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Methanol, Biproduct of Aspartame Linked to Autism, Preterm Delivery

Patrick Gallagher
April 27th, 2012
Updated 12/21/2012 at 2:58 pm
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One would think that with the extreme and almost omnipresent dangers of aspartame that there would be far less of the substance on the market compared to a decade or two ago. But, with fully sanctioned advertisements telling you just how great products are which contain aspartame, there seems to be no end in sight for this dangerous edible chemistry experiment. There have been, however, several dozen studies on just how viable the purely artificial sweetener actually is for the human body, mostly ignored by the general populace and still consumed just as much of the sweetener as before. Among these studies is a comprehensive one on Methanol, the primary alcoholic component used in the production of aspartame

Methanol, Biproduct of Aspartame Linked to Autism, Preterm Delivery

A retired food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at the Arizona State University Dr. Woodrow Monte describes how the toxic chemical methanol and it’s use in the production of aspartame and other chemicals could be a main factor in causing spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and more recently, autism in young children. It is also the primary factor in other developing chronic diseases and health conditions.

In his findings, Dr. Monte evaluates the role of methanol in relation to human health. Since it is only a recent addition to the mainstream diet due wholly to processing and chemical synthesis not in existence prior to the 20th century, it would be fairly important to determine whether or not the chemistry is soluble with the human diet. What he discovered would undermine aspartame entirely if given enough attention: methanol is formed in the body as formaldehyde, known to cause cancer and generally be highly damaging to human health. He has also determined that methanol metabolizes in many other organs of the body, not just the liver.

He had this to say on his own website,

“Methanol is particularly dangerous to humans, more so than any other animal [...] When humans consume low doses of methanol it is metabolized directly into formaldehyde which is a cancer producing agent of the same level of danger as asbestos and plutonium.”

Dr. Monte, unlike a great many of his colleagues, is not subject to the influence of high powered food corporations; his interest comes genuinely to help the people understand what is actually in their food products and to prevent them from consuming the product of ill intentions.

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  • John Fryer

    John Garston links an article on treatment for autism which has no connection with or talks about aspartame.

    But we all know methanol and its metabolites are improved by these treatments.

    Does he claim therefore that aspartame is causing adverse health issues then and contributing to exacerbating others?

    It is illogical that chemical treatments that alleviate methanol harm or that of its metabolites and virtually nothing else does not therefore implicate methanol or foods that degrade to it as harmful to humans.

    Aspartame does degrade to methanol et al in all the tissues of our body unless it degrades before we consume it due to age or high temperature when formulated in liquid foods and drinks in which case it forms another substance with another tranch of adverse health effects.

  • Gemma

    This is in fact one of the prohibited drugs in our region, but still many have been using it despite of the banning.

    Gemma, marketing consultant of <a href=",” target=”_blank”>, a drop shipping company.

  • judy

    Check out the work of Dr Shauna Young at and her work and research and also a free download of her protocol for Spectrum Disorders. Great way to heal our humanity naturally.

  • Rich Murray

    methanol/formaldehyde paradigm for multiple sclerosis, free full 56 page chapter 9 pdf, While Science Sleeps, 146 full text references online, Prof. Woodrow C. Monte: Rich Murray 2012.03.20

    Multiple Sclerosis: The Cause and the Solution Uncovered — at Last!

    An exhaustive analysis of the medical and scientific literature, authored by a uniquely qualified food scientist, persuasively reveals the cause of MS and describes a path to recovery and prevention.

    The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are identical to those of an uncommon form of poisoning — methanol poisoning.

    Individuals who have been exposed to this poison over a long period of time, in fact, develop MS.

    This poison — methanol — is a major component of cigarette smoke, which, until now, has been the only known cause of Multiple Sclerosis.

    Dr. Monte's compelling work reveals that this poison is also contained in certain foods that are canned and smoked or have had the insidious sweetener, aspartame, added to them.

    Unfortunately, the truth has been obscured due to the fact that methanol is a poison only to humans and not to (laboratory) animals.

    If you have MS, or love someone who does, you and your physician should read what Dr. Monte has to say about methanol and its link to MS.

    To expedite the free exchange of what might be lifesaving information about this disease, there is a file attached below to his website that contains a full copy of Chapter 9 of his book, While Science Sleeps.

    This chapter examines the cause of MS and posits the simple dietary changes that can save your life.

    Download a free copy of Chapter 9 and have a read [ 99 pages, including list of all 740 full text online references for book -- Chapter 9 has 146 references ]:

    The references are located on his website: ,

    as are the simple dietary changes that you must follow because your life may depend on it: .

    Everything you need to know about MS is in Chapter 9.

    If you are interested in knowing more about methanol poisoning and its link to other diseases of civilization, you will want to read the entire book, While Science Sleeps, by Woodrow C. Monte PHD, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition and Food Science, Arizona State University…

    While Science Sleeps, by Woodrow C. Monte PHD, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition and Food Science, Arizona State University.

