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Posted by: MikmaqsMate Dec 1 2004, 09:36 PM


We as a people in this enlightened reality. Consume way more than we know!!! The thing that concernes me most is Aspartame! Have you people read about this stuff? Do you realy want Altzhiemer's (SP?) demensia, cancer? Ladies and gentelmen please stop using this SHIT!

Sorry PuPP! But i feel that strongly about it!

It is death in a bottle! There is NO consumable amount of this chemical that is safe! None! It is a RAT POISON, a Pesticide! Read about it!

Mik {:O(
Your friend as we break throught the vail.

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Posted by: Tone Dec 1 2004, 10:07 PM
Im not sure what aspertame consists of entirely, i know it has the Natural amino acid Phenylalanine which is a precursor to phenethylamine. phenylalanine is sold in health food stores in 500 mg capsules. i believe theres another ingredient to though, what is it?

i dont know much about sucralose (Splenda) safty either... it does taste better lol...there are pages warning against it also. its a modified sugar, some of it is actually absorbable!!! a truly safe sugar alternative would not be absorbable at all, it would pass right through!

Posted by: Parinthian Dec 1 2004, 10:10 PM
I go to a chiroprachter and he told me that Splenda is sugar cut using bleach and that some of that bleach is actually still in with th e splenda left behind. WTF gives them the right to tell people to eat bleach? grrrrr.gif

Posted by: Tone Dec 1 2004, 10:27 PM
well its sugar with chorine sustituted on some of the groups, so to say "its cut with bleach" isnt accurate at all but a funny way of saying that chlorine is used in the subsititution

salt is sodium choride. so using the same logic, one could say "table salt is cut with bleach"

Posted by: Mark Dec 1 2004, 10:50 PM
I've read that we can thank ole Donald Rumsfeld for ensuring that Aspartame became part of Americans diets.

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Mik, SHAME ON YOU for caring about your fellow man.



:::likes getting tough:::
Just messing with ya my friend.

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Posted by: Without Fear Dec 2 2004, 09:46 AM
From Flyer...

Warning! NutraSweet is a Neurotoxin

In May 1992, the official U.S. Air Force Magazine, Flying Safety explained: "In pregnancy the effects of aspartame can be passed directly to the fetus, even in very small doses. People have suffered aspartame-related disorders with doses as small as that carried in a single stick of chewing gum. This could mean a pilot who drinks diet sodas is more susceptible to flicker vertigo or to flicker-induced epileptic activity. It also means that all pilots are potential victims of sudden memory loss, dizziness during instrument flight and gradual loss of vision." Aspartame is sold by Monsanto Chemical Co. as NutraSweet and EQUAL, and now under other names by other producers.

Pilots have experienced grand mal seizures in the cockpits of commercial airline flights and have lost their medical certification to fly, and three have died this year from aspartame. FDA has received more than 10,000 consumer complaints on NutraPoison, that's 80% of all complaints about food additives. Still FDA remains comatose and has done nothing to alert the public, who assume that since it's so highly advertised, it must be as safe as mother's milk. The FDA consistently approves killer drugs as OMNI Magazine reported: "51% of FDA approved drugs have serious risks and could cause adverse reactions that lead to severe or permanent disability of death" [MAY '94]

The CDC, Johns Hopkins University and the New Jersey School of Medicine estimates that 80-120,000 Americans die from prescription drugs each year. This atrocity has everything to do with money and nothing to do with public health. Monsanto reaps at least a billion annually from its Aspartame toxic bonanza. This can and does buy a lot of bureaucrats! Does FDA mean FATAL DRUGS ALLOWED? FDA works for industry, not citizens. Ronald Reagan's FDA head Arthur Hayes overruled his own board of inquiry to approve NutraSweet, then hired on with their public relations firm. Federal attorney Sam Skinner was assigned to prosecute the G. D. Searle Co. For the fraudulent tests they used get this poison approved, but Sam switched sides and went to work for Searle's lawyers and the case died when the feds let the statute of limitations run out. [Monsanto acquired Searle, original producer of NutraSweet]

Posted by: Without Fear Dec 2 2004, 10:35 AM
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Tone, you asked about the ingredients of Aspartame

‘Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: Aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.’


‘When a human consumes "Nutra-Sweet", it breaks down above 85° not only into its constituent amino acids, but into methanol, which further breaks down into formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic[8] and very toxic, as well as formic acid and a brain tumor agent called diketopiperazine (DKP)’

‘…the methanol content of aspartame is 1,000 times greater than most foods under FDA control. Furthermore, the methanol in aspartame is "free methanol", which is never found in nature. Methanol in nature is always accompanied by ethanol and other compounds which mitigate the methanol when introduced into the body.’

‘..soft drinks stored in elevated temperatures promoted more rapid deterioration of aspartame into poisonous methyl alcohol (methanol)’

‘Aspartic acid is an amino acid. Taken in its free form (unbound to proteins) it significantly raises the blood plasma level of aspartate and glutamate’

‘Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They "excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death.’


‘In 1989, the FDA received over 4,000 complaints from people who described adverse reactions. Because the FDA conveniently lists aspartame as a "food additive", it removes the legal requirement for adverse effect reporting to any Federal agency and the necessity for safety monitoring processes. Research also indicates that aspartame, when combined with glutamine products (such as MSG, widely used in foods) increase the likelihood of brain damage occurring in children.’


‘The chemical nature of aspartame was also shown to defeat its own alleged "purpose" as a "diet aid", since high doses instill a craving for calorie-laden carbohydrates. Then, the aspartame-carbohydrate combination further increases the effect of aspartame on the brain’

‘When aspartame is ingested with carbohydrates, such as having a sandwich with a diet drink, aspartame causes the brain to cease production of serotonin, meaning that the feeling of having had enough never materializes. You then eat more foods, many containing aspartame, and the cycle continues.’


‘The symptoms of aspartame intoxication include severe headaches, nausea, vertigo, insomina, loss of control of limbs, blurred vision, blindness, memory loss, slurred speech, mild to severe depression often reaching suicidal levels, hyperactivity, gastrointestinal disorders, seizures, skin lesions, rashes, anxiety attacks, muscle and joint pain, numbness, mood changes, loss of energy, menstrual cramps out of cycle, hearing loss or ringing in the ears, loss or change of taste, and symptoms similar to those in a heart attack. In addition, aspartic acid chelates (combines) with chromium - which is a necessary element for proper operation of the thyroid gland. People who consume large quantities of aspartame may end up with a false diagnosis of Graves disease and suffer allopathic irradiation of their thyroid gland for no reason.’

‘Dr Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, is one of many scientists and physicians who are concerned about excitatory amino acid damage caused by ingestion of aspartame and MSG. A few of the many experts who have spoken out against the damage being caused by aspartate and glutamate include Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D., an experimental psychologist specializing in research design. Another is Olney, a professor in the department of psychiatry, School of Medicine, Washington University, a neuroscientist and researcher, and one of the world's foremost authorities on excitotoxins. (He informed Searle in 1971 that aspartic acid caused holes in the brain of mice.)’

This shows how much our governments care. GREENSKULL.GIF

To quote MikmaqsMate ‘Ladies and gentlemen please stop using this SHIT!’

Posted by: MikmaqsMate Dec 2 2004, 06:41 PM

Sorry PuPP it's a habit I have. Caring, that is!

Without Fear. That is what i expected! Research! Let people read the pros and cons! The inteligent will make a choice! The rest will follow the butt of the Sheep in front of them! Prehapse the info you posted will allow people to think!

Mik {:O)
Your friend as we break through the vail.

Posted by: Mark Dec 2 2004, 10:11 PM
Yo Mik, I know ya care, else you'd be watching that new reality tv show right now.

You know the one where they set a human free in the desert and then 25 guys on ATVs hunt the human down using rock slings.

Excellant info WF, thanks!

I've been fortunate to have always disliked the taste of all of that Sweet N Low crap and have never used it.

But get the word out.

Lead Poisoning

Toxic Waste
Power Lines
Cell Phones
Nuclear Waste

Teflon Pans
Household Cleaning Products
Alluminum Pans

Urban Waste
Mad Cow Disease
Mercury in your tooth fillings
Flouride in your tooth paste

Swine Flu
Spanish Flu
Green House Gas
Avian Flu

CO2 emissions
West Nile Virus


Norwalk Virus
Corona Virus
Small Pox

Bubonic Plague

Pollution, raw sewage, mercury, pesticides, toxins, poisons and
human hormones flowing into the oceans.

Slaughtering Seals
Beached Whales
Murdering Dolphins
Species Extinction

Frigid Cold
Intense Heat
Ocean Dead Zones
Coral Reefs Dying


No Morality

Human Slavery
Consumer Driven
Unsustainable Existance
Debt Slavery

Genital Mutilation
Meteors rain down
Polar Melt Down

Floods in Town
Earth Quakes Ground
Volcanos Grumble
US Dollar Tumbles

Sun Glare Bright
Chemtrail Plight
Wars For Profit
Death For Lies

Economic Meltdown
Human Suffering


Posted by: BJ1 Dec 3 2004, 05:13 AM
PuPP, you gave an extensive list of what is/has been going wrong with our environment. Let me add to the list:

Babies born with all sorts of deformities.

Hormonal dysfuntion (Women shortly to be offered testosterone patches - men have already been offered Viagara.)

Cancers prevalent.

Brain dysfunction (Tumors, Alzheimer's, chemical imbalances)

Heart problems.

Digestive and Bowel disturbances.

The cause of all on your list and mine is the contamination of our life-sustaining food, air, and water. Until we can oust those responsible for the changes in our environment and get the new technologies in place that will clean up this mess, our situation will only worsen. In the mean time, we are being challenged on a daily basis to choose only those things, on a personal level, with the least chemical contamination to even stay alive, mentally alert, and verticle. We can no longer trust the "scientists" to our well being as we are being lied to at every turn...for money.


Posted by: Mark Dec 3 2004, 07:25 AM
BJ, all that just came off the top of my head.

Energy Price Goughing
Free Energy Suppression
No Full Disclosure
Queen Of England

Dying in the Mines
Resources Stolen

3.5 Million U.S. Homeless
17 Million Jobless
National Debt Over 7.4 Trillion
All You Can Eat Buffets

Agent Orange
Highway of Death
Depleted Uranium

Museums Looted
Libraries Burned
Arms and Legs Liberated From Their Bodies

Sporting Events




Hospitals Closing
Veterans Health Care and Benefits Slashed
Roads Are Crumbling
95% of Incoming Cargo Containers Not Inspected

Federal Reserve

Posted by: Mark Jan 3 2005, 06:46 PM
Another Aspartame Nightmare
Poisoned By Love: My Story
By Tasha
SUNY Cortland, USA

