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The Bitter Truth of Splenda

If you were told to ingest a biologically alien synthetic chemical whose presence on this planet did not predate 1976, and whose structure is only a few atoms away from the deadly pesticide DDT, and you knew that not only were there no long term human safety studies performed on it, but that it had been already proven in tests to have following adverse health effects:

· Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) 

· Enlarged liver and kidneys.

· Abnormal histopathological changes in spleen and thymus

· Increased cecal weight 

· Reduced growth rate

· DNA Damage

· Adverse changes to gastrointestinal bacteria

· Abnormal Pelvic Mineralization

· Decreased red blood cell count 

· Hyperplasia of the pelvis

· Aborted pregnancy (Maternal & Fetal Toxicity)

· Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights 

· Bowel inflammation 

· Triggering migraine

· Increase glycosylation of hemoglobin (HbA1c) for diabetics

….would you still consume it? Of course not! And yet, millions of Americans (including our precious children!) are doing exactly that by consuming Splenda. So, what is sucralose, chemically speaking?

Like “Splenda,” the term “sucralose” is a cute little marketing ploy. The true name of this ugly little chemical is actually too long for the human tongue to comfortably pronounce (which is usually an excellent indication that it is not safe to ingest!) Go ahead and see if you can wrap your vocal chords around this phonetic monstrosity:

1,6-dichloro-1,6-dideoxy-BETA-D-fructofuranosyl-4-chloro-4-deoxy-alpha-D-galactopyranoside

Despite the intended insinuation, sucralose is not a form of sucrose (cane sugar). Sucralose/Splenda is produced through artificially substituting three hydroxyl groups (hydrogen + oxygen) with three chlorine atoms in the sugar (sucrose) molecule. Natural sugar is a hydrocarbon built around 12 carbon atoms. When transformed into Splenda it becomes a chlorocarbon, in the same family as deadly pesticides like DDT, insecticides, biocides, disinfectants like Chlorox Bleach, and WWI poison gas like dichlorourea. The makers of sucralose/Splenda argue that this “remarkably stable” chemical passes unchanged into the urine and feces, when in fact, up to 11% to 27% is absorbed into the body (FDA, 1999). In fact, the varying degrees to which sucralose is absorbed is used as a marker for gut and intestinal permeability to determine certain disease states. Once absorbed, some portion of this chlorocarbon accumulates in the body (between 1.6% to 12.2%). What effects will these accumulated chemicals have? According to James Bowen, M.D:

“Any chlorocarbons not directly excreted from the body intact can cause immense damage to the processes of human metabolism and, eventually, our internal organs. The liver is a detoxification organ which deals with ingested poisons. Chlorocarbons damage the hepatocytes, the liver’s metabolic cells, and destroy them. In test animals Splenda produced swollen livers, as do all chlorocarbon poisons, and also calcified the kidneys of test animals in toxicity studies.”

How can this be true for an FDA approved sweetener?

FDA approval does not in any way guarantee safety…..sadly enough, in many cases, it guarantees the exact opposite. Take aspartame for instance. Aspartame (Equal/NutraSweet) contains 10% methanol, which is broken down in our body into two extremely toxic substances: formaldehyde and formic acid. There are over 30 known adverse health effects associated with its consumption! This sweetener gained FDA approval in 1981, despite appalling evidence linking it to cancer, particularly, brain cancer.

So, if Splenda is not a viable alternative to sugar, what can we use instead?

When one uncouples the experience of “sweetness” from caloric content, the body becomes confused because it does not receive nourishment and therefore will not attain satiety – this, in turn, leads to overindulgence. Indeed, new studies have shown exactly this: those who consume synthetic sweeteners are more prone to obesity. What this means is that when we ingest something sweet, it should also have caloric and nutritional content. Anything less than this equation is a recipe for failure and ill health. Thankfully Nature provides us with a veritable cornucopia of healthy sweeteners: honey, stevia, xylitol, erythritol, and dehydrated organic cane juice, all of which are available at your local health food store. Next time that sweet tooth calls, remember not to succumb to advertising hype which would convert poisonous chemicals into “magical” no-calorie sweeteners. Use both common sense and a sense of moderation, and your body will thank you. If you were told to ingest a biologically alien synthetic chemical whose presence on this planet did not predate 1976, and whose structure is only a few atoms away from the deadly pesticide DDT, and you knew that not only were there no long term human safety studies performed on it, but that it had been already proven in tests to have following adverse health effects:

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World's largest joypad unveiled - you'd have to be as tall as Nelson's column to use it (so no surprise it was one of this year's Guinness Gamer World Records)

By Rob Waugh

The world's largest video game controller, 30 times the size of a standard joypad, was unveiled today as one of the wackier winners in the new Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition.

