Dr. Russell Blaylock, Neurosurgeon
Web Site: http://www.russellblaylockmd.com

Posted: 14 June 2007

In the light of deaths of American Airline pilots who heavily used aspartame Dr. Blaylock gives this warning. We continually receive complaints from pilots about seizures, cardiac problems, vision loss, vertigo, confusion, disorientation, etc. associated with consumption of Equal/ aspartame/NutraSweet/Spoonful/Canderel/E951, etc Aspartame is a compound of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and a methyl ester which converts to methyl alcohol in digestion: wood alcohol, 1 ounce is a fatal dose, then into formaldehyde! Mission Possible Aviation.

I have reviewed reports from airline and private pilots concerning effects of aspartame on various physiological systems. Several of these are related to the nervous system, which puts this in category of great concern to the pilot as well as the general public. The more common complaints include disorientation, difficulty thinking and concentrating, visual blurring or even monocular blindness, seizures and heart failure. It is well known that the ingredients in aspartame, as well as its breakdown products, have deleterious effects on the nervous system and retina.

For example, phenylalanine is a precursor of the catecholamine neurotransmitters in the brain and elevated levels in the brain have been associated with seizures. These catecholamines are metabolized to form other excitotoxins and peroxide products that can lead to elevated free radical formation and lipid peroxidation within neurons.

Likewise aspartic acid, an excitotoxin, acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter and can lower the seizure threshold making a seizure more likely. The additive effect of aspartic acid and phenylalanine would significantly increase the likelihood of a seizure, especially under hypoglycemic conditions. This would occur if a diet drink is substituted for a meal, or if one is on a stringent diet. It is well known that hypoglycemia greatly magnifies the excitotoxic effects of these ingredients.

The combination of hypoglycemia and aspartame would also increase the likelihood of mental confusion and disorientation. In the pilots situation, this could be disastrous. It must be recognized that pilots would also be frequently exposed to other excitotoxins, such as MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, etc, that have a synergistic effect that greatly increases the likelihood of an adverse reaction.

One of the intriguing associations with excitotoxins of all types is the occurrence of sudden death. We know that one of the primary sites of actions of these excitatory substances is the hypothalamus and that sudden cardiac death can be induced by stimulating the hypothalamus. It is entirely possible excitotoxic stimulation of these hypothalamic centers could also lead to cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. Hypothalamic stimulation has also been shown to produce an ECG pattern exactly like that of myocardial infarction. Combinations of excitotoxins, such as aspartic acid and glutamate, great increased the risk.

Finally, a scientific study demonstrated that aspartame exposure significantly increases the level of formaldehyde in all tissue, including brain and retina and that this breakdown product of aspartame is very toxic to proteins and DNA, leading to permanent injury to these vital cellular components. Even more important, was the finding this highly toxic substance accumulates in these tissues with chronic exposure to aspartame. This could lead to significant injury to the brain, retina and other organs long after the exposure. Also, the effects appear to be dose related. That is, the more aspartame you consume, the greater the danger. It should be appreciated that formaldehyde is a powerful carcinogenic agent.

My book, Excitotoxins, The Taste That Kills, explains in detail how excitotoxins damage the nervous system, leading to severe disorders, and what can be done to reduce your risk. It is my opinion that aspartame is a dangerous neurotoxin, as well as a significant carcinogen to many organs, and that it should be avoided at all cost.

Russell L Blaylock, M.D.


To Whom it May Concern:

I am a retired Captain form American Airlines. I was using Equal in my coffee from the time American took Sweet & Low off the planes in the 80s during the saccharin scare. In 1995 I was grounded for 9 months with arterial fib/arrhythmia caused by aspartame poisoning. Before I retired, 6 pilots died of aspartame-related poisoning, one in flight from a seizure. They all were heavy users of Equal or diet drinks. Another captain who used to fly with me as a co-pilot had a seizure on a 767 trip to Paris. The co-pilot had to make an emergency landing in Las Vegas where the captain woke up in the hospital. He never got his license back and had to retire early. He was a heavy user of Equal and/or diet drinks.

I sent numerous letters to the CEO, Medical, the pilots and flight attendants unions, and the VP of Flight concerning this potential disaster and they chose to disregard my warnings. How many other pilots have since been affected is unknown. Aspartame causes carbohydrate craving, and you only have to look at those who over-indulge, or more aptly, are addicted, to see how overweight they are. Some apparently suffer from bipolar disorder, another side effect.


I have been a civil aviation examiner and have personally examined pilots who suffered dangerous absence seizures, blackout and dangerous lack of judgment. It was an unwritten rule that Aspartame was not to be used at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and most commercial pilots knew of the danger years ago of this excitoneurotoxin.

Aspartame generates peroxynitrile free radicals that produce chromatin DNA clumping and neuron apoptosis or brain cell death. Co-toxicity with mercury, Splenda, depleted uranium nanoparticles, And other toxin amplifies the truncation of dendritic spike and interneuron connections via the GTP neurotubulin subunits that are blocked in assembly forming new neural growth cones. I wrote an article in the News section of NutriMedical.com on Mercury is Not Vitamin M.

The best way to characterize Aspartame is MIND TENDERIZER, as ELF Mind control technologies make it illogical for the insane use of Aspartame in injectable vaccines and many thousands of already sweet food and medicine products.

Is it Logical to Risk Your Health, Life & Career on a Toxic Chemical? Nicotine kills, but at least it doesnt give you seizures mid-flight!

Excitotoxins, the Taste That Kills by Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. http://www.russellblaylockmd.com

Aspartame Disease, An Ignored Epidemic, medical text by H J Roberts M.D. http://www.sunsentpress.com

Sweet Misery, Poisoned World: 90 minute video by Sound & Fury Productions. Nader raider Atty. Jim Turner tells how Don Rumsfeld, former CEO of the NutraSweet manufacturer, got it approved after the FDA rejected aspartame for years because of brain tumors. Incredible documentary, features Drs. Blaylock & Roberts & Dr. Ralph Waltons report of an aspartame study which blinded the head of a hospital in one eye. http://www.amazon.com

Think of the chemical as ASPARSHAME!

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
E-Mail: BettyM19@mindspring.com

Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame