Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Are Aspartame-Induced Arrhythmias Associated with Sudden Death?

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Are Aspartame-Induced Arrhythmias Associated with Sudden Death?

Article excerpt

A review of sudden death in young athletes, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (2003:1064) made no mention of aspartame as a primary cause or suspected contributory factor, especially when demonstrable disease was absent. This problem has assumed great public health importance, because two-thirds of the population, especially those who are watching their weight, are consuming "diet" products containing this chemical.

I have repeatedly reported the serious cardiovascular, neuropsychiatric, metabolic, and other adverse effects of aspartame products in my earlier publications. Among the first 1,200 aspartame reactors in my database, 16 percent had symptomatic arrhythmias, 7 percent had atypical chest pain, and 5 percent had hypertension.

My report includes one hypertensive patient who had a complete heart block within hours after consuming his first diet cola. Another patient had undergone unsuccessful radiofrequency ablations in the heart before anyone was aware that he had aspartame disease. In addition, pheochromocytoma, a usually benign, vascular tumor, was suspected in several aspartame reactors.

The issue of sudden death related to aspartame and its breakdown products has been raised a number of times, particularly among previously healthy people. …

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