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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8094679.stm

Venezuela has banned the sale of the calorie-free Coke Zero, calling it harmful to people's well-being.

"The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans," said Health Minister Jesus Mantilla.

Mr Mantilla did not say what the specific problem with Coke Zero was.

Perhaps because it contains aspartame, which everyone knows is a poison only passed by the FDA because Donald Rumsfeld was Searle's wheel greaser at the time.

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But NO! BBC says it must be because Venezuelans are notably ANTI-AMERICAN!! The evil doers, tusk :rolleyes:

I wish our glorious leaders had the balls of Chávez

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Perhaps because it contains aspartame, which everyone knows is a poison only passed by the FDA because Donald Rumsfeld was Searle's wheel greaser at the time.

www.thezeromovement.org

But NO! BBC says it must be because Venezuelans are notably ANTI-AMERICAN!! The evil doers, tusk :rolleyes:

I wish our glorious leaders had the balls of Chávez

Actually people keep drowning snorting it

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Perhaps because it contains aspartame, which everyone knows is a poison only passed by the FDA because Donald Rumsfeld was Searle's wheel greaser at the time.

www.thezeromovement.org

But NO! BBC says it must be because Venezuelans are notably ANTI-AMERICAN!! The evil doers, tusk :rolleyes:

I wish our glorious leaders had the balls of Chávez

It has exactly the same ingredients as Diet Coke. Do they ban it?

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It has exactly the same ingredients as Diet Coke. Do they ban it?

I don't know. But other than the ingredients i'm struggling to think of another reason for banning it on health grounds. Maybe Patfig is right then :blink:

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The aspartame myth eh? Read up on it and you'll find no evidence that it's harmful unless taken in industrial quantities, much like potatos really.

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The aspartame myth eh? Read up on it and you'll find no evidence that it's harmful unless taken in industrial quantities, much like potatos really.

Not a myth, mate. I have a relative who used it who became extremely ill on it - major dizziness and nausea - until he came off it and the health problems went away. Dunno why people think eating chemicals is ok anyway... :rolleyes:

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Not a myth, mate. I have a relative who used it who became extremely ill on it - major dizziness and nausea - until he came off it and the health problems went away.

Was your relative officially diagnosed with aspartame poisoning or was it just an assumption that aspartame was to blame, and was your relative ingesting unhealthy amounts of the stuff?

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The aspartame myth eh? Read up on it and you'll find no evidence that it's harmful unless taken in industrial quantities, much like potatos really.

Something about you fills me with bored dread at the idea of replying. It's always a case of you being more informed than anyone else, we're all fools and you're uncle wiseman?

I have personally been effected by aspartame after sucking on Niquitin CQ lozenges for a fairly extended amount of time. Symptoms synonymous with those long reported with aspartame and symptoms definitely improved as soon as i stopped and gradually resolved, i hope for good. If i get cancer and given a week to live, donald better sleep with one eye open.

Please don't bother replying

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Something about you fills me with bored dread at the idea of replying. It's always a case of you being more informed than anyone else, we're all fools and you're uncle wiseman?

:rolleyes:

Sorry, didn't mean to hurt your feelings.

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Interesting that Cylamates figured in a food additive crisis in the early 1970s: as did Sacharine.

The FDA banned Cylamates as carcinogenous: but allowed Sacharine.

The UK banned Sacharine: but allowed Cylamates!

Aspartame is still under the microscope.

For me, in any case I avoid all "Foods" which contain chemical additives; other than known good substances such as Ascorbic Acid, e.g.

Coke?

Give me a glass of a half decent Bordeaux!

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Was your relative officially diagnosed with aspartame poisoning or was it just an assumption that aspartame was to blame, and was your relative ingesting unhealthy amounts of the stuff?

I once read a study on Epitan/Clinuvel product for a project, and the placebo group had all kinds of interesting problems

such as sexual dysfunction, nausea, back pains, vision problems. All from a placebo and in greater numbers than

the real drug.

