Shocking Fact

Last night on the news I was somewhat disturbed to hear that 8 – 10% of Brazilian school children suffer from enxaqueca (migraines). I have no doubt that this statistic is not limited to Brazil.

So, I ask myself, what has changed from my day when school children and migraines were never heard about to today where approximately one in ten school children have become sufferers?

I immediately made a connection. It’s not new, I have posted on it before.


This chemical that we feed to our children 24 hours a day in sodas, sweets and seemingly healthy foods is the culprit.

Anything you eat or drink that is ‘light,’ ‘diet,’ ‘sugar substitute,’ or ‘zero,’ contains aspartame.


Aspartame consumption strongly associated with migraines and seizures

You can’t walk into a convenience store, grocery store or restaurant without being offered a dose of aspartame. You can’t buy a stick of gum or a box of mints without having to read the label like a hawk, because it’s not always obvious that a product contains aspartame. Restaurant condiment caddies are filled with white packets of sugar, which is unhealthy in its own right, alongside pink and blue packets of NutraSweet and Equal, both of which contain known excitotoxins. Would you like some excitotoxin with your coffee?

Do you know what excitotoxins even are? Most people don’t. They’re chemical substances, such as aspartame, that cause neurons to fire spasmodically. This eventually burns out, or damages, the neurons. Decades of research studies support the increasingly held belief that aspartame causes these painful, often debilitating headaches.

If you’re one of those people who drinks diet soda like water, you could argue that you’ve been drinking diet soda for years and you’ve never gotten a headache from it. Your experience might change, however, if you were to stop using aspartame for a period of several months. Then, your sensitivity to the chemical would probably be heightened and consuming it again would more likely cause headaches.

Dr. James Braly, an allergy expert in Hollywood, Florida, says that 90 percent of all migraine headaches are caused by food allergies or reactions caused by additives. Furthermore, according to Michael T. Murray, ND, in his book Natural Alternatives, “There is little doubt that food allergy/intolerance is the major cause of migraine headaches … Aspartame is among the most common allergens.” Just as some people may develop hives from eating peanuts, some people may develop migraines from consuming aspartame
Learn more:

Who makes aspartame?


I say no more.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Clare Delaney - EcoFriendlyLink on October 12, 2012 at 6:18 am

    AV thanks for highlighting this. I was absolutely horrified to read about school children experiencing migraines – as a sufferer myself I know what it’s like and it’s ghastly that kids should experience it.
    I’ve read studies which say Aspartane is safe and other which say it’s not, so who knows? But you are quite correct, it’s everywhere – including in ice cream (sigh). In the US whenever it’s used in foods “Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine” needs to be displayed. That’s really clear, isn’t it? In Canada it must be listed in the ingredients list and say that the produce contains phenylalanine. In the UK it’s a bit clearer, the product must display “with sweeteners” close to the main product name (so it should be more obvious than if it’s hidden in an ingredients list too tiny for anything other than an ant to read).
    I suppose it’s like most food – if you stay away from processed foods you should be fine. (Ah, but ice cream……)



    • >Clare, it is a real issue. You’ve read studies that say it’s okay and those that say it’s not; now look at the authorship of those studies, those that say ‘okay’ are all industry generated, those that say ‘not’ are independent; that fact is without exception. This issue alone is why foods in the US need to be labeled; of course the industry don’t want that. California is on the right track. Here in Brazil, aspartame must be labeled, but the people don’t have the education to understand the implications; read my post: from a couple of days ago.




  2. Posted by Alex Jones on October 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    That was a surprise statistic. I am not aware of such a problem amongst UK children. Could there be an alternative reason, like the sort of lighting they use in school?



    • >Alex, the lighting hasn’t changed in schools here for more than 50 years, this problem is far more recent. As for a UK problem, I would imagine that a browse around the net might find that it is.




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