Aspartame, also marketed as Nutrasweet, Spoonful, Canderel and Equal as well as being a common additive in many foods and drinks (sometimes shown as the E number E951). Aspartame acts as a sugar replacement. The EPA announced that there is an epidemic of Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus and they did not know what toxin was causing this to be rampant across the US. Scientists have now found the answer to this question - Aspartame. ASPARTAME. In temperatures exceeding 86 degrees F. the wood alcohol in Aspartame converts to Formaldehyde, and then to Formic Acid. Patients with methanol toxicity caused by drinking 3-4 Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi per day, have been caused to have MS or Systemic Lupus symptoms. In Systemic Lupus and MS case triggers by Aspartame, the victim is unaware that Aspartame is the culprit but continued use, in the case of Lupus, can be life threatening. On stopping Aspartame these patients usually lose all or most of their symptoms. Unfortunately the disease cannot be reversed. http://www.earthways.co.uk/aspartame.html So if you drink Diet Sodas DONT TOUCH THEM.DONT TOUCH SUGAR FREE STUFF !!!