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How Diet Soda Damages Your Body

In our interview last week with pediatrician, Yohanna Vernon, MD, on the subject of family immune health, she strongly advised us to reduce sugar intake. She mentioned that a major but controllable source of sugar is soft drinks. People who have not yet learned the truth about artificial sweeteners might think that a switch to “diet” drinks could be the answer. The evidence against fake sweeteners is piling up and I was delighted when my chiropractor, Dr. Andrew Shepherd, gave me this well-researched article on the topic:

As you change your lifestyle habits and opt for healthier food and drink options, there may be gray areas confusing you as to whether or not diet products are safe– specifically diet soda. So can your favorite no-calorie diet drink help you lose weight? In short, the answer is no.

A Purdue researcher suggests that health officials should urge diet soda consumers to avoid the drink just as they do with regular soda. Warning labels should be expanded to include limiting the intake of all sweeteners, including the infamous no-calorie sweeteners1, said Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D., a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue.

The issue with diet soft drinks primarily concerns the use of artificial sweeteners that confuse the body’s natural ability to manage calories based on tasting sweets. People who consume artificial sweeteners are twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome, according to the Purdue report2.

But did you know that diet soda is also the culprit behind various other health issues such as depression, kidney damage, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung issues, and poor brain health?

Depression A study3 conducted by Honglei Chen, MD, Ph.D., with the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park stated that drinking more than four cans of soda a day is linked to a 30 percent higher risk of depression. The risk was significantly higher for people who drank diet soda.

Kidney Damage Researchers from Harvard Medical School who studied the effects of long-term diet soda consumption found a 30 percent greater reduction in kidney function. The study observed participants who regularly drank diet soda for over 20 years.

Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic SyndromeAccording to a 2009 study published in the journal Diabetes Care, drinking diet soda is linked to a 36 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes compared to non-diet soda drinkers.

Also, artificial sweeteners may interfere with the body’s gut-brain connection. This can inevitably lead to metabolic disorders.

Cardiovascular Disease Researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University studied more than 2,000 adults for ten years and found that those who drank diet soda daily were at a higher risk of a stroke or heart attack. They were also more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. The increased risk remained even when researchers adjusted for smoking, exercise, weight, sodium intake, high cholesterol, and other contributing factors.

Compromised Lungs COPD symptoms and asthma can develop as a result of drinking soda and diet soda. An Australian study found that 13.3 percent of participants with asthma and 15.6 percent of those with COPD drank more than two cups of soda a day.

A Less Protected Brain Aspartame, a common artificial sweetener found in diet sodas, has been found to eat away at the brain’s antioxidant defense system. Aspartame has also been associated with migraines and headaches, anxiety, short-term memory loss, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, hearing loss, weight gain, fatigue, brain tumors, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, birth defects, Alzheimer’s disease, lymphoma, diabetes, arthritis, chemical sensitivities, ADHD, and Parkinson’s.

  1. Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23850261/
  2. https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/Q3/prof-diet-drinks-are-not-the-sweet-solution-to-fight-obesity,-health-problems.html
  3. https://www.newswise.com/ee/blog/entry/diet-soda-linked-to-depression-coffee-tied-to-lower-risk/

The heavy burden of heavy metals

* As we discuss on the Healthy by Nature show, we are by nature healthy but only if we follow the two “prime directives”—1. give the body everything it needs for optimum function and 2.Don’t gum up the works with excesses it can’t handle. We spend most of our time on the show learning about what makes up those two categories. Today, clearly, we are going to discuss a biggie from rule #2. This information is taken directly from the Library’s newly updated page, Health Basics page about Toxins. (that page also covers fluoride, pesticides / weedkillers, plasticizers, tap water, radiation, smoking and more).

