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Senate's Plan to Ban Aspartame 'Deferred': Health Committee Passes The Buck to the FDA

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Hawaii Reporter
Freedom to Report Real News
By Betty Martini
February 26, 2006

HONOLULU, HI - A blazing epidemic ravages the planet. Everywhere are reports of the disabled and dying. There are 92 symptoms, seizures, comas, sexual dysfunction, death are listed by the FDA. Medical texts by eminent doctors define the causation and delineate a preventive to stop the slaughter. Thousands of case histories and dozens of peer reviewed studies by top professionals and research institutions confirm the source of the sickness, a sweet addictive toxin poisoning our foods and beverages: aspartame/NutraSweet/Equal.

But Government intransigently refuses to protect the people since big money is involved. Let people die, the profits of the poisoners must be protected, whatever the cost to citizens. The political influence and bottomless checkbooks of the producers overwhelm reason and evidence.

It's tobacco Redux. Nicotine murders millions, an endless rampage powered by greed, addiction and profit. But nicotine is known as a killer and its adult users are aware of it. Aspartame is in children's vitamins, even vaccines, plus thousands of prepared foods and "diet" products. No "Warning, this product includes a deadly poison" labels tell gum chewers and cola drinkers that they're putting death in their mouth. No warning for pregnant women aspartame causes birth defects.

So it will continue in Hawaii. On Monday the Senate Bill 2506 to ban aspartame was "deferred". Senator David Ige and the committee decided that FDA has this responsibility.

James Turner, renowned consumer attorney fought the approval of aspartame with world famous neuroscientist Dr. John Olney and explained: "The toxicity of this deadly carcinogen is well known. The FDA not only refused to approve aspartame for years, but asked the Department of Justice to indict G.D. Searle, the manufacturer, for submitting fraudulent test reports to get the poison approved.

The evidence was overwhelming and Searle's case was impossible to defend, so their attorneys seduced the federal prosecutors, Sam Skinner and Wm. Conlon, who negotiated for jobs with Searle's lawyers while they were supposed to prosecuting Searle! Before switching sides they stalled until the statute of limitations was about to run out so Searle couldn't be prosecuted in the future. Justice died, as have thousands of aspartame victims in the 25 years since.

"The Board of Inquiry of the FDA revoked the petition for approval since aspartame couldn't be proven safe and triggered brain tumors. Thus science never proved aspartame safe. Don Rumsfeld, CEO of Searle at the time, said he would "call in his markers" and get it on the market. That he did. Thus aspartame is here today because of political chicanery, not science. FDA scientist, Dr. Adrian Gross and FDA toxicologist Dr. Jacqueline Verrett testified to Congress against aspartame. It violates the Delaney Amendment, adulteration statutes and Interstate Commerce laws because it triggers brain tumors and brain cancer." James Turner also discusses this in "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" which was given to all committee members.

FDA is loyal to the manufacturers who pay with funding. Three congressional hearings exposed the poison. Renowned physicians protested its approval, even the National Soft Drink Association. World famous neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. wrote: "My interest in aspartame is its role as a neurotoxin and as a carcinogenic substance. .. One of the major harmful effects of aspartame is from its major breakdown product, formaldehyde. It is known in the toxicological literature that formaldehyde produces a cross-chemical sensitivity.

In addition, the study by Trocho, et all from the Department of Molecular Biology, University of Barcelona, clearly shows from radiolabeled product the formaldehyde from aspartame binds tightly to DNA, resulting in both single and double strand breaks. This effect is accumulative, injuring not only DNA but also cellular proteins, many of which are enzymes. Because mitochondria have very few DNA repair enzymes, this damages goes unrepaired, leading to major suppression of cellular energy - a major contributing cause of excitotoxicity, the central process of many neurodegenerative diseases."

"Because of the accumulative damage associated with aspartame, even low dose consumption over many years can result in significant DNA injury. This poses a significant danger to those with DNA disorders or who have impaired functioning of DNA repair enzymes, which includes those with Lupus, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS), mitochondrial dysfunction and diabetes. It also poses a significant danger to the developing baby, since DNA disrupting during neurogenesis can be devastating."

A study published in Circulation, the official journal of the American Heart Association (Lutsey, 2008) confirmed the deadly effect of metabolic syndrome on "diet" beverage drinkers, saying: "metabolic syndrome is a cluster of cardiovascular risk factor abnormalities association with increased risk of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality." Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.

