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Barbara, Thank you for sending the link! Here is what I wrote about this "recent" study a few days ago: ------ It was originally published in abstract form in 1993 (Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, v. 15, pages 407-408) as part of a conference consisting of presentation of four (4) Monsanto/NutraSweet-sponsored studies which were described in the conference introduction as "new studies by independent investigators." The basic problem with this study is it was just too short to see effects in healthy volunteers from aspartame after only 20 days of primarily encapsulated aspartame ingestion. One might say something like, "Well there might be one or two cases of adverse effects seen. Why didn't they show up." Even if one of two adverse effects were seen, the results of all of the subjects are averaged so that a couple of adverse effects (e.g., poor performance on the Think Fast test due to aspartame) gets lost in the averaging of 48 test scores. If we assume that aspartame causes the following: 6 aspartame-caused headaches after 20 days 22 aspartame-caused headaches after 80 days. This study would not have picked even this many adverse reactions because, as you point out, there are not enough people and it was too short. The fact is that the reported neurological problems appear after longer-term aspartame use in most cases. In the 1988 study by Spiers [which found adverse reactions], the subjects were those who had a history of ingesting a significant quantity of aspartame. There was no mention of previous aspartame ingestion in this newer study as far as I can tell. One more thing I want to state about this Spiers study is that I was very disturbed by the participation of Richard Wurtman (offering "guidance"). In 1987, Richard Wurtman stated: "Inasmuch as most of the anecdotal case reports that associate aspartame consumption with neurological sequellae describe these sequellae as occurring only after prolonged use of the sweetener, clinical studies designed to examine aspartame's role should be chronic (i.e., of at least several weeks' duration). Moreover, they should provide the sweetener according to a 'worst-case' but reasonable protocol, e.g., as though it were being consumed in a pitcher of cold beverage being drunk on a hot afternoon, either without food or with foods (carbohydrates) that potentiate phenylalanine's uptake into the brain." [Conference on Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function, May 8-10, 1987, Washington, D.C.] This study did not even meet the minimal requirements set forth by Dr. Wurtman. It was disappointing to me because in 1987, Dr. Wurtman testified at NutraSweet Safety Hearings before the US Congress that he was a consultant for NutraSweet, but quit because he realized that they were not interested in seriously testing aspartame toxicity. The fact that he provided guidance on what he would have described in 1988 as an inadequate study, was quite disappointing. Best Wishes, - Mark Aspartame Toxicity Information Center


Dear Barbara, What blows my mind is a small paragraph in the middle of the article: "Dr. Spiers noted that these findings corroborate the results of another recent study with preschool and elementary school children...after they consumed high doses of aspartame." Imagine for a second these NAZI-LIKE scientists giving high doses of aspartame to pre-school kids. Even FDA in their approval said this was unsafe. Imagine the moms and dads taking blood money to expose their little darlings as laboratory subjects. is why the study was flawed. In the real world, people do not take placebos. In the real world people eat food. In eating food, the stomach acid is much different than in a sterile lab setting. The normal acidity of the stomach on a pH cale is about 1.8 and after a 12 ounce glass of milk it is buffered to a 6.0. At pH 6.0 the acid is too weak to break the bonds so that aspartame can exert an effect. Please note that in the PIVOTAL RAO study in which the monkeys got grand mal seizures, the aspartame was delivered in a milk-based formula. A key clue...missed by most...not missed by the  

NOTMILKMAN! :>) Robert Cohen




H. J. ROBERTS, M.D., F.A.C.P.,F.C.C.P.

Aspartame disease refers to symptoms and signs attributable to the use of products containing aspartame, a chemical commonly known as NutraSweet (R) and Equal (R). In my opinion, it afflicts many consumers of such products, possibly in the millions. This is based on my own database of over 900 aspartame reactors, extensive researches, and more than 7,000 complaints volunteered to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Over half of adults in the U.S. currently consume aspartame!The most vulnerable areas for this affliction are the brain, eyes,inner ear and peripheral nerves. Its frequent features include headache,dizziness, poor equilibrium, confusion, impaired vision or double vision, convulsions, ringing in the ears, slurred speech, tremors,extreme fatigue, motor and sensory disturbances affecting the limbs,and other neuropsychiatric complaints. They are detailed in my two cassette talk, IS ASPARTAME (NUTRASWEET(R)) SAFE? A MEDICAL, PUBLIC HEALTH AND LEGAL OVERVIEW - 1995, and SWEET'NER DEAREST: BITTERSWEET VIGNETTES ABOUT ASPARTAME (NUTRASWEET (R))-

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I have encountered scores of patients with aspartame disease in whom these features, in varying combinations, were diagnosed as multiple sclerosis. This has been particularly impressive in the case of weight-conscious young women who used aspartame as soft drinks, tabletop sweeteners and gum. The causative or contributing role of aspartame was indicated by (1) the dramatic improvement within several days or weeks after avoiding aspartame products, and (2) the prompt and predictable recurrence of these complaints after resuming aspartame (often inadvertently).

Each of the components of phenylalanine-aspartame (50%); aspartic acid(40%); the methyl ester, which promptly becomes methyl alcohol or methanol (10%) - and their multiple breakdown products after exposure to heat or during prolonged storage is potentially toxic to the brain, retina and nerves.

An erroneous diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can penalize a person in numerous ways and for years. It is my opinion that the diagnosis of "early" multiple sclerosis should not be made in individuals consuming aspartame products until they have been observed for many months of total abstinence. Some minor finding by CT or MRI scans of the brain does not justify this diagnosis in an aspartame reactor.

(C)1996 H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P.,F.C.C.P.

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