Michael J Fox; Aspartame Parkinson Controversy

The Controversial Role of Aspartame in Disease

Everyone knows Michael J Fox, the talented TV and movie actor along with the story of his Parkinson disease. However, without proof, some researchers say it may be linked to long term use of the sweetener Aspartame. He has been the spokesperson of a diet drink and longtime drinker of this soda pop. The controversy continues as this piece examines further the possible role of Aspartame in Parkinson disease..

Michael J. Fox of Parkinson Foundation

Michael J Fox, Parkinson Patient and Celebrity
Michael J Fox, Parkinson Patient and Celebrity | Source

Aspartame Is In Many Soda Pops

Child Drinking From Large Paper Cup. Soda Pop?
Child Drinking From Large Paper Cup. Soda Pop?

Aspartame Research

Certain research indicates that Aspartame may be linked to many diseases, among them the possibility of brain diseases.. Some experts have made the connection to Parkinson and documented the issue in a public journal, stating that Aspartame results in the loss of dopamine. Parkinson Website denies the claim about Aspartame. Medicinenet.com presents both sides of the issue, so the jury is out on that question. One of the problems with this sweetener is excess use, as some people become addicts to soda pop. Others say moderate use should not present a problem.

Aspartame, the Least Favorite Sweetener

Aspartame
Aspartame

Is Regular Sugar Better?

Regular Sugar with Coffee
Regular Sugar with Coffee

Information from Physicians

Physicians and others wrote books about the damage that Aspartame can cause and produced videos, with support from a famous researcher, H.D.Roberts. He .says that the sweetener changes metabolism, causing weight gain and other problems. His work is supported by documented cases. Even as currently as 2015, he talks about celebrities who were addicted to Aspartame. His research shows Aspartame to be a carcinogen.

Role of FDA in Aspartame Approval

The FDA approved the sweetener Aspartame in the 1980s following much controversy. In spite of all the concerns, it received approval due to political pressure from a prominent Federal employee. This employee allegedly received a large sum of money for orchestrating the approval of Aspartame. Since that time, citizens' groups have continued to put pressure on the FDA to recall the sweetener and congressional hearings took place, all to no avail. Insufficient evidence caused the inaction.


Environmental Factors?

Emission from Factory
Emission from Factory

Early Photo Michael Fox and Wife Tracy

Early photo Michael Fox and Wife
Early photo Michael Fox and Wife | Source

FDA Approved Aspartame Over Objections

FDA
FDA | Source

Possible Role of Environmental Factors

Another theory exists about the disease. Michael Fox appeared in a situation comedy "Leo and Me" in the 1970's, and three other employees from that show have Parkinson Disease. A theory exists that it may be from an environmental issue. Little information is available about the circumstances, and these patients continue to suffer. No cure exists for the disease and the actual cause remains a mystery, leaving it open to conjecture. Drugs exist for the treatment of the symptoms.

The Mystery of Aspartame and Parkinson

The role of Aspartame and other factors in this actor's disease will probably remain a mystery. The cause of the disease in the three other employees from the situation comedy is still a question. Hopefully, someday the Aspartame role in disease may have a definitive answer, and the FDA can take final action on this sweetener. Congress and activist groups will continue the fight, according to these supporters.

Conclusion

This remains the sad story of a talented young man struck down by a disease in his 30's. A cure for this disease would be a miracle for him and millions of others. His foundation might be the answer with its thousands of contributors. In the meantime, he maintains a competent staff, and some experts will continue to believe in the connection between Aspartame and Parkinson. At least. everyone involved has the interest of Michael J. Fox at heart, as progress takes place in the midst of controversy.

Disclaimer: No evidence exists that the disease of this actor was caused by Aspartame. This article is based on the writings of concerned experts in the field. Resources appear at conclusion of article

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innersmiff 4 years ago from UK

Honestly it's a good idea to stay away from aspartame. It's a sweetener made by radiating bacteria and using their feces. That doesn't sound too healthy to me. I stopped using it for a long time, but I had an aspartame soda the other day and it gave me a headache.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

I did this once, and it disappeared. Thanks for reading my hub and commenting on Aspartame. It is a bad product, I agree, off the record. Many people have given it up. What is the world coming to that we have to avoid so many products? I wish the FDA would get their act together and not bow to political or financial pressure. Then, the people who provide our food need good quality control.Let us hope for better times. Good luck with your writing, and take care.


Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

You see, this is why I love HubPages, we get such an education. I love MJFox and remember watching him right back in the early days of 'family ties' I think that was the name anyhow. Very interesting that his collegues working on the same set are ill too.

I have never heard of Aspartame, but I do know that sweetners arnt good for us, period. People take them to not put on the weight from sugar and yet they make you eat. Hence, fat people always drink 'diet' fizzy's.

When I was about fourteen (long time ago) my dad introduced me to Hermesetas. My mother was furious with him.... That was before we were more in the know, even back then she knew it wouldn't be good for a fourteen year old to start something only to carry on for the next fifty years. Thank you for this information. Voted well and truly UP.


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Alex Simring 4 years ago from Australia

I used to love watching Family Ties and reading your hub reminded me of just how unusual it was to see Parkinson's disease develop in someone so young.

It's a shame that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are so widely available. Yet again, in the mad quest to avoid obesity and sugar addiction, many people have made the swap to artificial sweeteners in a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire!


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Lesley Thanks for reading my hub and for your kind comments. I love your comment about how we get an education on HP, as I feel like being here nourishes my brain and helps it to stay sharp. I just love Michael J Fox and was watching a movie about a girl who had Parkinsons. The movie made me think of him and voila the article emerged. It is so great how our stories emerge. I looked up that sweetener word, as I had never heard of it. Now I learned a new word. I don't use sweeteners, and don't trust them. However, I understand the need for diabetics and others to use them. Another thing I learned was that Michael's wife is an outstanding actress. I did not realize it until I recently saw some movies and recognized the name. Until we meet again. I like your writing style. The voice seems similar to mine. Take care.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Alex - Thank you for reading my article and for your nice comments. Family Ties was a great comedy, and that is where he met his wife, I believe. it is too bad that he is not in the best health and that his disease is such a mystery. I was watching a movie about his disease and became interested in him and his story. I hope that someday the cause of the disease can be determined. I do know that sweeteners do not help , but they seem to be a necessary evil to help the diabetics and others. Too much sugar itself is not good either. I enjoyed reading your hub, and good luck with your writing. I also visited your website. Take care.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Interesting article. I am a big fan of Michael J and loved all the Back to the future films and his stint in Spin City. It is sad that he has been struck down by Parkinson's which is a debilitating and demoralising disease. He has been a great spokesperson for those afflicted and has done much for increased research into this area.

I agree over consumption of aspartame can be dangerous but perhaps so is the overuse of sugar!

The link with aspartame is at best very controversial and not backed by enough evidence as yet. considering the millions even billions of diet soda that has been consumed since the eighties -the number of cases of reported Parkinson's has not risen as much as it should, if there was a link but we need to continue to seek out robust evidence. The Onset of Parkinson is multifactorial- it has genetic origin, vascular origins and also repeated head trauma ( boxing)and links to certain viral infections. Research continues.

Thanks for sharing this thought provoking article. voted up!


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Docmo - Thank you for reading my article. You sound very knowledgeable in the medical field. Your comments added to my article with the extra information. I wonder if we will ever know what really caused Michael Fox's disease. The aspartame theory does interest me as do your comments about the disease. So many aspects of medicine remain a mystery. I do know that some boxers have Parkinson's as you mentioned. I also appreciate your answer to one of my recent questions about insecurity. Take care and happy writing. I like your profile.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I have always been a big fan of Michael J Fox, it is so sad that he has this dreadful disease.

I didn't know about Aspartame, I have never used it, your article is very interesting and I enjoyed reading, thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Lesley. Thanks for reading about Michael J Fox. His story is sad, but he is helping others. His wife is so pretty and such a good actress You wonder about soda pop and it's effect on the body. Your hubs are so Inspiring and full of color. Good luck with your writing and business. Audrey


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Excellent information. Well done brakel2


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks so much for reading my hub and commenting. MJ Fox is one of my favorite people. Wish his health was better from MS.

