Over the course of the last month serotonin has come up often in conversation while Aspartame is my favorite food to hate on.
My general thesis is: Aspartame is negatively affecting serotonin and creating long lasting and debilitating health issues.
1. Serotonin keeps our brains running, our moods high, our weight in balance and our world spinning on the perfect axis. Without it “we” are depressed, obese, anxious even paranoid blobs of aches and pain.
2. The phenylalanine in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin. Lowered serotonin triggers manic depression, panic attacks, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, rage, etc. 
Little did I know what was to be found. As I began to research and write on this the amount of information was extreme. From Neurologists to MDs to PHDs there were opinions on both sides. And like many things when you begin to turn over the rocks of life the unexpected is suddenly in view ready for examination. Some like Betty Martini were forefront with their concerns and independent studies others lay just below the surface. These below the surface people caught my eye. Like pieces in a puzzle it felt like each one had a bit of the answer.
I knew I could easily show the potential for negative affects and back it up with medical and psychological doctors writings. What I wasn’t expecting was how awful the affects could be and often were. I also wasn’t expecting to find that this chemical was so harsh it could be nearly impossible to quit. That the addiction level and body damage could be on the level of meth. Don’t worry the FDA says it’s fine. To a point.
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Ethanol & pectin prevent methanol from being metabolized into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) & formic acid (same chemical as fire ant venom), both deadly toxins. – That’s the good news!! Aspartame is owned by Monsanto – anyone surprised?
Currently the 100+ articles on this page contain facts & opinions from over 50 doctors & nutritionists, many of which have each “cured” their patients of many symptoms (including weight gain) simply by removing aspartame from their diet.
I’ve been hearing more and more conversations on “I plan to get lap band surgery” as I watch the person throw back a diet soda in seconds. I watch children still in elementary school hobble as they walk with diet soda in hand. I watch as blame and guilt surrounds person after person. Many claiming that nothing they try works as they pop gum into their mouths and feed via the equivalent of an IV drip methanol into their bodies.
Methanol (wood alcohol), which makes up 10% of aspartame and is highly toxic (adult minimum lethal dose is 2 teaspoons), is also found in some fruits & vegetables like tomatoes. However, methanol is never found in natural foods without ethanol & pectin, its “antidotes” if you will (detailed facts below).
There’s no pectin or ethanol in diet soda or sugar free gum or any other reduced sugar product. There is Equal or Nutrasweet. Got an on going headache, migraine, joint pains? Gaining weight? All known symptoms of Aspartame.
Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, the other 2 components of aspartame, are amino acids found in natural foods but always as part of long chains of many different amino acids to form complex protein molecules that take humans 12 hours to gradually break down & assimilate. According to the doctors below, when consumed by themselves these 2 amino acids require no digestion and quickly enter the brain & central nervous system at abnormally high levels, overstimulating brain cells to death and causing many other health problems.
Do you have any idea what percentage of all complaints received by the FDA are about aspartame? You probably will be as shocked as I was to learn that between 80 to 85% of all complaints received by the FDA are due to aspartame. By 1987, the FDA had received more than 6,000 complaints, including 250 involving epileptic seizures. . . . How Safe is Aspartame? © 1996 Michael Schachter MD, FACAM
Below is the 1995 reports of listed complaints reported to the FDA in association with aspartame. Why is it not current? The story as I have found it is that after 1995 the FDA changed their system and made it more difficult to gather this information easily. Being inquisitive – I went looking and sure enough – the FDA website states that to access the most current information one must be able to work with a MYSQL based database. I think this was definitely a move to keep the “average” American from the information. Forcing the general public to hearsay versus actual FDA supported documentation.
How much aspartame do Americans eat? The average American consumes over 14 pounds of aspartame each year and this amount has been rising daily. Since many of you out there and I avoid it completely, some of you are ingesting a lot more than 14 pounds per year. In April, 1993, aspartame was approved for use in baked goods and mixes which greatly added to the 4,200 products already containing the synthetic sweetener. . . . How Safe is Aspartame? © 1996 Michael Schachter MD, FACAM
Potentially more worrisome is the 10 percent of aspartame that is absorbed into the bloodstream as methanol (wood alcohol). The Environmental Protection Agency defines safe consumption as no more than 7.8 milligrams per day of this dangerous substance. A one-liter beverage, sweetened with aspartame, contains about 56 milligrams of wood alcohol, or eight times the EPA limit! . . . Could There Be Evils Lurking In Aspartame Consumption? By Christine Lydon, MD
How dangerous is the consumption?
The EPA defines safe as 7.8 milligrams a day or 2,847 milligrams a year.
14 pounds per year 6,350,293.18 mg now ONLY 10% of that turns to wood alcohol/methanol – that’s 635,029.318 milligrams
That’s 632,182.318 milligrams past the safe dose and far beyond lethal by the EPA standards.
