Sunday, April 26, 2009

RFID TAGS REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICINE

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RFID TAGGING IN MEDICINE

Do you realize the effect bar codes have had on the modern world?   Every item sold and shipped today is equipped with one, usually in the form of printed vertical lines that can be scanned by an infra-red bar code reader that identifies the product's universal product code.   It has proved to be a powerful tracking tool for privacy and security uses.   It is hard to imagine how retailing or distribution functioned without them.  It has now invaded the medical information system and will be used in electronic medical records.

RFID, (standing for” radio frequency identification), are devices with small tags that are attached to products in stores, as anti-theft devices. They can also be implanted in pets or vehicles so that owners can locate them easily.

The typical current bar code contains a maximum of only 100 bytes of information, while an RFID tag can contain up to 80 times more.   A bar code is typically limited to the product code, but the RFID tags contain individual item numbers.

The chips do not need their own power since get all they need from the radio waves reaching them from the RFID reader.   Like super-powered bar codes, they are read at a distance and even through walls.   Supply-chain management is now being revolutionized as bar codes did 30 years ago.

RFID HISTORY

The first true RFID was a passive radio transponder with memory invented in 1973 by Cardillo.   That same year  Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory developed the RFID tags, which quickly gained attention because of their ability to track moving objects.

The use of RFID in tracking and access applications first appeared in Britain in 1939 , and still used today,  to identify aircraft as friendly or unfriendly ("identify friend or foe" (IFF).

HOW RFID WORKS

A very small size, electronic identification tag, responds to a reader with an identification code unique to the object to which the tag is attached.  It responds to a reader signal by storing energy received from the signal.  This  stored energy  generates another encoded signal with its identification information.  The reader generates RF energy which can reach many tags over a distance of several yards.

THE PURPOSE OF RFID

A RFID system allows data to be sent by a mobile device, called a tag, read by an RFID reader, and processed.  The data sent by the tag provides identification or location information, or specifics about the product or person tagged.

In a typical RFID system, an object is tagged with a transponder having a digital memory chip and a unique electronic product code.   The interrogator, an antenna p with a transceiver and decoder, sends a signal activating the RFID tag so it can read and write data to it.  When an RFID tag passes through the electromagnetic zone, it detects the reader's activation signal.  The reader decodes the data encoded in the tag's integrated circuit (silicon chip) and the data is passed to the host computer.   The application software on the host processes the data.

MEDICAL USES

In 2004, the FDA approves the VeriChip as a medical device.  The chips are a type of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag, containing a computer chip encoded with a unique identification number and a tiny antenna.  To read the tag, a scanner   emitting radio waves is waved over the chip. The antenna detects it, and generates a tiny electrical current into the chip and powers the tag to beam back a radio signal that reveals its ID number.

Implanted Patient identification systems can now link patients to electronic health care records, linking the medical records, and sending information about the patient’s vital signs to the doctor.  The chips rooted in the skin can be used to pull up a patient's personal and medical records from a secure database, proving useful when, for example, someone is unconscious or has numerous records at different clinics that must be pulled together in an emergency.

Patients with chronic illnesses or who have difficulty communicating, are candidates for this implant   This  VeriChip implant is not encrypted nor secure from medical information leaking out.  A cloned chip would give a criminal access to your health insurance and all your medical files.

The VeriChip is the only RFID approved by the FDA for human tagging.    It has a microchip and a small antenna embedded in glass, wrapped with Biobond to prevent it from moving inside the body.  It is only 12 mm long, twice the length of a grain of rice, and is inserted under the skin, with a 12-gauge needle.  It has a 16-digit ID number that is cross-referenced with a database, giving hospitals all the information they need in an emergency.

People with mental health problems but who are deemed suitable for integration within the community can be tagged and monitored.  

In the USA millions of babies and their mothers are already tagged and matched to avoid mismatching, as well as babies being stolen. This system currently uses external RFIDs rather than internal human tags.

