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Tuesday, February 15, 2011



"Aspartame/Neotame - the most dangerous substances in our food supply today." -  Mary Nash Stoddard 
[Founder ACSN & Pilot Hotline]

75% of all consumer complaints to the FDA are aspartame related 
[5 deaths registered prior to 1987]

Illegal Operations and 
FDA Approval 

FDA approved aspartame [NutraSweet/Equal/Canderal] a new, bio-genetically engineered molecule in 1974.That approval was rescinded before aspartame got to market, because it was revealed a component of aspartame [diketopiperazine] causes brain tumors. Tests were "falsified."  Tumors were removed and the lab animals illegally returned tumor-free to the lab. Second approval occurred in 1981 under President Reagan's new FDA Director, Dr. Arthur H. Hayes. In 1983, Hayes' office approved the new molecule for aqueous solution [soft drinks, etc.] and three months later, Dr. Hayes left government, went to work for the NutraSweet public relations firm, Burson Marsteller for $1,000 a day. Dr. Hayes craftily dodges all media requests for interviews on the topic. In fact, many government officials connected with this issue have gone to work for the industry whose products they were entrusted to approve or reject.

In the laboratory, aspartame produced

• Brain Tumors
• Breast Tumors
• Uterine Tumors
• Pancreatic Tumors
• Seizures
• Deaths

 These went unreported, as did the deaths and seizures of other animals in the original tests. Tumors were removed then animals put back in test as tumor free, animals who died were brought back to life on paper when results officially submitted by G.D. Searle pharmaceutical to FDA.

Aspartame changes DNA:
In tests, the third generation of pups born to animals fed aspartic acid [component of aspartame]  were born: 
1) Morbidly obese and 
2) Sexually Dysfunctional
Components of aspartame and its breakdown products can adversely affect the brains and central nervous systems of children and adults who consume it.

"When you harm the brain, you harm the very expression of one's self." - Peter Breggin, M.D. [Psychiatrist - Bethesda, MD]

Reported psychological symptoms:

• Suicidal Depressions
• Panic Attacks and Anxiety [PAD] - Manias
• Sleep Disorders 
• Severe Mood Disorders [rages, mood swings]
• Brain Chemical Imbalance 
• Brain Wave Malfunctions [shows up in EEGs]
• Personality Disorders
• Hallucinations
• Aberrant Behaviors

Medicine In Our Food?
Aspartame Components & Breakdown Products

Phenylalanine 50% - Lowers the seizure threshold. Causes mental retardation in some. Blocks production of serotonin [key neurotransmitter which controls: Moods / Sleep Patterns / Satiety ] Cultured in e-coli bacteria in the lab.


Aspartic Acid 40% - Caused lesions or holes in the brains of lab animals. Neuroexcitatory [excites brain cells to death] amino acid. Causes motor-neuronal disorders in studies.

Methanol 10% - Damages the liver and eye. Two teaspoons can be lethal to humans. [Not processed the same in humans and animals, so lab tests do not show full impact of toxicity] Breaks down into formaldehyde [embalming fluid] and formic acid [venom in insect stings]. Implicated in birth defects and fetal alcohol syndrome in newborn infants. As a constituent of other foods in nature, it is found in combination with ethyl alcohol, which counteracts or neutralizes the toxic affects of methanol as it is metabolized by the body. There is no ethyl alcohol in aspartame, therefore methanol in aspartame is in "free form" and is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. For every molecule of aspartame, there is a molecule of methanol released. Classic signs of methanol poisoning include: lethargy, confusion, leg cramps, back pain, severe headache, abdominal pain, slurred speech, fainting, visual loss/blindness, labored breathing. 

Diketopiperazine [DKP] - Caused brain tumors in laboratory tests. Thirteen out of 320 lab animals developed brain tumors in testing. Aspartame breakdown products cross the blood brain barrier to damage the brain.

