- John Garst brags that he played a major role in obliterating
efforts to ban aspartame in 06. Hes trying to do it again by bombarding
legislators with complicated lingo only a biochemist can comprehend. Its
a vacuous bluff with hot air said James Bowen MD. who is a physician, surgeon,
biochemist, and an aspartame victim with Lou Gehrigs.
- New Mexico lawmakers are expected to take Garth's word
for it and do what he wants. This last-minute blast is an ambush in bad
faith, like yelling fire in a crowded theater so the legislature will run
for the exits. Garst wants a stampede!
- Good faith requires him to come forward in time for his
assertions to be examined. But then he would be exposed. With no time for
deliberation the legislators are expected to just accept his say-so.
- At the say so level: R G Walton M.D. Chairman, Center
for Behavioral Medicine at NE Ohio College of Medicine analyzed 92 peer-reviewed
studies not funded by aspartame industry. 92% found PROBLEMS!
- There were also 74, sponsored by NutraSweet, which said
its safe as rain. Dr. Walton concluded Serious questions have been raised
about the reliability of industry-sponsored studies of the safety of synthetic
chemicals. Aspartame, in particular, has been the focus of significant
ongoing controversy Walton named numerous adverse clinical events including
seizures, mood disorders, headaches and brain tumors.
- In 95 the FDA listed 92 reactions from 10,000 volunteered
complaints, including death.
- H. J. Roberts, M.D., FACP a diabetic specialist has produced
20 books and his first text on medical diagnosis was used by 60,000 doctors
to prepare for their Board examinations. In his response to Garst's allegation
that aspartame sensitivity reflects folate deficiency, he wrote to the
members of the New Mexico Legislature:
- You have received correspondence concerning folate deficiency
as the purported cause of aspartame disease. While folate plays a role
in the metabolism of methanol (methyl alcohol), the severity and widespread
nature of reactions to aspartame products suggest that this assertion must
be tempered by the following:
- *The methyl alcohol in aspartame is FREE (rarely found
as such in nature.)
- *The assertion that methanol concentrations never are
very high after aspartame ingestion is erroneous. I devoted an entire
chapter to methanol toxicity in my text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored
Epidemic (pp 668-685), and show in Figure XXI-1 the dose-related blood
levels of methanollasting 8 or more hours.
- *The assertion that many New Mexicans suffer from a folate
deficiency is challenged. While I discussed such a theoretical deficiency
in my text, there is no evidence that folate deficiency is widespread among
Americans. For example, a Mayo Clinic study involving thousands of blood
assays concluded that it was rare. Garst ignores the major roles of phenylalanine
and aspartic acid in aspartame disease.
- Enormous effort has gone into this constructive attempt
to ban aspartame products. I believe that it constitutes an imminent health
hazard for New Mexicans. You are to be congratulated for coming this far
in the face of severe corporate resistance.
- H. J. Roberts, M.D., FACP, FCCP
- Dr. Maria Alemany, Departament du Nutricio I Bromatologia,
Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona, who was the researcher
for the damning Trocho Study wrote that he was deeply insulted by Garsts
propaganda. Remember that Dr. Alemanys study proved the formaldehyde converted
from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA. As
we know when you damage DNA you can destroy humanity. So concerned for
the public was Dr. Alemany that after his study he reported it to the authorities.
He told me personally that he was concerned aspartame could kill millions
and I said has killed millions. After all aspartame can trigger all sorts
of neurodegenerative diseases and tumors and can precipitate diabetes.
Even the FDA found many types of tumors and brain cancer on original studies
and the Ramazzini Study in 2005 confirmed FDA findings reporting the study
showed aspartame to be a multipotential carcinogen. Dr. Alemany is a hero
to the world and proved beyond a shadow of doubt what aspartame experts
believed for years.
- Dr. Alemany said: First, Garst suggests that perhaps
aspartame just affects people with a metabolic deficit. If that were the
case (I doubt it, deficits may just enhance the effect of aspartame), why
then has it not been studied? In the case of cyclamate, the ban on its
use is based on the deleterious effects on only a fraction of the population
- Second. Dr. Garst accepts that aspartame yields formaldehyde...
then, why not give formaldehyde to the people to help them synthesize methyl
groups? Did I understood well (after speaking of the double helix which
has very little to do here unless for the binding of formaldehyde to its
strands to induce mutation) that Dr. Garst suggests that aspartame may
be beneficial because its derived formaldehyde may supply one-carbon units
for methylations through the folate pathway? If that were the case, why
not get the FDA approval for aspartame as a drug/vitamin substitute? This
is an outright fallacy (or better said bull-manure).
- Third. Please, not again the tale of the methyl-esters
of pectins! It has been proved to nausea that most of the methyl-alcohol
esters of uronic acids remain esterified through intestinal passage, and
that freed in the large intestine by the action of the flora is majoritarily
and keenly used by these microbes for their profit. The remaining methyl
alcohol leaving the intestine is largely detoxified by the liver (this
is a physiological mechanism well known and proved effective for millennia).
Aspartame, however, is not fully hydrolyzed in the intestine, being absorbed
in part intact. After the intestine-portal vein-liver trap is surpassed,
the body protection against methanol wanes, and the tiny liberation of
methanol in tissues yields little amounts of formaldehyde that cause serious
damage, precisely because it behaves very differently from the natural
products methanol. Even in cases of wood-alcohol (methanol) intoxication,
the liver helps to stem the overflow of toxic. Methanol inhalation or injection
is much more dangerous, because it goes directly into the bloodstream and
tissues jumping the liver barrier. This is explained in elementary physiology
and biochemistry courses, it is unbelievable that this is maintained as
a "serious" scientific position by somebody that got a PhD, unless
this is not a discourse of science but of economy.
- Theories are nice, but have to be proved true. The one
Dr. Garst exposes here is that maintained by pro-aspartame fellows for
decades. This is how they explained the incorporation of aspartame label
into protein and DNA in the earliest experiments on aspartame using tracers
that were published (none was published by this group thereafter). This
theory fits very well with the story of a harmless aspartame, but it has
been proven untrue. We did it, and this is why our study was so damaging.
If the theory recycled by Dr. Garst were true, then, the carbon of the
methyl alcohol of aspartame would enter the one-carbon path mediated by
tetrahydrofolate, this can be done via formaldehyde or via formate. These
one-carbon units may be processed (depending on demand) to methyl groups,
such as those found in carnitine, thymine and methionine (the only amino
acid that can get back methyl groups in mammals), thus explaining the presence
of label in protein (methionine) or DNA (thymine). We gave labeled aspartame
to rats, and got their DNA and protein from a number of tissues, and found
large proportions of label. So far no differences with the Aspartame-lovers
theory. However, we hydrolyzed the protein and DNA and looked for label
in thymine in DNA and methionine in protein. We found none. Instead, the
label was in unknown spots in the chromatograms, which plainly indicates
that the incorporation of label into DNA and protein was NOT through the
incorporation of methyl groups, i.e. the one-carbon folate pathway. Other
ways of label incorporation should explain the attachment of the label.
The most logical explanation (justified by innumerable studies that show
that formaldehyde attaches to protein and other molecules) was that aspartame-derived
formaldehyde was chemically bound to protein and DNA, inactivating (embalming,
in fact) proteins and altering DNA structure causing mutations.
- The experimental studies show that the theory is faulty.
No counter-experiments were published showing our possible "errors",
nor the theory of folate pathway incorporation has been proved experimentally
(it is fairly easy to demonstrate, it only needs to be true, however).
This is why I felt insulted. It is an insult to the intelligence of anybody
with even a thin varnish of scientific knowledge to discard proven facts
and stick to self-fulfilling harebrained theories. If what the aspartame
lovers say about the fate of aspartame carbon is true, why nobody has proved
it experimentally? It is easy to carry out and much less expensive than
hiring lawyers to defend bad science with top dollar legal expertise
- I used as heading the famous initial words of the second
Catilinary by Cicero, which I remember from my early high-school Latin.
Since probably most Americans were lucky enough not to study Latin when
10-11 years old, I provide an approximate translation: "Up to when
do you, Catilina, will abuse our patience?", substitute Catilina for
the present aspartame producers and probably it fits very well the picture.
- Good luck on the banning of this menace to our collective
- Best regards,
- Dr. Maria Alemany
- Departament de Nutrici i Bromatologia
- Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona
- Av. Diagonal, 645
- 08028 Barcelona. Espanya / Espaa / Spain
- Today in Dr. Roberts medical text there is a page on
pre-embalming thanks to the work of the courageous Dr. Maria Alemany
- Dr. James Bowen was extremely upset that John Garst tried
to deceive the legislature, especially the day before the discussion and
said, This is a brazen attempt to violate every due process procedure with
respect to all scientific and legal hearings.. Dr. Garth's ambush is only
an attempt to win against the health and welfare of the people of New Mexico,
by unlawful and unscientific ambush and by utilizing brazen pseudo science
- He hopes to impress by using impressive Big Words from
science! This is merely science trash I will mention one case of his falsity:
abuse of science and scientific process. Dr. Garst says that the folate
issue is one reason not to disturb the present commerce of aspartame.
This causes a highly synergized form in human metabolism, obligatory: methanol
to formaldehyde to formic acid to carbon monoxide toxic axis! Molecule
for molecule, the deadly formic acid congener (formate) from aspartame
metabolism consumes (molecule per molecule) one molecule of folic acid
(folate) to eliminate the formate without creating subsequent carbon monoxide
- Aspartame has caused many years of folate iatrogenic
deficiency, already causing many human illness epidemics, fetal deformities.
When in l984 I called the FDA about this, because they had concurrent
with their licensure of aspartame, abandoned their 50 year standard of
folic acid ingestion by pregnant women (1 mg), leading to grievous fetal
defects, they like Dr. Garst lied their way out saying: We have already
checked all that out. There just aren't any problems at all. But neural
tube, bladder defects and cardiac deformities escalated within our newborn
population victimized by aspartame. Birth defects are a major epidemic
caused by aspartame, with full protection and avid cooperation from the
US FDA. James Bowen, M.D.
- Mark Gold of the Aspartame Toxicity Center says this
short document answers all of the aspartame industrys claims about aspartame
and formaldehyde poisoning: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/abuse/methanol.html
- Dr. John Garst is a Ph.D and its obvious he knows he
is publishing false information. His modus operandi is to use his credentials
to deceive others because he cant debate true experts who can easily take
apart his nonsense.
- The New Mexico legislature has better sense to even consider
Garst's claptrap. Aspartame manufacturers must sit up at night thinking
of ways to deceive. Families all over the world have been destroyed by
this poison causing male sexual dysfunction, cancer and diabetes and sudden
death. Enough is enough. Aspartame must be banned from the planet to
save the human race.
- Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
- Mission Possible International
- 9270 River Club Parkway
- Duluth, Georgia 30097
- 770 242-2599
- www.wnho.net and http://www.dorway.com
- Aspartame Toxicity Center, http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
- Aspartame Information List, http://www.mpwhi.com
- Aspartame Documentary: Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World