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by Dusty R. Green, M.Ed., Research Scientist/Author

Diet Sodas -- Our True "Fountain of Youth"
It is a known-fact in the scientific community that methanol (wood alcohol) in aspartame coverts to formaldehyde when the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86 degrees Farenheit causing a multitude of side effects.  Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class as cyanide and arsenic which are deadly poisons.  Formic acid is another bi-product of methanol which is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.

Methanol from aspartame causes a significant rise in plasma methanol levels at doses of less than one can of diet soda in a 66 pound (30 kg) child (and possibly at much lower doses) (Davoli 1986).  One would expect that the small but significant rise in methanol levels seen in this study would lead to an increased formaldehyde exposure since methanol from aspartame has been shown to convert to formaldehyde and formic acid (Stegink 1981).

First and Foremost, Monsanto Is Concerned About Your Health!
The aspartame manufacturer, Monsanto, has been using methanol testing procedures that are side effects laden and badly flawed according to

They either measured at a time when the methanol would have already be converted to formaldehyde (e.g., after 24 hours) and/or used a measuring technique that was capable of registering only huge increases in the methanol levels (e.g., > 4 mg/l plasma levels).

Serious researchers who study methanol levels use tests (which were developed many years ago) that can measure smaller (e.g., 0.25 mg/l to 4 mg/l) but still quite large increases in plasma methanol levels (Cook 1991, d'Alessandro 1994).  The Davoli (1986) experiment is the only plasma methanol measurement from aspartame ingestion that was conducted at a proper time and used a proper measuring technique.  Even after the Davoli (1986) experiment, these industry researchers continued to use these flawed tests which guaranteed that no plasma methanol increases would be seen.

Side-Effects?  Surely Not!
Clinically, chronic exposure to methanol has been shown to produce side effects of headaches, dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness & shooting pains, behavioral disturbances, neuritis, blurring of vision, conjunctivitis, insomnia, vision loss, depression, heart problems (including disease of the heart muscle), and pancreatic inflammation (Kavet 1990, Monte 1984, Posner 1975).

Aspartame Disease is considered, partially, the cause to what is behind the mystery of "Desert Storm" health issues.  Burning tongue and other problems discussed in over 60 cases can be directly related to the consumption of products that contain aspartame.  Several thousand pallets of diet drinks were shipped to "Desert Storm" troops (heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86 degrees Farenheit).  Diet drinks sat in the 120 degree Farenheit Arabian sun for weeks at a time on pallets.  Most of the the service men and women drank them all day long.  All of their symptoms and side-effects are identical to aspartame poisoning.

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Davoli, E., et al., 1986. "Serum Methanol Concentrations in Rats and in Men After a Single Dose of Aspartame," Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 24, No. 3, page 187-189.

Stegink, Lewis D., et al. 1987. "Plasma Amino Acid Concentrations in Normal Adults Administered Aspartame in Capsules or Solution: Lack of Bioequivalence," Metabolism, Volume 36, No. 5, page 507-512.

Cook, M.R., F.J. Bergman, et al., 1991. "Effects of Methanol Vapor on Human Neurobehavioral Measures," Research Report No. 42, Health Effects Institute, 141 Portland Street, Suite 7300, Cambridge, MA 02139, (617) 621-0266, August 1991.

d'Alessandro, Alessandra, et al., 1994, "Formate in Serum and Urine after Controlled Methanol Exposure at the Threshold Limit Value," Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 102, No. 2, February, 1994, pages 178-181.

Kavet, Robert, Kathleen M. Nauss, 1990. "The Toxicity of Inhaled Methanol Vapors," Critical Reviews in Toxicology, Volume 21, Issue 1, page 21-50.

Monte, Woodrow C., 1984. "Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health," Journal of Applied Nutrition, Volume 36, No. 1, page 42-54.

Posner, Herbert S., 1975. "Biohazards of Methanol in Proposed New Uses," Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Volume 1, page 153-171.

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