What is Aspartame? Is it safe to eat?
July 9, 2010
Aspartame is an excitotoxin, which simply means that it excites your brain cells to death. Dr. Russell Blaylock states that “the ingredients (in aspartame) stimulate the neurons of the brain to death causing brain damage of varying degrees.” Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, 1994.
So what’s in aspartame? Aspartame is made of three components,50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid, and 10% methanol (wood alcohol). The methanol is widely distributed throughout the body including brain, muscle, fat and nervous tissue. This is important: when the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86° Fahrenheit, the methanol coverts to formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and formic acid. What is the normal body temperature again? If I remember correctly, it’s 98.6° isn’t it? So, when you ingest aspartame, it heats up above 86° and the methanol turns to formaldehyde, which enters the cells and binds to the proteins and DNA.
Methanol is toxic. Chronic, low‐level exposure to methanol has been seen to cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, ear buzzing, GI disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness & shooting pains, behavioral disturbances, neuritis, misty vision, vision tunneling, blurring of vision, conjunctivitis, insomnia, vision loss, depression, heart problems (including disease of the heart muscle),and pancreatic inflammation. (Kavet, Robert, Kathleen M. Nauss, 1990. “The Toxicity of Inhaled Methanol Vapors,” Critical Reviews in Toxicology, Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 21‐50)
But don’t many fruits and vegetables contain some methanol? Yes,they do, but they also contain a large amount of ethanol, which acts as a buffer and neutralizes methanol, thus preventing the conversion of methanol to formaldehyde.
In aspartame, there is no such buffer. The maximum “safe” level of methanol per day, as determined by the EPA, is 7.8 mg. One liter of diet soda contains fifty‐six milligrams. And if that’s not enough, remember that aspartame is 50% phenylalanine, a substance that up to twenty million people cannot metabolize, and this inability is genetically inherited by children. The inability to metabolize phenylalanine can lead to mental retardation in children. This means that aspartame causes an increased risk of mental retardation for millions of children.
From 1985 to 1995, researchers did about four hundred aspartame studies. Dr. Ralph G. Walton, M.D., reviewed all the studies on aspartame and found 166 with relevance for human safety. Of those one hundred sixty‐six studies, seventy‐four were funded by G.D. Searle,(makers of Aspartame) eighty‐five were independent, and seven were funded by the FDA.
The results will amaze you, but probably won’t surprise you. Of the seventy‐four studies funded by Searle, all of them gave
aspartame a clean bill of health. However, of the eighty‐five studies that were not funded by Big Pharma or the FDA, eighty‐four of them found aspartame to be dangerous to one’s health.
So, when the FDA tells us that aspartame has been proven to be safe, rest assured that it is basing its findings on the fraudulent
Searle studies. Then, when the JAMA, examining the FDA findings (which are based on the fraudulent Searle studies), announces that “the consumption of aspartame poses no health risk for most people.” Don’t believe it! We recently watched a documentary on aspartame called Sweet Misery. It was amazing. You can see the trailer for the DVD and also see the first five minutes here: http://aspartamekills.com. On this same page you can see the Fox News Report on aspartame – this aired in November, 1999. Nothing has changed since then.
The toxic effects of aspartame are documented by the FDA’s own data. In 1995, the FDA was forced, under the Freedom of
Information Act, to release a list of ninety‐two aspartame symptoms reported by thousands of victims. It appears this is only the tip of the iceberg. Dr. H. J. Roberts, M.D., published the medical text “Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic” which contains over one thousand pages of symptoms and diseases triggered by this excitotoxin, including the sordid history of its approval.
Got a sweet tooth? Try Stevia, an herbal sweetener, as a healthy alternative.