Thanks for the reminder about Stevia! I have used it; takes VERY small amount. I'm thankful for the newer formulations that aren't quite so bitter. I've yet to be successful using it for baking
Eileen.....try Googling "aspartame". I know there is an aspartame victims group. One very informational (and helpful) site for me has been www.mercola.com
As usual, I don't agree with EVERYTHING he says, but he has been right on about many things, and way ahead of his time. There are forums on subjects there, too. If you search aspartame on his site, you'll find enlightening info.
As for coffee, look out for decaf. Sorry. I learned when I was a hairdresser that Sebastian removed methylinechloride (sp?)from their hairspray (because it is carcinogenic), but that it is commonly used to decaffinate coffee
Look for the "swiss water proces" decaf. It's also a good idea to buy organic here, as coffee beens are high on the list of amounts of pesticides used.
Someone mentioned a Naturopath - excellent! Mine has been the center of guidance for me along this journey to health. Acupuncture also. As with all health information, no one thing is right for every person. You have to learn to listen to your body. If you can find a Naturopath, or Chiropractor, or other health practitioner who utilizes applied kiniseology, there IS a way to test (ask) your body with every substance. I've learned a way to check foods for myself. For instance...I've been back and forth on the coffee issue - is it good for you, is it bad for you....aaaaarh. Coffee is actually benifcial to my body (I don't overdo it tho) It might sound woo-woo at first (as it did to me), but over the years I've discovered that almost ALL of my previous fears (about many alternative methods) were simply due to lack of information.
Hooray to all who are interesting in giving their bodies the nutrients necessary to function optimally. I have no intention of attempting to add years to my life, but certainly DO plan to add life to my years.