Feb 25, 2008

Sweet Poison?

You go into a room and instantly forgot why you went in there in the first place. You call someone and forget why. You’re driving and pass up your exit. You eat too much ice cream because you forget you’re on a diet. No, wait that’s probably just me… anyway, I know I am guilty of these things and so are many people I know. What’s interesting is that it just might be our food that’s doing it to us!
When I first moved to California I worked at a studio called Sierra Online which eventually became Sierra Games. While there my job was to animate characters traditionally as they were trying to get away from pixel pushing animation.
Anyway, One of the people who worked there was the sister of a man who worked for the Nutrasweet company who told her that in no way should she ever consume Nutrasweet; that it had caused brain damage and forgetfulness in testing. I confess I mostly forgot about that over the years (Aha! Nutrasweet rears it’s ugly head already!) until my wife sent me an email this morning talking about the dangers of Nutrasweet and specifically Aspartame. Granted the article below has been disputed in a number of places but then I go back to my friend’s brother’s claim. Truth or Fiction; an email verifying website mentions that David Squillacote, MD Senior Medical Advisor for Multiple Sclerosis Foundation issued a retort that the letter was unfounded and grossly inaccurate. Snopes also claims this is false but I still wonder.
Last year my brother stopped drinking Diet Coke, a beverage of choice for both of us because he had read that it would help him remember things better. He said that after a few weeks his memory came back and he generally felt better. About 6 mos. later I did the same thing and my memory was better as well. Odd huh? Or is it Aspartame poisoning?
Anyway, this is a very interesting article and regardless of whether or not it’s completely true, I have to say that it would not surprise me in the least if the drug companies were in fact selling us poison…

In October of 2001, my sister started getting very
sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard
time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It
took everything she had just to get out of bed; she
was in so much pain.
By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and
muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription
medications. The doctors could not determine what was
wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick.
she just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank
accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest
daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger
children were to be taken care of.
She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip
to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.
On March 19 I called her to ask how her most recent
tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on
the test, but they believe she had MS.
I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me
and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told
me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting
ready to crack one open that moment.
I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the
diet soda!
I e-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had
My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone
conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the
diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went
away. She said she didn’t feel 100% but she sure felt
a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor
with this article and would call me when she got home.
Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed!
He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out
if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.
In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame
in the diet soda…and literally dying a slow and
miserable death.
When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take
was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame
poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete
And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved
her life.
If it says ‘SUGAR FREE’ on the label; DO NOT EVEN
I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD
‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal’ and ‘Spoonful’
In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced
that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic
of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was
difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing
this to be rampant.
I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on
exactly that subject.
I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the
temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F,
the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde
and then to formic acid, which in turn causes
metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in
the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics,
among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and
systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in
error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death
sentence, Methanol toxicity is!
Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as
multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet
Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that
the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its
use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may
become a life-threatening condition.
We have seen patients with systemic lupus become
asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.
In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,
most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases
where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved
This also applies to cases of tinnitus and
During a lecture, I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME
(NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from
fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains,
numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness,
headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable
depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred
vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME
People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I
have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?"
Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert
for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are
fortified with it! This is a serious problem.
Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many
people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his
recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of
her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had
all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond
Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically
altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME
containing product that actually makes you crave
carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN
These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores
in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.
Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used
primarily to preserve "tissue specimens." Many
products we use every day contain this chemical but we
SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!
Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once
free of the "diet products" and with no significant
increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of
19 pounds over a trial period.
Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.
We found that some physicians, who believed that they
had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms
caused by Aspartame.
The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control.
Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the
fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are
NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids
necessary for a good balance.
Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially
with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain
barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the
brain; causing various levels of brain damage,
seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks,
uncontrollable anger and rage.
Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in
non-diabetics as well.
Documentation and observation also reveal that
thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have
had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these
chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called
"behavior modification prescription drugs" (Ritalin
and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they
were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these
children were being "poisoned" on a daily basis with
the very foods that were Â"better for them than
It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands
of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men
and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially
to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.
Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects,
i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of
conception and during early pregnancy.
Children are especially at risk for neurological
disorders and should NEVER be given artificial
sweeteners. There are many different case histories
to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and
other neurological disturbances talking about a plague
of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of
this deadly poison.Â"
Herein lies the problem:
There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was
included 100 different products and strong objection
was made concerning its use. Since this initial
hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and
still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical
lobbies have very deep pockets.
Sadly, MONSANTO’S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!
There are now over 5,000 products on the market that
contain this deadly chemical and there will be
thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a "piece
of the Aspartame pie." I assure you that MONSANTO,
the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.
And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among
others, the American Diabetes Association, the
American Dietetic Association and the Conference of
the American College of Physicians?
This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.
These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives
or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take
money from the food industry and are required to
endorse their products.
Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill
that would require label warnings on products
containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant
women, children and infants. The bill would also
institute independent studies on the known dangers and
the problems existing in the general population
regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry,
neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.
The bill was killed.
It is known that the powerful drug and chemical
lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the
hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and
uninformed public. Well, youÂ’re Informed now! YOU


8+ Ways To Train Yourself To Be Creative

To be creative, you have to first believe you are creative.