Dr. H. J. Roberts discusses this in Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic because aspartame triggers an irregular heart rhythm, and interacts with cardiac medication. It damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. Roberts is a diabetic specialist and explains aspartame can precipitate diabetes, simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and even interacts with insulin.

Recently the journal Behavioural Neuroscience, reported a study by scientists at Purdue University showing consuming artificial sweeteners causes weight gain. We've known this for years as an affidavit quoted in the protest of the NSDA (now American Beverage) in the congressional record by Dr. Richard Wurtman admitted aspartame makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight. Sharon Fowler, University of Texas, in 2005 reported an epidemiological study based on 8 years of data linking diet drinks with obesity. Today the epidemic of obesity is rampant because aspartame is used by 70% of the population.

Mark Gold of the Aspartame Toxicity Center in his testimony showed how Ajinomoto does a review of the literature because Hawaii's Health Department Director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino chose an Ajinomoto funded "study" in Toxicology magazine to oppose the Hawaii House bill that was also deferred. He wrote: "A reader might ask, "Is it possible for there to be an unbiased review of aspartame, made by Ajinomoto and Monsanto, where the review is funded by Ajinomoto, three of the authors have done paid work for Monsanto, several authors have official positions in trade and research associations funded by Monsanto, Ajinomoto, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, etc., several authors work for corporate advocacy groups, one of which called aspartame toxicity a "nonissue," and one author who consults for companies that sell aspartame and in the past has said that aspartame is safe?" A reasonable answer might be "No! Are you kidding me?"

Adrian Chang of Kauai testified at the Hawaii hearings on this issue. He says 56 of 90 independent funded studies show "adverse reaction." He notes that Ralph G. Walton, MD in a Survey of Aspartame Studies: Correlation of Outcome and Funding Sources, says that these results were not cited or discussed by the Burdock Study." Dr. Walton also sent testimony.

Chang said it appears the study was generated to scrutinize, criticize and counter recent studies published by the well-known European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences (Soffritti, 2007, 2005) which stressed that based on the adverse results of aspartame, "a reevaluation on the use and consumption is urgent and cannot be delayed."

In 2005 when the first Ramazzini Study, peer reviewed by 7 world experts, was released, Dr. Blaylock said: "The new study released in the European Journal of oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study that clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame.

"This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers, which also found the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and this damage was accumulative. The type of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame every day could increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia.

"They also found an increased incidence of malignant brain tumors, even though it was not statistically significant. This does not mean there is no association to brain tumors, since only the animals exposed to aspartame developed the tumors. With children and pregnant women drinking the largest amount of diet colas, this puts their children at the greatest risk of developing one of these horrible diseases. Their study found even low doses of aspartame could cause these malignancies; yet, the higher the dose, the more cancers that were seen.

"Since aspartame can increase obesity and may even cause the metabolic syndrome that affects 48 million Americans, there is no reason to ever consume this product. At the least it should be immediately banned from all schools." Now the metabolic syndrome has been linked to the diet drinks, which contain aspartame, proving Dr. Blaylock and other aspartame experts correct.

It appears that the FDA knew Aspartame caused cancer over 25 years ago.

On August 1, l985 the FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress at least one of Searle's studies "has established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance. ... In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established way beyond a reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?"

The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods. In his concluding testimony Gross asked, "Given the cancer causing potential of aspartame how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131 (August 1, l985)

Books and research reports by numerous experts list the neurodegenerative diseases aspartame triggers; also diabetes, obesity, psychiatric and behavioral problems, birth defects and other horrors that have become a plague the world over. These maladies will continue to ravage Hawaii because both the Senate and the House committees deferred bills to ban the poison. The heart wrenching testimonies of victims and voluminous medical evidence were ignored. They simply didn't want the responsibility and passed the buck! Naturally Calorie Control Council, a well-known front group, was there as was an attorney for Coke. At times there was only one member of the committee present, and Senator Rosalyn Baker didn't show up at all.

Indeed, Aspartame is a killer, and tragically it will continue to kill in beautiful Hawaii.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum is the Founder of Mission Possible International in Duluth, Georgia. Reach her at mailto:bettym19@mindspring.com

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