FDA Lists 92 Symptoms from Nutrasweet (Aspartame) (including Death!)


                     Please Note:  Nutrasweet is in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi


                     This article originally appeared on


Note:   This information required a Freedom Of Information Act request to pry it

from the reluctant hands of the FDA.


Nutrasweet (brand name for Aspartame) was not approved until 1981, in dry

foods. For over eight years the FDA refused to approve it because of the seizures

and brain tumors this drug produced in lab animals. The FDA continued to refuse

to approve it until President Reagan took office (a friend of Searle) and fired the

FDA Commissioner who wouldn't approve it. Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed

as commissioner. Even then there was so much opposition to approval that a

Board of Inquiry was set up. The Board said: "Do not approve aspartame". Dr.

Hayes OVERRULED his own Board of Inquiry.


Shortly after Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., approved the use of aspartame

in carbonated beverages, he left for a position with G.D. Searle's Public Relations



Long-Term Damage. It appears to cause slow, silent damage in those unfortunate

enough to not have immediate reactions and a reason to avoid it. It may take one

year, five years, 10 years, or 40 years, but it seems to cause some reversible and

some irreversible changes in health over long-term use.



Methanol/wood alcohol is a deadly poison. People may recall that methanol was

the poison that has caused some "skid row" alcoholics to end up blind or dead.

Methanol is gradually released in the small intestine when the methyl group of

aspartame encounter the enzyme chymotrypsin.


The absorption of methanol into the body is sped up considerably when free

methanol is ingested. Free methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated

to above 86 Fahrenheit (30 Centigrade). This would occur when

aspartame-containing product is improperly stored or when it is heated (e.g., as

part of a "food" product such as Jello).


Methanol breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde in the body.

Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. An EPA assessment of methanol states

that methanol "is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion

once it is absorbed. In the body, methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde and formic

acid; both of these metabolites are toxic." The recommend a limit of consumption

of 7.8 mg/day. A one-liter (approx. 1 quart) aspartame-sweetened beverage

contains about 56 mg of methanol. Heavy users of aspartame-containing products

consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily or 32 times the EPA limit.


The most well known problems from methanol poisoning are vision problems.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, causes retinal damage, interferes with

DNA replication, and causes birth defects. 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. As pointed out by Dr Woodrow C.

Monte, Director of the Food Science and Nutrition Laboratory at Arizona State

University, "There are no human or mammalian studies to evaluate the possible

mutagenic, teratogenic, or carcinogenic effects of chronic administration of methyl



It has been pointed out that fruit juices and alcoholic beverages contain small

amounts of methanol. It is important to remember, that the methanol in natural

products never appears alone. In every case, ethanol is present, usually in much

higher amounts. Ethanol is an antidote for methanol toxicity in humans.


The troops of Desert Storm were "treated" to large amounts of

aspartame-sweetened beverages which had been heated to over 86 degrees F.

in the Saudi Arabian sun. Many of them returned home with numerous disorders

similar to what has been seen in persons who have been chemically poisoned by

formaldehyde. The free methanol in the beverages may have been a contributing

factor in these illnesses. Other breakdown products ofaspartame such as DKP,

may also have been a factor.


In a 1993 act that can only be described as "unconscionable", the FDA approved

aspartame as an ingredient in numerous food items that would always be heated

to above 86‘degrees F (30‘Degrees C).


Much worse, on 27 June 1996, without public notice, the FDA removed all

restrictions from aspartame allowing it to be used in everything, including all

heated and baked goods.


The truth about aspartame's toxicity is far different than what the NutraSweet

Company would have you readers believe. In February of 1994, the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services released the listing of adverse

reactions reported to the FDA (DHHS 1994). Aspartame accounted for more than

75% of all adverse reactions reported to the FDA's Adverse Reaction Monitoring

System (ARMS). By the FDA's own admission fewer then ONE PERCENT of

those who have problems with something they consume ever report it to the FDA.

This balloons the almost 10,000 complaints they once had to around a million.


However, the FDA has a record keeping problem (they never did respond to the

certified letter from the WEBMASTER of this site a major victim!) and they tend to

discourage or even misdirect complaints, at least on aspartame. The fact

remains, though, that MOST victims don't have a clue that aspartame may be the

cause of their many problems! Many reactions to aspartame were very serious

including seizures and death.


