The Six Paramitas

by Dr Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet

As we deepen our inquiry into the nature of our culture, and how we can best help liberate animals, our Earth, and ourselves from the harmful actions and attitudes causing conflict and destruction, we may begin to realize that the problem is not just other people. We ourselves are part of the problem also. How many people can we actually and substantively change for the better? Quite honestly that number is one.

Cow by visionary artist Madeleine TuttleThis is not to say that we can’t help move our world and other people in a positive direction, but rather to emphasize that this capacity is, paradoxically, a result essentially of our authentic efforts to move ourselves in a positive direction. Most of us, when encountering someone who would like to “improve” us will wisely act to block that effort. Thus, in the end, the most effective way to change others and the world is to endeavor to embody and exemplify in ourselves whatever changes we’d like to see in others.

Substantive positive personal change requires inner effort to question the obsolete and harmful attitudes living within us, to understand them, and to heal them through the effort to cultivate a higher and more inclusive and realistic awareness. We have all been wounded from infancy be being born into a herding culture based on the exploitation and abuse of the weak by the strong. In order to build a movement capable of transforming our culture, we are called to undertake the most challenging of all efforts: the effort to transform ourselves.

Grassroots vegan advocacy starts with us as individuals in our communities, endeavoring to become more aware and proficient in our understanding, and in our ability to communicate and cooperate with others. This is the indispensible foundation of the movement to liberate animals, and all of us, from the status quo culture of domination that steals and destroys the sovereignty of both animals and people.

Large non-profit organizations, unlike grassroots efforts, tend to be reductionist and authoritarian in nature. Ironically, herderism, the living core of our cultural mindset and root of our problems, is similarly reductionist and authoritarian, but in the extreme. (If we were born as cows or chickens, we would have no doubt of this.) Thus the large animal protection organizations exist ironically as products of the herding culture and tend to mirror and support its underlying mentality and way of functioning. These organizations compete with one another for funding, and operate under centralized hierarchical structures of authority. The living transformation of vegan awakening tends in their hands to be reduced to a commodity to be marketed by compliant leafletters and spokespeople whose job is to deliver a message that has been crafted by public relations “experts.” Such an approach is ironically an expression of the same mind-set that is creating the problem of animal exploitation in the first place. It tends to muffle the authentic creative voices of individuals who have unique talents and gifts to share.

Bobcats by visionary artist Madeleine TuttleThus, to continually invent and renew a movement for the liberation of animals, we are each called, as individuals, to embody as best we can the change we are working for, and diligently monitor and refresh our organizations to ensure they reflect this same spirit. While going vegan is a liberating, healing, and empowering step for us as individuals, and naturally helps heal and improve our interconnected society, it is not the last step. In many ways, it is the first step of a life where we awaken from being a mere culturally-programmed bio-robot, and step out of the prison of the imposed food narrative of disease and destruction and its many manifestations. Our journey beckons us to continue ever on, so that our inner world, like our outer behavior, ever more fully reflects our core values of respect, kindness, freedom, and harmony.

This is the real challenge we all face. It’s much easier and more tempting to blame others (such as political figures, financial elites, and so on) for our problems than it is to work with our internalized attitudes and wounds. And yet, it is only to the degree that we transform ourselves—so that our lives are radiant expressions of the message we would like others to hear—that we will experience our full potential to bring healing and positive change to our world. As the vegan movement becomes increasingly a movement of people who are authentically doing the inner work necessary to explore and purify our individual consciousness, our movement, through this, is becoming increasingly unstoppable.

Satyagraha, the “truth power” that Gandhi described, is ultimately triumphant, and the best way to spread truth is through embodying it so that we plant seeds of change naturally and effectively, with means that reflect the ends we envision. While we don’t try to change others, we can definitely do our best to plant seeds of positive change in others by making these changes congruent in ourselves, so our actions, words, values, thoughts, feelings, and gestures are all aligned within us and people sense this congruency.

How do we make these positive internal changes? With practice. Like with anything else, we become what we practice. The ancient wisdom traditions have many practices that have helped people heal and renew their minds and lives. These practices can be especially helpful for us in contributing to a vegan world of respect and kindness for all.

Horse by visionary artist Madeleine TuttleOne example is the Six Paramitas from the Buddhist tradition, also called the Six Perfections. Paramita in Sanskrit means “crossing over,” so these six Paramitas are qualities that we can cultivate every day to help us cross over to the other shore of greater awareness and freedom. One way to practice them is to focus on a different paramita each day of the week. What follows is the Six Paramitas practice for all seven days, with a short explanation for each one, which is best recited every morning to set the intention for the day.

Monday, The Day of Giving: Dana Paramita. Let us have all-pervading love, not only for people but for all sentient beings, and give of ourselves and our possessions freely and without regret, with a heart of lovingkindness. Let our giving be rooted in transcendent awareness, knowing the three elements involved are of one essence. Finally, let us remember that the teachings contain no greater wisdom than the wisdom of letting go. This is also called Dana. (Note: the three elements mentioned here are giver, gift, and receiver)

Tuesday, The Day of Ethics: Sila Paramita. Let us maintain standards of discipline, etiquette, and decorum so that our actions are honorable in every situation, and thinking of others always, let us be careful not to harm them in any way. Let us cultivate the natural integrity, diligence, and straightforwardness that fundamental aspects of clear seeing and real virtue.

Bee by visionary artist Madeleine TuttleWednesday, The Day of Patience: Kshanti Paramita. Let us treat all beings as the Buddha, seeing through the spell of appearance to the essential reality in which there is no fundamentally separate self. Let us remember that patience is humility, a basic acceptance of this present moment as the perfect unfoldment of life and love, and that it is also an accurate mirror of our present state of mind, and thus continuously bears great opportunities to grow in wisdom and compassion.

Thursday, the Day of Zealous Effort: Virya Paramita. Whatever is appropriate, let us perform it diligently and persistently push forward. Let us be aware of the Source of all energy and activity, and live in harmony with it.

Friday, the Day of Stillness and Stability of Mind: Dhyana Paramita. Let us function in tranquil one-pointedness of mind, free from agitation arising through the senses, and dualistic conceptions of this and that, self and other. Let us let go of tension and separateness, and realize the equanimity that is born of awakening to the truth underlying phenomena.

Saturday, the Day of Wisdom: Prajna Paramita. Let us act so that the mind is always pure and bright, and behave so that we are never uncertain about the rightness of our actions. By the brightness of inherent wisdom, let us dispel the delusion of separateness, and greed and hatred, which spring from ignorance about the real nature of sense objects.

Sunday, the Day of Service: Simultaneous Practice of all the Paramitas. Let us put all forms of wholesome action into practice, by rendering service to others and practicing generosity, loving speech, beneficial action, and cooperativeness. May lovingkindness and compassion emanate from our every thought, word, and deed, and bless all sentient beings, and may they all realize the original brightness of their minds and be instantly reborn in the Pure Land of clear seeing.

