Aspartame is a highly toxic substance and has been associated with numerous neurological conditions. It is thought that 80% or more cases of M.S. for example, are actaully aspartame poisioning that has stored in the brain causing damage.
Currently, aspartame goes by over 11 different names including but not limited to: Aspartame, NutraSweet, Equal Spoonful, Benevia and Natra Taste and is in nearly 10,000 different products!!! Just like a pharmaceutical, when the patent runs out, anyone else can manufacturer that drug under any other name they want. The patent has now run out on aspartame and thus will be found under who knows what name in the future. It will be impossible to know.
Below is an article published on the health effects of Aspartame. Read it carefully and support those around you in cutting out this dangerous poision.
Aspartame - the silent killer
Aspartame is marketed as NutraSweet, Equal Spoonful, Benevia, NatraTaste and since the patent on it has now expired it likely will come on the market under many different names.
Undoubtedly you have heard that Aspartame is a safe sweetener and people use it to loose weight. Unfortunately that information is criminally false and misleading.
Aspartame is made of 3 components, 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methanol (wood alcohol). In the body methanol breaks down into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and formic acid.
Aspartame banned in Europe for children's products On the European Common Market, Aspartame is banned for all children's products. Why is this not the case in Canada and the U.S.? Because Monsanto - which owns the NutraSweet Company which manufactures Aspartame - pays off the FDA, the American Medical Association, The American Dietetic and Diabetic Associations, Congressmen and Senators and virtually anyone who gets in the way, and in other countries too. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation caught them red handed and aired a program where Monsanto was trying to bribe Canadian Doctors at Health Canada.
More on the Monsanto company: Monsanto is the world's largest manufacturer of poisons, not only of the citizens of the world but also of the environment. In 1995, Monsanto ranked 5th among US corporations in the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory, having discharged 37 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air, land, water and underground.
Responsible for mass poisoning of the world. How Robert B. Shapiro, President and CEO of Monsanto and the other members of the board, many of whom call themselves "Doctors" can live with themselves, knowing what they and the company are responsible for is incomprehensible. The entire lot should be prosecuted for mass genocide. Their track record of plain lying, falsifying and concealing data, bribery of officials, and the list goes on, is truly astonishing.
To quote the Toronto Globe and Mail reporting on the outcome of a three year trial, "The evidence of Monsanto's executives at the trial portrayed a corporate culture where sales and profits were given a higher priority than the safety of products and its workers..... They just didn't care about the health and safety of their workers. Instead of trying to make things safer, they relied on intimidation and threatened layoffs to keep their employees working".
Aspartame contains 10% methanol
NutraSweet (Aspartame) is composed of linkages of aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol. The aspartic acid acts as a neuroexcitatory agent. When NutraSweet is digested, it yields 10% methanol (wood alcohol). The wood alcohol (methanol) is widely distributed throughout the body including brain, muscle, fat and nervous tissue. It is then metabolized to FORMALDEHYDE which enters the cells and binds to the proteins and DNA (the genetic material).
Cytogenetic effects (changes in DNA) have been shown to result from FORMALDEHYDE exposure and DNA damage occurs from FORMALDEHYDE. The nature of the injury generally involves breaking and then creation of cross linking within the genetic material which alters the cells.
This finding has been confirmed numerous times and the DNA-protein-cross-links are believed to cause cancers in experimental animals. Changes in the genetic material is associated with cancer production in humans. The ability of Aspartame to cause cellular mutations has been shown through studies by Shephard, et al. There are increases in malignant brain tumors suggested to be associated with aspartame use. FORMALDEHYDE is a known stimulant for cancer and genetic damage in the cell.
THE FDA has admitted that only approximately 1% of people know how to, or do, file complaints with them. Under a recent Freedom of Information order the FDA admitted that aspartame accounted for over 75% of complaints filed. They claimed that over 8000 were filed, but they keep changing their bookkeeping to keep the numbers low. The fact that 8000 reports were received indicates that there must have been over 800,000 people adversely affected at the very least.
An average person's daily intake of methyl alcohol from natural sources averages less than 10 mg (1). Aspartame beverages contain 55 mg methanol per liter, and nearly double as much in some carbonated orange sodas. Persons ingesting 5 liters/day can therefore consume over 400 mg methanol.
These facts are pertinent: * Methyl alcohol is probably the first component of aspartame released within the small intestine, and is rapidly absorbed. Blood and methanol concentrations correlate with aspartame intake. "Abuse doses" (100 mg/kg or more) ingested by normal subjects significantly elevate blood methanol concentrations, remaining detectable for 8 or more hours (2).
* Humans are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of methanol than animals because several enzymes required for its metabolism have been lost during evolution and are not present in humans.
* The toxicity of methanol is enhanced by its slow rate of oxidation -- only 1/7 that of ethyl alcohol -- occurring mainly in the liver and kidneys. Even though the half life in human volunteers ingesting small amounts (1-5 ml) is about 3 hours, complete oxidation to carbon dioxide usually requires several days.
