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Ticking Bomb: El Mayimbe’s Personal Battle Against Adrenal Cancer

300sequel-featuretteCrowdfunding campaigns are about being as open and transparent as possible. So I want to take the time to address the rumors, questions, and daily emails I have been getting concerning my health. I’m going to step away from my swaggerific fanboy journo alter ego for a second to talk to you guys as Umberto or Umbe (pronounced um-bay) as my close pals call me.

In early 2012, I started having a pretty weird discomfort in my flank area. Not a specific pain, but something weird that I felt when I would sleep in a certain position. I go visit the doctor, go through a checkup, get the necessary bloodwork, and everything is absolutely fine, normal, and within range. Blood pressure, hormone levels, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc., everything completely checks out. My doctor wants me to get a cat scan but here is the problem, because I’m completely healthy, the insurance company turns my request down for a catscan not once but twice. The doctor informs me if it bothers me that much, to simply check myself into the ER.

So I’m in the ER, and finally get my catscan thinking I have gallstones (since it runs in my family on both sides) or kidney stones. What the catscan reveals is a small benign mass about 3cm above my right adrenal gland called an adrenal adenoma. I get sent home and visit an endocrinologist who orders different bloodwork to see if the adenoma is producing hormones. I pass that blood test too with flying colors. The adenoma is non functional meaning it doesn’t produce hormones. So now we monitor the situation over the next year to see if anything changes. I left weightlifting in October of 2010, kinda let myself go, and got motivated to get back into shape. I started doing cardio, watching my carbs, and over the next year I would drop about 50 pounds.

Cut to a year later, I’m looking great, fitting into old clothes, and feeling good about myself  yet the discomfort in my flank area was a little more pronounced. So on tax day, April 15th I got my followup cat scan of my abdomen with contrast. Contrast is the dye they inject in you so they can see better. Two weeks later, I’m sitting in my endocrinologist’s office waiting for the results and I get the terrible news that the benign mass was no longer an adenoma, but a fast growing tumor that pretty much grew twenty times in circumference in the span of the year. On it’s longest side, the tumor was 7cm. I was shell shocked to say the least. I spent a year getting healthy, losing weight, eating right, and doing all the right things you are supposed to do to only find out that tumor grew.  I was confused.

Because of the size and location of the tumor, it was considered too dangerous to do a biopsy hence, surgery and complete resection of the tumor was my only option. More blood and urine tests ensue to see if the tumor was functional or producing hormones and luckily my hormones were still within normal range. If the tumor was functional, I would need to take medication to stop the tumor from producing hormones so that they can remove it safely during surgery. Because the tumor was non functional, we can proceed to having surgery as soon as there was an opening in the operating room. I would meet my urologist who would perform the surgery, and he put me through pre-op preparation which included passing a physical and even more blood and urine tests to be absolutely sure that the tumor wasn’t functional. I passed everything again with flying colors.

On May 14th, almost a month to the day of my followup catscan, my urologist and his surgical team performed a robotic adrenalectomy using the Davinci surgical robot. The surgery took four hours. They would not only remove the tumor, but my right adrenal gland as well. I clearly remembered being wheeled into the operating room and admiring all the sick technology they had. It looked like something out of S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters. Raised as a Catholic, and being a former altar boy, I said an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and an Act of Contrition. That is the last thing I remembered before being knocked out by anesthesia.

When I woke up, I didn’t really feel anything because I was doped up on morphine. But the carbon dioxide gas they use during surgery? Now that hurts because it takes a few days for the gas to leave the body. I was hospitalized for a few days as my left adrenal gland picked up the slack. More blood and urine tests at all hours of the day ensued and I would sleep or try to sleep when I could. Once everything checked out, I was discharged and I went home.

