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  Formaldehyde Officially Cancer Causing (Good-bye Aspartame)


Formaldehyde Officially Cancer-Causing

By Dr. John Briffa
Created: Jun 25, 2011 Last Updated: Jun 25, 2011


ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: The digestion of aspartame found in NutraSweet, Equal, and Canderel produces formaldehyde, which accumulates in organs and tissues and damages DNA. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

On the Pulse with Dr. John Briffa

Reuters reported on June 11 that the U.S. government has added the
chemical formaldehyde to its official list of cancer-causing agents.
Formaldehyde is found in things like some plastics and embalming
fluid. What you won't learn from the article is that formaldehyde can
be produced from our diet.

Once source of formaldehyde is methanol (also known as wood alcohol),
which the body can produce from the digestion of the artificial
sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel).

Research published in June 1998 in Life Sciences demonstrated in
animals that low-level ingestion of aspartame could lead to
formaldehyde accumulation in the various parts of the body, including
the liver and brain.

In addition, several human studies published in the Journal of
Occupational Medicine in December 1983, in the American Industrial
Hygiene Association Journal in 1982, and in Fortschritte der Medizin
journal in 1980 have found that chronic, low-level formaldehyde
exposure has been linked with a variety of health issues, including
headaches, fatigue, chest tightness, nausea, lack of concentration,
seizures, and behavioral impairment.

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While long-term studies of the effects of aspartame have not been
performed in humans, they have been done in animals. In one study
published in April 2006 in Environmental Health Perspectives,
researchers fed aspartame to rats from the age of eight weeks until they died.

Rats consuming aspartame were found to be at significantly increased
risk of several forms of cancer, including lymphoma and leukemia. An
increased risk of these conditions was found even at levels of
aspartame intake lower than the official upper limit for humans.

While in Europe intakes of 40 milligrams of aspartame per kilogram of
body weight per day are considered safe, an increased risk in cancer
was seen in rats consuming just half this amount.

In Europe, the body entrusted with assessing the safety of aspartame
is the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Recently, two European
members of parliament (MEPs) accused the EFSA of not assessing
scientific data on aspartame properly and even losing crucial information.

Here are a couple of things we can be quite confident about:
* Consuming aspartame increases formaldehyde exposure.
* Formaldehyde causes cancer.

My advice would be to avoid aspartame (unless, of course, you don't
care whether you get cancer or not).

Dr. John Briffa is a London-based physician and author with an
interest in nutrition and natural medicine. His website is

More information on aspartame on www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com, www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame

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