" In 1920, Prohibition was imposed upon the United States by a misguided Constitutional amendment making alcoholic beverages illegal. In the following thirteen years, criminal syndicates arose and the prison population grew by 350%. Anyone with a copper boiler and some pipe could build a still. The moonshiners were not so careful about their recipes for Rotgut, Panther Sweat, White Lightning, and a hundred other names for danger. Everyone knew of someone who went blind, was paralyzed, or died from bootleg liquor.
The punch in alcoholic beverages comes from ethyl alcohol, a two-carbon molecule from the fermentation of natural sugars and grains. We have been given a tolerance for it in moderation, and it is even recommended in the Bible: “Drink thy wine with a merry heart, for God now accepteth thy works.“ (Ecclesiastes 9:7 and Proverbs 31:6&7)
But Rotgut often held ethanol’s deadly brother, methanol, a single-carbon alcohol fatal in even a one-ounce dose. It comes from the fermentation of cellulose, wood. Some moonshiners, though, were not careful to separate the grain or grapes from the stalks (cellulose), just throwing everything into the vat and ignorantly filling cemeteries and hospitals.
Now the same deadly chemistry is poisoning millions of innocent victims worldwide by the makers and ignorant sellers of aspartame. Aspartame releases methanol, then formaldehyde and formic acid as you digest it. Hear what the illustrious Dr. Woodrow Monte, Ph.D, for twenty-five years Professor of Nutrition at Arizona State University, declares in his powerful new book, While Science Sleeps A Sweetener Kills: "