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June 10, 2004

Aspartame and Multiple Sclerosis - Neurosurgeon's Warning

Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener. Called a potent neurotoxin by several researchers, it is being sold as a sugar substitute for those on low calorie diets and for diabetics. If you like Coke or Pepsi "light", you certainly are at risk, but both industry and health officials deny that there is any truth to this story. Manufacturers have recently been sued in California.

Trade names for Aspartame are NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel, Benevia, Misura, but in Europe we often cannot recognize that Aspartame is part of what we're about to swallow unless we know that it also hides behind the seemingly innocuous "E 951" label. We might also watch out for warnings on food and drink labels that say: "contains a source of phenylalanine" or "phenylchetonurics should not consume this product".

In truth, no one should be consuming Aspartame and those responsible for putting it on the market - Donald Rumsfeld had a part in politically forcing its approval - should be held responsible for unleashing an agent of chemical warfare on an unsuspecting public.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a recently retired neurosurgeon, has been warning for years and has even authored a book "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills". Blaylock says that Aspartame and Multiple Sclerosis are closely related. Unfortunately the Multiple Sclerosis society denies there is any connection between MS and Aspartame. The Society has chosen, according to Betty Martini, to hang on to industry funding rather than to warn its members. Blaylock explains the biological mechanism by which Aspartame circumvents the blood-brain-barrier and gets at the vital nervous tissues - the grey matter in our heads:

The Connection Between MS And Aspartame

By Russell L. Blaylock, MD

(originally published on

Recently, much controversy has surrounded a claim that aspartame may produce an MS-like syndrome. A current review of recent peer-reviewed scientific studies has disclosed a pathophysiological mechanism to explain this connection. As far back as 1996 it was shown that the lesions produced in the myelin sheath of axons in cases of multiple sclerosis were related to excitatory receptors on the primary cells involved called oligodendroglia. Recent studies have now confirmed what was suspected back then. The loss of myelin sheath on the nerve fibers characteristic of the disease is due to the death of these oligodendroglial cells at the site of the lesions (called plaques). Further, these studies have shown that the death of these important cells is as a result of excessive exposure to excitotoxins at the site of the lesions.

Normally, most of these excitotoxins are secreted from microglial immune cells in the central nervous system. This not only destroys these myelin-producing cells it also breaks down the blood-brain barrier (BBB), allowing excitotoxins in the blood stream to enter the site of damage. Aspartame contains the excitotoxin aspartate as 40% of its molecular structure. Numerous studies have shown that consuming aspartame can significantly elevate the excitotoxin level in the blood. There is a common situation during which the excitotoxin exposure is even greater. When aspartate (as aspartame) is combined in the diet with monosodium glutamate (MSG) blood levels are several fold higher than normal. With the BBB damaged, as in MS, these excitotoxins can freely enter the site of injury, greatly magnifying the damage. So, we see that dietary excitotoxins, such as aspartame and MSG, can greatly magnify the damage produced in multiple sclerosis. Likewise, excitotoxins have been shown to break down the BBB as well.

Of equal concern is observation that we know that about 10% of the population (based on autopsy studies of elderly) have MS lesions without ever developing the full blown disease, a condition called benign MS. A diet high in excitotoxins, such as aspartame, can convert this benign, subclinical condition into full-blown clinical MS. The amount of excitotoxins consumed in the average American diet is considerable, as shown by several studies. In addition, the toxin methanol is also in the aspartame molecule. Methanol is a axon poison. Combined toxicity of the aspartate and the methanol adds up to considerable brain toxicity and can convert benign, subclinical MS into full-blown MS. Once the MS becomes full-blown, further consumption of excitotoxins magnifies the toxicity, increasing disability and death.

Recent studies have also shown that even single exposures to these food-based excitotoxins can produce prolonged worsening of neurological lesions. In addition, it has been demonstrated that autoimmune reactions (as occur with MS) greatly magnify the toxicity of aspartate and glutamate (the excitotoxins). We also know liquid forms of excitotoxins are significantly more toxic because of rapid absorption and higher blood levels. In the face of this connection between excitotoxicity and the pathophysiology of MS, it would be ludicrous to allow further use of this excitotoxin containing sweetener.


1. Sannchez-Gomez MV, Malute C. AMPA and kainate receptors each mediate excitotoxicity in oligodendroglial cultures. Neurobiology of Disease 6:475-485, 1999

2. Yoshika A, et al. Pathophysiology of oligodendroglial excitotoxicity, J Neuroscience Research 46: 427-437, 1996.

3. Singh P, et al. Prolonged glutamate excitotoxicity: effects on mitochondrial antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes. Molecular Cell Biochemistry 243: 139-145, 2003.

4. Leuchtmann EA, et al. AMPA receptors are the major mediators of excitotoxin death in mature oligodendrocytes. Neurobiology of Disease 14:336-348, 2003.

5. Takahashi JL, et al. Interleukin1 beta promotes oligodendrocyte death through glutamate excitotoxicity. Annal Neurology 53: 588-595, 2003.

6. Pitt D, et al Glutamate uptake by oligodendrocytes: implications for excitotoxicity in multiple sclerosis. neurology 61: 1113-1120, 2003.

7. Soto A, et al. Excitotoxic insults to the optic nerve alter visual evoked potentials. Neuroscience 123: 441-449, 2004.

8. Blaylock RL. Interactions of cytokines, excitotoxins and reactive nitrogen and oxygen species in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of American Nutraceutical Association 6: 21-35, 2003.

9. Blaylock RL. Chronic microglial activation and excitotoxicity secondary to excessive immune stimulation: possible factors in Gulf War Syndrome and autism. Journal American Physicians and Surgeons, Summer, 2004.


It is now known the cause for the destruction of the myelin in the lesions is overactivation of the microglia in the region of the myelin. An enzyme that converts glutamine to glutamate called glutaminase increases tremendously, thereby greatly increasing excitotoxicity. Mercury also activates microglia, even in subtoxic doses.

Any dietary excitotoxin can activate the microglia, thereby greatly aggravating the injury. This includes the aspartate in aspartame. The methanol adds to this toxicity as well. Now, the secret to treatment appears to be shutting down, or at least calming down, the microglia. It has been found that the antibiotic minocycline powerfully shuts down the microglia. I tried this treatment on a friend of mine who just came down with fulminant MS. He was confined to a wheelchair. I had him placed on minocycline and now, just a few weeks later, he is walking.

The good news is that other things also calm the microglia - the most potent are: silymarin, curcumin and ibuprophen. Phosphatidylcholine helps re-myelinate the nerve sheaths that are damaged, as does B12, B6, B1, vitamin D, folate, vitamin C, natural vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) and L-carnitine. DHA plays a major role in repairing the myelin sheath. Vitamin D may even prevent MS, but it acts as an immune modulator, preventing further damage - the dose is 2000 IU a day. Magnesium, as magnesium malate, is needed in a dose of 500 mg 2 x a day. They must avoid all excitotoxins, even natural ones in foods - such as soy, red meats, nuts, mushrooms and tomatoes. Avoid all fluoride and especially all vaccinations since these either inhibit antioxidant enzymes or triggers harmful immune reactions.


Dr. Blaylock is a recently retired board-certified neurosurgeon with more than twenty six years experience. He is a recently retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi. Author of thirty scientific papers on various medical subjects, chapters in three medical textbooks and a booklet on multiple sclerosis, he recently completed a booklet on bioterrorism and is the author of "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills", "Health & Nutrition Secrets to Save Your Life", and "Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients". ( He serves on the editorial staff of The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, and acts as a medical advisor to the American Nutraceutical Association. His excellent newsletter can be gotten at his website. He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Note from Dr. Betty Martini :

Cori Brackett, co-owner of Sound and Fury Productions, an MS victim diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic, had a huge lesion in the brain. Cori was a user of the neurotoxic drug Aspartame, marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, E951, Canderel, Benevia, etc. Off the poison, she too walked out of her wheelchair; the lesion disappeared. Because of what she had endured from aspartame disease she felt a moral obligation to warn others, especially with 70% of the population and 40% of our children using this deadly toxin. Cori Brackett traveled 7000 miles and with 25 hours of footage produced the movie, "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World." She says it reveals one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence in the history of the industrial revolution. On this date it is being released to the world. You will get to see the famed Dr. Blaylock and other aspartame experts, as well as hear the horror story of the victims. See Diane Fleming who is wilting in a Virginia prison because her athlete husband died of aspartame. She was sentenced to 50 years for the crime committed by the manufacturer who had the malice to market a poison. Don't miss this film. Contact Cori Brackett at or (telephone) 520-624-9710.

