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    FDA Lists 92 Symptoms from Nutrasweet (Aspartame) (including Death!)


    Please Note: Nutrasweet is in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi


    This article originally appeared on


    Note: This information required a Freedom Of Information Act request to pry it

    from the reluctant hands of the FDA.


    Nutrasweet (brand name for Aspartame) was not approved until 1981, in dry

    foods. For over eight years the FDA refused to approve it because of the seizures

    and brain tumors this drug produced in lab animals. The FDA continued to refuse

    to approve it until President Reagan took office (a friend of Searle) and fired the

    FDA Commissioner who wouldn’t approve it. Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed

    as commissioner. Even then there was so much opposition to approval that a

    Board of Inquiry was set up. The Board said: “Do not approve aspartame”. Dr.

    Hayes OVERRULED his own Board of Inquiry.


    Shortly after Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., approved the use of aspartame

    in carbonated beverages, he left for a position with G.D. Searle’s Public Relations



    Long-Term Damage. It appears to cause slow, silent damage in those unfortunate

    enough to not have immediate reactions and a reason to avoid it. It may take one

    year, five years, 10 years, or 40 years, but it seems to cause some reversible and

    some irreversible changes in health over long-term use.



    Methanol/wood alcohol is a deadly poison. People may recall that methanol was

    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.” The 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.


    The most well known problems from methanol poisoning are vision problems.

    Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, causes retinal damage, interferes with

    DNA replication, and causes birth defects. 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



    It has been pointed out that fruit juices and alcoholic beverages contain small

    amounts of methanol. It is important to remember, that the methanol in natural

    products never appears alone. In every case, ethanol is present, usually in much

    higher amounts. Ethanol is an antidote for methanol toxicity in humans.


    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 ofaspartame such as DKP,

    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°degrees F (30°Degrees C).


    Much worse, on 27 June 1996, without public notice, the FDA removed all

    restrictions from aspartame allowing it to be used in everything, including all

    heated and baked goods.


    The truth about aspartame’s toxicity is far different than what the NutraSweet

    Company would have you readers believe. In February of 1994, the U.S.

    Department of Health and Human Services released the listing of adverse

    reactions reported to the FDA (DHHS 1994). Aspartame accounted for more than

    75% of all adverse reactions reported to the FDA’s Adverse Reaction Monitoring

    System (ARMS). By the FDA’s own admission fewer then ONE PERCENT of

    those who have problems with something they consume ever report it to the FDA.

    This balloons the almost 10,000 complaints they once had to around a million.


    However, the FDA has a record keeping problem (they never did respond to the

    certified letter from the WEBMASTER of this site a major victim!) and they tend to

    discourage or even misdirect complaints, at least on aspartame. The fact

    remains, though, that MOST victims don’t have a clue that aspartame may be the

    cause of their many problems! Many reactions to aspartame were very serious

    including seizures and death.


    Those reactions included:


    Abdominal Pain

    Anxiety attacks



    Asthmatic Reactions

    Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention)

    Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)

    Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)

    Breathing difficulties

    burning eyes or throat

    Burning Urination

    can’t think straight

    Chest Pains

    chronic cough

    Chronic Fatigue






    Excessive Thirst or Hunger


    feel unreal

    flushing of face

    Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair

    Headaches/Migraines dizziness

    Hearing Loss

    Heart palpitations

    Hives (Urticaria)

    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

    Impotency and Sexual Problems

    inability to concentrate

    Infection Susceptibility




    Joint Pains


    “like thinking in a fog”

    Marked Personality Changes

    Memory loss

    Menstrual Problems or Changes

    Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake)

    Muscle spasms

    Nausea or Vomiting

    Numbness or Tingling of Extremities

    Other Allergic-Like Reactions

    Panic Attacks


    poor memory

    Rapid Heart Beat


    Seizures and Convulsions

    Slurring of Speech

    Swallowing Pain





    Vision Loss

    Weight gain


    Aspartame Disease Mimics Symptoms or Worsens the Following Diseases


    Alzheimer’s Disease


    Birth Defects

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Diabetes and Diabetic Complications




    Lyme Disease


    Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Parkinson’s Disease


    How it happens:


    Methanol, from aspartame, is released in the small intestine when the methyl

    group of aspartame encounters the enzyme chymotrypsin (Stegink 1984, page

    143). Free methanol begins to form in liquid aspartame-containing products at

    temperatures above 86 degrees F. also within the human body.


