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Methanol Toxicity From Aspartame / NutraSweet
About 10% By VolumeFrom Rich Murray email@example.com 1-22-01
M.I.T. (physics and history, BA, 1964), Boston U. Graduate School (psychology, MA, 1967): As a concerned layman, I want to clarify the aspartame toxicity debate.
Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel, Benevia) is reported by scientific studies and case histories to be toxic: headaches; many body and joint pains (or burning, tingling, tremors, twitching, spasms, cramps, or numbness); “mind fog”, “feel unreal”, poor memory, confusion, anxiety, irritability, depression, mania, insomnia, dizziness, slurred speech, ringing in ears, sexual problems, nausea, seizures, poor vision, hearing, or taste; fever, fatigue; red face, itching, rashes, burning eyes or throat, dry mouth or eyes, mouth sores; hair loss; obesity, bloating, edema, poor or excessive hunger or thirst, anorexia; coldness; diarrhea or constipation; breathing problems; racing heart, high blood pressure, erratic blood sugar levels; sweating; birth defects; brain cancers; addiction; aggravates autism, ADHD, and interstitial cystitis (bladder pain).
Almost all are typical of chronic methanol-formaldehyde toxicity.
For detailed review visit: http://www.dorway.com/barua.html. Source: Journal Of The Diabetic Association Of India 1995 Vol. 35, No. 4. Emerging Facts About Aspartame, Dr.J. Barua (optometrist), Dr. Arun Bal (surgeon) (79 references) firstname.lastname@example.org
“…the total amount of methanol absorbed will be approximately 10% of aspartame ingested. An EPA assessment of methanol states that methanol “is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it is absorbed.”
The absorbed methanol is then slowly converted to formaldehyde…” “Reaction of formaldehyde with DNA has been observed, by spectrophotometry and electron microscopy, to result in irreversible denaturation.” “DKP has been implicated in the occurance of brain tumors.” .
Two teams find hot aspartame releases DKP: Food Addit Contam 2000 Oct; 17(10): 821-7 Simultaneous formation and detection of the reaction product of solid-state aspartame sweetener by FT-IR/DSC microscopic system. Lin SY, Cheng YD Biopharmaceutics Laboratory, Department of Medical Research & Education Veterans General Hospital-Taipei, Shih-Pai, Taiwan, Republic of China. email@example.com and J Pharm Sci 1998 Apr; 87(4): 508-13 Hydration and dehydration behavior of aspartame hemihydrate. Leung SS, Padden BE, Munson EJ, Grant DJ Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455-0343, USA. Sophie S. Leung, PhD Dolores J. Grant, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
A radioactive tracer study proves that the methanol from a low dose of aspartame binds formaldehyde, a deadly cumulative poison, into tissues: Trocho C et al, June 26 1998, Life Sci, 63(5), 337-349. http://ww.presidiotex.com/barcelona/index.html (full abstract below)
Excellent 5-page review by H.J. Roberts in “Townsend Letter”, Jan 2000, “Aspartame (NutraSweet) Addiction” http://www.dorway.com/tldaddic.html H.J. Roberts, M.D. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sunshine Sentinel Press 6708 Pamela Lane West Palm Beach, FL 33405 800-814-9800 561-588-7628 561-547-8008 fax 900+ page text on aspartame toxicity to be available March 2001
http://www.dorway.com/blayenn.html email@example.com Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. firstname.lastname@example.org 601-982-1175 “Excitotoxins, Neurodegeneration and Neurodevelopment” The Medical Sentinel Journal Fall, 1999 , (95 references)
What many informed doctors are saying/have said about aspartame: http://www.dorway.com/doctors.txt
Dr. Woodrow C. Monte, “Aspartame: Methanol, and the Public Health,” Journal of Applied Nutrition, Volume 36, No. 1, pages 42-54, 1984. (62 references) Professsor of Food Science Director of the Food Science and Nutrition Laboratory Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 6411 South River Drive #61 Tempe, Arizona, 85283-3337, 602-965-6938, email@example.com.
The methanol from 2 L of diet soda, 5.6 12-oz cans, 20 mg/can, is 112 mg, 10% of the aspartame. The EPA limit for water is 7.8 mg daily for methanol (wood alcohol), a deadly cumulative poison. Many users drink 1-2 L daily. The reported symptoms are entirely consistent with chronic methanol toxicity. (Fresh orange juice has 34 mg/L, but, like all juices, has 16 times more ethanol, which strongly protects against methanol.) http://www.dorway.com/wmonte.txt
Lennart Hardell, M.D., PhD, in 1999 reported in Sweden that both cell phone use and heavy aspartame use correlate with increased brain cancers http://www.medscape.com/MedGenMed/braintumors firstname.lastname@example.org +4619 602 15 46
UPI reporter Gregory Gordon: 96K 3-part expose Oct 1987: http://www.dorway.com/upipart1.txt
Users who quit often experience much immediate healing, but some symptoms may last for weeks. Heavy users may suffer weeks of painful withdrawal symptoms. Also avoid all forms of MSG (glutamate), legally mislabeled as “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” or even “natural flavoring”. Actually, all artificial sweeteners lack proof of safety. It’s fun to mix club soda with juices. A long-used herbal sweetener, stevia, is entirely safe and widely available. A corrupt FDA has refused to attest its safety:http://www.holisticmed.com/sweet/stv-alert.txt http://www.dorway.com/stevia.html stevia, splenda, others
Read all labels! – aspartame is in almost all diet sodas, many drink mixes, instant breakfasts, cereals, cake mixes, cookies, yogurts, puddings, jellos, chewing gums, breath mints, candies, toothpastes, laxatives, even vitamins and medicines. Absorption through the skin in the mouth may be especially strong, close to the brain.
