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Aspartame Side Effects

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Consider this, out of all the complaints that the FDA receives every single year, adverse reactions to the artificial sweetener aspartame comprise about 85 percent of consumer complaints. [1,2]

Stop and think about that…

From 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 Symptoms reported from aspartame use, including death. The list below is quite alarming. [3]

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FDA List of 92 Aspartame-Related Symptoms

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anxiety Attacks
  • Arthritis, Asthma
  • Asthmatic Reactions
  • Bloating
  • Edema (Fluid Retention)
  • Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)
  • Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Burning Eyes or Throat
  • Burning Urination
  • Can’t Think Straight
  • Chest Pains
  • Chronic Cough
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive Thirst or Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Feel Unreal
  • Flushing of Face
  • Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hives (Urticaria)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Impotency and Sexual Problems
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Infection Susceptibility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Itching
  • Joint Pains
  • Laryngitis
  • “Like Thinking in a Fog”
  • Marked Personality Changes
  • Memory loss
  • Menstrual Problems or Changes
  • Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake)
  • Muscle spasms, Nausea or Vomiting, Numbness or Tingling of Extremities
  • Other Allergic-Like Reactions
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Poor Memory
  • Rapid Heart Beat
  • Rashes
  • Seizures and Convulsions
  • Slurring of Speech
  • Swallowing Pain
  • Tachycardia
  • Tremors
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Vision Loss
  • Weight Gain.

Aspartame Disease/Toxicity Mimics Symptoms or Worsens the Following Diseases:[4]

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
  • Diabetes and Diabetic Complications
  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Birth Defects
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Lymphoma
  • Lyme Disease
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression and other Psychological Disorders.

Why Don’t We Hear About These Aspartame Dangers?

The reason many people do not hear about serious reactions to aspartame is twofold:[5]

  1. Lack of awareness by the general population. Aspartame-caused diseases are not reported in the newspapers like plane crashes. This is because these incidents occur one at a time in thousands of different locations across the United States.
  2. Most people do not associate their symptoms with the long-term use of aspartame. For the people who have killed a significant percentage of their brain cells and thereby caused a chronic illness, there is no way that they would normally associate such an illness with aspartame consumption.

How aspartame was approved is a lesson in how chemical and pharmaceutical companies can manipulate government agencies such as the FDA, “bribe” organizations such as the American Dietetic Association, and flood the scientific community with flawed and fraudulent industry-sponsored studies funded by the makers of aspartame.

Erik Millstone, a researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit of Sussex University, has compiled thousands of pages of evidence, some of which have been obtained using the freedom of information act 23, showing:[6]

  1. Laboratory tests were faked and dangers were concealed.
  2. Tumors were removed from animals and animals that had died were “restored to life” in laboratory records.
  3. False and misleading statements were made to the FDA.
  4. The two US Attorneys given the task of bringing fraud charges against the aspartame manufacturer took positions with the manufacturer’s law firm, letting the statute of limitations run out
  5. The Commissioner of the FDA overruled the objections of the FDA’s own scientific board of inquiry. Shortly after that decision, he took a position with Burson-Marsteller, the firm in charge of public relations for G.D. Searle.

A Public Board of Inquiry (PBOI) was conducted in 1980. There were three scientists who reviewed the objections of Olney and Turner to the approval of aspartame. They voted unanimously against aspartame’s approval. The FDA Commissioner, Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr. then created a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the PBOI findings. After it became clear that the Commission would uphold the PBOI’s decision by a vote of 3 to 2, another person was added to the Commission, creating a deadlocked vote. This allowed the FDA Commissioner to break the deadlock and approve aspartame for dry goods in 1981.

Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, the Senior Scientist in an FDA Bureau of Foods review team created in August 1977 to review the Bressler Report (a report that detailed G.D. Searle’s abuses during the pre-approval testing) said: “It was pretty obvious that somewhere along the line, the bureau officials were working up to a whitewash.”

In 1987, Verrett testified before the US Senate stating that the experiments conducted by Searle were a “disaster.” She stated that her team was instructed not to comment on or be concerned with the overall validity of the studies. She stated that questions about birth defects have not been answered. She continued her testimony by discussing the fact that DKP has been shown to increase uterine polyps and change blood cholesterol and that increasing the temperature of the product leads to an increase in production of DKP.[7,8]

Want to learn more about aspartame toxicity and detoxification?

Check out One of the head authorities on aspartame consumption and the potential side effects is Dr. Russell Blaylock, check out his article “What To Do If You Have Used Aspartame.” You can also read additional information at his website.

Consumers should remain aware of research that continues to support concerns about the use of aspartame. Here is a sample from around the globe: Researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ankara University reviewed the genotoxicologic (damaging to genes) and carcinogenic profile of the artificial sweetener aspartame and concluded, “Considering all the data we can state that aspartame is a moderate genotoxic agent.”9 Researchers in Egypt recently concluded, “Collectively, subchronic aspartame and soft drink-induced brain damage in rats may be driven via a mechanism that involves energy production disruption, electrolytes and hormonal imbalance, increased oxidative stress and activation of molecular pathway of neuronal apoptosis.”10 In looking at the safety of aspartame consumption for people with type II diabetes, researchers in South Africa recently found, “Aspartame may act as a chemical stressor by increasing cortisol levels, and may induce systemic oxidative stress by producing excess free radicals, and it may also alter gut microbial activity and interfere with the N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, resulting in insulin deficiency or resistance.”11

Need additional information? Read other articles on aspartame consumption and the potential health risks associated with its use.

Want to hear a true story of how aspartame was the cause of one women’s Multiple Sclerosis? Read about Cori Brackett’s Story and Documentary Sweet Misery: A Poison World


[1] Hull, J., Dr. (n.d.). Is It True That The Majority Of FDA Complaints Are For Aspartame? Retrieved from

[2] Hull, J., Dr. (n.d.). How Many Aspartame Complaints Are Registered With The FDA? Retrieved from

[3] Martini, B., Dr. (2007, April 16). FDA LIST OF 92 SYMPTOMS ON ASPARTAME (NUTRASWEET/EQUAL/SPOONFUL, E951, CANDEREL, ETC.). Retrieved from

[4] Mercola, J., Dr. (2011, November 6). Aspartame: The Most Dangerous Substance on the Market. Retrieved from

[5,7] Maher, T. J., & Wurtman, R. J. (1987, November). Possible neurologic effects of aspartame, a widely used food additive. Retrieved from

[6] Millstone, E. (2013, February 22). Re. DRAFT Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame (E 951) as a food additive. Retrieved from

[8] American Cancer Society. (n.d.). Aspartame. Retrieved from

[9]Yilmaz S and Ucar A. A review of the genotoxic and carcinogenic effects of aspartame: is it safe or not? Cytotechnology 2014; 66(6):875-81. 
[10] Lebda MA et al. Aspartame and Soft Drink-Mediated Neurotoxicity in Rats: Implication of Oxidative Stress, Apoptotic Signaling Pathways, Electrolytes and Hormonal Levels. Metabolic Brain Disease 2017; June 28

[11]ChoudharyAK. Aspartame: should individuals with Type II Diabetes be taking it? Current Diabetes Reviews 2017; May 31

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