Posted: 13 August 2007
Read Abby Cormack's story in her own words at: http://www/mpwhi.com/abby_cormack_story.htm
Tragically, Abby's experience with aspartame is far from unique. In 1985 I first encountered a clinical situation in which aspartame clearly triggered a manic episode in one of my patients. I initially made an incorrect diagnosis of bipolar disorder and actually started a treatment regimen of lithium carbonate. The overall picture however was not totally consistent with bipolar illness, especially as a grand mal seizure accompanied the "manic" episode. Some detective work as to what was different in my patient's life resulted in the conclusion that the only significant change was the sudden introduction of a large amount of Crystal Lite (aspartame) into her diet. The total elimination of all aspartame resulted in fairly rapid resolution of her symptoms. The lithium was discontinued and she has remained symptom, and aspartame, free. I believe it is essential for all physicians to include a dietary history when assessing patients. Whenever aspartame is found to be included in the diet, I would encourage all health care professionals to educate their patients about the hazards and encourage complete abstinence from this artificial sweetener. In my own practice, I have found that many patients improve substantially with just this simple change. In particular, patients with underlying mood disorders appear to be particularly sensitive to the adverse consequences of this extremely hazardous substance.
Dr. Ralph Walton
Attorney James Turner, Atty, who with Dr. John Olney tried to prevent approval of aspartame:
"Aspartame/NutraSweet cripples the lives of thousands of people. When I tried to persuade the president of the Searle Drug company, manufactures of that chemical sweetener, to do the tests that would find any dangers it posed before It was marketed he blew me off. His name was Donald Rumsfeld (Iraq war architect). In exchanges about aspartame safety with him and his company I learned how little he values human life."
Meet Don Rumsfeld:
Dr. H. J. Roberts, M.D., FACP, FCCP Named The Best Doctor in the USA by a national publication, author of 1,000 page medical text - Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic:
I have reviewed the recent experience of Abby Cormack while chewing four (4) packs of aspartame gum daily, based on her "medical timeline 2007" -- coupled with the details of her testing and doctoring by interested and competent professionals, and the dramatic improvement of her psychological and most other symptoms following the avoidance of aspartame products.
Her problem appears to be largely due to aspartame disease, as I have detailed in many publications. I have reported severe depression, anxiety, insomnia, cramps, speech disturbance, confusion, blurred vision, eruptions, and neuropathic symptoms in numerous aspartame reactors consuming both gum and other products containing this chemical. Fortunately, her mother suspected the cause which had escaped the attention of several doctors.
I have admired the great emphasis by persons in New Zealand and its government on avoiding exposure to a variety of toxic substances. The serious documented affliction of this young woman due to consuming aspartame is probably replicated by many other consumers in the country, and warrants the profound attention of its regulatory agencies.
Dr. Woodrow Monte Ph.D. ,University of Arizona professor of Food Science, early investigator of aspartame, now residing in New Zealand "Curiosity about the safety of Aspartame need go no further than the indisputable fact that each molecule of the sweetener turns into a molecule of Formaldehyde when metabolized in the human body. Enough said! Read Dr. Montes journal article: Aspartame, Methanol and the Public Health: http://www.dorway.com/monte84.html
Trocho Study: http://www.wnho.net/formaldehyde_from_aspartame.pdf Shows the formaldehyde embalms living tissue.
Ralph G. Walton, M.D. Medical Director, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Although undoubtedly well intentioned, any attempt to replace sugared beverages with aspartame containing diet products will, in my opinion, have a devastating impact on the health of our children and adolescents. The alarming increase in obesity, type II diabetes, and a wide variety of behavioral difficulties in our children is obviously attributable to multiple factors, but I am convinced that one powerful force in accentuating these problems is the ever increasing use of aspartame.
Aspartame is a multipotential toxin and carcinogen. The dipeptide component of the molecule can alter brain chemistry, significantly changing the ratio of catecholamines to indolamines, with resultant lowering of seizure threshold, production of carbohydrate craving and in vulnerable individuals leading to panic, depressive and cognitive symptoms.
