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ASDA (unit of Wal-Mart Stores WMT.N) and Marks & Spencer will join Tesco and also Sainsbury to ban and limit aspartame, MSG, artificial flavors dyes preservatives additives, trans fats, salt "nasties" to protect kids from ADHD: leading UK media: Murray 2007.05.15

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      ASDA (unit of Wal-Mart Stores WMT.N) and Marks & Spencer will join Tesco and also Sainsbury to ban and limit aspartame, MSG, artificial flavors dyes preservatives additives, trans fats, salt "nasties" to protect kids from ADHD: leading UK media: Murray 2007.05.15
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1426

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      M&S joins race to ban artificial additives from their food
      Sean Poulter Last updated at 19:13 pm on 15th May 2007

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      www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/tm_headline=stores-give-e-numbers-the-elbow&method=full&objectid=19108104&siteid=89520-name_page.html

      STORES GIVE E-NUMBERS THE ELBOW
      By Mirror.co.uk 15/05/2007

      * Have your say: Top Stories forum

      FOOD giants Asda and Marks & Spencer are axing artifical colours and flavourings in their own-brand products.

      Asda have vowed to cut the additives in 9,000 own-label food and soft drink products by the end of this year,
      while M&S will cut E-numbers from 99% of its 4,500 own-brand lines.

      The changes follow concerns over the effect of certain E-numbers on children's health.
      Asda will cut the controversial aspartame, hydrogenated fats and monosodium glutamate and will spend around �30 million reformulating products.

      Artificial flavours will also be substituted by natural ingredients where possible.

      Aspartame, for example, will be replaced by sucralose which is made from sugar.

      M&S has already dropped monosodium glutamate and tartrazine from its products
      and all M&S foods will be aspartame free by next month.


      www.livescience.com/health/070515_bad_sugar.html

      " It is a mystery why stevia, a South American plant more than 300 times sweeter than sugar, remains illegal for use as a sweetener in the United States.
      This essentially zero-calorie natural product has been used for decades in many countries and is deemed safe by the WHO.
      Could it be that the mighty U.S. sugar and corn syrup industries have pressured the FDA not to approve it?

      Some U.S. stores are now carrying stevia as a dietary supplement.

      But stevia growers are bit players in the billion-dollar sweetener market dominated by slick ad campaigns. "


      Bitter Battle over Truth in Sweeteners

      By Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience's Bad Medicine Columnist

      posted: 15 May 2007 09:45 am ET

      McNeil Nutritionals, the makers of Splenda, the most popular-selling artificial sweetener in the United States, is feeling bitter these days.

      Merisant, the makers of Equal, sued Splenda in France and in the United States over Splenda's slogan, "made from sugar so it tastes like sugar," which Equal and an unlikely ally, the Sugar Association, say is misleading.

      Last week a French court sided with Equal, ordering Splenda to punt the slogan in France.

      Then on Friday, just moments before a U.S. jury was about to read its verdict, Splenda, sensing defeat, reached an undisclosed settlement with Equal.
      The last-second settlement was highly unusual, forcing the judge to instruct the jury never to speak of its verdict.
      And both companies are mum on the settlement, which insiders say will cost Splenda millions of dollars.
      It is unclear who the winner is, though, as all sides have emerged looking sour.

      Sweet slogan

      Splenda, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, is known chemically as trichlorosucrose.
      Splenda's makers like the alternate name, sucralose, which was created to sound more like sucrose, the chemical name for table sugar.
      Sucralose isn't sucrose, much like cellulose isn't celery.

      There are several ways to make trichlorosucrose.
      One can start with raffinose, which is a carbohydrate containing three different kinds of sugar molecules, or one can use sucrose.
      Regardless, the process ultimately involves replacing three oxygen-hydrogen groups in a sucrose (sugar) molecule with three chlorine atoms.
      Hence the claim that Splenda is made from sugar.

      From a responsible chemist's standpoint, the Splenda slogan is ludicrous.
      This is like the automobile industry saying that ozone, O3, is as healthy as air because it is made from oxygen, O2.
      Rock candy is made from sugar, and the sugar is still there.
      But the sugar is Splenda is merely a chemical placeholder needed to added chlorine, the substance that makes trichlorosucrose more than 200 times sweeter than sugar.

      That is, sugar doesn't make Splenda sweet; chlorine does.

      Lesser of two evils?

