URGENT: NutraSweet(tm) Destroys Usenet!!!!
Jody K. Hirsh
jkh141 at nwu.edu
Tue Aug 1 11:58:13 EST 1995
In article <3vj15r$9cs at curly.cc.emory.edu>, libcm at curly.cc.emory.edu
>Jean-Francois Avon (jf_avon at citenet.net) wrote:
>: >just no one to warn him of the dangers and he didn't know that
>: >is a seizure triggering drug, and produced grand mal seizues in lab
>: Dear Betty, would you please post substantial pharmacological and
>: data on the subject. I am very interested in hearing about it. I would like
>Aspartame (Nutrasweet) was originally developed as an experimental
>neurological drug. It's sweetness was an unexpected side effect.
> It was a dud as a neurological agent, except that in large doses, it
>causes brain lesions in lab animals.
> Some humans experience neurological problems with reasonably small
>doses of aspartame. I personally get a headache if I drink a lot of diet
>Coke. It passed FDA muster because side effects are not widespread and
>not *usually* severe.
> I work at Emory's Health Sciences Library. I heartily recommend that
>you use one of the free Medline search programs on WWW- look under
>"aspartame", extend your search back 10 years.
This is BOGUS. Nutrasweet was an accident, but it was discovered during
the synthesis of GASTRIN peptides for Stomach disorders not neurological
peptides. The old-time chemists used to taste everything. (BTW,Saccharin
was accidentally dicovered in the synthesis of paint because it got on a
cigarette; Sherwin-Williams holds the patent).
My guess is that your headaches were the result of consuming excess
CAFFEINE in the diet Coke, and/or hypoglycemic from not eating enough.
Nutrasweet is not absorbed as-is, your body breaks it down first in the gut
to the amino acids. If you have Nutrasweet with any protein-containing food
there will be MUCH more aspartic acid and phenylalanine from the
FOOD in your system.
BTW, I don't work for Nutrasweet or have any other connection to them or
Searle. I'm just a scientist concerned with the dissemination of false
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