I don't know how many of you drink Diet Coke (or any other diet soda) and/or use Equal in our coffee and tea. Well, check out this Italian study on Aspertame… it may make you think twice. I personally can't use it any more because of the headaches it gives me.
A three year Italian study on Aspartame in rats revealed a connection
between the artificial sweetener and leukemia,lymphoma and malignant
brain tumors. It conclusively proved that aspartame is a carcinogen,
say the study's authors. A neurosurgeon (Russell Blaylock, MD) calls to get
it out of the schools. These claims rebut those of Aspartame manufacturers.
The European Ramazzini Foundation of
Oncology and Environmental Sciences Cancer Research Centre in
Bolonga, Italy, just released their three year study confirming the
link between aspartame and lymphomas and leukemias.
The report by Morando Soffritti "Aspartame induces lymphomas and
leukemias in rats" is in the European Journal of Oncology for July,
2005. Dr. Soffritti and his team carefully set the conditions whereby
genetically-uniform test rats were treated equally with the exception
of being divided into groups given varying levels of the toxic
Rats are deemed appropriate subjects for testing aspartame on humans
because both humans and rats metabolize the methyl ester in aspartame
into methyl alcohol, then formaldehyde then formic acid - all deadly
poisons. The carcinogenicity of substances in rats and mice is a
consistent predictor of cancer risk in humans exposed to those
The study commenced with 8 week old rats and continued until the last
one died at 159 weeks. Their physical status and behavior were
examined three times daily and detailed records of their growth were
kept. Every two weeks each of the 3,600 rats were "clinically
examined for gross changes." As each rat died, a complete autopsy was
performed. Organs, tissues and bones were preserved for further study.
"In our experimental conditions, it has been demonstrated that APM
causes a dose-related statistically significant increase
in lymphomas and leukemias in females at dose levels very near those
to which humans can be exposed," the authors wrote in their
conclusion. The number of cancers that developed in rats given zero
aspartame was zero.
Increases of lymphomas and leukemias at the lowest exposure level was
62 percent and "an increase in the incidence of these types of
neoplasias was also observed in males exposed to the highest dose,"
as stated in the study.
Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD, one of the world's leading
authorities on aspartame neurotoxicity, extensively reviewed the
Soffritti report. "This study confirmed the previous study by Dr.
Trocho and co-workers (1998), which also found the formaldehyde
breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and
that this damage was cumulative. The type of damage was a duplicate
of that associated with cancers. These two studies strongly indicate
that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame every day
could significantly increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or
leukemia," Blaylock said.
"This study should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame
sweetened products," he continued. "This was a carefully done study
which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in
several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these
malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the
widespread use of aspartame."
"They also found an increased incidence of malignant brain tumors,
even though it was not statistically significant. This does not mean
there is no association to brain tumors, since ONLY the animals
exposed to aspartame developed the tumors. With children and pregnant
women drinking the largest amount of diet colas, this puts their
children at the greatest risk of developing one of these horrible
diseases. Their found that even lower doses of aspartame could cause
these malignancies, yet, the higher the dose, the more cancers that
were seen," said Blaylock.
"Since aspartame can increase obesity and may even cause the
metabolic syndrome that affects 48 million Americans, there is no
reason to ever consume this product. At the least, it should be
immediately banned from all schools," said Blaylock.
Aspartame was approved for use in dry goods in 1981 under extremely
controversial circumstances. The artificial sweetener is currently
found in more than 6,000 products-soft drinks, chewing gum, candy,
desserts, table sweeteners and even pharmaceutical drugs and is
responsible for more than 80 percent of consumer complaints filed
with the FDA each year. The FDA itself has published a list of 92
potentially adverse reactions to aspartame that includes weight gain,
blindness, chronic headaches, insanity and death.
Soffritti et al conducted this study because they wanted to determine
whether or not the ADI for aspartame (50 and 40 milligrams per
kilogram of body weight per day in the U.S. and Europe respectively)
was an appropriate limit. Their report concludes with these words:
"Results of our study call for urgent reexamination of permissible
exposure level of aspartame in both food and beverages, especially to
Here comes the Whopper. Makers and sellers of aspartame tried to
rebut this impeccable European research saying: "With billions of
man-years of safe use, there is no indication of an association
between aspartame and cancer in humans."
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