There’s a rather interesting study of aspartame done by amateur scientist, Victoria Inness-Brown. In a 2½ year multigenerational study of rats, a whopping 67% of the female rats developed tumors the size of golf balls or larger! That’s huge on a rat. Necropsies done by a county veterinarian on several of those animals revealed that these tumors were cancerous. Birth defects were seen in subsequent generations. The rats on aspartame also developed miscellaneous health issues, such as paralysis and other apparent neurological problems, eye problems and skin disorders, thinning and yellowing fur, and obesity. All rats in the control group were free of visible symptoms or neurological problems. This may not have been the best controlled experiment out there, but the results are too significant to ignore.
Formal experiments conducted by Morando Soffritti at The Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center of the European Ramazzini Foundation revealed similar results. His studies also found high rates of lymphomas and leukemias.
This is Part 1 of 5.
Victoria Inness-Brown, M.A. My Aspartame Experiment. This site shows photos of the effects of the aspartame on the rats.
Victoria Inness-Brown with Dr. Joseph Mercola. Victoria Inness-Brown’s Aspartame Experiment: Interview.
Victoria Inness-Brown M.A. My Aspartame Experiment: Report from a Private Citizen.
Victoria Inness-Brown M.A. Are Your Diet Sodas Killing You? Results from My Aspartame Experiment. (This is an abridged version of My Aspartame Experiment.)
Morando Soffritti et. al. First Experimental Demonstration of the Multipotential Carcinogenic Effects of Aspartame Administered in the Feed to Sprague-Dawley Rats. Environmental Health Perspectives, 3 October 2005.
Soffritti M, Belpoggi F, Tibaldi E, Esposti DD, Lauriola M. Life-span exposure to low doses of aspartame beginning during prenatal life increases cancer effects in rats. Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Sep;115(9):1293-7.