Aspartame Induces Lymphomas and Leukemia in Lab
Dallas, July 19 — Studies published in two scientific journals link the artificial sweetener Aspartame to lymphoma and leukemia in rats and spontaneous changes in thinking and behavior in people, the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network reported here Wednesday.
“The release of two scientific studies -one in Italy, the other,Africa, warns that the artificial sweetener, aspartame, commonly found in diet drinks and 7,000 products worldwide, may cause more harm than once thought possible,” said network founder Mary Nash Stoddard of Frisco, Texas.
“The first study was released this week, in the European Journal of Oncology by Morando Soffritti and coworkers,” Stoddard said.
“This study clearly demonstrates a significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemia in rats. . . . These malignancies have increased dramatically, since the widespread use of aspartame,” said neurosurgeon and author Russell Blaylock, M.D., in Jackson, Mississippi.
The second study is The dose-dependent effects of Aspartame on Serotoninergic Parameters in Albino Rats, by B.A. Iwalokun, Department of Biochemistry, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria. Study results provided strong indications that aspartame may alter serotoninergic parameters and associated behaviors, Stoddard said.
The abstract was published in the abstract book from the November 12 through 14th, 2004, Third International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Neutraceuticals, at Maggie Valley Resort, North Carolina.
An earlier 1993 study, published in Biological Psychiatry by Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Ralph G. Walton, M.D. shows: “Administration of this substance has also been associated with aggression and bingeing.” An evolving view in modern psychiatry is that although depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, impulse control disorders and eating disorders have been viewed as separate entities, they should be viewed as a continuum of disorders – all involving some degree of dysregulation of serotonin. “I believe there is overwhelming evidence that aspartame contributes to this dysregulation,” said Dr. Walton.
In a 1997 lecture at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, published, 1998 in toxicology sourcebook, Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame, Stoddard told students:
“Individuals are reporting, to ACSN, cases of brain tumors and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.”
In 1986, Stoddard was diagnosed with a life threatening blood disease, eosinophilia myalgia, after adding aspartame to her daily diet. When she ceased using it, the illness went away.