His wife is a good actress. Happy writing.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Sorry duffsmom. Correction. Parkinsons Disease


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Steel Engineer 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine

It is more nefarious than you mention here. Do some research on "Operation paper clip." Prepare to be blown away. If you don't believe what you find, also check out "the Georgia Guide Stones".


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Steel Engineer - Thanks for reading my hub and your comments. I read the two references as you suggested. It amazes me about the secret and political happenings that abound. Nothing surprises me any more. Michael J Fox is an engaging person, and he and his wife have become heroes/heroines in my book. He has a foundation to find a cure. I hope someday that aspartame will be taken off the market. There are much better sweeteners that exist today without the side effects..


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

The aspartame in products like NutraSweet and in prepackaged foods is something to give serious thought to before consuming. Based on the advice of our pediatrician when it first came out we avoid it like poison. I had not heard of the question of a link to it with Parkinson's. Thanks for highlighting the possibility here.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

My husband's sister died from Parkinson disease two weeks ago, she never drank diet anything. He's an actor no one really knows about and what he may have done in his life. Very likely it's in his family somewhere. Very interesting hub.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi RTalloni Thank you for reading my hub and commenting. I too am totally against aspartame, as I have seen what it has done to some people.I know it can become addictive. I wonder what actually caused Michael J Fox's Parkinson and hope they find a cure for it in the near future. Anyway, it is interesting the way experts try to find connections. The entire story is intriguing too me. Good luck with your writing, and I will look for your hubs.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Moonlake - I express my regrets over the death in your family from this disease. Thank you for taking the time to read my article.Michael Fox's story fascinates me. I became interested when I saw a movie about the disease, and thought of the very famous actor and his lovely wife. You are right about it being passed down through the family. The way some experts tried to connect it to the diet drink gave me a new interest in the story. I know that some of the ingredients in foods and drinks can cause side effects. There is probably no connection, but it is an interesting theory. Enjoy your writing. You have an interesting profile. Good luck.


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA

Right when my hubby started using a sweetener with aspartame, he developed eye problems of unknown origin (uveitis). I wonder if this can be connected as I made him stop taking it and his eyes got better.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Alexadry - Thank you for reading my hub and commenting. I know at least one person who developed medical problems after starting to drink diet coke with aspartame, and when she stopped they gradually went away. She drank an enormous amount. However, I have read and written about aspartame and the problems. My personal belief is the newer sugar substitutes are better. Diabetics have a problem, as they try to avoid sugar. I am glad your husband's problems went away after he stopped using aspartame. You made a wise decision. We must be so careful what we put in our bodies these days. The story about Michael Fox is intriguing. I hope you enjoyed it. Take care, and good luck with your writing.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I try to stay away from aspartame. I don't know how responsible it is for some of the ailments it's been loosly linked to. Very interesting.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA

I just bought vitamins, Centrum to be exact, and noticed that they contain Aspartame! I though I was purchasing something to make me feel better not worse! Hubby was using aspartame a few years back as a sweetener and then he suddenly started not seeing well. Doctors never found out what cause it, but I took him off of it and the symptoms disappeared.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Alexadry -I am so sorry about the Centrum. I looked it up, and it said it is in the chewable senior and in junior Centrum. I would suggest you ask the pharmacist if he knows why that sweetener would be in a multivitamin. It is frustrating that we have to read every ingredient before we put things in our bodies. I know that aspartame is still in many items even though better sweeteners exist on the market. Thank you for bringing this to our attention in this comment. Take care and hope you have good luck in the future.


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Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

I agree that aspartame should be withdrawn for other reasons (not least that it's been proven to cause weight gain, so it's completely pointless to put it in diet drinks!). However, the idea that aspartame causes Parkinson's is very controversial to say the least.

