An article titled "Gum-based diet hype worrying doctors" discussed a short article in a medical journal about two German patients who mysteriously lost significant amounts of weight on sorbitol gum spurring a diet craze. Doctors are worried who work with people with eating disorders because they may chew large amounts of gum containing sorbitol to prompt bouts of diarrhea.
This article published Saturday in the British Medical German was written by gastroenterologists at Berlin's Charite Hospital about two patients who lost unintentional weight loss. One was a 21 year old, 114 lb. woman who complained of abdominal pain for 8 months, and lost more than 24 lbs She chewed more than a dozen sticks of gum a day with sorbitol. A 46 year old man who complained of flatulence and bloating lost 48 lbs in a year, a fifth of his body weight. He chewed 20 sticks a day.
Indeed, sugar alcohols like sorbitol are known to have laxative properties causing not only diarrhea but intestinal cramps and bloating. So people using sugar alcohols should only use a small amount because these are well known facts.
The most serious problem with gum is the use of aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/E951/Canderel/Benevia, etc.) because its not an additive but an excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with other drugs and vaccines. To make matters worse companies like Wrigleys are combining aspartame with other unsafe sweeteners. Gum companies mix aspartame with Splenda/Sucralose (a chlorocarbon poison - http://www.wnho.net/splenda_chlorocarbon.htm ) and acesulfame potassium which caused cancer and leukemia in original studies. You will find artificial and natural flavors which can contain MSG and/or aspartame or its components. That's where they hide what they don't want you to know. Senomyx, an MSG type flavor enhancer received a total of 30 million from Kraft, Campbell's, Nestle, and Coca Cola. It is being used in all foods and is suggested to be labeled as "artificial flavor or flavoring." (As you know, companies, under law, are not required to disclose what a flavor or flavoring contains.)
The laboratory who produced Senomyx products are apparently so powerful that the amounts needed in foods to accomplish the claims for the products will be so small that they do not need to be approved by any governmental agency. (Senomyx received approval for safety from the organization that they and other food companies belong to, the International Flavor and Extract Association.) More on http://www.truthinlabeling.org
So chewing gum can be hazardous to your health; its wise to read the label. Suit was filed against Wrigley's in 2004 even though settled or dismissed because they had been told and told and told that aspartame works like nitroglycerin under the tongue, goes through saliva straight to the brain. So what did they do? They arrogantly afterwards turned around and put aspartame in all but two of their gums with full knowledge of the harm it causes. Dr. H. J. Roberts wrote the published article on it in 2004: http://www.wnho.net/aspartame_absorption.htm He is the author of Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com There is an aspartame documentary on aspartame, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, http://www.soundandfury.tv Also aspartame has caused an epidemic of obesity because it makes you crave carbohydrates.
It was Abby Cormack from New Zealand who made world news on Wrigley aspartame gum after being poisoned and almost diagnosed as bipolar. Here is her story: http://www.mpwhi.com/abby_cormack_story.htm I asked aspartame experts to comment on her case and here is what they said: http://www.mpwhi.com/experts_on_aspartame_and_abby_cormack.htm I traveled to New Zealand sponsored by the Safe Food Campaign of New Zealand and Soil & Health. Abby and I lectured in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Over and over again others came forward with cases just as serious from using Wrigley's aspartame gum. With New Zealand TV publicity people would even stop you on the street with their story. One man said, "I saw Abby on TV, had exactly the same symptoms, got off Wrigley's aspartame gum and got well. She saved my life." Cameron Rutherford who suffered the same symptoms from Wrigley's not only wrote Parliament after seeing Abby on TV, but came to the house to thank her for saving his life. Chris Wheeler, Mission Possible New Zealand wrote this indepth article on the subject for the New Zealand magazine, Investigate: http://www.rense.com/general78/dying.htm Even companies in New Zealand today are making a difference: http://www.mpwhi.com/beginning_to_feel_like_victory.htm
Those who want to chew gum should be very concerned and must read the label. If you're going to chew gum its obvious if it has a sugar alcohol you can only use it in a small amount, not 12 sticks a day. Finding "just sugar" gum is hard. Another sugar alcohol being used in gum is Xylitol. It's a five-carbon sugar alcohol used as a sugar substitute. It is a naturally occurring sweetener found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, including various berries, cornhusks, oats, and mushrooms. Again with a sugar alcohol it must be used in small amounts to save you from these symptoms they are known to cause such as diarrhea, bloating and intestinal cramps.
There will soon be a solution to the gum problem. I called the "Just Like Sugar" company who makes a safe sweetener of just chicory (used for 70 years to improve the health of diabetics), orange peel, calcium and Vitamin C, and they said they will have one in the most popular flavors by the end of the year. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills on aspartame and MSG, http://www.russellblaylockmd.com asked for an analysis on Just Like Sugar and it came back showing only the components mentioned. He then wrote in the Blaylock Wellness Report, his newsletter, "Finally a safe sweetener". William Shatner's program "Heartbeat of America" that gives awards concerned with the improvement of health in this nation, gave this award to developer and CEO of Just Like Sugar, Mike Sylver recently. http://www.justlikesugarinc.com This product is sold in such places as Whole Foods and Raw Oats. So soon there will be safe gum. Until this time take the story in the British Medical Journal seriously and read labels if you chew gum as many contain ingredients hazardous to your health.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame