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Diet Coke - Aspartame; From Addiction to Recovery
The Diet Coke - Aspartame Addiction
Diet Coke and Aspartame can be a deadly combination. They are only good when the consumption becomes a path to recovery from addiction. Only an addict knows the impact of the drink. Every addiction is serious, if it takes over your life. Cheryl, a forty three year old. once vibrant woman. found a way, step by step, to break a twenty year addiction. First, you need to know the dangers of the addiction and then the uplifting details of her recovery. You will learn you can get your life back through support and a step by step process.
The sweetener was approved in 1981 through an elaborate scheme, involving a recent famous government official. He used devious ways to assure that certain personnel were added to the Food and Drug Administration to push the sweetener through the process. How could that happen? A tidy sum of money became the incentive for this public figure. Prior to this time, many attempts to approve Aspartame by FDA met with failure.
Research scientists have spent many hours studying Aspartame, among them H.D. Roberts. He alone has found an alleged link to many diseases, stating that it changes the metabolism of the drinkers and causes weight gain, instead of weight loss. Aspartame has caused the most complaints to the FDA. Hearings, held in Congress in 1984, resulted in lack of evidence to take action. Medicinenet.com has documented the studies by the company that show the safety of Aspartame, while the independent research showed 92% of their evidence was against it. Below please find the book by H.D. Roberts with the extensive Aspartame research.
Sadness Comes from Addiction
Book on Aspartame Research
Too Many Diet Cokes a Day Causes Problems
Aspartame is Everywhere
In the meantime, many people complain the sweetener is everywhere. One man stated that he cannot find chewing gum without it. A group of doctors produced a video about the sweetener, calling it "Pretty Poison". A website run by a physician, Janet Starr Hull MD., offers a detox program to those who want to get Aspartame out of their system successfully. Those who consume the drink in moderation may not have a problem. That means about two drinks a day. Many consumers find it impossible to limit soda to two drinks, and labels do not warn consumers about drinking in moderation. The sales of Diet Coke have declined, and the company soon will show ads about the safety of Aspartame for the last forty years. Maybe the ads will backfire for the company, as they call attention to the sweetener.
Regular Sugar Instead of Sweetener
Aspartame Can Be Addictive
Cheryl's Story About Addiction
Cheryl's story began in the 1980s when she was in college. On a diet, she began to consume Diet Coke in moderation. Later, when she began to work at a high stress job, she began to consume more and more sodas. As time went on, she began gaining weight, going from 120 pounds to 160 pounds very quickly, even though she ate healthy meals. She began to have migraine headaches and bladder problems. Others became aware of her problems. She drank about 8 to 10 (12) ounce drinks per day. She became nervous and irritable and tried to stop drinking the substance. Cheryl prayed for recovery from her addiction. Over the years, she tried many times, both going cold turkey and weaning herself from the substance,. Her success at her job compensated for her problems, but her reward was the substance. She couldn't wait until drink time.
During this time, she developed a kidney stone and had outpatient surgery for this problem. Too much caffeine in the body can cause kidney stones. In addition, too much caffeine can rob the bones of calcium. She continued to see the urologist for her other bladder and kidney problems.
Aspartame Approved Over Objections
Be Careful What You Drink
From Addiction to Recovery
Finally, at age 42, she became tired of the issue, and friends and relatives convinced her to try again. This time, she learned her work has a free job coach program.. She started the program, and spoke every two weeks to her job coach in New York City. Her job coach began a program to wean her off the offending drink and help her to recover. She began to drink tea, hoping to to find a drink that would meet her needs. She drank diet soda and gradually reduced the consumption. She had the usual withdrawal symptoms, such as migraine headaches and fast heartbeat. After several months, she reduced it further, as she found a green iced tea in her office building bagel shop. It took four months of reducing her consumption before she stopped drinking any Diet Coke. Several times, temptation took over, when she passed a particular deli from her past. She did not relent.This only worked with will power and her support system. .
She finally became free, and her self-esteem soared. Her medical problems slowly disappeared, although she believes her metabolism problem lingers. Cheryl joined a running group, in addition to a gym, where she works out. New friends came into her life and more opportunity for dates. A church group invited her to join, so her religious life was looking up. The monkey on her back climbed off, and everyone marveled at her success
Many soda addicts may be out there working to get that monkey off their backs. Cheryl herself had two addict friends. This addiction joins alcohol, drugs and others in the addictive group. To all the persons who have recovered from any addiction, may the light be always in their path; may they join hands and shout to the rooftops about their success. To the ones who still struggle, may they never give up. If they have at least one person who believes in them, they are fortunate. One thing for sure is that it never happens until the addict decides, "It is enough. I am the only person who can control what happens to me. I choose to live". Cheryl chose to give up Diet Coke and Aspartame and go from addiction to recovery. She chose to get her life back.
Audrey Selig has a BA in Psychology/Sociology and experience in the Medical Social Work field. Allegedly, the moderate use of Diet Coke and Aspartame does not normally harm health. The research shows that excessive use can cause problems as shown by the research articles and book in this hub.The above story is about a true situation obtained through an interview of the girl called Cheryl (not her real name) She volunteered to tell her story. Please consult your physician if you have questions or problems about your own health.
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Video on Diet Soda
- Can you get hooked on diet soda? - CNN.com
First thing every morning, Ellen Talles starts her day by draining a supersize Styrofoam cup filled with Diet Coke and crushed ice. The 61-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., drinks another Diet Coke in the car on the way to work and keeps a glass nearby