In the USA alone, about 200 million use this ubiquitous product of a billion-dollar industry, first approved by a corrupt FDA in 1974 and 1981. In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries. In 2000 Monsanto sold off all its aspartame units.
If 1% of users have a problem with aspartame, that is two million in the USA alone. Thousands of people complained to the FDA since 1981, and in recent years on the Internet.
Ralph G. Walton, MD, Prof. of Clinical Psychology, Northeastern Ohio Universities, College of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, Youngstown, OH 44501, Chairman, The Center for Behavioral Medicine, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, P.O. Box 240 Youngstown, OH, 44501, 330-740-3621, email@example.com http://www.neoucom.edu/DEPTS/Psychiatry/walton.htm
“Seizure and mania after high intake of aspartame,” 1986, Psychosomatics, 27: 218-20:
An age 54 woman with 20 years of depression had been stable for 11 years with medication. She had a grand mal seizure, followed by mania, insomnia, flight of ideas, and irritability. A brief hospitalization and CT scan found no apparent cause. After three weeks, this led to psychiatric hospitalization. Two days later, it was found that during the several weeks before the seizure and onset of mania, she had started using aspartame in place of sugar in her iced tea, a gallon daily. Four days later, the mania subsided, and 13 months later she continued to function well, and enjoying her large amounts of iced tea, with sugar, not aspartame.
Three careful double-blind experimental studies prove aspartame causes headaches: Koehler SM et al, 1988, Headache, 28(1), 10-14. Shirley M. Koehler, PhD 904-858-7651 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.med.umich.edu/abcn/alpha/alpha-K.html#Koehler
US Quarantines Texas CattleOver Mad Cow Rules
By Lisa Richwinehttp://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010125/ts/food_madcow_dc_4.html 10-26-01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Thursday they had placed some cattle in Texas under quarantine as a precaution while officials probe whether a feed mill violated rules designed to keep mad cow disease out of the food supply.
A Food and Drug Administration (news – web sites) spokesman (FDA) said the agency was investigating whether the cattle were accidentally fed meat and bone meal made from other U.S. cattle.
“There’s a possibility that bone meal derived from U.S. cattle may have been mixed with a feed supply and later fed to cattle,” FDA spokesman Lawrence Bachorick said.
“To date, no cases of (mad cow disease) have been confirmed in the U.S. Nevertheless, the cattle here are being kept in isolation until we can determine whether they are fit for human consumption.” Bachorick said.
This was the first time FDA had asked that cattle be kept under quarantine for possible violations of mad cow safeguards, Bachorick said. Inspections have found that many companies were not following FDA mad cow rules, and officials have promised to crack down on violators.
FDA regulations prohibit cattle from being fed meat and bone meal made from other ruminant animals that could carry mad cow, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE (news – web sites)), or a related disease. Scientists believe cattle can get the brain-wasting disease if they eat the remains of other infected animals.
The disease’s human form, known as new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD), has killed more than 80 people in Britain, and BSE cases have been found in several European countries.
Linda Detwiler, senior staff veterinarian for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said there was no danger of BSE in the Texas cattle because the source of the meat-and-bone meal was U.S. cattle, which have never been found to have BSE.
“There is no evidence that BSE would be involved in this situation at all” Detwiler said.
Shares of fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp. closed more than 4 percent lower Thursday after the news of the FDA action, which also sent livestock futures falling.
Inspections have found that some feed mills were not fully complying with labeling and record-keeping rules designed to prevent mad cow from spreading through the food supply if it were to appear in U.S. animals.
The Texas feed mill involved in the quarantine notified the FDA as soon as it realized it may have violated the agency’s rules, Bachorick said, adding he could not disclose the name of the feed mill or how many cattle were involved.
Gary Weber of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the case involved a feed lot of about 1,200 cattle.
“The current feel is that it wasn’t a big deal, just a normal process to see whether there needs to be a feed recall” Weber said.
Texas is the largest cattle state and has about 2.9 million head in feed lots being fattened for beef production.
Local producers welcomed the FDA’s move.
“Our reaction is that the system works. It was an incredibly unfortunate situation. FDA was notified and they pulled feed samples and we are waiting until next week to get the results of the tests on the feed samples” said Texas Cattle Feeders Association spokesman Burt Rutherford.
Rutherford said that apparently the wrong feed was provided by feed mill. “It was an inadvertent thing and they caught it right away” he said.