This report is based on a lecture by a nutritionist, Dr. Nancy Markle, presented on November 20, 1997, to a joint meeting of the World Environmental Conference and Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

 Aspartame (pronounced as-par-TAME) is an interesting chemical compound. When it exceeds 86o F., the wood alcohol within it converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid. The formic acid causes metabolic acidosis.

Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. If you think it is safe for you, try sitting on a fire ant nest for awhile.

The metabolic acidosis produces a methanol toxicity which mimics multiple sclerosis. People are being diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis, when they really have aspartame poisoning. Methanol toxicity can also produce the symptoms of systemic lupus.

Aspartame is a brand name, marked by that corporate giant, Monsanto, under the names NutraSweet, Equal, and Spoonful.

People most likely to contract this strange condition, which appears like systemic lupus, are those who drink three to four 12 oz. cans daily of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi.

Of course, people who are developing symptoms of systemic lupus do not suspect that it is being caused by their soft drinks, so they continue drinking them. But this continues to worsen their condition.

Occasionally, someone stops his diet of sugarless sweeteners, but it is too late. The systemic lupus has become symptomatic, and it cannot be reversed.

However, those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (which in reality is methanol toxicity) fare better. If they stop ingesting artificial sweeteners, most of the symptoms will disappear. In some instances, their vision and even their hearing may return. Sometimes the tinnitus (ringing in the ears) also subsides.

Dr. Markle says, If you are using aspartame and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have aspartame disease!

Something to think about.

She continues: Some of the [health] speakers at my lecture were even suffering from these symptoms! In one lecture attended by the ambassador of Uganda, he told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame. He continued, by saying that one of the industry leaders son could no longer walk due in part to product usage.

We all know that too much sugar is not good for us. But we must also watch out for the fake sugar as well. It is far more deadly.

At the time that aspartame came onto the market, enough danger was recognized that the U.S. Congressional held hearings. But they petered out. The drug and chemical manufacturers have powerful lobbies in Washington, D.C. Whenever needed, they are able to buy votes.

Yet one of the reasons those congressional investigations began was due to the fact that people were going blind from drinking aspartame products. The methanol in the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye. As for formaldehyde, chemists place it in the same class of drugs with cyanide and arsenic. All three are deadly poisons.

Once on the market, aspartame quickly appeared in over a hundred different products. But today it is in over five hundred food products! It seems as if every food manufacturer is putting it in their foods. The objective is to make things taste sweeter, without spending money on real sugar which is more expensive.

People imagine that, by using it, they are reducing their caloric intake and keeping their weight down. In reality, they are slowly ruining their brains and nervous systems.

Markle comments: We have a very serious problem. Even a stranger came up to Dr. Espisto, one of my speakers, and myself and said, Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS [multiple sclerosis]? Later, during a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were all heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence.

Diabetics think aspartame is a wonderful solution to their sugar problems. Instead of sugar, they think they can just eat sugar-free foods and drinks. But aspartame really hurts diabetics.

 Markle again: All physicians know what wood alcohol will do to a diabetic. We find that physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact, it is caused by the aspartame. The aspartame keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma. Unfortunately, many have died.

While at a conference of the American College of Physicians, Markle learned this: People were telling us they had relatives that switched from saccharin to an aspartame product and how these relatives had eventually gone into a coma. Their physicians could not get the blood sugar levels under control. The patients suffered acute memory loss and eventually coma and death.

Doesn't sound very pleasant, does it? All this misery, for the love of unnatural sweets which have no sugar.

Aspartame changes the brains chemistry and can produce seizures. It also changes the dopamine level in the brain. Commenting on those facts, Markle says: Imagine what this drug does to patients! It also causes birth defects. There is absolutely no reason to take this product. It is not a diet product! The Congressional Record said, It makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you fat! Dr. Roberts stated that when he got patients off aspartame, their average weight loss was 19 pounds per person. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.

Dr. Markle then provides us with more information on how aspartame destroys the nerves. There is an excess of certain chemicals and not enough available protein to bind them.

Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxic without the other amino acids bound in protein. Thus it goes past the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain.

These chemicals are classified, with certain others, as excitotoxins. It is like pushing the gas pedal to the floor and holding it there. In a car, a cylinder might blow; in the body, nerves die from exhaustion.

Markle again: Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, said, The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. [A phone number is included here: 800-643-2665.]

Commenting on Dr. H.J. Roberts book, Defense against Alzheimer's Disease, Markle says: Dr. Roberts tells how aspartame poisoning is escalating Alzheimer's disease, and indeed it is. As a hospice nurse told me, Women are being admitted at 30 years of age with Alzheimer's disease. [A phone number is given by Roberts book: 800-814-9800.]

It was stated at the Conference of The American College of Physicians, We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison.

As soon as aspartame was initially put on the market, Dr. Roberts realized what was happening. His diabetic patients were suddenly experiencing memory loss, confusion, and severe vision loss. Because they did not want to use regular sugar, they were substituting aspartame products, which were destroying their nerves.

