Betreff: [reality101] The Connection between Aspartame and Panic Attacks, Depression, Bipolar Disorder,
Von: "Kathy"
Datum: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 14:57:56 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
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The Connection between Aspartame (Artificial Sweetener) and Panic
Attacks, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Memory Problems, and Other
Mental Symptoms

(The following article is a letter to the editor written to Time
Magazine. It is posted here because of its excellent references on the
relationship between aspartame and mental symptoms. Further references
are at the end of this article) 

by Betty Martini, Founder
Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599

I have read your article on Young and Bipolar, Aug 19, 2002. It says:
"Once called manic depression, the disorder afflicted adults. Now it's
striking kids. Why? "

I personally believe the answer is obvious, but Time has known the
true facts on aspartame for years and refuses to publish them.

If you had the ability to publish the truth, I would tell you to get
in touch with psychiatrist Ralph Walton, M.D.. He is Professor and
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities
College of Medicine. In one statement he said: "We have known for
years that when aspartame is ingested with a carbohydrate rich meal
the usual physiologic increase in tryptophan is blocked, while brain
phenylalanine and tyrosine concentrations are increased. These changes
in amino acid neurotransmitter precursors could, I believe, alter
indoleamine/catecholamine balance, and thus have a profound effect on
mood and cognition ... depressed mood, anxiety, dizziness, panic
attacks, nausea, irritability, impairment of memory and concentration."

Of course, bipolar is an affective disorder in which the patient
exhibits both manic and depressive episodes.

Aspartame has 50% phenylalanine which as an isolate is neurotoxic and
goes directly into the brain. Dr. Richard Wurtman of MIT explained
this to Congress in l985 and has done a great deal of research. He
undoubtedly would not give an interview today. Perhaps if you read
about him in the United Press International 8 month investigation of
aspartame you would understand why. It's on You see the
phenylalanine also lowers the seizure threshold and Dr. Wurtman wanted
to do seizure studies. He was threatened by Searle that if he did his
research funds would be rejected and they were. But MIT is getting
research funds now. The phenylalanine also depletes serotonin. And
when you deplete serotonin it triggers MANIC DEPRESSION, anxiety,
hallucinations, panic attacks, insomnia, paranoia, mood swings and
even suicidal tendencies.

So Dr. Wurtman was very interested in the seizure issue and serotonin
issue. Back in l986 he was a real tiger and he understood very well
that if you wanted valid research you needed independent studies. I
have a copy of his introductory comments presented to the FDA on April
21, l986 in which he said:

"The present system, in which the companies that sell our synthetic
foods - like NutraSweet - fund virtually ALL of the studies,
FDA-mandated or not, of their safety is too vulnerable to misuse: As
we can discuss, if you like, when outside investigators propose
studies that might yield the "wrong" answer, a large bag of "dirty
tricks" is available for derailing those studies. We hope that the
evolving aspartame study will provide impetus for a new mechanism, in
which companies that manufacture new, synthetic food constituents
(like NutraSweet's manufacturer, Monsanto), or those that insert it
into their foods (like Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola, or the makers of
Kool-Aid or Crystal Lite) will be obligated to support the research
that affirms their product's safety, but will not be allowed to choose
exactly what studies are done, nor who conducts them."

Dr. Wurtman left us a lovely paper trail in the book Dietary
Phenylalanine and Brain Function, edited by Richard J. Wurtman and Eva
Ritter-Walker, Birkhauser.

H. J. Roberts, M.D., who declared Aspartame Disease to be a global
plague has written the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored
Epidemic, or or
1 800 814 - 9800.

There are chapters on the psychiatric and behavioral problems
triggered by aspartame, drug interaction, and of course, the issue of
bipolar and aspartame. And he brings out that there is considerable
information existing concerning marked neuropsychologic changes when
dopamine-serotonin balance is altered. And he says that decreased
brain serotonin has been associated with insomnia, depression,
anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, suicidal attempts, hostility
and psychopathic states like Dr. Walton.

