Aspartame Damages The Brain at Any Dose


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Did you know that Aspartame has been proven to cause brain damage by leaving traces of Methanol in the blood? It makes you wonder why Aspartame has been approved as “safe” and is found in thousands of food products. Currently more than 90 countries have given the artificial sweetener the “OK” to be used in foods.

“Multiple Sclerosis is often misdiagnosed, and that it could be aspartame poisoning” 

Given that Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar, manufacturers are able to produce their sweet foods and market them as “low calorie” so they can market and appeal to millions of people on “diets.” There is no doubt that the less sugar you have in your diet, the better. But replacing sugar with aspartame is not the solution, and in fact is likely to be even worse for your health.

In my personal experience, Aspartame has always made my head feel very odd when I consumed it. Headaches, light headedness and overall nausea, are all symptoms I personally feel from consuming Aspartame. But that isn’t even the bad part when you look at what all of the research is suggesting. So I question, and everyone should be asking the same: With all of the research about Aspartame and its dangerous effects, even in small quantities, why is it still approved by the FDA and other health agencies as being safe for human consumption? There are better solutions available and with less danger and side effects.

What is this lovely substance (Aspartame) made of?

An Aspartame molecule is essentially made up of 3 different substances. 90% of it is made of two natural amino acids, 1 being aspartic acid and the other being phenylalanine. The other 10% of the molecule is made up of a methyl ester bond (includes Methanol). The methanol is released from the aspartame within hours of consumption and begins traveling through the body via the blood. Once the methyl ester bond is broken, it liberates methyl alcohol or methanol (wood alcohol). The big problem with methanol is that it easily passes into your blood-brain barrier and once there, is converted into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is what is causing the brain damage. While animals are able to detoxify methanol in the body, humans do not have this capability. It doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to realize that accumulating formaldehyde in the brain is not a good thing.

What’s the deal with Methanol?

As mentioned above, Methanol is the key issue here as it is what converts into formaldehyde. While it is often believed that formic acid is the issue with Aspartame, it is actually formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a serious neurotoxin and carcinogen. According to the EPA, Methanol is considered a cumulative poison which means is accumulates in the body and very little is excreted each time it is consumed.

Methanol is a toxin that destroys the myelin tissue in your body, which is the insulating material around your nerves that allows nerve signals to travel properly. Once injured, one can have what are called demyelinating symptoms that are commonly seen in diseases like MS and also migraines that can include bizarre and inconsistent visual field disruptions.

But it must be safe in small doses!

While having NO methanol in the body makes most sense, the EPA has accepted that a limit of consumption of 7.8 mg/day is still OK. Why we accept even small amounts of toxic stuff in our body is beyond me, but some feel we can still consume this stuff in small doses. According to Woodrow Monte, Ph.D, R.D., director of the Food Science and Nutrition Laboratory at Arizona State University:

“When diet sodas and soft drinks, sweetened with aspartame, are used to replace fluid loss during exercise and physical exertion in hot climates, the intake of methanol can exceed 250 mg/day or 32 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limit of consumption for this cumulative toxin.”

Further, he states that 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.

“There are no human or mammalian studies to evaluate the possible mutagenic, teratogenic, or carcinogenic effects of chronic administration of methyl alcohol,” he said.

How can you know you are getting too much Methanol? You may experience headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis. Another very well known sign of methanol poisoning is vision problems.

Adding to the problem, one of the amino acids in aspartame, aspartic acid is capable of crossing your blood-brain barrier. There it attacks your brain cells, creating a form of cellular overstimulation called excitotoxicity, which can lead to cell death.

Your blood-brain barrier, which normally protects your brain from excess aspartate, as well as toxins, is not able to adequately protect you against the effects of aspartame consumption because it:

  • Is not fully developed during childhood
  • Does not fully protect all areas of the brain
  • Is damaged by numerous chronic and acute conditions
  • Allows seepage of excess aspartate into the brain even when intact

That excess aspartate slowly begins to destroy neurons, and the large majority (75 percent or more) of neural cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed. Then, when they do occur, they may or may not be associated with aspartame consumption, even though examples of chronic illnesses that are made worse by long-term exposure to excitatory amino acid damage include: Multiple sclerosis (MS), ALS, hormonal problems, memory loss, epilepsy, hearing loss, Alzheimers, dementia, brain lesions, and Neuroendocrine disorders.

