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Posted: 17 May 2010

Woodrow C Monte, PhD, Emeritus Prof. Nutrition gives many PDFs of research -- methanol (11% of aspartame) puts formaldehyde into brain and body -- multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, cancers, birth defects, headaches: Rich Murray 2010.05.13
Thursday, May 13, 2010


As well as extensive free websites with full texts and videos, he offers a $24 145' DVD of a lively talk at the Southland MS Society of New Zealand, March 29-30, 2009, and soon his new book, "While Science Sleeps".


$24 145' Format NTSC DVD ASIN: B003L783I0


Curriculum Vitae, publications, photos

589 references

[German and Dutch also available]






223 references with abstracts or full and partial texts


Methanol: Where Is It Found? How Can It Be Avoided?

AVOID the following, ranked in order of greatest danger:

  1. Cigarettes.
  2. Diet foods and drinks with aspartame.
  3. Fruit and vegetable products and their juices in bottles, cans, or pouches.
  4. Jellies, jams, and marmalades not made fresh and kept refrigerated.
  5. Black currant and tomato juice products, fresh or processed.
  6. Tomato sauces, unless first simmered at least 3 hours with an open lid.
  7. Smoked food of any kind, particularly fish and meat.
  8. Sugar-free chewing gum.
  9. Slivovitz: You can consume one alcoholic drink a day on this diet -- no more! [no fruit brandies ]
  10. Overly ripe or near rotting fruits or vegetables.

Selection from Article 2, Fitness Life, December 2007, and well discussed in the DVD video:

"Identical Symptoms of MS, Methanol Poisoning and Aspartame Toxicity

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis (44, 83, 85, 169), chronic and acute methanol poisoning (13, 144, 189), and Aspartame toxicity (54, 58, 93, 181), are in all ways identical.

There is nothing that happens to the human body from the toxic effect of methanol that has not been expressed during the course of MS... nothing (143, 144).

This generalization extends even to the remarkable opthomological conditions common to both: transitory optic neuritis and retrolaminar demyelinating optic neuropathy with scotoma of the central visual field (which occasionally manifests as unilateral temporary blindness (85, 138, 163).

In fact, these opthomological symptoms have been thought of for years in their respective literatures to be "tell tale" indications for the differential diagnosis for each of these maladies independently (85, 138, 148, 163, 169).

The common symptoms of:
Headache (13, 83, 181, 189)
Nervousness (13, 83, 181)
Depression (58, 83, 189, 181)
Memory loss (18, 147, 85, 169, 181)
Tingling sensations (13, 85, 168, 138, 169)
Pain in the extremities (13, 85, 169)
Optic neuritis (85, 138, 148, 163, 169)
Bright lights in the visual field (139, 83)
Seizures (21, 83, 160)
Inability to urinate or to keep from urinating (139, 146, 167)
Are all shared by each of these conditions and shared yet again by complaints from aspartame poisoning (54, 58, 93, 181)

I take these strikingly similar symptom patterns as evidence that these disorders act on identical components of the central nervous system and in the same way.

The "Miracle" that MS shares with Methanol poisoning

In the early stages of MS, or when a non-lethal dose of methanol has been administered, complete recovery is a possibility.

The only two afflictions for which such dramatic "remissions" are reported from identical neuromuscular and opthomological damage, even "blindness" is relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (85) and methyl alcohol poisoning (138, 163).

The pathology of the two maladies is in may ways identical, particularly when it comes to destruction of the myelin sheath with no harm to the axon itself (18, 148, 176).

Sex Ratios for MS and Aspartame Reactions

Women bear the brunt of multiple sclerosis (91a-c) and lupus (SLE)(73) with fully three-fold representations in infliction numbers over men for both diseases.

This is exactly the proportion represented by adverse reactors to Aspartame reported by the US Center for Disease Control in their study of 1984(58).

The Center found three women to every man whose Aspartame consumption complaints were serious enough to warrant investigation (93).

Although the female/male ratio for those stricken with MS has always been high, recent estimates place it at over 3 to 1 (91, 91a, 91c).

What might account for the difference across sexes in incidence?

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (94) reports biopsies of the gastric lining of men and women.

A result was that the concentration of ADH in the gastric lining of men was much higher than for woman.

Men have the advantage of removing methanol from the bloodstream four times faster on an equal-body-size basis than women.

Thus, for men, methanol is more likely to be removed from the blood before it reaches the brain.

The brain is spared but the methanol removed would still be metabolized to formaldehyde in the gut where it would reap its havoc on a more forgiving organ.

This may help explain why men have more gastrointestinal complaints from both methanol and Aspartame consumption (93, 99).

