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Betty Martini <betty at noel.pd.org> wrote:
> Dear CMB:
> The original story is my post at the beginning of
> URGENT;NutraSweet:METHANOL/TRUTH which if not on your screen I will be
> happy to forward. I mentioned that menthanol is a narcotic. John Vogel
> made this comment that it wasn't. I then came back and gave the reference
> which is:
> Louis, R.J. Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, Eighth
> Edition, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold (1992) pp.2251-2252.
> Also, I've posted so many notes on this in the past but aspartame is a
> drug, and I've given original data on that before. After John's remark,
> and even though Sax is a well accepted reference, I checked some more
> sources about methanol just because its so bad. Here's some interesting
> Merck Index: Tenth Edition: 5816: Methanol: Methyl alcohol..wood alcohol...
> "Poisoning may occur from ingestion, inhalation or percutaneous
> absorption. Acute Effects: Headache, fatigue, nausea, visual impairment
> or complete blindness (may be permanently), acidosis,
> convulsions..respiratory failure, death. Death from ingestion of less
> than 30 ml. has been reported. .."
> That's very interesting since this is what we see with aspartame, and I
> for one don't want methanol in my food and drink or body. Yes, it is a
> solvent, and thats what it should be used for not added for food.
> The Merck goes on: "Industrial solvent: Raw material for making
> formaldehyde and methyl esters of organic and inorganic acids ..
> This is what happens in your body. Methanol converts to formaldehyde
> and formic acid (ant sting poison) and causes metabolic acidosis.
> In the book FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY BY Jean Bogert, eighth edition, on
> page 286 it says:
> "Methyl Alcohol or "wood alcohol" taken internally is a dangerous
> poison. It paralyzes the optic nerve and as little as 10 cc may cause
> blindness. Its use as a solvent in industries causes a hazard for
> workmen unless forced ventilation is installed, since continual breathing
> of the vapors, may result in blindness. A similar hazard exists when it
> is used as an antifreeze agent in automobile radiators, since it is
> vaporized by engine heat and the toxic vapor may be swept back into the car.
> Methyl (wood) alcohol is sometimes present in improperly prepared
> distilled liquors and is added to ethyl alcohol to render it unfit for
> beverage purposes. ("denatured alcohol")."
> The problems coming from this in aspartame are very serious, especially
> so much vision loss and blindness. Even the Government says they are
> going to redo the currency in 1996 because people are having problems
> reading it and they think its coming from diabetes. Well aspartame
> triggers diabetes (Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon says that in his book
> EXCITOTOXINS; THE TASTE THAT KILLS) and it triggers blindness.
> People begin to slur their words when they get a good deal of aspartame
> and lost their equilibrium. We have so many case histories where they
> are diagnosed as multiple sclerosis when in reality its a methanol
> toxicity which mimics MS. If you will read my post in nutrition
> newsgroup under Coca Cola/Health-Attitude you'll see a case history of
> exactly that. We see these cases over and over again.
> There is so much blindness from aspartame that in October, l986 the
> Community Nutrition Institute in Washington, D.C. filed a petition with
> the FDA to have it banned because of its link to blindness. (CHICAGO SUN
> TIMES, Friday, October 17, 1986 titled: CONSUMER GROUP LINKS
> NUTRASWEET TO BLINDNESS) The methanol converts to formaldehyde in the
> This is especially serious in diabetics because sometimes physicians
> think its just diabetic retinopathy when their patients are going blind.
> There are so many diabetics going blind because of aspartame and its just
> criminal. As a man told me just this last Saturday: "My mother was doing
> so well as a diabetic. She had been using saccharin but decided to
> switch to NutraSweet. She went completely blind." I hear that so much
> its like a broken record. And this is just one of the reasons we are
> trying so desperately to get this poison off the market.
> In the article in the Chicago Sun Times they quote Dr. H. J. Roberts who
> said: "Of 360 patients he has diagnosed as having aspartame-related
> problems, Roberts said, about one-fourth had decreased vision or
> blindness, nearly half had severe headaches and substantial numbers had
> epileptic seizures, confusion or memory loss, extreme depression and
> marked personality change." Keep in mind this was in l986 when
> aspartame was in about 600 products - now the patent has expired and its
> in 5000 products and climbing!
> Here's more info about methanol from an article by Dr. Ron Austin of
> Norwalk, California in his newsletter BACK ISSUES TITLED: NutraSweet
> Friend or Foe!
> "One man's (Nutra) Sweet is another man's poison! ...Methanol (methyl
> alcohol, wood alcohol), a poisonous substance, is added as a component
> during the manufacture of aspartame (NutraSweet). This methanol is
> subsequently released within hours of consumption in the small
> intestine. However, in humans this process is sped up tremendously if
> the methanol is ingested as a free methanol such as occurs in soft drinks
> after storage or in other foods after being heated. Regardless as to
> whether this happens or not 10% of the weight of aspartame intake of an
> individual will be absorbed by the bloodstream as methanol within hours
> after consumption. Important note: Up until date there has been no
> therapeutic (healing) properties of this substance (methanol) and it has
> been considered to be a poison. The ingestion of two (2) teaspoons is
> considered to be deadly in humans."
