If The Label Says "Sugar Free" That's Bad !!
Aspartame is the most utilized artificial sweetener in the United States. Aspartame controls over 50% of the artificial sweetener market, and with sales of $1.1 billion in 2010, according to a report from market research firm Freedonia Group. Americans consume close to 50 billion liters of soda per year, which equates to roughly 216 liters, or about 57 gallons per person, much of this in the form of diet soda loaded with aspartame. Now I might drink a liter a year, in my Captain Morgans & Coke. What I'm trying to say is that someone is drinking my other 56.5 gallons! I am very sure that people are no doubt still opting for diet sodas as a regular beverage, because of the mistaken con that drinking diet soda will help fight weight gain.
Diet Soda Causes Weight Gain! Got that ?Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why Coca-Cola has to spend $3 billion a year on marketing? Could it be because they want you "feel good" about using their products, and not think about the actual ingredients? Aspartame is a bigger public health threat than high fructose corn syrup, it can lead to birth defects, cancer and weight gain. Where is aspartame? and what is aspartame? Well, if you see the NutraSweet label on your food or drinks, you've found it. What is aspartame?, Well acording to wikipedia, it was first synthesized in 1965, and the patent expired in 1992. Aspartame is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid, phenylalanine dipeptide.While known aspects of synthesis are covered by patents, many details are proprietary, which means they don't tell. It's 150-200 times sweeter than cane sugar. Aspartame was discovered accidentally when a researcher accidentally licked his fingers while performing unrelated experiments, and the rest as they say is history.
Now let's take a closer look at the politics behind the FDA's approval of aspartame, and the reason the FDA, and politicians have a very real financial incentive to keep aspartame available for human consumption. Then we'll look at what the scientific studies not funded by the aspartame or the diet soda industry, and actually reveal the truth about this toxic neurological poison.
In a 1996 survey, professor Ralph G. Walton ... looked at 166 peer-reviewed studies on aspartame undertaken between 1980 and 1985. He found that all 74 of the studies funded by the industry found no adverse effects from aspartame, while 84 of the 92 independently funded articles did find bad effects. Aspartame puts the "sweet" in Nutra Sweet, and Equal, Spoonful, Equal Measure, AminoSweet, Benevia, NutraTaste, Canderel, and many popular "diet" food, and drinks. This chemical is currently on the ingredient list of nearly 6,000 products worldwide. Since it was approved for use as a food additive in 1981, it has been deluged by complaints about its safety. Aspartame was never proven safe for human use according to Dr. John Olney, a researcher at Washington University who first began studying aspartame in 1970. Dr. Olhney believes aspartame should not be on the market today "because it hasn't been demonstrated to be safe." Also in agreement with Dr. Olney are the FDA's own investigations into the chemical from 1975 to 1980. When the FDA was presented with Dr. Olney's research, they assigned an outside public board of inquiry the task of deciding if aspartame should be allowed for human consumption. In 1980, the doctors on that board unanimously ruled that aspartame should not go on the market. An internal FDA panel concluded the same thing in 1980.
According to the FDA Chairman at that time, Dr. Gere Goyan, his next recommendation was to set up another FDA committee to study aspartame, composed people who played no previous part in the former studies of aspartame. Well, Dr. Gere Goyan never saw the results of that 1980 FDA internal study, because he was forced to step down as FDA Chairman the day Ronald Reagan took office on January 21, 1981. His replacement? Dr. Arthur Hill Hayes. Dr. Hayes is notable for two reasons. First, he had no previous history of dealing with the science of food additives. Second, he was apparently hand picked to head the FDA by a prominent member of Ronald Reagan's political transition team, Donald Rumsfeld. Yes, the same Donald Rumsfeld who led the United States into the multi trillion dollar unpaid for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense during the Bush presidency. In 1981, Rumsfeld had a different title, it was CEO of the G.D. Searle company, the company that owned the patent on aspartame.