      Splenda's makers packaged their product to sound more natural, knowing consumers worry about alleged health consequences of other synthesized sweeteners, such as Equal (aspartame) or Sweet & Low (saccharine).
      And the plan worked.
      Within two years after its introduction, Splenda overtook Equal and now commands about two-thirds of the artificial sweetener market.

      Just because a synthesized molecule is similar to a natural sugar molecule doesn't make it safe.

      Just a one- or two-atom change makes a big difference when ingesting
      water versus hydrogen peroxide,
      beer versus wood alcohol,
      or carbon dioxide versus carbon monoxide.

      The true test of safety lies in long-term health studies, not wordplay.

      Splenda does have dozens of studies to demonstrate that it is generally safe for human consumption, so many countries have approved its use in beverages and baked goods.

      Yet all sweeteners, artificial or natural, have pluses and minuses.

      Sugar is associated with obesity, tooth decay and hyperactivity.

      One must wonder whether such a "chemical," atom for atom, would be approved by the FDA if it were made in a lab.

      Recent case studies have revealed that Splenda, like Equal, can cause migraine headaches, but the incidence is rare.

      Sugar can make bitter foods more palatable, which is why the World Health Organization allows some added sugar as part of a healthy diet.

      Splenda, Equal and saccharine have been a godsend to diabetics and dieters.

      Some folks will accept a remote chance of developing cancer, although none of these products have been shown conclusively to cause human cancer.

      Stevia in brevia

      The Sugar Association funds the "Truth about Splenda" website, with so-called frequently asked questions like "Is the chlorine in Splenda any different than the chlorine used in swimming pools?"
      Oh, I'm sure they get this question all the time.
      The answer doesn't explain that table salt is half chlorine.

      The Sugar Association's own sunny website is filled with lots of smiling people with surprisingly no sign of tooth decay.
      They are as guilty as the artificial sweetener manufacturers in downplaying the harm of over-consumption.

      It is a mystery why stevia, a South American plant more than 300 times sweeter than sugar, remains illegal for use as a sweetener in the United States.
      This essentially zero-calorie natural product has been used for decades in many countries and is deemed safe by the WHO.
      Could it be that the mighty U.S. sugar and corn syrup industries have pressured the FDA not to approve it?

      Some U.S. stores are now carrying stevia as a dietary supplement.

      But stevia growers are bit players in the billion-dollar sweetener market dominated by slick ad campaigns.

      Christopher Wanjek is the author of the books "Bad Medicine" and "Food At Work."
      Got a question about Bad Medicine? Email Wanjek wanjek@...
      If it's really bad, he just might answer it in a future column.
      Bad Medicine appears each Tuesday on LIveScience.


      http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKL152719320070515

      ASDA to cut food additives as health worries grow
      Tue May 15, 2007 5:22PM BST

      LONDON (Reuters) --
      ASDA said on Tuesday it was removing all artificial colours and flavours from its own-label food amid growing concern about their impact on children's behaviour.

      "We know that our customers, particularly those that are mums and dads, are becoming more and more concerned about what's in the food that they buy," ASDA's food trading director Darren Blackhurst said in a statement.

      ASDA is a unit of Wal-Mart Stores WMT.N

      The chain said that by the end of this year its own-label food and drinks would not contain any artificial colours or flavours, aspartame, hydrogenated fat or flavour enhancers.

      There were widespread media reports earlier this month about a study commissioned by the Food Standards Agency which is believed to have linked certain artificial food colours and a preservative to hyperactivity in children.

      The FSA will not release details of the study's findings until it has been peer reviewed.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects about five percent of the population.

      There has been a long-standing suggestion that artificial food colourings and perservatives are linked to ADHD, the FSA said.

      Britain's largest supermarket chain Tesco TSCO.L said it had already removed artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners from its range of kids' foods.

      "It has always been our policy to keep the use of additives to a minimum and we have had a 'hit list' for over 20 years to help us do this," a spokeswoman said.

      Last month supermarket chain J Sainsbury (SBRY.L: Quote, Profile, Research announced it was removing all artificial colourings and flavourings from its range of own-brand soft drinks.

      Sainsbury also said it was removing aspartame from its low calorie range and replacing it with rival sweetener sucralose.

      � Reuters 2007. All rights reserved.


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      End of line for E-numbers? 15/ 5/2007

      ARTIFICIAL colours and flavours are being phased out by two major food chains, it was revealed today.

      All 9,000 of Asda's own-label food and soft drink products will be free of E-numbers by the end of 2007.