In conclusion, with this Six Paramitas practice, the idea is daily to recite and feel into the essential nature of the quality of mind and heart that is being evoked by this day’s Paramita, and to hold it in consciousness throughout the day as best we can. Gradually, and with persistent practice, all six Paramitas will begin to suffuse their healing presenceElephants by visionary artist Madeleine Tuttle into our awareness in all seven days. We begin to realize that vegan living, nonviolence, respect for animals and other humans, and spiritual liberation are all profoundly interconnected. As we endeavor to embody the universal principles indicated by the six Paramitas, we are working at the roots to help build a more kind and harmonious world for all.

Sun Gazing – A Scientific Explanation?

(Credit for my finally putting this information together has to go to Kurt McMahan of King Corduroy, bluesman of the old school variety, spreading good energy with his presence and his music. Shine on, travelin’ man.)

Sungazing is an ancient yogic practice that involves staring directly at the sun in order to receive nourishment, healing and spiritual enlightenment. Sun gazing was practiced by ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks, Mayans, in Tibetan Yoga and some traditions of Qigong, Tai Chi, and by some Native American tribes.

Commonly held beliefs and professional advice in the West cautions against looking directly at the sun. Indeed, most advise to stay out of the sun and to wear sunscreen, use sunglasses, and warns of skin cancer, sun damage and sun blindness. Some hold that the reasons for these problems is not sunlight per se, but an interaction between toxins released through the skin (the body’s largest eliminatory organ) of those who have a modern diet and sunlight. Skin damage can also be caused by a lack of EPA in the diet (EPA is a type of omega-3 fatty acid).

Paradoxically it’s known that exposure to sunlight aids the healing of melanoma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Research indicates it could be an aid in other cancers also. Vitamin D, which our bodies synthesise directly from the sun, is known to be an excellent healing agent.

What should be obvious so far is that the subject need careful study. The aim of this article is to provide a detailed overview and links to additional sources of information.

hrm07smallMuch of the information in favour of the practice of sungazing comes from the practice and studies of Hira Ratan Manek, HRM, as he prefers to be known. In fact the phenomena is referred to in professional circles as the ‘HRM phenomena’. HRM has lived on the sun’s energy since June 18th, 1995, during which time he is reported to have not eaten any solid food, with only occasional tea, coffee and buttermilk for “hospitality and social purposes.” He has also undergone three strict long-term fasts under the control and observation of various scientific and medical teams.

The first fast lasted 211 days in 1995-96, in Calicut, India, and was directed by Dr. C.K. Ramachandran, a medical expert on allopathic and ayurvedic medicine. This was followed by a second fast lasting 411 days in Ahmedabad, India, directed by an international team of 21 doctors and scientists, led by Dr. Sudhir Shah and and Dr. K. K. Shah, the acting President of Indian Medical Association at that time. The third observed fast was in the US, where he was observed by a team at Thomas Jefferson University and, funded by NASA, the University of Philadelphia for 130 days. The specific focus of this observation was his retina, pineal gland and brain, so this observation team was led by Dr. Andrew B. Newberg, a leading authority on the brain who also featured in the recent movie “What the Bleep Do We Know”, and by Dr. George C. Brenard, the leading authority on the pineal gland. Initial results found that the gray cells in HRM’s brain are regenerating. 700 photographs have been taken where the neurons were reported to be active and not dying. Furthermore, the pineal gland was expanding and not shrinking which is typically what happens after mid fifties and its maximum average size is about 6 x 6 mm, however for HRM, it has been measured to be at 8 x 11 mm.  Other medical evidence suggests he is more healthy than a normal person of his age. This year he is 78.

solar_logosmallHRM has set up the Solar Healing Center in Orlando, and others have been set up around the world, along with several books and documentaries produced. He has also toured internationally. He and others have proven that a person can live just on solar energy for very long periods without eating any food. According to The Solar Healing Centre ‘the method is used for curing all kinds of psychosomatic, mental and physical illnesses as well as increasing memory power and mental strength by using sunlight.  One can get rid of any kind of psychological problems, and develop confidence to face any problem in life and can overcome any kind of fear including that of death within 3 months after starting to practice this method.  As a result, one will be free from mental disturbances and fear, which will result in a perfect balance of mind.  If one continues to apply the proper sun gazing practice for 6 months, they will be free from physical illnesses.  Furthermore, after 9 months, one can eventually win a victory over hunger, which disappears by itself thereafter.

This is a straight-forward yet effective method based on solar energy, which enables one to harmonize and recharge the body with life energy and also invoke the unlimited powers of the mind very easily. Additionally, it allows one to easily liberate from threefold sufferings of humanity such as mental illnesses, physical illnesses and spiritual ignorance.  

pineal-gland-and-eyeSo what is Sun Gazing?

Sun gazing (also known as sun-eating) is a strict practice of gradually introducing sunlight into your eyes at the lowest ultraviolet-index times of day – sunrise and sunset. Those who teach the practice say there are several rules to the practice. First, it must be done within the hour after sunrise or before sunset to avoid damaging the eyes. It is important to only look at the sun when it is orange or red according to the ancients. Looking at the sun when it is yellow or white, or uncomfortable in any way is not recommended.

Second, you must be barefoot, in contact with the actual earth and, finally, you must begin with only 10 seconds the first day, increasing by 10 second intervals each day you practice.

The above is a very basic description. Detailed instructions and guidance for the practice can be found here, and should be studied before trying it.

So far, so far out. Fortunately, the scientific studies that have been done have precluded the baaing of the cognitively dissonant naysayers, but although they showed the practice to be effective and the phenomenon genuine, explanations of processes involved haven’t been forthcoming, the consensus being that ‘more research is needed’.

A Scientific Explanation?

Recent R&D by Dr. Arturo Solís of Aguascalientes, Mexico into novel forms of energy may provide the missing piece to the puzzle of how sun gazing works. Dr Solis currently holds the patents in six countries for “A
new photo electrochemical procedure to break the water molecule into hydrogen and oxygen using as the main substrate melanins, their precursors, analogues or derivatives.” The new procedure is alternative electricity generation using self-renewing photoelectrochemical cells which, using melanin, separate the hydrogen atom from water and then bring the atoms together again. Twelve years of research by Dr Solis and his team confirmed that melanin captures photonic energy and transforms it into chemical energy, hydrogen, which is then delivered to the cell.