Arrhythmias.    Thin tubes (catheters) are inserted, under X-ray guidance, into the blood vessels and directed toward the heart muscle.    Directing radiofrequency currents through the catheters to alter the structure of the heart’s atrium, destroying the heart muscle cells that cause the arrhythmia, performs Radiofrequency catheter ablation.  Often the patient can later stop their anti-arrhythmic drugs.

Unconscious patients are candidates for implantable chips, linking them to their medical record in a way that would allow them to be treated without anyone being there to tell the doctors what was wrong,"

Lost sponges, RFID tagged, can now be found in the operating room.

Medical Alert bracelets are redesigned to carry much more information than the old, medical ID tags that carried a few short, concise, pieces of information: patient name, condition (e.g. "epilepsy,”), and sometimes, an emergency contact.  The embedded digital ID tag is read, and links the patient to online medical history and automatically contacts the patient's emergency contact by placing a phone call to them.  It would let them know the patient is unwell, and that their records have been accessed.

NON-MEDICAL USES

Most of you are unaware that you are already using RFID tags: in security badges that allow access to buildings, or in keys that communicate with a car to allow only the driver in.

Microchips are turning up in some computer printers, car keys and tires, on shampoo bottles and department store clothing tags.

RFID tags are already routinely implanted in pets, so they can be identified if lost.

Currently RFID tagged library books can be detected, checked out, returned, sorted, integrated into bins and ready to put back on the shelves.

Payment cards (such as American Express' "Blue" and Exxon Mobil’s "Speed pass) are RFID tagged.

POPULATION CONTROL: The Chinese have spent  $6 billion to tag one billion of their citizens.  Each cardholder has encoded the health and reproductive history, employment, religion, and ethnicity, name and even phone number of their landlord.  It allows the Chinese government to control its growing population.

PASSPORTS: Many countries, including the U.S., recording the travel history, entries and exits, of the cardholder, are now RFID PASSPORTS.  The chips store the same information that is printed within the passport and include a digital picture of the owner. The passports incorporate a thin metal lining to make it more difficult for unauthorized readers to "skim" information when the passport is closed. Fingerprints are now being added to the personal information.

POLICE officers have a chip implanted that is matched to an RFID in their weapons so that the guns become jammed if anybody else tries to use them. Some people have already been tagged.   The Attorney General of Mexico and some of his staff had chips implanted to limit access to a secure room.

Millions of countless credit and ATM cards and employee access badges now contain RFID tags.

The chips are used at sea ports to track goods shipped from manufacturers to their destination, helping them keep precise track of where items are and avoid them being mislaid in warehouses.

New driver licenses are issued now in states bordering Canada and Mexico with the RFID tags.  They are read through your wallet as far as 30 feet away.  The tags have a tiny microchip with and unique ID number.  A reader device sends radio energy out to an antenna connected to your ID chip emitting the ID number.  This is then fed to a Homeland Security database, with your photo and other details.

FUTURE USES OF RFID

The following patents tell the future uses of RFIDs.

IBM in 2006 got a patent permit to track and profile people.  It is called Identification and Tracking of Persons:.   Networked RFID readers called person tracing units would virtually be everywhere you go, in mall, airports, elevators, trains, airplane, sports arenas, theaters and libraries to monitor you movements   Your personal ID would be obtained when you used your credit card.  Once a link between your unique RFID number and your personal identity is united with your credit card, it would be a proxy for you forever.  A Gen 2 inventory scanner also can now read the new drivers.

US PATENT #7253716 -  granted in 2007 for Trackable pills with electronic ID tags

A medical pill intended for human or animal consumption includes an RF ID tag in or on the pill. The tag will respond to a nearby reader, the tag itself being without a battery or other constant power supply, capturing power from the reader's transmitted signal and storing a portion of that power in a power supply. An antenna for the RF ID tag may be integral with the tag or it may be transferred to the pill using conductive materials in the pill's coating, filler or binding agents, embedded within the pill, or printed onto the pill.  If separate from the tag the antenna is electromagnetically coupled.

CONCLUSIONS

As you see, more invasive uses for these tags are in the works.  With the technology now refined, the chips might ultimately find a use to compulsorily tag and track patient, prisoners, immigrants, or visitors to our country.

