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Diet Sodas: Fewer Calories, But More Strokes

March 15, 2011

diet_sodaLast month we reported on the dangers of many artificial sweeteners. Now a report links diet sodas to a 61% increase in strokes and heart attacks.

The American Stroke Association held their International Stroke Conference a few weeks ago, where researchers presented the findings of a landmark study on diet drinks. They followed more than 2,500 New Yorkers for nine or more years, and found that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including heart attack and stroke.

As Christopher Wanjek, author of Bad Medicine, noted, “You’re drinking copious amounts of phosphoric acid, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and some laboratory-crafted chemical that tricks your brain into perceiving the sensation of sweet….The proliferation of diet soda cuts to the core of what’s wrong with the Western diet. The Western approach is to remove the most obvious dangers from an unhealthy habit—in this case, removing the 12 teaspoons of sugar per can of fizzy water laced with acids, colors, and flavors of uncertain origin—so that we can continue that habit in denial of other dangers.”

Despite the study’s findings, the researchers aren’t ready to tell consumers to skip diet sodas! The report’s lead author, Hannah Gardener—an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine—said, “I don’t think that anyone should be changing their behaviors based on one study. Hopefully this will motivate other researchers to do more studies.”

Gardener and her colleagues accounted for risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels before pointing the finger more squarely at diet drinks. What isn’t yet clear is which specific ingredient or ingredients in diet sodas may be causing the increased health risk. It is also possible that people who drink diet sodas are replacing those saved sugar calories with other unhealthy choices, Gardener said.

Until more data is in, anyone for green tea, or even, possibly, water?


The Newest Dangerous Sweetener to Hit Your Food Shelves...

Posted By Dr. Mercola | February 08 2011 | 7,673 views

By Dr. Mercola

Since 2002 an artificial sweetener called neotame has been approved for use in food and drink products around the world, although so far its use appears to be very limited.

Neotame is a chemical derivative of aspartame, and judging by the chemicals used in its manufacturing, it appears even more toxic than aspartame, although the proponents of neotame claim that increased toxicity is not a concern, because less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect.

Neotame is bad science brought to you by the Monsanto Company.

If Monsano truly had nothing to fear with either of these artificial chemical sweeteners, they would have funded rigorous independent testing for safety. To date they have not, and they won't, because virtually every independent analysis of aspartame not conducted by Monsanto partners has revealed a long list of disturbing side effects, mostly neurological in nature.

Monsanto also has now sold the NutraSweet Company to someone else, but the approval of neotame came under Monsanto's ownership, and was most likely a result of Monsanto's cozy relationship with the FDA. More about that in a minute.

My recommendation for neotame is the same as that for aspartame, which is: it should be avoided if you care about your health.

Why is Neotame Dangerous?

Hopefully by now you are aware of the dangers of aspartame, if you aren't, please review this previous article.

But as if aspartame wasn't bad enough, NutraSweet (a Monsanto subsidiary at the time of neotame's approval) "improved" the aspartame formula, making neotame 7,000-13,000 times sweeter than sugar (sucrose) and 30-60 times sweeter than aspartame.

How did they do this?

In 1998, Monsanto applied for FDA approval for neotame, "based on the aspartame formula" with one critical addition: 3-dimethylbutyl, which just happens to be listed on the EPA's most hazardous chemical list.

So not only is neotame potentially more devastating to your health than aspartame, it is also approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods, because it is more stable at higher temperatures.

What is 3-Dimethylbutyl?

Neotame is manufactured by combining aspartame with 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyd, which was added to block enzymes that break the peptide bond between aspartic acid and phenylalanine, thereby reducing the availability of phenylalanine.

This eliminates the need for a warning on labels directed at people who cannot properly metabolize phenylalanine.

However, 3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde is categorized as both highly flammable and an irritant, andcarries risk statements for handling including irritating to skin, eyes and respiratory system.

In other words, the NutraSweet company assures you that neotame is perfectly safe, while at the same time they manufacture neotame through a chemical reaction between aspartame and a substance that is highly flammable and a skin, eye and respiratory irritant (that must be handled with extreme caution by anyone involved in the manufacturing process).

Does this sound like something you want to put into your body?

Why are These Chemicals Approved for Human Consumption?

Many people actually consider the FDA to be a "subsidiary" of the Monsanto Company. It sounds impossible, but when you look at all the Monsanto executives who have gone through the revolving door between private industry and government oversight, a truly disturbing picture emerges of the foxes guarding the henhouse..

The FDA is packed by pro-business, pro-corporation advocates who often have massive conflicts of interest when it comes to protecting the health of the public.

In fact, the revolving door between private industry and government oversight agencies is so well established these days, it has become business as usual to read about scandal, conflicts of interest and blatant pro-industry bias, even when it flies in the face of science or the law.

A few examples include:

Why Aspartame and Neotame are NOT a Dieters Best Friend

On of the biggest marketing and PR tactics for man-made chemical sweeteners has been the claim that they help in the battle against obesity. Folks, they don't. They never have and they never will.

The research and the epidemiologic data suggest the opposite is true, and that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and neotame tend to lead to weight gain. As I've often said, there's more to weight gain or weight loss than mere calorie intake.

One reason for aspartame and neotame's potential to cause weight gain is because phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame and are also present in neotame -- are known to rapidly stimulate the release of insulin and leptin; two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and fat storage.

Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism.

So although you're not ingesting calories in the form of sugar, aspartame and neotame can still raise your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels, in turn, are two of the driving forces behind obesity, diabetes, and a number of our current chronic disease epidemics.

Over time, if your body is exposed to too much leptin, it will become resistant to it, just as your body can become resistant to insulin, and once that happens, your body can no longer "hear" the hormonal messages instructing your body to stop eating, burn fat, and maintain good sensitivity to sweet tastes in your taste buds.

What happens then?

You remain hungry; you crave sweets, and your body stores more fat.

Leptin-resistance also causes an increase in visceral fat, sending you on a vicious cycle of hunger, fat storage and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and more.

The Real Reason Artificial Sweetener Use Has Exploded

If you want some answers in scenarios like this it is typically useful to follow the money trail. Aspartame currently has the largest market share of all artificial sweeteners, and the people at NutraSweet would like to keep it that way.

Artificial sweeteners cost a great deal less than real sugar, corn syrup or molasses, so the processed food and beverage industry saves money by using LESS of these man-made chemicals to create MORE sweetness in their products.

Neotame is manufactured from aspartame, and builds on aspartame's ability to provide more sweetness from less raw material, as it is 30-60 times sweeter than aspartame.

Unfortunately, one byproduct your body creates by breaking down aspartame is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic to your health even in very small doses. The NutraSweet Company claims the addition of 3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde to aspartame makes it more stable at higher temperatures, and reduces the availability of phenylalanine. But nowhere do they discuss the formation of formaldehyde when your body breaks down aspartame, which is the main ingredient of neotame.

In a search of pubmed.gov, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which has over 11 million medical citations, neotame returns zero double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals.

If neotame was indeed completely safe to ingest, you would think the NutraSweet Company would have published at least one double-blind safety study in the public domain? They haven't.

You have to ask yourself "why not?"

Have You Experienced a Bad Aspartame or Neotame Reaction? Be Heard!

Did you know that only a fraction of all adverse food reactions are ever reported to the FDA? This is a problem that only you as the consumer can have an impact upon.

In order to truly alert the FDA to a problem with a product they've approved, they must be notified – by as many people as possible who believe they have experienced a side effect. This mean you can take action against the manufacturers of these chemicals that continue to put your optimal health at risk, if you feel you have had a bad reaction to their product.

I urge you, if you believe you have experienced side effects from aspartame or neotame, let the FDA know about it!

Please go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number listed for your state, and report your adverse reaction.

There's no telling just how many reports they might need before considering taking another look at the safety of aspartame or neotame, but the only way to press them is by reporting any and all adverse effects!

And in the meantime, do your health and the health of your family a favor and treat all foods and drinks that contain aspartame or neotame as if they were deleterious to your optimal health. Because, in my opinion, they are.

















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Aspartame Resource Guide

Aspartame medical text, Aspartame Disease:  An Ignored Epidemic, www.sunsentpress.com  by H. J. Roberts, M.D., over 1000 pages  He also has other books on aspartame and just published "A Manifesto for American Medicine"
Dr. Leonard Coldwell’s Detox Formula: http://www.mpwhi.com/resources-coldwell.htm    His new book is “The Only Answer to Cancer”.

Detox formula:  "What To Do If You Have Used Aspartame" by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., www.wnho.net/wtdaspartame.htm  Dr. Blaylock is author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, www.russellblaylockmd.com     He has an excellent CD titled:  "The Truth About Aspartame", www.atavistik.com  All info is on http://www.mpwhi.com/blaylock_wellness_center.htm

Aspartame documentary:  Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, cori@soundandfury.tv

Aspartame Information List, you can subscribe on www.mpwhi.com  scroll down to banners.

How to get aspartame out of your state:  http://www.thenhf.com/press_releases/pr_24_feb_2009.html
Information on how aspartame blinds:  http://www.mpwhi.com/nfb_aspartame_and_vision.htm

Safe Sweetener:  Just Like Sugar, www.justlikesugarinc.om    Can be found in places like Whole Foods. Made of chicory and orange peel, Calcium and Vitamin C.  Chicory has been used for 70 years to improve the health of diabetics.  Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote in his newsletter, The Blaylock Wellness Report, www.russellblaylockmd.com   "Finally a safe sweetener".

Aspartame Warning Flyer for distribution:  http://www.mpwhi.com/warning_flyer_on_aspartame.htm  
The Lethal Science of Splenda:  http://www.wnho.net/splenda_chlorocarbon.htm 
Studies have shown that sucralose can:

 * Cause the thymus to shrink by as much as 40% (the thymus is your immune powerhouse - it produces T cells)
* Cause enlargement of the liver and kidneys
 * Reduce growth rate as much as 20%
* Cause enlargement of the large bowel area
 * Reduce the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50%
 * Increase the pH level in the intestines (a risk factor for colon cancer)
 * Contribute to weight gain
 * Cause aborted pregnancy low fetal body weight
* Reduce red blood cell count

Particular warning to diabetics:  Researchers found that diabetic patients using sucralose showed a statistically significant increase in glycosylated hemoglobin, a marker that is used to assess glycemic control in diabetic patients. According to the FDA, "increases in glycosolation in hemoglobin imply lessening of control of diabetes."
Here is how Splenda is made:  http://www.wnho.net/chemical_processing_of_splenda.htm 
Ajinomoto just announced a new name for aspartame called AminoSweet.  Be warned. 

Web sites:  www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com and www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Also, you may be interested in the history of aspartame just reported for Prop 65: 

Cynthia Oshita
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Proposition 65 Implementation
P.O. Box 4010 1001 I Street, 19th floor
Sacramento, California 95812-4010
FAX (916) 323-8803

Dear Ms. Oshita:

In reading available information, I assume you want mostly how aspartame relates to cancer.  Indeed it is a carcinogen, proven so by many scientific studies.  Aspartame also triggers many other serious diseases which fill the 1,000+ page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, www.sunsentpress.com by H. J. Roberts, M.D.

When FDA Commissioner Dr. Von Eschenbach took office I wrote him about aspartame and cancer, mainly due to his professed intention to save cancer victims; so much of this has already been done.  http://www.mpwhi.com/project_recall_aspartame.htm  Later 12 toxicologists asked the FDA to ban aspartame because of the long term Ramazzini studies on large rat populations showing aspartame is “a multipotential carcinogen”. http://www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/aspartame_letter_to_fda.pdf
Now I'll go back to the beginning.

Aspartame was not approved by science but thru the political chicanery of Don Rumsfeld.  D.C. Attorney James Turner, explains how Rumsfeld did it in the documentary Sweet Misery, a Poisoned World. Here’s a clip from the movie so you can hear what he said:  http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages/rumsfeld2.html

Searle’s problem was they couldn’t get studies to show safety.  For example, in  the Bressler Report:  http://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_news.htm you read where they would excise brain tumors from the rats, put them back in the study and after they died resurrected them back on paper. They even filtered out neoplasms to hide them from the FDA.  Repeatedly Searle was caught in this criminal activity. 
On January 10, 1977 in a 33 page letter, FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill recommended to the Justice Department Attorney Sam Skinner that a grand jury investigate Searle for "apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 USC 331 (e), and the False Reports to the Government Act, 18 U.S.C. 1001, for "their willful and knowing failure to make reports to the Food and Drug Administration required by the Act, 21 U.S.C 355 (i) and making false statements in reports of animal studies conducted to establish the safety of aspartame." The FDA called special attention to studies investigating the effect of NutraSweet on monkeys and hamsters.

Searle was caught dead to rights, so they hired Skinner, made him a deal he couldn’t refuse. So the former Justice Department prosecutor became a defender.  Next at bat  -   U. S. Prosecutor  William Conlon,  promptly switched sides too. By then the statute of limitations had expired. Searle knew they couldn't win the case so they simply hired the prosecutors.  The Godfather hired the District Attorneys!
Nevertheless the FDA had no intention of approving aspartame.  The fraud was so great that  Dr. John Olney (who with James Turner fought against approval of aspartame ) told Searle to do studies in his lab so he could see that they were done honestly, with supervision.  Dr. Olney believed the FDA wouldn’t approve aspartame because the studies showed it produced brain damaged.  What he didn’t anticipate is that Searle didn’t submit these findings to the FDA.

January 30, 1980 the Public Board of Inquiry revoked Searle’s petition for approval declaring that they had "not been presented with proof of reasonable certainty that aspartame is safe for use as a food additive."   Searle had spent $17 million on an aspartame factory and had no intention of giving up, poison or no.  At this point they hired Donald Rumsfeld who said he would call in his markers and get it approved anyway.
What were those markers?  President Reagan had told Rumsfeld he would be nominated for vice president, but instead selected Bush number 1.

The day after Reagan took office he appointed Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes as the new FDA Commissioner, to over-rule the Board of Inquiry.  Reagan knew it would take 30 days to get Hayes to the FDA , so he wrote an Executive Order making the FDA powerless to do anything about aspartame.  At 3 AM that night a member of Reagan’s staff called the FDA Commissioner Jere Goyan and fired him.  Here is a letter from his wife who was there when the terminating call came in:  http://www.mpwhi.com/letter_about_jere_goyan.pdf

Once aspartame was on the market there was outrage as consumers were diagnosed with seizures, multiple sclerosis and blindness from the free methyl alcohol releases.  Senator Orrin Hatch, on Monsanto’s payroll, obstructed hearings on aspartame for years, but there were 3 Congressional hearings from 1985 to l987.  Hatch was on Monsanto’s payroll, and kept  the bill in committee that would put a moratorium on aspartame until NIH completed independent studies on the flood of aspartame problems they were seeing: seizures, blindness, headaches, sexual dysfunction, behavioral problems, especially in children, drug interactions and birth defects.
About that time  Dr. James Bowen wrote FDA that “aspartame is mass poisoning of the American public and 70 countries” - today over 100.  http://www.dorway.com/drbowen.txt  The good doctor wrote: "For this reason, I am opposed to labeling aspartame content of food and drinks.  To do so would imply that the government is taking some sort of responsible action....when the only responsible action would be to immediately take aspartame off the market, fully disclose its toxicities, offer full compensation to the injured, public and criminally prosecute anyone who participated in the fraudulent placement of aspartame on the marketplace."

How was the new FDA Commissioner,  Arthur Hayes,  get rewarded for over-ruling the Board of Inquiry?  He was hired as a consultant to NutraSweet’s PR Agency on a 10-year contract at $1,000.00 a day, and nobody’s heard a peep from him since, he got lockjaw.  Who ever heard of a PR guy who won’t talk?

Now they began funding professional organizations ladies-of-the-evening like the American Diabetes Assn, American Dietetic Assn and numerous others to propagandize the public with touting asparshame. Of course they also threatened scientists whose studies identified the toxicity of this poison. In the UPI Investigation Dr. Wurtman was threatened if he did studies on aspartame and seizures he would lose his funding. He capitulated. Read this report on the 8 month investigation by United Press International:  http://www.mpwhi.com/upi_1987_aspartame_report.pdf  Dr. Wurtman, too, got a terrible case of aspartame lockjaw, but MIT still gets the money.

ILSI, the International Life Sciences Institute, was born in 1978 as a “research” front for our favorite poisoners.  It’s board members are from Coke, Pepsi, Searle, Monsanto and the rest of the usual suspects. If a university won't play their way the get no pay, that is to say, funding for fake “research”.

Over the years many independent studies have been done.  The manufacturers say 200 studies that aspartame is safe as rain.  Some of those were the ones FDA found fraudulent and sought prosecution for, and others were simply bought and paid for quack studies from rubber duck labs.
Consider seizure studies by Monsanto, they bought Searle in l985:  http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/abuse/seizures.html  Seizures are listed 5 times on the FDA report of 92 symptoms that range from male sexual dysfunction to death:  http://www.mpwhi.com/92_aspartame_symptoms.pdf  People are having so many seizures and going blind on aspartame that the Community Nutrition Institute filed a petition to ban aspartame in l986. Again the manufacturers put in the fix to prevent it from being banned.
They were so worried someone would have a seizure they actually gave people anti-seizure medication in the Rowan study.  ‘
Another impeccable “study” involved one-day consumption of,  believe it or not:  a single capsule of aspartame. Tantamount to smelling the bottle.  The got it peer reviewed with their power.  So when consumers complain of seizures they say "we did studies and aspartame doesn't cause seizures".  
                  I smoked a Lucky once and I’m fine, so nicotine doesn’t cause cancer!

They have all bases covered.  Today front groups like Calorie Control Council, with full knowledge that aspartame causes birth defects and mental retardation actually push the poison:  http://www.wnho.net/mh_aspartame_letter.htm

When 60 Minutes did a story about aspartame and brain tumors the manufactures claimed to have all these studies showing safety.  Dr. Ralph Walton who was on the show decided to research who funded the “studies”: http://www.dorway.com/peerrev.html   Note that 92% of independent peer-reviewed studies show problems aspartame causes, while those funded or controlled by industry all say it’s safe. If you eliminate 6 studies the FDA, aspartame’s branch office in Washington, messed with, and one pro-aspartame sponsored summary, 100% of independent scientific peer reviewed studies show aspartame problems. 

As Dr. Bowen said: this is mass poisoning of the world.  Aspartame destroys the brain, the optic nerve, the immune system and central nervous system.  It devastates every organ of the body.  Epidemic obesity, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, retinopathy and neuropathy, optic nerve destruction, convulsions and insulin reactions, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, IQ depreciation and dozens of other afflictions have been inflicted upon us by this deadly neurotoxic carcinogenic “sweetener”.

According to the prestigious Ecologist, aspartame was listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress. http://www.mpwhi.com/ecologist_september_2005.pdf

Studies show the horrific damage done to the body.  For instance, the Trocho Study shows the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol actually embalms tissue and damages DNA. www.mpwhi.com/formaldehyde_from_aspartame.pdf

Here are summaries of the two aspartame studies, Ramazzini, that showed aspartame to be a  multipotential carcinogen, passed down through the mother:

DR. MORANDO SOFFRITTI, lead researcher on two groundbreaking long-term aspartame studies. He was recently honored at New York’s Mt Sinai School of Medicine with the Irving J Selikoff Award For his outstanding contributions to the identification of environmental and industrial carcinogens and his promotion of independent scientific research. Reviewing his two impeccable aspartame studies. Dr. Soffritti explains:

The first ERF study (2005) was conducted on 1800 Sprague-Dawley rats (100-150/per sex/per group) In order to simulate daily human intake, aspartame was added to the standard rat diet in quantities of 5000, 2500, 100, 500, 20, 4, and 0 mg/Kg of body weight. Treatment of the animals began at 8 weeks of age and continued until spontaneous death. The results show that APM causes a statistically significant, dose-related increase of lymphomas/leukemias and malignant tumors of the renal pelvis in females and malignant tumors of peripheral nerves in males. These results demonstrate for the first time that APM is a carcinogenic agent, capable of inducing malignancies at various dose levels, including those lower than the current acceptable daily intake (ADI) for humans (50 mg/kg of body weight in the US, 40 mg/kg of body weight in the EU).

The second ERF study (2007) was conducted on 400 Sprague-Dawley rats (70-95/per sex/per group). In order to simulate daily human intake, aspartame was added to the standard rat diet in quantities of 100, 20, and 0 mg/Kg of body weight. Treatment of the animals began on the 12th day of fetal life until natural death. The results of the second study show an increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias in female rats with respect to the first study. Moreover, the study shows that when lifespan exposure to APM begins during fetal life, the age at which lymphomas/leukemias develop in females is anticipated. For the first time, a statistically significant increase in mammary cancers in females was also observed in the second study. The results of this transplacental carcinogenicity bioassay not only confirm, but also reinforce the first experimental demonstration of APMs multipotential carcinogenicity.

Over six years ago I petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame.  The FDA has 180 days to answer it.  They refuse, obviously because I'm using their own words, and they don't know how to get around the fact that everything is a matter of record.   If it wasn't so criminal one would have to laugh at their propaganda - the idea that someone might even consider believing them.  For instance, they will tell you there is just a small amount of methanol, and there is more in oranges.  What they don't say is that in oranges that it is accompanied by ethanol which is the classic antidote for methanol toxicity and takes it out of your body safely.  Here is a peer reviewed journal article about it. http://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_methanol_and_public_health.pdf Methanol also binds to pectin.  In aspartame there is no ethanol.  Here is their basic propaganda answered with references:  http://dorway.com/dorwblog/?page_id=606

A detox formula for aspartame victims endorsed by Dr. Russell Blaylock, Neurosurgeon: www.wnho.net.wtdaspartame.htm  Available are his excellent books and a CD :"The Truth About Aspartame"

There are efforts now in states and countries to rid the planet of aspartame.  It is genetically engineered.  The manufacturers are get people in high places addicted.  When I testified to the Senate in New Mexico, half the senators were sipping Diet Coke.  Presidents Clinton and Bush were addicted.  Methanol is classified as a narcotic, it causes chronic methanol poisoning. This effects the dopamine system of the brain producing addiction.

 I've lectured in other countries and I can tell you people are sick and dying the world over on this poison. It would be great to see it banned from California.  First of all its illegally on the market because it violates the Delaney Amendment.  Here are comments from an FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, to Congress on 8/1/85:

Dr. Gross testified that 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 ANY 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)

Here is my letter to the Assembly Committee on Health which exposes the fact that it's adulterated: http://www.mpwhi.com/letter_to_a_n_kim_california_ach.htm  The adulteration  means it violates interstate commerce laws.

Consumer power is winning the war against this toxin. Holland Sweetener, the largest European aspartame producer closed in 2006. Another European maker also quit. In Japan Tosh stopped making it as well.  Merisant, in the USA went bankrupt for $230,000,000 in January, 2009.  47 members of Parliament signed for a ban in the UK.  There is continuing effort to get banned in the Philippines.  Romania banned it in the early 90's because it’s carcinogenic. And now the European Food Safety Authority is doing a review.  

Today no drug is safe if the consumer is using aspartame because of the interaction due to damage to the mitochondria.  It's used in hospitals because of the dietitians making patients even sicker.
The Nutratanic hit the iceberg and Coke & Pepsi are in the lifeboats with new sweeteners in the works. Japan’s Ajinomoto and the USA NutraSweet Co are still slapping around in the frigid waters of consumer condemnation.  http://www.wnho.net/recipe_for_death.htm

 If I can provide further data I’ll gladly do so. There is no way to show safety on aspartame with honest, unbiased studies.  Eliminate industry studies to defend its product and you'll see how deadly is this toxin.  Dr. Bill Deagle said its more deadly than depleted uranium because its ubiquitous  in our food.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible International (warning the world off aspartame)
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599
www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com and www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Aspartame Information List, www.mpwhi.com  scroll down to banners


Aspartame is a big time cause of peripheral neuropathy and causes burning feet.

All my best,
www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com, www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame


EPA Lists of Dangerous Chemicals Including Aspartame

Posted by: "Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum." bettym19@mindspring.com   drbettymartini

Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:07 am (PST)

[Attachment(s) from Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum. included below]

In the attachment you see that the EPA has listed aspartame as a
possible dangerous chemical to children's brains. If there is anyone
who should know its the EPA. Over two years ago my husband and I met
a pathologist, Reginall Bundrage, who worked for the EPA in the early
90's. He kept telling us that he knew more than I did about
aspartame. I was particularly interested because I've been educating
people now almost 20 years, No matter what I brought up he knew
about it, and especially remarked on the formaldehyde issue. He said
he kept complaining about this being on the market and killing so
many people. He was told the FDA would eventually have to recall it
and said, "Look, its now over 15 years later and its still on the market."

In 1995 I lectured for the World Environmental Conference which was
sponsored by grant by the EPA. It was Dr. Clarice Gaylord of the
EPA who gave the keynote address. She said, "We have an epidemic of
MS and lupus and cannot identify the toxin." I said, "I'm Betty
Martini with Mission Possible Intl and I'm here to lecture on MS and
lupus and identify the toxin as Nutrasweet/aspartame." When Nancy
Markle put her name on a post I had written about it, it made world
news in 1999. www.dorway.com/nomarkle.html The reason it made so
much news is it kept being sent to massive lists because so many
people suffered from the problems in the post. When it was realized
I was the author my phone rang around the clock even from countries
whose language I didn't speak , for years. In fact, I still get
calls about it. Dr. Gaylord said she was specifically told not to
talk to reporters, that EPA would give them my name. Instead it was
called an email hoax, naturally because of the aspartame industry and
their front groups and the professional organizations who receive
funding from them. My conversations by email with Dr. Gaylord are
on the URL above with her permission.

The EPA is right about aspartame affecting the brains of
children. Here are several aspartame experts discussing the subject
in this post: http://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_causes_birth_defects.htm

The EPA has known for years what a deadly chemical poison aspartame
is. Will EPA allow industry influence to remove aspartame from this
list? It is hoped they will stand firm and put children and babies
first and finally say, "Enough is enough". Dr. James Bowen told FDA
two decades ago that aspartame is mass poisoning of the American
public and more than 70+ countries of the world.
http://www.gene.ch/gentech/1997/8.96-5.97/msg00015.html Dr. Bowen
told me a mole in FDA did give him copies of many studies that were
destroyed. They may have included the two studies removed from the
Bressler Report which were teratology studies. Jerome Bressler asked
that we find them, and they were finally returned to him, and added
back to the Bressler Report: http://www.rense.com/general88/hid.htm

The information is so well known today on aspartame
(NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful/Canderel,Benevia, E951, etc.,) that
Ajinomoto has changed the name to AminoSweet. Don't be misled, avoid
it like the plague it is.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible Intl
770 242-2599
www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com, www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Medical Texts:
Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, H. J. Roberts, M.D.,
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Russell Blaylock, M.D.,
Aspartame Documentary: Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World,




Artificial Sweeteners May Be the Weight Gain Culprit!



Saccharin, Aspartame, Acesulfame potassium (also known as ACK, Sweet One and Sunett),

Sucralose (also known as Splenda), and Neotame (similar to aspartame); seems everyone

has their favorite low-calorie sugar substitute. 

However, controversy continues to surround these artificial sweeteners. But this time it's not

the question of a cancer link. Most calorie-conscious people have accepted the industries

claims of the safety of these sweeteners. Even the National Cancer Institute states that

"there is no clear evidence that the artificial sweeteners on the market in the United States

are related to cancer risk in humans." Of course, time will tell if that is in fact the case.

So if not cancer, what's the problem now? 

The Obesity Culprit 
A recent study published in the Behavioral Neuroscience indicated that artificial sweeteners

may be linked to the steady rise in obesity rates. That's right! That low/no-calorie artificial

sweetener could be making you fat! 

It is speculated that over time, artificial sweeteners condition the body to disassociate

sweetness from calories. This is believed to disrupt the body's ability to accurately assess

caloric intake, which leads to overeating and weight gain. 

Granted this was a small study, conducted on only 27 rats, however, that's no reason to

disregard the implications. According to researcher Susan Swithers, Ph.D., "If this is the

case in rats, there is little reason to think that humans don't have this same response... It

is possible that consuming these products interferes with one of the mechanisms that

helps to regulate weight." 

This isn't the first time artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain. A previous study

by the same researchers indicated that artificial sweeteners may also "blunt the energy

expenditure mechanism as well." Swithers noted that the "saccharin-conditioned rats had

slightly lower energy expenditures after eating a high-calorie meal containing sugar." 

The steady increase in obesity rates coupled with a rapid increase in our appetite for

low-calorie products containing artificial sweeteners certainly gives added credibility

to these studies. 

A Safe, Natural Sugar Substitute 
Studies such as these have already encouraged the food and beverage industry to look for

safe and natural non-caloric sweeteners, including stevia. Stevia has long been the sweetener

of choice by many diabetics and those looking to reduce their caloric intake. But in recent

years it has also caught the attention of the food and beverage industry. Celestial Seasonings

uses stevia in one of its iced tea mixes and in May 2007, Coca-Cola and Cargill announced

that they've been developing a new stevia-based sweetener to be used in their beverages

and foods. 

So there's still hope for those who want to cut calories without giving up their favorite foods

and beverages. Perhaps in time, stevia will replace these artificial sweeteners and we'll all be

able to have our cake and eat it too! 

Be well, 

Dangers of Stevia

Fortunately, none exist. Stevia has been used for centuries by native americans in Paraguay as a sweetener and for medicinal purposes. In Japan, during the 1960's there was a movement against adding chemicals to food. As a result, in 1970 stevia was introduced to the Japanese market. Today, it is used in many of their products and makes up 40% of the Japanese sweetener market.

Stevia is an herb with zero calories and zero carbohydrates. It is safe for diabetics and it won't rot your teeth. Unlike artificial sweeteners like aspartame which accounts for 75% of all complaints involving food additives, stevia has a number of health benefits. It is used for regulating blood sugar, preventing hypertension and treating skin disorders,

Stevia Regulates Blood Sugar
Stevia contains a number of natural nutrients that help to regulate blood sugar which include magnesium, chromium, potassium, selenium, niacin, manganese and zinc. It has no effect on blood glucose but actually increases glucose tolerance. It is preferable to natural sugar substitutes such as molasses, honey and maple syrup which can easily elevate blood sugar levels.
Stevia Lowers Blood Pressure
A study was done with human volunteers between the ages of twenty and forty years old in Brazil. They were given tea prepared with stevia leaves and it was found to lower blood pressure levels.

Stevia is the perfect all-natural sugar replacement. Not only is it calorie free promoting weight loss, it has a number of health benefits. It is the right solution for the diabetics sugar cravings, and great for those suffering from high blood pressure.

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