As well as hybrid generator battery, Solis also set up The Center for The Study of Human Photosynthesis through which a dietary supplement has been produced that works to enhance human photosynthesis, which in turn address a wide range of health issues. The website states (in less than accurately translated English, slightly retranslated here):

Melanin (the human chlorophyll) absorbs strongly all wavelengths of the electro magnetic spectrum, that means visible and invisible, and this photonic energy is then turned into chemical energy by dissociation of water molecule. Medical modulation of human photosynthesis allows the improvement of diseases in a extraordinary manner. Basically because perhaps the majority of common illness begin with a reduction in the process of water dissociation, and when the hydrogen levels are low, then the cell goes into a malfunction. Because every organism is different, this can have different manifestations, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson disease, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, hepatic cirrhosis, renal failure and so on. When our patients begin to take QIAPI 1, two drops sublingually, every three hours, the therapeutic results are amazing even for ourselves.

Until recently, chlorophyll was accepted to be the only substance widely disseminated in nature that was capable of delivering hydrogen to a plant cell. Results obtained using melanin confirmed that not only plants carry out photosynthesis, but that mammals can also do so. Indeed, so can any living being that has melanin in its genetic code. Melanin is to the animal kingdom what chlorophyll is to the plant kingdom. Not only that, but according to research melanin is a 1000 times more effective than chlorophyll.

The connection between the above research and the practice of sun gazing is that the human eye contains melanin. Could it be that sunlight absorbed through the eyes at particular concentrations can be synthesized directly into bioenergy, hydrogen, that is taken up by the cells?

Again, from The Center for The Study of Human Photosynthesis:

The Center for the Study of Human Photosynthesis, was founded as a result of our discovery of the amazing ability of the human body to transform the visible and invisible light energy into chemical free energy through dissociation and re-formed from the water molecule, which forms a chemical cycle that first part is almost identical to the first reaction that occurs in the leaves of plants, where the chlorophyll in the presence of the ends of the visible light (purple and red) dissociates the molecule water generating hydrogen and oxygen diatomic…

We are a serious organization that since 1990 until now has been  systematically studying the three main causes of blindness/age-related macular disease, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma with the main aim to develop new therapeutic approaches.

On the basis of these studies, we found out that the human retina, as well as every cell of our body (eukaryotic cell), has the amazing capability of taking energy directly from water like vegetables do. This energy comprises 99% of the whole amount that our body needs everyday. The other 1% comes from food.

The abstract of the study by Geoffrey Goodman, Dani Bercovich “Melanin directly converts light for vertebrate metabolic use: heuristic thoughts on birds, Icarus and dark human skin” sheds more light on the hypothesis:

Pigments serve many visually obvious animal functions (e.g. hair, skin, eyes, feathers, scales). One is ‘melanin’, unusual in an absorption across the UV-visual spectrum which is controversial. Any polymer or macro-structure of melanin monomers is ‘melanin’. Its roles derive from complex structural and physical-chemical properties e.g. semiconductor, stable radical, conductor, free radical scavenger, charge-transfer. Clinicians and researchers are well acquainted with melanin in skin and ocular pathologies and now increasingly are with internal, melanized, pathology-associated sites not obviously subject to light radiation (e.g. brain, cochlea). At both types of sites some findings puzzle: positive and negative neuromelanin effects in Parkinsons; unexpected melanocyte action in the cochlea, in deafness; melanin reduces DNA damage, but can promote melanoma; in melanotic cells, mitochondrial number was 83% less, respiration down 30%, but development similar to normal amelanotic cells. A little known, avian anatomical conundrum may help resolve melanin paradoxes. One of many unique adaptations to flight, the pecten, strange intra-ocular organ with unresolved function(s), is much enlarged and heavily melanized in birds fighting gravity, hypoxia, thirst and hunger during long-distance, frequently sub-zero, non-stop migration. The pecten may help cope with energy and nutrient needs under extreme conditions, by a marginal but critical, melanin-initiated conversion of light to metabolic energy, coupled to local metabolite recycling. Similarly in Central Africa, reduction in body hair and melanin increase may also have lead to ‘photomelanometabolism’ which, though small scale/unit body area, in total may have enabled a sharply increased development of the energy-hungry cortex and enhanced human survival generally. Animal inability to utilize light energy directly has been traditionally assumed. Melanin and the pecten may have unexpected lessons also for human physiology and medicine.

That sunlight can be converted into energy directly instead of the indirect method of processing it from plants that have converted it using chlorophyll, or plant-eating animals, could explain why HRM and other sun gazers/sun eaters reduced need for plant and animal-based foods.

Other research also reflects the above and supports the advantages of sun gazing. According to Dr. Edward F. Group III of the Global Healing Center, a few perks of the practice include:

Enhanced production of melatonin and serotonin – When direct sunlight enters the eyes, it moves through the retinal hypothalamic tract and continues into the brain. The pineal gland is then stimulated to secrete both melatonin and serotonin, two hormones that regulate sleep/wake cycles and positive states of mind, respectively. Melatonin is also a potent antioxidant which slows the ill effects of aging.

Increased pineal gland size – Bombarded by fluoride, toxins and electromagnetic pollution, the pineal gland shrinks and calcifies as we age – compromising melatonin and serotonin production. Sungazing has been shown to enlarge the gland. (Brain scans showed HRM’s pineal gland tto behree times the size of an average person of his age).

More energy – Sun gazers report heightened vitality. Dr. Group believes this is due to the release of melatonin and serotonin.

Sungazing also curbs the appetite and aids in weight reduction. When we don’t receive enough sunlight, vitamin D levels drop which leads to weight gain. Cravings for carbohydrates and sugar also increase due to low serotonin, triggering false hunger signals.

As already said, this information does go against commonly held beliefs and perceptions, but it isn’t the only new information regarding sunlight that does. For example, five studies show that

1) Sunlight Has Pain-Killing (Analgesic) Properties

2) Sunlight Burns Fat

3) Sunlight via Solar Cycles May Directly Regulate Human Lifespan

4) Daytime Sunlight Exposure Improves Evening Alertness

5) Sunlight May Convert To Metabolic Energy

Research from 100+ countries also proves that sunlight prevents cancer and that you can prevent Alzheimer’s by sunning and not using sunscreens. In fact, there is researched evidence to show that sunlight exposure can reduce the risk of over 30 diseases, and that its primary metabolite in our skin, vitamin D, may reduce the risk of over 200, (see the Green Med Info links below).

May the sun light up your life in more ways than one.


Sources and Additional Data

Sun Gazing Data

The following list is taken from The Solar Healing Center’s Solar Links, an excellent resource of links to websites, support groups, articles and newsletters, videos, book and other related information:


Melanin Data (Spanish article, English translation from Page 9)

Information on Effective Alternative Treatments for Cancer

I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of hearing the phrase, ‘died from cancer’ or ‘lost the battle against cancer’. The incidence of cancer is so high now that there aren’t many people who don’t personally know, or know of, someone who has, or who has died from cancer.

