Article written by Nancy Markle (1120197)

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on
"ASPARTAME marketed as 'NutraSweet', 'Equal', and 'Spoonful"'. In the
keynote address by 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 wood alcohol in
ASPARTAME coverts to formaldehyde 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  sclerosis; 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

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 know that the
aspartame is the culprit The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus
to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes life threatening. When we get
people off the aspartame, those with systemic lupus usually become
asymptomatic.  Unfortunately, we can not reverse this disease.

On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,
(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 cases of tinnitus.

During a lecture I said "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal,
Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting
pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches,
tinnitus, joint pain, 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 even were suffering from
these symptoms. In one lecture attended by the Ambassador of Uganda, he told
us that their sugar industry is  adding aspartame! He continued by saying
that one of the industry leader's son could no longer 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?11 During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said
that six of her friends, who were 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
this 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.

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.

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.

Aspartame is especially deadly for diabetics. All physicians know what wood
alcohol will do 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, many 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 patients suffered
acute memory loss and eventually coma and death.  Memory loss is due to the
fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine 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 stimulates the neurons of the brain to death, causing
brain damage of varying degrees.

Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled "EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT
KILLS" (Health Press 1-800-643-2665). Dr. H.J. Roberts, diabetic specialist
and world expert on aspartame poisoning, has also written a book entitled
"DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE" (1-800-814-9800). 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

Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed.
He said "his diabetic patients presented memory loss, confusion, and severe
vision loss". 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 serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage
and violence).

Just before the Conference, I received a FAX from Norway, asking for a
possible antidote for this poison 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 have pledged their help. We ask that you help
too. Print this article out and warn everyone you know. 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 Diabetes 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. Therefore, they can not criticize any
additives or tell about their link to MONSANTO.  How bad is this?  We told a
mother who had a child on NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was
having grand mal 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. Every time we get someone off of 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, from coma to
death. The majority of them are all neurological, because the aspartame
destroys the nervous system.

Aspartame Disease is partially the cause to what is behind some of the
mystery of the Dessert 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 Dessert Storm troops. (Remember heat can liberate the
methanol from the aspartame at 86 degrees F). Diet drinks sat in the 120
degree F. 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.  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 (phenylalanine
breaks down into DXP, a brain tumor agent). When Dr. Espisto was ecturing on
aspartame me, one physician in the audience, a neurosurgeon, said, "when
they remove brain tumors, they have found high levels of aspartame in them".

Stevia, a sweet food, NOT AN ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of
sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics, has now been approved as a
dietary supplement by the F.D.A. For years, the F.D.A. has outlawed this
sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

If it says "SUGAR FREE" on the label - DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!

Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants,
pregnant mothers and children of the dangers 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 powerful drug and chemical
lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting
public. Since the Conference of the American College of Physicians, we hope
to have the help of some world leaders. Again, please help us too.

There are a lot of people out there who must be warned, please let them know
this information.