Plus, the story of how the blackouts of my patient were caused by aspartame.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that's been around for a couple of decades now. You've seen it in the little blue packets. It's used in tons of products--everything from sodas to diabetic snacks.
Here's the problem with aspartame...
For years certain people have sworn up and down that they were "allergic" to aspartame. What they meant was that when ate or drank things with aspartame they got headaches, dizziness or just plain felt like crap. In fact, these people were seen by most doctors as "conspiracy theorists" or a little bit crazy (you know, like people with unexplained symptoms like chronic pain or fatigue).
I am not one of those doctors. The whole topic is controversial to put it lightly. But for me, from a neurological perspective, it always made sense that aspartame could cause those symptoms--If you understand a little bit about receptors and neurotransmitters.
Well the flames got fanned some more in April when a new article "Direct and indirect cellular effects
of aspartame on the brain" was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The authors were investigating whether excessive aspartame ingestion might be involved in the development of certain mental disorders as well as negatively affect learning and emotional function.
Here's the SHOCKING results of their study on aspartame and the brain...