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Artificial Sweeteners

"If an approved drug had as many complaints as aspartame, it probably would have been removed from the market long ago."   Michael B. Schachter, M.D.

"Presently, FDA officials continue to resist proposals from concerned scientists, physicians and other groups for comprehensive studies regarding the safety of aspartame."   Christine Lydon, M.D.


ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS ARE SAFE

Low-Calorie Sweetener: Aspartame
from the Calorie Control Council
The CCC is an association representing the low-calorie and reduced-fat food and beverage industry.

Aspartame Information Center
"Regulators and scientists have tested aspartame for more than two decades, in more than 100 studies, with the same result: Aspartame is safe to use."

Sugar Substitutes: Americans Opt for Sweetness and Lite
from the FDA Consumer Magazine - November-December 1999

ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS ARE UNSAFE
History of Aspartame
According to a former G.D. Searle salesperson, Patty Wood- Allott, G.D. Searle president, Donald Rumsfeld told his salesforce that, if necessary, "he would call in all his markers and that no matter what, he would see to it that aspartame would be approved that year."

The Hidden History of Aspartame
by Barbara Alexander Mullarkey with Adell V. Newman
"WARNING: Side effects may include: Seizures. Depression. Brain damage. Memory loss. Migraine headaches. Numbness. Blindness."

Excitotoxins, Neurodegeneration and Neurodevelopment
by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
"Over 100 million American now consume aspartame products and a greater number consume products containing one or more excitotoxins. There is sufficient medical literature documenting serious injury by these additives in the concentrations presently in our food supply to justify warning the public of these dangers. The case against aspartame is especially strong."
Detailed

Not Just Another Scare: Toxin Additives in Your Food and Drink
by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
"There are a growing number of clinicians and basic scientists who are convinced that excitotoxins play a critical role in the development of several neurological disorders, including migraines, seizures, infections, abnormal neural development, certain endocrine disorders, specific types of obesity, and especially the neurodegenerative diseases; a group of diseases which includes: ALS, Parkinsonís disease, Alzheimerís disease, Huntingtonís disease, and olivopontocerebellar degeneration."

Aspartame: Methanol And The Public Health
by Woodrow C. Monte Ph.D.
"When diet sodas and soft drinks, sweetened with aspartame, are used to replace fluid loss during exercise and physical exertion in hot climates, the intake of methanol can exceed 250 mg/day or 32 times the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended limit of consumption for this cumulative toxin."

Could There Be Evils Lurking In Aspartame Consumption?
by Christine Lydon, M.D.
Good summary

The Bitter Truth About Artificial Sweeteners
by Mark D. Gold
Indictment of artificial sweeteners

Opinion on Aspartame
by David Edelberg, M.D.
"Some people who use lots of aspartame might discover that their headaches, memory loss, mood swings, or fainting spells clear up when they sweeten with a little honey instead. In my practice, which covers a lot of people who just don't feel well, I routinely take patients off aspartame if they tell me they're using it."

Lowdown on Aspartame
by Julian Whitaker, M.D.
"Since aspartame came on the market in l981, it has accounted for more than 75 percent of the complaints reported in the FDA's Adverse Reaction Monitoring system. The most common adverse reactions attributed to aspartame are headaches, dizziness, attention difficulties, memory loss, slurred speech and vision problems."

Possible Neurologic Effects of Aspartame
by Timothy J. Maher and Richard J. Wurtman
"New clinical data and the development of new hypotheses, based on laboratory research, can raise questions about any relatively new compound, even after that compound has passed all of the safety tests required at the time of its approval. What seems most important is that processes be developed for monitoring possible adverse reactions after food additives are placed in the food supply, and for continuing the conduct of government-mandated safety research. Perhaps experience with aspartame will catalyze the development of such processes."

How Safe is the Artificial Sweetener, Aspartame?
by Michael B. Schachter, M.D.
Brief

Greed vs Health: Which Will Win?
by Lendon Smith, M.D.

Relief of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Following Discontinuation of Dietary Excitotoxins
by Jerry D Smith, et al.
"The elimination of MSG and other excitotoxins from the diets of patients with fibromyalgia offers a benign treatment option that has the potential for dramatic results in a subset of patients."

Articles from Aspartame/Nutrasweet Toxicity Information Center

Preapproval "Research" & History of Aspartame

100% of Independent Research Finds Problems With Aspartame

Recent Independent Aspartame Research Results (1998 - 2002)

Scientific Abuse in Methanol/Formaldehyde Research Related to Aspartame

Aspartame Testing on Humans

Chronic Methanol/Formaldehyde Poisoning From Aspartame

Articles by Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Aspartame - History of Fraud and Deception

Aspartame: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Aspartame Is By Far, the Most Dangerous Substance on the Market That Is Added to Foods

Aspartame - Avoid It

Governments Continue Suppression and Coverup on Aspartame

The Secret Dangers of Splenda (Sucralose), an Artificial Sweetener

The Potential Dangers of Sucralose: Reader Testimonials

Splenda is Not a "Healthy" Sweetener

Stevia
A Natural Sweetener That's Also Calorie-Free
by Julian Whitaker, M.D.

Stay Healthy the Stevia Way (Diabetics, Weight Loss, Children)
by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Stevia from Wikipedia

OTHER RESOURCES

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Information Center
from HolisticMed.com

Aspartame Consumer Safety Network

Dorway.com from David Oliver Rietz

Shirleys Wellness Cafe.com

Stevia - Health World

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