HEAVY METALS — If you are new to the idea of traces of toxins being a cause of major health problems, you might be surprised to find that we are continually accumulating these toxic metals.If you know that the human body is powered by electrical currents, you might wonder if these metals might create tiny short circuits. They do a lot more than that, including killing our gut bacteria and limiting immune competence while also promoting cancer. They contaminate cell membranes, mitochondria and other parts of cells and organs. They affect enzymes that are involved in metabolism, detoxification, and damage repair. Below are 2 of the top heavy metals:

LEAD –  Read an amazing article by Bill Sardi on Lead Toxicity as the 4th leading cause of death. Remember that fluoride in tap water increases the body’s burden of lead.

MERCURY – Other than radioactive materials, this metal may be the most toxic metal on the planet. There is so much loose in the environment that we must now even be cautious about what fish we eat. Other controllable exposures are in amalgam dental fillings and some vaccines which contain mercury as a preservative and activator. Shockingly, high fructose corn syrup is a mercury source. I recommend listening to our exciting interview with FDA whistle blower, Renee Joy Dufault, PhD about the many mercury sources in foods and medicines. LINK  Mercury-related Resources:

Heavy metal REMEDIES: Step 1 in the battle against heavy metal toxicity is to avoid the sources noted above so you don’t make matters worse. More steps: The far-infrared sauna and Aloe vera are helpful detox tools ad well as Reg’Activ Detox & Liver Health. I also take a supplement specifically to remove heavy metals, Folium Px. It is also an antioxidant, a help with radiation exposure and it offers immune support. The product is made from pine tree barks, grape-seed extracts and other natural ingredients. To learn more about heavy metals, cancer, heart disease and that product, read this article. The product is available for even less than on Amazon at this website and you get an extra 5% discount on your first order using the discount code HBN.Then, your second order will automatically earn a 10% discount, no code needed.(Folium Px is on the same site that offers the vitamin D / K2 spray that I recommend as well as the marvelous Brain Light Pro.)

ALUMINUM – Two more heavy metals are cadmium (e.g.cancer cause found in cigarette smoke) and arsenic (it interferes with immune critical zinc and is found in Roundup herbicide and in rice). While not technically a “heavy” metal, aluminum does not have a nutritional benefit and is damaging. This metal is a growing threat in part because there are so many sources: e.g. vaccines, antacids, other medications, antiperspirants (NOT deodorants), tap water, aluminum cookware and even the heating elements in water heaters and coffee pots. Aluminum is especially worrisome because it is a nerve toxin that crosses the blood brain barrier. Autopsies find excess aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. Aluminum is also hard on bone health. The heavy metal detoxifiers mentioned above help reduce aluminum.

*the graphic is from Portland Clinic of Holistic Health

Covid News and Views

I often feel compelled to offer alternative viewpoints on, for example, covid-19 since it seems that the mainstream media mainly just parrots what it hears from government institutions and organizations proven to be controlled by big pharma. Perhaps we can’t force a public debate that would air all viewpoints on the science, but at least listeners to my radio show and readers of this newsletter/blog may be individually protected by knowing that there are these questions…and possibly having useful answers that the average person does not.

Covid Quandaries

Can we believe the pandemic death rate statistics? The short answer is “No”. In most cases, people die “with corona virus” rather than “from coronavirus”. It is easier to understand why numbers might be artificially inflated when you know two powerful motivations for running up the total:

  • Most people who allegedly die from covid-19 do so in a hospital. If patients are tested and found to be positive for the coronavirus, that label follows them into all the statistics, including death. It is a big deal that hospitals are paid more for covid-19 patients than other ailments. Someone who is about to die of pneumonia, heart failure or Parkinson’s disease will be counted as having died of the virus. Isn’t this a classic case of “follow the money”?
  • The establishment (government, medical community, would be world controllers) is happy to have people people very frightened because they will more likely comply with the anticipated vaccine push as well as relinquish other freedoms. Motorcycle injuries, heart attacks, hip fracture complications and gunshot wounds are examples of deaths illogically mislabeled as “coronavirus”. These examples are from Palm Beach County, Florida and were reported by the CBS affiliate there. Video

How safe and effective will the vaccine be? The short answer is “no one knows.” First, we should remember that existing vaccines for other diseases are not 100% effective or safe.

