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The Ingredient of NutraSweet, is Linked to Increased Reports of Multiple
Sclerosis and Lupus-Disputed!
Summary of the eRumor: This
email says it is an article written by Nancy Markle who spoke on the
subject of aspartame at the "World
Environmental Conference." Aspartame is the sweetening
ingredient in NutraSweet. The author says the keynote
address at the conference was about an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and
systemic lupus and that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
"...did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant
across the United States." The author says the aspartame
becomes a toxin in the body that mimics MS and that lupus is rampant among
Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke drinkers. The email also claims a variety
of other symptoms caused by the ingestion of aspartame. It claims
than Monsanto, the creator of aspartame, knows how deadly it is, but that
for financial reasons, various medical organizations that also know the
truth have kept quiet.
The Truth: While
there are good people who disagree about NutraSweet, this particular email
is regarded as incorrect and irresponsible by a large number of credible
Here are some of the facts:
1. Interestingly enough, nobody seems to know who Nancy Markle is,
what her professional credentials are, or what work she's done regarding
MS, Lupis, or aspartame.
2. An anti-aspartame activist named Betty Martini says she is the
one who wrote the original story and was the speaker at the "World
Environmental Conference" at Elizabeth City State University in
Elizabeth City, North Carolina in November of 1995. She says her
story somehow got connected with the name Nancy Markle and then spread
around the Internet. Martini is the founder of "Mission
Possible International" with a website at
She bases most of her conclusions on the work of a Russell L. Blaylock, M.D..
3. David Squillacote, MD Senior Medical Advisor for Multiple
Sclerosis Foundation has written a response to the Markle email in which
he says "...wild and inaccurate information about aspartame is being
spread" and that "Ms. Markle has crossed the line."
He says there is no information about aspartame affecting MS or lupis; no
evidence that the product is bad for diabetics; that "Ms. Markle's
claims regarding the metabolism of aspartame are wildly inaccurate. Her
understanding of pharmacology and metabolism is largely
incorrect". He concludes by saying, "..., this series of
allegations by MS. Markle are almost totally without foundation. They are
rabidly inaccurate and scandalously misinformative."
4. The American Diabetes Association says it "...recognizes
that there is no credible scientific evidence linking aspartame to any health-related problems for people with diabetes." and that
"...aspartame--as well as the other FDA-approved nonnutritive
sweeteners saccharin, acesulfame K, and sucralose--acceptable sugar
substitutes and a safe part of a diabetic meal plan."
There is also a version of this eRumor that begins with a long story
about a person whose sister became seriously ill over a period of
time and prepared for death. The sister stopped drinking diet drinks
with NutraSweet and allegedly recovered completely. The story
has no facts such as names or locations that can checked out and is
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE AND THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION
F.D.A. ISSUING FOR COLLUSION WITH MONSANTO
Article written by Nancy Markle (1120197):
I have spent several days lecturing at the World
Environmental Conference on Aspartame, marketed as "NutraSweet",
"Equal", and "Spoonful".
In the keynote address by the EPA, [it was] announced
that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and
[the EPA] did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant
across the United States. I explained that I was there to lecture on
exactly that subject.
When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F,
the wood alcohol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then to formic
acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison
found in the sting of fire ants). The methanol toxicity mimics multiple
sclerosis; thus, people were being diagnosed with having multiple
sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where
methanol toxicity is.
In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has
become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially Diet Coke and
Diet Pepsi drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually
drink three to four 12 oz. Cans of them per day, some even more. In the
cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by aspartame , the victim
usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim
continues its use, aggravating the lupus to such a degree that sometimes
it becomes life threatening. When we get people off the aspartame, those
with systemic lupus usually become asymptomatic. Unfortunately, we can not
reverse this disease.
On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity),
most of the symptoms disappear. We have seen cases where their vision has
returned and even their hearing has returned. This also applies to cases
of tinnitus. (ringing in the ears.)
During a lecture, I said "If you are using
aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from
fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs,
cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression,
anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss-you
probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!"
People were jumping up during the lecture saying,
"I've got this, is it reversible?"
It is rampant. Some of the speakers at my lecture even were suffering from
these symptoms. In one lecture attended by the Ambassador of Uganda, he
told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame! He continued by
saying that one of the industry leader's son could no longer walk - due in
part by product usage!
We have a very serious problem. Even a stranger came up
to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and myself and said, "Could you
tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit
to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet
Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS."
This is beyond coincidence. Here is the problem.
There were Congressional hearings when aspartame was
included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have
been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The
drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000
products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!
