Suicide by Soda: The Dangers of Aspartame By William Mac + Aspartame: Sweet Misery A Poisoned World

By William Mac
This Week in Time
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
April 11, 2008

Most people know that sodas are bad for health, but sodas aren’t THAT bad, right? If they were incredibly bad for us, then companies wouldn’t be able to sell the product. Besides, what does a company have to gain when the bulk of its clientèle croak? According to Dr. Betty Martini and a number of other doctors throughout the world, we as consumers should stop being so trusting of our token higher ups (corporations, FDA, CDC), especially when the dangerous neurotoxin Aspartame is included within hundreds of thousands of products that we guzzle down our gullets every day.

Dr. Betty Martini, a quintessential southern woman heading up the worldwide organization Mission Possible says that soda, and more especially the additive aspartame is not only bad for people — it’s downright suicidal.

So effective has Dr. Betty Martini’s war on Aspartame become, that companies churning out products such as Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have had to clamor over the years just to combat her endless onslaught of truth. The entire industry has had to invest in boots so they can commence shaking in them because of this tough little Georgia chick kickin’ up a fuss about such an arbitrary issue as health. Go figure.

What is Aspartame And The Dangers Associated With It?

Aspartame is comprised of 40 percent aspartic acid, 50 percent phenylalanine and 10 percent methanol. In addition, metabolites of aspartame are as follows: formaldehyde, formic acid and diketopiperazine. Now, those are some awfully big words. So, let’s break down these big words into non-chemist lingo.

  • Aspartic Acid

Aspartic acid occurs naturally within the body. It acts as a neurotransmitter, which basically means that it’s the rails upon which information in our brains travel from point A to point B with.

The problem is that excess aspartic acid – an amino acid – creates too many rails (neurotransmitters) in certain areas of the brain. This effectively lends to a helluva pile-up, if not a devastating crash, the casualties of which are the neurons themselves. This aspartic acid, or “excitotoxin”, gets our brain traffic so hopped up that they crash and die. Sounds like a disaster movie…in the brain.

Over time, these excessive amounts of aspartic acid can begin destroying neurons all together. There are significant numbers within the global population that consume aspartame and eventually develop a variety of symptomologies that are commonly diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those that continue on without being diagnosed typically experience memory loss, sexual dysfunction, blindness, heart irregularities, headaches, and loss of hearing, seizures, blood sugar anomalies, irritability and varying degrees of dementia.

The demographics most susceptible to these excitotoxic-induced neuron anomalies are infants and developing children, pregnant women, the elderly and the chronically ill – basically a large group of people already guzzling down diet drinks with aspartame added.

  • Phenylalanine

This is another big word, but once the effects are understood, the word becomes synonymous with “Don’t”.

Phenylalanine is yet another amino acid produced naturally by the body. However, just like aspartic acid, it can cause an unhealthy unbalance in the brain when artificially increased. Not only that, but phenylalanine can cross the blood brain barrier (BBB) and cause serotonin to heavily decrease. Decreased serotonin is why people are put on anti-depressants such as Prozac and Cymbalta.

Aspartame, being made up in part of phenylalanine, can cause emotional disorders. In fact, elevated levels of this particular amino acid have been seen in the blood of the brains of human subjects that chronically use aspartame. Dr. Louis Elsas once demonstrated to Congress that such levels are dangerous to fetuses and infants.

A neurosurgeon named Russell Blaylock also brought to light earlier studies indicating that concentrations of phenylalanine accumulate in the hypothalamus, medulla oblongata and corpus stranium areas of the brain. Yet, even earlier, science has determined indefinitely that this particular amino acid, in excess, can cause schizophrenia or increase susceptibility to seizures.

One could even theorize that phenylalanine in aspartame could be contributing to increased sales of Prozac and other psychotropic drugs, not to mention a number of very rich psychiatrists.

  • Methanol

Methanol is perhaps one of the worst aspects of the concoction that is aspartame. It is a well-known neurotoxin, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes as a “cumulative” poison and that it “is oxidized to formaldehyde and formic acid; both of these metabolites are toxic.”

When I was a child, around seven years old, I remember hearing from a friend of mine that it was unwise to keep diet coke out in the heat. He said it would make the drink itself cancerous. This would make sense considering the fact that when aspartame is heated above 86 degrees F, it metabolizes the methanol much faster. Yet, even so, in 1993, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved the use of aspartame in a wide variety of food items (dry food items) that would always be heated above 86 degrees F.

Common symptoms of methanol poisoning are as follows: headaches, tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, digestive disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, vision problems, retinal damage and blindness, memory lapses, numbness and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral problems and neuritis.

  • Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can cause retinal damage, interfere with DNA replication and causes birth defects. And, as has already been solidified, formaldehyde is what aspartame transforms into once ingested by the body.

  • Diketopiperazine (DKP)

Another byproduct of aspartame metabolism, besides formaldehyde, is DKP, which has been associated with the formation of brain tumors. DKP has been found to form in aspartame included in beverages during prolonged storage, particularly above 86 degrees F. In fact, it has been heavily associated with Gulf Illness – a cluster of chronic/fatal symptoms that have affected nearly 250,000 Gulf War I veterans – due to the fact that so many of the troops drank copious amounts of aspartame-sweetened sodas that had been stored for extended periods in the hot Arabian sun.

Aspartame — A Worthy Warning

The three main ingredients found in aspartame are themselves problematic. They break down into substances that are already known to be toxic and foreign to the human body.

Even though the FDA has approved aspartame for use in any product, it has simultaneously released a report of the following 92 aspartame-related health problems/symptoms:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Asthmatic reactions
  • Bloating
  • Edema (fluid retention)
  • Blood sugar control problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)
  • Brain cancer (pre-approval studies in animals)
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Burning eyes or throat
  • Burning urination
  • Can’t think straight
  • Chest pains
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive thirst or hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Feel unreal
  • Flushing of face
  • Hair loss (baldness) or thinning of hair
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hives (Urticaria)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Impotency and sexual problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Infection susceptibility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Itching
  • Joint pains
  • Laryngitis
  • “Like thinking in a fog”
  • Marked personality changes
  • Memory loss
  • Menstrual problems or changes
  • Migraines and Severe Headaches (trigger or cause from chronic intake)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness or tingling of extremities
  • Other allergic-like reactions
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Poor memory
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Rashes
  • Seizures and convulsions
  • Slurring of speech
  • Swallowing pain
  • Tachycardia
  • Tremors
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Vision loss
  • Weight gain

The FDA also released a list of diseases that aspartame complications may mimic or worsen. They are as follows:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
  • Diabetes and Diabetic complications
  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Birth defects
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Lymphoma
  • Lyme Disease
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression and other psychological disorders

Where is Aspartame?

Aspartame can be found on the ingredients list in the following products:

  • Soft drinks
  • Over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs (very common and listed under “inactive ingredients)
  • Vitamin and herb supplements
  • Yogurt
  • Instant breakfasts
  • Candy
  • Breath Mints
  • Cereals
  • Sugar-free chewing gum
  • Cocoa mixes
  • Coffee beverages
  • Gelatin desserts
  • Frozen desserts
  • Juice beverages
  • Laxatives
  • Milk drinks
  • Shake mixes
  • Tabletop sweeteners
  • Tea beverages
  • Instant teas and coffees
  • Topping mixes
  • Wine Coolers

Sweeteners to Use:

  • Stevia
  • Barley Malt
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Fruit Juice
  • Rice Syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey
  • Licorice Root (small amounts)
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
  • Amasake
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Xylitol

History of Aspartame

After reading and taking in the above information, I found myself wondering in horror as to why such a substance would be approved as an additive in anything, nonetheless legal to be made in any back-country Meth lab. Dr. Betty Martini shared my discomfort and began explaining to me the history of Aspartame both verbally and via a myriad of documents. Just as aspartame’s dangers are shocking, its history is even more so.

It all begins with Aspartame being disapproved by the FDA and congress. It goes like this:

By 1976, the G.D. Searle company’s campaign to achieve the approval of aspartame was entangled in controversy – not good for them. Having to trudge through the thick mud of countless objections to aspartame approval formally filed by consumer advocate attorney Jim Turner and neuroscientist John Olney, MD, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to launch a hefty investigation into Searle’s laboratory practices, and rightly so. Aspartame, after all, is less of an additive and more of an illegal street narcotic – of course, that’s my humble opinion.

The FDA eventually determined that the aspartame developer’s testing procedures (Searle) were more than below par for the course. The conclusion on behalf of the FDA was that the testing produced inaccurate results due to manipulated data. In the 1976 report, investigators stated they “…had never seen anything as bad as Searle’s testing.”