I've never been the perfect attendance type. I'll cut a class here to go to the mall or there to catch up on my sleep. Even in high school I was known for my get-to-school-sometime-during-second-period routine. Last fall, however, all my years of fake flu and forged notes from mom came back to haunt me I actually got sick. Really sick.
It was sometime in late October that my legs started bothering me. At first I didn't pay any attention to it. I was working up to 12-hour shifts at a pizza place and assumed my sore legs were just a byproduct of that. After a while though, the pain got to the point where my legs hurt on my days off and I had to lean against the make-table in order to support myself while I cooked. I started having severe headaches around this time as well. Some days, I would pull the blinds in my bedroom and sleep for hours just to get away from the throbbing behind my skull.
These naps were the highlight of my day for months. In fact, some days, these naps were the only sleep I got. Not to mention, they cured the headaches, backaches (which I've been prone to since I spent a summer in a body cast when I was eight, but had grown more severe that fall), nausea, and unyielding depression I was experiencing. Unfortunately, most of these naps took place in the middle of the day when I was supposed to be in school.
By this point, most people would have already gone to the doctor's. I, however, have an irrational fear of both doctors and needles. Not needles, necessarily, but having blood drawn - and I knew they were going to have to draw blood to get to the bottom of my symptoms. So I didn't go to the doctor. Until, that is, one day I stood to get out of bed and my legs collapsed under me. I fell back onto the bed, and found myself too weak to stand up again. Being in the midst of a "The Cure" like depression, I thought for sure I was dying and happily fell back asleep. I can't tell you how disappointed I was when I woke up a few hours later.
The next day I called the doctor's office and made an appointment. At the exam, I told the doctor my symptoms and she told me it might be Lyme Disease, Mononucleosis, Lupus the list went on, which meant that she didn't know what was wrong with me. As she was leaving the room she noticed me grab my Diet Coke and take a swig.
"How much do you drink of that a day?" she asked.
"Um, probably seven to eight cans a day." I replied.
"You might want to cut down on that," she started, coming back in the room "I just read an article about aspartame being bad for you. In fact, the symptoms it described sound quite a bit like yours."
At my follow-up appointment, I learned that I wasn't dying. Everything came back negative. The doctor admitted she really didn't know what was wrong with me, but to stop drinking my beloved Diet Coke or anything with aspartame in it. This was easier said than done. For the first week, my headaches were even worse than before and I still couldn't sleep (I had replaced my Diet Coke with coffee). My legs still hurt, my back still hurt, I was still nauseated, and I was still miserable. After a couple of weeks, though, my pain started to die down a little. By the end of January, I felt fine.
My parents and friends had always told me all that soda I drank was bad for me; who knew they were right?
Getting to the Bottom of Things?
Still disbelieving it was my precious Diet Coke hurting me, I did some research on Aspartame. It turns out that aspartame breaks down into methanol (a.k.a. wood alcohol a.k.a. that moonshine that makes you go blind). Methanol quickly turns into Formaldehyde (what they embalm bodies with) once in the body.(1) I felt so betrayed.
I also learned that my symptoms did indeed match up with those common to aspartame poisoning - arthritic and joint pain, chronic fatigue, depression, memory loss, severe anxiety attacks, and menstrual problems are listed as some of the lesser symptoms. Apparently I got lucky: memory loss, vision damage and loss, tingling in the extremities, slurring of speech symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis, worsening of Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's tremors, uterine polyps, and Brain Cancer are also linked to aspartame poisoning.(2)
Now that I was convinced that aspartame was causing my illness, I got angry. I wanted to know how something so dangerous came to be and why it was on the market. According to Mark D. Gold's article in Nexus Magazine, the story of aspartame goes a little something like this: "Aspartame was discovered by accident in 1965, when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. It was originally approved for dry goods on July 26, 1974, but objections filed by neuroscience researcher Dr John W. Olney and Consumer attorney James Turner in August 1974 as well as investigations of G.D. Searle's research practices caused the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put approval of aspartame on hold (December 5, 1974). In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries." (THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS)3
Why is aspartame on the market? Anti-aspartame sources agree it's all politics and money. Gold explains,
"The FDA and the manufacturers of aspartame have had a revolving 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.
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 US$75,000 grant from the NutraSweet Company. The American Dietetic Association has stated that the NutraSweet Company writes their "Facts" sheets.(3)
Many other "independent" organizations and researchers receive large sums of money from the manufacturers of aspartame. The American Diabetes Association has received a large amount of money from NutraSweet, including money to run a cooking school in Chicago (presumably to teach diabetes how to use NutraSweet in their cooking)."(3)
If you don't buy into the idea of aspartame being poisonous, you are not alone. There are plenty of sites on the Internet stating, "aspartame is safe", including the Aspartame Information Center.4 In addition to Aspartame's PR site, the FDA, the AMA (American Medical Assoc.), and the ADA (American Diabetics Association) have all recently come out to say that Aspartame is perfectly safe and that all this information is part of an Internet hoax. The hoax in question started with an article written by either Nancy Markle (as it is attributed to) or Betty Martini (the rumored, actual author).(5) Of course, Gold contends that the only reason these reputable organizations have come out to say that aspartame is safe is because they were paid to do so. There is so much conflicting information about aspartame out there that it is hard to tell what the truth behind aspartame is - even for me, a supposed victim of aspartame poisoning.
If you have your doubts about aspartame's safety, your best bet is to check with your doctor. In theory they will have more information (and more medical knowledge to weight the information with) on the subject. If you are a believer, and want to cut aspartame out of your diet, these are some foods to avoid:
- instant breakfasts
- breath mints
- cereals
- sugar-free chewing gum
- cocoa mixes
- coffee beverages
- frozen desserts
- gelatin desserts
- juice beverages
- laxatives
- multivitamins
- milk drinks
- pharmaceuticals and supplements
- shake mixes
- soft drinks
- tabletop sweeteners
- tea beverages
- instant teas and coffees
- topping mixes
- wine coolers
- yogurt
Rare are Internet sites with "detox" information (such as "Dorway to Recovery"(6) And if kicking that Diet Coke habit was really hard for you, you can find information on support groups at the Aspartame Victims Support Group's web site. (7)
It is important to note that I am not a doctor. This is my story, however, and I've told you what I have come to believe was what was wrong with me and how I found relief. If you think you may have aspartame poisoning, go to your doctor. If you have any of the symptoms that I've talked about, regardless of whether you eat foods containing aspartame, go to your doctor!
(1) Aspartame ( Nutrasweet ) Toxicity Information Center
(2) Aspartame Is Dangerous For Everyone
(3) Mark Gold. THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. Nexus Magazine, Volume 2, #28 (Oct-Nov '95) and Volume 3, #1 (Dec '95-Jan '96).
(4) The Aspartame Information Center
(5) David Emery. Aspartame Warning. (Martini note:Told for years to stop putting out hoax info, including from a former asst to US Attorney, Ed Johnson, Emery continues. Who pays him? He has seen the confirming information of World Environmental Conference on including invitation to speak.)
(6) "Dorway to Recovery"
(7) Aspartame Victims Support Group
From Betty Martini - also see and click on aspartame for new updates. Movie on aspartame, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, form on web site or contact
Designer: Ryan Hess, Business Economics, SUNY Cortland, USA

Posted by: Seralia Jan 29 2005, 06:38 PM

SEAFORD residents were invited to watch a DVD relating to health issues last Friday (Jan 21).

Kim and Peter Dixon held the evening at St Thomas More Church Hall to portray the dangers of a sweetener, called aspartame, through the film Sweet Misery — A Poisoned World.

Aspartame can be consumed in a number of ways, through low-calorie drinks, diabetic food or weight loss products.
The Dixons have taken an interest in the sweetener after Peter did some research into the topic.

After cutting it from his diet drinks he found that he no longer suffered from headaches in the mornings and stomach related problems.

Speaking of her husband's diet, Kim said, 'The only common factor in the change in diet was the fact that he wasn't drinking diet drinks containing aspartame anymore and has now eliminated aspartame from his diet completely.

'Just recently he had a dessert and about half an hour later received a bad headache. When we looked at the packaging we realised it contained aspartame. Aspartame, when broken down in our bodies, produces methanol or wood alcohol and that's a poison!'

Peter, an air traffic controller at Gatwick, said, 'If aspartame is so safe, why was it necessary to bring it in fraudulently? It was never tested in this country.'
The DVD included a number of stories from other 'sufferers' and contributions and evidence from doctors.

As well as being keen to highlight the symptoms of taking aspartame, which include tiredness, menstrual problems and panic attacks, Kim and Peter also want to make people aware of the side effects of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), another additive used in foods.

The pair were shocked by one doctor's findings. Kim said, 'MSG is particularly hazardous to health because it causes the brain cells to get too excited and burn out. Dr Blaylock, who dedicated all his research and time into studying the problems with aspartame and MSG, explains this in the DVD, Sweet Misery, he calls them 'excitoxins'.

'It causes irreversible holes in the brain! This was found out when they studied the results from feeding this substance to mice in controlled experiments. Why are this dangerous substances allowed in our foods?'

Anybody who missed out on the screening and would like to know more about aspartame can contact Kim or Peter on 491151.

26 January 2005

Posted by: Mark Feb 24 2005, 02:32 PM
Aspartame Interacts With ALL Drugs Vaccines And Toxins
FDA Put On Notice
From Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.

Who knows more about the toxicity of aspartame than the FDA. Their toxicologists, Doctors Adrian Gross and Jacqueline Verrett strenuously objected to aspartame approval for 16 years. It wasn't just that aspartame is not safe and in original studies triggered brain tumors, seizures and all sorts of other tumors, it was that the manufacturer filtered out what they didn't want FDA to see.
(January 10, l977 in a 33 page letter, FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill recommended to U.S. Attorney Sam Skinner that a grand jury investigate Searle for "apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C.331(e), Act 18 USC 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 for concealing material facts 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. ) Both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. Still the FDA kept saying loudly no - no - no!
FDA's Jerome Bressler wrote the brilliant FDA audit, the Bressler Report on in regard to Searle's testing. In speaking with Bressler he told me personally the studies were so bad the worst 20% was removed by FDA when retyped. He also told this to Doctors H. J. Roberts and Dr. Russell Blaylock. Dr. Roberts asked his congressman to get the rest of the report from the FDA who promptly refused.
In the incredible aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World, from the very mouth of Attorney James Turner who assisted the famed Dr. John Olney in trying to prevent approval came mind boggling facts! Don Rumsfeld, currently Secretary of Defense, was CEO of Searle and said he would call in his markers and get aspartame approved. To Rumsfeld the fact the FDA said "no" meant only he would have to use politics instead of science to get this neurotoxin approved, knowing full well it would poison the public, causing in humans the injuries seen in lab animals, brain tumors and seizures. He was on Reagan's transition team and the day after Reagan took office Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed to approve this toxin, since no former FDA Commissioner had been willing to do so.
President Reagan knew it would take 30 days to get Hayes to FDA so he wrote an executive order making the outgoing FDA Commissioner powerless to oppose aspartame. From the congressional record, Senate, page S5497, May 7, l985:
"Two FDA officials have told Common Cause Magazine that Hayes was determined to push aspartame forward, in part as a signal that the Reagan administration was ushering in a new regulatory era. One official privy to some of the deliberations made at Hayes' level says the "people at the top" were not receptive to important concerns raised about the quality and validity of some of the key tests submitted in support of aspartame."
"There were real questions" about the reliability and interpretation of the data "that were glossed over" at the commissioner's level, this official says, adding that Hayes and his close associates wanted FDA scientists to concentrate on providing rationales for overturning the l980 Public Board of Inquiry instead of focusing on the fact that there were unresolved issues about a number of key tests."
John Hoey, M.D. in reviewing Marcia Angell's book, "The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It" (10/7/2004) says:
"By Angell's account, the current slide toward the commercialization and corruption of clinical research coincided with the election of President Ronald Reagan in l980 and the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, a new set of laws that permitted and encouraged universities and small businesses to patent discoveries from research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Research paid for by the public to serve the public instantly became a private and salable, good, one that is producing drug sales of more than $200 billion a year."
Further, Dr. Hoey in discussing research commercialization said: "The broader effects are felt in the commercialization of universities, medical faculties, and our profession. In 2000, in a letter written in response to Angell's Journal editorial, Is Academic Medicine for Sale?" a reader supplied the answer: No. The current owner is very happy with it. The increasing intrusion of industry into medical education and the almost complete domination of continuing medical education (especially regarding drugs) by the marketing departments of large pharmaceutical companies are a scandal."
When Arthur Hull Hayes got to the FDA a Board of Inquiry was set up with the finest scientists FDA had. They declared: " ..the Board concludes that approval of aspartame for use in foods should be withheld at least until the question concerning its possible oncogenic potential has been resolved by further experiments. The Board has not been presented with proof of a reasonable certainty that aspartame is safe for use as a food additive under its intended conditions of use. "
"ORDER: The foregoing constitutes the Board's findings of fact and conclusions of law. Therefore, it is ORDERED that: (1) Approval of the food additive petition for aspartame (FAP 3A2885) be and it is hereby withdrawn. (2) The stay of the effectiveness of the regulation for aspartame, 21 CFR 172.804, is hereby vacated and the regulation revoked."
--- This PBOI report on 9/3/80 was signed by Walle J. H. Nauta, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Peter W. Lampert, M.D., and Vernon R. Young, Ph.D., Member
Dr. Hayes wouldn't take "no" because he was there to get aspartame approved. As the Congressional Record continues, Senate, S5497, May 7, l985: "Hayes decisions to approve aspartame for use in dry foods such as cereals in l981 and soft drinks in l983 does not square with the role of the FDA is supposed to play. The FDA is the government agency that reviews and approves all tests submitted by companies before allowing food additives on the market. The law requires a manufacturer - in this case Searle - to prove to the satisfaction of the FDA that there is a "reasonable certainty" that a food additive is safe. The government does not have to prove that it is harmful - an important distinction. If tests are inconclusive, an additive is not suppose to be approved by the FDA."
When Hayes finished his job to get a neurotoxic drug on the market he hired on with the public relations firm, Burston Marsteller, who represented NutraSweet, for $1000.00 per day as a consultant. Hayes refused to talk to the press since. He had no excuse for approving a toxic drug whose petition was revoked by FDA scientists. Hayes had full knowledge that its a carcinogen in violation of the Delaney Amendment which forbid adding carcinogens to food and drugs.
WHEN FDA WAS PUSHED OFF ITS PEDESTAL: Imagine an intact FDA which tried to do its job of protecting the public, having to proclaim that a horrendous neurotoxic drug is safe. Would could FDA say when asked if aspartame was safe? Could they say "we approved it but its poison"? Probably the only thing they could say was "Ask us no questions and we will tell you no lies." Even today when journalists ask the FDA to comment on aspartame they say: "No comment. See our web site." The web site is just lying industry propaganda. Beginning with Reagan and Hayes the pharmaceutical cartel had the power to get approved the worst drugs. FDA seemed to care not. Their bulletin, the FDA Consumer continued to tout the safety of aspartame and letters to victims whose lives were destroyed said aspartame was the most tested additive in history. Even letters to congressmen lied and lied.
Dr. John Olney knew what aspartame would do to the brains of our children. and discussed it in his report to the Board of Inquiry. In l999 Parents Magazine asked "What's Happening to our Children", announcing that families all over America were experiencing so much depression it was estimated that 1 out of 4 had contemplated suicide. The 50% phenylalanine in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin,and can trigger bipolar or manic depression, mood swings, paranoia, hallucination and suicidal tendencies. So our children are medicated instead of educated. Seventy per cent of consumers use aspartame and 40% of the children. Dr. Olney's prophecy is fulfilled.
To get a copy of the congressional record, Board of Inquiry Report and Dr. Olney's Report to the Board of Inquiry on CD you can contact Bob Flint at The web site would be
Three congressional hearings were held by Senator Howard Metzenbaum who wrote a bill to have independent studies done on the problems from aspartame, effect on the fetus, behavioral problems in children, seizures and drug interactions. The producers saw to it that the bill never got out of committee. The last of the heros of FDA toxicologists Adrian Gross and Jacqueline Verrett testified to no avail. Dr. Adrian Gross said without a shadow of a doubt aspartame causes brain tumors and brain cancer, and violates the Delaney Amendment. His last words were : "And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?"
We are now taking case histories on brain tumors and seizures starting in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Verrett said: "All studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out." Today's FDA is the handmaiden of the pharmaceutical/chemical cartel. The revolving door is so busy they need a bridge for the traffic. I told all this to Acting Commissioner Dr. Michael Friedman. He defended Monsanto on 60 Minutes when Dr. Olney made world news about the aspartame brain tumor association. Then Friedman hired as Vice President of Searle for big bucks - crime pays well.
In l986 the Community Nutrition Institute in Washington, D.C. petitioned FDA to ban aspartame because so many were having seizures and going blind from the free methyl alcohol in the drug. Aspartame is sold as an additive but it's a neurotoxic drug. FDA law requires an additive be inert or non-reactive. The medical text on aspartame disease lists countless diseases and symptoms and drug interactions by the toxin.
When aspartame was news, Dr. H. J. Roberts in a press conference foretold that in 5 or 10 years we would have a global plague. And it was Dr. Roberts who declared Aspartame Disease to be a global plague and published the medical text in 2001, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, or 1 800 827 7991.
His chapter on drug interaction goes into Coumadin, Dilantin, antidepressants and other psychotropic agents, Inderal, Aldomet, hormones and insulin. He says aspartame interacts with all cardiac medication and even discusses drug reactions after the cessation of aspartame.
In his general considerations he discusses that aspartame may either reduce or potentiate drug action by various mechanisms. He lists a few of the possibilities.
* Alteration of the blood proteins to which drugs attach.
* Alteration of drug receptors on cell membranes.
* Changes in the sites at which impulses are transmitted along nerves and to muscle.
* Metabolic abnormalities in the elderly that are known to enhance their vulnerability to drug reactions (Weber l986). This problem increases in the case of persons taking multiple drugs ("polypharmacy") prescribed by several physicians.
* Interference with drug action by amino acids and protein. An example is the erratic therapeutic effects when patients with parkinsonism who were controlled on levodopa began to use aspartame products. The antagonism of levodopa by dietary protein presumably reflects impaired transport from serum across the blood brain barrier by neutral amino acids (Pincus l986).
Dr. Roberts also discusses Lidocaine (Xylocaine) which he says is an important drug used for local anesthesia and the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias in intensive care units. Alterations of its pharmacology by aspartame require study. He says: "Kim et al (l987) reported that the intraperitoneal administration of aspartame significantly reduced the 50% convulsion dose of lidocaine. They indicated that PKU patients and asymptomatic PKU heterozygotes may be more sensitive to the toxic effects of this and related local anesthetics."
Today Dr. Roberts explained: "An interaction should be suspect with virtually every drug if the patient is using aspartame."
This goes along with conversations with Dr. James Bowen who says because aspartame damages the mitocondria of the cell it will interact with all drugs and as a chemical hypersensitization agent will interact with vaccines, unsafe sweeteners like Splenda or sucralose ( chlorinated hydrocarbon) and toxins.
Dr. Bowen wrote about the biochemical interactions between aspartame and other poisons including many pharmaceuticals illustrated in Dr. Roberts medical text and said Dr. Mercola's web site has them as well. Further he wrote: "Because aspartame in the processes of digestion and metabolism, forms about ten other known severe poisonings, and intermediate metabolites, it's potential for drug related interactions is immeasurable. To top that off, the aspartame molecule is so heinously poisonous in different ways that it never passed a single FDA standard toxicity test! So Donald Rumsfeld, CEO of aspartame manufacturer Searle employed political power to get it approved, after the FDA for 16 years refused to allow it on the market because of aspartame toxicity. Then Reagan took direct executive measures to paralyze FDA from further action against aspartame.
Our FDA has never been the same since. Deadly chemicals now being blessed by FDA are marketed as wholesome pharmaceuticals, are just the tip of the iceberg, and result of Rumsfeld's damage to FDA. If any concern whatsoever for human welfare still existed, aspartame would be immediately pulled from the market! The reasonable FDA lawful standard is that a chemical must pass all toxicity tests at one hundred times the "maximum human dose," in order to pass as a food additive. What the original tests showed is that at a dose of three cans of pop per day, scaled to the weight of the animal, aspartame releases DKP, a recognized virulent brain carcinogen. No other chemical causes the brain cancer rate to jump as much."
Dr. Bowen continues, "Aspartame is a known destroyer of DNA. The mitocondrial DNA (MtDNA) is especially damaged, yielding the present epidemic of diseases aspartame consuming mothers pass on to all future generations. Aspartame also directly damages the mitochondria, thus having a "double whammy" effect on mitochondrial function! The summation of these many known severe toxicities and its immune, genetic, mitochondrial, and metabolic damages, make clear that aspartame will not only cause many diseases, which the FDA and CDC have already noted but it has pathways of approach to interact adversely with every conceivable pharmaceutical. My forth coming book: "Sweet Mystery in The Present Darkness: Whatever Happened to We Scientists Who First Spoke Out Against Aspartame?" will delve into all of this in greater detail and more specificity."
The Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste wrote in the spring of l996 the article: "The Rising Rates of Health Problems - Is There A Toxic Connection? Stephen Lester.
It might as well have been written about aspartame because the diseases it lists are all ones that have been written about as triggered by aspartame, from birth defects to chemical sensitives. Under the title Cancer Lester says:
"When has gone wrong with our way of thinking when it is considered "normal" that 1 in 3 people get cancer? IT IS NOT NORMAL.. Cancer is not a natural disease and even if it were, it wouldn't be "normal" for cancer to claim the lives of 25% of the population. " Again, one can only think of aspartame when in original studies it triggered brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, thyroid and pancreatic tumors and violated the Delaney Amendment. The Pharmaceutical and Chemical cartel know aspartame violates the law, so one would ask is that why the Delaney Amendment was repealed? When a law for the safety of the public gets in their way of marking poison they simply do away with the law.
In June it will be 3 years since I petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame because I have the FDA records and they lie to the public. The law states they have 180 days to answer. Their letter to me states they have more important things to do. So the FDA continues to recall drugs that interact and leave the poison aspartame on the market. Aspartame triggers an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with all cardiac Rx. It damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. With people dropping dead so fast that defibrillators are now sold over the counter, they took the opportunity to pull ephedra (Chinese MaHaung )off the market when an athlete died who was using Diet coke. Dr. John Olney reviewed the FDA records on ephedra and found it to be safe. One attorney said, "it wasn't Chinese Mahaung at all, but the drug that caused some problems." So what does the FDA do, leave the drug on the market causing the problems and snatches a safe supplement in their continuing loyalty to the pharmaceutical cartel.
MSG has an additive and synergistic effect with aspartame. Is that why the glutamate industry used aspartame as their placebo, so they could show that one excitotoxin does not react more than the placebo when, in fact, the aspartic acid in aspartame is also an excitotoxin. They started doing this before aspartame was approved, so it was well known in the industry that aspartame would react. The records found in the FDA files by Jack Samuels ( who filed suit against the FDA on labeling of MSG, showed the FDA had known all along and the industry had been doing this for 25 years against the law. While the FDA had to admit it was wrong they did nothing, again giving their loyalty the glutamate industry.
One can only remember the words of Dr. James Bowen to the FDA over 18 years ago: "Aspartame is mass poisoning of the American public and over 70+ countries of the world". What does it take to save the people from this poison when government lies?
Dr. John Hoey, writing about the book The Truth About the Drug Companies says according to Angell, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the pharmaceutical industry's U.S. trade association has "the largest lobby in Washington," which in 2002 employed 675 lobbyists (including 26 former members of Congress) at a cost of more than $91 million. The result has been above-average growth in corporate profits during both Republican and Democratic administrations.
The most recent and perplexing lobbying effort caused Congress explicitly to prohibit Medicare from using its huge purchasing power to get lower prices for drugs, thus opening up a dollar pipeline, in the form of higher drug prices, directly from taxpayers to corporate coffers. These changes, along with the cave-in by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in l997 that permitted direct-to-consumer advertising to bypass mention in their ads of all but the most serious side effects, have further augmented profits. The overall effect has been a corruption not only of science but also of the dissemination of Science." No wonder new books keep being published like Dr. Carolyn Dean's "Death of Medicine".
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Posted by: Vianova Mar 14 2005, 10:12 PM
PuPP this is a great thread.

I do not know if this was covered yet,
but lots of supplements like Calcium and Magnesium are bonded to
Calcium aspartate
magnesium aspartate...
apparently the concept was that via an aspartate
the Ca and Mg were much better absorbed than prior concoctions like
Magnesium oxide.

from an earlier post we now see

"Too much ***aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much **calcium into the cells.
The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins."
They "excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death.’

so the daily intake of Ca and Mg -aspartates builds up in the brain as well, and your mineral supplements are now poison.

here is what i found on ***aspartate***

"Aspartame contains the excitotoxin aspartate as 40% of its molecular structure.

"***When normal neurotransmitters such as aspartate and glutamate cross this barrier in excess,
they will cause poisoning and lead to the death of the nerve cells within the brain and spinal cord.
The blood-brain barrier cannot discern the amount that is needed from too much.

*** So these neurotransmitters can build up undetected until a toxic level is reached.
This accumulation seems to be particularly insidious in its effect on the developing brains and nervous systems of children.

The nervous system is designed to control the concentration of excitatory amino acids in the fluid surrounding the neurons, the extracellular space. The main ones concerning us are glutamate and aspartate. "

High levels of glutamate and aspartate are found naturally in protein rich foods,
***including very high levels in wheat gluten,
and milk casein.
While these amino acids are necessary for normal brain function, excess amounts of them create a wide range of bodily damage."

Calcium and magesium aspartates , or vitamins with aspartates,*** are a daily intake regimen***.
Thus over time , the buildup is quite harmful,
also when taking into consideration the amount of
unlabeled MSG, {less than 2% by weight is not labeled}
another excititoxin,
that is in our foods,
which is synergistically harmful with any other excitioxin,
like an aspartate,
and the fluorides in the toothpases interacting as well,
makes aspartate compounds as calcium and MG supplements an unwise idea.

A single dose of
aspartic acid, phenylalanine, methanol, DKP, etc., from
aspartame is not acutely toxic in the majority of cases.
*** It is the regular use,
that represents a extreme hazard.

Aspartic acid is 5 times more toxic in humans than in
rodents and at least 20 times more toxic in humans than
in monkeys as discussed in the Aspartic Acid section.

Sources of Aspartate, aspartame, aspartic acid

Aspartic acid, found in aspartame (NutraSweet) ordinarily causes MSG type reactions in MSG sensitive people.

Aspartame (Nutrasweet), aspartic acid,
are used to sweeten many prepared foods, as a tabletop sweetener, sources include:
cocoa mix, topping mix
yogurt-type products
shake mix
gelatin mix
instant breakfast mix
frozen novelties
milk flavor additives
wine coolers
chewable multivitamins
carbonated soft drinks
fruit syrups
powdered soft drinks
puddings and pie fillings
fruit juice drinks
instant coffee and tea mixes
refrigerated tea
ready-to-eat gelatin
chewing gum
frozen desserts
refrigerated flavored milk beverages
breath mints
over-the-counter pharmaceuticals
fruit spreads & toppings

Reading labels on food items is important but not sufficient. Labeling regulations make it possible to conceal from the public information needed to make good decisions about diet. For example, there are some circumstances in which a substance like aspartame or glutamate does not have to be shown on the label. Often it is included under another term like "enhanced flavors or spices." The public needs to be aware of these problems and demand more information.

During digestion, aspartame is broken down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Those with PKU must restrict their intake of phenylalanine.
Where do we go from here?

***First, aspartame releases aspartate during digestion. Aspartate is a neurotransmitter used by the neurons in the brain. It is a type of excitatory amino acid. Excitatory amino acids are normal and necessary brain chemicals, and as such, they are allowed to cross the blood-brain barrier. ***Aspartate, the principal chemical component of aspartame, is a neurotransmitter and a type of excitatory amino acid. It is a natural and necessary body chemical. Neurotransmitters cross the blood-brain barrier.

The blood-brain barrier is designed to protect the brain from the invasion of harmful chemicals.

***When normal neurotransmitters such as aspartate and glutamate cross this barrier in excess,
they will cause poisoning and lead to the death of the nerve cells within the brain and spinal cord.
The blood-brain barrier cannot discern the amount that is needed from too much.

*** So these neurotransmitters can build up undetected until a toxic level is reached.
This accumulation seems to be particularly insidious in its effect on the developing brains and nervous systems of children.

The nervous system is designed to control the concentration of excitatory amino acids in the fluid surrounding the neurons, the extracellular space. The main ones concerning us are glutamate and aspartate. The nervous system does this by pumping the excess back into glial cells which surround the neurons and supply them with energy. While this pumping system is very efficient, it uses enormous amounts of ATP, a high-energy compound that all cells in the body use for energy.

"If energy production is reduced in the brain, the protective pumps begin to fail and glutamate begins to accumulate in the space around the neuron, including the area of the synapse. If the energy is not restored the neurons will burn up; they are literally excited to death."

Aspartame contains the excitotoxin aspartate as 40% of its molecular structure.
Numerous studies have shown that consuming aspartame can significantly elevate the excitotoxin level in the blood. There is a common situation during which the excitotoxin exposure is even greater. When aspartate (as aspartame) is combined in the diet with monosodium glutamate (MSG) blood levels are several fold higher than normal. With the BBB damaged, as in MS, these excitotoxins can freely enter the site of injury,greatly magnifying the damage. So, we see that dietary excitotoxins, such as aspartame and MSG, can greatly magnify the damage produced in multiple sclerosis. Likewise, excitotoxins have been shown to breakdown the BBB as well.

