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Old 06-18-2006, 11:06 AM   #1
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How bad is it to be chewing sugarless gum anyway?
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:28 AM   #2
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Try these:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/23/2016.html

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/23/11529.html

Also, search for aspertame on the message boards.
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:45 AM   #3
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I used to work with a guy who would drink 6 pints of beer and smoke 20 cigarettes a day. His diet consisted of doner kebabs and danish pastries. He read somewhere that when you chew gum your stomach starts putting its digestion processes into action and if you're not actually eating, will eat itself from the inside. Because he was health-conscious, he never touched the stuff.
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Old 06-18-2006, 02:14 PM   #4
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Chewing gum is not as healthy as it is made out to be. In fact, it can be very dangerous if you have dental fillings.
Chewing gum releases mercury from the fillings into the bloodstream


So chewing food is now bad for you if you have filings.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:09 PM   #5
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Also, the sweetness will stimulate an insulin release...if its sugar free gum the insulin will then be stored as body fat. Stay away.
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:48 AM   #6
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Chewing gum is a lot of wear and tear on your TMJ, besides fooling your body into believing it will be receiving food. That's on top of the insulin spike from the artificial sweeteners (another cruel joke on the body).

Charlie, you make me want to say such judgemental things. Actually, chewing does release mercury from *all amalgam* fillings, gum, food, or even nocturnal bruxism. All I had to do was go to www.pubmed.org and search for "chewing fillings amalgam release" and I found the studies below. Research something before you stick your foot in your mouth, would you?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstra ct&list_uids=8655765&query_hl=5&itool=pubmed_docsu m
"The impact of excessive chewing on mercury levels was considerable."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstra ct&list_uids=9249192&query_hl=5&itool=pubmed_docsu m
"The mercury (Hg) release from dental amalgam fillings increases by mechanical stimulation."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstra ct&list_uids=15150394&query_hl=5&itool=pubmed_docs um
"After removal of dental amalgams, chew tests no longer exhibit oral Hg exposure..."

Yes, if you have amalgam fillings, you are constantly releasing mercury into your system, from chewing, drinking hot liquids, etc. Yes, it sucks. The only way to fix the problem is to get them removed--if done poorly, your acute mercury exposure is very high. I don't know when dentists stuck their collective heads up their rear ends and starting thinking this was okay. Get "porcelain" fillings.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:29 PM   #7
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So if I don't have any fillings and I chew gum while I work out, wouldn't an insulin response be a positive thing for me to induce?
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