And Dr. Roberts also quotes Dr. Wurtman. He says that aspartame and
its components can lower brain serotonin levels through several

"* Dr. Richard Wurtman demonstrated that aspartame inhibits the
carbohydrate-induced synthesis of serotonin (Congressional Record -
Senate 1985a, P. S 5511). Serotonin is an important component of the
feedback system that helps limit one's consumption of carbohydrate to
appropriate levels by blunting the carbohydrate craving.

* The amino acid tyrosine, derived from phenylalanine, reduces the
amount of tryptophan that can cross the blood-brain barrier for
utilization in serotonin production. "

Dr. Roberts says that the mounting scientific evidence for altered
brain dopamine concentrations in mental illness is relevant.

"* The injection of dopamine (a metabolite of phenylalanine) into the
brain ventricles of humans can precipitate psychotic epidoes,
including hallucinations.

* Wong et al (l986) studies the D2 dopamine receptor density in the
caudate nucleus of normal volunteers and patients with schizophrenia
by positron emission tomography (PET). Higher densities were noted in
the schizophrenic group, even without prior neuroleptic drug treatment.

* Several aspartame reactors with severe neuropsychiatric features
evidence brain changes by SPECT imaging studies.

* .. Dopaminergic influences in aspartame and other addictions
(discussed in VII-G)

* More numerous D2 dopamine receptors have been found in the basal
ganglia of schizophrenic patients obtained at postmortem examination,
compared to persons having no history of neurologic or psychiatric

He also quotes Dr. Walton and says with regard to other changes:

"Dr. Ralph G. Walton (l986) urged physicians to bear in mind "the
possible impact of aspartame on catecholamine and indolamine
metabolism, and inquire about use of this artificial sweetener when
assessing patients with affective disorders."

The brain edema and vascular stasis due to chronic methanol intake (
10% of aspartame) could contribute to the neuropsychiatric
manifestations of aspartame reactors.

The observation that tryptophan depletion in nonalcoholic young men
can induce behavioral changes is pertinent in view of the depletion of
tryptophan by aspartame consumption."

I might add at this point that Dr. Roberts says that suicide has
become a public health crisis. One occurs ever 17 minutes in the US,
ranking it third among causes of death for young people and second for
college students. Accordingly, any substance that may contribute to
suicide cannot be ignored, particularly when consumed in large amounts.

Now consider that Parents Magazine in Sept, 1999 wrote an article
titled What's Happening To Our Children? They said that almost every
family in the US has been affected and that by the time a child
reaches the 4th level of high school, one out of four has contemplated

Remember that aspartame is used by 2/3rds of the population and 40% of
our children. I hope this helps you to understand this epidemic. So
whatever is happening to adults will also happen to children.
Aspartame simply destroys the brain and this was proven in a study by
Searle in South America although they did not publish it. An affidavit
from the translator is on A few months a study in
Norway also showed that aspartame destroys the brain, especially in
the areas of learning. In l970 the famed Dr. John Olney who founded
the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity did the studies on
aspartic acid which is 40% of aspartame and found that it caused
lesions in the brains of mice. It is an excitotoxin.

Russell Blaylock, M.D., neurosurgeon wrote the book on excitotoxicity:
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, And he too goes
into the effect of aspartame on the brains of our children and even
admits that it triggers such things as ADD and autism. I have heard
both Doctors Roberts and Blaylock say that many people in mental
hospitals today are simply aspartame victims.

Aspartame also triggers such things as brain hemorrhage, stroke and
aneurysms, so you would expect the same thing in children. Not much
shocks me but I know industry had to stay up a lot of nights to come
up with the excuse heard on TV over two months ago. It was stated that
young children are having brain hemorrhages, aneurysms and strokes in
increasing proportions but researchers say that the cause of this is
that children get scared on roller coasters. Why they used such
stupidity I don't know as it definitely insults the intelligence of
the general public.

In Dr. Roberts discussion of Mania and "Bipolar" Depression in his
medical text are these comments:

"Several aspartame reactors in this series had "bipolar" depression
wherein the depression would alternate with periods of manic
behavioral characterized by intense excitement and overactivity. As
many as two million Americas suffer manic-depression.

"The ability of phenylalanine to stimulate the central nervous system,
directly or through its conversion to other neurotransmitters is germane.

" Some studies suggest that bipolar and unipolar affective disorders
are distinct entities - that is, in terms of familial prevalence,
genetics (including twin studies), prognosis, and response to
treatment (Schwartz 1987). Several observations are pertinent

"* Women outnumber men with unipolar depression by about two to one.
* Difference in unipolar and bipolar depression are reinforced by
positron emission tomography studies (Schwartz 1987). Patients with
unipolar depression have significantly higher local cerebral metabolic
rates for glucose, but these are reduced in bipolar depression.
Accordingly, a further reduction of the cerebral metabolic rate
caused by aspartame or its by products might precipitate clinical
depression in pre-disposed individuals.

* A subset of manic-depression appears linked to a dominant gene on
the tip of the short arm of chromosome 11. The tyrosine hydroxylase
gene which cascades the synthesis of dopamine, exists in this region."
* Whereas the cyclic antidepressants are more effective than lithium
in unipolar depression, they tend to cause more behavioral
disturbances in bipolar depression.

Dr. Roberts gives the case history of a 67 year old man that had been
treated for bipolar depression, essential tremor and a labyrinthine
syndrome. He fared well for several years on small doses of
propranolol and lithium. He says that one month prior to his June 1986
visit, the tremor and vertigo intensified, coupled with "increased
mood elevation." On direct questioning, he admitted to recent
consumption of aspartame products. His symptoms promptly subsided when
he avoid them and di d not recur over the ensuing year, notwithstanding
enormous stress because of his wife's serious illness during that period.

Dr. Ralph Walton did a study on aspartame discussed in this medical text.

"Walton, Hudock, and Green-Waite (1993) dramatically demonstrated the
adverse effect of aspartame intake in patients with a history of
depression. They administered aspartame (30 mg/kg) daily or a placebo
for seven days in a double-blind challenge to 40 patients with
unipolar depression and a similar number of persons without a history
of psychiatric problems. The NutraSweet Company apparently refused to
supply these researchers with aspartame, so analytically certified USP
grade aspartame was purchased from a chemical distributor.

"The frequency and severity of depression, headache, nervousness,
difficulty in remembering, insomnia, fatigue and malaise were striking
among patients with a history of depression after ingesting aspartame,
compared to the placebo, both in these patients and nondepressed
volunteers. Persons without a history of depression did not manifest
frequent or severe symptoms when given aspartame. The severity of
reactions among patients with a history of depression proved
sufficiently alarming that the Institutional Review Board had to halt
this project prematurely.

"* Three participants spontaneously volunteered that they felt
"poisoned" after taking the product later determined to be aspartame.
* A 42 year old Ph.D. psychologist with a history of recurrent severe
depression experienced pain in one eye, followed by retinal detachment
requiring emergency surgery.
* Another depressed patient evidenced conjunctival bleeding for the
first time during the week she ingested aspartame.
* Individual patients with a history of depression experienced swollen
lips, a bad taste in the mouth, facial numbness, weight gain and
irritability - complaints not reported by nondepressed volunteers.

"This experience also has raised questions about the nature of the
aspartame supplied for published "negative" double-blind studies."

Perhaps you can understand now why aspartame manufacturers have fought
to prevent independent, corporate neutral research.