* The body attempts to detoxify methyl alcohol by oxidizing it to formaldehyde (a deadly neurotoxin and Class A carcinogen), and then to formate or formic acid within minutes. Formate and formaldehyde each may contribute to toxicity and nervous system/immune dysfunction through various mechanisms. One is the conjugation of formaldehyde with human serum albumin (F-HSA) to form a new antigenic determinant. Patients with multiple health complaints who had been exposed chronically to formaldehyde develop anti F-HSA antibodies and elevated Tal cells (antigen memory cells), consistent with sustained antigenic stimulation of the immune system (3).
Is Aspartame causing some of your health problems? There is a very simple way to ascertain whether or not this poisonous drug is causing your problem(s). Stop ALL intake of Aspartame (anything with Monsanto's NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Benevia, NutraTaste) in it. READ LABELS. Have your pharmacist check all your medications, Aspartame is in many drugs. This poison is in over 9000 items including most Children's Vitamins, Children's Tylenol, Alka Seltzer, Toothpastes (my favorite source for quality toothpaste products which don't contain harmful ingredients can be found ), Metamucil etc.. Often it is only mentioned on the paper inside the carton.
Aspartame contains METHANOL, a serious metabolic poison. Your body converts it to formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and formic acid (ant sting poison) both of which attack your central nervous system and every organ of your body.
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2. Stegink ID, Filer LJ Jr. Aspartame: Physiology and Biochemistry. New York, Marcel Dekker, Inc. 1984.
3. Thrasher JF, Broughton A, Micevich P. Antibodies and immune profiles of individuals occupationally exposed to formaldehyde. Six case reports. Am J Indust M 1988; 14:479-488.
Thanks for your calls! Due to public pressure, a related bill - Senate bill 217 which would establish a Nutrition Council in NM - has received an executive message. Keep calling about the Aspartame Bill.
The survival of this legislation depends entirely on Governor Bill Richardson.
ALERT TEXT: Aspartame, also known as NutraSweet, is currently in 6000 food products and in over 500 pharmaceutical preparations, despite clear proof of its toxicity. In fact, in November, a study published in "Environmental Health Perspectives," a peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the National Institutes of Health, clearly demonstrated that rats consuming Aspartame had a higher incidence of tumors, Leukemia, Lymphoma, and other cancers.
In light of this evidence, health activists have introduced legislation that would ban Aspartame in the state of New Mexico. Introduced in the state Senate by Albuquerque Democratic Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino as Senate Bill 250, and in the state House by Gallup Navajo Democratic Representative Irvin Harrison as House Bill 202, the measure draws upon statutes that allow the state to regulate poisonous and deleterious food additives in the interest of public health. A successful bill of this type could set a powerful precedent for the whole country.
The political climate in New Mexico is ripe for this kind of legislation, especially in light of Governor Bill Richardson's newly unveiled Healthy Kids initiatives - including a pledge to kick junk food out of middle and high schools - and his expressed interest in asserting the rights of states to protect public health.
However, the processed food industry is trying to kill this legislation. Governor Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Legislature must know that there is strong public support for this legislation.
Take Action: Ask Governor Richardson to Give an Executive Message on the Aspartame Ban Bill. Individual Faxes are less easily ignored. Use the Sample Letter Text. Please be Polite!
Fax Governor Richardson c/o his chief of staff David Contarino at: 505-476-2226
Fax Lt. Governor Diane Denish c/o her chief of staff Chris Cerbini at: 505-476-2250
Send a letter to: Governor Bill Richardson Office of the Governor 490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501
If you live outside New Mexico, please also ask your Governor and Legislators to support an Aspartame Ban in your state.
Sample Letter Text
Dear Governor William B. Richardson:
I want to applaud your ambitious Healthy Kids initiatives. In the spirit of these long overdue public health measures, I ask you to please give an Executive Message to Senate Bill 250 so that it may be fully considered by the Legislature. There is not one good reason to delay this medically and legally well-founded effort to free New Mexico of a proven neurotoxic carcinogen, especially in light of the new study published in "Environmental Health Perspectives" that clearly demonstrated that rats consuming Aspartame had a higher incidence of tumors, Leukemia, Lymphoma, and other cancers. (See the Study: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/8711/abstract.html)
The Chair and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee have signed onto this bill, indicating that this bill is legally sound, despite the usual industry cries from Ajinomoto and other purveyors of toxic chemicals that such matters are preempted by the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause.
We have the 10th Amendment, very clear New Mexico statutes prohibiting poisonous food additives and harmful adulterants, the Delaney Amendment (1958) to the law that created the FDA, numerous Federal statutes preventing adulterants added to food, numerous Supreme Court decisions, and hundreds of physicians' clinical reports to back up the Aspartame Bill.
The health of millions, not just in New Mexico, but throughout the nation, depends on your leadership. Together, we can make 2006 a precedent setting year for public health.
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