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A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.
She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even.. The total had to be exactly
perfect.. No chance here for mistakes.
Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and
made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.
She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound
she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice.. I’m talking to my brother
from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he said without waiting for a reply to his question..
‘Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,’ Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone.
‘He’s really, really sick….and I want to buy a miracle.’
‘I beg your pardon?’ said the pharmacist.
‘His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle
can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?’
‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening a little.
‘Listen, I have the money to pay for it. IfContinue reading →
Aspartame is the most used artificial sweetener even though the controversy about its safety still persists. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon and clinical assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre in his book ‘Excitotoxins – the Taste That Kills’ writes that aspartame contains excitotixins toxic materials that excite or stimulate neurons in the brain and spinal chord and lead to their death. The very young and the very old appear to be most susceptible to the deleterious effects of these toxins. Symptoms include headaches, joint, pain, remors, spasms, swollen glands, anxiety, insomnia, breathing problems, diarrhoea and constipation. Certain chronic illnesses that can be triggered or worsened by consuming aspartame include brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s, disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, birth defects and fibromyalgia.
“Despite the research still being ambiguous, the fact that it is approved by the FDA gives it a safety stamp. Existing evidence says that the safe consumption limit is 50 mg/kg body weight, set by WHO,” says Dr. Anoop Mishra, HoD, diabetes and metabolic diseases, Fortis Hospital.
Certain quarters of the Western scientific community believe that the green signalgiven to Aspartame by health organisations and regulatory bodies is the job of lobbyists in favour of the sweetener.
Closer to home, experts have varying opinions about artificial sweeteners. “They are chemical products which may harm the body in the long run,” says dietician Shikha Sharma.
Research also indicates that aspartame can be deadly to diabetes because formicacid a by product, of aspartame decomposition — worsens their condition. But Dr. Ambrish Mithal, senior consultant endocrinologist, Apollo Hospital says there is no absolute proof of this. “Studies have been conducted on rats which show there are no adverse effects even with daily consumption of about six to eight tablets of low cal sweeteners.” Views may vary but there is a general consensus that up to 10 tablets/day is safe for most people.
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