A short time ago I received an email from a young entrepreneur asking me how he was suppose to compete in a marketplace where the competition was high and more established companies had big advertising bucks. I mentioned a few ideas to him but the one that concerned him the most was creativity. Give him numbers and he’ll work them, but tell him to come up with some creative idea, forget it.

He said he doesn’t have a creative bone in his body.

People who tell themselves that have already lost unless they decide to do something about it.

The development of a creative thought process is no different than learning martial arts. At first, someone shows you how to stand, execute proper body movement, and teaches you a Kata (a.k.a form - a set of movements that help develop your technique).

Once these techniques are learned you must practice them to become a good fighter. When fighting, it is taught that the best place for your mind to be is no where at all, called Mushin (means “no mind”). The point of Mushin is to blank out your mind so that you are in a state of “openness.” In other words, it allows you to simply react and not worry about what might happen when fighting.

The same can be said when learning to be creative. You first learn what techniques help develop a creative thought process and then you have to practice them while keeping your mind open to endless possibilities no matter how ridiculous they may seem.

But how do you train your mind to become a well-oiled creative thinking machine?

Like the first sentence of this post says, you have to first believe you are a creative person. Following that you need to exercise your mind in various ways.

Let’s take a look at some creative mind-pumping ideas and activities that will help widen your mind’s creative eye.

I. Listen

Don’t Jump the Gun
It is important listen to everything and not judge or come to your own conclusion prematurely. This is vital if you are to create a product that wins in the eyes of your customers and employer. Remember, listening does not equal simply hearing.

Try listening to a different radio station (or TV channel). See if you can figure who the intended audience is. Who would be the dedicated listeners and who might be the occasional? What influential people might be listening to this station? What is it’s market?

II. Brainstorm

Brainstorming can be an effective way to generate creative ideas; however, before brainstorming about your subject at hand, try warming up the creative juices.

Warming Up
Grab a pencil and blank piece of paper and just start writing. If nothing comes to mind, write that, then write whatever comes to your mind next no matter what it is. Then expand.

In another example, grab yourself a pencil and paper and create something new and describe it, no matter how absurd it may seem. Try creating a new life form. Where does it come from? What is its goal? Or try creating a person. Who is she? Expand on the idea.

These are good exercises to get you in the mindset of thinking outside the box.

III. Counter the Negatives with Positives

This is probably one of the more important ones to do. Whenever you want to do something but your mind tells you that you can’t, write that thought down and then next to it write down 2 or 3 reasons why you can. Do this quickly and often. Soon you will notice that you have trained your mind to automatically react with a positive thought whenever you think of a negative one.

IV. Be Ready

If you’re searching for creative ideas, keep a pen and pad handy at all times, you never know when a thought might pop into your head - or maybe someone else’s thought spawns a new thought of your own that you can build off of.

For example, one of my favorite shows is Kitchen Nightmares. I was watching an episode one night and Gordon Ramsay was offering up business advice to the store owner. During the show, I kept getting up and jotting down a few ideas that he had mentioned that I wanted to expand on for my blog. The result was an article you can read here.

V. Learn

Obviously, the more you know about everything, the more you can come up with creative ideas by linking things together. You wouldn’t know how Physics and landscaping might go together unless you knew at least a little bit about both.

Therefore, the more you know, the more you can create.

Ideas to help you expand your horizons

* read blogs
* take classes
* read books
* try something you’ve never done before
* teach something to someone
* participate in a group or online community
* talk to people you might not otherwise talk to

Can you add to the list?

VI. Evaluate

Often times I find when I’m stuck in a rut and can’t come up with a creative idea, I evaluate things.

If you’re stuck, try flipping through a magazine and evaluate the ads. Which ones catch your attention and why? Who is the target audience? What might you do differently if you were to write the ad? On the ones that catch your attention, how can you modify what they did to what you’re doing?

Your Competition
Get online or flip through the yellow pages and evaluate your competition. See if something they are doing spawns an idea for you. Is there something there you can build on that they could have but didn’t?

Grab a piece of paper and draw a line down the center. Label the left side “My Weaknesses” and the right side “My Strengths.” List all your weaknesses and then under the strengths side, combat those weaknesses with your strengths that might compensate.

You now have a blueprint of what you need to work on and what you have to build off of.

Ask Questions
When stuck on the problem of trying to be creative, ask a series of questions to gain a new perspective of your product or idea.

* What can I substitute?
* What can I add to it to make it a little better?
* What is not needed?
* What is the opposite of this?
* Where did this come from?
* How has something like this been used?
* What else can it be used for?

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