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Aspartame Damages the Brain

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http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Safety/chemical/aspartame_0924121112.html   -

It mentions that the two amino acids in aspartame are building blocks of life but did fail to say they are two amino acids you can’t isolate.  Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin and phenylalanine is a neurotoxin.  The molecule breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent.   Aspartame is in at least 100 countries of the world and the government organizations say its safe even though it destroys the brain, the optic nerve, immune system and central nervous system, and has been proven.  It also ravages every organ in the body.  Dr. Bill Deagle says because of its  ubiquitous  nature in food is more dangerous than depleted uranium.  The Trocho Study shows that the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA.  Dr. Maria Alemany who did this study says aspartame will kill 200 million people.  Has it already?  Aspartame was rubberstamped around the world after it was marketed due to the political chicanery of Don Rumsfeld after the FDA tried to have the manufacturer indicted for fraud and revoked the petition for approval.  Be sure to see “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” – [email protected]  

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder,
Mission Possible International
[email protected] for Aspartame Resource Guide

More information on aspartame on www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com, www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame



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    • Anonymous

      Critics tout that aspartame causes 92 diseases or symptoms. But none of the critics have credentials as toxicologists. Were they toxicologists, they would know that no toxic substance causes a tenth or even a twentieth that number of toxic symptoms. But personal vitamin and related issues can cause many diverse effects. The regulatory people in the agencies of 100 nations know far more than these few misguided individuals, but sharing and explaining the facts will enlighten all about this conspiracy theory.

      Here are the facts. Phenylalanine and aspartate are found in greater concentrations in normal foods, like milk and meat. Wurtman completely refuted his own earlier allegation that phenylalanine or aspartame caused any problem with their conclusion: “Large daily doses of aspartame had no effect on neuropsychologic, neurophysiologic, or behavioral functioning in healthy young adults,” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9734727. Only methanol amongst aspartame degradation products presents any risk to normal people and, since all risk is dose-dependent, at the concentrations involved it presents no risk. Methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde and formate–both are chemically directly converted by the (tetrahydro)folate vitamin system into very valuable methyl groups. These substances and the methyl groups produced detoxify really toxic homocysteine (see Wikipedia) and protect DNA (by converting uracil to thymine). For more on this cycle see the figure at the top of p 3000 here, http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/14/12/2999.full.pdf+html.

      All adverse aspartame claims are easily and completely explained by the simple idea that PERSONAL health issues such as folate deficiency, folate enzyme issues (polymorphisms), homocysteine accrual, and/or B12 deficiency. All these are very interrelated vitamins and substances because they normally and naturally detoxify otherwise essential formaldehyde and formate produced from methanol. Problems with insufficient vitamins raise concentrations of the true and potent excitotoxin homocysteine. For more about the connections between folate, homocysteine, and vitamin B12, the ‘Metabolism of Folic acid’ figure under vitamin B12 at Wikipedia.

      Formate and formaldehyde are [quoting another] “produced in the body during the endogenous demethylation of many compounds, including many foods and drugs. For example, the demethylation of the caffeine found in one cup of coffee produces 30 mg of formaldehyde (Imbus, 1988). Formaldehyde is essential in one-carbon pool intermediary metabolism. The metabolite of formaldehyde, formic acid, is a substrate for purine nucleotide synthesis (Sheehan and Tully, 1983). It can be calculated that more than 50,000 mg [that's 50 g] of formaldehyde is produced and metabolized in an adult human body daily and that an adult human liver will metabolize 22 mg of formaldehyde per minute (Clary and Sullivan, 1999). Consequently, it is quite clear that the formaldehyde from aspartame provides a trivial contribution to total formaldehyde exposure and metabolism in the body” (p 18 in and refs from http://www.fte.ugent.be/vlaz/Magnuson2007.pdf).

      Do these facts not make clear that any perceived problem is not with aspartame, methanol, formaldehyde or even formate, but with personal metabolism issues in normal processing? With folate, homocysteine and B12, see that cited p 3000) these are potentially numerous. Many people are deficient in vitamins and up to 40% of some populations have folate polymorphisms that require even more folate, but most don’t even know it. It is very uncommon to even test for this. For more read http://download.cell.com/AJHG/pdf/PIIS0002929707614001.pdf?intermediate=true. And that doesn’t include people with high blood concentrations of the true excitotoxin homocysteine or low concentrations of vitamin B12 (again see that figure on p 3000).

      I will return to the diketopiperazine issue last, but if you want the UNDENIABLE truth, teach yourself. Rather than deal with each of these 92 claims separately, I will choose just four as teaching examples: heart disease, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases, and autism (taken from Monte’s ‘While Science Sleeps’). But everything I report is equally applicable to all 92 such claims. To teach yourself Google the National Library of Medicine’s primary literature site ‘PubMed’. Go there, and type the alleged diseases in the search line, separated by a comma from one of the following: folate, folate deficiency, homocysteine or vitamin B12. For extra understanding the very interested person can also add folate polymorphisms to this list, but I only report its results below with the heart disease category. Find these results heart disease first: heart disease, folate (1405); heart disease, folate deficiency (252), heart disease, homocysteine (2364); heart disease, vitamin B12 (691) [heart disease, folate polymorphisms (171). Be sure to read these independent citations and you will quickly understand they are far, far more relevant than anything connected to aspartame. Repeat and compare that with heart disease, aspartame (7). Then analyze these–the first can be excluded, because a spell checker induced typo-there is no such thing as ‘aspartame aminotransferase’. Spell checking errors have shown up alot lately arising from aspartate, the amino acid. The other citations can all be dismissed because folate status and these related issues were completely ignored, but with the numbers shown, these issues far better explain their results than could aspartame.

