The dangers of Sucralose/Splenda
You just told Idona ( firstname.lastname@example.org
) that you saw no problem with the issue of chlorine in Sucralose. If you
don't understand the dangers of chlorine than you need to step down as a
manufacturer or start calling your product DDT-Lite. Do you really think the
consumer public is so stupid they don't understand that sucralose is a
chlorcarbon poison. Making it even worse is that aspartame is not only a
deadly neurotoxic drug but a chemical hypersensitization agent. So when
consumers switch from aspartame to sucralose, according to Dr. James Bowen,
they maintain the existing symptoms and pick up the symptoms from Splenda. I
take the case histories and never does a day go by that someone is not
reporting a reaction from Sucralose.
Take a lesson from the report below and stop poisoning the public. If you
can't read and understand we will be happy to send it to you in braille. You
do a great disservice to the public.
Dr. Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible International, 9270 River Club
Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097
www.holisticmed.com/aspartame and Splenda.
The Dangers of Chlorine and Issues With Sucralose
Most of us have grown up with the idea that whiter whites (and brighter
colors) mean cleaner clothes. We continue to use chlorine products with
abandon to whiten and to disinfect. We write on white paper and bathe in and
drink chlorinated water.
After all, who wants bacteria- infested water? In our society, chlorine is
ubiquitous-and so are its side effects.
In fact, the long-term residual effects from chlorine are becoming such a
health hazard that the
http://www.apha.org/ - American Public Health Association is urging the
American paper industry to stop using chlorine.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found dioxin (a toxic
byproduct of chlorine) to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than
Healthy & Natural speaks with (mailto:
email@example.com) Stephen Ashkin, director of product
development and environmental affairs at
http://www.seventhgen.com/ Seventh Generation, a manufacturer of green,
nontoxic cleaning products.
Although he has a degree in chemistry, Ashkin gained most of his practical
knowledge and experience through direct contact in the chemical industry. He
literally grew up in the laboratory of his parent's cleaning products
Ashkin chaired the American Society for Testing and Materials' task force
that wrote the national cleaning standard for commercial and institutional
buildings. He has also chaired President Clinton's Green Chemistry Challenge
Task Force. Ashkin is acting advisor for a number of EPA programs including
the Indoor Environment Division. He has published numerous articles on
environmentally preferable products and is a very popular conference
Q: Does chlorine occur naturally?
Typically chlorine does not normally occur in the environment except as a
yellow gas on rare occasions. It's a manufactured substance produced through
an industrial process. An electrical current is passed through salt water
producing chlorine and caustic soda.
Q: Is chlorine very toxic?
This is where this topic gets very interesting. Many people argue that
chlorine is basically safe-that it breaks down into harmless salt and water.
Well, that's true-in a laboratory test tube under very controlled
The real issue is not just how toxic chlorine itself is but how the
unintended byproducts of chlorine (organochlorines and dioxins) remain in
the environment. They are persistent in the environment; they do not break
down readily and therefore bio-accumulate.
Q: Is there a chlorine pollution problem?
One of the largest uses of chlorine is in the paper industry. Chlorine is
first used to break down the lignan that holds the wood fibers together.
Then chlorine is used to bleach the paper to make it white.
The effluent or wastewater containing dioxins and other organochlorines are
then dumped into streams and waterways. These ingredients are highly toxic
and carcinogenic. Once in the waste stream, they come into contact with
other organic materials and surfactants and combine to form a host of
extremely toxic organic chemicals.
A chain of events occurs: The water becomes polluted; the fish become
contaminated; animals eat the fish and people eat the contaminated animals
This can create a very serious health problem; the dioxins and other toxic
chemicals, when consumed, accumulate in the fatty tissues.
These contaminants are also hormone disrupters because they mimic estrogen.
The EPA has observed and documented hormonal imbalance, suppressed immune
systems, reproductive infertility and alterations in fetal development of
animals. In viewing the big picture, these factors are perhaps the most
frightening results from the widespread use of chlorine.
Q: How widespread is chlorine contamination?
It is so widespread that it would be difficult to find any human being who
does not have detectable levels of dioxin in his/her blood.
While we know that chlorine is a substantial environmental problem caused by
the paper industry, household bleach and cleaners containing chlorine also
pose a serious health risk.
For instance, in 1997, 217,989 calls to the Poison Control Center concerned
household cleaners. Of those calls, 54,453 were about chlorine bleach and
7,570 were for chlorine disinfectants. So, that means that 28.4 percent of
all calls were related to poisonings by chlorine products. What's even more
important, most of those calls were about children under 6 years old.
Q: What can happen if these chemicals get into our bodies?
Our bodies are very good at metabolizing many things. Through special
enzymes, our bodies are able to rid themselves of many environmental toxic
substances that we come into contact with daily. However, dioxins (and other
organochlorine compounds) aren't included. Even if we are exposed to very
low levels, dioxins remain in the body and accumulate.