The methyl ester component of aspartame is metabolized to methanol, which in turn is broken down into formic acid and formaldehyde. Methanol can lead to serious eye problems, formic acid and formaldehyde are potent carcinogens. The diet food industry and the F.D.A. are fond of saying that aspartame is "the most studied product in history" with an outstanding safety record. In fact however virtually all of the studies in the medical literature attesting to its safety were funded by the industry, whereas independently funded studies, now numbering close to 100, identify one or more problems. It would be especially tragic if an attempt to improve the health of our children led to even greater exposure to this highly toxic product. Thank you for your attention to this urgent public health issue.
See Dr. Waltons study: "Adverse Reactions to Aspartame: Double-Blind Challenge in Patients from a Vulnerable Population:
Read Dr. Walton's research on Scientific Peer Reviewed Studies and Funding:
DR. MORANDO SOFFRITTI, lead researcher on two groundbreaking long-term aspartame studies..He was recently honored at New Yorks Mt Sinai School of Medicine with the Irving J Selikoff Award For his outstanding contributions to the identification of environmental and industrial carcinogens and his promotion of independent scientific research Reviewing his two impeccable aspartame studies Dr. Soffritti explains:
The first ERF study (2005) was conducted on 1800 Sprague-Dawley rats (100-150/per sex/per group) In order to simulate daily human intake, aspartame was added to the standard rat diet in quantities of 5000, 2500, 100, 500, 20, 4, and 0 mg/Kg of body weight. Treatment of the animals began at 8 weeks of age and continued until spontaneous death. The results show that APM causes a statistically significant, dose-related increase of lymphomas/leukemias and malignant tumors of the renal pelvis in females and malignant tumors of peripheral nerves in males. These results demonstrate for the first time that APM is a carcinogenic agent, capable of inducing malignancies at various dose levels, including those lower than the current acceptable daily intake (ADI) for humans (50 mg/kg of body weight in the US, 40 mg/kg of body weight in the EU).
The second ERF study (2007) was conducted on 400 Sprague-Dawley rats (70-95/per sex/per group). In order to simulate daily human intake, aspartame was added to the standard rat diet in quantities of 100, 20, and 0 mg/Kg of body weight. Treatment of the animals began on the 12th day of fetal life until natural death. The results of the second study show an increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias in female rats with respect to the first study. Moreover, the study shows that when lifespan exposure to APM begins during fetal life, the age at which lymphomas/leukemias develop in females is anticipated. For the first time, a statistically significant increase in mammary cancers in females was also observed in the second study. The results of this transplacental carcinogenicity bioassay not only confirm, but also reinforce the first experimental demonstration of APMs multipotential carcinogenicity.
Also, of major concern is their finding of statistically significant increases in breast cancer in animals exposed to aspartame. With newer studies clearly indicating that toxic exposures during fetal development can dramatically increase the cancer risk of the offspring, this study takes on a very important meaning to all pregnant women consuming aspartame products. Likewise, small children are at considerable risk of the later development of these highly fatal cancers. It should be appreciated that the doses used
in these study fall within the range of doses seen in everyday users of aspartame. This study, along with the first study, should convince any reasonable scientific mind, as well as the public, that this product should be removed from the market.
Dr. Betty Martini
Aspartame Toxiocity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Also, of major concern is their finding of statistically significant increases in breast cancer in animals exposed to aspartame. With newer studies clearly indicating that toxic exposures during fetal development can dramatically increase the cancer risk of the offspring, this study takes on a very important meaning to all pregnant women consuming aspartame products. Likewise, small children are at considerable risk of the later development of these highly fatal cancers. It should be appreciated that the doses used in these study fall within the range of doses seen in everyday users of aspartame. This study, along with the first study, should convince any reasonable scientific mind, as well as the public, that this product should be removed from the market.
Dr. Betty Martini
Aspartame Toxiocity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame