'Nutrasweet (Aspartame) - Breast and Prostate Cancer

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  1. Forwarded message from Mark Graffis <[email protected]>

    Nutrasweet(Aspartame)-Breast&Prostate Cancer, Wstn.Jnl.of Medicine


    December 7, 1999


    Western Journal of Medicine, Volume 171, No. 3, November/December 1999*
    (George R. Schwartz, MD)

    Nutrasweet (Aspartame) and Breast and Prostate Cancer

    I discovered an extraordinary correlation between aspartame (marketed as
    Nutrasweet and in its generic form) and increasing breast and prostate cancer

    My observation occurred while I was researching the metabolism of aspartame.
    Aspartame consists of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol (wood
    alcohol). Upon metabolism, Nutrasweet breaks down into aspartic acid, a
    neuroexcitatory agent, (1) phenylalanine, an amino acid, and methanol. The
    methanol is converted to formaldehyde, (2) which then accumulates within the
    cells. (3)

    Formaldehyde has been considered an inducer of cancer (4) and acts to alter
    DNA. (5,6) Thus, it seemed reasonable to superimpose a graph of breast
    cancer incidence against that of the rising use of Nutrasweet (aspartame).

    Nutrasweet received limited approval for use as a sweetener in 1974, then
    further expansion in 1981 and unlimited approval in 1983. These points are
    marked on the curve of breast cancer increases obtained from the governmental
    surveillance statistics (see graph).

    A similar relation was found with prostate cancer. Interestingly, breast and
    prostate cancer rates are five to six times higher in Europe and North
    America than in Asia and Africa, the latter correlating with lower use of
    Nutrasweet. (7,8) Also, review of the original Nutrasweet animal laboratory
    research findings released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed
    mammary tumors were observed in many of the animals.

    The correlation associated with a likely mechanism of cancer induction in
    susceptible people points to a need for immediate scrutiny of aspartame as an
    environmental cause of many thousands of cancer cases.

    George R. Schwartz, M.D.
    Santa Fe, NM
    [email protected]

    1. Blaylock, Russell L.: Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, 1997, Health

    2. Osborn H.: Alcohol Substitutes. Treatment of Poisonings by Methanol,
    Ethylene Glycol and Isopropyl Alcohol p. 741-5 in Schwartz GR, et al. Eds,
    Principles and Practice of Emergency Medicine, Lippincott/William & Wilkins,

    3. Trocho, et al. Formaldehyde Derived from Dietary Aspartame Binds to Tissue
    Components In Vivo. Life Sciences 63(5):337-349, 1998.

    4. Shaham D, et al. DNA-Protein Crosslinks: A Biomarker of Exposure to
    Formaldehyde. Carcinogenesis, Jan. 1996.

    5. Ross WE, MCMillan DR, Ross CF: Comparison of DNA Damage by Methylmelamines
    and Formaldehyde, Journal National Cancer Institute 67:217-21, 1981.

    6. Cassanova, et al.: DNA-Protein Cross-links and Cell Replication at
    Specific Sites in the Nose of F344 Rats Exposed Subchronically to
    Formaldehyde, Fundamental and Applied Toxicology 223, 535-536, 1994.

    7. Fisher B, et al.: Neoplasms of the Breast. P. 1706-1774, Cancer Medicine,
    3rd Ed. Lea & Febiger, 1993.

    8. Trump DL, Neoplasms of the Prostate. p. 1562-1580, Cancer Medicine, 3rd
    Ed. Lea & Febiger, 1993.

    GO TO: http://www.healingresearch.org to view statistical graph

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