Why I’m Not Scared of Artificial Sweeteners:
I’ve been using artificial sweeteners since they were first introduced in the 1980’s. They have always made me feel good and helped my health.
But recently, I started noticing some negative effects which are not well known or understood by most people. For example, I noticed that after consuming these sweeteners, my energy level was lower than it used to be and sometimes even depressed. My mood was also affected negatively when I consumed them with meals. Also, my blood glucose levels were higher than usual. So far, I haven’t had any problems from consuming artificial sweeteners because I don’t consume them regularly but lately, I am starting to notice changes in myself which make me wonder if they are causing these negative effects.
So why am I not scared of artificial sweeteners?
Because I believe that there is something wrong with my brain chemistry. And if this is true, then the solution isn’t going to be through cutting out all artificial sweeteners from your diet completely. The solution will come when my brain chemistry gets better and I stop being so sensitive to them. I don’t think that these sweeteners are any worse than coffee or some other things that I’ve tried over the years and my brain has been able to handle them. It’s just that now, my brain can’t handle them and they make me feel bad.
The downsides of being an experimental subject for medical research
Now that I have this rare condition of brain sensitivity, I believe that it is more dangerous for me to consume these sweeteners without a doctor’s supervision. Sometimes, the side effects don’t show up until after years of being exposed to them.
And because I’m worried about my brain, I think that I should be able to test these sweeteners on myself without a doctor’s supervision.
In other words, I don’t need the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies involved in my life to monitor these sweeteners.
I think that I can do it myself. And if something does go wrong then I will report my findings to the government and they can decide whether or not these sweeteners are good for the rest of the population.
On the other hand, if these sweeteners have no effect on me then I will be able to consume them without a doctor’s supervision as well. There is a reason why people decide to take illegal drugs or abuse prescription drugs rather than just stick to alcohol or tobacco.
The side effects of these are often times much worse or can even be fatal. But if you have the right genes or if you’ve built up a resistance to these side effects then you can get away with it.
Hopefully, that will be me for artificial sweeteners. I don’t want the government to ban them because they are very useful and they have no calories so that would be taking away my freedom.
Researching side effects of artificial sweeteners at home
If I want to research more about the side effects of these sweeteners then I am going to need a lot more funding. My research so far has only scratched the surface and there is a lot that still needs to be done.
To get funding, I need to show that my previous research has been beneficial and is worth investing in further research.
But how do I go about doing this if I’m limited to just experimenting on myself?
Well, I could look for other experimental subjects that are willing to participate in my experiments. But they would have to be people who are willing to consume a lot of artificial sweeteners in various different forms for an extended period of time. Also, they would have to be people who are dedicated to this cause and wouldn’t quit halfway into the experiment.
I could also try to get funding from another organization or company that has a vested interested in this research happening. But I haven’t been able to find one yet and I’m not sure if any companies are willing to fund research on something that doesn’t directly benefit them.
Maybe I’m thinking about this the wrong way though.
What if instead of selling the data that I find out to others, what if I kept it for myself and used it as leverage to get more funding?
The only people who would really be hurt in this scenario are the companies who were foolish enough to fund my research in the first place. They took a risk in funding a project that could have been a total failure or a success and they lost.
I can totally get behind taking other people’s money.
So this is what I’m going to do. I’m going to continue my research, but I’m not going to tell anyone about it until it’s over and done with.
Once I have the results in hand, then I’ll approach a company that seems like they would be the most interested in this research. Then I will try to sell them the results and use it as leverage to get more funding with which I can continue my research.
The only thing that I have to do now is to decide on what company to approach. There are a few food companies that are going to benefit from this information, but there is also the possibility of drugs or other medical treatments being able to be developed using this research.
It really just depends on who is willing to pay the most and who I think will be willing to follow through with another round of funding.
This is going to be a delicate process. I’ll have to make a presentation to whichever company I decide to go with and try to convince them that this research is worth investing more money into.
If I can’t convince them then it’s all been for nothing.
Time to start researching companies and policies.
A few days pass and I have a company in mind that seems like it would be the best choice. I guess one of the benefits of doing research for drug companies is that they tend to have a lot more money to throw around than food manufacturers do.
It also helps that they don’t have any direct competition in this area yet, so they are less likely to be as insecure about their position.
I’ve also got a few more days of actual experimentation and testing to do before I’m ready to approach them though. I’ve managed to narrow it down to just a couple of variations of the drug that seem like they are going to be the most promising, so I’m just running a few more trials on animals before I go ahead and try it out myself.
(And no, I’m not volunteering to be the test subject, this is just to make sure it’s not going to kill anyone) (At least I don’t think so)
I’ve also got a bit of legal wrangling to do. Considering what this research can do, I’d rather not have the company that funds this be able to just take all the credit for it or worse claim ownership over my name.
If I’m going to be in any danger of getting sued over this, I want to make sure there are plenty of legal documents in place that say this was all my idea and the company had no part in it.