Combined toxicity of the aspartate and the methanol adds up to considerable brain toxicity and can convert benign, subclinical MS into full-blown MS. Once the MS becomes full-blown, further consumption of excitotoxins magnifies the toxicity, increasing disability and death.

However, excessive levels of calcium make it impossible for the neuron to rest; the neuron continues to fire without stopping, causing the release of inflammatory mediators, the release of more glutamate, thus resulting in more calcium influx. The high intracellular levels of calcium also lead to high levels of nitric oxide and peroxynitrite, causing damage to the energy producing apparatus of the cells. Magnesium is able to modulate the calcium flow, as is zinc. However, zinc is a double-edged sword as it is also able to activate glutamate release via the non-NMDA glutamate receptors.

High levels of glutamate and aspartate are found naturally in protein rich foods, including very high levels in wheat gluten, and milk casein. While these amino acids are necessary for normal brain function, excess amounts of them create a wide range of bodily damage.

Individuals should get more sulfur/glutathione into the system in as many healthy ways as possible. While glutathione cannot be taken orally, it can be taken transdermally and sublingually. Also there are a number of supplements which will boost glutathione levels, these include: milk thistle, alpha lipoic acid, N-acetyl- cysteine/vitamin C, MSM, and rosemary among others. While glutamate (or glutamic acid or glutamine) and cysteine are precursors in the formation of glutathione, they are also excitotoxins and will trigger more inflammation in the brain; therefore it is best not to use those items directly as supplements to boost glutathione levels. Foods/supplements that are high in sulfur include garlic, broccoli, onions, and quercetin. Reduced glutathione is reportedly the more potent form of glutathione; NADH can be used as a supplement to help recycle reduced glutathione.

Magnesium is critical as it regulates the excess calcium from flowing into the nerves and killing them. Epsom salt baths (magnesium sulfate) are useful particularly if the bathing water is high in chloride and fluoride. Chloride blocks the action of sulfur in the body. Limited amounts of zinc and calcium are fine, but too much will increase nerve damage.

Supplements that add energy (oxygen and ATP) to the brain will help it to detoxify the inflammatory reactions caused by excess glutamate and heavy metals, which trigger glutamate release. These supplements include ginkgo, vinpocetine, NADH, CoQ10 and carnitine. Carnitine actually helps to increase the energy in the mitochondria, which are the energy producing organelles inside each cell. Carnitine is also useful in repairing liver damage.

B vitamins are crucial for nerve health. They also help to form the sulfur containing amino acids. A really good B complex is important. In addition B12 can be taken sublingually so that it is not degraded in the stomach. B12 helps with energy as well as to repair nerves. It is important to take B vitamins as a complex, as it has been shown that taking a single B vitamin will deplete the levels of the other B vitamin's and this occurs in a dose dependent fashion. For example, a central inflammatory mediator in other neurological inflammation is homocysteine. Lack of particular B's will increase the homocysteine levels in the blood.

Posted by: Ganesh2005 Mar 15 2005, 03:26 AM
Hi PuPPsters,

After reading this thread it made me realise how corrupt the FDA suddenly became in the Reagan years, and the sinister role good ol' Rumsy played in this.

Here's an article from Nexus magazine about Stevia, an herbal sweetener. This article tells how it was dismissed and discredited by the FDA as an alternative, and economically viable substitute for sugar, aspartame and saccharine.

And I bet we can work out now who was behind this, Rumsy ?

It's easy to grow, wonderful as a sweetener, contains medicinal properties, is non-caloric, safe to cook with, and has great potential in agriculture. It's widely used in South America and Asia. So why isn't stevia a household name in the rest of the world?

Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is a herb native to Paraguay. It is also known as "honey yerba" and "honeyleaf" and by other variations of these names. The mature plant stands from around 65 centimetres (26 inches) to as tall as 180 cm (72 in) when cultivated or growing naturally in fertile soil. Historical records show that the leaves have been used for hundreds of years by the Guarani Indians, who named the plant caá-êhê. The main use was as a sweetener, particularly in their green tea, known as maté. It was also used in medicine or as a snack. Stevia's leaf is estimated to be 150 to 300 times sweeter than refined sugar.

M. S. Bertoni, in the late 1800s, was the first European to document stevia. In 1931, French chemists extracted stevioside from the herb in the form of an intensely sweet, white crystalline compound. The herb was then considered for use as a sweetener during the food shortages experienced by Britain during World War II. However, interest waned when sugar again became available.

Since this time, stevia has been used extensively in many Asian and South American countries, but the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe have not embraced the herb as a sweetener, opting either for sugar from readily available sugar cane or sugar beet, or for aspartame-based and other artificial sweeteners as a sugar substitute.

More than 150 varieties of stevia exist, but Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is the only sweet stevia plant. Carbohydrate-based compounds from the stevia leaf can be isolated to glycosides known as steviosides. Stevioside is a glycoside of the diterpene derivative steviol, and is a natural component of the plant. Stevioside is intensely sweet and is present at levels up to 13% in the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. Rebaudiosides and dulcosides are other sweet chemical constituents of the plant that can be extracted.

Stevia, the FDA and Big Business
In the USA, stevia does not have "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS) status for consumption, and is therefore "prohibited from use in human food" under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. According to the Act, any food or drink containing stevia is an "adulterated" substance. However, while stevia may not be sold as a sweetener, it may be legally purchased and taken internally. In amongst all the contradiction and confusion, this means that stevia is available for human consumption--but only when classified as a dietary supplement or herb.

It has been suggested that stevia has not been granted GRAS status in the interests of Big Business. In the late 1980s, a trade complaint was registered with the FDA, as tea containing stevioside was being sold by Celestial Seasonings. The website has a copy of an FDA memorandum concerning the incident; it was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and complainant names (company name and legal representatives) were deleted by the FDA to protect the informant's identity.

In 1991, stevia was deemed unsafe and was banned from the USA completely. It was only legalised as a dietary supplement due to the changing of law with the introduction of the DSHEA.

According to a 1994 article by Rob McCaleb of the Herb Research Foundation, the FDA began visiting businesses selling stevia around 1987, saying it was an unapproved food additive. One FDA inspector reportedly told a company president that the manufacturer of NutraSweet® had made complaints to the FDA to try to stop the use of stevia.

After the 1991 Import Alert banning the importation of stevia into the USA, the Herb Research Foundation produced a review by Doug Kinghorn, PhD, on behalf of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). The peer-reviewed work concluded that stevia was safe, based on scientific evidence and historical use. The AHPA then filed a petition with the FDA to have stevia leaf exempted from food additive regulations. However, the FDA concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prove stevia's safety. McCaleb asserts that evidence required to establish stevia as a food is far more comprehensive than that required for artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

Julian Whitaker, MD, believes that the FDA "has been after stevia since 1986, coincidental with the growing popularity of aspartame".

GD Searle and Company developed aspartame (now commonly marketed as NutraSweet®) by accident when creating an ulcer drug. Many health complaints have been reported about the negative health effects of aspartame, from headaches to tumours.

According to James S. Turner, lawyer and co-founder of the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network, Searle funded 100% of the safety studies undertaken from 1985 to 1995 which found aspartame to be safe. Apparently all studies not funded by industry raised questions. Information linking tumours to aspartame was dismissed by the then FDA Deputy Commissioner, who went on to become Vice President of Clinical Research for Searle.

According to another report by health author Gail Davis, a similar situation occurred in 1983 when aspartame was approved for use in soft drinks. The FDA Commissioner left soon afterwards to become a consultant for Searle's public relations firm.

GD Searle was bought by Monsanto in 1985 and then acquired in 2000 by J.W. Childs Equity Partners II LP. The company asserts that more than 200 objective studies have found NutraSweet to be safe and that these papers were reviewed by relevant regulatory authorities such as the FDA, etc. Neotame is the new sweetener to be marketed by the company. It is 40 times sweeter than NutraSweet and 8,000 times sweeter than sugar. [For more on aspartame, see feature articles in NEXUS 2/28, 3/01, 7/04 and 7/05.]

Stevia's Safe Historical Use
Many foods have not had to go through the process of being approved for GRAS status. Through historical use, it is assumed they are safe for human consumption. Supporters of stevia have put this argument forward to the FDA, but without success. contends that Celestial Seasonings was permitted to use stevia because the herb has had a long history of common use without adverse health effects. Furthermore, the 1991 Import Alert acknowledges stevia's use throughout history and is therefore an admission of its qualification as having GRAS status.

The American Herbal Products Association maintains that stevia is a food, as it has had a long history of food use, hence it should fall into the safe category.

Sunrider Corporation also tried this tack in 1995, stating that stevia was a "grandfathered" or "old" dietary ingredient, as it had been contained in their products before the DSHEA of 1994. However, this approach became problematic because the company had signed a consent decree in 1984 not to sell stevia, as "Sunrider decided it was not financially prudent to judicially contest this matter".

The Stevita Book-burning Saga
In 1998, the Stevita Company and the US FDA received considerable media attention after it was reported that the FDA had ordered the burning of books sold by Stevita. These contained information on the herb along with stevia recipes.

The website reported in July 1998 that Stevita had endeavoured to import stevia in 1987 as "Stevia Sweet", but the FDA ordered the labels changed so as not to imply the substance would be used as a sweetener. Later on that year, FDA agents visited the company's warehouse and took copies of three books sold on stevia.

FDA Dallas then detained a shipment of stevia at customs in February 1998, the reason later given that the shipment was contaminated because of the previously released literature. A March 6 letter regarding this matter reportedly stated that the literature "rendered the product adulterated".

The FDA took inventory at Stevita in April and May 1998, and Oscar Rodes agreed not to sell the books, as the hold-up was affecting business. "We had already been forced to let employees goÉwe have to eat," he said in the report. The FDA then arranged to come and take inventory, and stated in a fax that an investigator would "be available to witness the destruction of the cookbooks, literature and other publications". Rodes then notified the FDA agents on arrival that he would not destroy the books, but would videotape any actions by the FDA to do so.

Dr Julian Whitaker became involved when he had his attorney prepare a lawsuit to prevent destruction of the books. In his article on the subject, Whitaker makes a point about the power of the FDA by quoting from Tulane University professor James P. Carter's 1992 book, Racketeering in Medicine: The Suppression of Alternatives. Carter states: "The FDA serves as the pharmaceutical industry's watchdog, which can be called upon to attack and destroy a potential competitor under the guise of protecting the public."

The Aspartame Consumer Safety Network reported that in June 1998, James Kirkland--author of one of the banned books--attended a congressman's public meeting at which he displayed two books. One, written by himself, was on cooking with stevia, and the other book gave information on constructing home-made bombs. He held up the books and asked the rhetorical question, "Which of these publications is legal?"

Whitaker contends that Patricia and Oscar Rodes of Stevita were given poor legal advice, which led to their agreeing to stop selling their books. He says that James Lahar from the FDA mandated a book-burning when he and other agents confiscated the company's stevia, pressuring Stevita not to sell the books. Oscar Rodes called his local television station to attract public attention to his company's plight. FDA officers initialled and dated six books so they could not be sold.

Whitaker reported that the FDA backed down after his lawyer filed suit, advising that no books would need to be destroyed and that Whitaker may buy any of the books himself.

The story according to the FDA is quite different. After the public's attention was gained, FDA documentation is clearly above the District Office level. In a memo to file on April 9, 1999, FDA Acting Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, Gary J. Dykstra, maintained that FDA never ordered the books destroyed. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that an FDA letter of May 19, 1998, states that "a current inventory must be taken by an investigator of this office, who will also be available to witness destruction of the cookbooks, literature, and other publications for the purpose of verifying compliance". The memo also notes that "Neither Stevita nor its attorney, Ms Sarracino, had informed FDA that the company intended to destroy these materials". However, he goes on to state that "the District Office assumed that the company might choose to destroy them".

An October 26, 1998, letter from Dan Burton, Chairman of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, 105th Congress of the US House of Representatives, stated that the FDA had no authority from Congress to be available to witness the destruction of books. Furthermore, it would be more appropriate under the First Amendment "to refuse to be a party to the destruction of the books". Burton adds that FDA's May 19 letter was "grossly inappropriateÉ(regardless of whether the company agreed to allow the agency to violates [sic] its First Amendment rights)".

Oscar Rodes denies he chose to destroy the books. As reported on, Rodes refuted the FDA claim by stating: "That's absurd. I don't want to destroy my own books! How would I ever recover the cost?"

FDA investigators also requested a copy of The Stevia Story: A Tale of Incredible Sweetness and Intrigue, by Linda Bonvie, Bill Bonvie and Donna Gates. This created a stir, as the book was published independently of Stevita, though it was available for sale through the company. Furthermore, the book questions FDA's treatment of stevia. Eventually, no action was taken regarding this item. As the FDA stated, "the book did not mention Stevita or its products and the agency had no interest in the book".

Books considered problematic by the FDA included Cooking with Stevia, by James Kirkland, and The Natural Choice, by Kay Randall (also known as Patricia Rodes). Both persons were involved in managing Stevita Company. Dallas District Office informed the firm's lawyers by telephone on May 27, 1998, that "literature or publications that promote Stevita stevia products for use as a conventional food and that are marketed with or displayed with those products cause the products to be adulterated as an unapproved food additive".

The agency also noted in correspondence on June 8, 1998, regarding books, that "FDA had advised Mr Rodes that he should take care not to use them to stimulate sales of Stevita brand stevia, as that could cause them to be labeling [sic] under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act".

