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Aspartame--Crime of the Century?
Talks of how aspartame breaks down in the body and what it does to the body.

October 08th 2008 - There is much information out there abougt aspartame and its potential ill effects. One that most people are not aware of is that it was originally developed to be an ant poison, and it apparently works very well. They have decided to sell it to us instead. Read on and find out more.

By Carol Guilford

Question: How long can a corporate, organized crime syndicate keep a plague a secret? Answer: Nineteen years and counting if they own the media and pay off Congress.

There is a plague among us. A man-made epidemic that destroys the central nervous system is caused by aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), manufactured by Monsanto of St. Louis, Mo. U.S.A.

Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) is an artificial sweetener added to 9,000 (!!) food and drink products around the world. Half the population of the United States, 100 million people 'eat' aspartame.

Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) is not just in diet soda and little blue packets, but this poison invades children's vitamins, as well.
In 1995, the FDA released under the Freedom of Information Act, 92 symptoms caused by aspartame including blindness and death.

What is aspartame? Two synthetic amino acids, phenylalanine (50%) and aspartic acid (40 %) are bound in methanol (10%)

In early testing of phenylalanine (1970), on Rhesus monkeys one died and 5 had grand mal seizures. When the aspartame was stopped, the seizures stopped. Searle Pharmaceuticals, 'discoverers' of NutraSweet hid this study to gain FDA approval.

Twenty years later, in 1992, "Flying Safety" the U.S Air Force official publication formally warned all pilots to abstain from consuming diet drinks. Pilots were having grand mal seizures in the cockpit just like the monkeys in the lab.

Phenylalanine also breaks down into DKP(diketopiperazine), a tumor causing agent that also triggers psychiatric and behavioral problems. Results from a two-year test on experimental rats produced disastrous results for Searle-brain tumors, gross mammary tumors, atrophied testes, birth defects.

Although the tests were sabotaged (tumors were removed and the animals returned to the study), Searle scientists left a tissue trail a mile long, uncovered by a FDA Task Force and recorded in the Bressler Report.

Experimental animals predict human results. In 1998, there were 14,000 astrocytomas (seven hundred children) the exact kind of brain tumor found in the aspartame dosed rats. Since the 1981 approval of NutraSweet, breast cancer has doubled from 90,000 to 180,000, and 300,000 cases of prostate cancer are expected in 1999.

Aspartic acid is an 'excitotoxin'. Dr. Russell Blaylock explains in
"Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills", that compounds such as aspartame and MSG actually 'excite' the cells to death. So, for lunch a diet coke and a bowl of Campbell Soup is definitely, Hmm, hmm, bad..

The NutraSweet Company circulates misinformation about aspartame, asserting that the methanol in aspartame is less than in a glass of tomato juice. However, in NutraSweet, the methanol is 'free,' appearing without ethanol, the antidote for methanol toxicity always present in natural foods such as tomato juice.

In addition, the methanol breaks down into formaldehyde and formic acid. The latest studies on formaldehyde show that it accumulates in the cells and causes changes in DNA. Commercially, formic acid is used in paint stripper; in humans, is it any wonder it destroys the optic nerve??

The media, including all major newspapers remains silent. Ramsey Clark in "The Fire This Time" writes:

The TV networks monopolize public access to the events that make the news. Television's intimate financial relationships with the military and weapons industries, its dependence on major corporate advertising, its political campaign contributions, its close alliances with political parties and leaders, the celebrity status of the major TV news readers made the American media virtually one with the government.

Two reporters have a pending lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida Fox affiliate for pulling, at the last minute, a segment critical of
Monsanto's bovine growth hormone. The station admits that Monsanto lawyers called and promised trouble.

The Pepsi generation is ill. Aspartame poisoning mimics MS and
rheumatoid arthritis. Fibromyalgia is a catchall term for the
excruciating joint pain endured when aspartame dries up the lubricating synovial fluid and turns the joints into plastic. (Dr. H.J. Roberts, F.A.C.P.
and Dr. James Bowen)

45 million Americans tolerate recurrent headaches, the No. 1 complaint about aspartame on the FDA list ~ 1,862 out of 10,000 citizen reports.

NutraSweet produces mood swings, depression and anxiety attacks because the poison suppresses serotonin necessary for good mental health. NutraSweet is also highly addictive because methanol is wood alcohol.