Because this is going to affect a lot of people and a lot of money, I’m even letting my parents into on the secret. They’re not going to tell anyone and are just as excited about the whole thing as I am.
I guess all that’s left to decide is when to do this. The sooner I do this, the more money I can get, but it also means less research time which could prove fatal if I don’t give the modified virus enough testing.
Oh yeah, and there’s the little matter of the actual demonstration. I need to figure out a way to do that without actually killing anyone.
A locked up prisoner might work, but I’d rather not because that would be disreputable and possibly cause the company to hesitate on making the investment.
Okay, so here’s what I’m thinking.
I’m going to hire a few people off the street to be test subjects. They won’t know what the drug is exactly, they’ll just know that they are testing a new medicine.
I’ll make the offer well enough that most people should be willing to try it.
The drug is a painkiller, or at least that’s what they’re going to think it is. What they don’t know, is that I’m going to make the pill boost the subject’s heart rate to lethal levels.
It should be enough to kill most people within minutes. Now, there may be some variables that I’ve overlooked, so there will have to be some emergency medical personnel on standby to immediately pump the patients’ stomachs and try other methods of saving their lives.
I figure with enough people, I should be able to narrow down what the exact dose is to where it kills most subjects, but the few that have a lower level of fitness or other factors that keep them alive.
I know this all sounds horrible, but it is going to help in the long run and I’m going to make sure that everyone is well paid for their time, even if they don’t make it through.
Now, with the drug perfected, I’m still going to keep the pill around and still release it to the general public, but with the correct dosage. (And maybe a new name)
One thing I’ve learned though, is that when you’re dealing with the lives of others, there is always risk. I could try to get every potential problem solved a hundred percent, but that would probably take years and still not quell all my paranoia.
All I can do is try to ensure the safety of everyone while trying to limit any potential losses.
I feel like I’m getting off track from my original goal, but this is all interconnected. The health and safety of Dokkrus is more important than anything else.
That being said, there are two threats that I see. One of them is the ogre tribes, which I’ve been able to negotiate with fairly well.
I’ve given them a few new weapons to test out and in exchange, they aren’t attacking Dokkrus. A couple of the ogres have indicated that they would like to advance further with these negotiations, but that’s going to take time on my end.
The other threat is one that I haven’t fully come to terms with yet. The svelk.
I know that both the svelk and ogres have been giving us a wide berth ever since we started arming both of them against one another, but I’m not sure how much longer that’s going to last. The svelk especially since they are an incredibly opportunistic race.
I’ve been running into them more and more lately and it’s starting to make me uncomfortable. I can’t be sure, but there have even been a few times when I think I’ve caught some spying on my company.
That might just be my paranoia though.
Still, we’re going to have to start doing something about them soon, because if they are starting to become more aggressive, we’ll need to strike first to get an advantage.
The problem there is that I’m not exactly sure how to do that. While the svelk may be an evil, dark race that thrives on dealing with the dregs of society, they’re still better fighters than the ogres.
Ogres are tough, but not very bright.
The svelk though?
They have magic to back up their skills. It wouldn’t be any sort of fair fight.
I probably need to consult with Zamed again. He seemed a lot more knowledgeable about this sort of thing and I want to see if he has any ideas.
I’m actually a little surprised that I haven’t seen him again. I thought he’d be back eventually, but there’s been no sign of him.
I do have his bag of holding though he left with me.
Vaughn notices me looking a bit preoccupied.
You OK, boss?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. Just thinking about something.”
You want to talk about it?
I mean if its something with the company, I can help. I don’t know a lot about business and all that, but I’m sure I could come up with a few ideas on how to fix things. You’ve done a lot for all of us and I want to help.”
That’s Vaughn. Always looking out for others before himself.
It’s one of the reasons why he’s one of my best men.
“Thanks Vaughn, but this is something I really need to figure out myself. I’ll let you know if I need your help though.”
Vaughn nods at my response.
“If you say so boss,” he says.
Maybe it’s time for me to start delegating more responsibilities to people. While I appreciate Vaughn’s offer, I can’t help but think that maybe I’m keeping him (and the others) back by not letting them be fully independent.
I mean Kane sure managed to turn his life around from a criminal into a reputable owner of a chain of gladiator arenas.
If he can do it, maybe the rest of them can do as well.
I think I need to have a meeting with everyone and discuss what their future is going to be like in the company. I mean sure, they all know that they’ll always have a place here if they want it, but I think now is the time when I need to start being more hands on with their training if they’re going to survive in this line of work.
I’m surprised I haven’t really thought about this sooner. I guess it’s mainly because I was a little preoccupied with other things in my life like the love triangle going on with Brenda and my own family problems.
I know one thing though, I’m not going to tell Alison about any of this.
Sources & references used in this article:
Why I’m Not Scared of Artificial Sweeteners by K Youngstrom – breakingmuscle.com
Obesity charity allegedly secretly takes money to promote artificial sweeteners by J Briffa – drbriffa.com