Cooking with Stevia was the book that an FDA official dated and initialled so it could not be sold. This action was taken on six copies of the book. Whitaker's attorneys, Emord and Associates, noted the action in their letter of June 8, 1998, when they accused the FDA of acting unlawfully under the United States Constitution. After a mix-up over the amount of books defiled, Emord and Associates wrote that the "material point is not the number of books defiled, but that the agents defiled any of the books". Dan Burton's letter to the FDA makes a similar point, stating that "FDA has no authority from Congress to issue an enforcement letter that provides for the use of FDA officers to take a 'current inventory' of a dietary supplement company's books"

The FDA responded to claims of its acting inappropriately regarding the destruction of books by stating that it had "acted within its authority under the FD&C Act and the requirements of the First Amendment". However, FDA revised its Compliance Policy Guide "to provide further guidance regarding the disposition of books and other printed materials that serve as labeling".

This was due to the petition submitted on behalf of Julian M. Whitaker and also David Dean Richard, an author of one of the books called into question. Richard stated in an affidavit that he lost sales of his book due to the FDA's actions of June 1998. Under FDA guidelines, labelling can include "a book, reference publication, or a reprint or copy of a scientific journal article".

Whether or not FDA maintains its position and stevia remains illegal as a food or food additive, it is still available as a food supplement, therefore the end result is the same: humans ingest it, anyway.

Chairman of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Dan Burton, noted this inconsistency in his letter to the FDA: "I find the agency's treatment of stevia baffling (it is safe as a dietary supplement but unsafe as a food additive?)É"

Stevia Safety Studies
Various concerns have been expressed over the safety of stevia. Many countries have claimed their reason for not considering stevia for consumption is the lack of conclusive proof of its safety.

In a Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) report on stevioside, it is noted that in rats, stevioside "is not readily absorbed from the upper intestine but is hydrolysed to the aglycone, steviol, before absorption from the gut." The effects of steviol on the body are not completely known, but it may be a problem because animal studies are contradictory. It was found that steviol: "exhibited greater acute toxicity than stevioside in hamsters but not in rats. Steviol was clearly genotoxic [DNA damaging] after metabolic activation, inducing forward mutations in bacteria and gene mutations and chromosomal aberrations in lung fibroblasts of Chinese hamsters." This may sound frightening, but the amount given to animals during testing of such substances can be up to 1,500 times any daily amount relative to body weight that a human would ingest.

The Committee also noted that the material tested "was poorly specified or of variable quality", not necessarily representative of the commercial product, and that "no studies of metabolism of stevioside and steviol in humans were available". Due to these considerations, the Committee concluded that it could not give stevia an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) rating.

The Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) for the European Commission, in its "Opinion on Stevioside as a Sweetener" adopted on June 19, 1999, came to the conclusion that, "of the specific stevioside preparation for which approval is sought", "the substance is not acceptable as a sweetener on the presently available data". Its position was similar to that of JECFA, including its concerns due to "questionable chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity studies, and possible effects on the male reproductive system that could affect fertility".

The study most commonly referred to when raising contraceptive concerns over stevia was undertaken in 1968, Professor Joseph Kuc of Purdue University, Indiana, being the principal researcher. reports that the study was carried out on rats, after it had been alleged that South American women used the herb for contraception. Kuc acknowledges that the findings may not be applicable to humans, but believes his methods were sound. The website quotes from The Stevia Story (Bonvie, Bonvie and Gates) and states that the rats in the study were given very high concentrations of stevia--and "Ématerial from the stevia plant that would not ordinarily be consumed. This liquid replaced the animals' drinking water, and was given at such a rate as to equate with a person drinking 2.5 quarts [approximately 2.8 L] of liquid in less than half an hour". Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada reported that further "studies conducted to confirm this result have all been negative".

The Lipton petition, an application to the FDA to use stevia in its products, is also quoted, making the point that "if this reproductive effect in rats is real and can be extrapolated to humans, then one might suspect that there would be very few children in some regions of Paraguay".

Two separate Thai studies have found that reproduction in rats and hamsters is not affected by stevia. A study published in 1991, from Chulalongkorn University Primate Research Centre in Bangkok, found that "stevioside at a dose as high as 2.5g/kg body wt/day affects neither growth nor reproduction in hamsters". Chiang Mai University researchers had work published in 2000 regarding a study of rats being fed aqueous extracts of stevia and other plants. The findings stated that "all the investigated plant extracts have no toxic effect on male rat reproduction and progeny outcome".

However, a University of São Paulo, Brazil, study published in 1999 came up with different findings when "chronic administration" of stevia showed that "Stevia extracts may decrease the fertility of male rats".

Lack of detailed studies seems to be a problem where stevia safety is concerned. The SCF's "Opinion on Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plants and leaves", adopted on 17 June 1999, evaluates the herb as a novel food and concludes that "no appropriate data were presented to enable the safety of the commercial plant product to be evaluated"--perhaps because the applicant just didn't supply enough information. SCF also notes that there was "no satisfactory data to support the safe use of these products as ingredients of food or as sucrose substitute for diabetics and obese individuals".

Professor Mauro Alvarez's work was referenced in the SCF's opinion and has been used by the FDA to raise doubt regarding the safety of stevia. Alvarez takes exception to his work being used out of context, particularly by the FDA in the past. A letter expressing his frustration is posted at, where he states, "I can assure that our conclusions in these various studies indicate that Stevia is safe for human consumption as per intended usage, that is, as a sweetener".

A common argument put forward by stevia supporters regarding the safety of stevia is that it has widespread usage in South America and many Asian countries including China, Korea and Japan.

A Success Record in Asia
Stevia is widely used throughout the Asian region. It has been considered safe for use in food for many years. In fact, the situation is quite the reverse of that in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. Many artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are illegal in Asian countries because of safety concerns. Companies using substances like aspartame in the USA, etc., are using stevia in Asia.

In Japan, companies like Sunkist and Nestlé use stevia as a sweetener. Coca-Cola uses stevia in Japan for its Diet Coke, as the herb is non-caloric. A combined Australian university/government report states that "Japan is by far the most advanced country in the use and understanding of Stevia in its application in the food and pharmaceutical industries". At present, the stevia industry in Japan is endeavouring to obtain Codex Alimentarius approval of steviosides. Interestingly, there have been no unfavourable health reports regarding stevia in Japan in the past 30 years.

China has been using stevia since 1985. Shanghai City's Director of the Health Supervisory Institute was quoted in the Shanghai Star as saying, "over the past 17 years there hasn't been any documented case of the sweetener causing ill effects".

Stevia's Positive Health EffectsStudies have found some positive effects and possible medical uses of stevia. A University of Illinois, College of Dentistry paper, published in 1992, found that stevioside, though an intense natural sweetener, is not cariogenic, according to their data. A Japanese study from Nihon University, published in late 2002, revealed that the use of stevioside on skin tumours in mice inhibited the promoting effect of chemically induced inflammation.

Taiwanese studies showed the possibility of stevia's use for blood pressure regulation. A study undertaken on rats at Taipei Medical University, and published in 2002, showed that stevioside lowered blood pressure. The other study, published in 2000, was undertaken on humans by Taipei Medical College and concluded that "oral stevioside is a well-tolerated and effective modality that may be considered as an alternative or supplementary therapy for patients with hypertension".

Two recent studies by Jeppesen et al., from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, have found after tests on rats and mice that stevioside could have potential in the treatment of type-2 diabetes.

Natural therapists have been using stevia for many years to regulate blood sugar levels. According to a June 28, 2002, report on Australia's national broadcaster ABC ( ), the herb can be taken in droplet form with meals, bringing blood glucose levels to "near normal".

Users of stevia have also reported lower incidence of colds and flu. The herb can aid in weight loss by reducing appetite and can be used to suppress tobacco and alcohol cravings. Stevia leaf also contains various vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, zinc, rutin, magnesium and iron.

Stevia has been used in South America for years as a treatment for diabetes. It has also been suggested that it can aid people to get off insulin. It has been used topically on skin cancers and to treat candidiasis.

The website also espouses stevia's use for skin care. It can be applied to enhance the skin's appearance or to heal acne and other blemishes and skin disorders including dermatitis, eczema and seborrhoea. The website also reports that stevia can be used to heal cuts and scratches quickly and without scarring.

Brian Morley is a natural therapist with a biochemistry background, working in Brisbane, Australia. Morley uses stevia on patients as he says it "assists the liver in controlling blood sugar levels in the body". He says that refined sugar has a negative effect on the liver and can cause chronic fatigue and immune deficiency syndrome. Combined with bilberry, stevia can also aid sugar cravings. Morley uses stevia in a "nectar form" that has been vacuum distilled, nitrogen dried and crystallised so as not to destroy any goodness.

Stevia's Uses in Food Preparation
Stevioside is suitable for cooking purposes as it is heat stable, unlike artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. However, it is unsuitable for certain confectionary such as fudge or icing as it lacks bulk.

Stevia is used in Japan to sweeten soy sauce, pickles and soft drinks. Brazil almost followed suit in 1988 when the Minister for Health proposed that only stevia should be allowed for sweetening diet drinks.

However, Big Business opposed the idea, according to a report in Earth Island Journal (Northern Winter 1997-98 issue). Apparently Monsanto had made a substantial financial commitment in the construction of a NutraSweet plant in São Paulo. It was then agreed that manufacturers would undertake studies by 1989 to incorporate stevia. However, nothing further was heard regarding the matter.

Stevia's Potential in Agriculture and Healthcare
One of the advantages of stevia is that it can be grown almost anywhere. Its native conditions are sub-tropical, but it has been grown in areas as far north as St Petersburg (60°N). The herb also grows well in tropical areas.

Stevia seedlings can be purchased from nurseries. The plant has the added bonus of having certain insecticidal properties; for example, it is aphid resistant.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada notes that "Stevia represents a new opportunity for researchers and farmers alike", but that more information is required to "optimize annual transplant production for Canada".

Stevia could be utilised to benefit research, as "production of remarkably high levels of one class of secondary metabolite is of significant interest for chemists, biochemists and geneticists and may prove to be a foundation for the production of new metabolites in the future". It also noted that because of safety concerns surrounding stevia, "there is clear need for further experimentation with respect to the metabolic fate of steviol glycosides".

Stevioside is not legal in Canada, and the only legal way of obtaining stevia is by purchasing it as a herb. In Australia and New Zealand, the situation according to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is that stevia leaf may be sold as a food. However, extractable components of the plant, such as stevioside, are not legal.

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) was set up by the Australian government "to work closely with Australian rural industries on the organisation and funding of their R&D needs". Professor David Midmore and Andrew Rank put together a report for RIRDC in 2002 on the possibility of "A new rural industry--Stevia--to replace imported chemical sweeteners". The study was jointly funded by RIRDC and Central Queensland University.

The report refers to Canadian researchers' findings that 50 hectares of stevia could produce sweetener equivalent to one million dollars' worth of sugar. This "in Australia would require 240 hectares of cane to grow, i.e., productivity in terms of sweetness equivalent per hectare is high". It notes it will be necessary to "develop production and processing practices that result in acceptable financial returns to growers" yet a competitively priced end-product.

Environmental considerations are also positive in regard to stevia as an industry in a dry continent like Australia. Primary producers could benefit because the crop would offer "greater diversification opportunity and returns per megalitre of irrigation water". Insects do not appear to be of concern to stevia. There are some possible diseases "which do not appear to be a major problem", according to the report, and "spraying for control is sometimes undertaken".

David Midmore says that Australia is ready for stevia. "The time is right for large-scale production, provided we can ensure that production practices are suitable (e.g., mechanical harvesting) and that it will be grown in the correct locations (weather-wise)."

According to the report, it is expected that "consumer demand for natural sweeteners will escalate" as Australians become more health conscious and as "the incidence of diabetes in Australia and abroad" grows. It is also suggested that stevia could be marketed "in conjunction with sugar" to produce low-calorie products.

However, input from other organisations and agencies will be required to ascertain if "the constraints to production and acceptance of steviosides will be manageable in the near (2-3-year) future".

Currently there is an application with FSANZ for consideration of stevia as a sweetener, and according to Professor Midmore a decision "should be announced by FSANZ in a short while". A possible obstacle to the FSANZ acceptance of stevia could be the same concern expressed by JECFA: that the breakdown of stevioside into steviol can exhibit some toxic and mutagenic activity. However, David Midmore stresses that "such breakdown is not known to happen in situ in the human body".

A Sweet Future for Stevia
Stevia has had a long history of use as a natural sweetener and a medicinal aid. It is heat stable, non-caloric and can be used by diabetics.

However, the US FDA has had a questionable relationship with the herb, and issues have been raised over the safety of the stevioside extract. Yet, no adverse health effects have ever been reported or documented, including in Asia where the herb is used extensively as a sweetener. Stevia shows great potential for the future, in agriculture and as a food.


About the Author:
Jenny Hawke has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and is on staff at the NEXUS head office in Australia. Her article, "Uncovering the Facts on Toxic Carpet", was published in NEXUS 9/06.



Posted by: Ganesh2005 Mar 19 2005, 03:32 AM
Hoy PuPP, just wondering if you wanted me to edit the above post to make it more digestable.

I think it's important info that relates to the aspartame 'crime' but I could trim it down to the pertinent points


Don't be flummoxed into the fear pinkelephant.gif

Posted by: BJ1 Mar 19 2005, 08:09 AM
Good morning everybody! This is a subject near and dear to my heart. All of the input can only educate us the more. Now, seeing what these ugly sweeteners, along with MSG, do to us and our kids, I suggest that the drug companies took advantage of the hyper-activity (seeing that Rumsfeld is more powerful than the FDA), as witnessed in our kids, nervousness and depression, so that they now market lots of antidepressants like Ritalin for the kiddies, and other drugs for the adults to suppress depression caused by anxieties.