Markle explains why seizures became rampant: The phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence.

Aspartame is now in food that is sold in over ninety nations throughout the world. Speakers and ambassadors attending the conference from different nations have pledged their help in warning people. Just before it began, Markle received a fax from Norway, asking for a possible antidote for this poison for they were experiencing so many problems in their country.

Markle appeals: We ask that you help too. Warn everyone you know. Take anything that contains aspartame back to the store.

But she has more to say: I assure you that Monsanto, the creator of aspartame, knows how deadly it is. They fund the American Diabetes Association, American Dietetic Association, Congress, and the Conference of the American College of Physicians. The New York Times, on November 15, 1996, ran an article on how the American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their products! Therefore, they cannot criticize any additives or tell about their link to Monsanto.

The situation is not looking good. Only individuals and small groups dare speak up against these giants which are destroying the citizens of our country. It is a silent killer, sent to us by an alien army.

Here is a significant paragraph:

We told a mother who had a child on NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was having grand mal seizures every day. The mother called her physician, who called the ADA [American Dietetic Association], who told the doctor not to take the child off the NutraSweet. We are still trying to convince the mother that the aspartame is causing the seizures. Every time we get someone off of aspartame, the seizures stop. If the baby, dies, you know whose fault it is, and what we are up against. There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame, from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological, because the aspartame destroys the nervous system.

What caused Desert Storm sickness? We are still trying to figure that one out. Read what Markle has to say:

Aspartame disease is partially the cause of what is behind some of the mystery of the Desert Storm health problems. The burning tongue and other problems discussed in over 60 cases can be directly related to the consumption of an aspartame product. Several thousand pallets of diet drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm troops.

Remember that heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86o F. Diet drinks sat in the 120o F. Arabian sun for weeks at a time on pallets. The service men and women drank them all day long. All of their symptoms are identical to aspartame poisoning.

Aspartame goes to nerve cells like a bee to honey. It destroys those nerve cells. Markle elaborates:

Dr. Roberts says Consuming aspartame at the time of conception can cause birth defects. The phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta, thus causing mental retardation, according to Dr. Louis Elasas, pediatrician professor of genetics at Emory University, in his testimony before Congress.

In the original lab tests, animals developed brain tumors. [This is because] phenylalanine breaks down into DXP, a brain tumor agent. When Dr. Espisto was lecturing on aspartame, one physician in the audience, a neurosurgeon, said, When they remove brain tumors, they have found high levels of aspartame in them.

What a significant fact! Still interested in eating and drinking those strange foods which have zero calories? Markle says: If it says SUGAR FREE on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

Because of their loyalty to Monsanto, for years, the Food and Drug Administration refused to permit the sale of Stevia. Stevia, a sweet food, not an additive, which helps in the metabolism of sugar, could be ideal for diabetics, and has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA.

Repeatedly, efforts to ban aspartame or at least officially warn the public about it have been lobbied to death on Capitol Hill. Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers, and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes in neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease on an unsuspecting public.

One again, she pleads that you warn others. Since the Conference of the American College of Physicians, we hope to have the help of some world leaders. Again, please help us. There are a lot of people out there who must be warned. Please let them know this information!

That concludes Nancy Markle's report.

What is the answer? It is simple enough. Do not eat anything that contains artificial, synthetic, chemical additives. That includes all liquids, all baked goods, all processed food, all canned goods. Look on the label; what does it say? Start thinking for a change. What you put in your body today can destroy you later. Only eat old-fashioned, good food. Go outside and dig up some soil, and plant a garden, to help supplement your larder. Buy a wheat grinder and a dough maker and make your own bread. Take vitamins and minerals to satiate your hidden hungers, so you do not need so much food. Learn to eat less. Cut out all the grease and hydrogenated oils. Stop eating meat; it is another killer.

Here is additional information about excitotoxins:

Several different chemical compounds are classed as excitotoxins. They all damage the nerves: These include aspartame, monosodium glutamate, caffeine, arachidonic acid, and certain others. Street drugs have this effect also.

Avoid aspartame in foods and drinks. Have nothing to do with MSG (monosodium glutamate). Do not use caffeine in any form.

In order to avoid arachidonic acid, only use pure olive oil, wheat germ oil, or flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil is best, for it has the highest ratio of lenolenic acid to arachidonic acid.

Aspartame is marketed under several brand names, including:




Here are some of the various names for chemical food additives which contain MSG:

Monosodium glutamate

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Hydrolyzed protein

Hydrolyzed plant protein

Plant protein extract

Sodium caseinate

Calcium caseinate

Yeast extract

Textured protein

Autolyzed yeast

Hydrolyzed oat flour


Here are additives that frequently contain MSG (some containing 12% to 40% MSG):

Malt extract

Malt flavoring





Natural flavoring

Natural beef or chicken flavoring





Soy protein concentrate

Soy protein isolate

Whey protein concentrate

Some types of soy milk