The following is an article written by researcher Nancy Markle. She is not the only one who thinks Aspartame/NutraSweet is a dangerous metabolic poison. A number of other researchers have formed similar opinions.

                     Article written by Nancy Markle

     I have spent several days lecturing at the World
Environmental Conference on "ASPARTAME marketed as 'NutraSweet'.
'Equal' and 'Spoonful'".  In the keynote address by the EPA, they
announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and
systemic lupus and they did not understand what toxin was causing
this to be rampant across the United States.  I explained that I
was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
     When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F., the
wood alcohol in Aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then to
formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis (formic acid
is the poison found in the sting of fire ants).  The methanol
toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus people were being
diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error.  The multiple
sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is.
     In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become
almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet
Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.  Also, with methanol toxicity, the
victims usually drink three to four 12-oz. cans of them per day,
some even more.  In the cases of systemic lupus, which is
triggered by Aspartame, the victim usually does not know that the
aspartame is the culprit.  The victim continues its use
aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes
life threatening.  When we get people off of the aspartame, those
with systemic lupus usually become asymptomatic.  Unfortunately.
we cannot reverse this disease.  On the other hand, in the case
of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (when in reality, the
disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. 
We have seen cases where their vision has returned and even their
hearing has returned.  This also applies to cases of tinnitus.
     During a lecture, I said,  "if you are using Aspartame
(Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from
fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your
legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint
pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred
vision, or memory loss - you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!"
     People were jumping up during the lecture saying. "I've got
this, is it reversible?'  It is rampant.  Some of the speakers at
my lecture were suffering from these symptoms.  In one lecture
attended by the Ambassador of Uganda, he told us that their sugar
industry is adding aspartame! He continued by saying that one of
the industry leader's sons could no longer walk - due in part by
product usage!
     We have a very serious problem.  A stranger came up to Dr.
Espisto (one of my speakers) and myself and said. "Could you tell
me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS?"  During a
visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who
were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS.
This is beyond coincidence.
     Here is the problem.  There were Congressional hearings when
aspartame was included in 100 different products.  Since this
initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to
no avail.  Nothing has been done.  The drug and chemical lobbies
have very deep pockets.  Now there are over 5,000 products
containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!
     At the time of this first hearing, people were going blind. 
The methanol is the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the
retina of the eye.  Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class as
cyanide and arsenic - deadly poisons!  Unfortunately, it just
takes longer to quietly kill, but it is killing people and
causing all kinds of neurological problems.
     Aspartame changes the brain's chemistry.  It is the reason
for severe seizures.  This drug changes the dopamine level in the
brain.  Imagine what this drug does to patients suffering from
Parkinson's disease.  This drug also causes birth defect..  There
is absolutely no reason to take this product.  It is NOT A DIET
PRODUCT!  The Congressional record said, "It makes you crave
carbohydrates and will make you FAT".  Dr. Roberts stated that
when he got patients off of aspartame, their average weight loss
was 19 pounds per person.  The formaldehyde stores in the fat
cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.
     Aspartame is especially deadly for diabetics.  All
physicians know what wood alcohol will do to a diabetic.  We find
that physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy,
when in fact, it is caused by the aspartame.  The aspartame keeps
the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go
into a coma.  Unfortunately, many have died. People were telling
us at the Conference of the American College of Physicians, that
they had a relative that switched from saccharin to an aspartame
product and how that relative had eventually gone into a coma.
Their physicians could not get the blood sugar levels under
control. Thus, the patients suffered acute memory loss and
eventually coma and death.
     Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and
phenylalanine are neurotoxic without the other amino acids found
in protein.  Thus it goes past the blood brain barrier and
deteriorates the neurons of the brain.  Dr. Russell Blaylock,
neurosurgeon, said, "The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the
brain to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees.  Dr.
Blaylock has written a book entitled "EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE
THAT KILLS" (Health Press 1-800-643-2665).
     Dr. H.J. Roberts, diabetic specialist and world expert on
aspartame poisoning, has also written a book entitled "DEFENSE
AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE" (1-800-814-9800).  Dr. Roberts tells
how aspartame poisoning is escalating Alzheimer's Disease, and
indeed it is.  As the hospice nurse told me, women are being
admitted at 30 years of age with Alzheimer's disease.  Dr.
Blaylock and Dr. Roberts will be writing a position paper
with some case histories and will post it on the internet. 
According to the Conference of the American College of
Physicians, "We are talking about a plague of neurological
diseases caused by this deadly poison".
     Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was
first marketed.  He said his diabetic patients presented memory
loss, confusion, and severe vision loss.  At the conference of
the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they
did not know.  They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the
phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and
depletes serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks,
rage and violence).
     Just before the conference, I received a Fax from Norway,
asking for a possible antidote for this poison because they are
experiencing so many problems in their country.  This "poison" is
now available in 90+ countries worldwide.  Fortunately, we had
speakers and ambassadors at the conference from different nations
who had pledged their help.  We ask that you help too.  Print
this article out and warn everyone you know.  Take anything that
contains aspartame back to the store.  Take the "NO ASPARTAME
TEST" and send us your case history.
     I assure you that MONSANT0, the creator of aspartame, knows
how deadly it is.  They fund the American Diabetes Association,
American Dietetic Association, Congress, and the Conference of
the American College of Physicians.  The New York Times, on
November 15, 1996, ran an article on how the American Dietetic
Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their
products.  Therefore, they can not criticize any additives or
tell about their link to Monsanto.
     How bad is this? We told a mother who had a child on
Nutrasweet to get off the product.  The child was having grand
mal seizures every day. The mother called her physician, who
called the ADA, who told the doctor not to take the child off the
Nutrasweet.  We are still trying to convince the mother that the
aspartame is causing the seizures.  Every time we get someone off
of aspartame the seizures stop.  If the baby dies, you know
whose fault it is, and what we are up against.
     There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame, from coma to
death. The majority of them are all neurological, because the
aspartame destroys the nervous system.  Aspartame disease is
partially the cause to what is behind some of the mystery of the
Desert Storm health problems.  The burning tongue and other
problems discussed in over 60 cases can be directly related to
the Consumption of an aspartame product.  Several thousand
pallets of diet drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm troops
(remember heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86
degrees F.).  Diet drinks sat in the 120 degree p. Arabian sun
for weeks at a time on pallets.  The service men and women drank
them all day long.  All of their symptoms are identical to
aspartame poisoning.
     Dr. Roberts says "consuming aspartame at the time of
conception can cause birth defects".  The phenylalanine
concentrates in the placenta, causing mental retardation,
according to Dr. Louis Elsa, pediatrician professor - genetics,
at Emory University in his testimony before Congress.  In the
original lab tests, animals developed brain tumors (phenylalanine 
breaks down into DXP, a brain tumor agent).  When Dr. Espisto was
lecturing on aspartame, one physician in the audience, a
neurosurgeon, said, "when they remove brain tumors, they have
found high levels of aspartame in them".
     Stevia, a sweet food, NOT AN ADDITIVE, which helps in the
metabolism of Sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics, has now
been approved as a dietary supplement of the F.D.A.  For years.
the F.D.A. has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty
to Monsanto.  If it says  "SUGAR FREE" on the label - DO NOT EVEN
     Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill that would have
warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers
of aspartame.  The bill would have also instituted independent
studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures,
changes in brain chemistry, changes in neurological and
behavioral symptoms).  It was killed by the powerful drug and
chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death
on an unsuspecting public.  Since the Conference of the American
College of Physicians, we hope to have the help of some world
leaders.  Again, please help us too.  There are a lot of people
out there who must be warned. *PLEASE* let them know this