Over the next two weeks, while the surgical stitches healed, I would slowly get back into my routine. On the 29th of May, I would have my followup appointment with my urologist, have my stitches removed, and receive the results of the pathology report. After the surgery, the urologist sent my tumor to the pathologist to find out just what the hell that tumor was. It was 10cm when all was said and one. It grew THREE MORE CENTIMETERS in the span of a month between the followup catscan and surgery!

So my urologist has my pathology report and gives me the news.

The tumor was in fact a malignant cancer.

Stage II Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma (ACC).

According to WEBMD:

Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare tumor that affects only 1 to 2 persons per one million population. Although adrenal carcinoma is potentially curable at early stages, only 30% of these malignancies are confined to the adrenal gland at the time of diagnosis. Radical surgical excision is the treatment of choice for patients with localized malignancies and remains the only method by which long-term disease-free survival may be achieved.

My urologist had to give me the news at least twice because I went numb the first time he told me. The good news is that my pre-op revealed that the cancer didn’t metastasize, and the surgical margins were clear or negative meaning that the cancer was contained only to my right adrenal gland. My urologist told me that there is a strong chance that I might be cured. I am part of that lucky 30% that discover it early. The other 70% find out when it is too late when the cancer is functional, producing hormones, and causing all sorts of nasty problems. Left untreated, and at the rate my tumor was growing, I would have been dead within a year. That kind of news would freak out even the most hardened individuals.

According to the American Cancer Society, the 5 year survival rate after surgery for my particular cancer is 65%. The one thing about this rare and lethal cancer is that it has a high rate of recurrence. That fact alone made me make militant spartan changes to my lifestyle which is now about prevention and making sure recurrence doesn’t happen.

Although nobody knows what causes ACC, my endocrinologist has a theory. She asked me a simple question…

“Do you drink a lot of diet and zero calorie soda?”

I in fact indeed do or did. PepsiMax, Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, and even Crystal Light were my favorites. I would go through 2-3 liters of this junk a week. As I play back the last year of my life, I did all that I was supposed to do to get in shape and remain healthy yet, I downed zero calorie sodas as if it was water. I like my coffee light & sweet so I would also take at least two tablespoons of splenda a day with my coffee.  What chemical does splenda, crystal light, and all these zero calorie sodas contain?

Aspartame.

I am beyond convinced that aspartame in fact poisoned me. I found a groundbreaking study that links the consumption of Aspartame to increased risk of Lymphoma and Leukemia. This new study suggests that as little as a single 355ml can of diet soda daily greatly increases the risk for cancers in men and women. It can also increase the risk of multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men. You can read that study HERE.

I was a damn fool. If consuming a can increases those kind of risks, imagine what 2-3 liters a week can do. How could I have been so stupid?  Which now brings me to the point of this piece. I’m not looking for sympathy, but hoping to raise awareness on the dangers of aspartame.

Folks, please do yourselves, your children, and your loved ones a favor. Eliminate all sorts of regular, zero, and diet calorie soft drinks from your lives. Crystal light too. Artificial sweetners like aspartame are pure poison. If I can positively change the life of just one Latino-Review reader to eliminate aspartame from their lives, then sharing my story served it’s purpose. I say this modestly, having some sort of online popularity as a fanboy journo, having a tad of pull with the press, and having a popular platform like this website, I hope my story gets out to as many people as possible because I might just be saving lives. Also, with the upcoming holiday and comic con season around the corner, please stay hydrated and have water on you at all times. Avoid sodas at all cost.

I don’t wish the horror of what I went through and what I luckily avoided on absolutely anyone. I’m exploring the feasibility of filing a class action lawsuit against the soda companies but wanted to use our website as a platform in the interim to get the word out on the dangers of aspartame.

So where does this leave me?

I become an overnight expert on ACC, did my research, poured over all the data available, and sought out other ACC survivors. I made profound lifestyle and dietary changes. Everything I eat now is organic and I juice fruits and vegetables daily, multiple times a day. The only beverage I consume is water and lemon to keep the body alkalized. That and green tea. My biggest hope is a politician who is also an ACC survivor named Steve Kubby. Kubby outlasted ACC and still going strong for forty years since he was given only six months to live. I will be moving back to California to live full time in the fall and will be sitting down with Steve Kubby for reasons that go beyond the scope of this article.