For years physicians have written the MS Society to alert them about aspartame. You can read my letter on, never answered, of course. Faced with the choice of warning the public or continuing to receive funding from industry, the MS Society has chosen to sacrifice the victims. And when those responsible to solve the problem ARE the problem it is a sad commentary on greed and lack of concern for humanity. How can anyone set aside professional ethics to allow an MS holocaust, when simply alerting those with MS to avoid aspartame and other excitotoxins could save the lives of thousands. At one MS Society walk-a-thon, they were giving out free Diet Coke while trying to prevent our activists from giving walkers info that could save the lives of MS victims. I simply turned to the crowd and said: "The MS Society does not want you to have this life-saving information on a product triggering this disease." The entire crowd took copies. Later I received several calls of those who had heeded the advice and gotten well. But I shudder to think how many have perished because the MS Society hasn't had the integrity to warn victims.

Contact Information:

Dr. Betty Martini, Founder
Mission Possible Intl.
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097


See more aspartame lawsuits filed against companies knowingly
poisoning the public on

Aspartame Toxicity Center:

From the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 4, 2006 - some more references to treatment options for MS. As always, don't take my word for it - if you have MS and want to do something about it, consult a medical doctor who is up-to-date on nutritional treatments.


(OMNS) New research confirms that niacinamide, also known as vitamin B-3, is a key to the successful treatment of multiple sclerosis and other nerve diseases. [1] Niacinamide, say researchers at Harvard Medical School, "profoundly prevents the degeneration of demyelinated axons and improves the behavioral deficits."

This is very good news, but it is not at all new news. Over 60 years ago, Canadian physician H.T. Mount began treating multiple sclerosis patients with intravenous B-1 (thiamine) plus intramuscular liver extract, which provides other B-vitamins. He followed the progress of these patients for up to 27 years. The results were excellent and were described in a paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 1973. [2]

Mount was not alone. Forty years ago, Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D., of North Carolina, was using vitamins B-3 and B-1, along with the rest of the B-complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, and other nutrients including magnesium, calcium and zinc to arrest and reverse multiple sclerosis. [3,4] Klenner's complete treatment program was originally published as "Treating Multiple Sclerosis Nutritionally," Cancer Control Journal 2:3, p 16-20. His detailed megavitamin protocol is now posted for all interested persons to read at

Drs. Mount and Klenner were persuaded by their clinical observations that multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and many other neurological disorders were primarily due to nerve cells being starved of nutrients. Each physician tested this theory by giving his patients large, orthomolecular quantities of nutrients. Mount's and Klenner's successful cures over decades of medical practice proved their theory was correct. B-complex vitamins, including thiamine as well as niacinamide, are absolutely vital for nerve cell health. Where pathology already exists, unusually large quantities of vitamins are needed to repair damaged nerve cells.

Nutritional therapy is inexpensive, effective and, most important, safe. There is not even one death per year from vitamins. [5]

Vitamin supplementation is not the problem. It is under-nutrition that is the problem. Vitamins are the solution.

Restoring health must be done nutritionally, not pharmacologically. All cells in all persons are made exclusively from what we drink and eat. Not one cell is made out of drugs.


[1] Kaneko S, Wang J, Kaneko M, Yiu G, Hurrell JM, Chitnis T, Khoury SJ, He Z. Protecting axonal degeneration by increasing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide levels in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis models. J Neurosci. 2006 Sep 20;26(38):9794-804.

[2] Mount HT. Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases. Can Med Assoc J. 1973 Jun 2;108(11):1356-1358.

