Aspartame, an artificial sweetener made from a combination of two aminoacids linked by methanol, was approved by the FDA after a scientific panel recommended not to approve it because of toxicity issues. The approval was brought about by political pressure, as Donald Rumsfeld, who had been CEO, President and then Chairman of the board of Searle pharmaceuticals, joined the Reagan administration. A temporary FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, was appointed and overrode scientific opposition to the approval of aspartame, paving the way for world wide marketing of the sweetener.
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Betty Martini of Mission Possible International has been bringing to light the documents regarding this sordid affair that is at the base of much human ill health and suffering. She has recently completed the reconstruction of an important investigative report authored by Jerome Bressler, into the aspartame approval process.
For three decades, the report was only partially available. Some of the most damning studies had been deleted from it. Those studies have now been added to the document that is publicly available.
Betty Martini relates what happened and says that aspartame should never have been approved for human consumption. The sweetener is still widely used as a low-calorie alternative to sugar, recommended for diabetics and anyone who wants to lose weight. Although many consumers are aware of the dangers of this sweetener, we believe the FDA should come clean and admit what happened. It should revoke the approval for aspartame and issue an international communication detailing its adverse health effects. The sweetener should no longer be used for human consumption, although perhaps, with appropriate warning, it could be sold as an effective ant poison.
Here is the release of this new information by Betty Martini:
FDA HID RESEARCH THAT DAMNED ASPARTAME
Fatal studies should have blocked NutraSweet approval
When the G.D. Searle Co. sought FDA approval for NutraSweet they submitted doctored, fraudulent "studies," so corrupt that the Department of Justice appointed two prosecutors to Investigate Searle. Searle's lawyers hired the prosecutors and the case died with the statute of limitations.
Listen in on aspartame hearings in 1976 between Senator Ted Kennedy and FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt at the Senate Subcommittee on Labor and Public Health:
Commissioner Schmidt: "Today I would like to report to you the final results of the Food and
Drug Administration's detailed investigation of animal studies performed by Searle."
Senator Kennedy: "Is this the first time, to your knowledge, that such a problem has been uncovered of this magnitude by the Food and Drug Administration?"
Dr. Schmidt: "It is certainly the first time that such an extensive and detailed examination of this kind has taken place. We have never before conducted such an examination as we did at Searle. From time to time, we have been aware of isolated problems, but we were not aware of the extent of the problem in one pharmaceutical house."
Senator Kennedy: "The extensive nature of the almost unbelievable range of abuses discovered by the FDA on several major Searle products is profoundly disturbing."
Yet a year later look what happened!
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