The American Stroke Association held their International Stroke Conference where researchers presented the findings of a landmark study on diet drinks. The Manhattan Study sponsored by the NIH published in 2012 (Hanna Gardener MD) found that those who drank at least one diet soda per day had a 43% greater chance of experiencing a vascular event either a stroke or heart attack than those who drank regular soda or did not drink diet soda. They followed more than 2,500 New Yorkers for nine or more years, and found that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including heart attack and stroke.[1] This comes on the heels of another study showing an association between diet soda consumption and type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.[2]


I alluded to several studies from the independently funded Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center, European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences, Bologna, Italy. Results of the first study demonstrate that aspartame, administered at varying levels in feed, causes a statistically significant, dose-related increase of lymphomas-leukemias and malignant tumors of the renal pelvis in female rats and malignant tumors of peripheral nerves in male rats. These results demonstrate for the first time that aspartame (APM) is a carcinogenic agent, capable of inducing malignancies at dose levels lower than the current acceptable daily intake for humans (40 mg/kg of body weight in the EU, 50 mg/kg of body weight in the US). Various doses were administered with feed to (Sprague-Dawley) rats from 8 weeks of age throughout the life span.

Even at a daily dose of 20 mg/kg body weight, much less than the current acceptable daily intake. On the basis of these results, a reevaluation of the present guidelines on the use and consumption of APM is urgent and cannot be delayed.[3].

A 44-pound child would only have to consume 400 mg. about the equivalent of three Diet Cokes per day, to reach the carcinogenic 20 mg/kg bodyweight dose. Aspartame and neotame which are used in more than 6,000 diet products, beverages, and pharmaceuticals, have carcinogenic effects at a dose level within range of human daily intake—effects that are magnified when exposure begins during fetal life. One packet of Equal contains 33 mg. of aspartame; one can of Diet Coke (355 ml.) contains 131 mg. of aspartame; and one-half cup of Jello Light contains 40 mg. of aspartame.


Recently the most thorough and comprehensive study to date on the effects of aspartame demonstrated that one diet soda per day increases the risk of leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[4] The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:

– 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
– 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
– 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)


Dr. Woodrow Monte Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition hails from my alma mater Arizona State University. He describes how the toxic chemical methanol and its use in the production of aspartame, which contains 11% methanol by weight, could be a main factor in causing several diseases. He lists these diseases:

…spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and more recently, autism in kids. In fact Dr Monte claims that many of the diseases of civilization (DOC) are caused by this single chemical which is converted to formaldehyde in various organs of the body.

Be sure to visit Dr Monte’s website It is here in his newly published (2010) work, Methanol: A chemical Trojan Horse as the root of the Inscrutable U he is quoted as saying:

Methanol is particularly dangerous to humans, more so than any other animal. 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.

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Thank you.

[1] J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Sep;27(9):1120-6

[2] ( 08/31/2012

[3] Environ Health Perspect. 2006 March; 114(3): 379–385 ( 10/23/2013

[4] Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print]

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Dr. Christopher Rasmussen (aka Reality Renegade) is the author of his upcoming book, "InflaNATION: Industrial Diners & A Doc In The Box." By deliberately avoiding harmful industrial foods and the Commercial Sick Care System with its Pills and Procedures paradigm, Dr Rasmussen cured himself of a deadly disease-which became the reason for writing this book. In the book, he provides the facts you must know and the solutions to regain your health, maintain wellness, and outlive your parents' generation in an extraordinarily toxic world.

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