The EPA is now saying that this is soon to become a major health risk
problem. The cumulative effects of dioxin in humans have been linked to
* birth defects
* reproductive disorders
* immune system breakdown
Q: Should chlorine be used in our public water supply?
The alternative question would be, should we drink contaminated water? The
answer, of course, would be no. It's very important that our water is
sanitized. Years ago, there were very few alternatives. However, today,
while chlorine is a very effective (and cheap) sanitizer, many scientists
are recognizing some serious side effects from chlorine.
Today, our technology is getting to the point where, I hope, we will look
into a better means of sanitizing our drinking water. This will not be easy
because one of the biggest advantages (and ultimately the biggest
disadvantage) of using chlorine is the fact that chlorine doesn't break
Water can be treated with chlorine at the filtration plant and 10 miles away
the chlorine is persistent enough to remain in the water and pipes when it
reaches the home. There exist many other ingredients that are good
sanitizers, but they break down quickly, and the water would become
contaminated by the time it reaches someone's home.
We may have a problem if we need to sanitize via a chemical additive. It
becomes a sort of oxymoron: chemicals that are persistent also tend to be
toxic. The ultimate solution may be to have home-based water
filtration/sanitizing systems. This would eliminate the problem of trying to
prevent hundreds of miles of pipes, installed a hundred years ago, from
contaminating the water.
Q: Are there safe, effective alternatives to chlorine as a bleaching agent
Absolutely! Primarily, hydrogen peroxide is available to the paper industry
and to the soap industry as a bleaching agent. Another new technology uses
ozone. Other non-chlorinated household cleaning products, readily available
to the consumer, achieve the same bleaching and disinfecting results as
chlorine but are nontoxic.
I don't understand why anyone would want to use chlorine products anyway.
Chlorine is a respiratory irritant and when mixed with other common
household products, it gives off a toxic gas.
Q: What can we do to make a difference?
We could request and purchase processed chlorine-free paper, not just in
writing paper but in paper towels, napkins, tissues, and toilet paper. It's
a vote for our environment and our health. It may seem to be a small thing,
but collectively it really can make a substantial difference.
We need to realize that the technology in the chemical industry has changed
as dramatically as in the computer industry. We no longer need to use
harmful substances simply because they worked for our grandparents. The
technology in the chemical industry is allowing us to replace many of these
toxic ingredients with others that are not only nontoxic but have renewable
resources and many environmental benefits.
It's a major educational process for consumers to understand that they,
through their buying choices, can make a difference. Did you know that only
about 20 percent of shoppers buy their household products in natural food
What that says to me is that while consumers recognize the importance of
buying supplements and organic foods, they don't recognize the same
environmental and health benefits associated with buying chlorine-free paper
and other nontoxic cleaners.
Dioxin, a chemical byproduct of the manufacturing of chlorinebleached paper,
is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science.
When you open the door of your dishwasher after washing, toxic volatized
chlorine from dish detergent and tap water is released into the air.
Thanks to chlorine pollution, Americans ingest a daily amount of dioxin that
is already 300 to 600 times greater than the EPA's so-called "safe" dose.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has found dioxin to be 300,000 times
more potent as a carcinogen than DDT.
Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis, immune system impairment, diabetes,
neurotoxicity, birth defects, decreased fertility, and reproductive
dysfunction in both women and men.
Studies show that 40-70 percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can
leach into your coffee; dioxin found in paper milk cartons also leaches into
the milk you drink.
Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household products such
as coffee filters, disposable diapers, paper towels, and bathroom tissue are
readily absorbed through the skin.
http://www.lightparty.com/index.shtml - The Light Party
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Sucralose, the supposed "safe" replacement for Nutrasweet, is starting to
receive much press recently as it is being promoted more and more.
I was just interviewed by CBS for a piece that they will be publishing on
their website very shortly.
It is important to recognize that Sucralose is basically chlorinated table
sugar and as such, may have many of the risks of chlorine discussed above.
In addition, it is contributing to environmental chlorine pollution as well.
It is important to recognize that Sucralose is not the safe chemical it is
being promoted as. I would advise caution as many have started to report
adverse reactions to it.
The other issue with chlorine is of course its more common use as a water
disinfectant, which is one of the main reasons why most of us need to use
water filters of some sort.
With summer upon us one must not neglect the use in swimming pools. Because
the exposure is generally longer, this is a much more serious issue for
those who swim regularly, than drinking tap water.
If you have a pool it is important to know that there are chlorine
alternatives such as hydrogen peroxide (Baquacil) and ozone that can be
used, are not toxic and more pleasant to use.
http://mercola.com/display//2000/dec/3/sucralose_dangers.htm - The
Potential Dangers of Sucralose
http://mercola.com/display//1997/archive/tap_water.htm - Is Tap
http://mercola.com/display//1997/archive/cancer_risk.htm - Chlorinated
Water Can Affect Cancer Risk
http://mercola.com/display//2000/jun/10/water.htm - Americans Don't
Drink Enough Water