Personally I think this is the key: as you say, "Michael Fox appeared in a situation comedy "Leo and Me" in the 1970s, and three other employees from that show have Parkinson Disease". It's been thought for decades that some pesticides and insecticides can cause Parkinson's - long before the Aspartame link was suggested.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Marisa for reading my article. Michael Fox's story is heartbreaking. I found it interesting that some scientists investigated the story of Aspartame. One of my relatives is as Aspartame addict from diet coke. I also saw a movie on Parkinson's, and the entire scenario piqued my interest. I agree with you it is likely the trio from the series may have exposed themselves to an environmental hazard. That is the best explanation that makes sense. Hopefully, doctors or scientists may find a cure one day. Good luck with your writing.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

I worked on and researched this issue back in the early 1980s, before Aspartatme was approved. Sadly, the danger was clear then. And the manipulation of the FDA to get Aspartame approved was a model for a method used ever since to get many dangerous foods and drugs approved. I avoid all artificial sweeteners and other man-made chemicals in my foods. Excellent article with balanced research into the history, thanks. Voted up and interesting.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Sid - I appreciate your reading my article and the positive response. I saw a movie on Parkinsons and thought of Michael Fox. This led to the info about the disease and Aspartame. The story fascinated me, especially knowing beforehand the background of Aspartame and the political pressure to approve it. Your knowledge about Aspartame helps you with this issue, I know. It sounds like you also did some research. I wish the FDA would become more responsible and concerned about the public. Maybe we will see progress in our lifetime. I like your profile and will be reading some hubs. Thanks for the fan mail. I know you have written books, and I may look into this also. Take care.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thanks, BrakeL2. Let's keep following each other and see how we might help one another grow.

On Aspartame, I was working at a natural health magazine in Boston during the approval debates, and the primary opponent was a specialist in brain chemistry at MIT, so the research was easy. Since then, I've focused more on global, holistic issues (natural vs. artificial; the dangers of fooling the body, etc.)


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks for the further comment about your role in the Aspartame issue. It is always nice to know the background of of hubbers on the site. I enjoy reading your hubs, and shared one with the Hubpages Author Community.


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Kristen Walsh 3 years ago from US

Your article reinforces why I stay away from artificial sweeteners and additives. I'd rather have a smaller portion of a food made with 100% all natural ingredients than eat something with artificial ingredients. Most low calorie foods all have these terrible additives that I fear are doing more harm than good.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

I agree with Kristen that the foods that are labeled low fat, are the ones to be wary of. I am sadly a diet pop fanatic and have tried to quit so many times. This article is really pushing me to try again. I just wonder how many weird ailments I have, might go away if I quit, like your husband's did. Wow, this hub is really educating us all on so many issues.

I had not heard about the parkinson/aspartame relationship. I seem to remember that back when Michael J Fox was diagnosed with this disease that he was interviewed. I remember him saying he thought it might have been abusing alcohol, so hearing the aspartame thing was a huge surprise to me. Great information and research.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi - It is so good to hear from you. Hope you are doing well. I found your sister and read a great article she wrote. Thanks for reading my hub about Michael Fox. It is such a mystery about his Parkinson's Disease. It was enjoyable doing the research to find out why some experts believe it is connected to Aspartame in diet soda. I did hear that he at times drinks more due to the stress of his disease. I was interested in your low fat comments and how so many bad elements are in our food. You must read the ingredients before you put anything into your mouth these days. I will read more of your hubs, as they all look so interesting. Stay well. Thanks again for great comments.


Li 3 years ago

Hi moonlake! Just to add: aspartame is found in more food than diet sodas!!!! Did you know that almost all chewing gums contains aspartame or other artificial sweetener?! Your husband's sister may not had drink diet sodas but perhaps she did chew some gum or other food with artificial sugar?

Please people! Read ALL the labels!!!! Inform yourself about ALL the ingredients you are putting in your bodies! Food industry (like any industry inthis world) only cares about the MONEY!NOT YOUR HEALTH!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Important hub. I recall when NutraSweet first came out in the 1980s, I was drinking a diet cola with this "new" stuff in it. My father (a food scientist) became very angry and told me to stay away from that fake sugar. Long story short ... I didn't, couldn't really as NutraSweet now pervades our lives. Check out the ingredient list of yogurt and so many other products. You almost cannot avoid aspartame intake. I do wonder whether it contributed to my MS. I know what the published reports say, but I also know that there's a lot of money at stake, too.


