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Aspartame's Neurotoxicity Gets Mainstream Coverage in Newsmax because of Trump's 12 Diet Cokes a Day Habit

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There has been massive media coverage on this, with an occasional dip into a conversation with a physician who talks about how it really doesn't help you lose weight. This article is really a kind of foray into what is wrong with American Journalism, and why does it almost always fail to educate consumers enough to provide a rudimentary base of information to protect themselves medically. That is because most journalists are subconsciously conditioned not to rock the boat, except in acceptable minor ways. Of course, there are many many exceptions to what I just wrote, but overall, the echelons of journalists are much like the lower levels of the US State Department: they are there to serve the needs of corporate America. How many journalists these days are true "muckrakers"? We see plenty at OpEdNews, and here and there elsewhere, but virtually never in the newspapers of small and medium sized towns in the America.

For example, the Washington Post's story (the question belies the wimpiness of this story, but all in all, it is a kind of breakthrough):

Trump reportedly drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke each day. Is that healthy?

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The Post at least brought up the connection to stroke and dementia:

"People who drank diet soda daily were three times more likely to develop stroke and dementia than those who consumed it weekly or less, according to a study published in April in the journal Stroke."

"The study found those who consumed at least one artificially sweetened drink a day, compared to less than one a week, were three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke from blood vessel blockage. They were also three times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. The effect of diet sodas persisted even if the researchers controlled for factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure."

But of course they had to follow up this with the obligatory comment from the industry lobbying group:

"In responding to the study, the American Beverage Association said in a statement that low-calorie sweeteners have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities as well as "hundreds of scientific studies."

"There is nothing in this research that counters this well-established fact," officials said."


The New York Times seems to have kicked this story into high gear when about ten days ago they wrote:

"The president pushed back -- not against the descriptions of staff turmoil or his prodigious Diet Coke intake, but the news that he "spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television."

CNN's story: click here

Even Fox News and Russian Television are covering this matter:

CNN mocked for airing segment on Trump's soda consumption while NYC faced terror attack

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