Here are snippets that are taken from the same article, although from a different source that I posted back in August, but lest we forget...! I would like to know what happened to the lawsuit against the listed companies.


2004-04-07 | SACRAMENTO, California: Lawsuits were
filed in three separate California courts against twelve
companies who either produce or use the artificial
sweetener aspartame as a sugar substitute in their
products. The suits were filed in Shasta, Sonoma and
Butte County, California, yesterday.

The suits allege that the food companies committed
fraud and breach of warranty by marketing products to the
public such as diet Coke, diet Pepsi, sugar free gum,
Flintstone's vitamins, yogurt and children's aspirin with the
full knowledge that aspartame, the sweetener in them, is

Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures,
vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the
symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia,
MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue and

Recent news is full of reports of world-class athletes and
other healthy consumers of aspartame suddenly dropping
dead. Sudden death can occur from aspartame use
because it damages the cardiac conduction system.

Dr. Woodrow Monte in the peer reviewed journal, Aspartame:
Methanol and the Public Health, wrote: "When diet sodas
and soft drinks, sweetened with aspartame, are used to
replace fluid loss during exercise and physical exertion in hot
climates, the intake of methanol can exceed 250 mg/day or
32 times the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended limit of
consumption for this cumulative poison."

This is only the tip of the iceberg. H. J. Roberts, MD,
published the medical text “Aspartame Disease: An Ignored
Epidemic” - 1,000 pages of symptoms and diseases triggered
by this neurotoxin, including the sordid history of its approval.

Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD, author of "Excitotoxins:
The Taste That Kills" ( )
wrote about the relationship between aspartame and macular
degeneration, diabetic blindness and glaucoma (all known to
result from excitotoxin accumulation in the retina).

In original studies, aspartame has triggered brain, mammary,
uterine, ovarian, testicular, thyroid and pancreatic tumors.

Defendants in the lawsuits include Coca-cola, PepsiCo,
Bayer Corp., the Dannon Company, William Wrigley Jr.
Company, ConAgra Foods, Wyeth, Inc., The NutraSweet
Company, and Altria Corp. (parent company of Kraft Foods
and Philip Morris).


(If this doesn't post right, will you please do some editing, PuPP? Outlook Express e-mails aren't wrapping around and editing is a job.)

Posted by: Mark Mar 19 2005, 10:06 AM
Hoy Ganesh, yeah, the post is quite long. The author does an overkill.

But it has some real good facts.

Stevia, which is safe, is banned; while Aspartame, which is harmful, is approved.

Hey BJ, thanks for the additional info.

Posted by: Vianova Mar 20 2005, 11:57 AM
i just got this in the mail
and will research later


Is neotame just another form of aspartame? I’m afraid so. Neotame is a modified
version of aspartame, containing all the same elements found in aspartame and
more: the amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, plus two organic
groups, one known as a methyl ester group and the other as a neohexyl group.
Joined together, these components equal 8,000 teaspoons of sugar.

At 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, neotame is the most potent
sweetener marketed today. Neotame has changed hands from its original patent
holder Monsanto Chemical Company, to The NutraSweet Co., to J. W. Childs
Partnership, and now to Pharmacia. Like aspartame, neotame is a very potent and
questionable compound, but it does not have to carry the PKU warning, as
aspartame is required by law to do, so its addition to all products goes without <

Posted by: Mark May 27 2005, 01:06 PM
UK Sweetener Co Admits Sucralose (Splenda) Is Synthetic
By Dr. Betty Martini
Mission Possible International

"Aspartame has come under a lot of pressure in recent times of having a negative image in health circles even though it has undergone many studies supporting its safe use in foods. There will be more pressure on it as the new sweetener sucralose makes in roads. Its saving grace will be economic as it is much more cost effective. Marketing strategies may be looking to move it out in favour of Sucralose."
About Sucralose they say: "The new sweetener gaining much news and interest from the market. It is PROMOTED AS BEING MADE FROM SUGAR, and tastes like sugar.


However, despite its high price it is gaining popularity in marketing circles who want to be seen taking steps TO MOVE ASPARTAME OUT OF PRODUCTS."
Indeed, confession is good for the soul. What they don't say is sucralose has a chlorinated base like DDT and can cause autoimmune disease. The research is on,, and
We are already getting complaints on health problems from sucralose.

Also, you have to remember that aspartame being a chemical hypersensitization agent, as well as a neurotoxic drug, not only interacts with other drugs, especially those used to treat the problems it causes, but also with toxins which is all some of these so-called other sweeteners are. Don't forget they outlawed DDT.
Aspartame, of course, has been shown to be a deadly neurotoxic drug with 92% of scientific peer reviewed studies showing the problems. If you eliminated one pro-industry summary and 6 studies the FDA had something to do with because of their loyalty to industry, 100% of independent scientific peer reviewed studies show the problems. This research is on by Ralph Walton, M.D.
There is already a medical text on the global plague, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by H. J. Roberts, M.D., or 1 800 827 7991.
Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., wrote about aspartame, and MSG, Excitootxins: The Taste That Kills,
These physicians also have other books on the subject. Original studies by the manufacturer of aspartame were the target of an indictment for fraud, rather than showing safety. Both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team of the manufacturer and the statute of limitations expired. For 16 years no FDA Commissioner would approve aspartame because it was never proven safe and in original studies triggered brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular,pancreatic and thyroid tumors - for starters, as well as grand mal seizures.

CEO Don Rumsfeld, now Secretary of Defense, said he would call in his markers and get it approved anyway, as documented in the 8 month investigation of aspartame by United Press International ( and in the congressional record.
Unfortunately, Rumsfeld was on President Reagan's transition team and the day after he took office appointed an FDA Commissioner who would approve this toxin. The FDA set up a Board of Inquiry and said to revoke the petition for approval that aspartame had not been proven safe and had caused brain tumors.

Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and then went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer, and has refused to talk to the press ever since. You can get a copy of the entire Board of Inquiry report on on CD. The summation is on along with industry's flawed research.
Along with these confessions from Scaansweet is: "It can be shown that all intense sweeteners have problems when trying to emulate the gold standard of sweetness, sugar. At least God made sugar. Chemical sweeteners are good for nobody. Diabetics can use Stevia which is a safe herb and has been used in Brazil for thousands of years as a sweetener, especially for diabetics because it helps in the metabolism of sugar.
Aspartame (Canderel, E951,Equal, Spoonful, NutraSweet, etc.) actually can precipitate diabetes, aggravates and simulates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, keeps blood sugar out of control, can cause diabetics to go into convulsions and interacts with insulin.

Aspartame not only has caused an epidemic of diabetes but also of obesity since it is a drug that makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight. (See protest of National Soft Drink Assn on DORway, very end)

Also the formaldehyde converted from the methanol has been shown to accumulate in the cells and damage DNA with most toxicity in the liver but substantial amounts in the kidneys, adipose tissue (fat cells), brain and retina, on the Trocho Study. So when you see somebody with heavy hips and thighs they just may be on aspartame. If you want to get fat, NutraSweet is where it's at.
As the epidemics of obesity and diabetes rage the word is out that aspartame is the cause. The negative publicity showing the real facts about aspartame is, indeed, out, as confessed by Scaansweet. The manufacturers cannot put out the fire no matter how much they lie. And because of the depletion of serotonin it is triggering manic depression (bipolar), insomnia, suicidal tendencies, mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, hallucinations, etc., and interacts with all anti-depressants. Aspartame triggers behavioral and psychiatric problems. Look what they've done to our kids.
Dr. Betty Martini
Founder, Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097

Posted by: Guest May 30 2005, 07:13 AM
Aspartame linked to blindness now too.

Aspartame Triggers
Impotence & Blindness
ABC Reports today the FDA is looking into blindness-ED Drug Link.
From Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.

FDA doesn't have far to look. Change in sexual function is listed on the FDA report of 92 symptoms by aspartame. Vision loss and blindness is so commonly triggered by aspartame its #6 on the list.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand when you put a drug on the market (masquerading as an additive) that liberates free methyl alcohol it inevitably affects vision. In aspartame the methanol converts to formaldehyde and formic acid in the retina of the eye and destroys the optic nerve. Remember how many thousands went blind and died during prohibition because of the use of wood alcohol/methanol. So many went blind on aspartame and had seizures that in l986 the Community Nutrition Institute in l986 petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame. The FDA, handmaiden of the drug/chemical industry, refused.

Focus RP Magazine published the article: What's Blinding the World? exposing aspartame's blinding effect. Aspartame also triggers optic neuritis and macular degeneration, among other eye problems.

The late Dr. Morgan Raiford, ophthalmologist, specialist in methanol toxicity and owner of the Atlanta Eye Hospital wrote many papers exposing aspartame's effect on the eyes: This letter is to Shannon Roth who went blind in one eye from aspartame:

Dr. Raiford also wrote this paper on aspartame's effect on the eyes:


"The above product is also manufactured as NutraSweet. This pharmological
spin-off is a highly profitable item, with a growing market. These
products are used as a sweetener, some 200 times as sweet as regular cane

"This product has some highly toxic reactions in the human visual pathway and we are beginning to observe the tragic damage to the OPTIC NERVE, such as blindness, partial to total OPTIC NERVE ATROPHY. Once this destructive process has developed there is no return of visual restoration. We are beginning to see and observe another toxic reaction which affects the central nervous system which is related to PHENYLALANINE LEVELS IN THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. These observations are more vague, however, it stimulates the damaging to the brain and central nervous system, having the manifestations as PKU NEURO DAMAGE. Over 3000 cases have been reported and the FDA to date has ignored this existence.


" The human visual pathway admits ninety percent of our intellectual input to the brain and central nervous. All of the learning processes are centered during ones life time. The mechanism of this tragic damage to the human visual system from this product is and has been known for over a decade that visual loss takes place. When this drug enters the digestive tract, largely the upper portion, this ASPARTAME molecule spins off a by product known as METHANOL or METHYL-ALCOHOL. This product enters the blood stream and when these portions reach the highly metabolic region of the OPTIC NERVE AND RETINA, PARTIAL ATROPHY CAN AND DOES TAKE PLACE. The vision cannot do without oxygen and nutrition for more than ninety seconds without revealing some damage. Total loss of vision is present and there is no return. In the very early stages in which is referred to as the "wet stager", treatment can be given and will reserve the destructive pathology to the OPTIC NERVE and RETINA. This must be in the mind of the physician and he must understand the chemical ongoing process. The writer has seen many cases where the patient was allowed to go to the degrees of blindness, as this diagnosis of OPTIC NEURITIS was rendered, as the term IDIOPATHIC NEURITIS OF OPTIC NERVE was given, usually steroids until systemic gross body and facial moon developed. This therapy has demonstrated the total lack of understanding of the basic lack of BIO-CHEMICAL PHYSIOLOGY AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL.

"The variability or onset of the OPTIC NERVE ATROPHY is of a type that one
must first think of this pathology, and it requires a certain amount of
listening to the patient. The quantity of symptoms vary with each patient.

"Over the past year the writer has observed the fact that any portion of the central nervous system can and is affected. Since the chemical PHENYLALANINE is mixed up with some metabolic mess, we have seen symptoms of varying hue in the extremities, sensations of dullness of the intellect, visual shadows, evidence of word structure reversing and some
hearing impairment is noted by the individual. This can and will in time cause problems in learning. The medical community must alert itself that we have a problem that has surfaced due to the factor of the drug industry. Parents must be alerted to the side reactions of this toxic product and its reactions."

Morgan B. Raiford, M.D. D.Sc (Med) OPHTHALMOLOGY

Dr. Raiford's analysis was written in l987 and the cases of aspartame disease continue to multiply. Joyce Wilson, who went blind and died on aspartame in l990 had over 10,000 cases on her hotline. During congressional hearings it was admitted that the FDA was so flooded with aspartame complaints they were referring them to the AIDS Hotline to get rid of them. Mission Possible Intl has operations in 50 states and over 25 countries taking these complaints. FDA not only does nothing about it but serves above the law. I wrote a Citizens Petition for ban 3 years ago. The law requires 180 days to answer but they refuse. Their only letter said they had more important priorities. So people go blind and die from a global aspartame disease plague.

The medical text is Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, or 1 800 827 7991. Over 1000 pages of symptoms, diseases and drug interactions triggered by this deadly poison. Aspartame is marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel, E951, etc. It features an extensive chapter on aspartame and vision!

Aspartame also damages the hypothalamus of the brain and mitochondria and triggers male sexual dysfunction. It is being used by 70% of the population. It also ruins female response. We are spammed daily by ads for Viagra and Cialis because NutraSweet kills passion and performance.

Dr. James Bowen explains how aspartame triggers male sexual dysfunction:

The ABC article stresses that risk factors include diabetes and heart disease. Aspartame no doubt has caused an epidemic of diabetes because it can precipitate it as discussed in Dr. Roberts medical text. It also aggravates and simulates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy. It causes diabetics to go into convulsions and interacts with insulin. And who do the manufacturers and the professional organizations like the American Diabetes Assn funded by the manufacturers push aspartame on but diabetics. And the ADA knows without a shadow of a doubt how aspartame is destroying diabetics.

We give out information at the ADA walks, sponsored in part by Equal. Aspartame also is escalating Alzheimers (Memory loss #9 on the FDA report of 92 documented symptoms) and reports say 65% of diabetics develop now Alzheimers. Defense Against Alzheimers Disease by H. J. Roberts MD,

Aspartame also triggers an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with all cardiac Rx. It damages the cardiac conduction system causing sudden death. Russell Blaylock, M.D., author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills about aspartame ( wrote an Athlete Alert on Sudden Cardiac Death. There are several articles about this on click on aspartame. Dr. Blaylock's report: This report also goes into MSG which has a synergistic and additive effect with aspartame and is another an excitotoxin.