[3] Frederick R. Klenner. "Response of Peripheral and Central Nerve Pathology to Mega-Doses of the Vitamin B-Complex and Other Metabolites", Journal of Applied Nutrition, 1973,

[4] Dr. Klenner's "Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C" (which discusses orthomolecular therapy with all vitamins, not just vitamin C) is now posted in its entirety. It includes a multiple sclerosis protocol, which takes up about five pages. See also:

[5] Watson WA et al. 2003 annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposure Surveillance System. Am J Emerg Med. 2004 Sep;22(5):335-404.

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Does aspartame multiply female MS?
At the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, Dr. Gary Cutter, professor of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama, said women are now four times as likely as men to get multiple sclerosis: "It started at two-to-one and is now four-to-one."

Aspartame, Anti-Depressants And Bush
By Jerry Mazza - Online Journal

Aspartame Gate: When Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle

Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Pilot Hotline

Aspartame Warning (Video on YouTube)

Toxic Aspartame and Grave's Disease: Disease diagnosis doesn't deter diver

Aspartame May Be the Cause of Your Health Problems

Aspartame patent expired. We are now supposed to buy NEOTAME...

Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004
Subject: [Health_and_Healing] Neotame---the 'exciting new sweetener'

The patent on Aspartame has run out---so our favorite health benefatctor--Monsanto has come up with a bigger better version...

Learn about this 'exciting new sweetener':

Learn MORE about this 'exciting new sweetener'

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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Thursday June 10 2004
updated on Saturday December 25 2010

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Readers' Comments

Hi I am concerned about my sister, she drinks tons of diet pepsi a day and is now being tested for ms. she has many of the syptoms but no blood tests have come back positive. They did a spinal tap on her and sent it to the mayo clinic and that came back negative. She has horrible migranes and has slurred speech, ect. all the above. She is now coming to denver to go to a ms. research place, I am wandering how we can find out if it is aspertame poisning? her appt. is monday I would like to find out before then. Please if you could help me that would be great. They did a brain test and she does have lesions on her brain. Thank you Heather Friedlan

Posted by: Heather Friedlan on June 17, 2004 03:12 PM


I believe the only way to find out for sure if it's the aspartame is to get her to stop completely anything with aspartame in it. No diet drinks, nothing "sugar free" etc. and see if it gets better. It won't be before next monday, but in a few weeks, you should see a difference if it is the aspartame. Let us know how it goes.

Posted by: Sepp on June 17, 2004 04:19 PM


My sister has recently been told she has scar tissue on her brain. She is a diabetic. She seems to suffer from some of the symptoms describe as being connected with aspertame. Could the scar tissue have been caused by long term usage of aspertame?

Posted by: Becky Lindsey on August 18, 2004 04:23 AM


For five years I have been told that my symptoms are indicative of "possible" MS, but no difinitive diagnosis has yet been made. I drink at least four diet Pepsi's a day. My niece sent me a copy of an article which prompted me to do my own internet search, which led me to your website.
As of yesterday, I will not injest anything with aspartame, or any artificial sweetner, in it. I am excited and hopeful that some very positive changes in my condition are coming.
I'll keep you informed.
Thanks for your well-written and informative website.

Posted by: Bonnie Allmond on April 20, 2005 05:30 PM


could methanol in gasoline cause symptoms of these diseases? did not have any symptoms until i worked at a full serve gas station. never drank any diet drinks or used sweeteners. i do drink coffee. any imput?

Posted by: patty lazear on November 29, 2005 04:58 PM



with regard to gasoline, I don't know if methanol is a problem, i.e. whether it can damage by inhalation rather than by drinking it, but there is something in gasoline that is suspect.

Go see this article:

'Green Gasoline' Benzene Leukemia Risk In Children Confirmed

The benzene that was added to gasoline when lead had to be removed is as toxic or perhaps even more than lead...

Posted by: Sepp on November 29, 2005 07:55 PM


I'd like to point out that there has never been any connection made between aspartame and MS. The american MS website itself discounts this claims. To all the people reading this I'd like to suggest that if you are concerned about aspartame, that you conduct your OWN research thoroughly. Try reading the journals cited in this article, visit the MS website, get substantial evidence instead of relying on a few crackpot theories and urban legends.

Posted by: Rumor Mill on January 14, 2006 09:00 PM


my sister in law works for st jude's in memphis. she has said that the doctors there have been dealing with new born babies coming in with cancerous brain tumors. they have one thing in common**mothers drank diet drinks while pregnant***what does that tell you. something needs done.

Posted by: Sue on April 27, 2006 11:14 PM


Not to be impertinent, but I would love for someone to show me a mother who HASN'T been "guilty" of drinking diet drinks while she was pregnant, gaining weight, or in any other way feeling uncomfortable about her body while pregnant. In this time of excess litigation, we must remember that peoples' livelihoods, jobs, the corporations that employ them, and their life's research are all at risk when people spread such rumors. Anecdotes are not research, nor evidence - and 100 anecdotes are no more "evidence" than 1 anecdote until someone adds some real science into the equation. I whole-heartedly agree that MS can and will destroy more and more lives every year until we more fully understand it and its causes (and we should all be a bigger part of that fight)... but blaming big corporations and name-brands without real proof will not help anyone.

Posted by: Obvious on June 30, 2006 11:47 PM


Not to be impertinent, but there are thousands of mothers who haven't drank diet drinks or eaten aspartame-laced products while pregnant.

Anecdotes are all that is available, apparently, as long as studies are sponsored by industry with the exclusive objective to sell drugs and additives. In a situation like this, I believe it behooves us to pay attention to the individual stories of people.

Just like the miners didn't wait for a study but got out of the danger zone immediately when their canary dropped dead, we should not continue to consume doubtful additives when we see people suffering horribly from them.

Posted by: Sepp on July 1, 2006 03:40 PM


Granted - all valid points. And that IS the point: I agree, and I can agree [and we can all agree] all day long... but it does us no good to agree when our real goal is to appeal to the rest of the world, make change, etc. Real evidence is the only way to do that - mine was not an argument as much as it was a call to be careful what we are saying and how.

E.g., yes, I agree that 1,000's of women go through pregnancy without such chemicals in their diet - and I also believe that the vast majority do not... but our beliefs don't make it true without data. Nor can we ASSUME that none of the women with additive-free pregnancies had children with cancerous tumors or other similar complications.

Of course, I see the anecdotal connection and its value - we all do, or we wouldn't be reading about it. I'm simply saying that those of us more "in the know" in this regard need a more unified front. IMO, we cannot couple scientific articles by a neurosurgeon with anecdotes and our own diagnoses of peoples' problems, because it does not lend credibility to the cause. Maybe there's no better way - I cannot think of one, but it must be out there.

And yeah, of course big industry is screwing the pooch here and holding us back. But I'm not sure we want their help - look at alcohol and tobacco (both industries have spent billions on research and warnings, and EVERYONE in the world knows the bad results... but those products will never, ever come off the shelves). Independent scientists and concerned citizens are going to have to foot the bill and convince FDA or the like to do something - God help us.

Posted by: Obvious on July 3, 2006 06:02 PM


1. Anecdotal evidence is not scientific.
2. There is the carrot problem. (80 of drivers having fatal accidents have eaten carrots in the last 2 weeks--therefore...)

Nevertheless, remember when the increase in number of children with autism was just an anecdote...

Posted by: Carolyn on April 2, 2007 04:01 PM


I agree. It was time when aspartame was among Pentagon weapons?!?

I am a MS-er, living on a permanent remission for 10 years now. But I am conscious dangers of exitotoxins - mainly aspartame and MSG.

More details - on a my web site article about excitotoxins.

Regards - Czes Kulvis

Posted by: Czes Kulvis on June 24, 2007 03:46 AM


I have been and insulin dependant diabetic for the last 30odd years, adicted to sweet things and cosequently have relied on artificial sweeteners to controle my \'sweet tooth\', AND now , in the last year, I have been diagnosed with Parkinson\'s disease ! Would this be the result from eating too many artificialy sweetend foods or drink? If so, I think that the diabettic association should be made aware of this ????????????????????????
Yous sincerely
Carol Ann McCormack

Posted by: Carol Ann Mccormack on June 27, 2007 02:14 PM


Carol Ann, it seems to me that diabetic associations are not interested to hear about aspartame, as strange as that may sound. Betty Martini, who has campaigned against the sweetener for years, has contacted several of these associations (at least in the US) without result. There seems to be an affinity of the associations with producers of sweeteners and pharmaceutical drugs. You might try though with your association in Ireland, just to be sure. Arm yourself with information (Betty Martini is a good source) and contact them. I wish you success, but do not want to raise your hope.

