The "Pandora's box of chameleon-like toxins and tumor agents"

Aspartame was never and cannot be proven to be safe. It is not and cannot be a diet aid because the formaldehyde (from the breakdown of the 10% methanol) gets stored in the fat along with some water. The National Soft Drink Association developed a 30-page protest (in the '80s) that mentioned the fact that aspartame in a beverage was unstable, and that it reduced the levels of serotonin (a substance that gives one that "full" feeling), which can induce a craving for carbohydrates.

L-Aspartyl-l-phenylalanine methyl ester, 98%, aspartame CAS #22839-47-0 (a.k.a. Equal, NutraSweet, Spoonful, Benevia, Equal Measure, etc.) is composed of (at least) three things:
  1. aspartic acid, (around 40%) CAS # 56-84-8
  2. phenylalanine, (around 50%) CAS # 63-91-2
  3. methanol (wood alcohol) (10%) CAS # 67-56-1
Aspartame Composition

The phenylalanine breaks down into diketopiperazine (DKP), a known tumor agent, and it is the reason for the FDA mandated "PHENYLKETONURICS: Contains phenylalanine" (PKU) warning label. Diketopiperazine was the major impediment to approval noted in the Searle "Helling" memo.

The methanol (with no natural antidote of Ethanol) breaks down in-solution (diet coke, whatever) into formaldehyde. The human liver also breaks down "free" methanol from any solution into formaldehyde. The body has difficulty eliminating formaldehyde so it combines some of it with water and stores it in the fat. What is not stored in the fat is further converted to formic acid (same thing as ant sting poison).

So, with each sip EVERY user gets a micro-dose of three poisons, two of which (formaldehyde and formic acid) are known carcinogens... along with that side-order of DKP, the tumor agent. A science report was done on diet cokes. The contents of the unopened cans was later evaluated by a reputable food testing laboratory that proved the methanol to formaldehyde conversion, even in the unopened container cooling off in the refrigerator, and the phenylalanine to DKP conversion.

A fairly complete list of aspartame breakdown components from the aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol is as follows:
  • Formaldehyde (embalming fluid) CAS # 50-00-0 CH2O
  • Formic Acid (ant poison) CAS # 64-18-6 CH2O2
  • Beta Aspartame **
  • Aspartylphenylalanine **
  • Aspartylphenylalanine amide **
  • Tyrosine CAS # 60-18-4 C9H11NO3
  • L-Dopa **
  • Dopamine **
  • Norepinephrine **
  • Epinephrine **
  • Phenylethylamine CAS # 64-04-0
  • Phenylpyruvate **
  • Phenylactic acid **
  • Phenylacetic acid CAS # 103-82-2
  • Diketopiperazine (DKP) CAS # 106-57-0
These 92 symptoms are noted on the Official FDA complaint document.

These symptoms were derived from what the FDA notes is the most complained about substance in their history, at one time comprising around 85% of all complaints. The total number of complaints that they admit to is over 10,000 (which is too low, for a number of reasons) and the FDA also suggests that fewer than 1% of the population actually reports a problem. This balloons the over 10,000 actual complaints to over ONE MILLION victims who should have complained! Please note that either of those numbers are significant, especially for a "safe" food additive.

The proponents of aspartame safety admit to the 10% methanol content. But then they state that fruit has more methanol. This is probably true, but where they deviate from the truth is that mother nature was kind enough to include an abundance of ETHANOL, the natural antidote to methanol poisoning, that minimizes any harm to the person eating the fruit. They omit telling the public that aspartame has NO ethanol content, which is why it is highly unstable and readily breaks down into formaldehyde (in the original unopened container). Products with aspartame in solution have an approximate 270 day shelf life IF stored below 86 degrees F.

They also have a habit of stating that "aspartame cannot... bla bla." Perhaps not, but most likely one or more of the above noted breakdown/conversion products does cause that kind of damage or symptoms.

Another standard statement is that the amino acids in aspartame are "natural". In truth, they are natural only IN COMBINATION with other amino acids... not isolated as they are in aspartame. Perhaps the analogy between fruit and the balance between methanol and ethanol is a good example of what happens when only some of the naturally occurring amino acids are used instead of the entire complex chain of amino acids. It becomes an unnatural foodstuff, that most likely causes unnatural things to happen to whatever creature ingests it.

Dr. Moser, the Nutrasweet spokesman, overstepped the boundary of truth on National TV when he stated that aspartame could not get into the blood and cause seizures. The RAO report, one of 15 (of seventy) G.D. Searle funded tests, was called "pivotal" proof of the safety of aspartame by the FDA. The RAO report only proved that six of the seven monkeys fed aspartame-laced milk for a year developed seizures after every feeding, and the seventh one died (but all data on why was "lost"). Dr. Moser privately admitted to Jennifer Cohen (author of the diet coke report):
..the study should never have been undertaken, much less submitted as legitimate observation. This particular (RAO) experiment represents an unpardonable breach in methodology." (H. Moser)
This was one of the FDA's shining examples of proof of safety? It is a completely false interpretation! What, then, might the results of the other 69 tests reveal? Perhaps a review of FDA toxicologist Dr. Gross's notarized statements to Senator Metzenbaum concerning brain tumors (Doctor Protests FDA Conduct) or FDA's Dr. Jerome Bressler's 76 page report of only ONE Searle test, which verifies the brain tumor aspect and adds mammary, ovarian and uterine tumors to the list, along with perhaps shrunken testes (The Bressler Report) provides a solid clue.

If the foregoing is not enough to prove the case against aspartame then perhaps there is something else on the 450 page "DORway to Discovery!" WEB site. This is an aspartame information site that prints out to over 3000 pages collected and posted by a very unhappy victim of long-term aspartame poisoning.

Perhaps the phrase that best applies is that "ASPARTAME is a Pandora's box of chameleon-like toxins and tumor agents that have 92 FDA acknowledged ways to ruin your life, death being one of them".

Just bear in mind that damage is caused by all aspartame consumption and it is CUMULATIVE... the damage adds up with each dose. In addition, the FDA mandated warning label "PHENYLKETONURICS: Contains phenylalanine" is often well hidden, and in some cases illegally omitted (with impunity).

The majority of over 200 million clueless victims, in over 100 countries, who are consuming over 5000 aspartame-laced products (many of which are not labeled properly) STILL NEED TO KNOW.