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Artificial Sweeteners and Blood Cancers!!

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05 May 2017

Why has this been kept out of main stream information to patients?

Before I start, let me state that I was diagnosed with small lymphocytic lymphoma, three years ago.   I have had two tumours, both of which have been removed by surgery and radiotherapy.   I am now in remission.

During the past years, I have had many consultations with haematologists, oncologists, maxillofacial surgeons and other cancer clinicians.   In just about every interview, with a new clinician, I have been asked if I had any allergies or substances which I am allergic to.   In every instance, I informed them that I was extremely allergic to “Formaldehyde.”   Over the years, I have become used to the retort that when you die make sure that you are not embalmed, then ha, ha!!

However, recently I have noticed that when I consume certain products: some yoghurts, soft drinks, fruit juices, gums and drink accompaniments such as tonic water, that I get a reaction like when I was first diagnosed as being allergic to formaldehyde, many, many years ago.

After research, I discovered a consistent connection with artificial sweeteners, especially “Aspartame” and blood cancers, although it would appear on the surface to be indirect!   Further research, revealed that aspartame is a dipeptide molecule produced by joining phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Aspartame itself does not occur naturally but is a manufactured substance.   Aspartame is made of:

50% of Aspartame consists of Phenylalanine.

40% of Aspartame consists of Aspartic Acid.

10% of Aspartame consists of Methanol a.k.a. wood alcohol.

In addition, Diketopiperazine (DKP) is a by-product of aspartame metabolism.   DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumours.

When aspartame is consumed, it is completely broken down by the enzymes in the digestive system (esterases and peptidases) into the two amino acids and a type of alcohol called methanol.

I also found that in 2006 (and again in 2012) the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified formaldehyde as carcinogenic to humans.

It is important to understand that formaldehyde is produced by our bodies every day in amounts thousands of times greater than you would ever get from aspartame, as it is a key metabolite that is needed to make other essential compounds, including DNA. Also, the known toxic effects of methanol relate not to formaldehyde, but to the build-up of formic acid in the blood. However, the breakdown of formic acid is slower than the breakdown of formaldehyde, so if there is a very large dose of methanol (or formaldehyde) coming into the body, over a long time, formic acid can build up and that causes the adverse effects seen in methanol poisoning.

This is not new information!   Additional research between 1980 and 2004, found a statistically significant association between formaldehyde exposure and death from all blood and lymphatic cancers combined. Those within the highest peak exposure group were 37% more likely to die from blood and lymphatic cancers than those with the lowest level of peak exposures. Furthermore, the risk of death from myeloid leukaemia was 78% higher among those with the highest peak exposure to formaldehyde compared with those with the lowest peak exposures.

The researchers concluded that there appears to be direct correlation between formaldehyde exposure and blood and lymphatic cancers.

I want to know the following:

1.Why is all this basic health information being kept from patients, especially when clinicians are told about patients with formaldehyde allergies?

2.Why is the foods standards industry and governments still allowing the use of artificial sweeteners, knowing the dangers associated with them?

3.Why are we not informed that low sugar content foods, really mean that the sweetness, although not provided by sugars, is provided by chemical artificial sweeteners?

4.What does the numerous cancer research bodies say about this and why, although it has been known about for decades, have they not highlighted this problem?