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Excuse the length of this article. It was sent to me my my neice. Is
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The Problem with Aspartame
World Environment Conference on Aspartame
("NutraSweet"): a potent warning
[Direct-quoting an article by Nancy Markle, dated 11-20-97]
I have spent several days lecturing at the World Environment 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 eighty-six degrees F, the wood
alcohol in the product converts, first, 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 patients were being diagnosed with having multiple
sclerosis in error. Ironically, 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 Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi
drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the
victims usually drink three to four 12 oz. cans 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 asymptomatic. Unfortunately, this disease is not reversible.
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 a variant of aspartame, 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 may very well have aspartame disease." People were jumping up
during the lecture saying, "I've got this; is it reversible?"
It is rampant. Even some of the speakers at my lecture 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 sons could no longer walk - due in
part to product usage!
We have a very serious problem. Even a stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one
of my speakers) and me 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 of her 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 among 100 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 the first hearing, people had been reported as going blind. (The
methanol in the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the
eye. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and
arsenic, i.e. 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 the
effect this creates 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 in fact 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 who'd switched from saccharine to an
aspartame product-and how those same relatives 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 in 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 Alzheimers
Disease". (1-800-814-9800). In his book Dr. Roberts tells how aspartame
poisoning is escalating Alzheimer's Disease, and indeed it is. As a hospice
nurse told me, women are being admitted as early as 30 years of age with
Alzheimer's. Drs. Blaylock and 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 resented 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 over ninety
countries worldwide. Fortunately, we had speakers and ambassadors at the
conference from different nations who have pledged their help. In turn, we
ask that you help too. Print this article out and warn everyone you know.
Take anything that contains aspartame back to the store where it was
purchased. 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, the American Dietetic
Association, Congress, and the Conference of the American College of
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 are unlikely to criticize any additives or
advertise their link to Monsanto.
How bad is this? We told a mother with a child using NutraSweet to get it
off the product. The child was having grand mal seizures every day. The
mother called her physician; he called the ADA, who in turn 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 aspartame, the seizures stop. If the baby dies, however, we
know whose fault it is-and what we are up against. There are ninety-two
documented symptoms of aspartame, from coma to death. The majority of them
are 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. The burning tongue and other
problems discussed in over sixty cases can be directly related to the
consumption of an aspartame product. Several thousand 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 120 degree F. Arabian sun for weeks at a time on pallets. The
servicemen 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 Elsas, 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 [pathologists] remove brain tumors, they have
found high levels of aspartame in them".
A possible solution to consider is Stevia, a non-additive sweet food which
helps in the metabolism of sugar. This would be ideal for diabetics, and
has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the F.D.A. For years, the
F.D.A. had outlawed this sweet food, possibly because of its loyalty to
Monsanto. An important caveat here: If the label says "Sugar Free"- check
the ingredients very closely!
Senator Howard Metzenbaum proposed 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). The bill was killed by the
powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and
death on an unsuspecting public. Since the aforementioned Conference of
the American College of Physicians, we hope to have the help of some world
leaders. Again, please help us too. There are many, many people out there
who must be warned.
Please share this life-saving information with them!
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