CAN diet sodas lead to Parkinson’s disease? The story of Hollywood star Michael J. Fox seems to answer this question.

And if recent studies are to be believed, it appears that the billion dollar chemical industry is the real culprit why Fox and many other patients like him would never be cured at least in a foreseeable future.

It turned out that while billions are being spent in helping the foundations that assist in finding cures for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease not a single centavo is being spent in finding the cause for the same.

Was it because they already knew the cause of the disease but they still deliberately refuse to attend to it because it would greatly affect the billion dollar chemical industry?  

Fox, a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. He had been a movie star for five years and was only 29 years old when afflicted with the disease.

But it was not after seven years, in the December 7, 1998 issue of People magazine that he revealed to the public the diagnosis.

Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptom of his disease worsened and has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure – through the Michael J. Fox Foundation he created. 

The foundation was supposed to help discover the cure for Parkinson’s disease.


What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that worsens over time. It involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain called neurons.

That particular area of neurons is called substantia nigra the primary producer of dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. 

As the disease progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally.

Primary motor signs of Parkinson’s disease include the following: tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face, slowness of movement, rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk and postural instability or impaired balance and coordination


Neurologist Dr. Raymond L. Rosales said that there are about 120,000 PD cases in the Philippines and about 6.3 million globally but these are only the diagnosed patients. There are still a lot of people undiagnosed.

The controversy regarding the ill effects of aspartame, apparently, is not an isolated case in the US. 

In fact, the Philippines was supposedly the first country to try to ban aspartame.  The late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago even filed a proposed law to outlaw the use of aspartame but this proposal failed. 

So, this calls for the consumers to think twice, or even more, before consuming anything artificial from the market.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. 



Fox, through his foundation, has been considered a ‘champion’ and a ‘hero’ for his advocacies but the cause of his disease is not widely discussed. Rather, he focused on finding the supposedly elusive cure. 

Little did the public know, throughout the 1980's, Michael did commercials for PepsiCo, and he promoted Diet Pepsi cola exclusively in the latter years of his contract. 

It is believed that he became an ardent consumer of Diet Pepsi throughout this period (even off-set) but since he only told the public of the diagnosis in 1998, the link has been missed by most people.

‘Sweet poison’

This is the reason why various groups have sent information to Fox’s foundation about the link between aspartame, which a sweetener is commonly found in diet sodas, and Parkinson’s disease but to no avail. 

Instead, the foundation donated $175,000,000 to researchers of Parkinson’s disease, while wholly ignoring the existing information about aspartame.

The mainstream medical establishment apparently does not know the cause of Parkinson's disease, but it has been linked with heavy metal exposure and excitotoxins. N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain are responsible for the excitotoxicity associated with Parkinson's disease.

Aspartame, as well as chemically-similar flavor enhancer MSG, is excitotoxins.  This has been verified by a troubling study from the Norwegian University of Science.

These amino acid derived from chemicals penetrate the blood brain barrier and are thought to be capable of directly damaging brain tissue – often causing a number of health problems like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, reduced intelligence, obesity, asthma, muscle spasms, and a total of 92 symptoms. It also includes cancer and yes, Parkinson’s disease.

In studies, aspartame has been shown to decrease dopamine levels in the brain to induce the unmistakable neurological decline that is seen in Parkinson's patients. 


Chemical Industry is the Problem

Surprisingly, none of this is ever mentioned by either the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or any mainstream media outlets, who avoid the topic of aspartame.

“The truth is, the chemical industry is the problem, not the solution. Their profits from treatment regimens soar higher with each new Michael that they create,” a report said.

“Meanwhile, they continue promoting diet drinks as the healthy alternative, because sugars, after all, are bad. Aspartame will cause the death of brain cells and damage to the brain neurons without any other implicating factors,” the same report said. 

Pure Poison

Health reports said it is a pure poison that is sometimes used to kill ants, and it is known to be the surest way to cause brain tumors in laboratory rats. 

“Some cancer studies have also used aspartame to intentionally induce cancers in laboratory rats, for the purpose of later testing anti-cancer drugs. Aspartame is chosen because it is so reliable at producing cancers in high dosages.” 

“There is a great irony that obesity is one of the side effects of aspartame, considering it is used exclusively in diet products.” 

“The same chemical industry that produces this poison is the industry that sells even more lucrative treatments for the aftermath, so it is a case of one hand washing the other. Therefore, the cure will not be found anytime soon.”

This is effectively put into words by Dr. Peter Reeg, a leading Gynecologist in Berlin, Germany.

He said: “Drug and healthcare companies earn their money by developing new drugs to make people better, rather than stopping people from getting ill in the first place.”


On aspartame ban

In January of 1980, the F.D.A. advisory board banned aspartame, because their research showed that it caused brain tumors. This decision could only be overturned by the commissioner. 

Then, in November of 1980, Donald Rumsfeld was hired as part of the transition team for President Ronald Reagan, prior to which, he had been the President of Searle (the company that created aspartame). 

On the first day of the new administration, the previous F.D.A. commissioner's authority was suspended, and Rumsfeld assigned Dr. Arthur Hayes as the new head of the F.D.A. Hayes was previously just a defense contractor, but he had a close relationship with Rumsfeld because they had worked together under the Nixon Administration in close contact with the President of Pepsico. 

“Hayes' first decision was to approve aspartame for dry foods, and by the end of 1983, he had approved aspartame for soft drinks too. He was later forced to leave the agency, due to media pressure concerning his acceptance of corporate "gifts". The defense contractor then went to the Searle public relations firm as its "senior medical adviser".” 

“Shortly thereafter, Monsanto purchased Searle. Rumsfeld received a $12 million "bonus" for his help in ram-rodding the F.D.A. into unbanning aspartame.”

“Monsanto is the world's leading producer of genetically modified products – a company which uses not just money and influence but also threat and intimidation on those who go against it.” (With reports from


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