No one seems quite sure who is in charge of regulating RFID usage.   With $20 billion dollars allocated to electronic medical records, I am sure RFID will be utilized to its extreme.  Is your privacy being invaded in the name of medical progress and homeland security? 

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Sources: Scientific American Sept. 2008---patent.com
March 3, 2005  The San Francisco Daily Journal,  Ozer, ACLU
Kerr, Access  Privacy Conference 2006--US Protection Agency 8.14.2008

 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ARE OPRAH WINFREY'S HORMONES FOR YOU?

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WHICH ESTROGEN IS FOR YOU?

The advantages and risks of hormone replacement therapy have been in controversial flux since I was a gynecology resident in 1959.  One decade it is wonderful, the next decade it is condemned. 

Most of you  fear conventional hormonal therapy.  Over 70% of you quit hormonal therapy that your GYN doctor recommended, and over 25% of you have lost confidence in him. 

 Hormonal therapy does give short-term relief from intractable symptoms, such as frequent and intense hot flashes, vaginal dryness that makes sex uncomfortable, and overwhelming fatigue and mood changes.

HRT is the most effective treatment for these discomforts.  Recently, Suzanne Somers, Michael Platt, and Oprah Winfrey, have touted the benefits of a new kind of hormone bioidentical.   The best seller “ the Sexy Years” pushes the secrets to fabulous sex, vitality and great health, when everyone discovers the hormone connection.

Bio-identical hormones are similar biologically to those produced by your ovaries.  They include: progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol.  The FDA regulates all of them. 

CUSTOM COMPOUNDED HORMONES ARE NOT NATURAL HORMONES

Pharmaceutical compounding is the combining, mixing, or altering of ingredients to create a customized medication.   These hormones come from plants derived hormones from soy products or wild yam, and are converted into different hormones through a German lab. 

They do not have the same structure as natural female hormones and can vary in dosage, absorption, and have no quality checks.   They have not undergone rigorous clinical testing for safety efficacy, purity, potency, and quality.  They are not approved by the FDA and are exempt from patient package inserts. 

SALIVA TESTING

There are claims that you can individualize hormonal therapy by salivary testing.  There is no relationship between the sex hormone concentrations in your saliva and in your blood.  The hormonal levels in saliva vary by your diet, the hormone tested and the time of day.

ESTRADIOL PRODUCTS

Bio-identical” products pose the same risks as those of standard hormones—plus whatever problems might be introduced by synthetic  compounding.  Hormone therapy  is now mainly prescribed for the short-term treatment of postmenopausal symptoms using low doses of an estrogen such as estradiol.

Estradiol is a very weak estrogen.   The progesterone  hormone compounded is too large to be absorbed well in the system.   Commercially available bioidentical estradiol comes in several forms, including pill, patch, cream, and various vaginal preparations.  Micronized progesterone comes in a capsule or as a vaginal gel.

The products are biochemically similar or identical to those produced by the ovaries or body.   However, the relevant chemicals (steroids) in plants are not identical to those in humans. To make products that work in humans, raw materials from the plants must be converted to human hormones.

RISKS

Be careful with some products containing estriol.  No product containing estriol is FDA-approved and its effect and safety are not known.  Bioidentical hormones are advertised as chemically identical to those made by the human body and are often described as “natural.

There is no credible evidence that these compounded hormones can prevent or treat such diseases as Alzheimer’s, stroke, and some cancers. 

The manufacturers of Premarin have lost 50% of the market in the last ten years.  They are under pressure to continual erosion in their products with the rise in their retail cost to over $100 for a 15 gm. tube of vaginal Premarin cream.  No wonder the public is seeking alternatives.

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Sources: OBG Management Jan 2009    /HARVARD’S WOMAN’S HEALTH WATCH AUG. 2006

 

THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC, SINGING, AND HUMMING

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HEALING POWER OF SOUND AND MUSIC

I Pods have taken over America.  Our nation is starving for emotional and spiritual healing.  Add singing and humming to your music and restore the disharmony caused by our rapid technological pace of living.

What happens to you emotionally and spiritually affect you physiologically.  Sounds are a form of energy, and can promote healing.  Music, song, and dance are all linked together, restoring harmony into your body and spirit.

