Posted: 10 July 2014
The Alzheimer’s link has been there for 30 years, and having spoken to informants and researchers for at least a quarter of a century nobody doubts the issue. While some may be hearsay, I hear what they are saying. There is an old saying, "Where there is smoke there is fire". In this case it's a blazing conflagration.
Dr. H. J. Roberts in his medical text: "Aspartame Disease, An Ignored Epidemic" - http://www.sunsetpress.com, list the following reactors who were less than 60: page 561
"I was drinking an aspartame soda in large amounts since it came out in the summer of 1983. For the last six or seven months, I found I was losing my presence of mind. My short term memory was bad. I did stupid things due to lack of alertness, and my eyes were very sensitive to sunlight. Does this sound like an aspartame problem? I am age 70, 160 lbs, in good health, and had no problem at all until this came about. "
Calls still come in from hospices where nurses tell me they don't understand why they are receiving patients with Alzheimer’s at the age of 25 or 30! Michael Fox, a diet Pepsi spokesman, said about his case of Parkinson's, "I don't understand why I was diagnosed with an old age disease, at age 30"! Aspartame knows no age. Damage to the mitochondria or powerhouse of the cell by aspartame makes you grow old. Dr. James Bowen who is an aspartame victim with ALS said after 6 weeks on aspartame his black hair turned white.
Years ago I received an email from someone named Craig who said he was told by a Pepsi employee to not use aspartame because the National Soft Drink Association (now American Beverage) had completed a ten year study on aspartame. It proved that aspartame causes birth defects, blindness and Alzheimer’s! What was most interesting about this is I met a woman who said she worked for NSDA and aspartame was safe. When I told her about the 10 year study she said, "There is no way you could have gotten those studies." If that wasn't an admission I don't know what is. She got so upset someone had to get her a glass of water and help her to her car.
During the Olympics here in Atlanta we met a lady who was dating someone in the Monsanto family. She said, "Why do they tell their friends not to use aspartame because it causes Alzheimer's?" I told her to ask the question gives her the answer. In fact, a friend who was once married to a man who worked for Monsanto said her husband was told "do not use aspartame, we don't want sick employees, do not bring it into your home or allow your family to use it. It is a poison." Confession is good for the soul! We tried to get him to give us an affidavit but he said he had signed an agreement not to give out this information. Since it was many years ago we didn't think it mattered, but he refused. He also said to show you the relationship of Monsanto with FDA that he had actually been sent there by Monsanto to work there awhile. Then he was sent to G. D. Searle. That's when he quit after he was shown how they do the studies. The cover-up was a no-brainer.
Some years ago my husband and I went through St. Louis to get to Albuquerque. We went there to get information to the pilots at the Air Force Base. We gave out flyers in the airport and a young man said, "my mother rents to a physician, and he told us that aspartame causes Alzheimer’s, and the physicians in St. Louis were told if they told anyone they would be sued."
This dementia and memory loss by aspartame victims can be dangerous. That's why we have Mission Possible Aviation and get Dr. Russell Blaylock's pilot alert to pilots and crew everywhere. http://www.mpwhi.com/pilot_aspartame_alert.htm Dr. Roberts once said he was talking to someone in air traffic control, and the man was drinking a Diet Coke, didn't know who he was or where he was. Mission Possible Aviation was set-up after Cliff Evans crashed his plane in a tree and he lived to tell about it. He said, "Dumb I'm not, but I couldn't make a decision on aspartame." When victims get off aspartame brain fog is usually the first to go.
Dr. Roberts wrote a book called "Defense Against Alzheimer’s Disease", http://www.sunsentpress.com and says aspartame is escalating Alzheimer’s Disease. Most people are probably interested in how aspartame triggers this disease. In his text he gives the underlying mechanisms. He says, "The confusion and memory loss induced by aspartame and its components probably reflect multiple mechanisms:
"Unchecked flooding of the brain by L-phenylalanine, L-aspartic acid, and their L-iso or D-stereoisomers.
