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Recent Statements Debunking Health/Internet Rumors

“Don’t believe the rumors – widely spread on the Internet – that aspartame … causes not only multiple sclerosis, but also lupus, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Gulf War syndrome, and brain tumors. ”
-University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 1999

“I have no problem with information dissemination, even when it is wrong. But [this] has crossed the line. There is no evidence that aspartame in any way causes, provokes, mimics or worsens MS. This series of allegations are almost totally without foundation. They are rabidly inaccurate and scandalously misinformative.”
-David Squillacote, MD, Senior Medical Advisor for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

“There continues to be unsubstantiated claims that the nonnutritive sweetener aspartame (brand name NutraSweet) poses health risks to people with diabetes. Aspartame has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a governmental agency that conducts thorough scientific reviews to determine foods are safe for public consumption. The American Diabetes Association follows FDA recommendations and recognizes that there is no credible scientific evidence linking aspartame to any health-related problems for people with diabetes.”
-American Diabetes Association Statement, February 9, 1999

“MS and lupus have been around a lot longer than aspartame has, and repeated scientific studies have found no connection between the sweetener and such symptoms.”
-University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 1999

“This specimen of email scarelore, in wide circulation since mid-December 1998, warns that the artificial sweetener aspartame (a.k.a. “NutraSweet” and “Equal”) is toxic to humans in a hundred different ways. It even coins a new medical term for these effects: ‘aspartame disease.’ Most of the allegations contradict the bulk of medical … but I would point out that the agency [FDA] has common sense and years of accumulated research on its side when it maintains that the sweetener is safe for most people. As to aspartame’s critics, it doesn’t help their cause that the information presented in the email is disorganized, hysterical and poorly substantiated.”
-About.com

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