> ...."Methyl alcohol has a selective action on the optic nerve and can cause
> blindness, the consumption of as little as 30 ml (two teaspoons) has
> caused death. Methyl alcohol is used as a polar solvent for plastics,
> paints, and varnishes, as an antifreeze, and in the manufacture of
> formaldehyde and other methyl compounds such as methyl amine, methyl
> chloride, and methyl methacrylate. Patients may complain of lethargy
> (extreme tiredness), confusion, and impairment of speech, all signs of
> nervous system involvement. The individual may suffer leg cramps, back
> pain, severe headache, abdominal pain, labored breathing, vertigo and
> visual loss, the latter being a very important clue to making a diagnosis
> of this type (methanol) poisoning. In severe cases the liver, kidneys,
> heart and lungs show dangerous signs of degeneration."
> These symptoms are what we are seeing in the population on a grand scale,
> the reason for the warning flyers we distribute worldwide. People see
> the symptoms and realize what the culprit, and hopefully get off of it
> before it takes their life.
> Dr. Austin goes on about CHRONIC OR PROLONGED EXPOSURE IN HUMANS: "Many
> of the signs and symptoms of intoxication due to methanol ingestion are
> not specific to methyl (wood) alcohol. For example, headache, ear
> buzzing, dizziness, nausea and unsteady gait (intoxicated or drunk type
> of walking), gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills,
> memory lapses, numbness and shooting pains in the lower extremities,
> hands and forearms, behavioral disturbances and neuritis. The most
> distinctive signs and symptoms of this type of poisoning in humans are
> the various visual disturbances such as: misty vision, progressive
> contraction of the visual fields (tunnel vision) mist before the eyes,
> blurring of vision and indistinct vision."
> We are having a lot of problems with pilots having vision problems from
> aspartame. They are reporting to the Worldwide Pilot Hotline (214 352-4268)
> and keeping them quite busy. You may remember that the American Airliner
> that fell out of the sky in December was reported as "pilot error -
> tunnel vision"! Many of them are having grand mal seizures in the
> cockpits of commercial airliners full of passengers. In fact, I asked
> Mary Stoddard of the Worldwide Pilot Hotline just yesterday could she
> give a number of how many seizures there had been. She said: "They are
> still putting them in the database and haven't come to a total count as yet."
> They come in quite frequently. The United States Air Force warned all
> pilots off this neurotoxin in their journal FLYING SAFETY in May 1992.
> We quote it on our flyer:
> "...Some people have suffered aspartame related disorders with doses as
> small as that carried in a single stick of chewing gum. This could mean
> a pilot who drinks diet sodas is more susceptible to flicker vertigo, or
> to flicker-induced epileptic activity. It also means that all pilots are
> potential victims of sudden memory loss, dizziness during instrument
> flight and gradual loss of vision." Thank you, United States Air Force!
> The Navy said the same thing in Navy Physiology!
> And they are having a great deal of problems with methanol even in the
> plants. Dr. Austin quotes one case: "A 21 year old non-drinking male
> who had been exposed daily to the fine dust of aspartame (NutraSweet) at
> the packaging plant he had been working at for over one year, was
> complaining of blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, and depression
> before his sudden death. An autopsy revealed liver, kidneys, heart and
> lungs degeneration (disease). The damage to the heart was as if the man
> had been an alcoholic between the ages of 30 and 50 and up to 50% of his
> food intake for over a 10 to 15 year period was alcohol. Mind you, he
> was a 21 year old non-drinker!! But I only have one soft drink daily
> with NutraSweet, surly that can't kill me, right? "
> Incidently, the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network keeps the autopsy
> reports on file of those who die from NutraSweet, and they have this one.
> A good deal of Dr. Austin's newsletter is quoted from Dr. Woodrow Monte's
> report: ASPARTAME; METHANOL AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH (JOURNAL OF APPLIED
> NUTRITION, VOLUME 36, NUMBER 1, 1984). Dr. Monte said back then that the
> public use of this toxin might constitute the test of its safety! It has
> - we have seen all the things he said would happen on a large scale
> worldwide. He pleaded with Congress and the FDA to stop the insanity of
> marketing this poison. His eloquent concluding remarks should never be
> "I am sure you have been pressured by the petitioner's attorneys. You
> must remember you are the American's public last defense; you must be
> strong to this mandate, for once you allow usage there is literally
> nothing I or my colleagues can do to reverse the course."
> It fell on deaf ears, and the prophecy continues to be fulfilled as
> aspartame continues to insult the human constitution causing disease and
> death -- and three worldwide organizations - Mission Possible - the
> Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Worldwide Pilot Hotline send
> worldwide alerts warning all we can get to, to get off this toxin and
> escape the horrors we see daily from this poison!
> Betty Martini
> Domain: betty at pd.org
> UUCP: ...!emory!pd.org!betty
> On Thu, 3 Aug 1995 06BROOKS at CUA.EDU wrote:
> > jvogel at crl.com (John M. Vogel) wrote:
> > >
> > > Betty Martini (betty at noel.pd.org) wrote:
> > >
> > > : Methanol is classified as a narcotic.
> > >
> > > You're fabricating; Methanol is *not* a narcotic.
> > >
> > > John, R.N.
> > > jvogel at crl.com
> > >
> > As Re: MEOH.....
> > Methanol is a solvent, not 'narcotic'...where are the chemists' in the
> > group:>?
> > What is this set of links, anyway?
> > Would appreciate a synopsis so I can join the debate.
> > Regards,
> > CMB
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