The law of vibration affects your thoughts and feelings. All creation harmonizes  the universe in  a continuous state of vibration; with molecules vibrating, and plants and humans oscillating in rhythm, resonating with each other.   Your entire cosmos is an ocean of sonic waves of vibration.

Your heart, pulse, and lungs are constantly working in rhythm. The sounds you make resonate at a cellular level with your body. The most fundamental aspect of life itself. Is breathing. 

Around 560 B.C, Pythagoras a Greek philosopher and mathematician, created the musical scales; he is considered the grandfather of sound music.  Pythagoras was the first to use music for physical and emotional healing, stating that each atom makes a particular sound because of its movement, rhythm and vibration. Creation began with the spoken word and uses sound to communicate and express itself. Your imagination lets you constantly create and interpret all of nature.

ILLNESS AND HEALING

All illness is a form of disharmony at both molecular and genetic levels. Often you emotionally refuse to acknowledge your illness and find accepting healing to be difficult.  You feel out of synch and out of touch with someone when both of you are not on the same wavelength.  Physical illness is similar to a piano out of tune.  Any disharmony in one system is reflected in the other.

Your genes, proteins, and receptors govern at the cellular level, every biological action.   All your thoughts, feelings, hormonal changes, immune changes, and energy are coordinated biologically and constantly communicate with each other. 

By restoring the normal vibration frequency of the diseased part of the body, your body can return to its harmonious state. To make you a unified organism, your mind and body must be fine tuned to recognize the vibration sounds of all your cells and organs, resulting in a homeostatic balance of all your biological systems.

Vibrational sounds touch every part and every cell of your body.  Your pulse rate slows, and your breathing again becomes rhythmic. The harmony of your body’s cosmic symphony restores the imbalance in the cells and organs of your disease body.

THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC

Music is a powerful form of energy since the beginning of time. Every religion has more prayers sung than spoken, intensifying the connection with the divine power.  While doing other things you listen to music for pleasure and relaxation.  It is the universal language for all of us. You may not understand the language, but you sure hear and feel it.

 Sounds cause feelings in you.  It relaxes, inspires, and enlivens you.   Your awareness Music therapy has evolved showing that is raised to a place of emotion and feeling. 

When you know and feel you are intimately connected with the universe, music can heal you.  Listening to music you really love is relaxing, nurturing, uplifting, invigorating, and deeply healing.  Music that speaks to you ,sparks your imagination, making you feel stimulated and alive.

Your fast pace of living, has separated you from your natural state of being.  Ancient healers knew that music bridged the body, soul, and earth.  The life force of your body is your vibratory field of energy. 

 Melody, harmony, rhythm, and tone connect your whole being into a living body of sound.  Music, like food, is alive, and affects you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Music is a powerful healing tool that opens your spirit and heals without that intention.  When you open up, relax, let go, and pay attention, beautiful music will arouse a strong healing feeling in you.

SINGING

 You may not carry a tune nor have much rhythm, but when you listen to your heart, and feel your breathing in and out, you will   know you are in rhythm.  Open your mind and heart, sing your simple tune privately, and feel the music energize and heal you.

Singing came before speech.  You only need lungs and vocal cords to make sounds.  When you speak you also need a mouth and a tongue. Your throat is a physical bridge between your head and heart.  Just like deep breathing with yoga slows your heart and pulse, a simple melody with a repetitious beat can energize your entire nervous system.

CHANTING OF VOWELS 

Chanting synchronizes the brain into a state of relaxation.  Its vibrational sounds touch every cell in your body.  Chanting turns on your internal opiates that heal your body.  Low deep notes with low frequency sounds, used in religious rituals, can change your state of consciousness, making you calm and relaxed.

Mozart musical therapy is used to treat autism, learning disabilities, hearing handicaps, and neuralgic and psychiatric disorders.  The music of Mozart can warm up your brain, making your mind more alert and energized.

