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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Aspartame linked to increase in brain tumors

This post includes a summary of a study published in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology 1996 Nov;55(11):1115-23 and a recipe for grilled cod with cayenne citrus marinade.

Study title and authors:
Increasing brain tumor rates: is there a link to aspartame?
Sweet Poison: How the World's Most Popular Artificial Sweetener Is Killing Us - My Story
Olney JW, Farber NB, Spitznagel E, Robins LN.
Department of Psychiatry, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.

This study can be accessed at:
The authors analyzed data about brain tumor incidence from 1975 to 1992 and found that the brain tumor increases in the United States occurred in two distinct phases, an early modest increase that may primarily reflect improved diagnostic technology, and a more recent sustained increase in the incidence and shift toward greater malignancy that must be explained by some other factor(s).
They concluded that, compared to other environmental factors putatively linked to brain tumors, the artificial sweetener aspartame is a promising candidate to explain the recent increase in incidence and degree of malignancy of brain tumors.
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Recipe of the day

Grilled Cod with Cayenne Citrus Marinade

SeaBear Black Cod (Sablefish) Four 6 Oz. Fillets
Food Mall: Cod Fillets
• 1 1/2 T lemon juice
• 3 T lime juice
• 1/8 t cayenne pepper
• 2 minced garlic cloves
• 2 T olive oil
• 1 lb cod filets
• 2 T finely chopped chives
• 1 T finely chopped thyme

Combine lemon and lime juices in a bowl with cayenne pepper, garlic, olive oil, and 1/3 c of water to make the marinade.

Place fish in a flat dish, pour in the marinade, and marinate the fish 15 minutes.

Light grill and add the fish. Grill fish 3-4 minutes per side, basting often with the marinade.

Serve the fish with a spoonful of marinade and sprinkle with chives and thyme.