Posted by: Sepp on June 27, 2007 03:33 PM


Everytime I drink Fanta which contains Aspartame I get a very sore gums & toothache? Could Aspartame be the culprit or am I just imagining things? Kind regards.

Posted by: David HassleHoff on December 22, 2007 02:52 AM


What can I say David,

try some drinks without Aspartame and see if you get the same reaction.

Posted by: Sepp on December 22, 2007 03:03 PM


I truly believe that aspertame is A MAJOR POISON and definitely causing MAJOR issues in our bodies! It is ridiculous, and, why are people arguing so much, DEFENDING this "drug" or 'poison?' It is ridiculous!
You KNOW it is bad, you get addicted to it, everyone that tries to get off of it gets headaches etc. It goes to show you that SOMETHING isn't right! why is "NATURAL" so WEIRD!? it makes NO sense to me! (speaking of weight loss comment above) I TOO have tried to lose weight after three kids, exercise and EATING HEALTHY FOODS is the key! I KNOW THAT, I may not ALWAYS follow that, but, I refuse to poison myself and put that poison in my MILK for my babies. I know, everyone has their OWN opinions. It is just sad that people get so defensive about certain things. What ever happened to drinking just water!? Or juicing fruits and veggies!?
I KNOW life is crazy! but, I think getting sick, like MS and other things that this drug causes makes life even more crazy don't you think!?
My brother JUST got diagnosed with MS, we believe that "aspertame poisoning" is a main cause..since every day he chews a PACK of gum a day(why can't we find gum without aspertame and these sweeteners?), drinks COUNTLESS Diet drinks PER day, drinks slim fasts, eats only sugar free, junk. Because he has been a tad over weight. We look for the quick fix. and I am speaking for myself and from experience... there isn't a QUICK fix in life, you need to get your immune system healthy, and get all the JUNK out of your life... ie. ASPERTAME!
i truly hope my brother will recognize that this is what is helping cause some of his symptoms, and STOP using it! It is soo sad. it makes me soo sad for our children growing up with THIS IN EVERY SINGLE product on the market (it seems!)
thank you for this site, thank you for this article.. I truly appreciate all the information!

Posted by: heather on January 9, 2009 04:25 PM


Four Years ago (Feb 2005) I went on a diet, the main thing I changed was what I drank. I was a Pepsi drinker for many years and new I would really miss it. So I switched to diet coke because because I loved the taste of Pepsi, the Diet version just wouldnt do. I also drank alot of flavored water that was sweetened with aspartame. I continued until In Feb 2006 I began experiencing unexplained numbness throughout my body. After all the testing I was diagnosed with MS. I heard shortly after my diagnosis that aspartame turns to famaldahide(spelt wrong im sure). I very quickly formed the opinion that it was the change in my drinking habits that caused my MS. I guess I never really thought it could be a fact that it really was what had happened, it was easier to accept that thats what did it even if it wasnt true. I will not drink or eat anything with aspartame in it...EVER! Thanks for writing and sharing this information, I wish I had known years ago!

Posted by: NOW IM A BELIEVER! on April 9, 2009 10:48 PM


I am a huge Diet Pepsi drinker. And have been for years. I started experiencing some of the symptoms. I had no knowledge of this who claim that Aspartame causing these.
I cut down to 1 -12oz can a week at most... Drinking water and milk the rest of the time.
Now that i've heard about this Diet Pepsi is out of my life for sure.

While it may not be proven. The claims from people are just too true. I am not taking the risk anymore.

Posted by: J.T. on May 14, 2009 01:52 PM


i was diagnosed with m.s. in 1996; in 2000 i had an abaceration which left me unable to feed myself etc & in a wheelchair. i am up & about, but suffer terrible pain & exhaustion. i have drank 2 to 4 diet cokes daily since 1995; today i am quitting & beginning a vitamin regime, am anxious to see if i notice any differences in a 6 week time. wish me luck !

