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Michelle Knight. Writer, photographer, programmer, truck driver and general, all round nut case. Life is a journey and that's what this blog will probably end up being. Let's see where we go, eh? ;-)

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2 + 2 = ? - Cristina Onassis

All the Pain That Money Can Buy: The Life of Christina Onassis - William Wright

I'm sat here with my friend. We've done the best part of a 10 mile walk today, and I'm catching up on the critical stuff.

 

However, something popped up.

 

You might remember a segment from the biography pictured here, which detailed her love of Diet Coke. http://msknight.booklikes.com/post/1229073/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-251-out-of-380-pages

 

I ended up reading a section from a study on aspartame the start of last year - http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/ui-study-finds-diet-drinks-associated-heart-trouble-older-women

 

"Drinking two or more diet drinks a day may increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, in otherwise healthy postmenopausal women, according to a new University of Iowa study."

Christina effectively died from heart failure.

 

It seems like aspartame was not approved in Europe until the 1980's - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame

 

Aspartame has never had an easy ride on the approval circuits and has suffered a lot of controversy. However, I don't find the UI study in the hoax/debunked list, so I wonder if this has anything to do with Christina's fate. We will likely never know.