Here. I’ve Got A Pill For That.

Posted: April 14, 2012 in Resolutions

 

In today’s world we have become a society that loves our instant gratification.  With the dawn of great technology along came things such as never being away from your email; not having to sit through commercials if you have a DVR; being able to buy things from the internet on your phone; and the list goes on and on.  I’m thinking that patience is not one of our finer qualities.  Who’s with me on that?  

Quick fixes are another thing that have become more common place.  We don’t have time to deal with long drawn out issues.  Right?  I am all about the quick fixes when it comes to certain things.  Ah, here’s an oldie, but goody – putting clear nail polish on a stocking snag to prevent it from running anymore!  Am I dating myself?  Probably!  But if you know what I am talking about then you are right there with me!  But eventually if those quick fixes are not taken care of properly they will just be around again and potentially on a larger scale.

Too many people have been lured into this quick fix mindset when it comes to their health.  Have heartburn?  Here. I’ve got a pill for that.  Have a migraine?  Here. I’ve got a pill for that.  Please DO NOT get me wrong.  I am not discounting the use of proper medications for the right reasons, and I am certainly NOT making light of heartburn and migraines or any other medical conditions for that matter. Just examples people – don’t get your feathers in a ruffle!  The point that I am trying to get at with all of this is that we can’t continue to put band-aids on all of our ailments and expect them to miraculously disappear.  They may go away for the time being, but what happens when they crop back up again?  Continue to pop a pill?  Increase the dosage or try a different pill? Or should we start with being a detective and looking into what may be the root cause of the issues: diet, lack of exercise, lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, too much stress, etc. For the sake of this blog – I am going to focus on food and the choices we make as being the possible instigator of many of these ailments that afflict people.  I know full well that there are many people on life-saving medications and ones that control major health issues.  Those are not the ones I am referring to in this post.  Having had my brain surgery I am extremely aware of the need for certain prescriptions, and I am thankful that medical advancements were able to produce them!

The foods that we eat have the potential to make us healthier or less healthy. Sometimes the effects are not clearly seen immediately but will be a delayed reaction that can take years to make its presence known.  

If you are a diet soda drinker and/or a lover of non-fat processed and sugar-free foods you ARE taking in artificial sweeteners.  One such sweetener is called aspartame. 

Thank you to http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html for providing the following list.

Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:

Eye
blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes

decreased tears
trouble with contact lenses
bulging eyes

Ear
tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment

Neurologic
epileptic seizures
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
severe tremors

Psychological/Psychiatric
severe depression
irritability
aggression
anxiety
personality changes
insomnia
phobias

Chest
palpitations, tachycardia
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure

Gastrointestinal
nausea
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
abdominal pain
pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
hives
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
menstrual changes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
severe PMS

Other
frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection

Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
death

irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
peptic ulcers
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
severe depression
aggressive behavior
suicidal tendencies

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Epstein-Barr
Post-Polio Syndrome
Lyme disease
Grave’s disease
Meniere’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease
ALS
Epilepsy
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
EMS
Hypothyroidism
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Fibromyalgia
Lupus
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) 

You can see by this very comprehensive list that what we may be ingesting (daily for some) can have a very negative impact on our health.  Keep in mind that this is only ONE of the many food additives that is present in some food and drinks.  So that migraine/headache that you have been dealing with just may be result of that diet soda habit.

Gluten is another trouble maker that is present in many of the foods eaten on a daily basis.  “Gluten is a strong elastic protein found in wheat, rye & barley that provides structure and elasticity to baked goods. These strong protein bonds-that give bread its shape & texture are difficult to digest and often adhere themselves to the gut wall. Our immune system releases toxic compounds to try to destroy the gluten proteins resulting in inflammation of the small intestine wall. Chronic inflammation results in a leaky gut which results in the more chronic inflammation in our body. Chronic inflammation is the root of chronic disease.”*

These are just a FEW of the many gluten–associated medical concerns as presented in the book Dangerous Grains by James Braly, M.D., and Ron Hoggan, M.A.

Abdominal distension/bloating

Asthma

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Bone Diseases

Calcium deficiency

Celiac disease

Crohn’s disease

Dementia

Eczema

Emotional and behavioral disorders

Headaches (persistent, recurring. Migraine like, often not responsive to conventional therapies)

Iron deficiency Anemia

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

And the list continues.  Unfortunately it contains issues that are on an even grander scale than the ones listed above.  Many people feel just fine and don’t display any issues and are unaware that gluten is indeed beginning to take its toll on their body.  I, personally, avoid gluten at all cost as well as artificial sweeteners and other foods and ingredients that can create a toxic environment in the body!

So before you continue to search for that magical pill, inspect your food for ingredients that may be causing your issues and the types of foods that you are eating.  I have talked about two in this post, but there are many more out there such as MSG, food dyes, soy, dairy and grains (yup – I said grains) to name a few.  Be your own best advocate for your health.  Remember from one of my previous posts – be proactive, not reactive!

Wishing you all good health!

 “Humans evolved for thousands of years on the micro-and macronutrients available from plant and animal food.  You are genetically programmed to grow and thrive on a naturally derived diet.  Nearly all of the chemical compounds added to food have never previously existed on this planet prior to their creation in some chemist’s lab…The majority of the human race is currently engaged in a massive involuntary experiment on a scale that has never been seen in the history of the world.”  (Dr. Joseph Mercola) 

*Thank you to the Hail Merry Facebook page for providing that description in one of their recent posts.  If you are not familiar with Hail Merry products they are amazing ~ especially the raw chocolate macaroons.

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Comments
  1. Kim Sweadner says:

    In some people, Aspartame can cause some nasty reactions. I also avoid aspartame even if i am not allergic to it. I am more inclined to use natural sweeteners such as Stevia or Xylitol because they are much better than Aspartame based sweeteners. ::;”, Regards healthmedicinelab

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