    Chapter 9: Multiple Sclerosis

    The Conflagration that is Multiple Sclerosis;

    Listening to Nature’s Whispers;

    The Scene of the Crime;

    Details of Plaque Formation;

    The Look, Touch, Taste and Smell of Multiple Sclerosis;

    The Kitchen Autopsy;

    The Cause of MS is within the Thickening Blood Vessels;

    Symptoms Mean Little Unless They Are Identical in All Ways…Then They Mean Everything!;

    Learn a Little About Arginine;

    Looking for the Shadow of Formaldehyde;

    Myelin Basic Protein (MBP);

    “Woody… They Have Done Our Experiment for Us.… But They Just Don’t Get It!”;

    Finding the Shadow of Formaldehyde in the MS Brain: The Smoking Gun (a Triple Blind Study);

    Evidence That Methanol Causes MS;

    The Etiology of Multiple Sclerosis — Follow the Methanol;

    A Food Scientist’s Nightmare Called Aspartame;

    MS: a Disease of Colder Climates and Flush Toilets — Before Aspartame;

    A World Awash in MS after Aspartame;

    Change in Frequency of MS by Sex: the Methanol Source — Food or Smoke — Makes All the Difference;

    Can Methanol Really Cause MS?;

    MS Can Be Found in Some Places, but Cannot be Found in Others;

    Industrial Exposure to Methanol — Jobs that Can Last for an Eternity;

    Teachers’ Paradigm;

    MS Treatment — Pharmaceutical Placeboes or Perhaps Worse;

    Text, While Science Sleeps, Woodrow C. Monte, Review of Chapter 9, Multiple Sclerosis, 42 pages, 146 references as free online full pdfs of mainstream journal reports

    1. MS is a disease that begins around brain blood vessels, adjacent to the exact locations where methanol converts to formaldehyde, very much like Alzheimer’s Disease.

    2. MS was first discovered long before formaldehyde, making the determination of its cause impossible.

    3. The vast majority of early researchers believed that the cause of MS was a “toxic substance” that forms in and is distributed via the blood vessels of the brain. “Whatever is being produced within the vessel walls is the cause of the disease.”

    4. All symptoms of MS can be found during the course of methanol poisoning if the patient lives long enough.

    5. Myelin Basic Protein (MBP) is the protein of the myelin sheath that is removed during MS plaque development.

    MBP contains a high percentage of arginine, which acts as a trap for formaldehyde.

    The MBP of MS patients has been shown to have reacted with formaldehyde and cause a marked increase of the methylation of its arginine.

    6. The MBP of MS brain tissue has been shown to be severely deficient in phosphorylation, which we know can be caused by formaldehyde.

    7. The Smoking Paradigm: Cigarette smoke is high in methanol and is the only etiological cause of MS that is generally accepted by the scientific community.

    8. Consistent circumstantial evidence links increases in methanol-containing food consumption and in industrial use of methanol to corresponding increases in MS incidence during the transition from the 19th century into the 20th century.

    9. The advent of aspartame, a methanol carrier, has introduced an opportunity to quantify additional methanol in the food supply since 1981.

    10. The Aspartame Paradigm: statistics show convincingly that as more and more aspartame is consumed by the US population the incidence of — and perhaps more importantly the death rate from — MS has also increased dramatically.

    11. The higher incidence of MS in colder climates was due to the higher consumption levels of canned fruits and vegetables in temperate climates.

    This began reversing shortly after methanol-containing diet sodas and other thirst quenching products became popular and inexpensive in the tropics.

    12. MS was at one time a disease of men when it was caused by industrial contact.

    It is increasingly more of a women’s disease.

    When methanol is inhaled as a gas during cigarette smoking or industrial contamination the distribution tends to be equal between the sexes.

    The stomach of the man, however, has 4 or 5 times more ADH in its lining than that of a woman.

    When methanol is consumed via diet soda, the ADH removes methanol before it can get to the brain, so less of it reaches men’s brains

    than women’s brains.

    As more and more methanol has become a dietary poison, the shift from male to female disease has followed.

    13. The Faroe Islands are surrounded by countries with very high incidence of MS, yet the country traditionally did not have the disease represented in its population until after the occupation of large numbers of British Troops during the Second World War.

    Faroes have no trees or peat deposits and, therefore, developed methods to salt and air dry fish and other meats for preservation, unlike its neighbors, who dine on smoked foods at each meal.

    The indigenous diet of the Faroans contains no methanol.

    14. The Village of Wellington, Ohio experienced an epidemic of MS that should have been traced to the escape of methanol fumes from a foundry, affecting the populace located downwind of it.

    15. Professions such as shoe making and papermaking that have been shown to have high incidence of MS can also be shown to have exposed their workers to levels of methanol.

    16. The Teaching Paradigm:

    The US teaching profession might just be the best profession to use to link methanol exposure to increased incidence of MS.

    Secondary school teachers suffer an incidence of MS almost twice as high as their professional counterparts.

    They also can be shown to have had consistent workday exposure to methanol fumes by the ubiquitous use of Ditto machines that use high concentrations of methanol as a print transfer agent.

  • John E. Garst, Ph.D.

    Concerning autism, see The author's conclude "The significant improvements observed in transmethylation metabolites and glutathione redox status after treatment suggest that targeted nutritional intervention with methylcobalamin and folinic acid may be of clinical benefit in some children who have autism."

    John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition)

  • John

    The methanol connection with aspertane is compelling however the link to autism is weak. It would be interesting to do further work on this but who would ever find funding sources? At least this starts a process of logic which hopefully takes the focus from immunization. This alone will save many innocent children from potential harm.

  • Rich Murray

    Aspartame is 11% methanol, 22 mg per can of diet drink — in humans only, the ADH enzyme turns methanol into formaldehyde adjacent to and within cells in blood vessels, brain, retina, and many other tissues, including breast, prostate, womb and fetus — killing cells, forming cumulative micro lesions, mutating DNA, and leading to later cancers.

    Methanol sources also include wood and cigarette smoke, canned fruits juices vegetables, fermented and smoked foods, some wines and liquors, and more…

    methanol/formaldehyde paradigm for multiple sclerosis, free full 56 page chapter 9 pdf, While Science Sleeps, 146 full text references online, Prof. Woodrow C. Monte: Rich Murray 2012.03.20