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ed --------------------- Forwarded message: Subj: It's eaten my BRAIN!!! ( Serious one, actually ) Date: 97-04-19 05:29:25 EDT From: Angeltoad To: markthomas@venus.co.uk,Rosscla To: EdElkin

This information is located on pages 15 of a book titled the Stevia Story by Linda Bonvie, Bill Bovie and Donna Gates. "Discovered in 1965 in the course of ulcer-drug research, aspartame is comprised of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol, or wood alcohol (which when ingested, breaks down into formaldehyde). Aspartame has been the prime suspect for a variety of symptoms chronicled in thousands of consumer complaints to the FDA and the Dallas based Aspartame Consumer Safety Network, These include gastrointestinal problems,memory loss, blurred vision, blindness, slurred speech and other neurological disorders.

Because it is a neurotransmitter-one of a class of chemicals manufactured and used by the brain= the aspartic acid in the aspartame is also believed by some experts to cause brain lesions by lierally exciting some brain cells to death - especially in children and in older people whose blood-brain barrier may not be fully functional. The sweetener is likewise considered a possible factor in the development of certain neuodegenerative diseases and brain tumors, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, an aspartame critic and associate professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi.

Indications that aspartame produced brain tumors in laboratory rats caused some scientific advisors to the FDA to recommend that it not be approved. Their opinions were overridden by then-FDA Commissioner Author Hull Hayes, a Reagan appointee, who gave a green light to its various uses at the beginning of the 1980's, during the deregulatory heyday of the first Reagan Administration. Since then, however, there has taken place what theCommunity Nutrition Institute of Washington, D.C., describes as a "dramatic and sustained increase in the incidence of brain tumors in the United States." The possibility that this increase, along with a shift toward greater malignancy of such tumors, may be linked to aspartame use was raised in the November 1996 issue of The Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology by Dr. John Olney and other scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis..........."

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