Methanol toxicity from aspartame may cause autism, spina bifida, preterm
delivery and more
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The issue hardly gets as much attention as it deserves, but the
extreme toxicity of the artificial sweetener aspartame is wrecking human health
on a massive scale. And in a comprehensive study on methanol, the major alcohol
component of aspartame, retired food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food
Science and Nutrition at Arizona State University (ASU) Dr. Woodrow C.
Monte explains how methanol toxicity from aspartame and other sources appears
responsible for causing autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple
sclerosis, cancer and many other chronic health conditions.
Not tied to the processed food industry or any other corporate player that might
taint or bias his findings, Dr. Monte's interest in the subject of methanol
toxicity comes purely from a genuine concern about protecting human health. And
his many years of experience studying food ingredients for use in specialized
health care food products has afforded him a wealth of knowledge on this
important subject that rarely, if ever, gets publicized by the
corporately-funded mainstream media.
Methanol, the chemical
trojan horse responsible for many modern diseases
In his study entitled Methanol: A chemical Trojan Horse as the root of the
Inscrutable U, Dr. Monte evaluates the role that methanol plays in human
health. Since methanol is a relatively new addition to the human diet, thanks to
processing methods and chemical syntheses that did not exist prior to 1800s, it
is vitally important to determine how this chemical substance affects the human
What Dr. Monte discovered is that methanol is converted by the body into
formaldehyde, a highly toxic substance known to cause cancer in humans. He also
uncovered the fact that methanol metabolizes in organs of the body other than
just the liver which, based on all available evidence, is directly responsible
for causing what Dr. Monte has termed "diseases of civilization" (DOC).
"Methanol is particularly dangerous to humans, more so than any other animal,"
says Dr. Woodrow C. Monte on his website WhileScienceSleeps.com. "When
humans consume low doses of methanol it is metabolized directly into
formaldehyde which is a cancer producing agent of the same level of danger as
asbestos and plutonium."
Where Dr. Monte's research diverts from the mainstream view of methanol's
toxicity has to do with the way dietary methanol is processed by the body.
Rather than dissipate as is widely believed, methanol-induced formaldehyde tends
to lodge itself into certain areas of the body that avoid filtering through the
liver -- and these are the same areas of the body where DOCs tend to appear.
"Once methanol runs the gauntlet of first-pass metabolism, its detoxification is
no longer exclusive to the liver," writes Dr. Monte in his study. "Methanol
transports its potential to become formaldehyde past normal biological barriers
in the brain and elsewhere that environmental formaldehyde itself cannot usually
penetrate ... [formaldehyde] can then be produced within the arteries and veins,
heart, brain, lungs, breast, bone, and skin."
primary source of toxic methanol in the American diet
Where is all this toxic, methanol-induced formaldehyde coming from? It turns out
aspartame is one of the primary sources in the American diet today. According to
Dr. Monte, every molecule of aspartame, which is also marketed under the names
NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel, 951, and AminoSweet, converts into a molecule of
methanol when consumed. And in its dry form, aspartame is 11 percent methanol by
This means that people who regularly consume "diet" foods and beverages laced
with aspartame are taking in high amounts of a formaldehyde-producing, chemical
poison that is drastically increasing their risk of developing chronic
"As aspartame eventually became a major source of methanol in the civilized
human diet, the incidence of DOC gradually began to rise," says Dr. Monte's
report. "In addition to aspartame, and canned vegetables, fruits, and their
juices, a major source of the methanol entering the modern civilized human body
is cigarette smoke, causatively linked to atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis,
lupus, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other DOC."
"It is my belief that diet soda has contributed to the rise of breast cancer and
multiple sclerosis that has been preceded by the use of Aspartame as a food
ingredient in every country that has allowed its use."
You can view Dr. Monte's complete study on methanol at:
for avoiding methanol
Avoiding all "diet" and "low-fat" food and beverage products that contain
aspartame or any other artificial sweetener chemical is an absolute must for
keeping toxic methanol out of your diet. Cigarette smoke, canned fruits and
vegetables, smoked meats, and overly-ripe fruits and vegetables are also major
methanol culprits that you will want to avoid.
To view Dr. Monte's full list of recommendations for avoiding methanol, visit:
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