Due to the FDA’s scathing report, a grand jury investigation was prompted; U.S. Attorney Samuel Skinner headed it.

In a dirty, treasonous double-cross, most likely fueled by bribery, six months later, Skinner left the U.S. attorney’s office to take a position at Searle’s law firm Sidley & Austin.

By March 1977, Searle had hired former Illinois congressman and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as its CEO – yeah, THAT Donald Rumsfeld.

By December 1977, the statute of limitations had run out on the grand jury investigation and charges against Searle were literally dropped dead by the U.S. attorney’s office.

Even though there was so much opposition to aspartame approval being dished up by independent scientific studies, Rumsfeld’s political leverage popped the top on what would soon be a worldwide poison epidemic.

On July 15, 1981, in one of the very first official acts as FDA commissioner under the Reagan administration, Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes Jr., approved aspartame for use in dry food products with savvy Searle CEO help from Rumsfeld. Basically, this was an overruling of the board of inquiry.

No wonder Dr. Betty Martini mockingly refers to the FDA as “Fatal Drugs Allowed”.

The Good Doctor — About Dr. Betty Martini

Dr. Betty Martini, who has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities for her work around the world, is the founder and director of Mission Possible World Health International. This worldwide non-profit volunteer organization was founded in 1993 and now boasts members in every state in the United States as well as 37 countries around the world. She has been a reoccurring guest on many nationally syndicated radio talk shows, including Alex Jones. She has also been interviewed at length in a number of documentary films covering the dangers of aspartame such Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (shown below). Publications around the globe have written articles about her and her work as well as her impact in the medical industry.


Note: replaced video Jun 22, 2013

Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World

Cinedigm on Mar 4, 2011

Sweet Misery is a close examination into what many in the medical community have voiced over the last few decades on the safety of Aspartame sweetener. Is there a connection with Aspartame and illnesses? Did the government (including Donald Rumsfeld) push the approval of the sweetener and suppress key data? This film delves into the FDA’s process and the various reports of health risks associated with the widely used sweetener.

Video no longer available

more info:

Mission Possible International




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42 thoughts on “Suicide by Soda: The Dangers of Aspartame By William Mac + Aspartame: Sweet Misery A Poisoned World

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  4. I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue for 6 years, been to many specialists…even had an MRI of the brain (they couldn’t find anything…ha-ha!)
    I would become overwhelmingly fatigued, light-headed, dizzy, migraines, tinnitis, sometimes stomach cramps and nausea, tingling in hands, etc. No one knew what was causing it. I had even mentioned to a neurologist about the possibility of my hypothalmus being effected. It ,of course, was dismissed.
    This illness was interfering with everything; my marriage, my kids (I have 2 active boys 7yrs. & 14yrs.), my work and my health. One day I was so ill I overslept, my 6 year old missed the bus, and the principal had to pick him up from our house and take him to school as I was too fatigued and dizzy to drive. How humiliating, frustrating, and depressing! Again,I finally went back to my family doc… with whom I used to work in the same office years ago. My family Dr. had known for the 6 years something was n’ t right. He stated to my mom he had known me for years and knew I was n’ t the same person. So he proceeded to write a script, AGAIN, for a whole list of blood panels to be drawn. (Meanwhile, I finally broke down and applied for disability.) Blood work came back fine, although the blood indicator for lupus came back positive-My rheumatoid physician said it was a false positive and to just keep taking my meds. A week or two later my dad e-mailed me an article on aspartame toxicity. I was reading in complete disbelief !! I began to cry…out of frustration, anger, relief or all of the above. Was my 6 year term with this miserable crap over??? Every symptom I had exhibited was on the list…not to mention I would drink 2 DIET cokes a day, chew sugarless bubblegum, drink huge bottles of flavored watered laced in aspartame!!! Etc……..
    I immediately eliminated all aspertame products, and WOW HAVE I EVER FELT FANTASTIC!!! I did have 1 relapse, but considering the amount of aspartame ingested in possibly 7-8 years I imagine it may take some time to detoxify my system.
    I want to thank you for this article and the availability of this awesome documentary! I am a personal trainer and telling everyone to avoid aspartame! I feel truly blessed to now know that I can feel ‘NORMAL’ again.
    How can we get it off the market???? How can I , one person, make a difference? AND…can companies really get away with not listing aspartame in the ingredients if it really is part of the ‘recipe’??? How am I to know if I am being poisoned again? I DO NOT EVER want to feel my chronic fatigue again!!! Thanks a Bunch!!
    Kim Martin

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  6. Thanks for posting this great information. It’s truly sad. When will the FD starting living up to it’s duty?