Sound and breath are one, promoting health and healing.  When you chant vowels, your harmonic sounds become charged with higher energy and more vibrations.  Monks, for centuries, have awakened their conscious fields and been energized by chanting.   Their simple melodious lines, with emphasis on long, slow breaths, serve as their energy food. 

Your ear never stops hearing.  It has an extra relay, not affected by anesthetics.  As early as 4 months, a fetal ear hears low frequency sounds.   The ear’s receiving antenna registers everything.   Autistic children are helped with musical sounds that awaken their intrauterine stage of development.

CONCLUSION

Try to discover your voice and sing, as you walk, drive your car, or take a shower.  Hear the sound of your own unique harmonious voice.   Write your own private and personal song.   Play with different sounds in various sequences till you find one that resonates with you.

One example would be: “At her blue home, mom is humming and holding her knee.”   All the primitive sounds are included in that sentence. 

Sing:  Hum the tune: Twinkle, twinkle, little star”, and see how it resonates the child in you.   Use your I Pod and hum the song’s melody.  Music, singing, and humming are all food for the body as well as the soul.

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Source: Gaynor, author; The Healing  Power of Sound


Thursday, April 16, 2009

WHY YOU ARE GETTING FAT!

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THE FACTS ON WHY YOU CONTINUE TO GAIN WEIGHT

Over half of America now uses a no calorie sweetener.  And it shows around the waist.Most of the foods you eat have artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohol, or sugar in them.  It may well be the reason you continue to gain weight?  These chemicals are more addictive than alcohol and nicotine and is the reason you can’t only eat one potato chip and put the rest away.

SUGAR

Why does all food taste so good now?  Sweet foods play a big role in your life.   Unfortunately, fake sugar, and even real sugar, will not satisfy your body needs nor make you thin and happy.   Sweet treats are the comfort food of your choice. After all, you call your dear ones: Honey, Sugar, and Sweetie.  As you eat these empty calories you are actually starving your cells.  Some calories have a long lasting affect on what you eat later on.

You eat over 140 pounds of caloric sweetener per year, (43 teaspoons a day).    Drinking more than one pop a day raises your risk of obesity by 80%.  No wonder you are gaining weight.

Sugar satisfies a craving for energy and gives your brain a serotonin mood boost.   Sugar is cheap, adds bulk and texture, gives you empty calories, and takes the place of real nutrients.

The sugar in the past came from complex natural sources as fruit, honey, molasses, barley and maple sugars that had other nutritional qualities.  Since sweet foods are seasonal, it was grown only in the summer, and exclusively in warm climates  Only after 1900, did we refine sugar from sugar cane. We got smart and refined pure sugar from its food source: thus it became a rare empty calorie, without protein, fat, nor fiber.  Sugar now comes in many forms, from simple carbohydrates, like white bread, to complex forms like dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, malto-dextrose, and corn syrup with high fructose. 

HOW SUGAR WORKS!

Sugar, sucrose, is a carbohydrate that directly burns into glucose, fueling your brain and muscle. The purer the source, the faster it bypasses digestion and enters your blood stream.  Refined sugar and carbohydrates is just as addictive as tobacco and alcohol.   It raises your blood sugar, causing more insulin to be released; this in turn, drops your blood sugar to very low levels, causing you be become hungry again.  This insulin spike also blocks leptin, a hormone that your fat cells secrete, that normally tells you to stop eating.   Fat people have lots of leptin, but the brain can’t respond to it.

Eating sugar shoots up your sugar, and triggers insulin hormone, to prepare your cells to absorb this sugar. It stimulates serotonin, a mood elevator, giving you pleasure. Special taste buds trigger enzymes, making you anticipate that extra boost.  Foods with high sugar and fat content promote a resistance to fullness.  These foods block the hormonal messages your body sends to the brain to stop you from eating and cause you to feel even hungrier.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

To date, the FDA approves five artificial sweeteners: aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame-k, neotame, and sucralose.  These are considered food additives by the agency and are not foods.

Artificial sweeteners are chemical body toxins that must be detoxified.  They don’t nourish your body in any way and have zero calories.    They are meant to confuse and momentarily distract your brain, priming the brain for an insulin surge.  You feel cheated when the surge doesn’t come.  Soon you seek carbohydrates to satisfy your craving.  To give you a needed jolt, caffeine is added to most diet pops.

