February 20, 2013

Aspartame Pathway

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Aspartame Pathway
By Dr. Mercola … February 18, 2013
The Coca-Cola Company Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness (an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one), has released an “aspartame safety” page that is described as a “resource for professionals.”
The only problem is that it claims aspartame is safe for use by nearly all populations, except for those born with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU). In reality, research suggests this artificial sweetener may be implicated in health risks ranging from cancer to seizures and even death.
Methanol in Fruits and Veggies Differs From Methanol in Aspartame…
Aspartame is primarily made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The phenylalanine has been synthetically modified to carry a methyl group, which provides the majority of the sweetness.
That phenylalanine methyl bond, called a methyl ester, is very weak, which allows the methyl group on the phenylalanine to easily break off and form methanol. This is in sharp contrast to naturally occurring methanol found in certain fruits and vegetables, where it is firmly bonded to pectin, allowing the methanol to be safely passed through your digestive tract.
(However, the methyl alcohol can be liberated by putrefying bacteria that spoil fruits and vegetables and in fact methanol is an indication of spoilage in fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Monte recommends cutting off all spoiled parts before eating your fruits and veggies. I believe most people avoid eating spoiled produce. If not, it would be a wise move. It’s the putrefaction that liberates the methyl alcohol.)
Methanol acts as a Trojan horse; it’s carried into susceptible tissues in your body, like your brain and bone marrow, where the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme converts it into formaldehyde, which wreaks havoc with sensitive proteins and DNA.
All other animals have a protective mechanism that allows methanol to be broken down into harmless formic acid, but according to aspartame expert Dr. Woodrow Monte, there’s a major biochemical problem with methanol in humans, because of the difference in how it’s metabolized compared to in all other animals. This is why toxicology testing on animals is a flawed model. It doesn’t fully apply to humans.
Symptoms from Methanol Poisoning

Symptoms from methanol poisoning are many, and include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis. The most well known problems from methanol poisoning are vision problems including misty vision, progressive contraction of visual fields, blurring of vision, obscuration of vision, retinal damage, and blindness. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and may cause birth defects.
A Historical Timeline of Aspartame
Aspartame is the number one source of side-effect complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with over 10,000 complaints filed ( http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/03/just-how-bad-is-aspartame.aspx ) and over 91 symptoms documented that are related to its consumption. With that many reports of adverse effects, it’s hard to believe aspartame is still allowed on the market. Unfortunately, aspartame’s approval was and still is largely a political affair. Many readers have long forgotten what the 60-Minutes’ correspondent Mike Wallace stated in his 1996 report on aspartame – available to view in this 2009 article – (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/10/aspartame-brain-cancer-and-the-fda.aspx ) that the approval of aspartame was “the most contested in FDA history.”
Aspartame Timeline
~ July 1, 1983 … Liquid aspartame is unstable, when stored above 85 degrees fahrenheit it breaks down in to DKP and formaldehyde, both being known toxins…
The Most Dangerous Food Additive on the Market: Are You Being Affected?
Unfortunately, aspartame toxicity is not well known by physicians, despite its frequency.
If you do experience side effects from aspartame, please report it to the FDA (if you live in the United States) without delay. It’s easy to make a report — just go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, ( http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm ) find the phone number for your state, and make a call reporting your reaction.
Are You Addicted to Artificial Sweeteners?
In order to break free, be sure you address the emotional component to your food cravings using a tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). ( http://eft.mercola.com/ ) More than any traditional or alternative method I have used or researched, EFT works to overcome food cravings and helps you reach dietary success. If diet soda is the culprit for you, be sure to check out Turbo Tapping, (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/05/04/turbo-tapping.aspx ) which is an extremely effective and simple tool to get rid of your soda addiction in a short amount of time.
~ Dave Rietz … Simply stated… “ASPARTAME is a Pandora’s box of chameleon-like
toxins and tumor agents that have 92 FDA acknowledged ways to ruin your
life, death being one of them”…
~ PCOS Lady: A MUST READ on both sites!
~ MSG Truth … Provides articles on the effects of MSG on the human body, a list of foods that contain the substance, disease statistics and related research … Asthma deaths have increased with the increased use of MSG …
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