      Marks & Spencer is removing artificial colours and flavours from 99% of its 4,500 own-brand lines over the same period.

      The changes follow concerns over the effect of certain E-numbers on children's health.

      They come after rival food chain Sainsbury's last month pledged to remove artificial colours and flavours from its 120 own-label soft drinks.

      Asda said aspartame, hydrogenated fat and monosodium glutamate would also be pulled from all own-brand food and soft drink products by the end of the year.

      It is spending more than �30 million on reformulating the products.

      E-number colours will either be replaced with natural alternatives such as fruit and vegetable extracts -- or dropped entirely.

      Artificial flavours will also be substituted by natural ingredients where possible.

      For example, the sweetener aspartame will be replaced by sucralose which is made from sugar, Asda said.

      The chain is also reformulating own-label alcoholic drinks but this is unlikely to be completed by the end of this year.

      Meanwhile, 4,455 food products and soft drinks at M&S will be E-number free by the end of 2007.

      The chain is still working on ways of reformulating 45 items of confectionery and cola drinks.

      It has already dropped monosodium glutamate and tartrazine from its products.

      And all M&S foods will be aspartame free by next month.

      An M&S spokeswoman said confectionery products are the most difficult to make without E-numbers.

      Asda food trading director Darren Blackhurst said all colours and flavours used in the chain's own-brand products would be 100% natural.

      "In the vast majority of cases, we'll be able to achieve this without any impact on the taste of our products," he said.

      M&S director of technology David Gregory said 95% of the chain's foods would be free from artificial colourings and flavourings by September.

      "The remaining 4% of products are in biscuits and groceries and will be converted by the end of the year, and we are looking at ways to remove artificial colours and flavourings from the most challenging area, confectionery," he said.

      All M&S soft drinks are already made without E-numbers except for colas, which still contain one remaining artificial colour.

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      www.marketingweek.co.uk/item/56277/254/260/3

      Asda to remove artificial elements from own-label food and drinks 15-May-07

      Asda is spending more than �30m removing all artificial colours and flavours from its own-label food and soft drinks.

      The supermarket chain will remove ingredients such as aspartame and hydrogenated fat and flavour enhancers from its 9,000 own-label products by the end of the year.

      The retailer will reformulate foods and drinks using flavours from natural sources such as vanilla, in place of synthetic equivalents that are usual found in products such as chocolate.

      The "no nasties" guarantee will also see E-number colours and dyes removed from its products. In most cases they will not be replaced but when they are natural colours, fruit and vegetable extracts will be used.

      Darren Blackhurst, food trading director, says the change will not have an impact on taste. He adds: "We know that our customers, particularly those that are mums and dads, are becoming more and more concerned about what's in the food that they buy."

      Author: Matthew Gorman
      Publisher: Marketing Week
      Date: 15-May-07
      Categories: FMCG, Retail
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      www.theretailbulletin.com/?tag=e64928412aae022e2c27456df62dda09

      Asda to remove artificial colours & flavours from all own label food & soft drinks by end of 2007
      Tuesday May 15 2007

      Supermarket to give customers cleanest food in Britain with 'no nasties' guarantee.
      Asda has become the first supermarket in Britain to commit to the removal of all artificial colours and flavours from every single one of its own label food and soft drinks products.

      Asda's 'no nasties' guarantee means that by the end of this year, none of the supermarket's 9,000 own label food and soft drinks products will contain any artificial colours or flavours, aspartame, hydrogenated fat or flavour enhancers, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG).

      All Asda's own label product ranges will also meet or exceed the Food Standard Agency's salt targets, more than two years ahead of the 2010 deadline, following the removal of 156 tonnes of salt this year alone.

      Asda is investing more than �30 million in re-formulating products and ensuring, as far as possible, that the taste of its products is not affected.

      Darren Blackhurst, Asda's food trading director, comments: �We know that our customers, particularly those that are mums and dads, are becoming more and more concerned about what's in the food that they buy.