Being a cancer survivor, you can live your life in one of two ways, you can live your life in fear or you can live to the fullest. I chose the latter. Surviving ACC gave me purpose.

Will metastatic cancer cells overwhelm me one day like Xerxes hordes overwhelmed the 300 Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae? I honestly don’t know. But this much I do know…

…not without a fight!

No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan law.

And by Spartan law, we will stand and fight.

I am doing everything possible and utilizing everything available in both modern and alternative medicine to keep ACC from returning. Am I scared to death? Absolutely. But John Wayne said it best, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” These last few months have been the most challenging of my life. As a part of the campaign, regardless of what we raise, I’m going to be making a donation to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2C is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C is bringing together the best and the brightest researchers and encouraging collaboration instead of competition among the entire cancer community.

Speaking of Spartans, fifty five so far have joined our indiegogo campaign. We can certainly use more. I hear the whispers about the campaign, read the comments that trolls have left, and read the anonymous emails that spineless cowards have sent me. Sorry haters, I’m not the quitting type. I’m not the type to throw in the towel after the first or second quarter. In fact, the negativity only fuels my motivation and strengthens my resolve.

No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan law.

And by Spartan law, we will stand and fight.

It’s now halftime with a lot of the game still left to play and a lot of fight left in me. I have quite a mountain to climb and the determination to see it through no matter what. So thank you for taking the time to read my story, and at the very least I hope you consider eliminating aspartame from your lives. If you wish to join our campaign, please click on the widget below because we can certainly use more Spartan warriors. Thanks again everyone.

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  • http://www.batman-on-film.com/ Jett Batmanonfilm

    Moving story. Kick some ass El!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Bill!

  • TheHitchhikingGhost

    Jesus. How awful and inspiring at the same time. I sir will be steering clear of Aspartame from here on out. Thank you.

  • http://cerusso.blogspot.com/ Russo

    You’re truly an inspiration hermano! Funny enough, I started limiting soda about two years ago, but still indulge here and there. This month I’m starting a lifestyle change, and was taking a break from soda entirely for the month, but this just made it for good. Stay strong Mayimbe!

  • Luftar Rama

    Inspirational man! Long time reader and big fan, I’m proud of your new found purpose and I wish you the best of luck and health!

  • http://goodmoviesbadmovies.com/ Chris McCarron

    I drink gallons of the stuff every day… I have heard of the effects of aspartame, but your story has had a far bigger effect on me than any research paper I have read.

    I would wish you luck, but you don’t need it. You’ll kick it’s ass!

  • Owsler

    With a father who survived bowel cancer, and is now (knock on wood) healthy, this kind of story really hits home. And as someone who probably drinks too much Coke, your words on aspartame have really given me pause. All the best for the future man.

  • Edward Douglas

    Shit, Umberto… not you too…. :( This has been a bad year for cancer screwing with people I like (including myself) and I find it quite upsetting. :(

  • shogunmaster

    Powerful bro. I’ve been studying what they put in our foods for awhile now and it’s terrifying. I agree with your conclusions completely. Bought myself a Magic Bullet and have three smoothies with every organic veggie and fruit I can fit into it. If for nothing else, I feel a zillion time better and my memory is even coming back. I wish more people would take up the cause to eat and live healthier and spread the news that GMO, processed foods, aspartame, etc are killing us.

    Glad you won this battle brother and glad you are going to keep fighting the war..

  • http://www.cinefiloz.com/ Emmanuel Baez

    I really don’t like your journalistic arrogance (the way you break news and scoops) but this is something personal and I’m having personal issues with other form of Cancer and I just want to tell you that you’re a great man for sharing this with everyone. Keep up the good work and stay healthy!

  • elmayimbe

    Thank you!

  • Bilal Khan

    Wish you all the best mate!

    No more diet or zero calorie drinks for me!

  • elmayimbe

    I’m fine and hopefully will remain that way! Stay strong Ed!

  • elmayimbe

    Thank you!

  • elmayimbe

    Thank you! Duly noted and keep the arrogance in check. ;)

  • http://instantnyc12.tumblr.com/ Terrence Aybar

    Keep fighting the good fight. This was eye opening to say the least.

  • Worker11811

    You are very brave for both you fight against cancer and to expose the dangers of aspartame. DO NOT GIVE UP! No matter what any doctor or skeptics tell you. I know you are doing your research but one other thing you want to consider giving up is sugar. Please research the connection between Sugar (in all of its forms-even in fruits) and sugar. God bless you and I will be rooting for you!

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  • Michael Frederick

    I just want to thank you for your constant reporting, humor, and overall likability as a person. I started off with AICN years and years ago, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon this site and in particular, you as a fellow lover of comics and cinema. Gracias por toda lo que tiene hacer amigo,

    Michael

  • http://jaycerxisempre.blogspot.com Jaycer17

    Holy shit, hermano. I’m stunned. I’m ditching splenda from my life right now. So effin’ glad you’re a survivor. Ahora sigue jodiendo por ahí. Great to still have you around.

  • Adrian Siri

    Hola Mayimbe, soy tu fanatico desde REp. Dom. crees que podrias traducir esta historia al español, tienes muchos seguidores de aquí y es seguro que quieren conocer tu historia,

    Muchas bendiciones, salud, y que Dios haga en ti un milagro!

    saludos,

  • Joe K.

    I FWD’d this article to my wife and highlighted the part about Aspartame … I’ve been on her about that for a while. She’s finally agreed to switch to real sugar when needed and no more ‘Zero’ calorie drinks. Stay well!!!

  • mb_ellerbrock

    “What chemical does splenda, crystal light, and all these other zero calorie sodas contain? Aspartame.”

    Just thought I should point out that Splenda is entirely unrelated to Aspartame.

    “Splenda is the commercial name and registered trade mark of a sucralose-based artificial sweetener derived from sugar [...] Splenda usually contains 95% dextrose (D-glucose) and maltodextrin which the body readily metabolizes, combined with a small amount of mostly indigestible sucralose.”

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splenda

  • Brad Robinson

    I will say a prayer for you!!!!

  • Rodpena24

    Primo… This brought a tear to my eye… You have given me a wake up call I must act and really take care of my body and be extra vigilant with what I eat. Thank you for telling this account of your life. Much Love Umbe…

  • Ivan__Drago

    God bless bro.

    I drink multiple cans of diet soda a day. I’m in healthcare and never considered the risks credible. Based on your experience, I have drank my last.

  • jamthemaj

    This is a very inspiring piece, and I’m so happy to hear that you beat that dreadful disease! For many years now, I have been against artificial sweetners, especially those containing Aspartame. It is so unhealthy, and there have been numerous studies proving its link to cancer. I lost my dad to cancer, so I’m with you. A lot of people in my family dropped that stuff. One of my best friends drinks the diet and zero calorie crap all the time. I keep warning him to stop. I’m going to forward your piece to him right now. I hope it changes him. Your cause is noble, and I support you. You rock, Umbe! :)

    I love this site! It’s one of my favorites, and I visit daily while I’m at work.

  • great ceasers ghost

    powerful stuff I wish you well

  • artofstu

    Glad you’re doing well, man. I know what it’s like to have health issues. Had to have a foot of my colon taken out recently, and it has not been fun. It wasn’t cancer, and hopefully that won’t develop for me. But my prayers are with you, man.

  • Jesus_Slade

    Thats why I drink beer!!
    Love your message mate and hope everything goes well!
    Cheers from Australia!
    Keep it up!

  • Argentino

    Good luck Mayimbe and stay strong! From a fellow latino and daily reader I wish you the best. I hope you beat this motherfucker quickly and forever.

