Originally discovered in 1966 while searching for an ulcer drug, Aspartame was approved by the FDA in 1974 as a food additive; followed by a retraction based on demonstrated public concern over the fact that the substance produced brain tumors in rats; followed by approval once again in 1981 while under pressure from the soft drink lobby despite three FDA scientists who continued to voice their serious health concerns.
Currently, at the Environmental Oncology Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Dr. Devra Davis contends that all scientific evidence relating to Aspartame has been conclusive. “Negative for human health”.
Because the diet soda and diet food product industry’s mega-billion dollar yearly business stands to lose the big bucks if the bona fide information on the adverse affects from Aspartame becomes recognized by the public and the FDA (the FDA has had more than 10,000 complaints relating to Aspartame and ignored the out cry thus far), the dangers of Aspartame and its affect on the human body and reproductive health still remains a somewhat guarded secret by the powers that be.
So, how does this relate to fertility?
Years ago, Dr. James Bowen, M.D. told the FDA “Every known metabolite of Aspartame is of marked or questionable toxicity and patently unsafe for human use.”
Additionally he has been quoted as saying, “At every point in the fertility process Aspartame destroys. It ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this, Aspartame disrupts fetal development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born, Aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby cursing future generations.”
According to Emory University Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, Dr. Louis Elsas in a testimony before Congress back in 1987, “Aspartame is a well known neuro- toxin and teratogen (a process that interferes with normal prenatal development, causing the formation of one or more developmental abnormalities of the fetus). In some [as yet undefined] dose, aspartame will irreversibly [in the developing child or fetal brain] produce adverse effects. The placenta concentrates phenylalanine and this causes mental retardation.”
“After consuming a diet soda, the body breaks down Aspartame into three categories; one molecule each: Aspartic Acid, Phenylalanine, and Methanol. At 86 degrees Fahrenheit, Aspartame becomes highly problematic; a carcinogen”.
Aspartic Acid: Harmless; it’s broken down into alanine, an amino acid, and ox- aloacetate, an organic compound.
Phenylalanine: An allergen to some people, it is broken down into mostly tyrosine, an amino acid, and to a lesser extent into phenylethylamine, an alkaloid, and phenylpyruvate.
Methanol: (wood alcohol) is broken down into formic acid (the toxin in ant bites) and formaldehyde which is a carcinogen.
According to Ronald Frazer, Ph.D., Natural Health, “each diet soda with aspartame produces about 20 mg of methanol. The methanol breaks down further into 6 mg of formaldehyde which is three times the daily EPA limit. It’s 30 times the limit in New Jersey, 100 times the limit in California, and 300 times the limit in Maryland”.
A proponent of Aspartame detoxification, program creator Dr. Janet Starr Hull asserts “Aspartame is a dangerous chemical food additive, and its use during preg- nancy and by children is one of the greatest modern tragedies of all”. She con- cludes that since 1981 Americans have been using products containing the poison “aspartame” and the number of victims are piling up. They are learning for them- selves that many of their health or reproductive problems are a direct result of years of aspartame consumption.
On a final note, even OSHA and HUD have rules and regulations to follow regarding exposure to formaldehyde.
Consider the fact that OSHA regulates formaldehyde exposure in humans in the workplace. They too consider it a known carcinogen and have adopted a Permissible Exposure Level of .75 ppm & an action level of 0.5 ppm.
Even HUD established a ‘max exposure level’ to formaldehyde (.4 ppm for mobile homes). Based upon current information, they advise mitigating formaldehyde that is present at levels higher than 0.1 ppm.