Wan't there just a study showing drinking large amounts of potassium and another one about caffeine can cause problems.

Fri Jun 5, 2009 4:16pm EDT

Drinking several liters of cola-containing soft drinks per day can cause a chronic depletion of potassium in the body, leading to muscle weakness and even paralysis, according to Greek doctors.

While you might think that "excessive soft drink consumption at this level is so rare that it is not a public health issue," writes the author of an accompanying editorial in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, "we have every reason to think that it is not rare."

Dr. Moses Elisaf and associates at the University of Ioannina, Greece identified six reports of cola-induced potassium deficiency published since 1994. Quantities of cola consumed ranged from 2 to 9 liters per day.

Muscle complaints ranged from mild weakness to profound paralysis, and all patients had abnormally low potassium levels in the blood.

"Fortunately," Elisaf and colleagues write, "all patients had a rapid and complete recovery after the discontinuation of cola ingestion and the oral or intravenous supplementation of potassium."

In his editorial, Dr. Clifford D. Packer at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, comments that "there is very little doubt that tens of millions of people in industrialized countries drink at least 2-3 L of cola per day."

Packer stresses that "the soft drink industry needs to promote safe and moderate use of its products for all age groups, reduce serving sizes, and pay heed to the rising call for healthier drinks."

SOURCE: International Journal of Clinical Practice, June 2009.

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/...E5546ID20090605

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The aspartame myth eh? Read up on it and you'll find no evidence that it's harmful unless taken in industrial quantities, much like potatos really.

I'm sorry but how the hell can you compare aspartame with potatoes?

I suppose by your logic depleted uranium, mercury and fluoride are also perfectly harmless in small quantities?

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I'm sorry but how the hell can you compare aspartame with potatoes?

I suppose by your logic depleted uranium, mercury and fluoride are also perfectly harmless in small quantities?

Sigh.

Both aspartame and potatoes are perfectly safe when consumed in normal amounts. As soon as you increase consumption to abnormal levels they can be harmful. That was the point I was trying to make.

The other elements you listed are known to be harmful, so no, I don't consider them to be harmless in small quantities, but I suspect you know that already.

Show me the evidence that aspartame in moderation is harmful and I'll consider changing my mind.

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I love drinking diet coke type drinks , especially Pepsi Max. But I have found that whenever I dont have any for a day, I get most god awful headaches. Cold turkey maybe? I can drink loads of tea / coffee without this,so I dont think its caffeine.

All you can do is listen to your body.

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Red Bull pulled in Germany after cocaine test

updated 2:39 p.m. ET May 25, 2009

BERLIN - Six German states have told retailers to stop selling Red Bull Cola energy drinks after a test found a trace amount of cocaine.

The bans started Friday after a sample test conducted by authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state found 0.4 micrograms per liter in the drink.

Five other states also banned it from shops amid concerns over possible narcotics law violations.

Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said Monday that the cocaine level was too low to pose a health risk. It planned to produce a more detailed report Wednesday.

Red Bull said its cola is "harmless and marketable in both the U.S. and Europe." It said similar coca leaf extracts are used worldwide as flavoring, and a test it commissioned itself found no cocaine traces.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30929880/

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Sigh.

Both aspartame and potatoes are perfectly safe when consumed in normal amounts. As soon as you increase consumption to abnormal levels they can be harmful. That was the point I was trying to make.

The other elements you listed are known to be harmful, so no, I don't consider them to be harmless in small quantities, but I suspect you know that already.

Show me the evidence that aspartame in moderation is harmful and I'll consider changing my mind.

Thanks.

You have just helped to confirm in my own mind why internet forums are a complete and utter waste of time.

It's time to restore that mini that is currently rotting in my garage.

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Rich man wants you to buy his toxic chemicals in the 'harmless' foods he sells.

Luckily people like X-quork lap them up because the rich man's hired goons in the FDA told him they are as safe as potatoes.

Nothing to see here, move along.