  • Gammera2

    YOU’LL KEEP FIGHTING AND YOU’LL WIN!

  • Michael

    Congrats on being one of the lucky few with your ailment. I can’t imagine the stress and shock you have gone through because of that. I wish you nothing but the best and think it’s great you want to keep yourself healthy with a new focus on things.

    As a scientist though I have to point out that the article that you have linked pointing out the problems with Aspartame has been lambasted in the scientific community as being horrible and sloppy science, this is pointed out in the comments section of that very link you provided. If you believe that your intake of artificial sweeteners played a role in things and you want to warn others that this could be the case, that’s fine, but pointing to a faulty scientific paper doesn’t make your argument better, it makes it worse.

    Again, not trying to be a dick or anything, just thought I’d point things out and also congratulate you on coming out of things better and stronger. Good luck.

  • Johnny Harper

    Pa´lante man! Que te mejores lo más pronto posible!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Russo!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Luftar!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Chris!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Owsler!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Bilal!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Terrence!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Worker11811!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Michael!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Jaycer17!

  • elmayimbe

    Dimelo primo! Muchisimas gracias!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Joe!

  • elmayimbe

    Fair enough. Thanks Michael!

  • elmayimbe

    Pa’lante Johnny!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Gammera2!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Argentino!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks mate!

  • elmayimbe

    Wow! Thanks Stu and hope you are well.

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks great ceasers ghost!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks jamthemaj!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Ivan Drago! ;)

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Rodney!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Joe!

  • Lazarus St Jones

    Wishing you strength and speedy recovery, Papa.

  • jamthemaj

    De nada :)

  • HoldensDad

    What a story. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been a faithful reader of your site for years and this is the first time I’ve ever been inspired to comment. My wife and I are just waking up to the dangers of aspertane, GMOs, etc and have grown increasingly saddened by our government’s lack of attention to the matter. This column WILL save lives El. Thank you!

  • @Nico_RojasC

    i have an aunt losing the battle against cancer, moving story man, I wish people could learn from other experiences that some shit we take everyday because it’s supposed to be “healthy” could actually kill us, or kill your loved ones. Respeto desde Chile Umberto!

  • Justin Olson

    I have to agree, Michael.

    Two of the three studies presented as sources on that Collective Evolution website (a site with ridiculous Anti-vax articles by the same author, Joe Martino, btw) used rats as subjects, not humans. The paper that dealt with human subjects was not actually a controlled human clinical study looking at the effects of aspartame, but rather was analyzing the data of two previous, separate studies (one completely female and one completely male) that related nutritional factors to the incidence of serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, and other vascular diseases.

    The conclusion of this review study says very clearly that, “[T]he inconsistent sex effects and occurrence of an apparent cancer risk in individuals who consume regular soda do not permit the ruling out of chance as an explanation.”

    Chance cannot be ruled out as an explanation! If chance cannot be ruled out, that is a negative result. The Collective Evolution website gets the conclusion of the study completely wrong!

    I’m very glad you are cancer free today, El Mayimbe. But it’s important to remember that correlation does not mean causation. Don’t be fooled by the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy: just because cancer was found after ingesting aspartame, that doesn’t prove aspartame caused the cancer.

  • Jim Dante

    El Jefe, stay strong!

  • sircadlab

    I’m a health educator and while no one wants anyone to go through anything cancer related, vet your sources. Much of what you mentioned is fodder for health coaches, clinicians and the like and very “Jenny McCarthy” territory. That being said living healthy and free of processed ANYTHING is a good plan-along with the biggest part-EARLY DETECTION

  • Qyoo

    cheering/praying for you all the way from s.korea! thank you for the headsup on aspartame!

  • ANTI Douche

    El…
    You & Harry of AICN…
    You are the 2 M*therfuckers…
    Of the old regime, that made Scoop/Spoiler sites…
    AWESOME.

    Good luck, god bless, and keep…
    Kicking MARVEL Spoiler @ss!!!
    Thoughts are with you, El dude.
    :)

  • The Usual Suspect

    Wow, that was an intense read. As soon as I read the part about you downing the zero-cal drinks and other artificial garbage I knew where it was heading, good luck and I wish you the best in your endeavors.

  • runner_j

    Best of luck to you, Umbe, and thank you for spreading the word about aspartame. It is lethal for the reasons you mentioned, but there are other studies that have linked it to mental illness, as it apparently can have a detrimental effect on a person’s brain chemistry. Everyone should avoid this like it’s the plague; in a real sense, it is.

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Brad!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Lazarus!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks HoldensDad!

  • elmayimbe

    Gracias Nico! Saludos!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Jim!

  • elmayimbe

    Wow! Hello and Thanks Qyoo!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Anti Douche!

  • elmayimbe

    Thanks Usual Suspect!

  • elmayimbe

    thanks runner_j!

  • Heywood Jablowme

    I will never drink another diet soda.

  • BobL (my name ain’t Bob)

    Peace, elmayimbe. A bunch of random thoughts: Aspertame is in yogurt too. It’s e coli feces. Eating mushrooms daily is supposed to cut off blood supply to cancer cells. Good doctor: http://garynull.com more links: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=shop&q=healing+cancer+from+the+inside+out&hl=en , http://www.ravediet.com/ , http://www.foodmatters.tv/content/cancer , http://www.drfuhrman.com/

    I’m not an expert. But I hope this stuff helps.

  • SonRyu

    Thanks for the article. My mother used to drink Pepsi seemingly 24/7. She ended up having a surgery on a gallbladder duct because of gallstones, which the doctors said was caused by the large intake of soda over the years. My mother also had (and sadly, died from) multiple myeloma. I don’t know what was in Pepsi at the time (80′s-90′s), or whether this is purely coincidental, but after reading this article, I feel more secure in my own decision to eliminate soda from as much of my life as possible (which I’ve been doing since my mother’s passing).

  • Lemming

    I totally agree with you on Aspartame. However: “This new study suggests that as little as a single 355ml can of diet soda daily ” That’s not a moderate amount. A soda daily? A soda is a treat. I know perspective can be a little different in the Americas, but as a Brit, trust when I tell you that the amount you were drinking (and which no doubt caused your cancer, as ANYTHING in excess can cause problems) is really excessive. It doesn’t matter when a soda is ‘diet’ it’s still a soda, and it’s still NOT water. Sugar in your coffee? Not a big deal (and seriously, sugar is at least a naturally occurring product), but try honey. Also, if you want to be super-healthy, just drink bottled water. Still want Soda? Have the full-fat version, but just have a single-serving can A WEEK. Tell yourself: It’s a treat. You wouldn’t eat a cake every day would you? Feel better, man.

  • Ricardo B.

    Thank You for sharing your story with us, you are a very courageous person.
    Lo mejor de suerte en toda tu vida y que tengas buena salud por muchos años y tambien para que sigas escribiendo los buenos artículos para todos nosotros.
    Saludos

  • Daley

    Get well soon fella

  • http://knuts-film-blog.blogspot.co.uk/ Paxton

    Coño, tio, that was difficult to read.

    You know the etymological origin of Aspartame is “without Sparta”?

    …it isn’t really, but it could be.

    I drink a can or two of diet soda a day – you’ve definitely made me think twice. No soda for lunch for me today.

    WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION!??

  • Guest

    Te lo traduzco yo, si quieres.

  • Adrian Siri

    Ok… y envíalo a mi correk adriansiri23@gmail.com, por favor
    Muchas gracias

  • Dan Riedel

    Wow, this was an eye-opening story. I’m starting to think it may be time to do an audit of the FDA, because it seems they let stuff like this go all the time…

    My father has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 60. Ironically enough, I did some research on what causes that, and there have been studies saying that dietary factors also come in to play here. One article I read recently said that drinking Vitamin D milk could also trigger this if you drink a healthy dose of it in your middle age years. Ironically enough, my dad drank milk like it was water EVERY DAY SINCE CHILDHOOD.

    The media, etc enforces these bad behaviors, and the departments used to prevent such poisons from entering our food supply have been sitting back with one hand in their pocket and their other hand extended, collecting kickbacks from interest groups. This madness has to stop.

    I’m glad you brought this to light, because I changed my diet recently too and have been alternating between water and vitamin waters (that have aspartame). I’ll be switching to only water and whole fruits from now on.

    Stay strong friend and Godspeed!

  • Jana Quintin

    Thanks for sharing your story, man. My best friend was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma a few years ago, and when shit got hard, she and I pissed ourselves laughing over this YouTube video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0eINGyJHz8

    Hope you get as much of a kick out of it as we did. Thanks for including a call to action in your story and already winning against cancer by engaging in battle from minute one. Can’t wait to hear more about your triumphant comeback along with Breakneck news. :-)

    See you at the party in a few weeks!!

  • ergu

    Aye, sucks about the cancer dude. My dad just died from that. The whole aspartame thing though… is weak. I personally hate the taste, but while I WORRY about what it does to one’s health, the evidence of it causing cancer is just not there. The blog you linked to, links to three studies. Two are about direct experiments on RATS, not humans. Studies on rats are great as a jumping off point for where to go with more meaningful research, but they don’t tell us anything conclusive about what will happen to humans under similar circumstances. Humans are omnivores and rats are herbivores. We are made to eat different things.

    The non-rat study says, in its own abstract, that the discrepancy between the incidence of cancer between men and women NEGATES the study’s ability to “rule out chance as an explanation”. It is extremely important to pay attention to details like this. You have to take a holistic approach to your health, meaning you cannot get wound around the axle on something like how likely a single substance is to cause cancer, especially when evidence supporting that idea is so weak. A lot of weird shit goes into diet soda. Could be the aspartame, could be something else. Could be lots of things all at the same time.

  • DDM

    Congrats on your new health, El Mayimbe! There is even evidence that artificially sweetened zero-calorie drinks do not actually help people lose weight in the long-term. Trying to trick your body is never a good thing. I’ve switched to stevia, which is natural like sugar but has almost no calories. So far I’m loving it.

  • DDM

    While I agree with EM that artificial sweeteners are bad news, I think the reason we are experiencing these health nightmares is not because of one chemical (aspartame) but rather because our entire food industry is basically a bunch of scary unpronounceabe chemicals and modified processed crap–not real food in its natural state as it should be eaten. Also, I don’t see any big positive changes on the horizon. The food revolution will happen one person at a time.

  • Tanviper

    I just finished my soda as I was reading this. it will be my last as well.

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  • Rafi Korkis.

    I hope that you get better. Take Care, El Mayimbes.

  • Dario Torfi Rodriguez

    Ánimo desde Espanha Umberto. Un puto cáncer no nos va a joder ahora.

  • jp

    glad to hear youre okay. thanks for the info on aspartame.

  • Kurt G. Buttstadt

    You got our support. Thanks for kicking ass. Keep us posted please.

  • Grayskull’s Doorbell

    Great story El. Goodl uck. I know you will keep the cancer beast at bay. And good for you for responding to every message that someone has left. Keep up the fight and you have not only acheived your goal of having “one” person remvoe Aspartame from their lives but many.

  • don

    there is an all natural zero calorie sweetner called STEVIA. ‘zevia’ soda is all natural, 0 calories. you can get stevia even at target in the usa, to sweeten iced tea or coffee. aspertame was pushed forward by rumsfeld, so you know its poison. do your reserch, avoid ALL fake food, only eat all natural. STEVIA is the way to go! good luck in your win against c.

  • TheBBP

    Stay low brother. Keep fighting.