One of Dr. Arthur Hill Hayes first acts as FDA Chairman was granting aspartame approval for use in dry goods, Hayes last act in office as FDA Chairman, was to approve aspartame for use in beverages. So was aspartame approved thanks to the political influence by the likes of Donald Rumsfeld? According to former Sentator, Howard Metzenbaum, who reviewed the FDA's approval process of aspartame in the Senate in 1987, "I think there were a lot of politics involved in aspartame being approved." Research scientist Dr. Olney is even more blunt commenting, "the issue of aspartame is really not an issue of science, it's an issue of politics." A double blind study of the effects of aspartame on persons with mood disorders was recently conducted by Dr. Ralph G. Walton. Since the study wasn't funded/controlled by the makers of aspartame, In fact he NutraSweet Company refused to sell him the aspartame, to conduct the study. Walton was forced to obtain, and certify the product from an outside source. The study showed a large increase in serious symptoms for persons taking aspartame. Since some of the symptoms were so serious, the Institutional Review Board had to stop the study. Three of the participants had said that they had been "poisoned" by aspartame. Walton concludes that "individuals with mood disorders are particularly sensitive to this artificial sweetener, its use in this population should be discouraged." Aware that the experiment could not be repeated because of the danger to the test subjects, Walton was recently quoted as saying, "I know aspartame causes seizures." "I'm convinced also that it definitely causes behavioral changes. I'm very angry that this substance is on the market. I personally question the reliability and validity of any studies funded by the NutraSweet Company."
There are numerous reported cases of low brain
serotonin levels, depression, and other emotional disorders that have been linked to aspartame, and often are relieved by stopping the intake of aspartame. Researchers have pointed out that increasing in phenylalanine levels in the brain, leads to a decreased level of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which leads to a variety of emotional disorders. Dr. William M. Pardridge of UCLA testified before the US Senate that a youth drinking four 16-ounce bottles of diet soda per day leads to an enormous increase in their phenylalanine level. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 80 people who had suffered seizures after ingesting aspartame were surveyed. Community Nutrition Institute concluded the following about the survey: "These 80 cases meet the FDA's own definition of an imminent hazard to the public health, which requires the FDA to expeditiously remove a product from the market." The Pacific Epilepsy Society in affiliation with the Epileptic Foundation of Maui has completed a seven year study on Epilepsy and Seizures, finding that epilepsy is at an all time high in Hawaii, the western states, and Pacific Ocean Territories. There has been a 100% increase over the two previous years. Dr. Glenn Mabson of the Epileptic Foundation of Maui believes the reason for the increase is a change in formulation of several of the major anti-seizure drugs:
"The most profound reason for the spectacular increase in seizures is the inclusion of the drug ASPARTAME in with the new larger sized anti-seizure drugs: DILANTIN, DEPACOTE, TEGRATOL and several others produced by major pharmaceutical corporations. In 2007 the manufacturer of Dilantin changed the description of the 100 mg. Dilantin, changed the 100 mg white capsule with red stripe to a much larger white capsule, orange on one end, which contains 100 mg of the drug, plus aspartame. 150 people who took the new Dilantin capsule found the seizure rate increased in every case. The Chemical Pharmaceutical Engineer employee, in fear of his job would not reveal his name, but said they were adding aspartame." Dr. Allen Stein, Neurosurgeon, President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii (a separate organization from the above) is sympathetic to the makers of ASPARTAME and routinely prescribes these drugs. I believe this contributes to the increase of epilepsy in these areas."In the Air Force's magazine Flying Safety, and the Navy's magazine Navy Physiology published articles that note the ingestion of aspartame can make pilots more susceptible to seizures and vertigo. Recently, a hotline was set up for pilots suffering from acute reactions to aspartame ingestion. Over 600 pilots have reported symptoms including some who have reported suffering grand mal seizures in the cockpit which maybe due to aspartame. One of the original studies on aspartame was performed in 1969 by an independent scientist, Dr Harry Waisman. He studied the effects of aspartame on infant primates. Out of the seven infant monkeys, one died after 300 days, and five others had grand mal seizures. Of course, these negative findings weren't never submitted to the FDA during the approval process.