    The methanol is then converted to formaldehyde. The formaldehyde converts to

    formic acid – ant sting poison. Toxic formic acid is used as an activator to strip

    epoxy and urethane coatings. Imagine what it does to your tissues! (Note from

    Stephanie Relfe – Even the Australian Cancer Council says that there are NO safe

    levels of formaldehyde).


    Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, 90% of aspartame, are amino acids normally

    used in synthesis of protoplasm when supplied by the foods we eat. But when

    unaccompanied by other amino acids we use [there are 20], they are neurotoxic.


    That is why a warning for Phenylketonurics is found on EQUAL and other

    aspartame products. Phenylketenurics are 2% of the population with extreme

    sensitivity to this chemical unless it’s present in food. It gets you too, causing brain

    disorders and birth defects! Finally, the phenyalanine breaks down into DKP, a

    brain tumor agent.


    In other words: Aspartame converts to dangerous by-products that have no natural

    countermeasures. A dieter’s empty stomach accelerates these conversions and

    amplifies the damage. Components of aspartame go straight to the brain,

    damage that causes headaches, mental confusion, seizures and faulty balance.

    Lab rats and other test animals died of brain tumors.


    Despite the claims of Monsanto and bedfellows:


    1. Methanol from alcohol and juices does not get converted to formaldehyde to any

    significant extent. There is very strong evidence to confirm this fact for alcoholic

    beverages and fairly strong evidence for juices.


    2. Formaldehyde obtained from methanol is very toxic in *very small* doses as

    seen by recent research.


    3. Aspartame causes chronic toxicity reactions/damage due to the methanol to

    formaldehyde and other break down products despite what is claimed otherwise

    by the very short, industry-funded experiments using a test substance that is

    chemically different and absorbed differently than what is available to the general

    public. “Strangely enough”, almost all independent studies show that aspartame

    can cause health problems.


    4. A common ploy from Monsanto is to claim that aspartame is “safe” yet a few

    select people may have “allergic” reactions to it. This is typical Monsanto

    nonsense, of course. Their own research shows that it does not cause “allergic”

    reactions. It is there way of trying to minimize and hide the huge numbers of

    toxicity reactions and damage that people are experiencing from the long-term

    use of aspartame.




    Given the following points, it is definitely premature for researchers to discount the

    role of methanol in aspartame side effects:


    1. The amount of methanol ingested from aspartame is unprecedented in human

    history. Methanol from fruit juice ingestion does not even approach the quantity of

    methanol ingested from aspartame, especially in persons who ingest one to three

    liters (or more) of diet beverages every day. Unlike methanol from aspartame,

    methanol from natural products is probably not absorbed or converted to its toxic

    metabolites in significant amounts as discussed earlier.


    2. Lack of laboratory-detectable changes in plasma formic acid and formaldehyde

    levels do not preclude damage being caused by these toxic metabolites.

    Laboratory-detectable changes in formate levels are often not found in short

    exposures to methanol.


    3. Aspartame-containing products often provide little or no nutrients which may

    protect against chronic methanol poisoning and are often consumed in between

    meals. Persons who ingest aspartame-containing products are often dieting and

    more likely to have nutritional deficiencies than persons who take the time to make

    fresh juices.


    4. Persons with certain health conditions or on certain drugs may be much more

    susceptible to chronic methanol poisoning.


    5. Chronic diseases and side effects from slow poisons often build silently over a

    long period of time. Many chronic diseases which seem to appear suddenly have

    actually been building in the body over many years.


    6. An increasing body of research is showing that many people are highly

    sensitive to low doses of formaldehyde in the environment. Environmental

    exposure to formaldehyde and ingestion of methanol (which converts to

    formaldehyde) from aspartame likely has a cumulative deleterious effect.


    7. Formic acid has been shown to slowly accumulate in various parts of the body.

    Formic acid has been shown to inhibit oxygen metabolism.


    8. The are a very large and growing number of persons are experiencing chronic

    health problems similar to the side effects of chronic methanol poisoning when

    ingesting aspartame-containing products for a significant length of time. This

    includes many cases of eye damage similar to the type of eye damage seen in

    methanol poisoning cases.


    Note: It often takes at least sixty days without any aspartame NutraSweet to see a

    significant improvement. (Note from Stephanie Relfe: Drink plenty of good water.

    Preferably water filtered by reverse osmosis. If not that, spring water. Not tap,

    distilled or mineral water).


    Check all labels very carefully (including vitamins and pharmaceuticals). Look for

    the word “aspartame” on the label and avoid it. (Also, it is a good idea to avoid

    “acesulfame-k” or “sunette.”) Finally, avoid getting nutrition information from junk

    food industry PR organizations such as IFIC or organizations that accept large

    sums of money from the junk and chemical food industry such as the American

    Dietetic Association.


    If you are a user of any products with aspartame, and you have physical, visual,

    mental problems take the 60-day no aspartame test. If, after two months with no

    aspartame your symptoms are either gone, or are much less severe, please get

    involved to get this neurotoxin off the market. Write a letter to the FDA, with a copy

    to Betty Martini (for proof of how the FDA doesn’t keep proper records). Write your

    congressmen. Return products containing aspartame to the point of purchase… for

    a FULL refund. Make a big stink if they WON’T give you a full refund! Tell all your

    friends and family… and if they stop using aspartame and also “wake up well”…

    get them involved in the same way.


    Aspartame is an “approved sweetener” because of a few greedy and dishonest

    people who place profits above human life and well-being. With the FDA and our

    Congress culpable, only an INFORMED and ACTIVE public will affects its

    reclassification from “food additive” to TOXIC DRUG, and removed from the

    human food chain.


    From Stephane Relfe: Note that Michael J. Fox, who was spokesperson for

    Pepsi, has an old man’s disease (Parkinson’s Disease) at only 30 years old!


    For more information:










    Food and Drug Administration

    5600 Fishers Lane

    Rockville, Maryland 20857


    Mrs. Betty Martini

    Mission Possible International

    9270 State Bridge Road Suite 215

    Duluth, Georgia 30097

    Internet E-mail:


    NOW… that you are aware of the 92 FDA recognized symptoms (that required a

    Freedom Of Information Act request to pry from their reluctant hands) and HOW

    aspartame does its dirty work, change to Dorway’s Official Dogma page.



    On this page Mark Gold has taken the IFIC “Official” aspartame safety myth and

    shot it full of holes using all of the smoking guns that were used by the FDA to

    approve this poison as a food additive, along with information they either ignored

    or discounted. This excellent debunking of the official

    FDA/Monsanto/Searle/Nutrasweet/Nutrasweet Kelco/AMA/ADA/IFIC/??? chain of

    lies and half truths includes a long history of this “product’s” sordid trail to the

    marketplace and the sweet tooth.



    Other great Aspartame / Phenylalaine links:





    Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills

    by Russell Blaylock


    Excitotoxins are substances added to foods and drinks that

    literally stimulate nerve cells to death, causing brain

    damage. They can be found in such ingredients as

    monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (nutrasweet) and

    hydrolyzed vegetable protein. The dangers of these

    substances is so overwhelming that they can no longer be



    Do a search on the web on `aspartame’ and you will see that

    it can cause Parkinson’s disease (why did Michael Fox,

    spokesman for Diet Pepsi, get an old man’s disease at 30?),

    MS and cravings for carbohydate (thereby causing an

    INCREASE in weight).





    ASPARTAME – Public Service Message




    Liability lawsuits are being prepared for New York and New Jersey consumers of aspartame who developed brain tumors in the last 3 years. If you ingest this chemical and live in one of these states and have suffered this tragedy, you may qualify as a plaintiff.

    Aspartame is sold as NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful , and is in thousands of foods and soft drinks such as Diet Coke. Since the 70s the manufacturers knew it produced brain tumors in lab rats. The FDA has received more consumer complaints on this chemical than all other food additives combined.

    For information and medical evidence on aspartame toxicity visit and
    For TV film Sweet Misery: a Poisoned World contact or
    Cori Brackett 520 979 – 8238

    Contact Betty Martini IMMEDIATELY!

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