Aspartame is an artificial sweetener (Equal, NutraSweet, Canderel) made from toxicants.

Aspartame is composed of three primary chemicals

50% phenylalanine (free amino acid, excitotoxic and neurotoxic)

40% aspartic acid (free amino acid, excitotoxin)

10% methanol (neurotoxic)

The chemical bond holding these three together is fairly weak. As a result, aspartame easily breaks down into the three chemicals when it's

• Put into liquids

• Stored for a long time

• Exposed to heat above 86°F (30°C)

• Ingested

The three chemicals then break down into other toxic by-products

• Formaldehyde (neurotoxic, carcinogen)

• Formic acid (poison)

• Aspartylphenylalanine diketopiperazine (DKP)

Aspartame exists in more than 5,000 foods, drinks, vitamins, prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Aspartame has been linked to

  • Headaches

  • Memory loss

  • Mood swings

  • Seizures

  • Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's-like symptoms

  • Tumors

  • Death

More thorough information about aspartame can be found in this series parts Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Aspartame is a double-edged sword — it causes cancer then makes it spread very rapidly. There is a strong correlation between aspartame and lymphomas.

Aspartame metabolizes into formaldehyde. The formaldehyde binds to DNA and interferes with DNA replication. The bond is very difficult to remove and remains for a long time.

Eventually the pattern of DNA damage initiates cancer. Aspartic acid then causes the cancer to mobilize and grow swiftly.

The earlier exposure begins, the more time there is for damage to commence — including fetal exposure from mother's aspartame intake.

Even casual use of aspartame causes damage to accumulate.

As the body's level of aspartic acid rises, so does the level of norepinephrine (a 'stress hormone' also known as noradrenaline).

That influences areas of the brain controlling attention and impulsivity.

Excess norepinephrine is associated with
  • Anxiety

  • Agitation

  • Mania

Methanol is a poorly excreted poison that builds up in the body over time making it another contributor to total body burden.

Common effects of methanol poisoning are
  • Vision disorders (including misty or blurry vision)

  • Retinal damage

  • Blindness

Other symptoms include
  • Headaches

  • Tinnitus

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Gastrointestinal disturbances

  • Weakness

  • Vertigo

  • Chills

  • Memory lapses

  • Numbness and shooting pains in the extremities

  • Behavioral disturbances

  • Neuritis

Methanol breaks down into formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde causes
  • Retinal damage

  • Birth defects

  • Skin cancer

Chronic, low-level exposure has been linked with
  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Chest tightness

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Poor concentration

  • Seizures

Formaldehyde attaches to DNA and causes it to break.

This initiates cancer — particularly lymphomal cancers which are the fastest increasing cancer in people under 30 years of age.

Also, once formaldehyde attaches to DNA it is extremely difficult to remove. It does not rapidly clear from the body. Formaldehyde is an accumulative toxicant.

Formaldehyde breaks down to formic acid.

Formic acid is highly toxic to cells.

It concentrates in the brain, kidneys, spinal fluid and other organs.

It's interaction with other body burden toxicants has not been explored.

Phenylalanine exhibits excitotoxic and neurotoxic effects.

This is most obvious in people with Phenylketonuria (PKU) — an inborn error of phenylalanine metabolism.

But elevated levels of phenylalanine cause damage even without PKU.

Phenylalanine has been found to alter myelin metabolism at later stages of fetal brain development.

The organic acid derivatives of phenylalanine are neurotoxic too.

Elevated levels of phenylalanine and its derivatives are associated with

  • Autism

  • Behavioral disorders

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Depression

  • Learning disabilities

  • Mental retardation

  • Schizophrenia

Elevated phenylalanine is also closely linked with tardive dyskinesia (TD).

And it has been found to exacerbate TD in schizophrenic and depressed patients.

Interestingly, taking Ritalin causes some people to develop TD. The "orally disintegrating tablet" versions (that dissolve in the mouth) contain between 0.14 mg and 0.56 mg phenylalanine per tablet.

By definition of their symptoms, certain individuals are prescribed these pills.

But the nature of their symptoms indicates these individuals are metabolically more vulnerable to the toxicities of the ingredients.

Worse still, the longer these individuals take the drug, the more likely they are to exhibit increased levels of the very behaviors that were meant to be controlled because phenylalanine levels will elevate. The typical response will be to increase the dosage. It's an undesirable circle that does more harm than good.

At the same time, the sum total of intra-body toxics will be acting simultaneously — so some of these problems will be masked or confused by other effects.

Phenylalanine breaks down into aspartylphenylalanine diketopiperazine (DKP). DKP has been shown to produce

  • Brain tumors

  • Uterine polyps

  • Changes in blood cholesterol

Aspartame toxicity often manifests as central nervous system disorders and compromised immunity.

Symptoms of aspartame toxicity are similar to symptoms in other illnesses being linked to excitotoxicity.

Asparagine (aspartic acid, aspartame) reacts with sugars or carbonyls to form acrylamide in fried, baked, and microwaved foods.

When first invented, aspartame was listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent.

The FDA denied approval for years until political muscle won out over scientific rigor.

My Aspartame Experiment, by Victoria Inness-Brown, M.A.

Aspartame causes DNA damage

It is foolish to think that consuming soda once in awhile is completely safe.

Over the days and years, DNA damage accumulates and the risk of cancer increases.

Consider that in light of other escalating toxic burdens that people carry.

The Truth About Aspartame - Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. — 6 minutes 4 seconds

This is an audio presentation describing the origin and approval of aspartame. (Idle images were added by someone posting it on YouTube.)