Someone recently asked
if Sorbitol in gum was a safe sweetener. Usually I simply say
it's a sugar alcohol known to cause bloating, diarrhea and gas.
However, the Internet is full of more indepth articles on the sweetener
and other problems such as this one: http://www.naturalnews.com/037813_sorbitol_cataracts_diabetics.html
If you google enough articles you will find deaths from
too much of Sorbitol. What really concerns me is its added to
gum with other sweeteners. On one Wrigley's page, now owned
by Mars, is this list: Acesulfame, Aspartame, Maltitol, Sucralose,
Sorbitol, and Xylitol. Here is the web site: http://www.wrigley.com/global/about-us/ingredients.aspx
So I went to Food Babe on their analysis of ingredients
"Wrigleys Doublemint Gum Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavors,
Artificial GMO Sugars, Carcinogenic Sugars, Toxic Preservatives (Note
This gum has sugar + corn syrup +Aspartame)
INGREDIENTS: SUGAR , GUM BASE , DEXTROSE , CORN SYRUP , NATURAL
AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS , LESS THAN 2% OF: GLYCEROL , ASPARTAME , GUM
ARABIC , SOY LECITHIN , ACESULFAME K , COLOR , (TITANIUM DIOXIDE , BLUE
1 LAKE , BETA-CAROTENE) , BHT
Trident Gum Ingredients Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavorings,
GMOs, Carcinogenic Sugars, Toxic Preservatives (Note: This gum has Xylitol
+ 3 other sugars including Aspartame)"
At this point consider aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen as proven
in three studies by Dr. Morando Soffritti. It's a chemical poison
and no one should use it ever, its cumulative. The formaldehyde converted
from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA.
Even lead scientist Dr. Adrian Gross and FDA toxicologist told
Congress aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because it caused
cancer and the FDA should not have been able to set an allowable daily
intake. No one will ever forget his last words, "And if the
FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?"
Also Harvard Hospital claimed to have the longest and strongest study
on aspartame and cancer but immediately apologized for publishing it
saying it was weak, just exactly the opposite of what it said the day
before. Shows you how quick industry gets to anyone making big
news against their deadly chemical poison.
Next consider sucralose or Splenda. It started out
as an insecticide. Dr. Soffritti also recently had his study peer
reviewed and released it on the Internet showing it too is a carcinogen:
On this URL it even has an article on how Splenda is
made. Acesulfame potassium caused cancer and leukemia in original
studies. All these sweeteners violated the Delaney Amendment because
they caused cancer.
Then there is Xylitol. The first thing people should know
is never, never, never give it to a dog: When Xylitol is
ingested by dogs it can cause a dangerous surge of insulin. At higher
doses, Xylitol is believed toxic to the canine liver. Just three grams
of Xylitol can kill a dog. It is genetically engineered: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016816561300182X
While a bit technical the point is: The microalga
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has been genetically engineered to
produce Xylitol. A xylose reductase gene from Neurospora crassa
was integrated into the chloroplast genome of C. reinhardtii.
Codon-optimization and promoter selection were shown to improve Xylitol
production. Does that sound appetizing to you? There is
a study at Duke I've not been able to locate but no thank you
I don't want anything with Xylitol.
Recently Ralph Walton, M.D., psychiatrist, who writes on aspartame because
it triggers psychiatric and behavioral problems, told me no matter how
gum is labeled, it all his aspartame in it.
I did discuss this problem with Mike Sylver now of "Just
Like Sugar" who makes a sweetener of organic food and no chemicals.
They have agreed to make a gum that is aspartame free. It should
be available in about 6 months. After the information from
Dr. Ralph Walton my only opinion is I wouldn't chew gum until
this safe gum is on the market. How serious is it? Having
been involved in several TV shows on one occasion we used an aspartame
victim who had never ever used this toxin until she was handed a piece
of sugarfree gum with aspartame. She immediately had a grand mal
seizure. Aspartame is a seizure triggering drug and interacts
with all anti-seizure medication. Here is the Aspartame Resource
It will give you more information.
Just Like Sugar's web site is www.justlikesugarinc.com
Be sure to read the Just Like Sugar story. While they
made the safe sweetener for us I have no financial association.
I requested this because as soon as people get off aspartame they want
to know what they can use. While many use Stevia and in one respect
its okay if its pure with no other ingredients, Dr. Russell Blaylock
(Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills - www.russellblaylockmd.com
said it can cause hypoglycemia. In Brazil they add aspartame to
stevia. The FDA once embargoed Stevia when we fought for
it because aspartame is so deadly. Then Coke and Pepsi decided
to use it and, of course, the FDA gave them permission without
hesitation. Arthur Evangelista, who use to work for the FDA and
left because of their corruption wrote about Coke's Truvia: http://qualityassurance.synthasite.com/truvia-sweetener---our-continuing-investigation.php
Who did Coke work with to make Truvia? Cargill who makes fluoride.