Posted by: judy on July 12, 2009 11:43 AM


You got my best wishes, Judy.

Let me and others here know what happens...

Posted by: Sepp on July 12, 2009 07:02 PM


I'm strongly oppose drint diet pop. I stumbled apon this website looking for information on what i could say in my pursuasive speech. i was talking to my teacher-aid and she asked my what my speech was about and i replied, "diet pop" and she told me that thats what she drinks. i replied that that is unhealthy, she shot back that that much surgar is unheathy. she asked what SO bad about it and i highlighted some of the important things you wrote on this page. she obviously wasn't moved. though she maybe too ignorant to deal with the anecdoctic information i hope that my class can contribute to my cause. thank you so much for this info, it really helped. most of the websites i looked at said all the rumors and myths were fallacies. by the way, my mom has MS

Posted by: Cecilly on November 20, 2009 05:35 PM


Hi.My husband has been a diabetic for 35 years and he also like sweets things, so he ended up having diet drinks and other sugar free stuff with aspartame in it.Last month, he got double vision which was treated with vit b12 and his eyesight was back to normal and after that he started having fits on his right side.The doctors suspect MS and a brain mri showed some white patches though the spine mri showed no white patches.A spinal tap was also done and we are still awaiting results.As of now he has stopped everything with aspartame in it and for the epileptic fits he is taking tegretol 100mg one and a half in the morning and evening.His fits have disappeared but he feels very weak.I suspect aspartmane as we live in a tropical country and he plays golf in the sun two to three times a week.Please let me know if I can do anything else for him regarding his weak feeling and he is also taking vit b12 injections even though his levels are over a thousand and also neurorubine 3 times a day.

Posted by: Sarita Shah on December 8, 2009 10:38 AM


I had no members of my family have a history of multiple sclerosis; I was diagnosed in April of 2009. I drank so many diet dr peppers throughout the day, enough to accumulate 100 pounds of aluminum every couple months (I recycle). I am a very health-concious person and have wondered, since april, why? When I was first diagnosed, a friend told me about the diet drinks I drank so much but wasn't knowledgable enough to elaborate. I was concerned; so, I looked up phenylalanine, which was a warning on the back. I got no results of toxicity for this, ironically, but now, months later, I type in aspartame and my question of "why" is answered. The headaches started in september of 2008, they continued until I lost sensation on my entire face (in april), and then I went blind in my right eye in July.

I have a new question... WHY IS IT STILL ON THE MARKET?

Posted by: John S on December 30, 2009 11:20 PM


I was diagnosed with MS in 1996 via a lesion found on a CAT scan and then of course I had several MRI's as well as a Lumbar Puncture and I also read somewhere else that people with MS should'nt consume "Aspertame"and I realized in 1995 at the age of 25 I was dating a girl who would have me take her to a local drive through fast food joint & she always ordered a large unsweetened ice tea for both of us & then she would request 8to10 packets of "Equal" and we were putting them in our tea! This went on for about a year or longer until I could'nt tolerate the migraine headaches I was getting & that is when I went to see a ER Doctor & then a couple Neurologist and in 1996 I was diagnosed with Atypical MS!It's now 2010 & after several years of symptoms I applied for disibility in July of 2005 and I'm still fighting to get help!I have worked tax paying jobs since age 14 via a "work permit" and now I can't do the work that I was trained to do after I graduated High School & I have been fighting through lawyers & Doctors to get some help for the past 5+ years! Aspertame needs to be called out for what it is! "SWEET POISON"!

Posted by: Jeffrey Flick on April 17, 2010 06:19 PM


I have always thought MS to be caused by the toxic metal mercury combined with a vitamin D deficiency. From reading this article it now seems that aspartame is also a factor in the cause of MS.

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Posted by: Maggie Danhakl on March 14, 2014 09:37 AM


Sorry i dont believe its rumour i was diagnosed with ms 3 years ago and had terrible attacks that stopped me walking etc, 7 months ago i read an artictle on aspartame and stopped having anything to do with it, about two moths later the numb heavyness in my hands and feet disappered and hasnt returned since and the dizzyness has also calmed down

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