    • For example, according to the CDC, effectiveness of the annual flu shot can be as low as 10% in 2004 to 19% in 2014 and a high of 60% in the  2010 season. The average for 15 years is about 40%. Rates are best in years when the virus type has not mutated into a bad match and flu shots are more protective of healthy adults aged 18 to 46. The vaccines are much less effective in the elderly for reasons mentioned below. And remember that there were financial incentives to skewing those statistics in a positive direction.
    • The fact that the US government pays out a lot of money from its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate citizens for vaccine injury is a clue to vaccine safety. There is more information and resources about on the vaccine page in our Library.
    • The covid-19 vaccine search has been on an unprecedented fast track (“Operation Warp Speed”) to approval. There are issues:
      1. As discussed in this ChildrensHealthDefense.org article, some of the prime contenders “use never-before-approved [emphasis added] messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, an experimental approach designed to turn the body’s cells into viral-protein-making factories.”
      2. That same article noted that: “mRNA vaccines undergoing Covid-19 clinical trials, including the Moderna vaccine, rely on a nanoparticle-based “carrier system” containing a synthetic chemical called polyethylene glycol (PEG). The use of PEG in drugs and vaccines is increasingly controversial due to the well-documented incidence of adverse PEG-related immune reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. Roughly seven in ten Americans may already be sensitized to PEG, which may result in reduced efficacy of the vaccine and an increase in adverse side effects.” Keep in mind that federal law protects drug makers from being sued for their mistakes.
      3. An article in the journal Chemistry World, describes some of the other potential side effects that will not be fully understood before release of the vaccines—for example: “One potential adverse event is antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), a type of immune reaction where vaccination makes subsequent exposure to the virus more dangerous.
      4. Folks over age 65 typically respond poorly to vaccines. That is for the same reason that they suffer more severe cases of the flu—i.e. their immune systems are not strong enough. We talk about that situation on the radio show, especially with Bill Sardi. He advises us to make sure that we have adequate levels of the minerals zinc and selenium plus the vitamins D and C. In fact, virtually all the diet and lifestyle subjects we cover on Healthy by Nature help to strengthen immune response one way or another. But, do not expect to hear about these inexpensive alternatives from the TV networks which are funded by roughly 4 billion dollars a year in drug company advertising.

The Care and Feeding of Your Brain, Part 4

For a healthy brain, just as is the case for the rest of the body, it is important to avoid damaging substances and activities and to do more of those that are beneficial.  Previously, in Part 1 we discussed the brain dangers of smoking, and anticholinergic drugs (e.g. those with “PM” in their names.) Part 2 covered more brain negatives—antibiotics, agricultural chemicals in the food supply, sugar / corn syrup and excitotoxins (such as MSG and in vaccines). Part 3 began to explain the positive factors such as the importance of gum health, restful sleep, and the exciting restorative Brain Light Pro. Now, Part 4 offers additional positive brain support:

Meditation / Mindfulness. Using MRI brain imaging technology, Harvard University found that people who practice mindfulness / meditation not only had improved brain function, but also visibly improved neural mass (gray matter) in the brain. Read their report. This seems to demonstrate the flip side of the negative effect of stress.

Brain workouts. British research showed that you might shave 10 years off brain aging and degeneration by routinely doing crossword and sudoku puzzles. (At our house, we like the NY Times crossword until the end of the week when they get tougher.) Crafting, reading, playing games, bird watching, learning a language or musical instrument and using a computer are also shown to protect against memory loss. (I’m still searching for a study proving that binge-watching The Big Bang Theory can boost brain health.)

Exercise. Research shows that aerobic physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus which is the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Consistent exercise helps the release of hormones that provide an excellent environment for the growth of brain cells. And, of course, exercise increases blood flow which means more oxygen and nutrients are being delivered to the brain. Strength training helps prevent obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes which are all hard on the brain.

Apparently, we need a balance of brain activity (e.g. puzzles) and brain calming (e.g. meditation). That is like what the body needs to support the brain, i.e. a balance of physical exercise and sleep.

In the next installment, we’ll take a crack at diet and dietary supplements for the brain.


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