Avoiding toxins like aspartame is one of the most important things we can do to prevent illness and disease. 


Aspartame is one such toxin with many possible ill effects. The evidence against this toxic substance finally led to its elimination from diet soft drinks in the United States this summer. Unfortunately, it is still allowed in Canadian foods.  

Just how important is it to avoid aspartame?

In my practice I test for sensitivities to foods and chemicals, and aspartame is one the most common sensitivities that comes up. Sensitivity to it is related to one or more of the following symptoms: headaches, blurred vision, memory loss, sleepiness, dizziness, rashes, gastrointestinal irritation. These symptoms point to underlying ill effects that are more serious.

In his book, “Excitotoxins,” Russell Blaylock explains how this substance causes “cell death.” If something is killing our cells, illness will result – eventually. We may not realize what is happening until it is too late.  This means that we don’t have to be sensitive to aspartame to suffer ill effects.  

The good news: Whether it is banned in Canada or not, it is easier to avoid than in the past.  Consumers have begun to turn away from aspartame.  To avoid losing money and market share, manufacturers have started using safer sweeteners, such as stevia, a natural, plant extract that is calorie-free.  

For more information on toxic threats, read my book “You Can Be Well: The Holistic Nutrition Guide to a Healthy, Balanced Life,” which can be purchased at Nature’s Vibe.

By Ruth Thompson, Holistic Nutritionist @Nature’s Vibe.