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(Aspartame: also known as Aspartamine, NutraSweet ® , Equal ® , Spoonful ® )
Commonly found in diet drinks and other artificially sweetened "diet" foods.

Introduction:  There are a number of people who have E-mailed us stating that the following article is an “urban legend” (untrue) and have provided links to “acclaimed medical expert” websites.  In visiting these links, the pages provided little or no information substantiating their claims that the following article by Nancy Markel is untrue.

It is our opinion that whether or not every small detail of the article is correct, the essence of the article is relevant.  The essence is that aspartame contains methanol (and methanol cannot be made non-poisonous) which breaks down in the body.  The methanol and its metabolic byproducts are bound to have damaging effects on the human body if taken in consistently high doses.  Those who consume a lot of diet sodas or cook with Nutri-Sweet are the most likely to have the symptoms.  And while the symptom list she provides is quite extensive, remember that the symptoms of methanol poisoning are also extensive  Click here for more comments.


Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998


Article written by Nancy Markle

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, they announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they 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 coverts 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 these 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.

During a lecture I said "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from fibromylagia 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 as 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 neurological problems.

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 physicians that believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact, the condition 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 with memory loss, confusion, and severe vision loss". At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they did not know this. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes seretonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence).

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 of Physicians. 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 can not 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 the child 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".

Stevia, a sweet food, NOT AN ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics), has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA.  For years, the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

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 public. 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 information.

Comments Continued from the beginning:

My wife who is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Ambulatory Care (Emergency Medicine) and who is also a diabetics and geriatrics expert, occasionally sees patients who exhibit the symptoms mentioned in the article.  Often, stopping consumption of aspartame (most frequently NutriSweet laden diet drinks) reduces or eliminates the symptoms.  Some unfortunately cannot be reversed, once the process begins. 

The Success seminars have a variety of prominent speakers on a wide range of subject; one seminar included President and First Lady Bush (Sr.).  A prominent physician speaking at the one I attended in ’95, made the comment that Aspartame is “#1 cause of complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

We've received lots of interesting E-mail accounts from others who've read that article. Here are a few samples [I removed the authors' names]”


Subject: Article by Nancy Markle re: Aspartame

My name is D.C. from Silver Lake N.Y.   I read the e-mail article regarding Aspartame by Nancy Markle approximately 2 weeks ago. It was forwarded to me by my sister who knew that I was experiencing problems with my eyes.  I regularly used 3-6 packets of Equal sweetener in my coffee on a daily basis for years! That with other "diet" products.

On September 8th, 1998, I experienced a sudden loss of vision in my right eye where only "colorful blurs" could be seen. After extensive testing including MRI, head x-rays, and vision testing of all sorts, the doctors told me they could not figure out what was wrong and recommended that I just replace the lens in my eye glasses to accommodate my new prescription.

I did just that.

After reading the article on Aspartame, I immediately discontinued its use. After 5 days, I started feeling better and Praise the Lord, my eyesight started to CLEAR UP! I put the old lens back into my glasses on May 1, 1999 because the "new" lens clouded my vision and I could see better without my glasses. Coincidence? I think not.

Thank you for sharing this valued article. I have forwarded it to everyone I know and have given copies to friends without e-mail.

God Bless you all! D.C.


Subject: Help Please

In last 2 years I have been diagnosed with "Lupus like" diseases as follows: Polymyalgia- Fibromyalgia- Diabetes- Rheumatoid Arthritis with visual problems.  I now have to wear glasses due to not being able focus; also no treatments are effective thus far.

I drank about 6-10 diet drinks a day and have for about 20 years, my drink of choice was Diet Coke !!!!!!

The doctor checks me for Lupus frequently, because when I first got sick, first symptom was butterfly rash on face, but all tests are negative this far.  My sediment rate run very high.  Is there a test for toxicity from NutraSweet?  Please contact me either way. My doctor says diseases are progressing rapidly.


Some thoughts about the medical establishment:  I grew up in medical doctor’s family, with 3 of 4 siblings following my father into a medically related field. The medical community surrounded me.  My wife is a practicing doctor.  And in general we have high respect for the medical field.  However, as she was going through her medical training at one of the top medical schools in the USA, she was told that half of what she would be taught over the next 4 years would later be found to be inaccurate, they just didn’t know which half.  In other words, there is a necessity for a sharp doctor to be flexible to accept new discoveries that replace old ones (that’s why they call it the “practice” of medicine”).  Several “truths” that have been debunked since she went through medical school were that the brain and heart are static; they don’t change or heal.  Now of course we know that the heart can repair if given the right environment.  Further that the brain is not static, but ever changing (neuroplasticity).  Even though ADD, dyslexic children are often treated with psychotropics such as Ritalin or Adderall, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), after a detailed study concluded that they don’t help academic performance long term at all!  Neural-Cognitive Therapy is much more effective as far as academics are concerned.  My wife was taught by some of her wise associates that if something didn't make sense, to "follow the money or the power" to find out why a medical concept, product or medication was being backed by certain authorities.

So while truth may be absolute, knowledge of the truth may be ever changing.

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