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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Some recent studies have shown an increase in Parkinson in rural areas where crops are sprayed with pesticides. We use so many chemicals in our environment and our food supply that it's all really scary. I am glad that you wrote about this topic and about Michael J. Fox. He has donated a ton of money and time to Parkinson research and people all over the world are grateful to him for that.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Flourishanyway - Everything is about money. Thank you for reading my hub and for your valuable information. So many of our foods contain ingredients that can do harm to our bodies. I heard that the most complaints the FDA receives are about Aspartame. Why can no one do a thing? It is politics and money. The consumers do not mean much anymore. I am sorry you have MS and hope you are doing well. I wonder if Stevia is any better than Aspartame? I know we are better off eating food from the ground. Then we have pesticides. I guess we just do the best we can. Good luck to you. Thanks for stopping by.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Writer Fox - Thank you for stopping by to read my hub. What interesting information about Parkinson in rural areas from pesticide. It is scary about the chemicals in our environment and food supply. Someone recently wrote a hub about all the chemicals in ice cream she bought. I wonder if there is a country where we could move to get away from all these negative things. I think you are not from US. Maybe you could tell us about a better country in which to live. That sounds like an interesting topic. Anyway, I do enjoy your hubs and comments in the forum. Stop by again, and good luck with your writing.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Kristen - Thank you so much for reading my hub. I agree with you about staying away from sweeteners and additives. It seems like people are getting better about the foods they put in their bodies. Michael Fox may not have gotten sick from sweeteners, but some researchers do believe it is possible. Anyway, it is only a theory. We can all learn a lesson to take care of ourselves. I hope they find a cure for his disease. I hope you enjoyed my article, and do stop by again.


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Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

Hi,

I don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners, so don't have that to worry about. But I like Michael J. Fox, and think he's done a lot to bring attention to Parkinson's Disease and to raise money for research. He's such an amazing person, even now he seems to have so much energy! I should put a bio of him in one of my Astrology pieces, since I add new people to keep them interesting. Thanks for an interesting piece.


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quildon 3 years ago from Florida

I recently did some research into artificial sweeteners for an article for another site. It's hard to avoid aspartame and other artificial sweeteners as they are in so many packaged foods, even in mouthwash! The FDA has given the green light for use of these products despite research findings on the dangers of these products. It is up to us, the consumers, to be vigilant about what we put into our bodies. Voted up and useful.


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Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

It's true sometimes you don't realize that artificial sweeteners are in products until you take that first awful, chemical sip. Years ago it used to take the FDA too long to approve drugs, but when AIDS was in the early stages, a cure needed to be found fast, and I believe that's when the standards changed. It did allow people with AIDS better odds at living, but at the same time many bad drugs got on the market without adequate testing.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Jean I know what you mean. Everything has sweeteners. Aspartame is the worst. Even chewing gum has it. My daughter was addicted to Aspartame,and finally got off it after twenty years and many medical issues. Thank you for reading my article and commenting. I didn't know about the aids relationship to quicker drug approvals. Stop. by again. I learn from your comments


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Quidon. Thank you so much for reading my hub and commenting. The FDA is so political. We as consumers must be proactive I see so much info everywhere against Aspartame. I want to join a consumer group. Aspartame was approved through the devious influence of a govt official. You probably found this in your research. Thanks for stopping by. Sure appreciate your input.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Hi Audrey, I use Sweet Leaf Stevia as a sweetener for my tea. I have a diet soda every once in a while.

This is a very useful information and voted that way i.e. thumb-up UAI and shared

Blessings to you

Shyron


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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

Blue Agave syrup is available on regular supermarket shelves I think--or at least at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Apparently it's safe to use as a sweetener since it's natural. I never tried it though, I have a sweet tooth, but it's for chocolate! I don't add sugar to coffee or tea, and only drink plain seltzer with lemon or lime (yummy, and no calories)!


