Does Aspartame Cause Cancer?

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Aspartame is one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners in the world. It is added to approximately 6,000 consumer foods, beverages, chewable vitamin supplements, laxatives, milk drinks, pharmaceutical drugs and supplements, shake mixes, teas, instant coffees, wine coolers, condiments, etc.  It is also sold under the trade names Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel.  It was originally produced by G.D. Searle, but this company was purchased by Monsanto in 1984.

The dangers of aspartame use has been a very contentious issue. The FDA, and other large corporations and regulators have claimed that aspartame is a harmless chemical. But others have argued that aspartame is very dangerous.  After a careful examination of the evidence, it would appear that aspartame is harmful.  This is in addition to the controversy surrounding the scientific studies that were used to justify the approval of aspartame for human consumption.

Chemically speaking, aspartame is composed of the amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine.  Its breakdown products include phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol (also known as ‘wood alcohol’).  Each of these chemicals cause problems. Phenylalanine is known to cause seizures and degrades into DKP, which is a tumor causing agent.  Aspartic acid has been shown to create holes in the brains of mice.  Methanol is a known toxin which is lethal to the body. It causes blindness by destroying the optic nerve. In addition, the methanol in aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and formic acid, which is similar to ant venom.

Even worse, I have seen reports that Searle had falsified data in their ‘scientific’ studies on aspartame. The aspartame was causing tumors in the experimental animals, but Searle scientists were cutting the tumors out of the animals and fixing the experimental results to ‘prove’ that the chemical was safe for human consumption.

The bottom line is that aspartame is one of the most dangerous food additives known to man. In spite of all the PR passing for scientific studies and justification for the safety of aspartame, it is a very toxic substance.  It is known to cause approximately 90 side effects in humans. Some of the side effects of aspartame are:

  • blindness
  • seizures
  • fainting
  • headaches & migraines
  • memory loss
  • dizziness & loss of balance
  • severe depression
  • personality changes
  • tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • hypoglycemia
  • loss of blood sugar control
  • irreversible brain damage
  • birth defects

As an anecdotal report, my late father used to drink diet sodas with NutraSweet in it daily.  I would continue to tell him about the bad things that I found out about it. I did notice that over the years, his memory was slipping.  One day, he took my young son to the grocery store with him.  My son reported that he had collapsed at the store. My father was forced to admit that he had, in fact, passed out at the store. I can’t directly attribute his memory loss, collapsing at the store, and other health issues that he had to the aspartame, but I’m certain that it was not good for him and had a deleterious effect upon him. I never liked the stuff because I never liked the taste of it. It tasted like poison to me.

I think you owe it to yourself to do some research on aspartame. It has also been associated with brain cancer and other cancers and tumors as well.  This appears to be just another instance where profits, prestige and politics are more important than human lives. Don’t be another victim of the big corporations!  Investigate this and act accordingly.

  1. Rich Murray

    brief: Fwd: Aspartame Submission from Prof. Woodrow C. Monte to EFSA:
    While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills 241 p — Ch 12 Autism and other
    Birth Defects 26 p — 740 references full pdfs: Rich Murray 2011.11.03

    Download Chapter 12 of the book “While Science Sleeps”

    A compelling must read full of shocking facts

    ———- Forwarded message ———-

    From: Woodrow Monte
    Date: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM
    Subject: Aspartame Submission from Professor Woodrow Monte

    Hugues Kenigswald, Chief 3 November 2011
    Food Additive and Nutrient Division
    European Food Safety Authority

    Mr. Kenigswald:

    Please consider this a response to your letter of October
    14th to Rich Murray requesting my work by November 5th. This is also
    a continuation of my official submission to the EFSA call for data on
    aspartame on the 7th of July, 2011.

    I explicitly give EFSA permission to exchange the book
    chapter I attach to this email with the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee
    on Food Additives.

    This is my work, I am the author and I own the copyright
    to the work.

    My concern about the safety of aspartame centers on its
    11% methanol content. My reservation about its safety has only
    deepened over the twenty five years since my first scientific
    publication questioning its safety in the Journal of Applied Nutrition
    (previously sent to Sandra Adedapo).

    Every molecule of aspartame liberates a molecule of
    methanol on consumption and each molecule of methanol metabolizes into
    a molecule of formaldehyde within the brain and other vulnerable
    tissue of the unsuspecting consumer.

    Formaldehyde is now universally classified as a known
    human carcinogen with no safe level of consumption. The health threat
    is magnified when this highly reactive substance is produced within
    the body from methanol.