Due to the way statistics are collected and processed, cancer incidence and mortality data lag three to four years behind the current year. Based on that data though The American Cancer Society, Inc Facts & Figures publications, which present the most current trends in cancer occurrence, estimated that in 2014 there would be 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US, within which an estimated 10,450 new cases were expected to occur among children. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. In the UK, the Macmillan Cancer Support organisation estimated that in the same year 42% of Britons would get cancer, that’s 4 out of 10 people. A statement by Macmillian chief executive Clare Devane in the UK media informed that in 2011 there were 2 million people in the UK that had cancer and that figure was expected to double over the next few years.

Official causative factors remain smoking and lifestyle (bad diet, lack of exercise) with no mention whatsoever of the massive list of known carcinogens, cancer-causing substances, that are allowed to be released into the environment and the human food supply, (such as those discussed in previous articles on this site).

Each year billions are raised by charities around the world and spent on cancer research, which goes to developing early detection methods and new treatments.

What most people don’t know is that there are non-toxic, holistic methods for treating cancer that have a proven record of success, several of them in clinical settings. Without fail, all these methods are suppressed and demonised and any health practitioners that use them hounded, prosecuted and/or struck off the medical register. Two classic examples of this are Rene Caisse and Dr Tullio Simoncini.

Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse who ran a clinic in Bracebridge, Ontario from 1934-1942. During that time she helped hundreds of people using a simple herbal mixture. The initial use of Essiac was so encouraging that a group of doctors assisted her in setting up a test lab and clinic, even going so far as to petition to the Department of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa, asking that she be given facilities to do independent research on the treatment. (For more information

Italian Dr Simoncini, an oncologist, successfully treated cancers and tumours using Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3), and for that was struck off the medical register (

Both of the above therapies are labeled, as are all non-pharmaceutical therapies, ‘pseudomedicine’ or quackery by the mainstream medical profession and the mainstream press, despite the mountain of evidence that shows them to be effective. The same agencies however, continue to promote mammograms, despite the fact that mammograms cause cancer, and other cancer-causing pharmaceutical treatments for cancer.

This post could go on and run into pages and pages of data on real causes of cancer and the dangers of conventional cancer treatments. I leave that for reader’s own research. The purpose of this post is to provide, in one package, a significant amount of data on effective non-toxic treatments for cancer. Included in the data are information sources to aid that research.

The following is from the Read Me First notice within the package:

This data has been collected over a period of years and used successfully by others and myself. Unless you’ve looked into this sort of thing already, what you’ll read will potentially challenge your views. The fact is, cancer is not a “terminal disease” and doctor doesn’t necessarily know best. The human body is an amazing thing and can do amazing things if given what it needs. In most cases what it needs is found in nature.

For a start I would suggest that you get informed about the cancer industry. You will discover that things are not as they, the industry generally, oncologists, consultants, etc, would have you believe. The articles in the Professional Advice and Info file will get you started. There are videos online (YouTube, for instance) that deal with proven cancer cures that have been suppressed by the cancer industry, The Rene Caisse Story is one such, and is about Essiac, a herbal treatment developed by Caisse and used to successfully treat numerous people until she was effectively shut down, which as you’ll see is the reaction to medical professionals who successfully treat cancer with natural non-pharmaceutical means.

Obviously there are well-meaning medical practitioners out there, but in situations such as these even they can be handicapped by the allopathic approach to the body that sees it as a collection of bits rather than a whole. Few have gained a perspective outside of the box of medical school training, and most have succumbed to the prevailing bias and dogma.

I’ve included information on substances that have a proven track record and are easy to obtain. Again, when you look into it, you’ll likely be amazed at how many fairly household items can be used against cancer. I say ‘used against cancer’, but I don’t want to give the impression that these alternative approaches are some kind of ‘just take this three times a day’, magic silver bullet kind of treatment. Although these treatments all have a proven record of effectiveness, most within clinical settings and/or resulting from rigorous scientific research, what is usually needed here is a complete reassessment of personal health management, medicine in general, and the medical industry. The information in this file is provided with that in mind, as well as with providing data on specific treatments.

Lots more information can be found online about the substances mentioned and other natural, non-toxic, holistic ways of regaining health. The links in the headers of many of these articles are good starting points for your own research.

I’ll say it again, cancer is not a terminal disease. It is serious, chronic even, but it’s not unbeatable. Information is your best tool, and fortunately there’s a load out there. Look into it for yourself. Don’t expect doctors to give you all the information you need, especially when it comes to the statistical dangers of their treatments (see the booklet Natural Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You To Know About).

The package, a PDF folder entitled Information on Alternative Treatments for Cancer, can be freely downloaded from Dropbox using the following link:

Please download and share, the file and/or the link, 
as widely as possible.

With well wishes.

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Artificial Sweeteners – A Sweet and Deadly Deception

This post sort of follows on from the two-part

Staring Down the Double Barrels of BPAs & HFCS

The second part of the article focused on the health effects of refined sugars, particularly fructose. On reading that post, a reaction of going ‘sugar-free’ would seem like a move in the right direction. Unfortunately, the opposite is true, and would be, in fact, stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

aspartameBut it’s not only people who turn to sugar-free or ‘diet’ products who are being harmed. Artificial sweeteners appear in many more foodstuffs than those classified as sugar-free.

This article focuses on the two most widely used, Aspatame and Sucralose.

As mentioned, artificial sweeteners appear in many more foodstuffs than those classified as sugar-free.

Aspartame can be found in over 6,000 foods including:

– instant breakfasts
– breath mints
– cereals
– sugar-free chewing gum
– cocoa mixes
– coffee beverages
– frozen desserts
– gelatin desserts
– juice beverages
– laxatives
– multivitamins (inc children’s multivitamins)
– milk drinks
– pharmaceuticals and supplements (including junior vitamins)
– shake mixes
– soft drinks
– tabletop sweeteners
– tea beverages
– instant teas and coffees
– topping mixes
– wine coolers
– yogurt

The above list from the Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Info Center is by no means complete, but gives an idea of the widespread application of this chemical. For a fuller list see here

Aspartame chemistry

Aspartame is combination of chemicals, namely aspartic acid (an amino acid with excitatory effects on brain cells), methanol and phenylalanine.

When broken down by the body the phenylalanine in aspartame dissociates from the ester bond. While these amino acids are natural, they were never designed to be ingested as isolated amino acids in massive quantities, which in and of itself will cause complications.

Additionally this will also increase dopamine levels in your brain. This can lead to symptoms of depression and addiction because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine balance. Aspartame greatly lowers serotonin levels, and decreased brain serotonin has been associated with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, suicide attempts, hostility and psychopathic states, as well as hallucinations and insomnia. It can also lead to migraine headaches and brain tumors through a similar mechanism.

The aspartic acid in aspartame is a well-documented excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are usually amino acids, such as glutamate and aspartate. These special amino acids cause particular brain cells to become excessively excited, to the point that they die. Aspartic acid alters the manner of brain formation in newborn infants, permanently resulting in hyperactivity and behavioral changes in children.

Excitotoxins can also cause a loss of brain synapses and connecting fibers leading to general lead to neurodegeneration. Reported physical effects after long exposure to excitatory amino acid include Parkinson’s disease, brain lesions, neuroendocrine disorders and hypoglycemia to mention a few.

According to Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at Arizona State University Dr. Woodrow C. Monte, every molecule of aspartame converts into a molecule of methanol when consumed. And in its dry form, aspartame is 11 percent methanol by weight.

“When humans consume low doses of methanol it is metabolized directly into formaldehyde which is a cancer producing agent of the same level of danger as asbestos and plutonium. Once methanol runs the gauntlet of first-pass metabolism, its detoxification is no longer exclusive to the liver. Methanol transports its potential to become formaldehyde past normal biological barriers in the brain and elsewhere that environmental formaldehyde itself cannot usually penetrate … [formaldehyde] can then be produced within the arteries and veins, heart, brain, lungs, breast, bone, and skin.”

This means that people who regularly consume “diet” foods and beverages laced with aspartame are taking in high amounts of a formaldehyde-producing, chemical poison that is drastically increasing their risk of developing chronic illnesses.

And if that wasn’t bad enough,

aspartame_excrement_gmoAspartame is manufactured from the excrement of genetically modified microorganisms.

I’m afraid so, and not just any bacteria either, genetically modified E Coli! I’ll say that again; Aspartame is manufactured from the excrement of genetically modified E Coli.

The following is a 1981 patent for aspartame production,

Process for producing aspartame (Bahl, Rose, White)

1.) ‘Cloned microorganisms’ (genetically modified E. coli) are cultivated in tanks whose environments are tailored to help them thrive.
2.) The well-fed
E. coli cultures defecate the proteins that contain the aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid segment needed to make aspartame.
3.) The proteins containing the Asp-Phe segments are ‘harvested’ (i.e. lab assistants collect the bacteria’s faeces).
4.) The faeces are then treated. This includes a process of methylation (adding an excess of the toxic alcohol, methanol, to the protected dipeptide).

It’s hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people’s health for the past 30 years.The truth is, it should never have been released onto the market, and allowing it to remain in the food chain is seriously hurting people — no matter how many times it’s rebranded with new names. Aspartame is one product that has possibly harmed more people around the world than any other, from babies in the womb to the elderly in nursing homes.

Toxicity Effects of Aspartame Use

Selection of adverse effects from short-term and/or long-term use:

  • seizures and convulsions

  • dizziness

  • tremors

  • migraines and severe headaches (trigger or tause from chronic intake)

  • memory loss (common toxicity effects)

  • slurring of speech

  • confusion

  • numbness or tingling of extremities

  • chronic fatigue

  • depression

  • insomnia

  • irritability

  • panic attacks (common aspartame toxicity reaction)

  • marked personality changes

  • phobias

  • rapid heart beat, tachycardia (another frequent reaction)

  • asthma

  • chest pains

  • hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • nausea or vomitting

  • diarrhea

  • abdominal pain

  • swallowing pain

  • itching

  • hives / urticaria

  • other allergic reactions

  • blood sugar control problems (e.g., hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia)

  • menstrual cramps and other menstraul problems or changes

  • impotency and sexual problems

  • food cravings

  • weight gain

  • hair loss / baldness or thinning of hair

  • burning urination & other urination problems

  • excessive thirst or excessive hunger

  • bloating, edema (fluid retention)

  • infection susceptibility

  • joint pain

  • brain cancer

  • death

Aspartame Disease Mimmicks Symptoms or Worsens the Following Diseases

  • fibromyalgia

  • arthritis

  • multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • parkinson’s disease

  • lupus

  • multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS)

  • diabetes and diabetic Complications

  • epilepsy

  • alzheimer’s disease

  • birth defects

  • chronic fatigue syndrome

  • lymphoma (including primary lymphoma of the brain)

  • lyme disease

  • attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD)

  • panic disorder

  • depression and other psychological disorders

Over 90 different symptoms, which many physicians refer to as “aspartame disease”, have been documented by the US FDA’s Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) as a result of Aspartame consumption, over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives, with Inflammatory Bowel Disease being recently added to the list. It is banned by health-conscious countries all over the world, especially where there is a national healthcare system in place.


According to a study done in the United States in 2008 on a sample of 18,000 people consuming one or more artificially sweetened, “diet” drinks per day increased their risk of acquiring metabolic disorders by 30 to 40 percent.

A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in San Diego found that adult women who drink at least two diet sodas a day experience a 30 percent drop in kidney function over the course of a decade. Findings indicate that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose are the culprits in the rapid degeneration of glomerular filtration rates in the kidneys of those consuming excessive amounts of artificially-sweetened diet sodas.

Researchers from the University of Texas Health Center San Antonio reported in a study that, as a group, 70 percent of those who drank diet soft drinks gained weight as opposed to those who did not. Moreover, those who drank 2 or more diet sodas regularly experienced an increase in their waist circumference by 500 percent more than those who did not drink them.

Yet another experiment indicated aspartame is a multipotential carcinogenic agent, even at a daily dose of 20 mg/kg b.w. (milligrams per kilograms per body weight), much less than the current ADI (Average Daily Intake) for humans in Europe (40 mg/kg b.w.) and in the United States (50 mg/kg b.w.).

According to Dr. Betty Martini, aspartame is an “addictive, exitoneurotic, carcinogenic, genetically engineered drug and adjuvant that damages the mitochondria.”

Dr. Janet Hall, another famous advocate against aspartame, states that all artificial sweeteners create an artificial need for more sweetness. She goes on to add that forced sweetness, being a class of altered food, is a trap that cause people to become addicted to sweeter tasting food with no nutritional value.

This article (linked to for brevity) describes in clear detail the effect that deceiving the body with artificial sweeteners has on the body’s self-regulating mechanisms, which can lead to food cravings and overeating.

With all the above, which is at best a brief overview, why, one might ask, do regulatory bodies allow it into the foods supply of their countries?

The European Food Safety Authority concludes that the artificial sweetener is safe for human consumption at current acceptable daily intake levels. The Acceptable Daily Intake, or ADI, is an estimate of the amount of an additive that could be routinely consumed every day over a lifetime with no appreciable health risk. In the case of aspartame, the ADI is set at 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. This is equivalent to 2800 milligrams for an average British adult. For an average 3-year-old child the amount is of the order of 600 milligrams.

Following their review of the evidence in animal and human studies, the EFSA’s ANS Panel concluded that the current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 40 mg/kg of body weight per day is “protective for the general population,” with the exception of people suffering from PKU, who have to avoid phenylalanine.

Regarding evidence that aspartame causes cancer by damaging genes – for instance the study published in 2005 that found that aspartame causes cancer in rats at levels approved for humans – the panel ruled out this risk. It also concluded that the food additive does not harm the brain or nervous system, or affect behaviour or mental function in adults and children.

With the mountain of peer reviewed research that proves beyond doubt the harmful nature of aspartame, why the EFSA would approve it is open to speculation. A closer look at another regulatory body, the US Food & Drug Agency, might provide some idea.

The bottom line is that the FDA totally ignores the toxicity, carcinogenicity and neurodegenerative disabilities caused by aspartame, primarily because it has been co-opted by the very corporations it was set up to regulate.

The history of Aspartame.

How Aspartame was approved is a lesson in how chemical and pharmaceutical companies can manipulate government agencies such as the FDA, “bribe” organizations such as the American Dietetic Association, and flood the scientific community with flawed and fraudulent industry-sponsored studies funded by the makers of Aspartame.

Original approval of aspartame by the FDA involved questionable studies that were later investigated by the drug enforcement division of the Bureau of Foods. Prior to the approval of aspartame, the FDA sent two specialised teams to G.D. Searle and found a 95% level of misdirected testing; concealed tests, collusion between corporate and their company-funded research; inappropriate antemortum issues; withholding of material facts; alterations of records: lying to investigators, lost records, no records; falsification of reports, bribery, poor test methodology or design…et al. The FDA ignored both these reports and the slew of adverse event data that surfaced following aspartame’s approval.

In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame’s clouded past, including the report of a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it “might induce brain tumors.” The FDA had previously banned aspartame based on this finding.

191px-Donald_Rumsfeld_DefenselinkIn January 1981 then-Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld told a sales meeting, according to one attendee, that he would call in his chips and get aspartame approved by the end of the year.

Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan’s transition team. This team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr. to be the new FDA commissioner. Dr. Hayes, a pharmacologist, had no previous experience with food additives before being appointed director of the FDA.

On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Reagan issued an executive order eliminating the FDA commissioners’ authority to take action and Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener. Hayes, Reagan’s new FDA commissioner, appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry’s decision. It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 decision. So Hayes installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame’s favour.

One of Hayes’ first official acts as FDA chief was to approve the use of aspartame as an artificial sweetener in dry goods on July 18, 1981. In order to accomplish this feat, Hayes had to overlook the scuttled grand jury investigation of Searle, overcome the Bressler Report, ignore the PBOI’s recommendations and pretend aspartame did not chronically sicken and kill thousands of lab animals. Hayes left his post at the FDA in November, 1983, amid accusations that he was accepting corporate gifts for political favours. Just before leaving office in scandal, Hayes approved the use of aspartame in beverages. After Hayes left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, he served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position as a high-paid senior medical advisor with Burson-Marsteller, the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken publicly about aspartame.

When Searle was absorbed by Monsanto in 1985, Donald Rumsfeld reportedly received a $12 million bonus. Also, while at Searle, Rumsfeld was awarded Outstanding CEO in the Pharmaceutical Industry from the Wall Street Transcript (1980) and Financial World (1981).Former White House Chief of Staff Rumsfeld owed a debt of gratitude to former White House confidante and friend Donald Kendal, Pepsi’s chairman. The Pepsi announcement and aggressive marketing (millions of gumballs, a red and white swirl, tough contracts) made NutraSweet known in every home.

It is important to realise that this type of revolving-door activity has been going on for decades. The Townsend Letter for Doctors (11/92) reported on a study revealing that 37 of 49 top FDA officials who left the FDA took positions with companies they had regulated. They also reported that over 150 FDA officials owned stock in drug companies they were assigned to manage.

In addition to the FDA Commissioner and two US Attorneys leaving to take positions with companies connected with G.D. Searle, four other FDA officials connected with the approval of Aspartame took positions connected with the NutraSweet industry between 1979 and 1982 including the Deputy FDA Commissioner, the Special Assistant to the FDA Commissioner, the Associate Director of the Bureau of Foods and Toxicology and the Attorney involved with the Public Board of Inquiry.

Many organisations and universities receive large sums of money from companies connected to the NutraSweet Association, a group of companies promoting the use of Aspartame . In January 1993, the American Dietetic Association received a US$75,000 grant from the NutraSweet Company. The American Dietetic Association has stated that the NutraSweet Company writes their “Facts” sheets.

Many other “independent” organisations and researchers receive large sums of money from the manufacturers of Aspartame . The American Diabetes Association has received a large amount of money from Nutrasweet, including money to run a cooking school in Chicago (presumably to teach diabetics how to use Nutrasweet in their cooking).

There’s a mountain of data available, some of it linked to below, but I’m sure you get the gist.

Perhaps Dr Betty Martin’s comment sums it up most succinctly, “Aspartame is a Pandora’s box of chameleon-like toxins and tumor agents that have 92 FDA acknowledged ways to ruin your life, death being one of them.”

Moving on then…


If you were told to ingest a biologically alien synthetic chemical whose presence on this planet did not predate 1976, and whose structure is only a few atoms away from the deadly pesticide DDT, and you knew that not only were there no long term human safety studies performed on it, but that it had been already proven in tests to have following adverse health effects:

  • · Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage)

  • · Enlarged liver and kidneys.

  • · Abnormal histopathological changes in spleen and thymus

  • · Increased cecal weight

  • · Reduced growth rate

  • · DNA Damage

  • · Adverse changes to gastrointestinal bacteria

  • · Abnormal Pelvic Mineralisation

  • · Decreased red blood cell count

  • · Hyperplasia of the pelvis

  • · Aborted pregnancy (Maternal & Fetal Toxicity)

  • · Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights

  • · Bowel inflammation/Crohn’s Disease

  • · Migraine

  • · Increase glycosylation of hemoglobin (HbA1c) for diabetics

…would you still consume it? Of course not! And yet, millions of Americans (including children!) are doing exactly that by consuming Splenda. (Links to abstracts for studies that have shown some of the above can be found here)

splendaDespite the intended insinuation, sucralose is not a form of sucrose (cane sugar). Sucralose/Splenda is produced through artificially substituting three hydroxyl groups (hydrogen + oxygen) with three chlorine atoms in the sugar (sucrose) molecule. Natural sugar is a hydrocarbon built around 12 carbon atoms. When transformed into Splenda it becomes a chlorocarbon, in the same family as deadly pesticides like DDT, insecticides, biocides, disinfectants like Chlorox Bleach, and WWI poison gas like dichlorourea.

