I've read that too. Here's an article I came across concerning aspartame:
FDA IS SUING FOR COLLUSION WITH MONSANTO
Article written by Nancy Markle (1120197)
I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on "ASPARTAME marketed as 'NutraSweet', 'Equal', and 'Spoonful"'.
In the keynote address by the EPA, they announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant across the United States. I explained that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F., the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants). The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus people were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error.
The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is.
In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.
Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually drink three to four 12-oz. cans of them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by ASPARTAME, the victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus
to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes life threatening. When we get people off the aspartame, those with systemic lupus usually become symptomatic.
Unfortunately, we cannot reverse this disease.
On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We have seen cases where their vision has returned and even their hearing has returned. This also applies to cases of tinnitus. During a
lecture I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision,
or memory loss-you probably have AS- PARTAME DISEASE!"
People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I've got this, is it reversible?" It is rampant. Some of the speakers at my lecture even were suffering from these symptoms. In one lecture attended by the Ambassador of Uganda, he told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame! He continued by saying that one of the industry leader's son could no longer
walk due in part by product usage! We have a very serious problem. Even a stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and myself and said, 'could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS?
During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six other friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence.
Here is the problem. There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in lOO different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED! ! ! ! ! At the time of this first hearing, people were going blind. The methanol in the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye. Formaldehydeis
grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic -DEADLY POISONS!!!
Unfortunately, it just takes longer to quietly kill, but it is killing people and causing all kinds of neurological problems. Aspartame changes the brain's chemistry. It is the reason for severe seizures. This drug changes the dopamine level in the brain. Imagine what this drug does to patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. This drug also causes birth defects.
There is absolutely no reason to take this product. It is NOT A DIET PRODUCT!!!!! The Congressional record said, "It makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT". Dr. Roberts stated that when he got patients off aspartame, their average weight loss was 19 pounds per person.
The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Aspartame is especially deadly for diabetics. All physicians know what wood alcohol will do to a diabetic. We find that physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact; it is caused by the aspartame. The aspartame keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing
many patients to go into a coma. Unfortunately, many have died. People were telling us at the Conference of the American College of Physicians, that they had relatives that switched from saccharin to an aspartame product and
how that relative had eventually gone into a coma. Their physicians could not get the blood sugar levels under control. Thus, the patients suffered acute memory loss and eventually coma and death.
Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxic without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it goes past the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, Neurosurgeon, said, "The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS (Health Press 1-800-643-2665).
Dr. H.J. Roberts, diabetic specialist and world expert on aspartame poisoning, has also written a book entitled DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER 'S DISEASE (1-800-814-9800). Dr. Roberts tells how aspartame poisoning is escalating Alzheimer's disease, and indeed it is. As the hospice nurse told me, women are being admitted at 30 years of age with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Roberts will be writing a position paper with some case histories and will post it on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians, "we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison".
Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed. He said, "his diabetic patients presented memory loss, confusion, and severe vision loss". At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they did not know. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence).
Just before the Conference, I received a FAX from Norway, asking for a possible antidote for this poison because they are experiencing so many problems in their country. This poison" is now available in 90 PLUS countries worldwide. Fortunately, we had speakers and ambassadors at the Conference from different nations who have pledged their help. We ask that you help too. Print this article out and warn everyone you know. Take anything that contains aspartame back to the store. Take the "NO ASPARTAME TEST" and send us your case history."
I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of aspartame, knows how deadly it is. They fund the American Diabetes Association, American Dietetic Association, Congress, and the Conference of the American College of Physicians. The New York Times, on November 15, 1996, ran an article on
how the American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their products.
Therefore, they cannot criticize any additives or tell about their link to MONSANTO. How bad is this? We told a mother who had a child on NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was having grand mal seizures every day.The mother called her physician, who called the ADA, who told the doctor not to take the child off the NutraSweet. We are still trying to convince the mother that the aspartame is causing the seizures. Every time we get someone off of aspartame, the seizures stop. If the baby dies, you know whose fault it is, and what we are up against. There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame, from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological, because the aspartame destroys the nervous system.
Aspartame Disease is partially the cause to what is behind some of the mystery of the Desert Storm health problems (Gulf War Syndrome). The burning tongue and other problems discussed in over 60 cases can be directly related
to the consumption of an aspartame product. Several thou- sand pallets of diet drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm troops. (Remember heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86 degrees F). Diet drinks sat in the I20-degree F. Arabian sun for weeks at a time on pallets. The service
men and women drank them all day long. All of their symptoms are identical to aspartame poisoning.
Dr. Roberts says consuming aspartame at the time of conception can cause birth defects". The phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta, causing mental retardation, according to Dr. Louis EIsas, Pediatrician Professor -Genetics, at Emory University in his testimony before Congress. In the original lab tests, animals developed brain tumors (phenylalanine breaks down into DXP, a brain tumor agent). When Dr.Espisto was lecturing on aspartame, one physician in the audience, a neurosurgeon, said, "when they remove brain tumors, they have found high levels of Aspartame in them".
Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT AN ADDITIVE, helps in the metabolism of sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics, has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA For years, the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.
If it says "SUGAR FREE" on the label DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!
Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies ON THE problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes in neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public. Since the Conference of the American College of Physicians, we
hope to have the help of some world leaders.
Again, please help us too. There are a lot of people out there who must be warned, *please* let them know this information. Young people drink a lot of diet coke.
(NOTE: someone who read this wondered about the veracity of the article, and this is a response someone else wrote to their question)
I'm not sure what you were saying with these quotes from Urban Legends.
Are you supporting the "Aspartame is safe. This is a hoax." line?
Believe me, if that is so, you have been greatly misled -- which is the goal of the FDA, and sweetener industry.
There are several books out on the dangers of aspartame. There is an extensive list of doctors who have made statements about it from what they have gleaned from their own practices. There are currently at least 5 aspartame detoxification centers throughout the US.
I have read countless personal stories about what aspartame has done to people. It makes one want to cry. So many people have had their lives literally destroyed by this. It is incredible to me that the government agency which is SUPPOSED to be looking after our interests is actually in cahoots with the supporters, manufacturers, etc. of this poison. And poison is what it is. Check the original reports for getting it approved -- not as a sweetener, by the way. Learn how there's a revolving door between the FDA and the drug companies (work for the FDA, help the industry, and then the industry will hire you at a tidy salary when you leave the FDA).
There are 162 articles/references to aspartame just on the Dr. Mercola website. (That is the first or second most frequently visited health newsletter site [according to what he recently announced] on the web.)
By the way, MSG is a cousin of aspartame. Also check out www.nomsg.com.
You may be amazed at the far-reaching, health-destroying effects of aspartame. The FDA itself compiled a list (originally published and available but now available from them only as a Freedom of Information document -- if you can even get it) of some 92 symptoms related to the use of aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, etc.) -- from headaches to death, from brain tumors to seizures, from blindness to weight gain, from birth defects and/or learning difficulties to you-name-it.
Don't take my word for any of this. Go to these sites, do your own research and make your own decision.
> I read many messages & news on Aspartame
> (to replace sugar in much food-as a
> substitute), and I fel that this product
> many people consume much is really dangerous
> for your health. Many heavy & dangerous
> diseases could come from eating it worse
> than sugar, sugar being pretty bad itself...
> Aspartame is really dangerous & I
> recommend peopl not to take that stuff in
> their body at all, you can find it in the
> coffe-sugar free substitues, all diet sodas
> & in many other products... Beware!
> Consumoing a lo of Aspartame during many
> yars could some say bring you to become
> disabled, neurones & muscles & all
> body strongly damaged!... Joshua