What does 635,029.318 look like on a day to day basis? That’s 1,739.81 milligrams a day of aspartame or 31 – one liter drinks a day.
Dr. Lydon notes that one liter beverage is 8 times the EPA limit and most Americans have an intake that’s 248 times higher than the EPA limit of safe.
Research over the past twenty years has shown that certain “natural” substances found in the body act as excitotoxins in the brain when found at high levels. These substances can overstimulate and kill brain cells, causing mild to severe brain damage. There has been speculation that this mechanism may help to explain such diseases as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Examples of neuroexcitatory toxins in high concentrations are monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG and components or breakdown products of aspartame. The effects of these substances are both additive and cumulative. How Safe is Aspartame? © 1996 Michael Schachter MD, FACAM
The damage caused by excitotoxin food additives is not usually dramatic. In most instances, the effects are subtle, cumulative and develop over a prolonged period of time.
Excitotoxins have also been shown to stimulate the generation of free radicals (charged oxygen molecules with an unpaired electron). These can have a negative impact on tissues and organs outside the central nervous system. Evidence indicates that free radical production accelerates many degenerative illnesses such as atherosclerosis, cancer, coronary artery disease and arthritis. It comes as no surprise that joint pain is a major complaint among aspartame reactors (individuals who have reported adverse reactions).
According to the National Cancer Institute, there has been a 10 percent increase in the incidence of common primary malignant brain cancer since 1985, and perhaps as early as 1984. This phenomenon occurred one to two years following the licensing of aspartame for beverages in July 1983. It includes a disproportionately high rise in alioblastoma, astrocvtoma and primary lymphoma among young woman known to consume considerable amounts of aspartame. There has also been an increased occurrence of glioma among children whose mothers consumed aspartame throughout their pregnancy. The significance of this escalation is underscored by the high incidence of brain tumors in rats after the experimental administration of aspartame. . . . Could There Be Evils Lurking In Aspartame Consumption? By Christine Lydon, MD
Increased occurrence of Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine’s, and more are all being traced to increased consumption of foods containing aspartame.
The consumption of aspartame has vastly exceeded expectations at the time of the original toxicology testing in the early 1970s, by the Illinois-based and patent owning, Searle & Company. Sold in 1985 to the St Louis-based Monsanto Corporation; today it sells close to one billion dollars annually, through its subsidiary NutraSweet. Many would argue that the current ingestion of aspartame products by over half the adult population in the United States constitutes an imminent public health hazard. Even so, the industrial-medical complex fails to warn even high-risk groups about potential dangers. You may wonder how this stuff was ever approved by the FDA in the first place.
1985: Monsanto purchases G. D. Searle & Company. In this merger, Searle’s aspartame business becomes a separate Monsanto subsidiary, the NutraSweet Company. CEO of NutraSweet, Robert B. Shapiro, goes on to become CEO of Monsanto from 1995 to 2000. When Searle was acquired by Monsanto in 1985, Shapiro moved up the management chain in the latter, becoming Vice President in 1990, President in 1993 and CEO in 1995. He remained CEO of Monsanto until 2000. He oversaw a period of industrial expansion, acquisitions, and consumer regulatory approval for the genetically-engineered seed businesses.
July 2009 Michael Taylor was appointed senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA; His jobs –
• Assess current food program challenges and opportunities
• Identify capacity needs and regulatory priorities
• Develop plans for allocating fiscal year 2010 resources
• Develop the FDA’s budget request for fiscal year 2011
• Plan implementation of new food safety legislation
Michael Taylor was a lawyer for Monsanto for 7 years in which time he assisted in determining if it would be legal for states to have labeling laws regarding the rBGH, later he went to the FDA and helped to write the policy on labeling guidelines. Which in turn now require products without the (proven harmful) rBGH hormone in them to have the ridiculous statement about there being no difference between milk containing the hormone and milk not containing the hormone.
In Marion Nestle’s 2002 book Food Politics, the nutritionist and food-industry critic describes him like this (quote courtesy of La Vida Locavore):
Mr. Taylor is a lawyer who began his revolving door adventures as counsel to FDA. He then moved to King & Spalding, a private-sector law firm representing Monsanto, a leading agricultural biotechnology company. In 1991 he returned to the FDA as Deputy Commissioner for Policy, where he was part of the team that issued the agency’s decidedly industry-friendly policy on food biotechnology and that approved the use of Monsanto’s genetically engineered growth hormone in dairy cows. His questionable role in these decisions led to an investigation by the federal General Accounting Office, which eventually exonerated him of all conflict-of-interest charges. In 1994, Mr. Taylor moved to USDA to become administrator of its Food Safety and Inspection Service … After another stint in private legal practice with King & Spalding, Mr. Taylor again joined Monsanto as Vice President for Public Policy in 1998.