      �We want to make life easier and healthier for them and their families by stripping out the 'nasties' from all our own label food and soft drinks, so they can have complete confidence that no colours or flavours are being used that aren't needed, and, where they are, they're 100% natural.
      �In the vast majority of cases, we'll be able to achieve this without any impact on the taste of our products.�


      www.asda.co.uk/corp/home.htm " part of the Wal-Mart family "
      customers 0500-100-055
      press 0113-243-5435
      " MSG -- ASDA was the first UK supermarket to remove monosodium glutamate from its own brand crisps back in 1999.
      Since then, MSG has been steadily removed from all other own label products.
      Salt reduction -- On 21st March 2006, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published voluntary salt reduction targets across 85 food categories setting a deadline of 2010 for these targets to be met.
      By the end of 2006, ASDA had already met the FSA target for salt reduction across more than 65 per cent of its own brand products.
      Hydrogenated fat -- ASDA, along with other food retailers, has signed up to the BRC�s commitment to remove all hydrogenated fat from its own label products by the end of 2007 "
      ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


      formaldehyde as a potent unexamined cofactor in cancer research --
      sources include methanol, dark wines and liquors, aspartame, wood and
      tobacco smoke: IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks
      to Humans implicate formaldehyde in #88 and alcohol drinks in #96:
      some related abstracts: Murray 2007.05.15
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1417


      aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde) toxicity research summary: Rich
      Murray 2007.05.15
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1404

      One liter aspartame diet soda, about 3 12-oz cans,
      gives 61.5 mg methanol,
      so if 30% is turned into formaldehyde, the formaldehyde
      dose of 18.5 mg is 37 times the recent EPA limit of
      0.5 mg per liter daily drinking water for a 10-kg child:
      www.epa.gov/teach/chem_summ/Formaldehyde_summary.pdf
      2007.01.05 [ does not discuss formaldehyde from methanol
      or aspartame ]
      http://www.epa.gov/teach/teachsurvey.html comments
      teach@...


      "Of course, everyone chooses, as a natural priority,
      to actively find, quickly share, and positively act upon
      the facts about healthy and safe food, drink, and
      environment."

      Rich Murray, MA Room For All rmforall@...
      505-501-2298 1943 Otowi Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/messages
      group with 75 members, 1,426 posts in a public, searchable archive
      http://RMForAll.blogspot.com

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1340
      aspartame groups and books: updated research review of
      2004.07.16: Murray 2006.05.11


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1395
      Aspartame Controversy, in Wikipedia democratic
      encyclopedia, 72 references (including AspartameNM # 864
      and 1173 by Murray), brief fair summary of much more
      research: Murray 2007.01.01


      Dark wines and liquors, as well as aspartame, provide
      similar levels of methanol, above 120 mg daily, for
      long-term heavy users, 2 L daily, about 6 cans.

      Within hours, methanol is inevitably largely turned into
      formaldehyde, and thence largely into formic acid -- the
      major causes of the dreaded symptoms of "next morning"
      hangover.

      Fully 11% of aspartame is methanol -- 1,120 mg aspartame
      in 2 L diet soda, almost six 12-oz cans, gives 123 mg
      methanol (wood alcohol). If 30% of the methanol is turned
      into formaldehyde, the amount of formaldehyde, 37 mg,
      is 18.5 times the USA EPA limit for daily formaldehyde in
      drinking water, 2.0 mg in 2 L average daily drinking water.

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1286
      methanol products (formaldehyde and formic acid) are main
      cause of alcohol hangover symptoms [same as from similar
      amounts of methanol, the 11% part of aspartame]:
      YS Woo et al, 2005 Dec: Murray 2006.01.20


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1143
      methanol (formaldehyde, formic acid) disposition:
      Bouchard M et al, full plain text, 2001: substantial
      sources are degradation of fruit pectins, liquors,
      aspartame, smoke: Murray 2005.04.02

      "According to model predictions, congruent with the data in the
      literature [Dorman et al., 1994; Horton et al., 1992], a certain
      fraction of formaldehyde is readily oxidized to formate,
      a major fraction of which is rapidly converted to CO2 and exhaled,
      whereas a small fraction is excreted as formic acid in urine.

      However, fits to the available data in rats and monkeys of Horton et
      al. [1992] and Dorman et al. [1994] show that, once formed, a
      substantial fraction of formaldehyde is converted to unobserved forms.

      This pathway contributes to a long-term unobserved compartment.

      The latter, most plausibly, represents either the formaldehyde that
      [directly or after oxidation to formate] binds to various endogenous
      molecules [Heck et al., 1983; R�e, 1982] or is incorporated in the
      tetrahydrofolic-acid-dependent one-carbon pathway to become the
      building block of a number of synthetic pathways
      [R�e, 1982; Tephly and McMartin, 1984].

      That substantial amounts of methanol metabolites or by-products are
      retained for a long time is verified by Horton et al. [1992] who
      estimated that 18 h following an iv injection of 100 mg/kg of
      14C-methanol in male Fischer-344 rats,
      only 57% of the dose was eliminated from the body.