Fluoride is generated
by aluminum, steel, fertilizer factories, coal burning power plants
and in the production of glass and cement. Gaseous fluoride and other
process waste byproducts have previously been allowed to be expelled
through the factory smokestack New environmental regulation now require
"scrubbers" atop of smokestacks to remove these toxic chemicals
from escaping in the air. Truvia is Coke's version of stevia.
The main reason this article was written is because so many chew gum
and have no idea how serious it is to use aspartame gum, its one
of the most serious products. Dr. H. J. Roberts died a couple
of years ago but he devoted 30 years of his life to warning about aspartame.
He also as a diabetic specialist saw the victims in the trenches of
medical practice. He said that not only could aspartame precipitate
diabetes but it simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy,
destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and
interacts with insulin. The free methyl alcohol causes diabetics
to lose limbs. Because many believe aspartame has caused
the diabetic epidemic and aspartame is pushed on them particularly
by trade organizations that take money from the manufacturer and other
industry who use the product, is another reason I sought help from someone
who could make a safe sweetener that would not cause disability or death.
Just Like Sugar is made from organic chicory which has been used for
70 years to improve the health of diabetics and also has organic orange
If the excuse of manufacturers is they use these artificial sweeteners
to get away from sugar, then why add sugar too?
Before Dr. Roberts died he wrote an excellent article
on aspartame gum and anything absorbed from the mouth. Take the
matter very seriously.
Hazard Of Aspartame Absorption From Within The Mouth
By H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
Aspartame disease is being increasingly encountered in medical practice.
(1-4) Over two-thirds of the population currently consumes the chemical
aspartame, most commonly, as "diet" sodas and "sugar-free"
products. I have detailed the serious neurological, psychiatric, metabolic,
endocrine allergic and addictive aspects of this affliction. (1-5)
The widespread consumption of popular aspartame products that can be
absorbed from the mouth and oropharynx should be cause for concern.
They include gum, mouthwashes, chewable drugs and vitamins, and rectangular
"mouth-freshener" strips placed on the tongue. Sugar-free
mints are recommended for low-carbohydrate dieters who experience bad
The prompt and predicable recurrence of symptoms (e.g., headache, dizziness,
seizures, confusion, visual features, joint pain) on initial exposure
or rechallenge to aspartame in this manner has been impressive. These
issues are relevant.
Persons tend to chew aspartame gum up to five times longer than regular
gum. The prompt absorption of this neurotoxin from the mouth and oropharynx,
with direct transport to the brain by a unique pathway, has clinical
confirmation. (see below)
These products can create an intense craving for sweets due to increased
insulin secretion. The potential for addiction, related largely to the
methyl alcohol component of aspartame, is significant. Scores of patients
experienced severe withdrawal reactions after abrupt cessation.
The response of a previously well woman illustrates this issue. "I
suffered a grand mal seizure watching a movie immediately after applying
a Listerine Strip. My friend gave me the strip, and it's the last thing
I remember. Apparently, I stiffened up, my eyes rolled back in my head,
and I bit my tongue and drooled. I regained awareness 1/2 hour later
as I was being unloaded from the ambulance. A CAT scan, an MRI, blood
work and other tests were all inconclusive."
Persons at high risk for aspartame reactions ought to be warned against
using these products. They include pregnant women, children and patients
with seizures, migraine, diabetes, hypoglycemia and weight disorders.
Roberts HJ Reactions attributed to aspartame containing products: 551
cases. J appl Nutr l988; 40:86-94.
Robert HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is It Safe? Philadelphia, The Charles
Roberts HJ, Sweet'ner Dearest: Bittersweet Vignettes About Aspartame
(NutraSweet) West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, l992.
Robert HJ, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, www.amazon.com
Roberts HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction. Townsend Letter for Doctors
2000: 198 (January): 52-57.
H. J. Roberts, MD FACP
Palm Beach Institute For Medical Research
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416 USA
Dr. Roberts books and tapes can be gotten by going to http://www.amazon.com
You can see Dr. Roberts in the film on aspartame called Sweet
Misery: A Poisoned World! You can get a copy at www.sweetremedyradio.com
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible World Health Intl.
More information on aspartame on www.dorway.com,