Those reactions included:


Abdominal Pain

Anxiety attacks



Asthmatic Reactions

Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention)

Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)

Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)

Breathing difficulties

burning eyes or throat

Burning Urination

can't think straight

Chest Pains

chronic cough

Chronic Fatigue






Excessive Thirst or Hunger


feel unreal

flushing of face

Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair

Headaches/Migraines dizziness

Hearing Loss

Heart palpitations

Hives (Urticaria)

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Impotency and Sexual Problems

inability to concentrate

Infection Susceptibility




Joint Pains


"like thinking in a fog"

Marked Personality Changes

Memory loss

Menstrual Problems or Changes

Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake)

Muscle spasms

Nausea or Vomiting

Numbness or Tingling of Extremities

Other Allergic-Like Reactions

Panic Attacks


poor memory

Rapid Heart Beat


Seizures and Convulsions

Slurring of Speech

Swallowing Pain





Vision Loss

Weight gain


Aspartame Disease Mimics Symptoms or Worsens the Following Diseases


Alzheimer's Disease


Birth Defects

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Diabetes and Diabetic Complications




Lyme Disease


Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Parkinson's Disease


How it happens:


Methanol, from aspartame, is released in the small intestine when the methyl

group of aspartame encounters the enzyme chymotrypsin (Stegink 1984, page

143). Free methanol begins to form in liquid aspartame-containing products at

temperatures above 86 degrees F. also within the human body.


The methanol is then converted to formaldehyde. The formaldehyde converts to

formic acid - ant sting poison. Toxic formic acid is used as an activator to strip

epoxy and urethane coatings. Imagine what it does to your tissues! (Note from

Stephanie Relfe - Even the Australian Cancer Council says that there are NO safe

levels of formaldehyde).


Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, 90% of aspartame, are amino acids normally

used in synthesis of protoplasm when supplied by the foods we eat. But when

unaccompanied by other amino acids we use [there are 20], they are neurotoxic.


That is why a warning for Phenylketonurics is found on EQUAL and other

aspartame products. Phenylketenurics are 2% of the population with extreme

sensitivity to this chemical unless it's present in food. It gets you too, causing brain

disorders and birth defects! Finally, the phenyalanine breaks down into DKP, a

brain tumor agent.


In other words: Aspartame converts to dangerous by-products that have no natural

countermeasures. A dieter's empty stomach accelerates these conversions and

amplifies the damage. Components of aspartame go straight to the brain,

damage that causes headaches, mental confusion, seizures and faulty balance.

Lab rats and other test animals died of brain tumors.


Despite the claims of Monsanto and bedfellows:


1. Methanol from alcohol and juices does not get converted to formaldehyde to any

significant extent. There is very strong evidence to confirm this fact for alcoholic

beverages and fairly strong evidence for juices.


2. Formaldehyde obtained from methanol is very toxic in *very small* doses as

seen by recent research.


3. Aspartame causes chronic toxicity reactions/damage due to the methanol to

formaldehyde and other break down products despite what is claimed otherwise

by the very short, industry-funded experiments using a test substance that is

chemically different and absorbed differently than what is available to the general

public. "Strangely enough", almost all independent studies show that aspartame

can cause health problems.


4. A common ploy from Monsanto is to claim that aspartame is "safe" yet a few

select people may have "allergic" reactions to it. This is typical Monsanto

nonsense, of course. Their own research shows that it does not cause "allergic"

reactions. It is there way of trying to minimize and hide the huge numbers of

toxicity reactions and damage that people are experiencing from the long-term

use of aspartame.




Given the following points, it is definitely premature for researchers to discount the

role of methanol in aspartame side effects:


1. The amount of methanol ingested from aspartame is unprecedented in human

history. Methanol from fruit juice ingestion does not even approach the quantity of

methanol ingested from aspartame, especially in persons who ingest one to three

liters (or more) of diet beverages every day. Unlike methanol from aspartame,

methanol from natural products is probably not absorbed or converted to its toxic

metabolites in significant amounts as discussed earlier.


2. Lack of laboratory-detectable changes in plasma formic acid and formaldehyde

levels do not preclude damage being caused by these toxic metabolites.

Laboratory-detectable changes in formate levels are often not found in short

exposures to methanol.


3. Aspartame-containing products often provide little or no nutrients which may

protect against chronic methanol poisoning and are often consumed in between

meals. Persons who ingest aspartame-containing products are often dieting and

more likely to have nutritional deficiencies than persons who take the time to make

fresh juices.


4. Persons with certain health conditions or on certain drugs may be much more

susceptible to chronic methanol poisoning.


5. Chronic diseases and side effects from slow poisons often build silently over a

long period of time. Many chronic diseases which seem to appear suddenly have

actually been building in the body over many years.


6. An increasing body of research is showing that many people are highly

sensitive to low doses of formaldehyde in the environment. Environmental

exposure to formaldehyde and ingestion of methanol (which converts to

formaldehyde) from aspartame likely has a cumulative deleterious effect.


7. Formic acid has been shown to slowly accumulate in various parts of the body.

Formic acid has been shown to inhibit oxygen metabolism.


8. The are a very large and growing number of persons are experiencing chronic

health problems similar to the side effects of chronic methanol poisoning when

ingesting aspartame-containing products for a significant length of time. This

includes many cases of eye damage similar to the type of eye damage seen in

methanol poisoning cases.


Note: It often takes at least sixty days without any aspartame NutraSweet to see a

significant improvement. (Note from Stephanie Relfe: Drink plenty of good water.

Preferably water filtered by reverse osmosis. If not that, spring water. Not tap,

distilled or mineral water).


Check all labels very carefully (including vitamins and pharmaceuticals). Look for

the word "aspartame" on the label and avoid it. (Also, it is a good idea to avoid

"acesulfame-k" or "sunette.") Finally, avoid getting nutrition information from junk

food industry PR organizations such as IFIC or organizations that accept large

sums of money from the junk and chemical food industry such as the American

Dietetic Association.


If you are a user of any products with aspartame, and you have physical, visual,

mental problems take the 60-day no aspartame test. If, after two months with no

aspartame your symptoms are either gone, or are much less severe, please get

involved to get this neurotoxin off the market. Write a letter to the FDA, with a copy

to Betty Martini (for proof of how the FDA doesn't keep proper records). Write your

congressmen. Return products containing aspartame to the point of purchase... for

a FULL refund. Make a big stink if they WON'T give you a full refund! Tell all your

friends and family... and if they stop using aspartame and also "wake up well"...

get them involved in the same way.


Aspartame is an "approved sweetener" because of a few greedy and dishonest

people who place profits above human life and well-being. With the FDA and our

Congress culpable, only an INFORMED and ACTIVE public will affects its

reclassification from "food additive" to TOXIC DRUG, and removed from the

human food chain.


From Stephane Relfe:  Note that Michael J. Fox, who was spokesperson for

Pepsi, has an old man's disease (Parkinson's Disease) at only 30 years old!


For more information:





Food and Drug Administration

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Mrs. Betty Martini

Mission Possible International

9270 State Bridge Road Suite 215

Duluth, Georgia 30097

Internet E-mail:


NOW... that you are aware of the 92 FDA recognized symptoms (that required a

Freedom Of Information Act request to pry from their reluctant hands) and HOW

aspartame does its dirty work, change to Dorway's Official Dogma page.


On this page Mark Gold has taken the IFIC "Official" aspartame safety myth and

shot it full of holes using all of the smoking guns that were used by the FDA to

approve this poison as a food additive, along with information they either ignored

or discounted. This excellent debunking of the official

FDA/Monsanto/Searle/Nutrasweet/Nutrasweet Kelco/AMA/ADA/IFIC/??? chain of

lies and half truths includes a long history of this "product's" sordid trail to the

marketplace and the sweet tooth.



Other great Aspartame / Phenylalaine links:



Excitotoxins:  The Taste that Kills

by Russell Blaylock


Excitotoxins are substances added to foods and drinks that

literally stimulate nerve cells to death, causing brain

damage.  They can be found in such ingredients as

monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (nutrasweet) and

hydrolyzed vegetable protein.  The dangers of these

substances is so overwhelming that they can no longer be



Do a search on the web on `aspartame' and you will see that

it can cause Parkinson's disease (why did Michael Fox,

spokesman for Diet Pepsi, get an old man's disease at 30?),

MS and cravings for carbohydate (thereby causing an

INCREASE in weight).





ASPARTAME - Public Service Message
Liability lawsuits are being prepared for New York and New Jersey consumers of aspartame who developed brain tumors in the last 3 years.  If you ingest this chemical and live in one of these states and have suffered this tragedy, you may qualify as a plaintiff.
Aspartame is sold as NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful , and is in thousands of foods and soft drinks such as Diet Coke.  Since the 70s the manufacturers knew it produced brain tumors in lab rats.  The FDA has received more consumer complaints on this chemical than all other food additives combined.
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