Aspartame is known to exacerbate or trigger onset of the following medical conditions:

• Epilepsy
• Parkinson's
• Alzheimer's 
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Chronic Fatigue Syn.
• Lymphoma
• Fibromyalgia / Eosinophilia Myalgia
• Mental Retardation / Birth Defects
• Diabetes / Hypoglycemia
• Graves Disease
• Heart Disease
• Lung Disease
• Liver Disease
• Kidney Disease
•  Brain Tumors [astrocytoma/glioblastoma]
• Pancreatic Disease
• Kidney / Adrenal Disease
• Arthritis
• Blindness
• Tinnitus 
• Carpal Tunnel
• Lyme Disease
• Muniere's Disease
• Other: Rare / Hard to diagnose disorders

[Aspartame has been called a "systemic" toxin - which means it may virtually adversely affect the function of every organ of the body. The effects are "cumulative" and do not show up in short term testing.]

Aspartame  and Flying Safety:
Many military, general aviation and commercial airline pilots have lost medical certification to fly based on seizures which occurred while they were ingesting aspartame. Grand mal seizures have been reported in flight in the cockpits of commercial airliners. A pilots' hotline in Dallas,TX was established by ACSN, in 1988 for the anonymous reporting of adverse reactions and safety-of-flight incidents. USAF Flying Safety magazine published warnings re: aspartame use by pilots. Pilot's publications around the globe have warned  readers. The FAA will not send out an official memo - because the FDA refuses to recall aspartame as a safety hazard to consumers. Is aspartame the unacknowledged "terrorist" in every cockpit on every flight?


ACSN co-founders Turner & Stoddard have both qualified in court as medical Expert Witnesses. Many consumer lawsuits have been dropped or settled out of court since the mid-eighties. The Washington D.C. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against the FDA by James Turner, Esq. Aspartame is illegal because it violated The Delaney Clause, which states no substance can be approved that is shown to cause cancer.

In 1995, a stealth law crept across the land, which made it illegal to say anything disparaging about a perishable food product  - example: yogurt sweetened with aspartame. Oprah was later sued under this law. [Agriculture Defamation Act]

In 1985, G.D. Searle and NutraSweet Co. became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Monsanto chemical company in St. Louis. Controversial Supreme Court Judge, Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney.

(Monsanto later  sold their sweetener divisions and in 2011, aspartame and neotame are produced by the NutraSweet Co. of Deerfield, IL.).

1998, Monsanto applied for FDA approval for a monster molecule, "based on the aspartame formula" with one addition: 3-dimethylbutyl [listed on EPA's most hazardous chemical list]. Thus, Neotame becomes 13,000 times sweeter than sugar.

July 5, 2002 - Neotame, Monsanto's super bio-manipulated molecule [new fake sweetener] was approved by FDA over formally  registered objections of the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and others. Long term effects on humans are unknown.

Aspartame is  in over-the-counter drugs like: Tums, Pepsid AC, Metamucil, Alka Seltzer Plus, tooth whiteners, breath mints/strips and more. 

Diabetes and Aspartame / Neotame:

Diabetics are most insidiously harmed , because they are told aspartame is their "life line" to good health, when, in fact, just the opposite is true. Remember, aspartame caused pancreatic tumors in the lab. A diabetic may see the real life effects of aspartame on blood sugar by performing this simple test with a finger-stick test kit:

• Confirm blood sugar levels to be well within normal limits. If they are, then continue. Drink 2-3 cans [or the bottled equivalent]  of Diet Soda containing aspartame, without stopping. Then, begin to retest for blood sugar level readings approximately one hour later. In this way, the adverse effects on blood sugar levels may be proven. This test is NOT recommended for anyone except individuals who already drink more than 2 diet drinks per day. 

Parents the FDA does not protect 
your children. 
Greed and avarice have made government officials, industry and mainstream science, turn a deaf ear to the truth. Children are at least 4 times more susceptible to aspartame toxicity because of the developing central nervous system. Read labels. If it says:"phenylalanine" don't buy it. Insist your child's pediatric medical records contain this warning - "Never prescribe any medications containing phenylalanine [always present in aspartame and neotame]." Aspartame is a multi-billion dollar a year industry in more than 7,000 food products, chewing gums, children's antibiotics and meds, children's vitamins and pain medications for kids. In the lab, aspartame caused tragic birth defects.

 The "real villains" in today's society are those who poison our food supply and that of our children - for profit.

Aspartame Consumer Safety Network
Mary Nash Stoddard, Founder and President
P.O. Box 2001 - Frisco, TX 75034