      >From the data of Dorman et al. [1994] and Medinsky et al. [1997],
      it can further be calculated that 48 h following the start
      of a 2-h inhalation exposure to 900 ppm of 14C-methanol vapors
      in female cynomolgus monkeys,
      only 23% of the absorbed 14C-methanol was eliminated from the body.

      These findings are corroborated by the data of Heck et al. [1983]
      showing that 40% of a 14C-formaldehyde inhalation dose remained
      in the body 70 h postexposure.

      In the present study, the model proposed rests on acute exposure
      data, where the time profiles of methanol and its metabolites were
      determined only over short time periods
      [a maximum of 6 h of exposure and a maximum of 48 h postexposure].

      This does not allow observation of the slow release from the long-term
      components.

      It is to be noted that most of the published studies on the detailed
      disposition kinetics of methanol regard controlled short-term
      [iv injection or continuous inhalation exposure over a few hours]
      methanol exposures in rats, primates, and humans
      [Batterman et al., 1998; Damian and Raabe, 1996;
      Dorman et al., 1994; Ferry et al., 1980; Fisher et al., 2000;
      Franzblau et al., 1995; Horton et al., 1992; Jacobsen et al., 1988;
      Osterloh et al., 1996; Pollack et al., 1993; Sedivec et al., 1981;
      Ward et al., 1995; Ward and Pollack, 1996].

      Experimental studies on the detailed time profiles following
      controlled repeated exposures to methanol are lacking."

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1406
      brain cell tangles and neuron death similar to Alzheimers
      via low dose formaldehyde from methanol,
      Chunlai Nie, Rongqiao He et al, China, 2007.01.23 BMC
      Neuroscience 28 pages, 63 references: Murray 2007.01.24


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1385
      Coca-Cola carcinogenicity in rats, Ramazzini Foundation,
      F Belpoggi, M Soffritti, Annals NY Academy Sciences
      2006 Sept, parts of 17 pages: Murray 2006.12.02

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1382
      Fiorella Belpoggi & Morando Soffritti of Ramazzini
      Foundation prove lifetime carcinogenicity of Coca-Cola,
      aspartame, and arsenic, Annals of the NY Academy of
      Sciences: Murray 2006.11.28


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1369
      Bristol, Connecticut, schools join state program to limit
      artificial sweeteners, sugar, fats for 8800 students,
      Johnny J Burnham, The Bristol Press: Murray 2006.09.22

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1341
      Connecticut bans artificial sweeteners in schools,
      Nancy Barnes, New Milford Times: Murray 2006.05.25


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1376
      soft drinks and adolescent hyperactivity, mental distress,
      conduct problems, Lars Lien, Nanna Lien, Sonja Heyerdahl,
      Mayne Thoresen, Espen Bjertness 2006 Oct., A J Pub Health:
      Murray 2006.10.21

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1375
      healthy diet, vitamins, and fish oil help reduce
      depression and violence, studies by Joseph Hibbeln,
      Bernard Gesch, and Stephen Schoenthaler, articles by
      Felicity Lawrence in UK Guardian Unlimited and Pat
      Thomas in The Ecologist: Murray 2006.10.21

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1353
      carcinogenic effect of inhaled formaldehyde, Federal
      Institute of Risk Assessment, Germany -- same safe level
      as for Canada: Murray 2006.06.02

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1352
      Home sickness -- indoor air often worse, as our homes
      seal in pollutants [one is formaldehyde, also from the 11%
      methanol part of aspartame],
      Megan Gillis, WinnipegSun.com: Murray 2006.06.01


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1414
      effect of aspartame on oncogene and suppressor gene expressions in
      mice, Katalin Gambos, Istvan Ember, et al, University of Pecs,
      Hungary, In Vivo 2007 Jan; scores of their relevant past studies since
      1977: Murray 2007.04.14

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1366
      toxicity in rat brains from aspartame, Vences-Mejia A,
      Espinosa-Aguirre JJ et al 2006 Aug: Murray 2006.09.06

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1373
      aspartame rat brain toxicity re cytochrome P450 enzymes,
      especially CYP2E1, Vences-Mejia A, Espinosa-Aguirre JJ
      et al, 2006 Aug, Hum Exp Toxicol: relevant abstracts re
      formaldehyde from methanol in alcohol drinks:
      Murray 2006.09.29

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1271
      combining aspartame and quinoline yellow, or MSG and
      brilliant blue, harms nerve cells, eminent C. Vyvyan
      Howard et al, 2005 education.guardian.co.uk,
      Felicity Lawrence: Murray 2005.12.21

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1277
      50% UK baby food is now organic -- aspartame or MSG
      with food dyes harm nerve cells, CV Howard 3 year study
      funded by Lizzy Vann, CEO, Organix Brands,
      Children's Food Advisory Service: Murray 2006.01.13

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1279
      all three aspartame metabolites harm human erythrocyte
      [red blood cell] membrane enzyme activity, KH Schulpis
      et al, two studies in 2005, Athens, Greece, 2005.12.14:
      2004 research review, RL Blaylock: Murray 2006.01.14


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1349
      NIH NLM ToxNet HSDB Hazardous Substances Data Bank
      inadequate re aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde,
      formic acid): Murray 2006.08.19

      http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~HwoSfJ:1
      HSDB Hazardous Substances Data Bank: Aspartame

      ASPARTAME CASRN: 22839-47-0
      METHANOL CASRN: 67-56-1
      FORMALDEHYDE CASRN: 50-00-0
      FORMIC ACID CASRN: 64-18-6


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1052
      DMDC: Dimethyl dicarbonate 200mg/L in drinks adds methanol
      98 mg/L ( becomes formaldehyde in body ): EU Scientific
      Committee on Foods 2001.07.12: Murray 2004.01.22


      http://www.HolisticMed.com/aspartame mgold@...
      Aspartame Toxicity Information Center Mark D. Gold
      12 East Side Drive #2-18 Concord, NH 03301 603-225-2100

      http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/abuse/methanol.html
      "Scientific Abuse in Aspartame Research"

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/957
      safety of aspartame Part 1/2 12.4.2: EC HCPD-G SCF:
      Murray 2003.01.12 EU Scientific Committee on Food,
      a whitewash

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1045
      http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/scf2002-response.htm
      Mark Gold exhaustively critiques European Commission
      Scientific Committee on Food re aspartame ( 2002.12.04 ):
      59 pages, 230 references
      ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/782
      RTM: Smith, Terpening, Schmidt, Gums:
      full text: aspartame, MSG, fibromyalgia 2002.01.17
      Jerry D Smith, Chris M Terpening,
      Siegfried OF Schmidt, and John G Gums
      Relief of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Following
      Discontinuation of Dietary Excitotoxins.
      The Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2001; 35(6): 702-706.
      Malcolm Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
      Gainesville, FL, USA.
      BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a common rheumatologic
      disorder that is often difficult to treat effectively.
      CASE SUMMARY: Four patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia
      syndrome for two to 17 years are described.
      All had undergone multiple treatment modalities with
      limited success.
      All had complete, or nearly complete,
      resolution of their symptoms within months after
      eliminating monosodium glutamate (MSG)
      or MSG plus aspartame from their diet.
      All patients were women with multiple comorbidities
      prior to elimination of MSG.
      All have had recurrence of symptoms whenever MSG
      is ingested.

      Siegfried O. Schmidt, MD Asst. Clinical Prof.
      siggy@...
      Community Health and Family Medicine, U. Florida,
      Gainesville, FL Shands Hospital West Oak Clinic
      Gainesville, FL 32608-3629 352-376-5071
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      formaldehyde toxicity: Thrasher & Kilburn: Shaham: EPA:
      Gold: Wilson: CIIN: Murray 2002.12.12

      Thrasher (2001): "The major difference is that the
      Japanese demonstrated the incorporation of FA and its
      metabolites into the placenta and fetus.
      The quantity of radioactivity remaining in maternal and
      fetal tissues at 48 hours was 26.9% of the administered
      dose." [ Ref. 14-16 ]

      Arch Environ Health 2001 Jul-Aug; 56(4): 300-11.
      Embryo toxicity and teratogenicity of formaldehyde.
      [100 references]
      Thrasher JD, Kilburn KH. toxicology@...
      Sam-1 Trust, Alto, New Mexico, USA. full text
      http://www.drthrasher.org/formaldehyde_embryo_toxicity.html

      http://www.drthrasher.org/formaldehyde_1990.html full text
      Jack Dwayne Thrasher, Alan Broughton, Roberta Madison.
      Immune activation and autoantibodies in humans with
      long-term inhalation exposure to formaldehyde.
      Archives of Environmental Health. 1990; 45: 217-223.
      PMID: 2400243
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