On the other hand, women's complaints from both more frequently involve serious neurological complications."

Role of formaldehyde, made by body from methanol from foods and aspartame, in steep increases in fetal alcohol syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, lupus, teen suicide, breast cancer, Nutrition Prof. Woodrow C. Monte, retired, Arizona State U., two reviews, 190 references supplied, Fitness Life, New Zealand 2007 Nov, Dec: Murray 2007.12.26

Monte WC., Is your Diet Sweetener killing you?
Fitness Life. 2007 Nov; 33: 31-33.
Monte WC., A Deadly Experiment.
Fitness Life. 2007 Dec; 34: 38-42.
Monte WC., Bittersweet: Aspartame Breast Cancer Link.
Fitness Life. 2008 Feb; 34: 21-22.

Article 1 http://www.thetruthaboutstuff.com/review1.shtml
Article 2 http://www.thetruthaboutstuff.com/review2.shtml
Article 3 http://www.thetruthaboutstuff.com/review3.shtml

223 references with abstracts or full and partial texts

Methanol (11% of aspartame), made by body into formaldehyde in many vulnerable tissues, causes modern diseases of civilization, summary of a century of research, Woodrow C Monte PhD, Medical Hypotheses journal: Rich Murray 2009.11.15 http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.htm Sunday, November 15, 2009 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1589 Methanol: A Chemical Trojan Horse as the Root of the Inscrutable U, Prepublication Copy; Medical Hypotheses
-- 06 November 2009 (10.1016/j.mehy.2009.09.059)
Woodrow C. Monte PhD
Professor of Food Science (retired)
Arizona State University
corresponding author : Woodrow C. Monte PhD
470 South Rainbow Drive
Page, Arizona 86040
Key Words: Food epidemiology; diseases of civilization; methanol; formaldehyde; aspartame; autism; multiple sclerosis; Alzheimer's; U-shaped curve.


Until 200 years ago, methanol was an extremely rare component of the human diet and is still rarely consumed in contemporary hunter and gatherer cultures.

With the invention of canning in the 1800s, canned and bottled fruits and vegetables, whose methanol content greatly exceeds that of' their fresh counterparts, became far more prevalent.

The recent dietary introduction of aspartame, an artificial sweetener, 11% methanol by weight, has also greatly increased methanol consumption.

Moreover, methanol is a major component of cigarette smoke, known to be a causative agent of many diseases of civilization (DOC).

Conversion to formaldehyde in organs other than the liver is the principal means by which methanol may cause disease. The known sites of class I alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH I), the only human enzyme capable of metabolizing methanol to formaldehyde, correspond to the sites of origin for many DOC.

Variability in sensitivity to exogenous methanol consumption may be accounted for in part by the presence of aldehyde dehydrogenase sufficient to reduce the toxic effect of formaldehyde production in tissue through its conversion to the much less toxic formic acid.

The consumption or endogenous production of small amounts of ethanol, which acts as a competitive inhibitor of methanol's conversion to formaldehyde by ADH I, may afford some individuals protection from DOC.

Old tiger roars -- Woodrow C Monte, PhD -- aspartame causes many breast cancers, as ADH enzyme in breasts makes methanol from diet soda into carcinogenic formaldehyde -- same in dark wines and liquors, Fitness Life 2008 Jan.: Murray 2008.02.11
Monday, February 11, 2008

Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Interest 1984: Monte: Murray 2002.09.23

Dr. Woodrow C. Monte
Aspartame: methanol, and the public health.
Journal of Applied Nutrition 1984; 36 (1): 42-54.
(62 references) Professsor of Food Science [retired 1992]
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287
woodymonte@xtra.co.nz; woodymonte@canyoncountry.net
The methanol from 2 L of diet soda, 5.6 12-oz cans, 20 mg/can, is 112 mg, 11% of the aspartame.
The EPA limit for water is 7.8 mg daily for methanol (wood alcohol), a deadly cumulative poison.
Many users drink 1-2 L daily.
The reported symptoms are entirely consistent with chronic methanol toxicity. (Fresh orange juice has 34 mg/L, but, like all juices, has 16 times more ethanol, which strongly protects against methanol.)

"The greater toxicity of methanol to man is deeply rooted in the limited biochemical pathways available to humans for detoxification.

The loss of uricase (EC, formyl-tetrahydrofolate synthetase (EC (42) and other enzymes (18) during evolution sets man apart from all laboratory animals including the monkey (42).

There is no generally accepted animal model for methanol toxicity (42, 59).

Humans suffer "toxic syndrome" (54) at a minimum lethal dose of <1 gm/kg, much less than that of monkeys, 3-6 g/kg (42, 59).