The toxic effects of free methyl alcohol.
The toxic effects of free methyl alcohol.
Metabolic breakdown products of aspartame formed during heating and prolonged storage.
Binding of excitatory amino acids to the membranes of brain cells.
Dysfunction induced by amino acid-derived neurotransmitters and related substances.
Induced or aggravated hypoglycemia from excess insulin secretion.
Interference with the degradation of amyloid B-protein, which then may accumulate - perhaps involving proteolysis by insulin-degrading enzyme (Vekrellis 2000).
A marked increase of beta endorphins (Melchior 1991)"
Russell Blaylock, M.D., neurosurgeon, writes extensively on Aspartame and Alzheimer’s. His first book is "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills", http://www.russellblaylockmd.com and he has two others. Dr. Woodrow Monte has written a book called "While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills", http:// www.whilesciencesleeps.com, He goes into the methanol in aspartame. He explains how the FDA made a deal with G. D. Searle never to allow the public to see the teratology studies because they showed neural tube defects - autism, spina bifida and cleft palate. From the cradle to the grave aspartame is mass poisoning the public. Those who have given birth after 1984 should fill out the short form on http://www.mpwhi.com, second banner down and send to Dr. Ralph Walton who is conducting a study on aspartame and birth defects. His email address firstname.lastname@example.org You can write him direct. There is no criteria for the study except having given birth after 1984.
See some of these physicians in the documentary, "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" - http://www.sweetremedy.com
Now read on this excellent article supporting evidence for the aspartame- Alzheimer's link.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Supporting Evidence for Aspartame-Alzheimer’s Link Emerges
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
June 26, 2014
Most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States still recommend no- or low-calorie artificial sweeteners as an acceptable, and even preferred, alternative to sugar. This flawed advice can have very serious repercussions for those who follow it.
Artificial sweeteners of all kinds have been found to wreak havoc with your health in a number of different ways. Aspartame, which is perhaps the worst of the bunch, has a long list of studies indicating its harmful effects, ranging from brain damage to pre-term delivery.
Aspartame is also the number one source of side effect complaints to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with over 10,000 complaints filed and over 91 documented symptoms related to its consumption.
Most recently, studies are also starting to confirm lingering suspicions that artificial sweeteners like aspartame may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease a serious form of dementia that is now thought to kill over half a million Americans each year.
The key mechanism of harm appears to be methanol toxicity ¬a much-ignored problem associated with aspartame in particular.
In a previous interview, toxicology expert Dr. Woodrow Monte (author of the book While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills), explained the links between aspartame and methanol toxicity and the formation of formaldehyde. In light of the latest research, this interview is more relevant than ever, which is why I included it again.
Methanol Toxicity Leads to Persistent Alzheimer’s Symptoms
A recently published two-part paper highlights what Dr. Monte has been saying for many years now ¬that methanol acts differently in animals and humans. In this case, the researchers also discovered changes in effect between mice and rhesus monkeys.
Methanol-fed mice presented with partial Alzheimer’s disease-like symptoms,? while rhesus monkeys fed a 3% methanol solution developed persistent pathological changes related to the development of Alzheimer’s. According to the authors:
A recently established link between formaldehyde, a methanol metabolite, and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology has provided a new impetus to investigate the chronic effects of methanol exposure.
This paper expands this investigation to the non-human primate, rhesus macaque? [M]ethanol feeding led to persistent memory decline in the monkeys that lasted 6 months beyond the feeding regimen
Most Notably, the presence of amyloid plaque formations in the monkeys highlighted a marked difference in animal systems used in AD investigations, suggesting that the innate defenses in mice against methanol toxicity may have limited previous investigations into AD pathology.
Nonetheless, these findings support a growing body of evidence that links methanol and its metabolite formaldehyde to AD pathology.? [Emphasis mine]
The Link Between Aspartame and Methanol Toxicity
The artificial sweetener industry (and makers of artificially sweetened products) has fervently claimed that aspartame is harmless, and that there’s no biological explanation for the health problems reported by so many after consuming aspartame.
