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Excerpt from: Natural Health Techniquesby Dr. Denice Moffat
Aspartame, NutraSweet, and Equal:

This is going to be a page that addresses all types of sweeteners.  Another work in progress.

(These are all the same thing) 
A side note by Marie Zane. In my radiologist doctor's office discussing possible causes, diet cola came up.  The doctor pointedly shook his head "yes" at that being a possibility, although not the only reason I have cancer.  It is important to remember that there is a combination of issues (food, environment, exposure, health, etc.) that created this situation.
The FDA has received more complaints about adverse reactions to
aspartame than any other food ingredient in the agency’s history.

There are over 90 registered side effects to this food supplement
(42 are listed below).

Aspartame is the combination of two amino acids (phenylalanine and
 aspartic acid) and methanol.

These products are especially dangerous when heated.

Did you know some toothpastes even have Nutrasweet® in them?
Protect yourself, read labels.

Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar, seems to stimulate
the appetite.

There are over 5000 products containing aspartame as of 1995,
the time the World Environmental Conference and the Multiple
Sclerosis Foundation met about aspartame & neurological symptoms.

As of 1994, 6,888 cases of adverse reactions had been reported
 to the FDA and included 75% of all non-drug complaints.

Aspartame is a molecule composed of three ingredients, aspartic acid, 40% (an excitotoxin as an isolate, product that stimulates the neurons of the brain to death causing brain damage), a methyl ester that immediately converts to methyl alcohol, (10%) then breaks down to formaldehyde and formic acid (ant sting poison), and 50% phenylalanine, as an isolate a neurotoxin that lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin triggering psychiatric and behavioral problems. The molecule breaks down to a witch’s brew of toxins including diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent that triggered brain tumors in original studies. This methanol production is hastened with heat.

Hmm. wonder about the Gulf War Syndrome where pallets of pop sat in temperatures of 120 degrees for weeks and was consumed quite readily by all our troops. Methanol AND the off gassing of the plastic bottles—what a combination, huh?

Who Should Avoid NutraSweet?

Aspartame should be avoided by people with phenylketonuria (PKU). People with PKU lack the enzyme needed to convert phenylalanine into tyrosine, another amino acid. So, high concentrations of phenylalanine accumulate and can cause brain damage.

People with iron deficiencies and kidney disease may also have a problem breaking phenylalanine down. This seems to be validated in my practice. Many people test low in tyrosine. I wonder if they are balancing and correcting for the aspartame in their diets.

Depressed people.  Most of these people suffer from various forms of depression.  I usually send them home on tyrosine-rich foods such as sesame seeds, halvah, or tahini.

Children: We learned in veterinary school that aspartame should never be given to children under the age of 5 as their blood brain barriers are not fully developed. The aspartame molecule is quite large and normally does not pass through this barrier in older adults, but in children, DKP, a breakdown product of aspartame can cause brain tumors and paranoia. Personally, if I want an occasional soda, I drink full-sugared. I think it’s safer.

People with eye problems: Retinal degeneration is caused from the methyl alcohol produced when the amino acid breaks down. Retinal damage is attributed to methyl alcohol (wood alcohol) which is released when the aspartame is broken down or heated. Methanol is specifically toxic to the optic nerve. Remember those stories of prohibition when people were becoming blind who bootlegged whiskey that contained methanol? Methanol can also cause brain swelling, inflammation of the pancreas and of the heart muscle. Hmm, now diabetics already have problems with their eyes and memories. Seems like this would only make it worse.

Obese people:  Studies show people actually eat more food when using artificial sweeteners. One study done with aspartame-sweetened and sucrose-sweetened soft drinks on food intake and appetite ratings showed that calorie intake was actually lower when subjects were drinking the sucrose-sweetened rinks prior to eating. The Congressional records state that a Dr. Roberts found that the formaldehyde seems to store in the hips and thighs area. How he figured this out, I don’t know.

Seems like I see lots of women with heavy hips and thighs. Does the formaldehyde glom onto the fat cells or it is transported there because of estrogen influence, and does this occur more in women? I don’t have those answers. However, when Dr. Roberts got his patients off aspartame, they lost and average of 19 pounds over a 12-month period.
Migraine sufferers:  I have noticed that the migraines associated with allergens (including aspartame) can occur up to 36 hours after ingesting the offending substance.

People with neurological diseases: New studies coming out are linking aspartame side effects to diseases looking like multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. It’s your choice. Will you gamble with your health and the health of your family?

Men who has any kind of sexual dysfunction (Aspartame causes or makes it worse.)

Diseases thought to be caused by Aspartame, NutraSweet® and Equal®?:

Alzheimer's (accelerates)

Multiple Sclerosis signs

Anxiety/Panic Attacks

Muscle cramps



Brain damage in fetus

Neurological disorders

Brain tumors


Burning tongue



Ovarian cancer

Death (occasionally)

Paranoia (esp. kid < 5 yrs.)

Extreme dizziness

Phenolketonuric seizures

Fibromyalgia signs

Rage and violence

Gulf War Syndrome

Retinal deterioration



 High Blood Pressure

Shooting pains


Skin lesions

Immune dysfunction-lupus



Throat swelling

Joint pains


Memory loss


 Migraine headaches

Vision changes

Mood changes


In July 2005, the most impeccable study ever done on aspartame (Ramazzini) confirmed what the FDA knew a quarter of a century ago, that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen triggering leukemia, lymphoma, kidney cancer and cancer of the peripheral nerves, especially the cranial nerves. Only the rats fed aspartame developed malignant brain tumors. Originally the FDA revoked the petition for approval because it could not be proven to be safe and triggered brain tumors. It also triggered mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, thyroid and pancreatic tumors. Unfortunately, once aspartame was approved no drug on the market could be considered safe because aspartame interacts with all drugs and vaccines.

Some Foods Containing Aspartame, Nutrasweet or Equal:
Baked goods

Milk drinks

Breath mints



Nonprescription drugs

Cocoa mixes

Shake mixes

Coffee beverages

Soft drinks

Frozen desserts

Sugar-Free chewing gum

Gelatin desserts

Tabletop sweeteners

Instant Breakfast

Tea beverages

Instant teas


Juice beverages

Topping mixes


Wine coolers

Low fat diet food items


Low-sugar diet food items

> 5000 items in the store!

We MUST get aspartame out of the schools. Even where pop machines have been removed from grammar schools or middle schools diet drinks are being sold in high schools to addict and maim the students. The free methyl alcohol causes chronic methanol poisoning, and this affects the dopamine system of the brain causing the addiction. It reduces IQ as well. Aspartame is in an estimated 6000 products including pediatric prescription drugs and pediatric vitamins. After demanding Wrigley's remove it from gum for years because it goes straight to the brain, they have now put it in most all gums, and it may be blended with acesulfame potassium which caused cancer and leukemia in original studies.
 I know this was a long article, but didn't it give you some information to ponder and research? There is so much information on the internet about this subject.  Now, on to sugar...Thanks, Marie