Aspartame is the ubiquitous artificial sweetener marketed under
the brand names of NutraSweet, Canderel and shortly in a new form
called Neotame. Touted as having no unpleasant aftertaste, it does,
apparently have some rather serious drawbacks. A number of well-documented
books by medical doctors have been published, linking Aspartame
to brain tumors, brain cell damage and neurological conditions such
as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Other reports link it to
According to Russell Blaylock, MD, a practicing, board-certified
neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills,
we are witnessing enormous damage to the brain and nervous system
due to the ever-increasing amount of Nutrasweet and other excitotoxic
The use of aspartame, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and monosodium
glutamate in prepared foods and beverages continues to increase
on a yearly basis. Dr. Blaylock clearly demonstrates that the neurotoxic
potential of excitotoxins such as MSG and aspartame is so overwhelming
that it can no longer be ignored.
In his book, Your Bodys Many Cries for Water, Dr.
Batmanghelidj states, In the intestinal tract, aspartame
converts to two highly excitatory neurotransmitter amino acids:
apspartate and phenylananine, as well as methyl alcohol/formaldehyde
wood alcohol. I personally think this claim [of the FDA that
it is safe] is made to brush aside voiced objections for commercialization
of a manufactured food that has a known toxic byproduct.
Recent studies, utilizing radiolabeled aspartame, have demonstrated
that its methanol has an affinity for cellular DNA and that it tends
to accumulate with each dose. This means that each time you consume
a diet cola or aspartame sweetened foods, the methanol accumulates
near the DNA, resulting in damage to the DNA in the form of deletions
and breakage of genes. Within the body, methanol is broken down
into formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde was used in the
past as an embalming fluid and preservative for laboratory specimens.
It is no longer used because it has been shown to be a powerful
Ralph G. Walton, MD, a Professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities
College of Medicine, analyzed 164 studies that were felt to have
relevance to the safety of Aspartame for human consumption. Seventy-four
of those studies had aspartame industry-related sponsorship and
90 were funded without any industry money. Of the non-industry-sponsored
studies, 83 of the 90 (92%) identified one or more problems with
aspartame. Of the 7 studies that did not find a problem, 6 were
conducted by the FDA. Given that a number of FDA officials went
to work for the aspartame industry immediately following approval
(including the former FDA Commissioner), many consider these studies
to be equivalent to industry-sponsored research.
It is ludicrous, said Dr. Blaylock, with all
we know about the destructive effects of excitotoxins, to allow
our children and ourselves to continue on this destructive path.
The concerns voiced by him and other respected doctors and educated
laymen are serious enough to make one think twice before reaching
for that diet soda or using MSG. Please look into some of the resources
given below and make up your own mind.
(Association of American Physicians and Surgeons)
List of dietary sugars and their effects: http://www.sugarsreport.com/
Blaylock, Russell L., Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (Health
Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico, c1994).
H. J. Roberts, M.D., Aspartame (NutraSweet), Is it Safe?
Paperback (September 1992) The Charles Press, Publishers;