Woodrow C Monte, PhD, Emiritus Prof. Nutrition gives many PDFs of reseach --
methanol (11% of aspartame) puts formaldehyde into brain and body --
multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, cancers, birth defects, headaches: Rich
Thursday, May 13, 2010
[ Other formaldehyde sources include alcohol drinks and
tobacco and wood smoke,
while adequate folic acid levels protect most people. ]
As well as extensive free websites with full texts and videos,
he offers a $24 145' DVD of a lively talk at the Southland MS
Society of New Zealand, March 29-30, 2009, and soon his
new book, "While Science Sleeps".
$24 145' Format NTSC DVD ASIN: B003L783I0
Curriculum Vitae, publications, photos
[ German and Dutch also available ]
223 references with abstracts or full and partial texts
Methanol: Where Is It Found? How Can It Be Avoided?
AVOID the following, ranked in order of greatest danger:
2. Diet foods and drinks with aspartame.
3. Fruit and vegetable products and their juices in bottles,
cans, or pouches.
4. Jellies, jams, and marmalades not made fresh and kept
5. Black currant and tomato juice products, fresh or
6. Tomato sauces, unless first simmered at least 3 hours
with an open lid.
7. Smoked food of any kind, particularly fish and meat.
8. Sugar-free chewing gum.
9. Slivovitz: You can consume one alcoholic drink a day
on this diet -- no more! [ no fruit brandies ]
10. Overly ripe or near rotting fruits or vegetables.
Selection from Article 2, Fitness Life, December 2007, and
well discussed in the DVD video:
"Identical Symptoms of MS, Methanol Poisoning
and Aspartame Toxicity
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis (44, 83, 85, 169), chronic
and acute methanol poisoning (13, 144, 189), and Aspartame
toxicity (54, 58, 93, 181), are in all ways identical.
There is nothing that happens to the human body from the toxic
effect of methanol that has not been expressed during the
course of MS... nothing (143, 144).
This generalization extends even to the remarkable
opthomological conditions common to both: transitory optic
neuritis and retrolaminar demyelinating optic neuropathy with
scotoma of the central visual field (which occasionally
manifests as unilateral temporary blindness (85, 138, 163).
In fact, these opthomological symptoms have been thought of
for years in their respective literatures to be "tell tale"
indications for the differential diagnosis for each of these
maladies independently (85, 138, 148, 163, 169).
The common symptoms of
headache (13, 83, 181, 189),
nervousness (13, 83, 181),
depression (58, 83, 189, 181),
memory loss (18, 147, 85, 169, 181),
tingling sensations (13, 85, 168, 138, 169),
pain in the extremities (13, 85, 169),
optic neuritis (85, 138, 148, 163, 169),
bright lights in the visual field (139, 83),
seizures (21, 83, 160),
inability to urinate or to keep from urinating (139, 146, 167)
are all shared by each of these conditions and shared yet again
by complaints from aspartame poisoning (54, 58, 93, 181).
I take these strikingly similar symptom patterns as evidence
that these disorders act on identical components of the central
nervous system and in the same way.
The "Miracle" that MS shares with Methanol poisoning
In the early stages of MS, or when a non-lethal dose of
methanol has been administered, complete recovery is a
The only two afflictions for which such dramatic "remissions"
are reported from identical neuromuscular and opthomological
damage, even "blindness" is relapsing-remitting multiple
sclerosis (85) and methyl alcohol poisoning (138, 163).
The pathology of the two maladies is in may ways identical,
particularly when it comes to destruction of the myelin sheath
with no harm to the axon itself (18, 148, 176).
Sex Ratios for MS and Aspartame Reactions
Women bear the brunt of multiple sclerosis (91a-c) and lupus
(SLE)(73) with fully three-fold representations in infliction
numbers over men for both diseases.
This is exactly the proportion represented by adverse reactors
to Aspartame reported by the US Center for Disease Control
in their study of 1984(58).
The Center found three women to every man whose
Aspartame consumption complaints were serious enough to
warrant investigation (93).
Although the female/male ratio for those stricken with MS has
always been high, recent estimates place it at over 3 to 1
(91, 91a, 91c).
What might account for the difference across sexes in
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine
(94) reports biopsies of the gastric lining of men and women.
A result was that the concentration of ADH in the gastric lining
of men was much higher than for woman.
Men have the advantage of removing methanol from the
bloodstream four times faster on an equal-body-size basis
Thus, for men, methanol is more likely to be removed from the
blood before it reaches the brain.
The brain is spared but the methanol removed would still be
metabolized to formaldehyde in the gut where it would reap its
havoc on a more forgiving organ.