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Shyron That is a great idea to use Stevia as a sweetener. That way you don't have to use the bad stuff for general use. Thank you for reading my hub and for your nice comments. I know so many people who are trying to stop drinking so many diet drinks, and some are succeeding. It is ok to have one every once in a while. Poor Michael Fox. He is so young, and I hate to see him ill. I see him everywhere in guest spots, so he is active. I need to visit your hubs again. Thanks for the shares and for visiting. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Jean - Thanks for reading my hub and for telling me about blue agave syrup. We do have a Whole Foods here, so I will try to find it. My daughter is the one who was a diet coke addict, but now she drinks tea and water. I don't drink anything but water and tea and some health drinks. I need to come by your hubs again. Sure hope you and your son are doing ok. Have a great weekend and hope you enjoyed reading about Michael Fox. Blessings Audrey.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Couldn't find your We Met on the Corner. Is it somewhere else? This is very interesting. Such a shame Michael has to go through this but he is very brave and apparently strong. It must be even harder for someone such a hunk to be faced with a lifetime of this although I hope he would know it lessons no ones love for him.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Jackie - I never put that story on here, as I cannot find it and believe it is on a flash drive. I sent it to her just before she died. Anyway, thanks for coming by and reading this hub on my favorite person Michael Fox. It would be great if they would find a cure, but they do have treatment now. per another hub. Your writing inspires me. I will be by again. Blessings, Audrey


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

Michael J. Fox is one of my all-time favorite actors. I still admire his talent even while facing his debilitating disease. And, as far as aspartame, you are so right, the jury is still out on what role (if any) aspartame plays in Parkinson's Disease. So, with so much controversy over whether it does or does not cause Parkinson's disease, I just stay away from products with aspartame in it. It is found in a lot of packaged foods. Once, I purchased a can of peaches with "no sugar added." I thought I was doing a good thing by avoiding sugar. But then I read the back of the label and discovered aspartame had been added. I was so bummed out about that. Now, whenever I see something boasting that there is no sugar added, I immediately become skeptical. I truly enjoyed reading your hub which highlighted the main issues about the relationship between aspartame and Parkinson's Disease.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

This is interesting, Audrey. I had not read about the possible causes for Fox's, Parkinson's disease. Odd that 3 people from that TV show now suffer from the same, and it remains a mystery (?).

Aspartame has a lot of bad side effects for many people. I have a close friend who has Parkinson's, and she gets very ill if she drinks diet soda.

Another excellent article by you, thank you. - Blessings!


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Barbara Kay 22 months ago from USA

Both of my children (now adults) drink diet sodas. I'll have to share this with them.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

I cringe every time I see someone buying that stuff like in the grocery store today and I want to say something so bad, but of course you can't!


Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum 20 months ago

Here is the original article I wrote on Michael Fox and Parkinson's having to do with aspartame. Michael Fox did read my article:

http://www.dorway.com/mjfox.html See my web site, www.mpwhi.com


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brakel2 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Marlene - I have done the same thing and bought the no sugar added stuff, I hate to find Aspartame in the product. It is so sad Aspartame is still around. Splenda may be a little better and then Stevia and Truvia also. I have never tried the last two items. The general public is so burned out on Aspartame, and I hear lots of complaints. Thanks for your comments. I missed it so late in answering. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Colorfulone Glad you enjoyed my article about Parkinson's and Michael Fox. It is an interesting theory with lots of folks believing it. The environmental issue also is interesting. Such a sad story about him, and the gradual deterioration. I wish he would at least cut out Aspartame. He does drink mostly Pepsi, and some Pepsi has Splenda currently. Sorry about your friend. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Dr. Martini - I am glad Michael read your article, and I also read it in the past. Wonder how he feels about the issue. He is such a super person, and I wish he would get better. You know a lot about the disease and Aspartame, and must be so angry about it, like all the folks I know. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting, as you have great prestige in my book. Stop by again. Blessings, Audrey


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torrilynn 19 months ago

I remember when Michael J. Fox first came out and said that he had Parkinson's disease. I never knew that there could be a possible link such as aspartame that could have caused his Parkinson's disease. I guess you learn something new on hubpages. thanks for the useful and very informative hub. Best of wishes. Voted up.


