This is written in response to the article entitled, "Research Into Soda Consumption And Obesity Is Conflicted, Review Claims," which may be found at: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Research-into-soda-consumption-and-obesity-is-conflicted-review-claims/?c=v1rstJo1ERxqLv8N9URHhw%3D%3D&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2Bdaily
Of course its conflicted. You have industry flawed studies which has been the name of the game for 30 years, trying to defend its product. Then you have independent scientific peer reviewed research honestly trying to find the truth showing that, "If you want to get fat NutraSweet is where its at". Aspartame Makes You Fatter: ://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_makes_you_fatter.htm Remember that aspartame changes brain chemistry, and as Dr. Richard Wurtman's affidavit says in the congressional record, it makes you crave carbohydrates. The congressional record is on a banner on http://www.mpwhi.com
Dr. Ralph Walton explains weight gain from aspartame this way:
Food seeking behavior and satiety are driven by an area of the brain known as the hypothalamus. Stimulation of the medial hypothalamus in a laboratory rat leads to eating. Stimulation of the lateral hypothalamus leads to satiety and cessation of eating. Placing a lesion in the lateral hypothalamus produces an obese rat. The lateral hypothalamus is drive by serotonin. There are many papers in the current literature demonstrating that antidepressants which increase serotonin (but not antidepressants which act on other neurotransmitters) are useful in treating binge eating disorders. I believe that consuming large amounts of aspartame decreases the availability of serotonin and is thus analogous to placing a lesion in the lateral hypothalamus. Although much of this work is recent, clinical suggestions that aspartame can lead to a paradoxical increased appetite data back to Blunder's work in 1986.
An evolving view in modern psychiatry is that although depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, impulse control disorders and eating disorders have historically been viewed as separate entities, in fact, they should be viewed as a continuum of disorders all involving some degree of dysregulation of serotonin. I believe that at this time there is overwhelming evidence that aspartame contributes to this dysregulation.
Food scented products may play role in obesity epidemic Study: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Food-scented-products-may-play-role-in-obesity-epidemic-Study/?c=v1rstJo1ERy1HtFoNY27PA%3D%3D&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2Bdaily
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