The entire family can be destroyed by aspartame. It is an endocrine disrupting drug which stimulates prolactin. It changes the menses and triggers infertility. A Japanese Study some years ago also showed that aspartame triggers infertility in the male. It destroys the sex life of husband and wife. If a woman gets off of aspartame and gets pregnant, it's an abortifacient and many times she will lose the baby before she knows she is pregnant. If she carries it aspartame is a teratogen and triggers birth defects and mental retardation. If a live child is born it may have heinously damaged the DNA for generations to come. Children all over the world are suffering from ADD and ADHD and behavioral problems triggered by this deadly chemical poison.

You may ask how could the FDA approve aspartame. Don't fail to get a copy of the aspartame documentary Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, See and hear James Turner, Atty, who with Dr. John Olney, tried to prevent approval of this neurotoxin. He explains how Don Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, at the time CEO of Searle, called in his markers to get it approved after the FDA for 16 years refused to allow it on the market. Aspartame approval was by political clout and not science.

Ask the FDA why a neurotoxic drug that liberates free methyl alcohol is on the market, since methanol is classified as a narcotic. Aspartame causes chronic methanol poisoning which affects the dopamine system of the brain and produces addiction.

Pilots are having grand mal seizures in the cockpits of commercial airliners. Five American Pilots who were using aspartame have died including one in flight drinking a diet pop. The FAA says they can't do a thing because it was approved by the FDA. Remember the saying "your life is in the hands of the pilot"! Read this report by Dr. Blaylock and decide whether you want your pilot going blind, having a grand mal seizure, suffering brain fog or dying:

The FDA knows in original studies aspartame triggered brain tumors. The molecule breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent. We are now taking case histories of those with aspartame brain tumors in New York, New Jersey, Madison County, Illinois and Mississippi for litigation.

We are, indeed, living in a poisoned world. The plague of aspartame disease is global, and FDA turns a blind eye and a deaf ear. We need everyone's help to alert the public and make the FDA and the manufacturers responsible for this heinous crime of mass poisoning, genocide. With so much of the population on aspartame no doubt this is the reason for the epidemic of impotence. And while they are on aspartame they use drugs to combat impotence from this poison, and go blind.

Dr. Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible Intl, 9270 River Club Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097 770 242-2599 and
Aspartame Toxicity Center,

24 page booklets on aspartame for distribution can be obtained from the Idaho Observer ( called the Artificially Sweetened Times.

CD of Congressional hearings, Board of Inquiry Report revoking petition for aspartame, and Dr. John Olney's testimony to the Board of Inquiry can be obtained from Bob Flint, Mission Possible Maine,

Posted by: Mark Mar 31 2006, 05:09 PM
While doing a little research I found the Aspartame Site.
The site is created by a manufacturer of Aspartame, so of course they claim it is safe.

My advice is to never trust the word of anyone who profits from a product that may not be safe.

Aspartame Products As A Potential Danger To Infants, Children & Future Generations
By Dr. H. J. Roberts, MD, FACP, FCCP
Director - Palm Beach Institute For Medical Research
The chemicals we ingest may affect more than our own health. They affect the health and vitality of future generations. The danger is that many of these chemicals may not harm us but will do silent violence to our children. Senator Abraham S. Ribicoff (1971)

I have studied the numerous adverse effects of products containing the chemical aspartame for a quarter century as a corporate-neutral physician (Board-certified internist; member of the Endocrine Society and American Academy of Neurology). I encompassed them as "aspartame disease" in my large text published in 2001. They have been detailed in the articles, letters and books listed below.

The prime motive for this ongoing effort was the apparent enormous toll in illness, disability and death attributable to aspartame disease and failure of the medical profession and many governmental and other public health agencies to concern themselves with this ignored epidemic. The fact that over two-thirds of adults in our society consume aspartame products, and approximately 40 percent of children, often in prodigious amounts, provides perspective.

Perhaps the most grievous aspect pertains to the damage that these products can induce in infants and children.
Moreover, aspartame could affect subsequent generations borne to mothers who were misled about the safety of this and related chemicals. Indeed, some who regard the widespread promotion of aspartame products to these groups as "crimes against humanity" have urged the banning of aspartame products as an imminent health threat.

"Remember your first taste of aspartame?"
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A case in point is the full page ad that appeared in Function Foods & Nutraceuticals (November 2004) titled, "Remember your first taste of aspartame?", depicting an infant feeding at its mother's breast. It noted that the chief ingredients of aspartame are two building blocks of protein " just like those founds in eggs, fruit cheese or fish and even in mothers, milk."

In my January 2005 objection to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about such perceived deceptive advertising in "a material respect", I listed the following reasons:
"(1) omission of other major components of aspartame, especially the 10% ­­­­­free methyl alcohol (methanol),
(2) the profound adverse effects of the large amounts of its two building blocks of protein, on neurotransmitters and other important systems, and
(3) the absence of any references to the terrible reactions induced by aspartame products in numerous infants and children."

Aspartame Disease in Infants and Children

The manifestations of aspartame disease in young children are legion and continue to be unraveled. They include severe headache, convulsions, unexplained visual loss, rashes, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, obesity, marked weight loss, hypoglycemia, diabetes, addiction (probably largely due to the methyl alcohol), hyperthyroidism, and a host of neuropsychiatric features. The latter include extreme fatigue, irritability, hyperactivity, depression, antisocial behavior (including suicide), poor school performance, the deterioration of intelligence, and brain tumors.

Each of these disorders and the underlying mechanisms is detailed in my books, especially Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic. They tend to be magnified in patients with unrecognized hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar reactions), diabetes and phenylketonuria (PKU). Persons with PKU lack the enzyme needed for handling phenylalanine, one of the amino acids.
(Its dramatic increase in the body can cause severe neurological and other damage if aspartame abstinence and other dietary precautions are not instituted.)

It is my further opinion that exposure to aspartame products and other neurotoxins may initiate or aggravate changes in the nervous system that result in multiple sclerosis, parkinsonism, and Alzheimer,s disease. The latter issue is detailed in my book, Defense Against Alzheimer,s Disease.

Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers

I continue to urge ALL pregnant women and mothers who breast-feed to avoid aspartame products advice that many of my obstetric colleagues have adopted. This caution has been dramatically demonstrated by the occurrence of convulsions in suckling infants as the mother drank an aspartame soda. The scientific grounds for the foregoing continue to increase. They include:

* exposure of the fetus to considerable phenylalanine and methanol * maternal malnutrition associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a reduction of calories * transmission of aspartame and its breakdown components via the mother's milk * the increased "allergic load," thereby risking future hypersensitivity problems

Birth Defects and Subsequent Generational Stigmas

The finding of cumulative aspartame metabolites in DNA clearly has profound implications. I have described severe problems in the fetus or the infants of parents including father who consumed much aspartame at the time of conception and/or during pregnancy.

Epidemiological studies will be necessary to corroborate the role of aspartame consumption in medical, neurological, metabolic, immune and neoplastic disorders involving subsequent generations.

The Urgent Need for Action

It is clear to all who have studied the matter that the initial approval of aspartame by the FDA in 1981 in the face of severe objections from its in-house scientists, consultants for the General Accounting Office, and even a Public Board of Inquiry was an erroneous political decision. This opinion is supported by considerable clinical experience, an increasing number of credible scientific studies, and demographic evidence relating to the contributory role of aspartame sodas and other products in the dramatic increase of obesity, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, brain tumors and other malignancies in children.

In the light of this information, it is incumbent upon governmental agencies and consumers to severely curtail or stop the use of ALL aspartame products including vitamins, drugs and supplements. This also applies to a number of derivatives of aspartame and other chemicals that have not been evaluated by corporate-neutral investigators over sufficient periods of time using real-world products. Failure to do so invites the tragedy of a human "silent spring."

By Dr. H. J. Roberts, MD, FACP, FCCP Director - Palm Beach Institute For Medical Research, Inc
PO Box 17799
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416
561 588-7628
Fax 561 547 8008


Roberts, H. J.: Neurologic, psychiatric and behavioral reactions to aspartame in 505 aspartame reactors. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function edited by R. J. Wurtman and E. Ritter-Walker, Washington, D.C., May 8-10, 1987, pp. 477-481

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame (NutraSweet) associated confusion and memory loss: A Possible human model for early Alzheimer,s disease. Abstract 306. Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, February 13, 1988.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame (NutraSweet) associated epilepsy. Clinical Research 1988; 36:349A. Roberts, H. J.: Complications associated with aspartame (NutraSweet) in diabetics. Clinical Research 1988:3:489A

Roberts, H .J.: The Aspartame Problem. Statement for Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate, Hearing on "NutraSweet" Health and Safety Concerns, November 3, 1987, 83-178, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1988, pp. 466-467

Roberts, H. J.: Reactions attributed to aspartame-containing products: 551 cases, Journal of Applied Nutrition 1988; 40:85-94

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is It Safe? Philadelphia, The Charles Press, 1989

Roberts, H. J.: Does aspartame cause human brain cancer? Journal of Advancement in Medicine 1991: 4 (Winter):231-241

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame-associated confusion and memory loss. Townsend Letter for Doctors 1991:June:442-443.

Roberts, H. J.: Myasthenia gravis associated with aspartame use. Townsend Letter for Doctors 1991;August/September:699-700.

Roberts, H. J.: Joint pain associated with aspartame use. Townsend Letter for Doctors 1991;May:375-376.

Roberts, H.J.: Sweet,ner Dearest: Bittersweet Vignettes About Aspartame (NutraSweet) West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, Inc. 1992.

Roberts, H.J.: Unexplained headaches and seizures. Townsend Letter for Doctors, 1992: 1001-1002. Roberts, H.J.: Safety of aspartame (Letter) Townsend Letter for Doctors 1992: November:977-978.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame: Is it safe? Interview with H. J. Roberts, M.D., Mastering Food Allergies 1992: 7 (#1), 3-6.

Roberts, H. J.: Testimony: Analysis of Adverse Reactions to Monosodium Glutamate. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Bethesda, April 8, 1993.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame (NutraSweet) NOHA News 1993; Winter:5-6.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame-associated dry mouth (xerostomia). Townsend Letter for Doctors 1993; February/March:201-202.

Roberts, H. J.: "Dry eyes" from use of aspartame (NutraSweet). Townsend Letter for Doctors 1994;January:82-83.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame as a cause for diarrhea in diabetics. Townsend Letter for Doctors 1994; June:623-624.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame and headache. Neurology 1995; 45:1631-1633.

Roberts, H. J.: Defense Against Alzheimer's Disease: A Rational Blueprint for - Prevention. West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press. 1995.

Roberts, H. J.: Lactose Intolerance. (Letter) New England Journal of Medicine 1995; 333:1359

Roberts, H. J.: Memory loss and aspartame. Townsend Letter for Doctors 1995; August/September:99-100

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame as a cause of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Archives of Internal Medicine. 1996; 156:1027

Roberts, H. J.: Critique of the Official Australia and New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) Position on Aspartame. Soil & Health 1997; July/September:15.

Roberts, H .J.: Preclinical Alzheimer,s disease (Letter) Neurology 1997; 48-549-55.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame effects during pregnancy and childhood. (Letter) Latitudes 1997; 3 (Number 1):3

Roberts, H. J.: "Dry eyes" from use of aspartame. Associated insights concerning the Sjogren syndrome. Focus (Information Forum For Retinal Degenerative Disorders) 1998: Volume 3 (No. 3):16-17.

Roberts, H. J.: Submission to FDA regarding Docket No. 981F-0052 (Food Additive Petition for Neotame), March 3, 1998.

Roberts, H. J.: What's blinding the world? Focus (Information Forum for Retinal Degenerative Disorders) 1998; Volume 3 (No. 3): 15-16

Roberts, H. J.: Ignored Health Hazards for Pilots and Drivers: The A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H File West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 1998.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame toxicity denied Dr. Roberts responds. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 1998; April:110-113.

Roberts, H. J.: The CACOF Conspiracy: Lessons of the New The CACOF Conspiracy: - Lessons of the New Millennium. West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 1998.

Roberts, H. J.: Unrecognized aspartame disease in silicone breast implant patients. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 1998; May:74-75.

Roberts, H. J.: Unrecognized Aspartame Disease in Silicone Breast Implant Patients. Solicited Statement for the Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, Institute for Medicine, Washington, D.C. Submitted on June 4, 1998.

Roberts, H. J.: Breast Implants or Aspartame (NutraSweet) Disease? The Suppressed Opinion About a Perceived Medicolegal Travesty. West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 1999.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2000; January (#198): 52-57.

Roberts, H. J.: Carpal tunnel syndrome due to aspartame disease. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2000; November: 82-84.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 2001.

Roberts, H.J.: Response to the assessment by the Alzheimer's Association concerning Research and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2001; May:111-112.

Roberts, H .J.: The labeling minefield, with emphasis on aspartame. Nutrition Health Review 2001; #80:6.

Roberts, H. J.: Reply and commentary to the NutraSweet Company's senior medical Consultant. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2001; October:93-95.

Roberts, H. J.: Pseudotumor cerebri due to aspartame disease. Townsend Letter For Doctors & Patients 2002;June:66-68.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame-induced dyspnea and pulmonary hypertension. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2003; January:6465.

Roberts, H .J.: Useful Insights for Diagnosis Treatment and Public Health. West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Institute for Medical Research, 2002.