At the time of this first hearing, people were going
blind. The methanol in the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the
retina of the eye. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as
cyanide and arsenic- DEADLY POISONS!!! Unfortunately, it just takes longer
to quietly kill, but it is killing people and causing all kinds of
Aspartame changes the brain's chemistry. It is the reason for severe
seizures. This drug changes the dopamine level in the brain. Imagine what
this drug does to patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
This drug also causes birth defects. There is
absolutely no reason to take this product. It is NOT A DIET PRODUCT!!! The
Congressional Record said, "It makes you crave carbohydrates and will
make you FAT". Dr. Roberts stated that when he got patients off
aspartame, their average weight loss was 19 pounds per person. The
formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.
Aspartame is especially deadly for diabetics. All
physicians know what wood alcohol will do to a diabetic. We find that
physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact,
it is caused by the aspartame. The aspartame keeps the blood sugar level
out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma. Unfortunately,
many have died.
People were telling us at the Conference of the
American College of Physicians, that they had relatives that switched from
saccharin to an aspartame product and how that relative had eventually
gone into a coma. Their physicians could not get the blood sugar levels
under control. Thus, the patients suffered acute memory loss and
eventually coma and death.
Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are
neurotoxic without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it goes
past the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, said, "The
ingredients stimulates the neurons of the brain to death, causing brain
damage of varying degrees.
Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled, "EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE
THAT KILLS" (Health Press 1-800-643-2665). Dr. H.J. Roberts, diabetic
specialist and world expert on aspartame poisoning, has also written a
book entitled, "DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE"
(1-800-814-9800). Dr. Roberts tells how aspartame poisoning is escalating
Alzheimer's Disease, and indeed it is.
As the hospice nurse told me, women are being admitted
at 30 years of age with Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Roberts
will be writing a position paper with some case histories and will post it
on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American College of
Physicians, "We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases
caused by this deadly poison."
Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed.
He said, "his diabetic patients presented memory loss, confusion, and
severe vision loss".
At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted
that they did not know. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the
phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes
serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and
Just before the Conference, I received a FAX from
Norway, asking for a possible antidote for this poison because they are
experiencing so many problems in their country. This "poison" is
now available in 90 PLUS countries worldwide. Fortunately, we had speakers
and ambassadors at the Conference from different nations who have pledged
their help. We ask that you help too. Print this article out and warn
everyone you know.
Take anything that contains aspartame back to the
store. Take the "NO ASPARTAME TEST" and send us your case
history. I assure you that Monsanto, the creator of aspartame, knows how
deadly it is. They fund the American Diabetes Association, American
Dietetic Association, Congress, and the Conference of the American College
The New York Times, on November 15, 1996, ran an article on how the
American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to
endorse their products. Therefore, they cannot criticize any additives or
tell about their link to Monsanto.
How bad is this? We told a mother who had a child on
NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was having grand mal seizures
every day. The mother called her physician, who called the ADA, who told
the doctor not to take the child off the NutraSweet. We are still trying
to convince the mother that the aspartame is causing the seizures. Every
time we get someone off of aspartame, the seizures stop. If the baby dies,
you know whose fault it is, and what we are up against.
There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame, from
coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological, because the
aspartame destroys the nervous system. Aspartame Disease is partially the
cause to what is behind some of the mystery of the Desert Storm health
problems. The burning tongue and other problems discussed in over 60 cases
can be directly related to the consumption of an aspartame product.
Several thousand pallets of diet drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm
troops. (Remember heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86
degrees F). Diet drinks sat in the 120 degree F. Arabian sun for weeks at
a time on pallets. The service men and women drank them all day long. All
of their symptoms are identical to aspartame poisoning.
Dr. Roberts says, "consuming aspartame at the time
of conception can cause birth defects". The phenylalanine
concentrates in the placenta, causing mental retardation, according to Dr.
Louis Elsas, Pediatrician Professor - Genetics, at Emory University in his
testimony before Congress. In the original lab tests, animals developed
brain tumors (phenylalanine breaks down into DXP, a brain tumor agent).
When Dr. Espisto was lecturing on aspartame, one physician in the
audience, a neurosurgeon, said, "when they remove brain tumors, they
have found high levels of aspartame in them".
If it says "SUGAR FREE" on the label-DO NOT
EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!
Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants,
pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would
have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the
population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes in neurological
and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical
lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting
Since the Conference of the American College of Physicians, we hope to
have the help of some world leaders. Again, please help us too. There are
a lot of people out there who must be warned, *please* let them know this
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