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Nutrition MATTERS! Artificial flavorings and Artificial food colorings may make A.D.D and A.D.H.D worse

Artificial flavorings and artificial colorings in food have been shown to make A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. worse, and even cause symptoms of ADD/ADHD in children who normally did not have those symptoms. One of the worst culprits is NutraSweet, or aspartame, which also goes under several other names. The makers of this artificial sweetener seem to change the name when one name gets a bad reputation.

I encourage those who are interested to do further study on this subject. There is a great deal of information out there, and much of it has been written by research chemists and Medical Doctors.

In 1994, a report was released that listed 92 symptoms associated with aspartame use. The report stated that aspartame accounted for 75 percent of all BAD reactions reported to the "Adverse Reaction Monitoring System."

Some of the 92 adverse effects of aspartame ingestion include:

Abdominal Pain

Anxiety attacks

Arthritis

Asthma

Asthmatic Reactions

Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention)

Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)

Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)

Breathing difficulties

Burning eyes or throat

Burning Urination

Can't think straight

Chest Pains

Chronic cough

Chronic Fatigue

Confusion

Death

Depression

Diarrhea

Dizziness

Excessive Thirst or Hunger

Fatigue

Feel unreal

Flushing of face

Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair

Headaches/Migraines dizziness

Hearing Loss

Heart palpitations

Hives (Urticaria)

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hysterical pregnancy

Impotency and Sexual Problems

Inability to concentrate

Infection Susceptibility

Insomnia

Irritability

Itching

Joint Pains

Laryngitis

"Like thinking in a fog"

Marked Personality Changes

Memory loss

Menstrual Problems or Changes

Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake)

Muscle spasms

Nausea or Vomiting

Numbness or Tingling of Extremities

Other Allergic-Like Reactions

Panic Attacks

Phobias

Poor memory

Rapid Heart Beat

Rashes

Seizures and Convulsions

Slurring of Speech

Swallowing Pain

Tachycardia

Tremors

Tinnitus

Vertigo

Vision Loss

Weight gain

*** In addition, aspartame can mimic symptoms or worsen the following diseases:

Fibromyalgia

Arthritis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Parkinson's Disease

Lupus

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

Diabetes and Diabetic Complications

Epilepsy

Alzheimer's Disease

Birth Defects

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Lymphoma

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Panic Disorder

Depression and other Psychological Disorders

and others.

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So what causes these problems? Scientist believe that when aspartame is ingested it breaks down into 3 potentially harmful products:

Phenylalanine

Aspartic Acid

Methanol

There is also concern over aspartame forming diketopiperazine in liquids when stored for a long time.

As mentioned above, there is a great deal of information out there, and much of it has been written by research chemists and Medical Doctors. Please feel free to do your own research, and comment if you would like to.