The makers of sucralose/Splenda argue that this “remarkably stable” chemical passes unchanged into the urine and feces, when in fact, up to 11% to 27% is absorbed into the body. In fact, the varying degrees to which sucralose is absorbed is used as a marker for gut and intestinal permeability to determine certain disease states. Once absorbed, some portion of this chlorocarbon accumulates in the body (between 1.6% to 12.2%). What effects will these accumulated chemicals have? According to James Bowen, M.D:

“Any chlorocarbons not directly excreted from the body intact can cause immense damage to the processes of human metabolism and, eventually, our internal organs. The liver is a detoxification organ which deals with ingested poisons. Chlorocarbons damage the hepatocytes, the liver’s metabolic cells, and destroy them. In test animals Splenda produced swollen livers, as do all chlorocarbon poisons, and also calcified the kidneys of test animals in toxicity studies.”

Two articles citing the most compelling research are The Bitter Truth about Splenda and Splenda (Sucralose) Found to have Diabetes Promoting Effects. The former refers to its xenobiotic nature, i.e. its metabolically foreign chemical properties, and provides evidence that when the sensation of sweetness is disassociated from ‘food,’ i.e. a source of calories or nutrition, it is either unrecognizable by the body, or disrupts the body neuroendocrine system in an adverse manner.

The latter article focuses on the potential sucralose has to promote diabetic and /or pre-diabetic disease processes within the human body. The results delineated in the study point to just a single dose of sucralose resulting in increases in blood sugar concentration, increases in insulin levels and decreases in insulin sensitivity, all of which are possible pre-cursors to diabetes.

There is also the issue of sucrose producing cancer-causing dioxins and dioxin-like compounds when heated as in cooking, which its manufacturer actively encourages it to be used for. A number of reports from independent laboratories show that sucralose undergoes thermal degradation when heated and produces highly toxic chlorinated compounds.

Hopefully I don’t need to spend anymore time explaining how it is that such a toxic chemical with documented adverse effects could be approved for public consumption.

Links have been provided throughout and below to additional and supplementary data. These are provided as stand-alone data and as starting points for individual research.

It’s a oft-used axiom here in the Centre of the Psyclone, but time and again, it’s shown to be true:

Knowledge is Power –

Your Ignorance is Their Bliss

References and additional data

Aspartame – Rumsfeld’s Bioweapon Legacy


Sucralose, A Synthetic Organochlorine Sweetener: Overview Of Biological Issues

The Lethal Science of Splenda, a Poisonous Chlorocarbon

Sucralose (Splenda) Toxicity Information Center

Staring Down the Double Barrels of Bisphenols and High Fructose Corn Syrup – Part 2

This is the second in a two-part article written with the aim of providing a much-needed perspective on the increasing worldwide epidemics of diabetes, liver disease and obesity.

A common ingredient in numerous foods that make up the standard American diet (SAD) is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS was invented in the 1970s when scientists discovered a way to convert corn glucose into fructose, causing it to be substantially sweeter. Interestingly around the same time, the US government began imposing tariffs on imported sugar and implementing sugar quotas on the amount of domestic sugar that could be grown. As a result, producers were able to obtain this new corn sweetener much more cheaply than they could sugar and they began to use it to sweeten their products. Currently, HFCS is actually cheaper to make than regular sugar from beets or sugar canes. It’s also very easy to transport, meaning lower costs and higher profits for food producers.

walmart-chemtrails-cell-towers-obesity-david-deesIntake of HFCS increased from 0.6 pounds per person per year in the 1970s to 73.5 pounds per person in 2007, and has continued to increase as food manufacturers have replaced the use of glucose with HFCS and have added it to more and more processed foodstuffs, even non-sweet foods, for reasons that will be explained. The introduction of HFCS coincided with a marked rise in obesity in the US.

Obesity levels are higher now than ever before. One-third of Americans are obese and another third are overweight. Due to the international reach of US food multinationals in both advertising and supply, aspects and versions of the standard American diet (SAD) are replicated around the world. Probably the best example of this is Coca Cola, which is marketed and available virtually everywhere on the planet that there are people. A direct result of this reach and influence is that more and more societies are experiencing obesity epidemics.

HFCSFructose is not naturally present in corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is made from corn starch, a glucose polymer. First, enzymatic starch breakdown yields corn syrup which is essentially free glucose. The glucose is then further enzymatically converted to fructose. After various purification steps, a mixture of 90% fructose and 10% glucose (HFCS-90) is obtained. HFCS-90 is mixed with appropriate amounts of corn syrup to make either HFCS-55 or HFCS-42, mixtures with 55% and 42% fructose, respectively. HFCS-55 is mainly used for soft drinks, whereas HFCS-42 is primarily used to sweeten baked goods. HFCS is found in all kinds of processed foods,even non-sweet ones. Besides being an addictive sweetener, it’s an effective preservative.

Many traditional foods do not normally have sugar (much less a chemical preservative and sweetener) added as part of the recipe in the first place. An example is bread. The basic recipe is very simple: flour, water, salt, and yeast. Compare that to many of the standard breads available in supermarkets, which typically contain a fair amount of HFCS to keep them “fresh” for days or weeks. If you eat this bread, not only are you getting the sugars that result from a breakdown in carbohydrates (which the healthy human body can handle), but you are getting an additional shot of fructose from the HFCS as a preservative delivered directly to the liver to become triglycerides. A potential side benefit (unanticipated of course) for processed food-and-drink manufacturers that use HFCS as a preservative is that humans are genetically hardwired to prefer sweet tastes, a DNA-driven tendency that can lead to sweet cravings and addictions.

Fructose in fruits and vegetables comes as part of a digestible whole food package that contains much less fructose than soft drinks and other processed foods. The fructose found in nature is bound to glucose which undergoes a breaking down process in the stomach before the fructose moves on to the liver. This process allows the liver time to efficiently handle the fructose over time instead of being flushed with fructose within a few minutes. Fructose in HFCS is unbound meaning it is not attached to any other molecule. Unbound fructose is immediately taken up by the liver for metabolising when HFCS is consumed. This initiates a metabolic nightmare. The liver is forced to work hard at metabolising the instantly present fructose. Often times the liver has to ignore or inefficiently handle other metabolic duties such as the breaking down of fatty acids.