Fetal tissue cannot tolerate methanol. "Aspartame 'babies'" have symptoms of autism and attention deficit disorder. NutraSweet breaks down faster in heat. In 5 years, 280 federally funded scientists have now discovered that Gulf War veterans who have offspring with rare diseases (ABDC) drank diet soda metamorphosed by the 120 degree Arabian sun into a 'toxic cocktail.'

The unkindest fact of all is that NutraSweet makes you fatter. Dr.
Sandra Cabot, author of "The Liver Cleansing Diet," explains that
aspartame causes unstable blood sugar levels which increase the appetite and cause a craving for sweets, a puffy, bloated appearance and increased cellulite.

"You got the wrong one, baby, uh huh."

The approval process for NutraSweet unfolds like 'The Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Searle pharmaceuticals (bought by Monsanto in 1985) made pod people of scientists, senators, prosecutors and the FDA.

Prosecutors that were told by the Justice Department to convene a grand jury to investigate Searle crime instead went to work for Searle's own law firm.

A former Congressman and White House Chief of Staff, Donald Rumsfeld went to work for Searle and bragged he would "call in all his markers" to get aspartame approved.

Orrin Hatch, senator from Utah, took money from and lobbied for Searle. The whitewash was complete when President Reagan hired Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner. Hayes approved NutraSweet despite the negative findings of three Boards of Inquiry. Soon after the signing, Hayes went to work as a consultant to Searle's public relations firm.

David Kessler who approved aspartame for use in hot foods in 1993, and in 1996 authorized blanket approval for NutraSweet is now Dean of the Yale School of Medicine.

The National Soft Drink Association wrote a 30-page protest before the 1983 approval of NutraSweet in carbonated beverages. The soft drink companies knew aspartame was unstable in heat, but they never filed the protest. (dorway.com).

In a 1986 letter to Orrin Hatch, former Senator Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio writes: "I urge you, Orrin, to hold oversight hearings. about NutraSweet." ".how in good conscience can you say, ' no'?" Hatch killed the hearings in committee.

I went to Atlanta to meet Betty Martini; founder of Mission Possible, an international organization dedicated to informing the world population about the dangers of aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet).

I sorted two thousand letters by disease. My thickest stacks were memory loss and diabetes/vision loss with the return of sight after abstention from NutraSweet.

Coca-cola wouldn't do this to us. PepsiCo either. Well, they are.

A high hope appeared this year as an uncanny Paul Revere in cyberspace fired an e-mail shot heard 'round the world, heralding the festering facts of NutraSweet poisoning.

An anonymous humanitarian calling herself Nancy Markle cadged from the Web a lecture Betty Martini gave at a World Environmental Conference. NutraSweet users recognized their ailments, as described by Betty. Now more phone calls and e-mail pour into Mission Possible headquarters.

Truly, it's impossible for thousands of people to make up matching stories of symptoms and descriptions of the rough detox when NutraSweet is discontinued.

The NutraSweet Company assures us aspartame is safe while it wages a
molecular holocaust.

An Associated Press release labels anti-aspartame consumer activists, toxic terrorists without even checking their side of the story. What kind of unbiased reporting is that?

Time Magazine's 'health reporter' calls the revealed truth about
NutraSweet a hoax and the Internet a "Web of Deceit." In truth, the Web via e-mail is the last refuge of free communication.

For 1500 years, a natural sweetener from a shrub, stevia, has been used safely in South America. Stevia is sold under strict FDA (Monsanto's Storm Troopers) regulation at health food stores as a food supplement, not as a sweetener.

Here is a win/win situation. The chemical companies give up all
interest in the food industry. When the people's court rules, (some suggest the evildoers eat a diet rich in NutraSweet) the guilty may choose to live on farms, work in the fields and return the good earth to 'we the people.'

Carol Guilford is the author of The New Cook's Cookbook; The Diet Book; Carol Guilford's Main Course Cookbook; The Easiest Cookbook; Artificial Sweetener, Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) Linked To Breast Cancer And Gulf War Syndrome.


Sweet nothings
Aspartame is the technical name for such brand names as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. Aspartame was discovered by accident in 1965, when G.D. Searle Company chemist James Schlatter was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Aspartame was approved for carbonated beverages in 1983. In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.

Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: Aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, recently published a book called Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, which thoroughly details the damage that is caused by the ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame. Blaylock makes use of almost 500 scientific references to show how excess free excitatory amino acids such as aspartic acid and glutamic acid in our food supply are causing serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.
The taste that kills
Dr. Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon, presents the latest research findings to demonstrate how exposure to excitotoxins will damage nerve cells in the brain. Unfortunately, and to our peril, the use of aspartame, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and monosodium glutamate in prepared foods and beverages continues to increase on a yearly basis. Dr. Blaylock clearly demonstrates that the neurotoxic potential of excitotoxins such as MSG and aspartame is so overwhelming that it can no longer be ignored.

Aspartame is by far the most dangerous food additive on the market today. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death as recently disclosed in a February 1994 Department of Health and Human Services report.1 Some of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame are: headaches, vertigo, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, memory loss, and joint pain.

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." (2)
Rumsfield’s Disease
The history of aspartame and its approval has a political history as well as a scientific one. When Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, the company manufactured aspartame. For 16 years the FDA refused to approve aspartame, ruling that aspartame is a deadly neurotoxic drug masquerading as an additive.

After leaving Searle, Donald Rumsfeld joined President Reagan's transition team. The day after he took office he appointed an FDA Commissioner who would approve aspartame. The FDA set up a Board of Inquiry of top scientists who said that aspartame is not safe and causes brain tumors, and the petition for approval was thereby revoked. The new FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, overruled that Board of Inquiry and then went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer, Burson-Marstellar, rumored at $1000.00 a day, and has refused to talk to the press ever since.

The constellation of deadly and devastating symptoms associated with Aspartame Disease are now called, appropriately enough, “Rumsfield’s Disease.”

Revolving doors

The FDA and the manufacturers of aspartame have had a rovolving door of employment for many years. 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. (3)

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. They also reported that over 150 FDA officials owned stock in drug companies they were assigned to manage. Many organizations and universities receive large sums of money from companies connected to the NutraSweet Association, a group of companies promoting the use of aspartame. In January 1993, the American Dietetic Association received a $75,000 grant from the NutraSweet Company. The American Dietetic Association has stated that the NutraSweet Company writes their own “Facts” sheets. (4)
Death-dealing diet drinks
The United States government, in conjunction with soda companies, succeeded, unintentionally or otherwise, in performing a large-scale aspartame experiment on humans. During the Persian Gulf War, truckloads of diet soda were sent to the troops. The cans sat for up to eight weeks on pallets in the 120+ degree Arabian sun. Thirsty soldiers drank it up, can after can. Is it any surprise that Desert Storm Syndrome symptoms are identical to aspartame disease? Thousands of troops returned home complaining of memory loss, vision problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, confusion, dizziness, joint pain, headaches, equilibrium problems and manic depression. The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Immunologic Disease Society (CFIDS) claim that some 6000 soldiers, to date, have perished as a result of the Desert Storm Syndrome.
The NSDA also said (Docket No. 82F-0305) “Aspartame is inherently, markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media. In a liquid, such as a soft drink APM will degrade as a function of temperature and pH. Higher temperatures and more acidic liquids increase the rate of degradation. Higher temperatures may also affect the degradation products which are formed.” (6)
Coke and Pepsi knew all this and yet sent diet pop to the Persian Gulf. American soldiers were, in effect, drinking formaldehyde cocktails.
It’s about the money
Of approximately 100 independent studies conducted on aspartame, over 90 percent have demonstrated significant health risks. This would lead to the question, “Why hasn't aspartame been banned?” The answer is, sadly, that it’s about the money. In 1996, ignoring the fact that aspartame breaks down faster when heated above 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the FDA decided to remove any remaining limitations on its use. Presently, there are thousands of companies using aspartame in diet sodas, powdered drinks, gelatin, tea, coffee, cocoa, juices, frozen desserts and even vitamins and medications. This translates to billions of dollars worldwide. Unfortunately, this is more than enough to provide agency officials with lucrative future employment, politicians with campaign funds, non-profit foundations with endowments, scientists with research grants and the media with advertising dollars.
1. Aspartame Toxicity Info Center. http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/
2. Ibid
3. News with Views. http://www.newswithviews.com/NWVexclusive/exclusive15.htm
4. Christine Lyndon, MD, “Could There Be Evils Lurking In Aspartame Consumption?” http://www.aspartamekills.com/lydon.htm

Aspartame - The World's Best Ant Poison
contributed by Jan Jensen of WELLthy Choices

Another physician who has researched aspartame well is Dr H J Roberts.

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Carol Guilford