The Infectious Myth On “The Infectious Myth” host David Crowe will examine the questionable or outright false paradigms that infect our society.

August 5, 2014  

In Episode 24 David talks with Woodrow Monte, a retired PhD food scientist, with 25 years experience teaching and researching at Arizona State University. Since the 1980s Woodrow has been very concerned about the massive quantity of Aspartame in our food supply, particularly in diet sodas.

Each molecule of aspartame breaks down quickly in the body to produce a methanol molecule. If there is no ethanol (drinking alcohol) in our body, the body will convert it to formaldehyde, which is highly reactive, and causes an inflammatory reaction. He believes that it is this that causes the artery clogging that produces heart disease, and that causes the damage to veins in the brain that characterizes alzheimers and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). He also believes that methanol is responsible for many birth defects, and also some types of cancer.

Although methanol is also found in canned fruits and vegetables, and particularly in canned juices, and is also absorbed from inhaling cigarette smoke or wood smoke, the vast majority of methanol consumed today is from aspartame.

Methanol is highly toxic to humans. From one teaspoon to one tablespoon will kill a person, depending on their size, although it takes a long time for the methanol to be converted to formaldehyde and start the damage in the body. Ironically, the only real antidote to methanol is ethanol, which blocks the conversion to formaldehyde, which may explain why people who consume 1-2 drinks of alcohol a day are healthier than both teetotallers and over-drinkers.

People can find more about this issue on Dr. Monte’s website,, including a freely available chapter on birth defects available in text or audio book format.

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