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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Torrilyn Glad you stopped by to read my hub. Michael J Fox is sure a famous person with such a sad story. He may never know what really caused his disease. The funny thing is that he was a diet Pepsi drinker, and now Pepsi removed the Aspartame. I wish they would all remove it. Glad you found my hub info useful. Blessings, Audrey


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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

Hi, this was fascinating, and I did watch the video at the bottom too. my dad had parkinsons so I totally understand how michael feels, and the frustration that the drug still has a way to go. Not sure about the Aspartame as my dad never used that, but it's a possibility, great read, nell


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ladyguitarpicker 17 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi, I am so amazed after reading your article, I grew up in a all diabetic family so I have used artificial sweetener for years. I never knew that there may be a link, I wish they would find out for sure. I got this in 2012 so I find this interesting. Thanks for your informative hub. voted up Stella


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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Lady - It is only a theory about the Parkinson's Disease. That is why I presented all sides of the issue. Many people believe in the environmental theory. It is interesting, and I am glad you found my hub and read about the theories. I am sorry about your illnesses, and hope you are doing well. My husband is also a diabetic. It is difficult about the artificial sweetener for diabetics, but at least they are coming up with other sweetener choices. Thanks for the follow. Have a great day.. Blessings, Audrey


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Adventuretravels 17 months ago from London UK

I really, really try to keep my 15 year old son away from all fizzy drinks. He is so wonderful about it because ALL his friends continuously drink coke and fizzy stuff. These things have this sweetening chemical in them. It can't be a healthy thing. This is a very interesting hub. I should think everyone knows someone with Parkinson's these days.


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SusanDeppner 17 months ago from Arkansas USA

All I actually know about aspartame is that if I drink something sweetened with it, I get a debilitating headache. That's all I need to know to not use it and to encourage other people not to use it. It appears recently that the argument against the sweetener is gaining ground, so hopefully we'll have fewer people suffering ill effects, no matter what level, in the future.


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ladyguitarpicker 17 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

I wish they would come to a conclusion, and if is so bad take it off the market. Anything for a dollar. They knew for years tobacco was bad but the money was good. I used it for years too late but stopped now.


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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA

Aspartame seems to be an all-around bad chemical. I understand why doctors can't pin Parkinson's Disease on it, but I know one thing... if there is a question abut whether or not it is detrimental to my health, I'm going to refrain from consuming it until more definitive answers can be delivered. Your article about this chemical is very informative. I learned a lot from reading it. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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brakel2 16 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Adventure - That is great that you try to keep your teen away from fizzy drinks. I know they are taking soda pop out of a lot of schools. Too much sweetener and sugar are not the best things for people to ingest. It is so tempting to have sugar in our lives. Thanks for reading my hub, and have a great day. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 16 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Susan - Headaches from Aspartame make sense, as it is an artificial sweetener, and does seem to make folks sick. It is good to stay away from it. I know diabetics may use it, but now other sweeteners are available. Thanks for reading my hub and commenting. I appreciate you. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 16 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Nell - I answered you once, and it disappeared. Anyway. I am so glad you came by and told me about your father and about your interest in the video and the frustration about the disease. Yes, Michael must be very frustrated also. Hopefully, someday, they will find a cure. I enjoy your writing and thanks for comments. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 16 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Marlene - I am glad you enjoyed my article and that the disease and Aspartame are of interest to you. You are so right about staying away from what might be detrimental to your health. So many foods and other items are so questionable these days that we must be careful. I am glad you stopped by to read about it. Blessings, Audrey


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Hi Audrey, I agree, consumption of aspartame is dangerous and so is sugar, especially fructose. The devastating health effects of aspartame are backed by many reputable studies. I cannot say that aspartame is the sole or even the primary cause of Parkinson's, as it can be linked to genetics, injuries, viruses and diet. I am studying Alzheimers and in the study I am also investigating the common threads that seem to be present in both diseases. Thanks for sharing this thought provoking article. I have to vote it way up! Blessings, Bobby


