Q: Caller: Is this email I got from a friend about aspartame causing MS true?
A: Dean Edell, M.D.: I have 475 copies of an Aspartame Internet thing that people have sent me. Let me tell you: this is totally bogus. The organizations the email mentions do not exist.
Here the email says “The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is suing the FDA for collusion with Monsanto.” Well, it isn’t. How can you sue the FDA? This sounds like the cyber-Chicken Little to me.
Either we are incredibly insecure about information dispersal in this country or we’re just not sure who is telling us the truth because we’ve been lied to so much. So we are not sure what to believe and what not to believe. And the Internet is not making it any easier, which is one of the reasons I felt I had to get involved.
Aspartame does not cause multiple sclerosis. Aspartame has nothing to do with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis has been with us at the same rate since we began keeping track of these things – long before Aspartame came on the scene.
There possibly might be some environmental relationships to multiple sclerosis – there are hugely different rates of it in the South versus the North, for instance. Little dogs may transmit a virus that possibly relates to it. A lot of research is happening around multiple sclerosis, and if it were that simple – well, it would be over by now.
In any case, I don’t like artificial sweeteners. I have no use for them whatsoever – what’s wrong with sugar? I’ve been over this before on the show – people drinking a diet soda after their cream pie. The pie has 8,000 calories in it but they want to save that 14 calories afterwards.
I don’t know why we are all so interested in this, but it is very common and I’m sure I’ll be talking about it again.