Why I don’t drink Soft drinks and wish you didn’t!
The following is a list of information that will help those who are in a cycle of stimulation from the chemical effects of soft drinks. I personally do not consume these and have not for many years. After you read the following studies you will come to understand why I stay away from this American delicacy.
Disease Flourishes in an Acid pH-
“All kinds of soft drinks are very acidic, especially colas. In order to neutralize a glass of cola, it takes 32 glasses of high pH alkaline water.” 1 It is well known by the medical profession that disease loves acid. In fact, a physician from Loma Linda University said in a speech “If we could get our cells to maintain a normal pH (slightly alkaline), cancer could not grow in our bodies”
Soft Drinks and Cancer May be Linked
Francisco Contrares, M.D., of the Contrares Cancer Clinic in Tiajuana, Mexico said, “Cancer is a plant cell; it can’t live in an oxygen-rich environment. Cola drinks make our bodies poor in oxygen. Cancer is the second cause of death in America. The average American is consuming 800 or more soft drinks annually. Be more responsible for your own life; doctors have no responsibility for another’s health.”
Caffeine, an Addictive Drug
Soft drinks that include caffeine in them are popular today in America and growing around the world. Caffeine is a drug and it acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system. “In the amounts presently being consumed, it can cause insomnia, nervousness, irritability, anxiety and disturbances in the heart rate and rhythm. Cola drinks account for 80-90 percent of the caffeine added to foods today. It’s long term effects on the people are not clearly known.”
Negative Nutrients From Cola Drinks.
As pointed out by Beatrice Hunter in her book, CONSUMER BEWARE (published in 1971), “Nutritionally, soft drinks are low in value. Their food energy comes solely from refined sugar. Every element of nutritional Importance, except calories, is zero. Soft drinks have much in common with hard liquor, claimed the co-discoverer of insulin , Dr. Charles Best. Cirrhosis of the liver has been found among teenagers who drink large quantities of soft drinks, as well as among chronic alcoholics.” Can we live without a functioning liver? No. And do doctors have a cure for cirrhosis of the liver? Consider a transplant. Cola drinks are like the great thief, they break in and steal, kill and destroy.
Soda’s The Great Kidney Offender
A three year study of over 1,000 men with a history of kidney stones showed, “There was a clear cut difference in the group’s experiences, with much less renal colic in the men who had avoided soft drinks. Of those who continued to use soft drinks, there was also a big difference in outcome depending upon the nature of the soft drink consumed. Soft drinks acidified with phosphoric acid were the worst offenders. Colas of all kinds, of course, are well known for their high phosphoric acid content.
Birth Defects Possible
In making the public announcement in September of caffeine’s possible dangers to unborn children, FDA Commissioner Dr. Jere E. Goyan urged prudence by pregnant women in the use of caffeine products. Goyan’s words to mother-to-be: So while further evidence is being gathered on the possible relationship between caffeine and birth defects, a prudent and protective mother -to-be will want to put caffeine on her list of unnecessary substances which she should avoid.
“Cola drinks contain caramel coloring, which, according to some researchers, has genetic effects and is a cancer-causing suspect. Polyethylene glycol is used as an ingredient sometimes. Glycol is used as anti-freeze in automobiles and as an oil solvent”
Fizz may not be your friend
“Phosphoric acid and carbon dioxide can burn the insides. Phosphorus in the acid upsets the body’s calcium-phosphorus ratio and dissolves calcium out of the bones. This can eventually result in osteoporosis, a weakening of the skeletal structure, which can make one susceptible to broken bones. Also, the phosphorus fights with hydrochloric acid in human stomach and renders it ineffective. This promotes indigestion, bloating and gas. Carbon dioxide is a waste product exhaled by humans, but they ingest it when they drink cola drinks.”
Sugar the Great White Deceiver
Soft drinks use predominately three types of sweeteners – saccharin or aspartame in the diet type and sugar, cane syrup or corn syrup in the regular drinks. These substances enhance taste appeal and come touted as “refreshing” and “high energy”. Saccharin has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals and Nutra-sweet has been linked to convulsions, depression, insomnia, irritability, weakness, dizziness, migraine headaches, mood changes and mental retardation.
Artificially sweetened soda?
Artificially sweetened products bring with them a whole list of additional dangers that need to be taken seriously:
Aspartame or (Nutrasweet) Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of aspartame dangers are: Headache, seizures, nausea, numbness, rashes, weight gain, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hearing loss, tinitis, hearing loss, heart palpitations and more.
Sugar is a nutrient and fooling the body with an artificial sweetener to think it is sweet always has a consequence. There is no magic bullet when it comes to sugar substitutes. Sucralose is harming people at alarming rates and not being adequately reported.
Symptoms people experience after eating sucralose:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Seizures, dizziness and migraines
- Blurred vision
- Allergic reactions
- Blood sugar increases and weight gain
Dr. George M. Halpern, Division of Allergy at the University of California Davis School of Medicine says that diet soft drinks may cause allergies. “The potential problem may be due to toxicity because of the increase in consumption of diet drinks. Acute or chronic hives may be symptoms caused by this artificial sweetener.”
Kidney Damage Possible
Dr. Earl Mindell in his book, Unsafe at Any Meal says, “For anyone over forty, soft drinks can be especially hazardous because the kidneys are less able to excrete excess phosphorus, causing depletion of vital calcium”.
“Heavy soft drink consumption can interfere with your body’s metabolism of iron and diminish nerve-impulse transmission. “Sodas may contain – but are not required to disclose – such ingredients as ethyl alcohol, sodium alginate (possibly hazardous for pregnant women), brominated vegetable oil (found harmful to vital organs of animals and considered a health risk to heavy consumers of beverages contain it.) and caffeine.
Blood Pressure is Rising
“Diet sodas that are low in calories are high in sodium. Six ounces of regular Pepsi-Cola have 5 mg. of sodium; Diet Pepsi has 31mg. (But most don’t drink only six ounces at a time!) Persons who suffer from certain tumors, kidney disease, adrenal or thyroid or pituitary malfunction would do well to avoid soft drinks.
Caffeine and Drug Addiction
Caffeine is a member of the same alkaloid group of chemicals as morphine, nicotine, cocaine, purines and strychnine. These alkaloids all have one thing in common: they are addictive. Colas are responsible for giving thousands of American addicts their daily “fixes” .
In Making these statements I myself, I have made the decision for me and my family not to partake of products that steal, kill and destroy the body. “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”