  7. This isn’t directed at anyone…just some thoughts…

    During the Elizabethan era, women would consume small amounts of Arsenic on a daily basis.

    Arsenic kills red blood cells and by having less blood, women would have the pale complexion that was in fashion at the time. This would eventually lead to death, and many could keep this up for decades. Because the death rarely occurred immediately after consuming the arsenic, it was assumed that the arsenic must be “perfectly safe.” This is the same “junk science” people self-apply when diagnosing the effects of other poisons on their person.

    “I did shots last night, but I was fine.”

    No, you poisoned yourself and your constitution was sufficient to shrug off the effects. Thank God for your resilience, but it’s easily proven that doesn’t last forever.

    The effects of Arsenic are due to poisoning. It’s not an allergic reaction. It is poison. Its effects are universal. However, the symptoms of being poisoned vary from one person to the next, but all people are poisoned.

    This is true with any of the base components of Aspartame. There is no question that these compounds poison the body. Find me a fool that thinks it’s ok to drink any amount of wood grain alcohol and hand them a bottle of antifreeze or rubbing alcohol. In there it seems obvious, but in a diet soda?

    “But the packaging is so pretty.”

    We want to believe it’s good, just as Snow White wanted to believe the beautiful red apple was perfectly safe too.

    We also want to believe that everything we read on Snopes or Wkipedia is 100% accurate and without bias or error, but this is a fool’s dream as well.

    Just as in the Agatha Christy mystery novels, the effects of slow poisoning are often difficult to diagnose. People can often get so used to symptoms they don’t regard them as anything but normal.

    Again, this junk science is applied to Aspartame. The biochemical evidence is overwhelming in regards to the poisonous effects of any one of the compounds that make up Aspartame.

    According to the playbacks of Congressional testimony in the 80s, Searle reported in the Absorption, Metabolization and Excretion section of their approval petition to the FDA that these compounds individually enter the blood stream. I think you can see these playbacks in the DVD “Sweet Misery.” Now I could be mistaken, but that seems like a significant issue.

    Let’s just take one component: Glutamate. As Aspartic Acid, there is simply no question that free glutamate damages cells. Your immune system manufactures glutamate to inject into “rogue cells” and kill them.

    The free glutamate found in Aspartame is the same as the glutamate manufactured by your immune cells to kill cells–not just bacteria and other invading pathogens, but your own cells as well (e.g., cancerous cells).

    Ok, how about wood grain alcohol? AKA Methanol, this poison constantly builds up in the body, like arsenic, and can eventually cause vision problems and eventually blindness. Oh yeah, and death as well.

    Have you ever wondered why diet sodas have “freshness dates” and regular sodas don’t? From my research, I found that Aspartame is known to break down in liquids (which is why it was only approved for dry good originally). If you drink an old diet soda, or one that has been exposed to heat, you could suffer from acute effects of methanol poisoning.

    Freshness date? Or Lawsuit protection?

    Think Agatha Christy….If something is labeled as expired, it can’t be your fault if someone gets sick drinking it right? You can’t sue the dairy if you drink clearly labeled expired milk, right?

    Then the pro-death camp (Aspartame supporters) argues that we consume such small amounts, that these issues don’t matter. That’s always a great argument for knowingly poisoning someone. I wonder if that would hold up in court if you were knowingly feeding someone trace amounts of arsenic with the same defense.

    So what is a “safe” amount of Aspartame?

    The FDA had an answer for that. 50mg per 1kg of body weight.

    Why would the FDA set a maximum allowable limit to a compound that so many ignorant journalists want to call “perfectly safe” when writing about it in the media?

    Could it be because Asparame was originally developed as a peptic ulcer drug and has an established LD50 in order to get approval as a drug?

    So it has a known lethal dosage, but it’s “perfectly safe.” Nice conclusion.

    How about this 1985 article in the NY Times reporting that the average consumer was already exceeding this established “safe limit.”

    Pop Quiz: Americans are consuming more or less Aspartame today as they were 20 years ago?

    Hint: There are now over 6,500 products which contain Aspartame including an entire new market category of “health waters” for the gym.

    I could go on, but I’m reminded of the passage “those who have ears, let them hear.”

    Those who wish to argue the nonsense of Aspartame being safe are like the blind being led by the blind…enjoy the ditch.

  8. I would expect there to be lots of trolling by the pro-Aspartame cartel for blogs like these. I work for a company that pays people to do exectly the same thing in its industry.

  9. Paul,

    Also, on another note, don’t associate the spammers with the concerned and educated.

    I am a former drug user. I have used a myriad of illegal street drugs and I’m not afraid to admit it.

    To this day, I do not believe that 90% of street drugs are actually incredibly unhealthy or unsafe. I was able to use off and on at my own leisure for years and I never once felt the need to abuse or go beyond what I wished to indulge in for a sociable evening.

    Yet, when I tell this to most people, they will literally bludgeon me for it. How dare I even insinuate that illegal street narcotics not be “that big of a deal” and that there are just some certain people that abuse these compounds and give the whole line a bad rap?

    The fact is that there are a variety of people that use artificial sweeteners and do not have problems. I myself drink a diet coke once in a blue moon (I don’t drink many soft drinks) and knowingly consume products with these additives, but I make sure to monitor myself.

    There are a variety of people in the United States and around the world, however, that consume these products in insane amounts. I was not aware of this until I began paying attention. My thought process was, “how in the hell can someone get addicted to artificial sweeteners?” Well, apparently, a lot of people do. But, because they do not know or understand the risks of overindulgence, they do not associate health problems with their incesive intake.

    So, to tie the two example together, I knew what any street drug was before I tried it even for the first time. I literally researched all aspects and opinions in the medical field and personal user experiences before I ever tried a drug in my life. Due to that research, I gauged the risks and decided if I could have fun and relax and still not put myself in danger with a drug.

    I believe that people need to know any potential risk with anything. Unfortunately, aspartame, despite the spammers, is a very unknown risk that many people abuse. People need to know about it.

    The amount of emails I have received since posting this video on YouTube has confirmed my decision to post it at all. To be honest, I thought it was boring and I considered not posting it.

    But, people have been emailing me and saying that they have had many of the problems listed on the FDA’s list of symptoms. I have since had a few follow-up emails telling me that things have become better since they stopped drinking these additives.

    My own mother has not been able to drink a diet coke in four years without her hands locking up and becoming itchy all over. She eats some products alright, and others she will break out in a fit for weeks. She never had this problem before. But, about a year ago, she began looking at labels and noticed that all products with artificial sweeteners caused these reactions.

    So, that is my stance. Keep that in mind. It’s important for people to know, it it’s also important for people not to be afraid. The facts must be balanced.


  10. Paul,

    Now, as the person who interviewed miss Martini and wrote the shindig, I would like to illustrate that it is important that these issues be brought to light, despite the opinion.

    In a war, each side thinks it’s right and both sides think the other is wrong.

    You believe that what you say is true and you provide the necessary information to back up those claims. In addition, I myself, and obviously Miss Martini disagree, therefor we attempt to provide competing information.

    This is a good, healthy and wholesome thing to do. People have the ability and the smarts to read all competing information and decide for themselves. That is a beautiful thing.

    So, do not think harshly of the videos, essay, me or Miss Martini herself. It is only an example of some people that believe differently, attempt to illustrate this belief with documented fact and hope that people will make a decision most suitable to their own lives. Just as you, I’m sure, do the same.

    There is no need to be grudged about anything, really. I for one am a stickler for healthy debate. I will disagree with people all day long. And, even though at the end of it all I have not entirely changed my opinion, the fact is that I have most definitely altered it with a new perspective.

    Thank you for posting. Thank you for taking an interest. And, thanks to Lo for being so understanding as to the importance of a debate, no matter the rawness of it.

    This is how we all learn from each other as a community.


  11. A message from a UK diabetic forum.

    “Briefly it’s like this.

    Aspartame trolls are a fixture of ASD. They come in, screeching about how it causes cancer and allsorts of other unsubstantiated *. Basically causing distress for the BILLIONS who use it safely every day.

    This is the advance guard for Stevia spammers. Their ‘all natural sweetener’ is the next line in the battle. Incidentally Stevia is banned in the EU! In Hong Kong you can get prison time for selling it!

    So the advance guard always gets shot at in the hope the second wave might get the message.”

    There are MANY more examples like this if you want them.

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