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brakel2 16 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Bobby - Thanks for reading my hub about Aspartame and disease. I know you have a lot of expertise, so your studies will be helpful. Parkinson's may be more related to environmental, but Aspartame is also dangerous, as you say. I may be interested in contacting you by email. You and your wife sound helpful. Thanks for follow. Blessings, Audrey


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DzyMsLizzy 16 months ago from Oakley, CA

I think there are SO many health problems that never existed in the past, and I believe that all of them can be traced to the awful meddling with our food. Between poisonous insecticides and GMOs, nothing we eat today is natural. Gluten intolerance is another good example. Our wheat is not our grandmothers' wheat. It has been tampered with, and it is the artificial components that are causing the problems.

I applaud Mr. Fox; he is a brave young man, and a compassionate human being. Bravo for him in sharing his problem and creating a foundation to find a cure, for it's certain the governmental paid shills of Big Pharma are going to do nothing.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Hi Audrey, Please feel free to contact me at your convenience. I look forward to visiting with you. As, I said I am involved with Alzheimer's research in conjunction with several holistic practitioners. So if there is anything I can do to assist you I would be honored. Blessings, Bobby


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brakel2 16 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Dzy - I am pleased you read my hub and commented, as you are one of my favorite people and have a good sense of humor. It is very unfortunate about all our food today - GMO, bad wheat, and bad sweeteners. No one is on our side any more, it seems. I, too, love this beloved actor and his wife, and may they find a cure. Blessings, Audrey Have good day, and hope your husband is doing ok.


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DzyMsLizzy 16 months ago from Oakley, CA

Why, thank you, Audrey, for all the kind words! Hubby is stable for the time being, and that is what we hang onto. Bright blessings upon you.


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vocalcoach 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Why does the FDA still allow aspartame in products? This really upsets me along with GMO and additives. You have written an excellent hub here. Michael J Fox is so loved by so many. My heart breaks to think of him struggling with this terrible disease. He is courageous and caring.

I am sharing this fine article with others. Thanks, Audrey.


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moonlake 15 months ago from America

I can't believe all the comments you have had since I last commented on here 2 years ago. I drink diet coke and have since the doctor told me to drink it instead of regular coke, in 1983. When I go off of it I gain weight.

I don't think children should drink it at all and I have seen parents give it to their children.

Still an interesting hub. I would vote up, but it seems the votes are no longer there so I will share it.


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brakel2 15 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Audrey - I love to see you at my site, because I have great respect for you and your writing. The FDA needs revamping and the removal of political pressure and corporate influence from its midst. Will that ever happen? Citizens keep pressuring the FDA, and some have testified before Congress. We need to continue the fight. Money is what talks, unfortunately. We must never give up. Thanks for your wise and kind comments. Blessings, Audrey


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RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

The various experiences people have endured as a result of using artificial sweeteners is amazing and many, many doctors warn patients against it. Insomnia is a huge issue for a surprising number of people who use it in foods and drinks. Thanks for highlighting ongoing research.


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brakel2 15 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi RTalloni - Thanks for your comments about artificial sweeteners. I know diabetics must use them, but some better alternatives do exist currently. However, the dangerous ones are still everywhere, and maybe the day will come when things will improve. Pepsi is using better ones now, I believe. Thanks for kind comments and for your visit. It is a pleasure to see you at my site. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 15 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Moonlake - Many people drink diet drinks, but maybe some drinks have better sweeteners. You must be healthy, so that is a positive step. I agree that children should not eat numerous artificial sweeteners. They are too young to be introduced to to unnecessary additives. Thanks for stopping back to visit. Good luck. Blessings, Audrey


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vocalcoach 7 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Aspartame is bad stuff! It needs to be pulled off the market and all restaurants as well as convenient stores. I use stevia, an herb for diabetes. IAs far as I know it's safe. I enjoyed the experience of reading your poem.

HUGS,

Audrey

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