Here it is: “sweet poison” [PDF].
Some highlights: “When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning!”; “These products also contain formaldehyde”; “Aspartame drives the bloodsugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance”; “Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage. Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well”; “It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome”. Just for fun, see how many errors you can spot.
Now, in 2002 the Scientific Committe on Food released a report into aspartame. This report found no reason to change the guidelines on aspartame. PDF.
Funnily enough, Dr Briffa is also anti-aspartame, as I’ve mentioned before, and he seems to think it’s the methanol that is the harmful component of aspartame. A bit odd, perhaps that Dr Briffa doesn’t blog about the dangers of apple juice then, which has been reported to contain up to 88mg per litre. Also, according to the Australian Skeptics group, “Volume for volume, tomato juice produces six times more methanol than does diet cola” and I haven’t seen Briffa rail against the iniquities of tomato juice yet. Aussie Skeptics.