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Rich man wants you to buy his toxic chemicals in the 'harmless' foods he sells.

Luckily people like X-quork lap them up because the rich man's hired goons in the FDA told him they are as safe as potatoes.

NHS actually.

Are you sure that tin foil hat isn't restricting circulation to the parts of your brain that assess evidence?

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NHS actually.

Are you sure that tin foil hat isn't restricting circulation to the parts of your brain that assess evidence?

The cells in my body have no need for aspartame, what possible reason could there be for me to make someone rich by buying their overpriced funny tasting caffiene filled carbonated coloured water?

If you like the stuff, fill your boots. Personally i wouldnt piss in the stuff.

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http://www.thezeromovement.org/coke_zero_ingredients.html

Jeepers - I WILL NOT BE DRINKING THAT SHITE AGAIN!

Coke's marketing people talk about "zero consequences", but can they promise Coke Zero's ingredients are without consequences?

The ingredients (as written in bold) are listed on Australian cans of Coke Zero. Water anyone?

Carbonated water

Colour (150d) - aka "Sulphite Ammonia Caramel"

Food acid 338 - aka "Phosphoric Acid" (Also used for rust removal!)

Food acid 331 - aka "Sodium Citrates" (Also used in photography and as an anticoagulant of blood stored for transfusion!)

Flavour

Sweetener 951 - aka "Asapartame" (According to the US FDA, "the [National Cancer Institute] currently is studying aspartame and other dietary factors as part of a larger study of adult brain cancer." You might want to wait for the results before you drink it. Also, avoid this one if you're moody!)

Sweetener 950 - aka "Acesulfame Potassium" (Looking for reasons to avoid this sweetener? Look no further...)

Preservative 211 - aka "Sodium Benzoate" (Undiluted this stuff isn't too bad... Just don't let it touch your skin!)

Caffeine

"Two all beef patties..."

Practice this catchy line and impress your friends...

"I'll have a glass of carbonated water with Sulphite Ammonia Caramel, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Citrates, Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, Sodium Benzoate, flavour and caffeine please. I'm on a health kick."

2005 Study links Aspartame with cancer - available at the US government's NIH website

From the Conclusions... "Our study shows that Aspartame is a multi-potential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are evident even at a daily dose of 20 mg/kg bw, much less than the current ADI for humans in Europe (40 mg/kg bw) and in the United States (50 mg/kg bw).

...The results of our study therefore call for an urgent reexamination of the present guidelines on the use and consumption of Aspartame. The decision to use experimental data to protect public health is important because the time span of widespread Aspartame use is still too brief to have produced solid epidemiologic data. Moreover, it is unlikely that sufficient epidemiologic data will be available in the near future, given the difficulty of finding a control group that has not been exposed to this widely diffused compound."

Please note: While all care was taken in the research for this page, we make no warranty as to the accuracy of anything at this site. If you're a lawyer, this is for you. We relied on the internet to access all data, and have cited all sources where appropriate. We did our best, but we recommend you do your own research. If you've got a correction or comment, email tim[at]thezeromovement.org

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The cells in my body have no need for aspartame, what possible reason could there be for me to make someone rich by buying their overpriced funny tasting caffiene filled carbonated coloured water?

If you like the stuff, fill your boots. Personally i wouldnt piss in the stuff.

I can take or leave it personally. I probably drink it once or twice a week at most.

All you aspartamaphobes have failed to provide any actual evidence yet, just the usual urban myth that aspartame is bad innit.

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Sweetener 951 - aka "Asapartame" (According to the US FDA, "the [National Cancer Institute] currently is studying aspartame and other dietary factors as part of a larger study of adult brain cancer." You might want to wait for the results before you drink it. Also, avoid this one if you're moody!)

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I found this article on aspartame. A wee bit scary TBH.

Aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods.

Posted by Dr. Mercola

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.

Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. It was originally approved for dry goods on July 26, 1974, but objections filed by neuroscience researcher Dr John W. Olney and Consumer attorney James Turner in August 1974 as well as investigations of G.D. Searle's research practices caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put approval of aspartame on hold (December 5, 1974). In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.(1) A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:(2) Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," by James and Phyllis Balch, lists aspartame under the category of "chemical poison." As you shall see, that is exactly what it is.

What Is Aspartame Made Of?

Aspartic Acid (40 percent of Aspartame)

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, recently published a book thoroughly detailing the damage that is caused by the ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame. Blaylock makes use of almost 500 scientific references to show how excess free excitatory amino acids such as aspartic acid and glutamic acid (about 99 percent of monosodium glutamate (MSG) is glutamic acid) in our food supply are causing serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.(3)

How Aspartate (and Glutamate) Cause Damage

Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They "excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death.

Aspartic acid is an amino acid. Taken in its free form (unbound to proteins) it significantly raises the blood plasma level of aspartate and glutamate. The excess aspartate and glutamate in the blood plasma shortly after ingesting aspartame or products with free glutamic acid (glutamate precursor) leads to a high level of those neurotransmitters in certain areas of the brain.

The blood brain barrier (BBB), which normally protects the brain from excess glutamate and aspartate as well as toxins, 1) is not fully developed during childhood, 2) does not fully protect all areas of the brain, 3) is damaged by numerous chronic and acute conditions, and 4) allows seepage of excess glutamate and aspartate into the brain even when intact.

The excess glutamate and aspartate slowly begin to destroy neurons. The large majority (75 percent or more) of neural cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed. A few of the many chronic illnesses that have been shown to be contributed to by long-term exposure to excitatory amino acid damage include:

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

ALS

Memory loss

Hormonal problems

Hearing loss

Epilepsy

Alzheimer's disease

Parkinson's disease

Hypoglycemia

AIDS

Dementia

Brain lesions

Neuroendocrine disorders

The risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with certain chronic health problems from excitotoxins are great. Even the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which usually understates problems and mimics the FDA party-line, recently stated in a review that:

"It is prudent to avoid the use of dietary supplements of L-glutamic acid by pregnant women, infants, and children. The existence of evidence of potential endocrine responses, i.e., elevated cortisol and prolactin, and differential responses between males and females, would also suggest a neuroendocrine link and that supplemental L-glutamic acid should be avoided by women of childbearing age and individuals with affective disorders."(4)

Aspartic acid from aspartame has the same deleterious effects on the body as glutamic acid.

The exact mechanism of acute reactions to excess free glutamate and aspartate is currently being debated. As reported to the FDA, those reactions include:(5)

Headaches/migraines

Nausea

Abdominal pains

Fatigue (blocks sufficient glucose entry into brain)

Sleep problems

Vision problems

Anxiety attacks

Depression

Asthma/chest tigShtness.

One common complaint of persons suffering from the effect of aspartame is memory loss. Ironically, in 1987, G.D. Searle, the manufacturer of aspartame, undertook a search for a drug to combat memory loss caused by excitatory amino acid damage. Blaylock is one of many scientists and physicians who are concerned about excitatory amino acid damage caused by ingestion of aspartame and MSG.

A few of the many experts who have spoken out against the damage being caused by aspartate and glutamate include Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D., an experimental psychologist specializing in research design. Another is Olney, a professor in the department of psychiatry, School of Medicine, Washington University, a neuroscientist and researcher, and one of the world's foremost authorities on excitotoxins. (He informed Searle in 1971 that aspartic acid caused holes in the brains of mice.)

Phenylalanine (50 percent of aspartame)

Phenylalanine is an amino acid normally found in the brain. Persons with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) cannot metabolize phenylalanine. This leads to dangerously high levels of phenylalanine in the brain (sometimes lethal). It has been shown that ingesting aspartame, especially along with carbohydrates, can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine in the brain even in persons who do not have PKU.