This may help explain why men have more gastrointestinal
complaints from both methanol and Aspartame consumption
On the other hand, women's complaints from both more
frequently involve serious neurological complications."
role of formaldehyde, made by body from methanol from
foods and aspartame, in steep increases in fetal alcohol
syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, lupus, teen suicide,
breast cancer, Nutrition Prof. Woodrow C. Monte, retired,
Arizona State U., two reviews, 190 references supplied,
Fitness Life, New Zealand 2007 Nov, Dec:
Monte WC., Is your Diet Sweetener killing you?
Fitness Life. 2007 Nov; 33: 31-33.
Monte WC., A Deadly Experiment.
Fitness Life. 2007 Dec; 34: 38-42.
Monte WC., Bittersweet: Aspartame Breast Cancer Link.
Fitness Life. 2008 Feb; 34: 21-22.
Article 1 http://www.thetruthaboutstuff.com/review1.shtml
Article 2 http://www.thetruthaboutstuff.com/review2.shtml
Article 3 http://www.thetruthaboutstuff.com/review3.shtml
223 references with abstracts or full and partial texts
methanol (11% of aspartame), made by body into
formaldehyde in many vulnerable tissues, causes modern
diseases of civilization, summary of a century of research,
Woodrow C Monte PhD, Medical Hypotheses journal:
Rich Murray 2009.11.15
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Methanol: A Chemical Trojan Horse as the Root of the
Inscrutable U, Prepublication Copy; Medical Hypotheses
-- 06 November 2009 (10.1016/j.mehy.2009.09.059)
Woodrow C. Monte PhD
Professor of Food Science (retired)
Arizona State University
corresponding author : Woodrow C. Monte PhD
470 South Rainbow Drive
Page, Arizona 86040
food epidemiology; diseases of civilization; methanol;
formaldehyde; aspartame; autism; multiple sclerosis; Alzheimer's;
Until 200 years ago, methanol was an extremely rare
component of the human diet and is still rarely consumed in
contemporary hunter and gatherer cultures.
With the invention of canning in the 1800s, canned and
bottled fruits and vegetables, whose methanol content greatly
exceeds that of' their fresh counterparts, became far more
The recent dietary introduction of aspartame, an artificial
sweetener, 11% methanol by weight, has also greatly
increased methanol consumption.
Moreover, methanol is a major component of cigarette
smoke, known to be a causative agent of many diseases of
Conversion to formaldehyde in organs other than the liver is
the principal means by which methanol may cause disease.
The known sites of class I alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH I),
the only human enzyme capable of metabolizing methanol to
formaldehyde, correspond to the sites of origin for many DOC.
Variability in sensitivity to exogenous methanol consumption
may be accounted for in part by the presence of aldehyde
dehydrogenase sufficient to reduce the toxic effect of
formaldehyde production in tissue through its conversion to
the much less toxic formic acid.
The consumption or endogenous production of small amounts
of ethanol, which acts as a competitive inhibitor of methanol's
conversion to formaldehyde by ADH I, may afford some
individuals protection from DOC.
old tiger roars -- Woodrow C Monte, PhD -- aspartame
causes many breast cancers, as ADH enzyme in breasts
makes methanol from diet soda into carcinogenic
formaldehyde -- same in dark wines and liquors,
Fitness Life 2008 Jan.: Murray 2008.02.11
Monday, February 11, 2008
Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Interest 1984: Monte:
Dr. Woodrow C. Monte
Aspartame: methanol, and the public health.
Journal of Applied Nutrition 1984; 36 (1): 42-54.
(62 references) Professsor of Food Science [retired 1992]
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287
The methanol from 2 L of diet soda, 5.6 12-oz cans,
20 mg/can, is 112 mg, 11% of the aspartame.
The EPA limit for water is 7.8 mg daily for methanol
(wood alcohol), a deadly cumulative poison.
Many users drink 1-2 L daily.
The reported symptoms are entirely consistent with chronic
methanol toxicity. (Fresh orange juice has 34 mg/L, but,
like all juices, has 16 times more ethanol, which strongly
protects against methanol.)
"The greater toxicity of methanol to man is deeply rooted in
the limited biochemical pathways available to humans for
The loss of uricase (EC 184.108.40.206.),
formyl-tetrahydrofolate synthetase (EC 220.127.116.11.) (42)
and other enzymes (18) during evolution sets man apart from
all laboratory animals including the monkey (42).
There is no generally accepted animal model
for methanol toxicity (42, 59).
Humans suffer "toxic syndrome" (54) at a minimum lethal
dose of <1 gm/kg, much less than that of monkeys,
3-6 g/kg (42, 59).
The minimum lethal dose of methanol
in the rat, rabbit, and dog is 9.5, 7.0 , and 8.0 g/kg,
ethyl alcohol is more toxic than methanol to these
test animals (43)."
"For both, subsequent intentional challenges with aspartame
and unintentional exposures brought back each of their
"After the last occurrence of her nausea, headaches, and
vertigo, she has since not consumed aspartame in any product
or form and has been symptom free for 22 years."
"Except for six mild reoccurrences of his symptoms within 24
hours of unintentionally consuming something with aspartame
(hypoesthesia anterior to the tragus and mild tinnitus) lasting
2-4 hours, he has been symptom free for over six years now."
Cases J. 2009 Sep 15; 2: 9237.
Vestibulocochlear toxicity in a pair of siblings 15 years apart
secondary to aspartame: two case reports.
Pisarik P, Kai D.
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa,
1111 S. St. Louis Ave. Tulsa, OK 74120-5440, USA.
Vestibulocochlear toxicity in a pair of siblings [doctor & nurse]
15 years apart secondary to aspartame: two case reports,
Paul Pisarik & Dasha Kai, Cases J 2009.09.15 free full text:
Rich Murray 2010.05.04
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
"Shortly after seeing the ophthalmologist and about two
weeks or so into my Crystal Light regimen, I had my first
episode of vision loss. [ last week of January ]
This incident was completely different in degree and kind
than the normal visual problems (increased far-sightedness
and visual lability) I had been experiencing.
Rather abruptly, I lost the visual field of the left hemisphere
of my left eye.
The vision loss lasted for about 20 or 30 minutes and after
approximately 15 minutes, I started to develop a crushing
headache which lasted for hours.
I've never had a history of headaches, so the intensity and
duration of this headache was unusual."
recent aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde, formic acid)
symptoms in English professor: Kristi Siegel:
Rich Murray 2010.04.17
Saturday, April 17, 2010
formaldehyde from 11% methanol part of aspartame causes
severe allergic dermatitis in boy, JE Jacob et al,
Pediatric Dermatology 2009 Nov: Rich Murray 2010.03.30
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
42 PDF images of media articles since 1974 -- page 2 is
Donnell Alexander, NZ Registered Dietitian,
consultant dietitian to Coca-Cola Oceania,
defends aspartame in Fitness Life,
1 page letter 2009.01.21
Donnell (female) is on the national executive of Dietitians NZ,
sits on the Nutrition Society of NZ registration panel, belongs
to the FCG Health and Technical Working Group and is a
member of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and
Technology, the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and the
New Zealand Guild of Food Writers.
; (+ 64 9) 379 3154
(+ 64 4) 460 6610
; 09 306 5806
detailed critique of industry deceit re Donnell letter, 4 pages,
Kenneth P Stoller, MD, medical director,
Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico, Santa Fe
four Murray AspartameNM reviews in SE Jacob & SA
Stechschulte debate with EG Abegaz & RG Bursey of
Ajinomoto re migraines from formaldehyde from aspartame,
Dermatitis 2009 May: TE Hugli -- folic acid with V-C
protects: Rich Murray 2009.08.12
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
[ extracts ]
Formaldehyde, aspartame, migraines: a possible connection.
Abegaz EG, Bursey RG.
Dermatitis. 2009 May-Jun;20(3):176-7; author reply 177-9.
No abstract available. PMID: 19470307
Eyassu G. Abegaz *
Robert G. Bursey
Ajinomoto Corporate Services LLC, Scientific & Regulatory
Affairs, 1120 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1010,
Washington, DC 20036
* Corresponding author. Tel.: +1 202 457 0284;
fax: +1 202 457 0107.
; (E.G. Abegaz),
; (R.G. Bursey)
"For example, fruit juices, coffee, and alcoholic beverages
produce significantly greater quantities of formaldehyde than
aspartame-containing products. "
" Magnuson BA, Burdock GA, Doull J, et al. Aspartame:
a safety evaluation based on current use levels, regulations,
and toxicological and epidemiological studies.
Crit Rev Toxicol 2007;37:629-727"
[ two detailed critiques of industry affiliations and biased
science in 99 page review with 415 references by BA
Magnuson, GA Burdock and 8 more, Critical Reviews in
Toxicology, 2007 Sept.: Mark D Gold 13 page:
also Rich Murray 2007.09.15: 2008.03.24
Monday, March 24, 2008
"Nearly every section of the Magnuson (2007) review has
research that is misrepresented
and/or crucial pieces of information are left out.
In addition to the misrepresentation of the research,
readers (including medical professionals) are often not told
that this review was funded by the aspartame manufacturer,
Ajinomoto, and the reviewers had enormous conflicts of
Rich Murray, MA
Boston University Graduate School 1967 psychology,
BS MIT 1964, history and physics,
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