ASPARTAME

Approve in 1981, it was found as a tabletop sweetener, and in gum and breakfast cereal.  Use was expanded to pops in 1983, and to all foods and drinks in 1996.  Today, aspartame is found in a staggering number of grocery products.  Many health bloggers are linking it to neurological diseases.

A researcher raised concern about brain cancer in 1995, and the European Ramazzini Foundation in 2005.  They were concerned it caused leukemia and lymphomas.  The FDA say there is no human proof to stop its use.

Equal and NutraSweet are the trade names for aspartame; in the body, it converts into methanol and two amino acids—aspartic and phenylalanine acids.  People with phenylketonuria find this very dangerous.  This methanol accumulates in your body as formaldehyde, and can alter your nervous and immune systems.  It has a blue package and is used with another artificial sweetener, Ace K, to make Coke Zero.  It is mixed with sugar and now also sold as Nutra Sweet Cane.  Under heat it falls apart and turns into formaldehyde and methyl alcohol.   Think of our troops, who get palates of this in 100 degree temperatures, drinking this when the aspartame has" fallen apart."  It is now being mixed with Stevia in many products.

Harvard researchers found people who consume diet drinks, gain a lot of weight. The more you drink, the fatter you get!   How can that be since it has no calories?  Your body is fooled into thinking that food that doesn’t taste good is delicious.   Empty sweetness makes your body expect food, and when it doesn’t come, you get hungrier.

A TEST TO PROVE MY POINT

Put some diet pop in a pan and heat it.  It will break down into formaldehyde and you might get a migraine.  The aspartame molecule is a precursor of formaldehyde and methyl alcohol.  An enzyme in your brain and eye tissues turns this alcohol into formaldehyde.  Methyl alcohol, also called wood alcohol, and methanol was the major cause of death and blindness in prohibition days. You don’t want to fool around with nature.  Studies show it can damage your short-term memory, cause breast cancer, genetic damages, birth defects, thyroid disease, and multiple sclerosis.

SPLENDA  (SUCRALOSE)

It is the trade name for Splenda, a synthetic compound found in 1976.   It is 600 times sweeter than sugar and has no calories.  In 1999 it was approve for all foods. Being made from sugar it is advertised to be natural, has a yellow package, and has captured 60% of the market.   Diet authors for the South Beach Diet and Atkins diet push Splenda.  Under heat, unlike aspartame, it does not fall apart and keeps it s flavor. 

 Indeed, It is made from regular sugar, but has chlorine atoms added.   British scientists, looking for a new pesticide, added three OH (hydroxyl ions, and replaced them with chlorine atoms.   Take a lot of this and your body will become a well-chlorinated swimming pool.    Once sucralose gets into your bowels, it can't be easily processed, and all these unrecognized chlorine molecules must be excreted.  Rodents were found to have shrunken thymus glands, and enlarged livers and kidneys.  Since there are no human studies on this, the FDA approved it.  We are the guinea pigs.

Side effects of Splenda include rashes, agitation, diarrhea, muscle aches, headaches, bowel cramping, asthma, breathing difficulties, and sinus, bladder, and kidney problems.  These same side effects are found from using aspartame.

SACCHARIN

Saccharin is 70 times sweeter than sugar, and also has no calories.  Brand names are Sweet and Low, Necta Sweet, and Sweet Twin.  It is used in tabletop sweeteners, baked goods, pops, jams, and gum.  This was discovered in 1879, and was the first chemical sweetener.  The FDA, who felt there was no need for safety research, grandfathered it in.  Remember when it was added to coke and sold as TAB?  It comes in a pink package and called Sweet N Low.

 In 1977, it was banned because of bladder cancers found in rats. Congress issued a moratorium on the ban until more safety studies were done, and a label warning was required.  In 2000, the warning label was removed. .  Today it is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS), and is in OTC medicines and some gums.    End of story.