It can be easy for us to make the argument that this stuff is OK in small doses, and it hasn’t killed us yet so it can’t be that bad. But it almost seems there is something more to it why we use this reasoning. Are we just addicted to these substances? Afraid to admit we have been poisoning ourselves? Unable to accept that the FDA and health agencies have lied to us? Like to brush these truths off as conspiracies? No matter what the reason is, there comes a point where we must see what is staring us in the face and start looking at how we can begin making new choices. Returning to something that is healthier and more in line with our bodies. We are really damaging ourselves here and becoming quite numb to life. It is susbstances like Aspartame and Fluoride that are causing these issues and the difference it makes to avoid these substances is monumental for our quality of life and consciousness.

Update: One thing I really wanted to add to this article is geared towards really looking at ourselves when it comes to not just aspartame but food, beverage, cosmetics, etc. We all at some point consumed or used products that are not all that great for our bodies. Most of the everyday products we use contain very toxic chemicals, it’s just that we spend a lot of time seeing ad’s about them, using them and looking at the nice labels that look all happy so we don’t realize how bad this stuff really is for us. You may want to check THIS ARTICLE out for more info. The question I want to raise here is, why is it that when information is presented about chemicals and toxic products do we get in a rage about the information and want to justify the continuation of its use in our bodies, on our bodies and on the planet? Even if something like Aspartame was only half as bad as it really is, why would we even want that? Why is the connection we have to our bodies so lost that we want to subject it to toxins, carcinogens, chemicals and other products that 1. are not remotely natural and 2. are not something that should be near our bodies to begin with. It just seems as though the bigger issue here is that we have become very disconnected from not only our bodies but the planet as well. It has become about convenience, money, temporary happiness, filling emotional voids and staying stagnant. When this info is presented all of those buttons get pushed at once and next thing we know we are defending the use of something that should have never been brought into existence in the first place. To look at it further, even the amount of sugar and type of sugar we use in the products we use aspartame in as an alternative, is terrible as well. Any product that currently contains aspartame shouldn’t be consumed by humans to begin with. What is wrong with fruit? Vegetables? Nuts? Seeds? Why do we always need these artificially flavored and chemically enhanced products that are terrible for our health? Aspartame or no aspartame, the real thing to observe here is our disconnection from our bodies, life and the planet.

Sources: http://www.uabmedicine.org/news/Food+%28sugar+substitutes%29
http://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_methanol_and_public_health.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22385158


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  1. josh macdonald

    You quote Montel Williams?! Come one guy! I read that far and stopped.

    I dismiss your article.

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    • Pedro

      Josh I dismiss your comment because you said nothing
      You may have to learn a passion for reading or how to share your findings unless you are paid by any aspartame company

      Reply
    • mallow

      Why do you visit this site if you are so closed off?

      Reply
    • - Collective Evolution

      You should check into Montel. He is huge on alternative health ever since he was diagnosed with MS. His reccomended cures are all non pharma. In fact he completely goes against it.. which is why he doesn’t get much coverage on the matter.

      • Montel is a tireless fighter and they put him in JAIL for daring to stand up…now I dismiss YOU Josh. Do some research!

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      • I have MS as well . Lesions on my brain and spinal cord .. There are a few alternatives to aspartame available . Monk fruit and and Stevia . , So why can’t those be used in soft drinks and many other foods ?

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        • Sandra, you can get over your MS by detoxing correctly. This is how I detox and recommend others do as well; the order you detox in is important. http://mountaingrannysorganicherbs.com/news/2013/03/proper-cleansing-proper-order/

          I prefer to use Xylitol as a sweetener since it is all natural and actually kills bacteria and help strengthen teeth.

          Reply
          • Marsha

            If you use Xylitol, you must never give it to your dogs! Very small amounts have caused death. If this pertains to you, feel free to research it.

            Reply
        • Definitely not Stevia, it leaves such a horrible after taste and I’ve heard it is not as god / healthy as once thought but msybe Agave Nector might be good

          Reply
      • Tommy Draper

        This article is all fact, I am a breatharian and have been one for many years. I dd a test on myself where I ate and drank for 30 days and then ceased. I felt bad the first few days then slowly added weed( hemp) , magnets and copper garments and have never felt better. I can show this to be all true and factual, just send me your email and I will send you the reprt from the clinic I started.

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      • Una Blogger

        Why is it that the educationally/grammatically challenged, and trolls, fight any aspiration to or towards something better? [rhetorical question] They are the reason and perfect consumer for genetic modification, hormone disruption, sterilization, teratogenics and the toxic soup of chemicals that profiteering and devolution is made of. Definitely from Pandora’s Box.