The digestive system is not familiar with high amounts of isolated fructose such as HFCS. Our cells use glucose for energy by metabolising carbohydrates. Out of 120 calories from glucose, one calorie gets stored as fat. Cells throughout the body metabolise glucose rapidly. With glucose from cane or beet sugar, 20% is passed onto the liver to be metabolised. But the gut doesn’t know what to do with isolated high fructose. So it passes 100% of the isolated fructose into the liver. The liver’s attempt to metabolise HFCS produces uric acid. Uric acid can ramp up blood pressure, cause gout, and lead to liver damage.

hfcs-consumptionIf sugar is not immediately used up by the muscles via some kind of exercise it is converted into fat and stored in the body. This is another way that HFCS can contribute to obesity, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s and memory loss. This increase in fat and cholesterol slows the micro circulation of blood through the brain accelerating cell death through lack of oxygen and nutrients.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is surging throughout the Western industrial world to become the most common liver disease. In the USA alone, over 30 million are afflicted with NAFLD. It can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even liver failure. Fatty liver occurs when fatty lipids occupy liver cells enough to exceed five percent of the liver’s weight. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is linked to metabolic syndrome or diabetes types 1 and 2, implying NAFLD has more to do with excessive sugar intake than saturated fats. Increased triglyceride levels resulting from a sluggish and inefficient fatty liver have also been linked to increased incidence of cardiovascular disease. Fatty infiltration of the liver was correlated with amount of abdominal fat and visceral fat, which was more strongly associated with fatty liver than subcutaneous fat.

liver_disease_teensAnd then there are the shocking findings of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) recorded on 10,359 teenagers aged 12-18 from 1988-2008. Researchers found that one in ten had NAFLD.

Even more ominously, researchers stated that NAFLD “seems to be increasing faster than the prevalence of obesity.” Previously, the disease has been very closely associated with obesity. Now, though, it’s clear that there’s more than excess weight driving the increase in liver disease.

During a study conducted at Princeton, subjects consuming foods laced with high fructose corn syrup experienced weight gain, high increases in triglyceride levels, and fat deposits in the abdominal area. This study, however, does not stand alone in its implication of high fructose corn syrup and its health damaging effects.

HFCS creates even more metabolic damage because it has no effect on ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and interferes with the brain’s leptin communication, which lets you know you’ve had enough to eat. This leads to overeating. Glucose suppresses ghrelin and doesn’t interfere with leptin. So hunger cravings are satisfied easily with glucose from even regular sugar.

And if all the above isn’t disturbing enough, there’s the issue of genetically modified ingredients. When HFCS and genetic modification (GM) are discussed, the tendency is to think of the corn component. After all, it may seem that corn is the only ingredient of HFCS production but there are two other ingredients to consider. Three enzymes are required to make HFCS, and two of them, alpha-amylase and glucose isomerase, have been genetically modified. Alpha-amylase is used to make shorter chains of sugar called polysaccharides. Isomerase is used to convert glucose into a glucose/fructose mix. These enzymes are genetically manipulated to withstand the high heat needed to make HFCS without them breaking down and becoming unusable.


Staring Down the Double Barrel

HFCS is now the sweetener used in sodas and soft drinks. Another wide-ranging study in California questioned the soda consumption habits of 43,000 adults and 4,000 adolescents and concluded this: drinking one or more sodas a day increases your chances of obesity by 27 percent. A whopping 62% of adults who drink at least one soda each day are overweight or obese.

The study also found that Californians are gulping down sodas at an unprecedented rate: At least one soda is consumed daily by 41 percent of children, 62 percent of adolescents and 24 percent of adults. Through the study, another shocking statistic was revealed: The average California teen consumes 39 pounds of liquid sugar a year solely from soda consumption.

sugary_soda_obesityOne of the most important factors to be considered between children and teenagers is the consumption of sugary sodas. Sodas provide the most popular vehicle for BPA consumption – from soda cans to plastic bottles of cola and other drinks.

The findings of this combination of research is what you might call a double-whammy: A sugary HFCS soda in a container made with BPA that disrupts hormones and stimulates fat cell growth. This double-whammy is what children are being fed on. It is also what many young adults are hooked on, a sugary sweet HFCS caffeine buzz in contaminated containers compounded by overeating and less activity. This combination is quickly creating nations of overweight and diseased people.


Some Solutions

The most immediate thing anyone can do to protect themselves and their families is to reduce the amount of processed foods consumed.

HFCS can be found in soft drinks/sodas, sports drinks, flavored waters, and even so called health beverages, French fries, cottage cheese, bottled sauces , canned soup, cough syrup, breakfast cereal, yogurt, bread, pastries, jelly and jam (by no means a complete list, but gives an idea on the range of products).

Manufacturers have cleverly replaced the name “HFCS” with the names Inulin, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Iso Glucose, Chicory, Fruit Fructose, Corn Sugar and Corn Syrup, so it’s necessary to check labels, but a sensible rule-of-thumb would be to avoid processed and fast food wherever possible.

Considering what you’ve just read, one might be inclined to view going ‘sugar-free’ and eating ‘diet’ products as a good idea. As it is though the opposite is true. Doing so would be, in fact, stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire, as revealed in Artificial Sweeteners – A Sweet and Deadly Deception.

Do your own research, taking care to check financial ties and corporate/ideological allegiances of your sources, especially those who maintain that HFCS is benign or even good for health.

I would suggest that those already affected by HFCS poisoning concentrate on restoring the liver. Below are a few methods, but again, do your own homework. Self-education on health is key to long-term health.


A fermented brew made using a specific culture, called by some a mushroom that is in fact a combination of fungus, yeast and algae. Detoxification agent par excellence. Also supports healthy liver functioning through the provision of gluconic and glucuronic acids and folic acid. Has applications in numerous conditions (see link below)


The agent that gives turmeric its bright yellow color contains a powerful phytochemical component known as curcumin. Curcumin stimulates production of bile by the gallbladder. The liver uses bile to eliminate toxins; bile also rejuvenates liver cells that breakdown harmful compounds and metabolise fat.  It is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is now regularly employed in cases related to alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, cirrhosis, liver poisoning or viral hepatitis. The active ingredient, silymarin, helps repair liver cell damage from alcohol, or any other toxins for that matter, by increasing protein synthesis. In at least five of the studies reported by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, tests showed it was possible to greatly improve liver functions in patients suffering from milder forms of alcoholic liver diseases.


A study concluded that a controlled aerobic exercise program, without weight loss, reduced hepatic and visceral fat accumulation, and decreased insulin resistance in obese adolescents.


Recent research suggests that Chlorella extract might be a promising hepatoprotective supplement for patients with NAFLD.


In tests Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus improved liver aminotransferases levels in patients with NAFLD.

Olive Oil

An olive oil-rich diet decreases accumulation of triglyceride in the liver.


Patients infected with hepatitis C virus treated with Spirulina and Silimarin both showed reduced levels of liver enzymes (an indicator of liver dysfunction). Liver enzymes – particularly AST – were significantly lower in the Spirulina group. The Spirulina group also had other HCV symptom improvement.


Reference sources can be found through accessing volumes of data at and NaturalNews, two of the best public-access databases of research studies on medical conditions and alternative/complimentary, holistic, non-toxic medicines