STEVIA 

The new kid on the block is Stevia.  It was approved only as a dietary supplement, under the names Truvia and PureVia.  This December, the FDA approved it for all foods.  Since it comes form a plant leaf, it is pushed as  a natural sweetener.  It is mixed with bulking agents to get rid of its menthol and licorice taste.  It is being packaged in a green color.  It costs 5 times as much as SweetN Low which is the oldest and cheapest artificial sweetener.

Stevia is mixed with sugar and is selling as suncrystals.  Pepsi has introduced it in its orange juice as Trop50( half water and half orange juice, with a splash of stevia).  It is now in what is called Sprite Green.

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES: POLYALCOHOL

Diabetic foods have for many years have polyalcohol sugars added: sorbitol, xylitol, malitol, and mannitol.  They have half the calories of sugar and are not digested by the small bowel.  The FDA as a food supplement and not a food additive approves it.

These sugar alcohols are found in fruits and vegetables and made commercially from dextrose, and are found in many processed foods.  If the label reads ‘sugar free’ the chance are you have a sugar alcohol in the food.  Polyalcohol adds texture to foods; keep food moist, and keeps food from browning on the shelf.  Foods, containing polyalcohol, can’t be sweetened without adding dietary sugar.  Despite the sugar free label, the foods contain carbohydrates and give you calories,

ACESULFAME-K (potassium)

This sweetener is 200 times sweeter than sugar and has zero calories.  Brand names are Sunett and Sweet One.  It was approved in 1988 as a tabletop sweetener.  In 1998 it was approve also for pops, and in 2003 it was approved for all food, except meat and poultry.  It is present in cough drops, mints, pops, candies, frozen desserts, and baked goods.

NEOTAME

This sweetener is 13,000 times sweeter than sugar and has no calories.  It was approved in 2002 for everything except meat and poultry.  It is structurally similar to aspartame, and also has potential for release of phenylalanine, but the FDA deems no warning labels are necessary.

XYLITOL

Comes naturally in fruits and vegetables as lettuce, carrots, strawberries, corncobs, and mushrooms.  It is a sugar alcohol from birch trees, and is made today from dextrose.  It is in your chewing gum, candies, frozen dairy deserts, mouthwash, jellies, and even your toothpaste.   Dogs eating this product get liver disease and clotting problems.

MALITOL

Found in chicory and roasted malt.  It gives a creamy consistency to foods.  It is found in sugar free candies, as a candy coater, in gum, chocolate flavored deserts, baked goods, and ice cream.

SORBITOL

Is naturally found in fruits and berries.  Sorbitol is added to shredded coconut, diet drinks and foods, and chewing gum.  It also has a laxative effect.

MANNITOL

Mannitol is found in pineapples, olives, asparagus, sweet potatoes and carrots.  It is a bulking agent for powdered foods, and is found in nutrition bars and candy.  And chewing gum to keep the gum moist and non-sticky.  It is a carbohydrate and only 2 calories per gram of carbohydrate are absorbed (sugar has 4 calories per gram).   It has virtually the same glycemic index as table sugar (52 versus 60 for sugar).  It is an expensive sugar and causes gas, diarrhea, and cramping.  The only thing good is that your teeth will not get cavities, since bacteria can’t grow in the alcohol.

CONCLUSION

Our FDA has not adequately done a good enough job ensuring our long-term safety with the addition of artificial sweeteners and polyalcohols.  Being used in minute but powerful amounts, it requires no labels and no safety testing,  and these chemicals are marketed to you as nutrients.  Many now are being mixed with regular sugar to mask their bitter after tastes.  None have required any research safety studies to get approval.  Whatever you ingest must be somehow excreted from your body.  You hope your kidneys and livers can adapt and excrete these chemicals, which  are not nutrients nor natural food supplements.

There is no free lunch.  How do you know how much artificial sweetener and sugar alcohol  your body tolerate?  Could this be why you can’t lose weight, are nervous, and why you have an ever expanding waistline?  Is our new epidemic obesity problem related? You tell me!

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Sources:  CMN news, 11.13.2008

                  University Pittsburgh Nutrition Center, April, 2003

                  Medical Hypothesis, April 209, Aronne

Packaged Facts, 2007

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