    My recent scientific article explains in detail the
    premise by which methanol may act as a etiologic agent of
    disease.(586)* The reference numbering of this version of my article
    can be used on the reference section of my website,, to easily retrieve original
    references where needed for elucidation.

    I am in press of a review of the entire body of methanol
    literature as pertinent to aspartame poisoning in a book entitled
    While Science Sleeps. The book will be available on very
    soon. I recommend it to your committee as a thorough review of the
    methanol literature by a food scientist who has never been a
    consultant to the industry that profits from the sweetener.

    The recent controversial admission by the U. S.
    Environmental Protection Agency that “methanol is a possible cause of
    developmental birth defects”(627) and the recent release (this year)
    of an internal U.S. FDA memo(677) pointing to aspartame as having
    caused birth defects in laboratory animals are significant evidence to
    suspect aspartame as the cause of the 25-year-old epidemic of autism,
    whose point of origin appears to coincide to within one gestational
    period of the date of aspartame’s addition to carbonated beverages.

    I have attached a prepublication copy of Chapter 12 of my
    book, While Science Sleeps, that deals with autism and aspartame in
    order to expedite your committee’s reevaluation of the safety of this
    substance. I ask that any use of the material herein be sourced to my
    in press book, While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills, by Woodrow C.
    Monte, Ph.D.

    If I can do anything further to help in your review,
    please let me know. In the recent past, I have registered with Sandra
    Adedapo of your staff and sent her other information that I hope will
    be helpful.

    Kindest regards,

    Woodrow C. Monte, Ph.D –

    Emeritus Professor of Food Science – Arizona State University
    3575 Rocky Creek OR USA – Phone 001-541-765-7745

    * All references from submitted Chapter 12 of While Science Sleeps.

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    Table of Contents

    Introduction 3

    I A Time When All the Easy Questions Have Been Answered 7

    II Methanol: Where Is It Found? How Can It Be Avoided? 20

    III Man And Methanol: A Tragic History of Mutation and Deceit 27

    IV Formaldehyde Is The Real Problem 44

    V The Silent Battle That Turns Methanol Into Disease 64

    VI How Methanol Kills 73

    VII Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Disease) 94

    VIII Alzheimer’s Disease and its Perivascular Nature 122

    IX Multiple Sclerosis 136

    X Classic Autoimmune Diseases Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis 184

    XI Cancers of Aspartame 194

    XII Autism and other Birth Defects 216 [ 27 p ]

    Bibliography 242
    740 full text pdfs
    (1) Monte WC. Aspartame; Methanol and the Public Health. Journal of
    Applied Nutrition 1984;36(1):42-58.
    (627) Shelby M. NTP-CERHR Expert Panel report on the reproductive and
    developmental toxicity of methanol. Reproductive Toxicology
    (677) Collins TFX. Memorandum: Aspartame shown to cause nural tube
    birth defects in the New Zealand rabit, an animal very resistant to
    methanol poisoning. Freedom of information: Department of Health
    Education and Welfare, Food and Drug Administration; 1978.

    A very important message to the European Food Safety Authority
    Link below.
    Read the open letter
    Download Chapter 12 of the book “While Science Sleeps”
    A compelling must read full of shocking facts

    Chapter 12 Slideshow for Download [ 5 MB ]

    Birth Defects caused by Aspartame

    Open Letter to European F. S. A.
    Chapter 9 Slideshow 1
    Chapter 9 Slideshow 2
    Chapter 12 Slideshow
    Birth Defects caused by Aspartame
    Dr Monte’s DVD on $ 15
    Solving the Mystery of Multiple Sclerosis: Is Your Diet Secretly
    Poisoning You?

    Aspartame is indeed 11% methanol (wood alcohol), which the human body
    quickly turns into formaldehyde via the ADH enzyme, concentrated in
    many tissues: Rich Murray 2011.11.02

    Aspartame is indeed 11% methanol (wood alcohol), which the human body
    quickly turns into formaldehyde via the ADH enzyme, concentrated in
    many tissues: liver, kidney, brain, retina, skin, prostate, breast,
    womb, muscle — forming cumulative micro lesions and a wide variety of

    Other methanol (formaldehyde) sources include wood and tobacco smoke,
    dark wines and liquors, fruits and vegetables heated in sealed metal
    and glass containers, and aspartame, as well as a variety of products
    ranging from medicines to new carpet, drapes, and furniture to mobile

    People vary enormously in individual vulnerability.

    Folic acid can protect many people.

    Prof. (retired) Woodrow C. Monte.

    Amid health fears, Diet Coke sweetener [aspartame] in safety
    spotlight, Sean Poulter, UK Daily Mail 2011.05.27, 141 comments:
    Rich Murray 2011.05.30

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