1. Aspartame laboratory tests were faked, and dangers were concealed.
2. Tumors were removed from animals and hidden. Also animals that had died weren't reported in laboratory records.
3. False and misleading statements were made to the FDA.
4. The two US Attorneys given the task of bringing fraud charges against the aspartame manufacturer took positions with the manufacturer's law firm, letting the statute of limitations run out.
5. The Commissioner of the FDA overruled the objections of the FDA's own scientific board of inquiry. Shortly after that decision, he took a position with Burson-Marsteller, the firm in charge of public relations for G.D. Searle.
A Public Board of Inquiry (PBOI) was conducted in 1980. There were three scientists who reviewed the objections of Dr.'s Olney and Turner to the approval of aspartame. They voted unanimously against aspartame's approval. The FDA Commissioner, Dr Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr. then created a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the PBOI findings. After it became clear that the Commission would uphold the PBOI's decision by a vote of 3 to 2, another person was added to the Commission, creating a deadlocked vote. This allowed the FDA Commissioner to break the deadlock, and approve aspartame for dry goods in 1981. Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, the Senior Scientist in an FDA Bureau of Foods review team stated that her team was instructed not to comment on or be concerned with the overall validity of the studies. She stated that questions about birth defects have not been answered. Guess what, the FDA and the manufacturers of aspartame have had a revolving door of employment for many years now.
In addition to the FDA Commissioner and two US Attorneys leaving to take positions with companies connected with G.D. Searle, four other FDA officials connected with the approval of aspartame took positions connected with the NutraSweet industry between 1979 and 1982 including the Deputy FDA Commissioner, the Special Assistant to the FDA Commissioner, the Associate Director of the Bureau of Foods and Toxicology and the Attorney involved with the Public Board of Inquiry. It is important to realize that this type of revolving-door activity has been going on for decades. The Townsend Letter for Doctors (11/92) reported on a study revealing that 37 of 49 top FDA officials who left the FDA took positions with companies they had regulated. What is the FDA doing to protect the consumer from the dangers of aspartame? Less than nothing.
As another example, there is a long history of a revolving door between Monsanto and the US agencies that regulate it's activities. William Ruckelshaus became a director of Monsanto after being head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Linda Fisher worked for the EPA then headed Monsanto’s Washington lobbying office before becoming deputy administrator of the EPA. She then became a Vice President of Government Affairs at Monsanto followed by vice president at DuPont. She is now Assistant Administrator for Pesticides and Toxic Substances of the EPA. In 1992, the FDA approved aspartame for use in malt beverages, breakfast cereals, and refrigerated puddings and fillings. In 1993 the FDA approved aspartame for use in hard and soft candies,non-alcoholic favored beverages, tea beverages, fruit juices and concentrates, baked goods and baking mixes, and frosting, toppings and fillings for baked goods.
I have found aspartame in products where it is not listed on the label. You should be careful of pharmaceuticals and supplements. Even some supplements made by well-known supplement manufacturers such as Twinlabs contain aspartame. Aspartame was never an additive. They knew it was a drug from the beginning. Because it damages the mitochondria it interacts with virtually all drugs and vaccines. Now we have the global epidemic of Aspartame Disease. In fact, the medical text is called Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by H. J. Roberts, M.D., www.sunsentpress.com. The FDA is not going to help. "In 2004 the LA Times broke a huge story about the incestuous like relationship between scientists at the National Institutes for Health, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and pharmaceutical company executives. Rep James Greenwood (R - PA) noted that, "This is not a matter of a revolving door where NIH people go from the federal agency to the private sector. This is a question of a swivel chair where they sit at one desk and do both jobs." As I have mentioned many times, "FDA is Big Pharma's Washington Branch Office".www.soundandfury.tv Looks like, Aspartame, could be POISON by anyone's definition. Still after reading all this you still want a diet soda, go for it, I've always believed in natural selection anyway. Good Luck...
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