The minimum lethal dose of methanol in the rat, rabbit, and dog is 9.5, 7.0 , and 8.0 g/kg, respectively (43); ethyl alcohol is more toxic than methanol to these test animals (43)."


"For both, subsequent intentional challenges with aspartame and unintentional exposures brought back each of their respective symptoms."

"After the last occurrence of her nausea, headaches, and vertigo, she has since not consumed aspartame in any product or form and has been symptom free for 22 years."

"Except for six mild reoccurrences of his symptoms within 24 hours of unintentionally consuming something with aspartame (hypoesthesia anterior to the tragus and mild tinnitus) lasting 2-4 hours, he has been symptom free for over six years now."

Cases J. 2009 Sep 15; 2: 9237.
Vestibulocochlear toxicity in a pair of siblings 15 years apart secondary to aspartame: two case reports.
Pisarik P, Kai D.
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa
1111 S. St. Louis Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74120-5440, USA

Vestibulocochlear toxicity in a pair of siblings [doctor & nurse] 15 years apart secondary to aspartame: two case reports, Paul Pisarik & Dasha Kai, Cases J 2009.09.15 free full text: Rich Murray 2010.05.04
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Shortly after seeing the ophthalmologist and about two weeks or so into my Crystal Light regimen, I had my first episode of vision loss. [last week of January] This incident was completely different in degree and kind than the normal visual problems (increased far-sightedness and visual lability) I had been experiencing. Rather abruptly, I lost the visual field of the left hemisphere of my left eye. The vision loss lasted for about 20 or 30 minutes and after approximately 15 minutes, I started to develop a crushing headache which lasted for hours. I've never had a history of headaches, so the intensity and duration of this headache was unusual."

Recent aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde, formic acid) symptoms in English professor: Kristi Siegel: Rich Murray 2010.04.17
Saturday, April 17, 2010

Formaldehyde from 11% methanol part of aspartame causes severe allergic dermatitis in boy, JE Jacob et al, Pediatric Dermatology 2009 Nov: Rich Murray 2010.03.30
Tuesday, March 30, 2010


42 PDF images of media articles since 1974 -- page 2 is Donnell Alexander, NZ Registered Dietitian, consultant dietitian to Coca-Cola Oceania, defends aspartame in Fitness Life, 1 page letter 2009.01.21
Donnell (female) is on the national executive of Dietitians NZ, sits on the Nutrition Society of NZ registration panel, belongs to the FCG Health and Technical Working Group and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology, the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers.
info@networkpr.com; (+ 64 9) 379 3154
(+ 64 4) 460 6610
donnell.alexander@networkpr.com; 09 306 5806


Detailed critique of industry deceit re Donnell letter, 4 pages
Kenneth P Stoller, MD, medical director
Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico, Santa Fe

Four Murray AspartameNM reviews in SE Jacob & SA Stechschulte debate with EG Abegaz & RG Bursey of Ajinomoto re migraines from formaldehyde from aspartame, Dermatitis 2009 May: TE Hugli -- folic acid with V-C protects: Rich Murray 2009.08.12
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Formaldehyde, aspartame, migraines: a possible connection.
Abegaz EG, Bursey RG.
Dermatitis. 2009 May-Jun;20(3):176-7; author reply 177-9.
No abstract available. PMID: 19470307

Eyassu G. Abegaz *
Robert G. Bursey
Ajinomoto Corporate Services LLC, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
1120 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20036
* Corresponding author. Tel.: +1 202 457 0284
fax: +1 202 457 0107.
abegazee@ajiusa.com; (E.G. Abegaz)
burseyb@ajiusa.com; (R.G. Bursey)

"For example, fruit juices, coffee, and alcoholic beverages produce significantly greater quantities of formaldehyde than aspartame-containing products. [6]" "[6] Magnuson BA, Burdock GA, Doull J, et al. Aspartame: a safety evaluation based on current use levels, regulations, and toxicological and epidemiological studies. Crit Rev Toxicol 2007;37:629-727"

[Two detailed critiques of industry affiliations and biased science in 99 page review with 415 references by BA Magnuson, GA Burdock and 8 more, Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 2007 Sept.: Mark D Gold 13 page: also Rich Murray 2007.09.15: 2008.03.24
Monday, March 24, 2008

"Nearly every section of the Magnuson (2007) review has research that is misrepresented and/or crucial pieces of information are left out.

In addition to the misrepresentation of the research, readers (including medical professionals) are often not told that this review was funded by the aspartame manufacturer, Ajinomoto, and the reviewers had enormous conflicts of interest."] _______________________________________________

Rich Murray, MA
Boston University Graduate School 1967, Psychology
BS MIT 1964, History and Physics
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Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

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