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Aspartame has been the subject of a vigorous public controversy regarding its safety and the circumstances around its approval. A few studies have recommended further investigation into the possible connection between aspartame and diseases such as brain tumors, brain lesions, and lymphoma. These findings, combined with alleged conflicts of interest in the approval process, have engendered vocal activism regarding the possible risks of aspartame.n 1995, FDA Epidemiology Branch Chief Thomas Wilcox reported that aspartame complaints represented 75\% of all reports of adverse reactions to substances in the food supply from 1981 to 1995. Concerns about aspartame frequently revolve around symptoms and health conditions that are allegedly caused by the sweetener. A total of 92 different symptoms and health conditions were reported by physicians and consumers.

Questions have been raised about brain cancer, lymphoma, and genotoxic effects such as DNA-protein crosslinks, but these questions are primarily not based on reported case histories.

The sources for reported symptoms and health conditions that have raised questions include:

1. Reports and analysis of case histories in scientific journals and at medical conferences
2. Symptoms reported to the FDA and other governmental agencies
3. Symptoms reported to non-governmental organizations, researchers, and physicians
4. Reports of symptoms and health conditions in the media
5. Self-reported cases on the Internet.

Approximately 10\% of aspartame (by mass) is broken down into methanol in the small intestine. Most of the methanol is absorbed and quickly converted into formaldehyde. Some experts/scientists believe that the metabolism of aspartame does not damage the body because: (a) the quantity of methanol produced is too small to disrupt normal physiologic processes; (b) methanol and formaldehyde are natural by-products of human metabolism and are safely processed by various enzymes; and (c) there is more methanol in some natural fruit juices and alcoholic beverages than is derived from aspartame ingestion.

Other experts/scientists believe that (a) fruit juices and alcoholic beverages contain protective chemicals such as ethanol that block conversion of methanol into formaldehyde, while beverages with aspartame contain no "protective factors"; (b) exposure to very low levels of methanol and formaldehyde have been proven to cause chronic toxicity in humans; and (c) the low levels of methanol and formaldehyde in natural human metabolism are tightly-controlled and small increases above these levels can contribute to chronic poisoning.

One of the functional groups in aspartame is phenylalanine, which is unsafe for those born with phenylketonuria, a rare genetic condition. Phenylalanine is an amino acid commonly found in foods. Approximately 50\% of aspartame (by mass) is broken down into phenylalanine, which is completely safe for everyone except sufferers of phenylketonuria. Because aspartame is metabolized and absorbed very quickly (unlike phenylalanine-containing proteins in foods), it is known that aspartame could spike blood plasma levels of phenylalanine.

The head of the FDA, Jere E. Goyan, who had not approved legalization of aspartame, due to the brain cancer in rats issue, was fired on the first day Ronald Reagan was president of the U.S. (1981). Reagan hired Arthur Hayes MD (FDA Commissioner 1981-1983), who legalized aspartame a year later.

* Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World
* H.J. Roberts, MD, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, (Sunshine Sentinel Press, May 2001). ISBN 1-88424-317-7 and ISBN-13 978-1884243172.
* H.J. Roberts, MD, Breast Implants Or Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Disease? : The Suppressed Opinion About Perceived Medicolegal Travesty, (Sunshine Sentinel Press, July 1999). ISBN 1-88424-310-X and ISBN-13 978-1884243103.
* Miladie L. Dillard, Food Sweeteners - Aspartame and Its Adverse Reactions, Strange Symptoms, Illness Behavior and Controversy: Index of New Information With Authors and Subjects, (Abbe Pub Assn of Washington DC, Reprint edition, March 1997). ISBN 1-55914-850-0 and ISBN-13 978-1559148504.
* Russell L. Blaylock, MD, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, (Health Press, December 1996). ISBN 0-92917-325-2 and ISBN-13 978-0929173252.
* Christian Tschanz (Editor), Harriett H. Butchko (Editor), W. Wayne Stargel (Editor), Frank N. Kotsonis (Editor), The Clinical Evaluation of a Food Additive: Assessment of Aspartame, (CRC, June 1996). ISBN 0-84934-973-7 and ISBN-13 978-0849349737.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the Information provided!

Thank all of you for reading and hopefully we can stop this epidemic that will threaten our generation of coke drinkers mainly because most of us have been consuming cokes our entire lives. Thanks again, Micheal Thomas Morris

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