Dr. Roberts continues but since this is getting long I'm sure you can
see the bottom line. He is stresssing that the decrease of serotonin
by aspartame administration has considerable relevance to depression
and other psychological problems. He mentions that Smith et al (1997)
reported that the rapid lowering of brain serotonin can precipitate
clinical depressive symptoms in untreated individuals vulnerable to
major depression. Also that aspartame decreases the availability of
L-tryptophan (a precursor of serotonin) and alters its balance with
norepinephrine, another important neurotransmitter. Also that some
have likened its effects to that of a lesion in the lateral
hypothalamus causing depression, other psychiatric problems, and
eating disorders. Dr. Walton I know has written about this and the
report is on web.

You might want to read The Lancet 1987;2:949-950 where Dr. Roberts
says there is considerable evidence for the diminished turnover of
brain serotonin in depression and behavioral disturbances, including

Could it get any worse? Yes, how could a physician treat these
patients if he didn't know about aspartame since it interacts with
antidepressants. For instance, the serotonin elevating action of
fluoxetine (Prozac) for treating depression could be counteracted by
aspartame. It can block tryptophan entry into the brain, thereby
inhibiting synthesis of serotonin! This is discussed in the chapter on
drug interaction and antidepressant drugs. Aspartame interacts with
just about every drug used to treat the problems it causes!

Obviously after 20 years on the market we know what aspartame does.
Doctors who have seen aspartame victims in the tre nches of medical
practice for years are experts and constantly alert the public through
writings. But we have a reluctant press who could have done something
about this issue years ago. Dr. P. Maxwell Foshay, Editor, Cleveland
Journal of Medicine said it the best way back in 1900:

"It will thus be seen that medical journalism is in a state of chaos
.... The greed for advertising patronage leads, the editor only too
often to prostitute his pen or his pages to the advertiser, so long as
he can secure the coveted revenue."

In 1999 Time Magazine was on investigating an email
that made world news on the World Environmental Conference. It was
signed Nancy Markle but I was the one who lectured. Time's Mrs. Gorman
admitted that she had seen an almost identical post which was my
original. So she knew I was the author and instead of calling me wrote
that it was a hoax. Basically it read like a Monsanto commercial down
to "Sweeten Your Life Without Shortening It". A good example of
reverse psychology. Flooded with mail Time refused to retract their
misinformation stumbling many consumers back on aspartame only to
suffer such things as grand mal seizures. Mission Possible gave Time
Magazine the award for The Most Irresponsible Journalism - 1999, and
were added to the Hall of Shame.

Monsanto could not put out the fire, however, because the email
saturated the globe and sold the NutraSweet Company. But as Mohammed
Ali once said: "They can run but they can't hide." Today we are taking
case histories for class action having to do with the brain tumors,
blindness, eye deterioration and seizures.

Because aspartame is also an abortifacient millions of babies have
been murdered in their mother's womb. Dr. James Bowen said in
Aspartame Murders Infants on web:

"At every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys, beginning
with the gleam in Mom and Pop's eyes, 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."

It's a shame that Time Magazine doesn't consider the lives of our
children to be more important than the advertising funds of such
companies as NutraSweet, Coke and Pepsi, for example.

Today aspartame is estimated to be in 9000 products and climbing and
100 countries of the world. It is in pediatric prescription drugs like
pediatric penicillin, Augmentin, chewable Tylenol, chewable Benadryl,
pediatric vitamins, etc. Our children don't have a chance.

If you go to (Mission Possible Maine) you can
download Dr. John Olney's entire report to the Board of Inquiry of the
FDA. Here you can read his prophecy of what will happen to the brains
of our children if aspartame is approved, and this prophecy has now
been fulfilled.

I don't expect for Time Magazine to expose the aspartame issue to the
public because they have known the real facts for years and only added
to misinformation. So I leave you with the words of Patrick Henry:

"Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer."

Further References:

Book: Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, or or 1 800 814 - 9800.

Web site:

The following posts cover various symptoms reportedly caused by aspartame:

Anxiety -
Anxiety -
Nerve damage -
Neuropsychiatric disorders -
Panic attacks -
Psychiatric complaints -

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