Multiple Sclerosis and Aspartame

Studies beginning in the late 1960s have shown aspartame creates neurological problems. Please know that aspartame is STILL being studied, and the results are STILL showing multiple forms of neurological problems, cancer and nerve disorders. Take MS (Multiple Sclerosis) for example:

As of January 2007, approximately 266,000 people were diagnosed with MS in the U.S., and that rate of nearly 100 per 100,000 people was 50% higher than the recorded number from 25 years ago. Here is yet another health statistic that has doubled over the past 20 years; 20 years after aspartame was introduced into the food supply in 1981. And, MS is now becoming a growing issue in children.

Is the solution more drugs? Well, the website National MS Society thinks more pharmaceuticals is the answer, and this website states that these drugs aren't getting to people fast enough. "Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), writes National MS Society Executive Director Tim Coetzee, "For them and the millions of others worldwide living with this chronic disease, only six FDA-approved drugs exists that can reduce disease activity. For some people, these drugs may slow the progression of the disease but for many, these drugs do nothing at all."

Director Coetzee also states, "Today we know more about MS than ever before, but the gap in translating that knowledge into the commercialization of new treatments is growing wider every day. As that gap grows, many people with MS will go on without effective treatment."

I have a suggestion: while we scurry to find a "drug" to "treat" MS while we allow people who can't afford the drugs to remain without the "pharmaceutical" help they need (see above) - why don't we focus on removing the toxic chemicals in our foods and environments, make more effort to restore healthier food choices and whole-food nutrition into the public schools and other institutions feeding mass numbers of people, and then recognize the current research performed on the dangers of food chemicals, such as aspartame, as possible causes of MS.

Why does most of the research in America focus on finding more drugs as opposed to identifying the chemicals already in place - chemicals proven to cause disease - diseases like MS? A cure can also be the prevention of the disease, you know. By avoiding toxins known to cause neurological damage, you might avoid being diagnosed with MS. And if the disease has doubled over the past 20 years, why not study WHY and WHAT has caused this increase. Again, pay attention to the studies that have been performed since the 1960s proving aspartame causes neurological disease. There just might be link in your individual case.

I am not saying that all cases of MS are caused by aspartame, but knowing that aspartame has been proven to cause brain damage leads me to believe that many cases of MS may actually be reactions to aspartame, and can be more accurately diagnosed as AD - Aspartame Disease.

If you have been diagnosed with MS or know someone who has, I recommend carefully scrutinizing your diet for aspartame and removing it immediately. If your symptoms quickly lessen and eventually disappear, then you have just identified a personal reaction to the toxins in aspartame, and by eliminating the source of the problem, you may prevent any further health damage. What do you have to lose?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease where the body's defense system attacks myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. The nerve fibers themselves can also be damaged. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing the variety of symptoms that can occur.

Most people with MS learn to cope with the disease and continue to lead satisfying, productive lives, but one question I must ask, "Is that person using diet products with aspartame?" Okay, two questions - "Do you take your medications with a diet cola?" If you use aspartame and have been diagnosed with MS, these are important questions. If you have been diagnosed with MS and do not use diet products, then searching for the cause of your diagnosis should become clearer over time.

People may not experience noticeable illness from short-term use of aspartame, and this has many times been interpreted as proof that there is no problem with its safety. Unfortunately, this position ignores the fact that the effects of aspartame poisoning are cumulative, and many current studies are showing research results that aspartame, indeed, has dangerous cumulative health effects.

In July 2005, a study performed at the University of Athens, Medical School in Greece showed that aspartame indeed causes neurological dysfunction. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate acetyl cholinesterase (AChE)2 activity in human erythrocyte membranes [also called red blood cells (RBC)] after incubation with the sum of the three aspartame metabolites, phenylalanine, methanol, and aspartic acid, as well as incubation with each evaluated separately.

The research study concluded that low concentrations of aspartame metabolites had little to no effect on the membrane enzyme activity, whereas high levels and cumulative toxic concentrations decreased the membrane AChE activity, resulting in memory loss. Additionally, neurological symptoms, including learning and memory processes, appeared in the study to be related to the high or toxic concentrations of the sweetener metabolites.

The Greek study shows that over-use of aspartame, as well as the long-term effects of aspartame, impair memory. When a healthy individual with normal cholinergic functioning, such as a young child for example, starts administering a cholinesterase inhibitor when no memory loss has occurred, aspartame ingestion (according to the study) will eventually lead to down-regulation of postsynaptic ACH receptors, and ultimately disrupt memory and learning. It is possible that over a long period of use, symptoms such as MS, form. (See original study The Tsakiris Aspartame Study)

If you have recently been diagnosed with MS or know someone who has, and you or they use aspartame, please stop use immediately and maybe, let's hope that MAYBE, your symptoms improve, and eventually lessen... in time, maybe they will completely go away. One can only hope......

Posted May 2008 | Permanent Link

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