Causes of Cancer


incl. Aspartame, Aflatoxin, Dioxin

by © 2004–2023

Carcinogens are toxic chemicals officially recognised as cancer-causing.

Example: Dioxin

Example: Aflatoxins

Example: Aspartame


Dr. Edward Fujimoto, manager of the Wellness Program at Castle Hospital, explained on a TV program how to avoid the serious health hazards involved with dioxins (carcinogens which are highly toxic to the cells of our bodies):

Don't freeze your plastic water bottles with water as this releases dioxins in the plastic.

Don't heat fat-containing food in the microwave using plastic containers. The combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Use glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food instead to get the same results without the dioxins.

This means that items such as TV dinners, weight watchers dinners, lean cuisine dinners, instant ramen cup of noodles, soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. While paper isn't bad one doesn't know what is in the paper so the use of tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc., is safer.

Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked, with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food, so use paper towels instead.

Dr. Fujimoto added we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem was one of the reasons.


Definition of aflatoxins

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 25% of the world's food crops are affected by mycotoxins, the most notorious of which are aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are toxic metabolites produced by certain fungi in/on foods and feeds, primarily by some strains of Aspergillus Flavus and by most, if not all, strains of A. parasiticus, plus related species, A. nomius and A. niger.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) placed aflatoxin "B1" (one of several identified aflatoxins) on the list of human carcinogens in 1988.


Aflatoxins are detected occasionally in milk, cheese, corn, peanuts, cottonseed, nuts, almonds, figs, spices, and a variety of other foods and feeds. Milk, eggs, and meat products are sometimes contaminated because of the animal’s consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated feed (for instance corn and cottonseed meal in dairy rations have resulted in aflatoxin “M1” contaminated milk and milk products, including non-fat dry milk, cheese, and yogurt).

However, the commodities with the highest risk of and susceptibility to aflatoxin contamination are corn, oleaginous tropical fruits (peanuts), and cottonseed.

Thankfully, procedures used in the processing of corn help to reduce contamination of the resulting food product. This is because although aflatoxins are stable to moderately stable in most food processes (i.e. survive them unharmed), they are unstable in processes such as those used in making tortillas.

Associated Diseases

Aflatoxins show acute toxicological effects in humans and have been associated with various illnesses, such as aflatoxicosis in livestock, domestic animals and humans throughout the world.

Evidence of acute aflatoxicosis in humans has been reported from many parts of the globe, particularly Third World countries like Taiwan, Ouganda, India, and many others. The syndrome is characterized by vomiting, abdominal pain, pulmonary edema, convulsions, coma, and death with cerebral edema and fatty involvement of the liver, kidneys, and heart.

A number of epidemiological studies done in Asia and Africa have demonstrated a positive association between dietary aflatoxins and liver cell cancer (there was a higher-than-average incidence of liver cancer with aflatoxins present in the tumour among the populations of Uganda, Kenia, Mocambique and Thailand).

The expression of aflatoxin-related diseases in humans may be influenced by additional factors such as nutritional status, and/or concurrent exposure to other causative agents such as viral hepatitis (HBV), parasite infestation, etc.

Factors favouring aflatoxin production

Aflatoxins are found on many foods stored under certain conditions of humidity or heat, with insect damage of the host plant an additional major determining factor in mold infestation and toxin production. Similarly, high crop densities and other factors have been associated with increased mold growth and toxin production.

Help & detoxification strategies

Human exposure to aflatoxins with their ability to cause cancer and related diseases in humans is difficult to avoid because fungal growth in foods and feeds is not easy to prevent. There is particular concern regarding the possible adverse effects resulting from long-term exposure to low levels of these important mycotoxins.

Because aflatoxin contamination is unavoidable, numerous strategies for their detoxification have been proposed (e.g. thermal inactivation, irradiation, fermentation, chemical methods of detoxification and many others). Irradiation however doesn't kill the fungus, it remains active in the food, in fact it is believed that irradiation stimulates aflatoxin production.

The Journal of Food Protection reported on tests where the aflatoxin content in irradiated rice was measured to be fifty times higher than in nonirradiated rice.

When in doubt, it may be a wise choice to simply avoid peanuts and corn (except in the form of tortillas).

(compiled by Healing Cancer Naturally on the basis of and Karen Vago’s book: "Protégez votre corps")

Compare The Fungal/Mycotoxin Causation of Human Illness (particularly CANCER) and Parasites and pollutants cause cancer (according to Dr. Hulda Clark).


(Aspartame is marketed as 'NutraSweet', 'Equal', 'Spoonful’, ’Equal Measure’, ‘Canderal’ (E951), ‘Benevia’, etc.)

“There are more adverse reactions to Nutrasweet reported to the FDA than all other foods and additives combined. In certain individuals, it can have devastating consequences.”

"According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of Aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes."

“Ubiquitous” Aspartame is found in foods such as instant breakfasts, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa mixes, coffee beverages, frozen and gelatin desserts, juice beverages, laxatives, multivitamins, milk drinks, pharmaceuticals and supplements, shake mixes, soft drinks, tabletop sweeteners, tea beverages, instant teas and coffees, topping mixes, wine coolers, yogurt (sometimes not listed on the label). More on aspartame dangers in RTF (zipped) (72 KB) format.

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