drink more soda than anyone else on the planet -- well over 700
eight-ounce servings each year, on average, and an increasing amount of
it is diet soda.
They might be more reluctant to do so if they knew about the safety
questions still surrounding aspartame. A number of scientists responding
expressed major concerns about aspartame's safety at the time of its
approval, and even more indicated areas where they believed more
research is needed on aspartame to resolve their concerns -- research on
areas such as neurological functions, brain tumors, seizures, headaches,
and adverse effects on children and pregnant women.
"In a 1996 survey, 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
Aspartame is the ingredient found in NutraSweet, It is also found in
Equal, Spoonful, Equal Measure, AminoSweet, Benevia, NutraTaste,
Canderel, and many popular "diet" sodas. This chemical is currently on
the ingredient list of nearly 6,000 products worldwide. But since it was
approved for use as a food additive in 1981, it has been dogged by
complaints about its safety.
Was aspartame ever proven safe for human consumption before it gained
FDA approval as a food additive?
Not according to Dr. John Olney, a researcher at Washington University
in Saint Louis 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. 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 wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense during the Bush
presidency. But in 1981, Rumsfeld had a different title: 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. Incidentally, one of Hayes'
last acts in office as FDA Chairman was to approve aspartame for use in
So was aspartame approved because studies ever showed it was safe for
human consumption? Or was it approved thanks to the political influence
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 its being approved." Research scientist
Dr. Olney is even more blunt, "the issue (aspartame) is really not an
issue of science, it's an issue of politics."
So much has been written and said about the FDA approval process in
the case of aspartame, as well as subsequent widespread reports of
adverse reactions, related degenerative diseases and neurological
afflictions associated with aspartame, it's a wonder anyone still uses
ANY product containing this potent neurological poison.
But guess what?
Aspartame is the most utilized artificial sweetener in the United
States, with aspartame controlling over 50 percent of the market and
sales of alternative sweeteners at $1.1 billion in 2010, according to a
May report from market research firm Freedonia Group. And, shockingly,
demand for artificial sweeteners is projected to grow 3.4 percent
annually through 2013, according to the report.
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. People are no doubt
still opting for this toxic synthetic chemical because of the mistaken
belief that drinking diet soda will help fight weight gain.
The truth is that it doesn't.
It never has and never will, despite the billions of dollars spent
annually by the soda industry on public relations and advertising.
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 their products and not think about the actual ingredients?
I've gone on record saying that aspartame is a bigger public health
threat than high fructose corn syrup and can lead to birth defects,
cancer and weight gain.
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.
Along with what the scientific studies not funded by the aspartame or
the diet soda industry actually reveal about this toxic neurological
Since its Discovery, Aspartame has Been Linked to Brain Tumors
Dr. Adrian Gross, the FDA's toxicologist who examined the aspartame
research initially presented to the FDA by G.D. Searle, was "absolutely
shocked" at the evidence according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired
neurosurgeon, showing "an enormous increase in tumors, particularly
"And of course that's exactly what we're seeing now is this tremendous
increase in brain tumors in this country. Which is completely
unexplained by the neurological profession," continues Dr. Blaylock.
Dr. Blaylock has written three books about the health dangers of
excitotoxins (aspartame and MSG are excitotoxins), but has never been
sued by the artificial sweetener industry over the facts he's brought to
light about the dangers of using these synthetic man-made toxic chemical
sweeteners. Why hasn't the aspartame industry gone after him legally? Or
after me for that matter, for my expose on artificial sweeteners called
According to Dr. Blaylock:
"They all realized that they couldn't answer my arguments. So they left
me alone. They're afraid that if it comes to a big standoff between me
and them, they're going to lose. What they're doing is the old ploy of
just ignoring and hoping it will go away. Of course, they put pressure
on magazines, journals and newspapers not to interview me. They are
trying to keep me in the shadows where they hope most people don't hear
anything I have to say. It only works for so long."
If the FDA Approved Aspartame, it Must be Safe, Right?
The truth of the matter is the FDA rejected aspartame not once but
multiple times. The scientific data just did not support it as a safe
product. But the FDA is a federal agency subject to the political winds,
and the people in charge of the agency have repeatedly and notoriously
been accused of many conflicts of interest, both economically and
In 1975 the FDA came to the conclusion that aspartame should not be
allowed on the market. They requested that further studies be conducted.
The FDA's next move was to set up a public board of inquiry composed of
outside experts to investigate the safety of aspartame, and in 1980 that
board unanimously rejected aspartame's request for approval. According
to a 60-Minutes story on aspartame, another internal FDA panel convened
in 1980 also rejected aspartame for approval.
The Dangers of Aspartame
So it was three strikes against aspartame at this point, four strikes if
you count the Bressler Report. This report was compiled in 1977 after
FDA scientists looked into the field studies conducted on aspartame. The
Bressler Report uncovered fraud and manipulation of data so serious that
the FDA forwarded their files to the Chicago US Attorney's office for
How bad were the alleged crimes committed by G. D. Searle in an attempt
to manipulate the safety studies on aspartame? Here is just one example
contained in the Bressler Report:
"6) Observation records indicated that animal A23LM was alive at week
88, dead from week 92 through week 104, alive at week 108, and dead at
In the 1996 60-Minutes story on aspartame, former Senator Howard
"According to the FDA themselves, Searle, when making their presentation
to the FDA, had willfully misrepresented the facts, and withheld some of
the facts that they knew would possibly jeopardize the approval."
Metzenbaum's staff investigated the aspartame approval process in 1987.
He goes on to explain that:
"FDA officials were so upset they sent the file to the US Attorney's
office in Chicago for the purposes of presenting it to the grand jury as
to whether or not there should be indictments. But it wasn't presented.
It was delayed."
Samuel Skinner, the U.S. attorney who led the grand jury probe ended up
withdrawing from the case when he entered into job discussions with
Searle's Chicago law firm, Sidley & Austin - a job he later accepted.
Subsequently, the investigation stalled until the statute of limitation
ran out, at which point the investigation against Searle was dropped.
For more details on the story of how aspartame made it through the FDA
approval process despite warning signs of potential health hazards and
alleged scientific fraud, please watch the 60-Minutes report, as Wallace
does a nice job of summarizing an otherwise long story.
So the results of the scientific data were fairly clear up until 1980:
Aspartame was a dangerous, brain tumor causing man-made poison and the
company trying to get it into the food supply was recommended for
prosecution by the FDA. You would think that would be the end of
Not by a long shot.
Aspartame Finally Receives FDA Approval
So it was four strikes against aspartame, but Searle had a blockbuster
product on its hands that was sure to lead to millions of dollars in
profits. So what did the CEO of the company do?
Perhaps he called in some political favors.
It is no coincidence that the FDA Chairman who stood in the way of
aspartame's approval was removed from office the day Ronald Reagan took
office. His replacement was in part orchestrated by Donald Rumsfeld, CEO
of G.D. Searle, in order to allegedly get a friendly rubber stamp on the
approval of what some doctors have called "an addictive excitoneurotoxic
carcinogenic drug that interacts with drugs and vaccines."
But even with a friendly new FDA Chairman in place, the agency still
rejected aspartame for approval by a 3-2 margin. What reprehensible,
bordering on criminal action did Chairman Hayes do next? He added a
sixth member to the approval board, who voted in favor of aspartame.
Then, with a 3-3 tie on the issue, Chairman Hayes himself broke the
deadlock with his own vote of approval for aspartame.
So he packed the board and then used his own vote as a tie-breaker. All
apparently perfectly legal... And one of Hayes' last acts in office
before he left the FDA in1983 amid accusations that he was accepting
corporate gifts for political favors, was to approve aspartame for use
in beverages. Does this sound to you like a man-made synthetic chemical
that should have ever been allowed into the world's food supply?
If the FDA Keeps Aspartame on the Market, it Must be Safe, Right?
Once allowed on the market, the aspartame industry quickly became very
profitable, creating a new multi-million dollar source of funds to
influence the politicians in charge of overseeing and regulating food
According to the video above, Searle and later Monsanto (who purchased
the rights to aspartame), have spent thousands of dollars influencing
the politicians who have been influential to keeping aspartame on the
market, despite this toxic chemical being the number one source of
side-effect complaints to the FDA, with over 10,000 complaints filed and
over 91 symptoms documented that are related to its consumption.
This video will familiarize you with some of the terrifying side-effects
and health problems you could encounter if you consume products
containing this chemical. Unfortunately, aspartame toxicity is not
well-known by doctors, despite its frequency. Diagnosis is also hampered
by the fact that it mimics several other common health conditions, such
Multiple chemical sensitivity
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Attention deficit disorder
Depression and other psychological disorders
Diabetes and diabetic complications
So why is aspartame still on the market? In all likelihood, it was
allowed on the market and remains on the market for political and
economic reasons. According to Former Senator Metzembaum,
"I think the Chairman of the FDA (Hayes) wound up having some sort of
economic relationship, beneficial to himself, with Searle Manufacturing,
who at that time owned the rights to aspartame."
And what about Donald Rumsfeld? Did he benefit financially from the
approval of aspartame? He reportedly received a $12 million bonus when
he left G.D. Searle, no doubt related to his ability to gain regulatory
approval for what until 1981 had been a toxic poison that caused brain
tumors in laboratory rats.
Are You Now the Lab Rat?
The answer unfortunately is yes, if you consume any of the more than
6,000 products that contain aspartame. And aspartame is not just in the
food supply, it's also added to pharmaceutical drugs to sweeten them. We
are now beginning to see an explosion of unexplained brain tumors
worldwide. Is it related to aspartame? This is certainly a possibility,
as according to Dr. John Olney, "aspartame hasn't been demonstrated to
The "Real-World" Case of Edith Johnson
This issue isn't a merely a theoretical debate about food safety versus
politics, or about an industry poisoning the world for the sake of
profits. This issue is about real people in the real world ingesting a
potent neurotoxin on a daily basis, and the damage aspartame is causing
to real people.
"I was horrified, I was panic stricken, I was scared to death," says
Edith Johnson in the video above. "Within a matter of moments I went
Edith is talking about the experience she had while drinking a cup of
low-calorie hot chocolate. "All of a sudden I couldn't see. My eyes went
out of focus. I think it's very deliberately because of aspartame."
Continues Edith, "they had no right to market it (aspartame). My message
to people is to drink water. You don't need aspartame in your life."
The "Real-World" Case of Kate Randall
Kate Randall, also featured in the video above, drank nine Diet Cokes a
day for five years and developed a twitch in her eye that several
doctors could not explain, although the doctors did apparently rule
aspartame out as a cause of the afflictions.
"I started popping in my hands and twitching in my feet. My legs, my
knees, my upper legs and shoulders and arms and everywhere. My chin,
neck and temples started to twitch."
All of the tests the doctors ran came back negative, so she decided to
do her own research into her strange symptoms.Continues Kate, "I
absolutely believe that it (aspartame) was (responsible for) the
breakdown of my health for two years."
What would Kate like to tell people about aspartame?
The Trouble with the Phenylalanine and Aspartic Acid in Aspartame
Aspartame is a synthetic chemical composed of three ingredients – two
amino acids and a methyl ester bond. The amino acids are phenylalanine
and aspartic acid, two common components of many foods that are usually
completely safe for consumption. But not in the case of aspartame.
Forgetting for a moment that aspartame is metabolized inside your body
into both wood alcohol (a poison) and formaldehyde (which embalms tissue
and is not eliminated from your body through the normal waste filtering
done by your liver and kidneys), the trouble with the component parts of
aspartame is one of volume.
In a normal protein like meat, fish or eggs, phenylalanine and aspartic
acid comprise 4-5 percent each of the total amino acid profile. This is
how nature intends the human body to encounter these two amino acids and
there is nothing wrong with these substances if they occur naturally in
a proper balance with other amino acids.
But in aspartame the ratio of these two amino acids is 50 percent
phenylalanine and 40 percent aspartic acid (with 10 percent methyl ester
bond, aka wood alcohol, a known poison). In other words, on a percentage
basis this is a massive quantity of two unnaturally isolated amino acids
that are simply not found in this ratio in nature, bonded together by a
The result of this chemical cocktail is a sweet tasting neurotoxin. As a
result of its unnatural structure, your body processes the amino acids
found in aspartame very differently from a steak or a piece of fish. The
amino acids in aspartame literally attack your cells, even crossing the
blood-brain barrier to attack your brain cells, creating a toxic
cellular overstimulation, called excitotoxicity. MSG is also an
excitotoxin, and works synergistically with aspartame to create even
more damage to your brain cells.
This is how aspartame causes brain tumors. Adding to the problem,
according to Dr. Blaylock:
"Excitotoxins have been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and
metastasis. In fact, one aspartame researcher noticed that, when cancer
cells were exposed to aspartame, they became more mobile, and you see
the same effect with MSG. It also causes a cancer cell to become more
mobile, and that enhances metastasis, or spread. These MSG-exposed
cancer cells developed all of these pseudopodians and started moving
Aspartame Included on the EPA's Potentially Dangerous Chemicals List!
As rates of learning disabilities, autism and related neurological
disorders like lupus and MS skyrocket in the U.S., the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to release a roster of the
pollutants likely to contribute to these or other neurological
disorders. Aspartame has been included on this list.
In an ongoing, three-year effort, an EPA team has determined which
developmental neurotoxicants -- chemicals that damage a fetal and infant
brain -- may pose the biggest risk to the American public.
A partial listing of chemicals that will be included on the EPA's
dangerous chemicals list:
•Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in sodas, and in other foods
•Bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in consumer goods, including the
resin lining of most food and beverage cans; products made from
polycarbonate plastics, which include water bottles and baby bottles,
and some dental sealants;
•Cadmium, a heavy metal that is used in batteries, coatings and
pigments, and is plentiful in tobacco smoke.
•PBDEs a class of chemical flame retardants.
•Pesticides and insect repellents, including aldicarb, DEET, lindane,
(used for lice and scabies), maneb, and paraquat.
•Trichloroethylene, formerly used in dry cleaning but still available as
a cleaning and degreasing agent and a contaminant in drinking water.
Are You Ready to Ditch Artificial Sweeteners?
You may think you're making a healthy choice by swapping out sugar for
artificial sweeteners but the truth is that you're not
Your body, when given artificial sweeteners, begins craving sweets
because you are not giving it the proper fuel it needs. Finding out your
nutritional type will tell you exactly which foods you need to eat to
feel full and satisfied. It may sound hard to believe right now, but
once you start eating right for your nutritional type, your sweet
cravings will significantly lessen and may even disappear.
Meanwhile, be sure you address the emotional component to your food
cravings using a tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
More than any traditional or alternative method I have used or
researched, EFT works to overcome food cravings and helps you reach
dietary success. And, if diet soda is the culprit for you, be sure to
check out Turbo Tapping, which is an extremely effective and simple tool
to get rid of your soda addiction in a short amount of time.
For those times when you just want a taste of something sweet, there is
a healthier alternative called Stevia that you can use in moderation.
Stevia is a natural plant and, unlike aspartame and other artificial
sweeteners that have been cited for dangerous toxicities, it is a safe,
natural alternative that's has been around for over 1500 years and is
ideal if you're watching your weight, or if you're maintaining your
health by avoiding sugar. It is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar and
truly has virtually no calories.
Stevia is my sweetener of choice. However, like most choices, especially
sweeteners, I recommend using it in moderation, just like sugar. I
prefer to use it in its liquid flavored form and my favorite flavors are
English Toffee and French Vanilla. I want to emphasize, however, that if
you have insulin issues, I suggest that you avoid sweeteners altogether,
including Stevia, as they all can decrease your sensitivity to insulin.
So if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes
or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would
benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners.
But for everyone else, if you are going to sweeten your foods and
beverages anyway, I strongly encourage you to consider using regular
Stevia, and toss out all artificial sweeteners and any products that
contain them immediately.
By all means, also please forward this article to your friends and loved
ones who are still drinking diet sodas and poisoning themselves. You can
make a difference on this issue by helping to spread the word. You may
help save the life of someone you love, if you can get them off this
toxic neurological poison before they too experience strange symptoms
that their doctor or doctors simply cannot explain or mistake for
And if you experience an adverse reaction to any aspartame product, I
urge you to call the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.
Just go shopping at Wal-Mart and it becomes pretty evident that
a lot of folks are addicted to sugar. Some of them may not even
realize they are. Maybe even with all of today's health news and
information circulating the web, television, and radio people
don't realize that the main cause of obesity is sugar. It's not
fat that makes people huge, it's sugar.
on the Sugar Addiction
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Back to Basics Fitness Guide ". It takes you through the four major
categories or steps to a healthier and happier you. It's not a short
term gimmicky program that we see a lot of these days.