Wednesday, March 18, 2015

paving the way for the next thing

I was looking up info on the subject of artificial sweeteners and found this: -- in it, i got a hint that politicians were trying to keep saccharin out of the marketplace while aspartame was being approved, and then introduced.  Something similar had happened with cyclamates, as i remember....

So i went looking and found THIS:

Just glancing through the summary, i saw the same non-problem with cyclamates as seen with saccharin -- overstatement of risk generated through supraphysiological doses fed to rats, and uncritical epidemiological studies.  BAN.  Strange though that other nations, many of whom have much higher standards of food safety and cleanliness than the US, seem to think it's okay.

But when a new product is on its way into the marketplace, SOMEHOW a groundswell of outrage is generated through media leaks and toxic info-spills that just coincidentally cause changes in public opinion and official policy....

Something similar also happened when Prozac was on its way to approval -- what had been non-toxically used for ages against depression, tryptophan, just accidentally-on-purpose was contaminated and dumped on the American market -- OOOPS.  So our caring watchdog agencies overlooked the contamination AND the "accidentally" part, and banned the basic substance -- i wonder if the Zac would have been considered halfway acceptable to patients, if it had suffered the competition of the amino acid....

I believe we're seeing the same principle in action right now -- "everybody" is acknowledging that yes there ARE problems with statins and their side effects!  But don't you worry -- a brand new and better [groan] drug is on its way to solve your simmering heart attack threat!  The PCSK9-inhibitor is coming to SAAAAVE you!  (we must use plenty of exclamation points, you know, to accent how much danger you're in, and how exciting is the promise of your salvation!!!)

It's always something:  the "old thing" is suboptimal if not an actual danger;  but not to worry because your friends in research, who love you much more than they love their paychecks, have burnt the midnight oil and ruined their marriages just so as to be able to offer you the "new thing," which is CERTAIN to solve all your problems and make you rich, beautiful and young again.

By the way -- i have this bridge in New York that i need to sell, to buy my great-grandmother a nose-job ... going cheap!


  1. Dr. Atkins was a proponent of cyclamate and resented its being banned.

    Since reading about severe glut of STEM-trained people almost across the board, especially in biochemistry, I have a little more sympathy for researchers in that field, especially considering that student loans for a PhD in such a program can run into six figures and (in the US) are forgiven only under severe and extraordinary circumstances. Our government (and industry) bleat about the STEM worker shortage, make student loans that are nearly impossible to discharge, and fund "research" projects with a distinct agenda. Nice racket!

    Solutions: make student debt as dischargeable as any other debt. Get government out of the student loan business--they see nothing but upside (more and therefore cheaper employees, interest income, taxpayer bailout if debtors can't repay). Leave it to private lenders who have to take the lumps if they make bad lending decisions. Possible solutions: ban nothing, but have a certification process. Put more effort into enforcing correct labeling.

    1. SO many thing need reforming here -- hard to know where to start! ...oh yeah, let's start by getting the do-nothings out of washington first....

  2. As you know, Tess I am using a cyclamate-containing sweetener MILFORD Süss Sugar substitute based on Natrium Cyclamate(40 mg in a pill) and
    Saccharin-Natrium (4 mg in a pill).

    When I feel that a migraine is about to start (it still happens, but on a much smaller scale and less frequently), I take a Sumatryptane which I have to bring from Russia - it was discontinued here, however modern medications for migraines like Imitrex cause me having some odd heart pains. If migraine proceeds anyway, I take Oxycodone which my GP prescribes me because it works and he knows I use it extremely infrequently.
    Another old working remedy which fell out of use is the borax diluted with glycerin. It was the only thing which worked for yeast infections which I used to have one after another before I started LCarbing. Before I brought borax from Russia and started to apply it, my gynecologist prescribed me several "better and modern" treatments , topical and oral, which worked only while being used almost consistently. She said borax was the standard of care when she was young. I don't know why I never asked her why she used on me something which didn't work. Probably, my expectations are too realistic to ask stupid questions. Medical professionals who treat us are very valuable resource, but they are only humans and we shouldn't relay on their opinions and recommendations 100%.

    1. those cyclamate tablets are great in tea! :-) i haven't tried dissolving them in cold drinks yet.

      yes, sometimes the old remedies are the best ones -- usually easy to find and comparatively non-toxic. if i come down with new problems, the first thing i do is look up how they USED to be treated, not go looking for the modern remedy.

    2. I put couple tablets in a Tbs and pour boiling water over it, then sweeten with such LC syrup something cold. Crashing sweetener in a spoon with a smaller spoon (for a whipped cream,for example) also works.