This is not just a theory, as many people who have eaten large amounts of aspartame over a long period of time and do not have PKU have been shown to have excessive levels of phenylalanine in the blood. Excessive levels of phenylalanine in the brain can cause the levels of seratonin in the brain to decrease, leading to emotional disorders such as depression. It was shown in human testing that phenylalanine levels of the blood were increased significantly in human subjects who chronically used aspartame.(6)

Even a single use of aspartame raised the blood phenylalanine levels. In his testimony before the U.S. Congress, Dr. Louis J. Elsas showed that high blood phenylalanine can be concentrated in parts of the brain and is especially dangerous for infants and fetuses. He also showed that phenylalanine is metabolised much more effeciently by rodents than by humans.(7)

One account of a case of extremely high phenylalanine levels caused by aspartame was recently published the "Wednesday Journal" in an article titled "An Aspartame Nightmare." John Cook began drinking six to eight diet drinks every day. His symptoms started out as memory loss and frequent headaches. He began to crave more aspartame-sweetened drinks. His condition deteriorated so much that he experienced wide mood swings and violent rages. Even though he did not suffer from PKU, a blood test revealed a phenylalanine level of 80 mg/dl. He also showed abnormal brain function and brain damage. After he kicked his aspartame habit, his symptoms improved dramatically.(8)

As Blaylock points out in his book, early studies measuring phenylalanine buildup in the brain were flawed. Investigators who measured specific brain regions and not the average throughout the brain notice significant rises in phenylalanine levels. Specifically the hypothalamus, medulla oblongata, and corpus striatum areas of the brain had the largest increases in phenylalanine. Blaylock goes on to point out that excessive buildup of phenylalanine in the brain can cause schizophrenia or make one more susceptible to seizures.

Therefore, long-term, excessive use of aspartame may provid a boost to sales of seratonin reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac and drugs to control schizophrenia and seizures.

Methanol (aka wood alcohol/poison) (10 percent of aspartame)

Methanol/wood alcohol is a deadly poison. Some people may remember methanol as the poison that has caused some "skid row" alcoholics to end up blind or dead. Methanol is gradually released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame encounter the enzyme chymotrypsin.

The absorption of methanol into the body is sped up considerably when free methanol is ingested. Free methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated to above 86 Fahrenheit (30 Centigrade). This would occur when aspartame-containing product is improperly stored or when it is heated (e.g., as part of a "food" product such as Jello).

Methanol breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. An EPA assessment of methanol states that methanol "is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it is absorbed. In the body, methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde and formic acid; both of these metabolites are toxic." They recommend a limit of consumption of 7.8 mg/day. A one-liter (approx. 1 quart) aspartame-sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg of methanol. Heavy users of aspartame-containing products consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily or 32 times the EPA limit.(9)

Symptoms from methanol poisoning include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis. The most well known problems from methanol poisoning are vision problems including misty vision, progressive contraction of visual fields, blurring of vision, obscuration of vision, retinal damage, and blindness. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and causes birth defects.(10)

Due to the lack of a couple of key enzymes, humans are many times more sensitive to the toxic effects of methanol than animals. Therefore, tests of aspartame or methanol on animals do not accurately reflect the danger for humans. As pointed out by Dr. Woodrow C. Monte, director of the food science and nutrition laboratory at Arizona State University, "There are no human or mammalian studies to evaluate the possible mutagenic, teratogenic or carcinogenic effects of chronic administration of methyl alcohol."(11)

He was so concerned about the unresolved safety issues that he filed suit with the FDA requesting a hearing to address these issues. He asked the FDA to "slow down on this soft drink issue long enough to answer some of the important questions. It's not fair that you are leaving the full burden of proof on the few of us who are concerned and have such limited resources. You must remember that you are the American public's last defense. Once you allow usage (of aspartame) there is literally nothing I or my colleagues can do to reverse the course. Aspartame will then join saccharin, the sulfiting agents, and God knows how many other questionable compounds enjoined to insult the human constitution with governmental approval."(10) Shortly thereafter, the Commissioner of the FDA, Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., approved the use of aspartame in carbonated beverages, he then left for a position with G.D. Searle's public relations firm.(11)

