EPA Questions Role of Aspartame in Brain Development

Experts say environmental toxins are responsible for kicking many of our immune systems into overdrive, causing health disorders from allergies to asthma to autism. For example, statistics recently released by the National Survey of Children’s Health and supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services say that the odds of a child receiving an autism/Asperger’s diagnosis are now one in 63. If the child is a boy, the chances of an autism/Asperger’s diagnosis jump to one in 38 — unnerving. But according to a Huffington Post article, which reported on this study, there was also some surprising news. The article claims that a large number of children “originally diagnosed with autism/Asperger’s went on to shed their diagnosis as they got older.” And more, that researchers were told by the parents interviewed that their kids “had autism, Asperger’s Disorder etc. at some point, but not currently.” Which leads you to one of two conclusions: These kids were either a) misdiagnosed, or b) something changed in their diet or living environment.

I can’t say I have unswerving faith in our medical community, so a misdiagnosis is always firmly planted on the table. However, the number of misdiagnoses, if that’s the case, is cause for a totally different kind of concern. If it’s the latter … what are we exposing our kids to? What is it that changed for the kids who once had autism/Asperger’s and now do not?  Could it be changes in their diet or living environment, or both?

A December 2010 article in Politics Daily reports on a list released by the EPA of chemicals highly suspected in the development of brain disorders, including learning disabilities, aspartame and Asperger’s. And guess what? Aspartame is on that list—right beneath arsenic. This list, according to the article, is composed of those chemicals with the “strongest evidence of developmental neurotoxicity” — with the exception of a few that were removed (like LSD and cocaine, which are obvious toxins). The article also reports there is a second list of chemicals with “lesser evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” That list includes the likes of formaldehyde and methylene chloride. It’s worthy of mention that aspartame tops these and is on the list with greater evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. After you’ve read the Politics Daily article, check out the the list. And then you make the call.


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Tanya is a bestselling novelist and award-winning journalist. She's led the editorial staffs of several parenting publications and Web based editorial, including AOL/ Huffington Post.
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  1. dear madam
    Me Bashir Ahmad doing research in the laboratory endocrionology , departme of bioscience, barkathullah university Bhopl(M.P) india.just i compeated my M.phil on toxicity of pesticides and now i want further research on cancer causing food products, so i choice artifical sugars. now mam i am in delima is aspartame really cancer causing agent or not, because i used several published papers, in some papers i found it is cancer causing agent and some others i found not causing.. please suggest me, should i start my work or not…. my mail aderss is prince_annam81@yahoo.com and ur self can also find me on fb by name peerzada prince. hope ur self suggest me very soon

  2. Is Aspartame cancer causing agent? is it effects on neuroendocrine system? is it causes brain cancer? plz give me proof with reference.

  3. I believe many autism cases can be directly related to the use of NutraSweet – NutraSweeet is in everything – yogurt, cereal, salad dressings, juice, bottled water, crackers, etc. young children are digesting this non food daily…
    In 1983 when this was released I had severe nightmares and convulsions – since that time I have not touched a drop of the chemical – I can tell you it is not easy – there are many names to the product – reading labels is a must.
    Companies/Monsanto is in business for one reason to make profits… NutraSweet – GMO seed, what is next?