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Artificial Sweetener Cronyism

From eNewsletter 9/4/2023

DID YOU KNOW that the World Health Organization's recent backtracking, from first considering artificial sweetener aspartame a "carcinogen," to then a few months later calling it "a possible carcinogen," was due to beverage industry influence?

According to reporting from The Guardian: "In May, the World Health Organization issued an alarming report that declared widely used non-sugar sweeteners like aspartame are likely ineffective for weight loss, and long term consumption may increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mortality in adults.

A few months later, WHO declared aspartame, a key ingredient in Diet Coke, to be a “possible carcinogen”, then quickly issued a third report that seemed to contradict its previous findings – people could continue consuming the product at levels determined to be safe decades ago, before new science cited by WHO raised health concerns.

That contradiction stems from beverage industry corruption of the review process by consultants tied to an alleged Coca-Cola front group.

It uncovered eight WHO panelists involved with assessing safe levels of aspartame consumption who are beverage industry consultants who currently or previously worked with the alleged Coke front group, International Life Sciences Institute (Ilsi)."

Corruption is alive and well with Big Food, so we won't let our guard down. With regard to aspartame (made famous as the sweetener for Diet Coke), take heed of the WHO's original claim before the beverage industry swooped in: it is a full carcinogen and should be avoided completely.

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Menopause, Andropause, and More

Steve: Here is the latest on how hormonal changes at different life stages can affect health and what helps or hinders.

Menopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy

According to a gargantuan population study from The BMJ, synthetic menopausal hormone therapy was positively associated with development of all cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, even in women who received treatment at the age of 55 years or younger. The increased rate of dementia was similar between continuous and cyclic treatment. Please note this was from synthetic HRT use, not natural.


Oral progesterone at bedtime reduced night sweats and improved sleep in perimenopausal women, according to a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in Scientific Reports. The progesterone should be from natural sources, not synthetic.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

The purpose of a Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons study was to evaluate rates of rotator cuff tears (RCTs), repairs (RCRs), and revision RCR in patients who were prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and compare these patients with a control group. Those in the TRT group all saw increases in RCTs, RCRs, and revision RCR.

Skeletal Muscle

Compared to premenopausal females, postmenopausal females display reduced muscle mass and strength, partially due to the negative effect of estrogen deficiency in aging skeletal muscle, according to the results of a study in Medrxiv.


In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that the use of nitroglycerin patches did not result in lasting improvements in the frequency and severity of hot flashes, but there was a short-term benefit.


A higher intake of total phytoestrogens, including isoflavones, lignans, and coumarins, was associated with lower risk of total and certain cause-specific mortality in generally healthy US men and women, according to a study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Andropause or MANopause

Andropause, often referred to as "male menopause," is a term used to describe aging-related hormone changes in men. It's associated with a gradual drop in testosterone (T) levels, which can impact a man's health and wellbeing.

Andropause is not inevitable. Literature shows a wide range of T as men age with some men not declining at all. Lifestyle interventions are very effective in increasing testosterone levels. Addressing chronic inflammation and disease pathology are also effective in increasing testosterone by improving Leydig cell function. There are numerous alternative approaches for addressing issues with andropause before going to TRT that we can help with.

If you choose TRT, be sure to know what you want to accomplish and the pros and cons of each therapy. We can also help with this.


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