It has been pointed out that some fruit juices and alcoholic beverages contain small amounts of methanol. It is important to remember, however, that methanol never appears alone. In every case, ethanol is present, usually in much higher amounts. Ethanol is an antidote for methanol toxicity in humans.(9) The troops of Desert Storm were "treated" to large amounts of aspartame-sweetened beverages, which had been heated to over 86 degrees F in the Saudi Arabian sun. Many of them returned home with numerous disorders similar to what has been seen in persons who have been chemically poisoned by formaldehyde. The free methanol in the beverages may have been a contributing factor in these illnesses. Other breakdown products of aspartame such as DKP (discussed below) may also have been a factor.

In a 1993 act that can only be described as "unconscionable," the FDA approved aspartame as an ingredient in numerous food items that would always be heated to above 86 degree F (30 degree C).

Diketopiperazine (DKP)

DKP is a byproduct of aspartame metabolism. DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumors. Olney noticed that DKP, when nitrosated in the gut, produced a compound that was similar to N-nitrosourea, a powerful brain tumor causing chemical. Some authors have said that DKP is produced after aspartame ingestion. I am not sure if that is correct. It is definitely true that DKP is formed in liquid aspartame-containing products during prolonged storage.

G.D. Searle conducted animal experiments on the safety of DKP. The FDA found numerous experimental errors occurred, including "clerical errors, mixed-up animals, animals not getting drugs they were supposed to get, pathological specimens lost because of improper handling," and many other errors.(12) These sloppy laboratory procedures may explain why both the test and control animals had sixteen times more brain tumors than would be expected in experiments of this length.

In an ironic twist, shortly after these experimental errors were discovered, the FDA used guidelines recommended by G.D. Searle to develop the industry-wide FDA standards for good laboratory practices.(11)

DKP has also been implicated as a cause of uterine polyps and changes in blood cholesterol by FDA Toxicologist Dr. Jacqueline Verrett in her testimony before the U.S. Senate.(13)

References

(1) Department of Health and Human Services, Report on All Adverse Reactions in the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System, (February 25 and 28, 1994).

(2) Compiled by researchers, physicians, and artificial sweetner experts for Mission Possible, a group dedicated to warning consumers about aspartame.

(3) Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.

(4) Safety of Amino Acids, Life Sciences Research Office, FASEB, FDA Contract No. 223-88-2124, Task Order No. 8.

(5) FDA Adverse Reaction Monitoring System.

(6) Wurtman and Walker, "Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function," Proceedings of the First International Meeting on Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function., Washington, D.C., May 8, 1987.

(7) Hearing Before the Committee On Labor and Human Resources United States Senate, First Session on Examing the Health and Safety Concerns of Nutrasweet (Aspartame).

(8) Account of John Cook as published in Informed Consent Magazine. "How Safe Is Your Artificial Sweetner" by Barbara Mullarkey, September/October 1994.

(9) Woodrow C. Monte, Ph.D., R.D., "Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health," Journal of Applied Nutrition, 36 (1): 42-53.

(10) US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, No. 84-1153 Community Nutrition Institute and Dr Woodrow Monte v. Dr Mark Novitch, Acting Commissioner, US FDA (9/24/85).

(11) Aspartame Time Line by Barbara Mullarkey as published in Informed Consent Magazine, May/June 1994.

(12) FDA Searle Investigation Task Force. "Final Report of Investigation of G.D. Searle Company." (March 24, 1976)

(13) Testimony of Dr Jacqueline Verrett, FDA Toxicologist before the US Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, (November 3, 1987).

http://www.mercola.com/article/aspartame/dangers.htm

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I found this article on aspartame. A wee bit scary TBH.

Aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods.

Posted by Dr. Mercola

A report written by a VI osteopath who makes money from voodoo medicine, hardly credible. I prefer to listen to the Food Standards Agency advice.

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