The fully working device, which is an oversized replica of the pads on Nintendo's iconic NES console, was on display at Liverpool St Station, London.

If you wanted to use it like a standard handheld pad, you would need to be 51m (167ft) tall – the same height as London landmark Nelson’s Column.

 
The world's largest videogame controller, 30 times the size of a standard joypad, was unveiled at London's Liverpool St station today

The world's largest videogame controller, 30 times the size of a standard joypad, was unveiled at London's Liverpool St station today

 
The device, created by British Engineering student Ben Allen, is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer Edition

The device, created by British Engineering student Ben Allen, is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer Edition

 

 
The joypad is a remake of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System pad from the Eighties

The joypad is a remake of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System pad from the Eighties

The pad, created by a team of students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, went on display to promote the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition.

British engineering student Ben Allen, 23, was one of the three who built the device as apart of a university project.

Mr Allen said: 'This is really a labour of love.  We’re passionate about gaming and wanted to honour its most iconic device; the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) joypad. 

'We put our heads together in the pub and decided to create this absurdly large working version.

'It’s such a rush to know we’ve made history and are being included in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.'

The joypad, which measures 366cm x 159cm x 51cm (12ft x 5ft 3in in x 1ft 8in), and weighs an estimated 265 pounds (18 stone), took five months and £4,000 to build.

Such is the size of the controller that it requires at least two gamers to press the buttons - or jump on them.

 
Ryan Hart (Left) & Kayane (Right) - Britain's Ryan Hart has won over 450 Street Fighter events in 13 different countries from 1998 to 2011

Ryan Hart (Left) & Kayane (Right) - Britain's Ryan Hart has won over 450 Street Fighter events in 13 different countries from 1998 to 2011

Also present at the London event, and featured in the new book, were British record holders Ryan Hart and Sami Çetin.

Mr Hart the official European Street Fighter Champion, holds the record for Most International Street Fighter Competition Wins, with over  450 to his name.

Mr Çetin is a Super Mario Kart professional player that holds the record for the Fastest Lap on Mario Kart, at 56.45 seconds.

He said: 'It’s an honour to be recognised for something you’re passionate about.'

Pictured alongside Mr Hart in the book is 20-year-old Marie-Laure Norindr, dressed as the iconic Street Fighter character Chun-Li.

Ms Norindr, from France, is recognised for two new records; First Woman to Win a Pro-Street Fighter Event and Most Podium Placements in a Fighting Game, with 42 since 2001.

 
Five members of the Arnold family from Frankfort, Illinois, USA, who take part in official Pokémon videogame world championships. The family include Ryan, mum Linda, Ryan's twin David, dad Glenn and youngest child Grace

Five members of the Arnold family from Frankfort, Illinois, USA, who take part in official Pokémon videogame world championships. The family include Ryan, mum Linda, Ryan's twin David, dad Glenn and youngest child Grace

She says she is use to the sexism that exists in the competitive scene and takes it in her stride.

'There will be always some machos criticising me and it has always existed. I’m used to this since I was 10 years old,' she said.

'I don’t care because I think I have proved myself with my results.  Now it just makes me laugh.'

Twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Bolinger is another woman to break her way in the traditionally male dominated world of videogames.

Known online as Kitty McScratch, the American is recognised as the Most Prolific Dancing Game High Scorer with more than 85 number one high scores on the Just Dance and Dance Central franchises.

 
London's Sami Cetin, a professional Super Mario Kart player, is recognised for the Fastest Lap on Mario Kart in a time of 56.45 seconds

London's Sami Cetin, a professional Super Mario Kart player, is recognised for the Fastest Lap on Mario Kart in a time of 56.45 seconds

Demonstrating the overall popularity of gaming, the FIFA Interactive World Cup broke its own record for the Largest Videogame Tournament.

Some 869,453 gamers from across the world entered the competition last year.

Sixteen-year-old Francisco Cruz from Portugal won the tournament and walked away with the $20,000 prize money.

Guinness World Records Gaming Editor, Gaz Deaves, said: 'We’ve been burning the midnight oil like ninjas for the 2012 Gamer’s Edition: witnessing record attempts, talking to developers and playing as many video games as we could handle.

'Gamers all over the world can finally get their hands on the result of our hard labour, and this year’s book packed with all the amazing records, facts and feats that they have a right to expect from Guinness World Records.'

 
Classic Artwork Car

What a beauty!  Could resist mate!

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Riverbank, Belgrade

Photograph by David Konecny

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