But as explained by Dr. Monte, there is indeed a biological and scientific explanation for aspartame’s pathway of harm, and as the latest research suggests, it’s related to the effects of methanol and formaldehyde, both of which are extremely toxic.
Aspartame is primarily made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine¬the latter of which has been synthetically modified to carry a methyl group. This is what provides the majority of the sweetness. That phenylalanine methyl bond, called a methyl ester, is very weak, allowing the methyl group on the phenylalanine to easily break off and form methanol.
You may have heard the claim that aspartame is harmless because methanol is also found in fruits and vegetables. However, in these whole foods the methanol is firmly bonded to pectin, which allows it to be safely passed through your digestive tract. This is not the case for the methanol created by aspartame. There, it’s not bonded to anything that can help eliminate it from your body. That’s problem number one.
? Problem number two relates to the fact that humans are the only mammals who are NOT equipped with a protective biological mechanism that breaks down methanol into harmless formic acid. This is why animal testing of aspartame does not fully apply to humans.
According to Dr. Monte, the fact that methyl alcohol is metabolized differently in humans compared to other animals has been known since 1940. And according to the featured paper, rhesus monkeys do not appear to have the same defenses against methanol toxicity as mice do. This basically negates much of the animal research that has been used to prove aspartame’s safety.
Methanol Acts as a Trojan Horse in Your Body
As explained by Dr. Monte, in humans, methanol ends up acting as a Trojan horse, allowing toxic formaldehyde to wreak havoc in some of your most sensitive areas, such as your brain. Here’s how it works: both animals and humans have small structures called peroxisomes in each cell. There are a couple of hundred in every cell of your body, which are designed to detoxify a variety of chemicals. Peroxisome contains catalase, which help detoxify methanol.
Your cells also contain alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which converts methanol to formaldehyde. Other chemicals in the peroxisome in turn convert the formaldehyde to formic acid, which is harmless ¬but this last step occurs only in animals. Human peroxisomes cannot convert the toxic formaldehyde into harmless formic acid.
Certain locations in your body, particularly in the lining of your blood vessels, and in your brain, are loaded with ADH that converts methanol to formaldehyde. But since there’s no catalase present, the formaldehyde does not get converted into harmless formic acid. As a result, the formaldehyde is free to do enormous amounts of damage in your tissues.
Symptoms of 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, in turn, is a known carcinogen that causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication, and may cause birth defects.
Processed Foods Are Also High in Methanol
As I’ve discussed in previous articles, processed foods should be avoided as a proactive Alzheimer’s prevention strategy. In his book, Grain Brain, neurologist Dr. Perlmutter reveals how the toxic activity of sugar and carbohydrates in your diet promote Alzheimer’s disease. But we can also add methanol to the list of reasons for avoiding processed foods. Not only do many processed foods contain artificial sweeteners, but when fruits and vegetables are canned, for example, the methanol becomes liberated from the pectin.
At room temperature, it only takes one month for 10 percent of the methanol to be released. After about six months, virtually all of the methanol is liberated. Dr. Monte is convinced that methanol and the subsequent conversion to formaldehyde from certain processed foods (see listing below), as well as all foods containing aspartame, are a major culprit in a variety of diseases, especially multiple sclerosis (MS).
Again, methanol can slip through your blood brain barrier, and your brain is one of the areas where you find alcohol dehydrogenase, which converts methyl alcohol to formaldehyde. This causes the destruction of myelin basic protein, which is one of the triggers for MS. Demyelination also plays a role in the development of Alzheimer’s and several other brain-related diseases. According to Dr. Monte:
We know that methyl alcohol is known to be a demyelinating agent? [T]he symptoms associated with the demyelination are identical between multiple sclerosis, and methanol poisoning, and people who consume aspartame.
? He believes many diseases can be prevented if we start avoiding methanol from all sources, and he even offers a methanol-free diet on his website. Items to avoid include: