
HAY FEVER   
HEARING LOSS   
HEART DISEASE   
HEART ATTACK   
HEMOPHILIA   
HEMORRHOIDS   
HEPATITIS A   
HEPATITIS C
HIATAL HERNIA   
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE   
HIVES   
HOT FLUSHES
HUMAN PAPILOMA VIRUS
HYPERACIDITY   
HYPERHIDROSIS   
HYPERTHYROIDISM   
HYSTERECTOMY
IMMUNE SYSTEM   
IMPETIGO   
IMPOTENCE   
INDIGESTION
INFERTILITY
INCONTINENCE   
INSECT ALLERGY
INSECT BITES   
INSECT REPELLENTS
INSOMNIA   
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME   
JAUNDICE   
JOCK ITCH   
JOINT PAIN   
KIDNEY DISEASE
KIDNEY STONES
KNEE HEALTH   
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE   
LARYNGITIS
LAW OF ATTRACTION
LAZY EYE   
LEAD POISONING   
LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE   
LEG ULCERS   
LIBIDO   
LICE   
LIVER HEALTH   
LONGEVITY   
LUPUS   
LYME DISEASE   
MALABSORPTION SYNDROME   
MASSAGE   
MEAT TOXICITY   
MELANOMA   
MELATONIN   
MEMORY LOSS   
MENIERES SYNDROME   
MENINGITIS   
MENOPAUSE   
MEN’S HEALTH   
MERCURY TOOTH FILLINGS   
METABOLIC SYNDROME   
MIGRANE   
MICROWAVES   
MILK’S DISEASE   
MINERALS   
MISCARRIAGE   
MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE   
MOLES   
MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE   
MOOD   
MOTION SICKNESS   
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS   
MUMPS   
NAIL PROBLEMS   
NAIL FUNGUS   
NARCOLEPSY   
NAUSEA   
NEURAL ACTIVITY   
NOSEBLEED   
NUTRITION DEFICIENCIES      
OBESITY   
OILY SKIN   
OSTEOARTHRITIS   
OSTEOPOROSIS   
OVARIAN CANCER   
PANCREATITIS   
PARASITE
PARKINSON’S DISEASE   
PERIODONTAL DISEASE   
PLANTAR FASCIITIS   
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME   
PROSTATE cANCER    
PSORIASIS   
RABIES   
RAYNAUD’S DISEASE   
REYES SYNDROME   
RHEUMATIC FEVER   
RICKETS   
SCABIES   
SCHIZOPHRENIA   
SCIATICA   
SELENIUM   
SENSITIVE TEETH   
SHINGLES
SHIN SPLINTS
SIDS    
SINUSITIS   
SORE THROAT   
SUNBURN   
TENDINITIS   
TINNITUS   
TMJ SYNDROME   
TONSILITIS   
TRICHINOSIS   
ULCERATIVE COLITIS   
ULCERS   
UNDERWEIGHT   
URINARY TRACT INFECTION   
UTERINE FIBROIDS   
UVEITIS   
VAGINITIS   
VARICOSE VEINS   
VERTIGO   
VITILIGO   
WEIGHT LOSS   
WEST NILE VIRUS   
WHOOPING COUGH

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

Four years ago, Coca-Cola decided they’d make a pro-active move aimed toward health. It was a move sure to cause health nuts to stand up and applaud, where instead of using aspartame to sweeten their sodas, customers could now choose their diet drinks made from a “healthy” sweetener – Splenda.

Unfortunately for Coca-Cola, the applause line never came. Now, Splenda claims their product to be natural – “tastes like sugar because it’s made from sugar” as their saying goes. But Coca-Cola’s offering of Splenda-sweetened soda as an alternative to aspartame-tainted soda is a move that tells customers the following: pick your poison.

By now you’ve all heard about the dangers of aspartame – how they contribute to grand mal seizures, migraines, cancer, obesity and a host of degenerative diseases. A lot of people, thankfully, take these risks seriously (not nearly enough, but you’ll nonetheless be hard-pressed to find anyone promoting aspartame’s health properties). There’s far more debate about the health effects of Splenda, the artificial sweetener with a euphemism for a name (Splenda is actually sucralose).

In the Splenda debate, defenders of its use point to how lots of people have lost loads of weight simply by switching sweeteners – from sugar to Splenda. Folks on the other side argue the opposite, saying Splenda actually contributes to obesity by not satisfying one’s sweet tooth, thus leading one to eat more than if they had a regularly sweetened cookie. Both arguments have elements of truth. Most debates do. What can’t be debated, however, are the studies – many of them follow-ups to studies that pooh-pooh Splenda’s use– pointing toward Splenda’s sinister side-effects.

Take the latest one as the latest example. In the fall of 2008, researchers from Duke University reported that Splenda actually reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestinal tract by as much as 50 percent when consumed over an extended period of time. In addition to that, results confirmed Splenda contributed to weight gain and caused the body to reject common medicines used to treat common diseases. This happens by Splenda altering the chemical composition of the intestinal tract (the pH level, to be specific).

The study is published in the fall 2008 issue of the well-respected Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.

Bacteria get a bad wrap. Nine out of 10 times one hears the word, it’s associated with dirt, disease, germs or infections. Bacteria may contribute to those things, sure, but just as there was a wicked witch and a good witch in the film “The Wizard of Oz,” there is good bacteria and bad bacteria in the film we call life. Probiotics is an example of good bacteria. Probiotics is just one kind of good bacteria, and it helps the intestinal tract by keeping the excretory system running smoothly. Without getting too complicated, probiotics assist the GI tract by aiding in proper digestion, while at the same time blocking food borne illnesses from penetrating and throwing the stomach off balance and causing diarrhea orbladder infections.

Your excretory system may not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to your health, but it certainly has a way of taking top priority when the bowels go crazy. By consuming Splenda on a regular basis, you’re increasing the chances and prevalence of those gut-busting moments. If you pick up a bag of sugar-free candy, somewhere in barely-legible print on the back of the pack will be a warning about consuming the candy in excess. It’ll say something about how when consumed in excess, the candy has a “laxative effect.”

Now you know why.

 

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