      Repeat this process for multiple sclerosis and find the following numbers, folate (48); folate deficiency (20); homocysteine (41); vitamin B12 (134). FYI, multiple sclerosis fits with B12 far better than anything else. B12 deficiency is linked to vegetarianism and that must make one wonder about that a vegetarianism connection to multiple sclerosis. By the way there is only one connection between multiple sclerosis and aspartame; this same citation shows up frequently, but it is pure speculation, just like these unsubstantiated arguments.

      Repeat this process again for autoimmune diseases like lupus, for example: folate (84); folate deficiency (21); homocysteine (157), and vitamin B12 (53). Again those alleging aspartame involvement NEVER evaluate the person’s underlying folate, homocysteine, or vitamin B12 status, so the one citation listed (#2) is dismissible. The other two are speculative (#1, above paragraph) or irrelevant, if not another spell check error?

      Lastly, let’s try autism. There is only one speculative citation for any connection with aspartame, but many for the other issues: folate (71), folate deficiency (10), homocysteine (22), and vitamin B12 (19). In fact examine the following abstractless review http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22734130 that accompanies this scientific paper with an abstract, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22586289.

      Again be sure and read the titles of all those citations these searches above provide. Then you will see for yourself the failure of this conspiracy theory. Do critics ever mention folate, folate deficiency, homocysteine, or vitamin B12? Ask yourself, why not? Critics steadfastly never ever consider these highly important factors when examining patients, be they rat or human. And there is the real conspiracy theory. There is a remarkably simple alternative to their speculation and it is strongly based in biochemistry.

      I promised to return to the diketopiperazine issue. Diketopiperazines are heat-derived amino acid head to tail cyclization products. To minimize diversion to the non-sweet diketopiperazines, baking with-and sweetening of hot beverages with aspartame are discouraged on the label. Diketopiperazines (also called bisdioxopiperazines) can be formed from this head to tail condensation of any two amino acids and are by no means unique to aspartame’s two amino acids. Much work was done to understand the safety of the aspartame diketopiperazines, see review at http://www.fte.ugent.be/vlaz/Magnuson2007.pdf. But for completeness before its third review of aspartame safety and to take into account new discoveries, the European equivalent of our FDA, the EFSA, has requested more information about the aspartame diketopiperazine. Critics like Martini, who ignore all the former folate related issues, have turned to thinking the diketopiperazine is unsafe, but the fact is that much recent work has established this broad class of substances actually to be powerful anti-cancer agents, for example see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20950258 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21235436. EFSA is correct; these new discoveries need to be incorporated into the risk assessment of aspartame-derived diketopiperazines. It only makes aspartame safer.

      So in summary, it is far more likely that any issues with aspartame safety instead reflect PERSONAL health and sensitivity issues involving folate deficiency, folate enzyme issues (polymorphisms), homocysteine accrual, and/or B12 deficiency.

      John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition)

      • Be The Media

        Given all the misinfo and disinfo brought to you by world governments, and given the fact that most doctors are nothing but Big Pharma drug pushers, and given the government revolving doors with Big Pharma and other private interest groups, and give the fact that you can’t trust the whore media even a bit when it comes to real news, well, I’d rather stick with “fringe” doctors and alternative media… thanks a lot Dr. Ph.D… but no thanks…
        Very eloquent medical gibberish by the way…

      • Be The Media

        Great job with the medical gibberish, Dr. PhD. But given all of the disinfo, misinfo brought to you by government agencies, mainstream media and medical doctors, who are Big Pharma’s drug pushers, I’d rather stick to alternative media and “fringe” doctors…

        Thanks for your trolling, but no thanks…

    • FauxSho

      Thank You Logical Anonymous!
      The PhD’er can go comment somewhere else. Which by the way, begs the question why such an Educated, Professional Nutritional Toxicologist yada yada yada, would be perusing the Alternative Media site anyways!

    • Wretched Infidel

      Yes, absolutely, thank you for posting this. People still don’t know! AMAZING, AMAZING HOW THE BRAINWASHING MACHINE STILL WORKS ON A NEW GENERATION OF IGNORANT AMERICANS.

    • Anonymous

      Cynicism is good; I apologize for not documenting even more of Martini’s misinformation. So let me do that now. Google Dr Bill Deagle! Dr. Alemany’s group (Trocho et al, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9714421, see counterargument http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10503962) in a reasonable paper never actually identified the amino acid to which their radiolabel bound; he refused to revisit the subject. But knowing exactly what they did, I was able to deduce the bound adducts chemical structure. Knowing that proves beyond any shadow of doubt the safety of aspartame. I will publish on that. Don Rumsfeld, really, really? Aspartame has been approved for five administrations of both political parties and after twenty years such nonsense has absolutely nothing to do with anything. But it does seem to reflect twenty years of failed arguments.

      If you still doubt what I say though, I invite all my critics simply to take both an introductory biochemistry and an introductory toxicology course. The truth shall set you free!

      I post my comments to counter the scientifically-illiterate, conspiracy-theorist critics on this subject. FYI, I have never received one cent for my posts in contrast to those writing this stuff, who profit from irrevant, useless ‘detoxification’ kits, chiropractic innuendo-based websites (Mercola-Google him too), and overpriced books even sold at Amazon that are so full of misinformation that they could never survive the academic review process. Ask yourselves about their financial motives?

      John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition)

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