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        • I think it could be they have already comnsummed a very toxic level of Aspartame and maybe more chemical crap our government has approved to shut them up and dumb them down.
          Apparently it’s working very well. So sad.

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      • Noxy

        Those sound like fantastic reasons NOT to listen to him.

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  2. Cre

    While aspartame is a toxic killer, no doubt about it, it is important to realize that multiple sclerosis is, in reality, misdiagnosed Lyme disease/stealth infections. Aspartame is a catalyst that encourages these nearly undetectable pathogens to activate, as evidenced below (there are hundreds of thousands o other links to this info).

    here:
    http://www.lymeinfo.net/multiplesclerosis.html

    and here:
    http://owndoc.com/lyme/multiple-sclerosis-is-lyme-disease-anatomy-of-a-cover-up/

    and here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxWgS0XLVqw

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  3. Mike

    ” replacing sugar with aspartame is not the solution, and in fact is likely to be even worse for your health.”

    This is an honest question: Is your above statement misleading? The rise in obesity is directly linked to the increased consumption of sugar in peoples diets over the last 20 years.

    Obesity related diseases:Diabetes, Cancer, Congestive heart failure, Enlarged heart, Pulmonary embolism, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, Fatty liver disease, A hernia, Erectile dysfunction, Urinary incontinence, Chronic renal failure, Lymph edema, Cellulitis, Stroke, Pickwickian syndrome…

    Specifically, are effects of Aspartame worse than the effects of Fructose?

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    • Stephen

      It is not just the sugar, the sweeteners are the things that are getting people hooked on too much junk food.
      I only have a sugar in my tea, I have been looking into this recently as I have been having problems that seem like Aspartame poisoning (Eye sight, hearing, memory, muscle, sleep and various other problems).
      I have gone through phases of cutting out anything with it in and felt amazing.

      This sweetener is in 1000’s of products, it is everywhere, like alcohol, I love it but it is a shame that we become so content with destroying our bodies!

      Reply
    • Marilyn Torres

      Totally agree in everything you said.

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    • Dana

      The rise in obesity levels is directly related to our government, let me explain… if people can remember back in the ’70s obesity hardly existed but that was before the approval of rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone) being injetced into the cows, pigs and chickens that people eat today. Bovine growth hormones makes the cows, pigs and chickens plump up so what do you think it’s doing to humans when they eat the cows, pigs and chickens? It makes them grow or plump up! So what the government has done is made people believe that it is their fault that they have become obese when in reality it’s what the government has done to the food supply that has caused many to plump up and eat more than they would normally eat due to the fact that most of the food supply is now grown from Monsanto seeds which genetically alters human DNA… the food we eat today causes you to become more hungry after eating (we are eating empty calories)… But, yes, I do understand that there are some who just like to eat and others who are emotional eaters but even that has an underlying cause as well and I also understand that too much sugar is not good for anyone but I don’t believe it is the root cause of obesity; if that was the case I would be the Goodyear blimp because I used to drink a six pack of soda a day back in the ’80s, ate fast food, candy, etc. and I’ve never weight more than 118lbs (except when I was pregnant!)…. The root cause of the problem is our government allowing our food supply to be altered and injetcted with toxins, hormones, etc…!

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    • Charlotte

      The statement is not at all misleading. In fact, there is a growing bank of evidence that shows artificial sweeteners stimulate weight gain more effectively than sugar.

      “Contrary to popular belief, studies have found that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can:

      ~ Stimulate your appetite
      ~ Increase carbohydrate cravings
      ~ Stimulate fat storage and weight gain

      Now, yet another study has been published showing that saccharin and aspartame cause greater weight gain than sugar.”

      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/04/saccharin-aspartame-dangers.aspx

      Many more links available online via your favoured search engine. Heaps on YouTube.

      This video from Dr Mark Hyman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzJ6ZbQN9mY

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    • Nikoletta

      You must be talking about High Fructose Corn Syrup, not Fructose in itself. HFCS replaces sugar in sodas and many other processed foods nowadays, and is FAR worse than sugar.

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      • Exactly Nikoletta, HFCS is in everything !!!

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    • CCZ

      @Mike

      “The effects of Fructose?”
      I suppose you’re one of those nuts, then.

      No one is forcing your fat kids to eat all that candy you buy for them.

      Reply

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