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    Amid health fears, Diet Coke sweetener [aspartame] in safety spotlight, Sean Poulter, UK Daily Mail 2011.05.27, 141 comments: Rich Murray 2011.05.30
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      spotlight, Sean Poulter, UK Daily Mail 2011.05.27, 141 comments: Rich
      Murray 2011.05.30
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      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1391395/Amid-health-fears-Diet-Coke-sweetner-safety-spotlight.html

      Amid health fears, Diet Coke sweetener in safety spotlight
      By Sean Poulter
      Last updated at 11:24 AM on 27th May 2011

      A sweetener used in Diet Coke is to undergo a safety review over fears
      that it has harmful effects on human health

      An artificial sweetener used in Diet Coke is to undergo an urgent EU
      safety review.

      Aspartame is ingested every day by millions of people around the world
      in more than 6,000 well-known brands of food, drink and medicine.

      However, it has been the subject of a number of studies that appear to
      show harmful effects on human health.

      One recent study linked diet drinks containing aspartame to premature
      births, while another suggested it could cause cancer.

      To date, health watchdogs, including the European Food Safety
      Authority (EFSA) and the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), have ruled
      out any link to ill-health.

      But after several MEPs asked for a new investigation following
      pressure from European health campaigners, EU Commission officials
      have now asked the EFSA to bring forward a review that had been
      planned for 2020.

      The concern about artificial sweeteners such as aspartame relates to
      the fact that they contain methanol, a nerve toxin which can be
      metabolised in the body to form two more nerve toxins: formic acid and
      formaldehyde, the chemical used to preserve dead bodies.

      Earlier this year, experts on Britain’s Committee on Toxicity(CoT)
      ruled that ‘long-term exposure to methanol consumed through food,
      including from aspartame, is unlikely to be harmful to health’.

      The committee pointed out that methanol is also found in fruit and vegetables.

      As a result of the experts’ conclusions, the FSA ruled the consumption
      of aspartame ‘is not of concern at the current levels of use’.

      Despite this verdict, the FSA is currently recruiting volunteers for
      an investigation into anecdotal reports of ill health, including
      headaches and stomach upsets, associated with aspartame.

      The watchdog announced the research project in 2009, however it has
      had difficulties recruiting volunteers who claim to suffer problems.

      EFSA spokesman, Lucia De Luca, said: ‘Aspartame is one of hundreds of
      flavourings. It is on the market because it has been assessed in the
      past and considered safe.

      ‘We have received an official request for a complete re-evaluation of
      the safety of aspartame.

      ‘The re-evaluation is scheduled for 2020 but the Commission asked us
      to do this re-evaluation now in the light of recent events.

      A study last year of 60,000 mothers-to be found a correlation between
      the amount of diet drink consumed and an early birth
      ‘In the past year, there have been a couple of studies looking at
      aspartame and concerns expressed by consumer groups and others.’

      In July last year, EU-funded research by Danish scientists, which
      looked at almost 60,000 mothers-to-be, found a correlation between the
      amount of diet drink consumed and an early birth.

      Previously, the Independent Ramazzini Foundation in Italy has
      published research suggesting aspartame caused several types of cancer
      in rats at doses very close to the current acceptable daily intake for
      humans.

      Both of these have been evaluated by EFSA experts, who have rejected
      any risk to human health.

      Aspartame is manufactured by Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe. The firm
      said it welcomes the decision to bring forward the safety evaluation.

      A spokesman said: ‘EFSA reaffirmed the safety of aspartame in 2006,
      2009 and 2010. In addition, recent allegations about the safety of
      aspartame made in France and by a handful of MEPs have already been
      dismissed by EFSA.

      ‘This review of the extensive body of science on aspartame will
      provide additional confirmation of the ingredient’s safety.

      ‘By providing an excellent sweet taste, aspartame makes a useful
      contribution to a healthy, calorie-controlled diet and can help people
      to avoid overweight and obesity, and their associated diseases.’

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      Aspartame is indeed 11% methanol (wood alcohol), which the human body
      quickly turns into formaldehyde via the ADH enzyme, concentrated in
      many tissues: liver, kidney, brain, retina, skin, prostate, breast,
      womb, muscle -- forming cumulative micro lesions and a wide variety of
      symptoms. Other methanol (formaldehyde) sources include wood and
      tobacco smoke, dark wines and liquors, fruits and vegetables heated in
      sealed metal and glass containers, and aspartame, as well as a variety
      of products ranging from medicines to new carpet, drapes, and
      furniture to mobile homes. People vary enormously in individual
      vulnerability. Folic acid can protect many people. See
      while-science-sleeps.com/references/pdf/586 Prof. (retired) Woodrow C.
      Monte

      - Rich Murray, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 30/5/2011 07:04

      I thought this was common knowledge? It still shocks me to see the
      amount of overweight kids drinking diet soft drink in the mistaken
      idea that adding aspartame to their diet is preferable to more sugar -
      doesn't help them lose weight though does it? Diet coke with their Big
      Mac meal?

      - kiwi abroad, Ireland, 28/5/2011 23:35

      Watch "the Truth about Aspartame" by Dr Russell Blaylock.

      - Alan, Durham, 28/5/2011 22:09

      I know, I know, I wear a tin foil hat but any one noticing that
      conspiracy theorists are being proved right more and more? Rumsfeld's
      disease has been known about for years.That's why the food companies
      changed the labelling to "natural flavors" I guess something produced
      from e coli bacteria's excrement is natural. Btw DM, I'm intigued to
      know why your article reporting that GMO toxins have been found in 93%
      of unborns only stayed up for a couple of hours. Yes it is still
      searchable on site, but you would only search for it if you knew it
      was there.

      - tom bowden, perth australia, 28/5/2011 17:36

      It's a choice but the facts have been around for years, I would never
      buy food that has any artificial ingredients in but it's up to the
      individual.

      - quarrybanksurfer, Scotland, 28/5/2011 15:13

      'EFSA spokesman, Lucia De Luca, said: "Aspartame is one of hundreds of
      flavourings. It is on the market because it has been assessed in the
      past and considered safe".' We are dealing with some tricky little
      monkeys are we not? It took them years in the US to have this
      flavouring legalised and it was done in very murky circumstances with
      the help of Donald Rumsfeld who, had an interest in the corporation
      that used it. The FSA is not here to look after your health, it is
      here to make sure corporations maintain and increase profit. It is
      frustrating that we seem to take backward steps all the time on this
      sort of issue, indecently propelled by the Agri-corp shill SSEFRA C
      Spelman MP.

      - Bob, Leeds UK, 28/5/2011 14:22

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      Re; http://www.sweeteners.org/Pdf/conferenceBrochure.pdf

      International Sweeteners Association
      LOW CALORIE FOODS, BEVERAGES AND SWEETENERS
      CAN THEY REALLY CONTRIBUTE TO A HEALTHIER FUTURE?
      Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels
      19 May 2011 09.00 - 17.00


      aspartame, acesulfame K, saccharin, fructose each "caused accelerated
      senescence in human dermal fibroblasts" (re metabolic syndrome and
      diabetes), Kyung-Hyun Cho et al, Yeungnam University, Korea, Mol
      Cells. 2011 Apr 21: Rich Murray 2011.05.21
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.htm
      Saturday, May 21, 2011
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      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1624
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      aspartame doubts aired by EU MPs Corinne Lepage and Antonyia Parvanova
      -- EFSA National Experts agreed that "there should be more clarity
      about the metabolism of aspartame": Rich Murray 2011.04.24
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.htm
      Sunday, April 24, 2011
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      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1621
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      aspartame water in rats for 6 months causes liver harm, RH Nair et al,
      Mahatma Gandhi U, Food Chem Toxicol 2011.03.02: Rich Murray 2011.03.12
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.htm
      Saturday, March 12, 2011
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      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21376768

      Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Mar 2. [Epub ahead of print]
      Effect of long term intake of aspartame on antioxidant defense status in liver.
      Abhilash M, Paul MV, Varghese MV, Nair RH.
      School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University,
      Kottayam, Kerala, India, 686560.
      harikumarannair@..., harinair@...,


      careful expert lifetime study on mice shows liver and lung cancers
      from aspartame, M Soffritti et al, Ramazzini Institute, Italy, checked
      by US National Toxicology Program experts, confirms many previous
      studies from 2001 on: Rich Murray 2011.02.27
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.htm
      Sunday, February 27, 2011
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      re GC Ebers study, females harmed more by body making methanol into
      formaldehyde in brain via ADH enzyme: 589 references, WC Monte,
      retired Prof. Nutrition: Rich Murray 2011.01.08
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.htm
      Saturday, January 8, 2011
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      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 Murray 2010.05.13
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.htm
      Thursday, May 13, 2010
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      [ Other formaldehyde sources include alcohol drinks and
      tobacco and wood smoke,
      while adequate folic acid levels protect most people. ]

      http://whilesciencesleeps.com/about

      http://while-science-sleeps.com/references/pdf/586
      [ summary, not peer reviewed ]
      Monte WC.
      Methanol: A chemical Trojan horse as the root of the inscrutable U.
      Medical Hypotheses 2010;74(3):493-6
      DOI 2010.10.16

      Monte WC.
      Bittersweet: Aspartame Breast Cancer Link.
      Fitness Life 2008 Jan. 34: 32-36

      Monte WC.
      A Deadly Experiment. Methanol and MS,
      Fitness Life 2007 Dec. 34: 36-41

      Monte WC.
      Sickly Sweet: Is your Diet Sweetener killing you?
      Fitness Life 2007 Nov. 33: 31-33

      http://whilesciencesleeps.com/references
      589 references for above articles and upcoming book

      http://whilesciencesleeps.com/montediet
      [ and Fitness Life 2007 Dec. 34: 36-41 ]

      Methanol: Where Is It Found? How Can It Be Avoided?

      AVOID the following, ranked in order of greatest danger:

      1. Cigarettes.
      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
      refrigerated.
      5. Black currant and tomato juice products, fresh or
      processed.
      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
      possibility.

      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
      incidence?

      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
      than women.

      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
      (93, 99).

      On the other hand, women's complaints from both more
      frequently involve serious neurological complications."...
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      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
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.htm
      Sunday, November 15, 2009
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      aspartame abstinance cures fibromyalgia chronic pain in 2 French
      adults: R Ciappuccini et al, Clin Exp Rheumatol 2010 Nov: Rich Murray
      2010.02.19
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.htm
      Saturday, February 19, 2011
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      formaldehyde from 0.2 mg daily methanol from aspartame in Singulair
      (montelukast) chewable asthma medicine causes severe allergic
      dermatitis in boy, SE Jacob et al, Pediatric Dermatology 2009 Nov:
      Rich Murray 2010.09.27
      http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.htm
      Monday, September 27, 2010
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