Dan Taylor, LMT (503) 293-4865 in Portland, Oregon was given the following article by a client. The information is vital to your health and the health of those you love. Please make copies and share it with everyone you know and love! The article was written by Nancy Markle (11/20/98) for the World Environmental Conference and the MS Foundation. (Note: Supposedly, the FDA no longer does their own research on additives, chemicals and drugs but only reviews the research given to them by the corporation!) "I have spent several days lecturing at the World Environmental Conference on aspartame marketed as "NutraSweet", "Equal", "Spoonful", etc. In the keynote address at 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 human body is 98.6F) the wood alcohol (a poison) in aspartame converts to formaldehyde (an embalming fluid) 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 clerosis; 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 them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by aspartame, the victim usually does not even know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that it becomes life threatening. When we get people off the aspartame, those with the systemic lupus usually continue symptomatic (because), unfortunately, we cannot reverse this disease. "On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with MultipleSclerosis, 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 causes of tinnitus. During a lecture I said "if you are using aspartame ("NutraSweet", "Equal", "Spoonfull" etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pains, 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 were even suffering from these symptoms. In one lecture, the Ambassador of Uganda told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame to sugar! He continued by saying that one of the industry leader's sons could no longer even 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, all 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 has 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 the 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! 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. All physicians know what wood alcohol and formaldehyde will do to a person and especially to a diabetic! We find that physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact; it is caused by the Aspartame. The Aspartame keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma. Unfortunately, may 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 patient suffered acute memory loss and eventually coma and death. Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine (become) 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 stimulate the neurons of the brain todeath, causing brain damage of varying degrees". Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled EXCITOTOXINS, THE TASTE THAT KILLS Health Press (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 (800) 814-9800. The web site to investigate these and other titles is: www.sunsentpress.com 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 memory loss, confusion and severe vision loss." Just before the Conference, I received a Fax from Norway, asking for a possible antidote for this poisoning 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 lave pledged their help. We ask that your help too! MAKE copies and share them with all the people that you know and love. 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 Diabetic 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, so they cannot criticize any additives or tell about their link to MONSANTO. How bad is this? At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they did not know. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes the serration, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence). We told a mother who had a child on NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was having grand mall 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 (because) every time we get someone off the 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 (poisoning) from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological because the aspartame destroys the nervous system. 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. 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 (phenylalenine 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 removed brain tumors, they have found high levels of aspartame in them". 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 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! IF IT SAYS "SUGAR FREE" DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all pregnant mothers and children of the nature 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 drug and chemical lobbies. There are a lot of people who know nothing about this additive (chemical), and we should at least make them aware of the hazards of consumption! PLEASE REPRINT AND TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES ABOUT THIS POISON!