Roberts, H. J.: The trouble with sweeteners. Nutrition Health Review 2003; July (#85): 3-6.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame disease: A possible cause for concomitant Graves disease and Pulmonary hypertension. Texas Heart Institute Journal. 2004; 31:105

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame-induced arrhythmias and sudden death. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2004; May:121.

Roberts, H. J.: The potential hazard of aspartame absorption from within the mouth. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2004; July:100.

Roberts, H. J.: Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic. 3 cassette audio set. (ISBN - 1-884243-207). West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 2005.

Roberts, H. J.: Mommylinks to Health: Aspartame (NutraSweet) Disease. CD (1-884243-134) West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 2005.

Dr. Roberts can be seen in the aspartame documentary: Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, or Barnes & Noble. He is an internationally known medical consultant and researcher. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and The Best Doctors in the U.S. He has been knighted by the Order of St. George for his humanitarianism.
The publisher's web site is
or 1 800 827 7991.
Many of the reports in his references can be read on and

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder Mission Possible International 9270 River Club Parkway Duluth, Georgia 30097 770 242-2599

Posted by: Mark Mar 31 2006, 09:09 PM
Biggest Euro Aspartame Producer To Quit Production
From Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum
With all the excuses of Holland Sweetener, obviously the handwriting is on the wall. With the impeccable Ramazzini Study in Italy showing aspartame to be a multipotential carcinogen, peer reviewed by 7 world experts, the studies by the original manufacturer, Searle, which also showed cancer, have been confirmed.
For years FDA and the manufacturers have tried to prevent independent studies, and Gregory Gordon who did the original UPI Investigation once wrote an article on this. and
And the studies keep coming.
One in Greece shows neurological problems and memory loss. Bottom line Alzheimers.
Another in Liverpool shows aspartame interaction:
Actually aspartame interacts with all drugs and vaccines:
Dr. Ralph Walton's research showed 92% of all independent peer reviewed studies show the problems aspartame causes:
Now the FDA is obligated to recall aspartame and invoke the Delaney Amendment which says if a product produces cancer in animals it cannot be put in food. Their own FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress this should have been done in the beginning.
Aspartame should never have been approved, and how Don Rumsfeld got it approved when the FDA said no is told by James Turner, Atty, in the aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, or Barnes & Noble. Here is the clip:
My favorite quote: Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.
One thing the aspartame manufacturers bottomless checkbook can't stop is consumer power in action. We certainly have reached critical mass with great exponentiation thanks to the great work of Mission Possible activists, and victims the world over, and the media who have helped us get the world out for years.
So many organizations have published on aspartame toxicity, and thanks also to the attorneys like James Turner, Stevan Looney and others who have helped us. We are now taking aspartame brain tumor cases for attorneys in New York and we hope this will finally remove aspartame from the marketplace. We are starting with New York and New Jersey. And, of course, our heroes - the world experts, the physicians who have provided the facts - allowing us as messengers to bring the truth to the people.
And thank you, Mark Gold, Aspartame Toxicity Center,

There are many others in the fight that publish our material and help and their efforts are part of the exponentiation of aspartame toxicity awareness. This includes the webmasters who host the information to the public.
Special thanks to Ed Gunneweg, Mission Possible Holland, who has worked so hard for so many years, as well as to Christiane Martens, UN Observer, publishing in Holland and the world.
We thank Roger Williams a member of Parliament in England who has called for a ban, Stephen Fox in New Mexico and Robin Goodwin, demanding a ban in the Falkland Islands. And all Mission Possible activists lined up to demand bans in other states and countries.
This would be a happy day for Dave Rietz, Mission Possible South Carolina, who lost his life to aspartame. He created to alert the world. It will always remain as a memorial to his name. We will never forget him.
The first domino has fallen. Let's keep on working team and get this toxin off the market for it has truly poisoned the world. Stephen Fox and myself have asked that the doors of Ajinomoto, aspartame manufacturer, to be shut down as well.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder Mission Possible International 9270 River Club Parkway Duluth, Georgia 30097 770 242-2599 (aspartame information list on banner)

Holland Sweetener Company To Exit From Aspartame Business

Holland Sweetener Company VoF (HSC) has today announced its decision to withdraw from the aspartame business, including Twinsweet.

HSC is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM N.V. (the Netherlands) and Tosoh Corporation (Japan). The company will terminate its activities at the end of 2006 and as a consequence will discontinue the production of aspartame in the fourth quarter of 2006.

The global aspartame markets are facing structural oversupply, which has caused worldwide strong price erosion over the last 5 years. This has resulted in a persistently unprofitable business position for HSC. No significant improvements are expected in the near or foreseeable future. The decision to withdraw from this business is in line with DSM's Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths strategy, in which profitable innovative growth and value creation are key objectives.

The termination of HSC's business operations will affect around 100 jobs on the site in Geleen (the Netherlands). DSM expects to be able to re-assign the majority of these people to other positions. The social plan of DSM Limburg is applicable.

DSM does not expect the decision to have a material impact on its overall corporate financial performance in 2006. In Q1 2006 DSM will - in relation to this decision- record an exceptional item of approximately EUR 10 million net.

About DSM DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company creates innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end markets and applications such as human and animal nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio.

Market-driven growth, innovation and increased presence in emerging economies are key drivers of this strategy. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at

About Holland Sweetener Company Holland Sweetener Company (HSC) is a 50/50 joint venture between DSM (the Netherlands) and Tosoh (Japan) established in 1985. A unique aspartame process was developed using technology from both parents. In 1988, the first aspartame production unit was started up in the Netherlands, with subsequent expansions making HSC the largest aspartame producer in Europe. HSC supplies customers all over the world from its plant in the Netherlands via a global network of sales offices, agents and distributors.

Twinsweet™ was discovered in 1995 as part of a research program to develop aspartame-based new sweetener concepts for the food and nutraceutical industries. HSC has filed several patents on the Twinsweet™ product, the production process and the use of the product. More information about HSC can be found at

For more information:

DSM Corporate Communications DSM Investor Relations Nelleke Barning Dries Ausems tel. +31 (0) 45 tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864 5782017 fax +31 (0) 45 5782595 fax +31 (0) 45 e-mail 5740680

Posted by: Boldylocks Jun 29 2006, 06:14 PM
Stevia is just as effective a sweetner as Splenda, etc, but it is natural (from birch bark or something like that) and it doesnt cost that much -- you can get a box of 150 packets for , like, $7.99 at Vitamin World.

Raw Agave Nectar is also great for diabetics and tastes great drizzled over fruit salads, etc.

Xylotol is another natural sweetner-- I get a l lb bag for $3.99 from NOW foods

Xylotol has been found to eliminate tooth decay and reverse cavities, as well as kill bad bacteria and viruses and cutting colds and flus in half.

Agave Nectar has beneficial enzymes that boost good digestive bacteria in the digestive tract.

Stevia also has some good health qualities- one is that it fights constipation.

These three alternative non chemical sweetners are all low-glycemic , just as powerful as Aspartame. etc., and yet have no toxic side effects as the synthetic sweetners.

Be wary of anything synthetic because is practically always toxic- no matter what it is when big business and Pharma get thier hands on it.

Posted by: Mark Jul 7 2006, 01:18 PM
I guess it's up to us to reject the consumption of THEIR poisons if THEY won't protect us.

NM Environmental Board Nixes Petition To Ban Aspartame
By Diana Heil
The New Mexican
To some, Santa Fe gallery owner Stephen Fox would have been a hero if he succeeded in getting all foods and medicines containing aspartame banned permanently from New Mexico.

Given the corporate heavyweights that came out to fight this battle, including beverage companies and the sweetener's manufacturer, Fox would have accomplished quite a feat.

Sold under the brand names of NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame was approved as a food additive in 1981 and is found in thousands of products, including diet sodas. Naysayers across the nation, with a strong presence on the Internet, call it a poison that can harm human health.

On Thursday, the state Environmental Improvement Board unanimously shot down Fox's petition to outlaw aspartame. "In light of our attorney's advice and as the petition is currently written, a citizens board is not the appropriate venue to take on an aspartame ban," said Gay Dillingham, head of the seven-member board.

Dr. Ken Stoller, a Santa Fe pediatrician, lamented the outcome: "Today, the EIB, succumbing to pressure from Ajinomoto (the world's largest aspartame manufacturer), decided not to hold a hearing on aspartame even though they had twice previously voted to hold this hearing. ... The poisoning continues."

Earlier this year, Fox tried to convince state lawmakers to prohibit the sale of aspartame products indefinitely, but the bill was tabled.

Now, Dillingham said, Fox still has the right to revise his petition and try again with the Environmental Improvement Board.

"I'm not going to repetition the EIB. The first petition was perfect," Fox said. "The (corporations) abnegated the regulatory powers in New Mexico to protect food products. What a loss for New Mexico."

In May, the board offered Fox the opportunity to change the way he wrote his petition and outlined options that would not require statewide labeling or bans, but Fox refused.

One option would have been for the EIB to hold hearings to review a reasonable amount of scientific evidence and then petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if the findings raised concerns.

In a tie vote Thursday, the EIB decided not to make public the attorney's letter that outlined the pros and cons of seven options, which had been summarized in an open meeting.

"There's really nothing that's not in the (May) meeting minutes," said Dillingham, who voted to make the attorney's letter public.

Fox took on the aspartame industry because of moral concerns: "I don't think that multinational corporate powers should be able to poison people."

Originally, the EIB had scheduled hearings on Fox's petition for this July. However, after gathering legal advice on whether states have the authority to override the FDA as well as interstate-commerce laws, the board took another approach.

"We are concerned about the issue," Dillingham said, noting that she personally is troubled when she sees signs that politics might be "eclipsing" science at the FDA.

More than 100 toxicological and clinical studies regarding the sweetener's safety have been conducted so far. The FDA is reviewing a recent controversial Italian study, which linked cancer in rats to aspartame. Meanwhile, the European Food Safety Authority found holes in the Italian study and continues to call aspartame safe.

Aspartame, one of five approved artificial sweeteners in the U.S., is widely consumed by diabetics and dieters. Ruth Kava, a nutritionist with the American Council on Science and Health, which receives corporate funding, said it's a good alternative to sugar for everyone except those with the genetic disorder phenylketonuriais a genetic disorder, which is characterized by an inability of the body to use an important amino acid.

"I don't understand why people are getting so fearful of products that really have no dangerous health effects whatsoever," she said in an interview Thursday.

Kava said consumers get confused by the methanol ingredient in aspartame, but must remember that only in large doses is methanol toxic. The amount of methanol in aspartame-sweetened foods and beverages is well below the levels that cause any harm, she co-wrote in a recent article reviewing all artificial sweeteners.

"Many people do not realize that methanol is a common constituent of foods and beverages and that people routinely consume small amounts of it without ill effect," the article in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety says. "Methanol is found in many fruits and vegetables."

Contact Diana Heil at 986-3066 or

Posted by: Mark Jul 13 2006, 01:25 AM
I didn't realize that China was such a big supplier of Aspartame; exporting 19,300 tons in 2005.

China To Restrict Aspartame Production And Sale
Food Ingredients
State-designated aspartame producers shall in principle shift production to other products when moving to a new place, according to the circular.

By controlling production and banning the launch of new projects, China will exert more efforts to restrict the production and sale of aspartame, press reports said.

A circular issued by The National Development and Reform Commission (NDR), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the State Environmental Protection Administration highlighted their further strengthening of China's work on restricting the sale and production of the widely-used sweetener.

State-designated aspartame producers shall in principle shift production to other products when moving to a new place, according to the circular. In addition, their reconstruction will not exceed the state designated one, if they decide to pursue their aspartame operations.

Presently, China has five designated aspartame manufacturers namely: Suzhou Fine Chemicals, Tianjin Northern Foodstuffs, Tianjin Changjie Chemical, Kaifeng Xinghua Chemical and Shanghai Fuxing Chemical, press reports said.

Reports concluded that the total aspartame production from the five producers was recorded at 22,850 tons in 2005, of which 19,300 tons was exported.

Posted by: Nodstar Jul 13 2006, 03:53 AM
Hi Pupp ...
Just posting this article and link about STEVIA to clear up any questions
or misconceptions ..

(Its not from birchbark.. but is a plant native to Paraguay)

From "The Stevia Story: A tale of incredible sweetness & intrigue." 
Copyright, 2000 by Donna Gates

Botanical Name: Stevia rebaudiana 
Body Ecology is dedicated to providing you with the essential information you need to take charge of your own health and well being -- including keeping you apprised of where to obtain the highest quality products to go along with the Body Ecology Diet (BED) system of healing.  BED's titles include The Magic of Kefir, The Stevia Story, and our landmark book, Donna Gates' Body Ecology Diet, considered 'must' reading for anyone who wants to improve his or her immune system.

For more information on the Body Ecology system, please visit our BED home page at You will also find products there that accompany the BED diet, including organic, unrefined oils, probiotics and dietary supplements.

High-quality, great-tasting stevia dietary supplements can also be found at this site by going to our order page. If you've ever tasted stevia, you know it's extremely sweet. In fact, this remarkable noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries. But this innocuous-looking plant has also been a focal point of intrigue in the United States in recent years because of actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The subject of searches and seizures, trade complaints and embargoes on importation, stevia has been handled at times by the FDA as if it were an illegal drug.

Since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), stevia can be sold legally in the United States, but only as a "dietary supplement." Even so, it can be found in many forms in most health-food stores, and is also incorporated into drinks, teas and other items (all labeled as "dietary supplements"). It cannot, however, be called a "sweetener" or even referred to as "sweet." To do so would render the product "adulterated," according to the FDA, and make it again subject to seizure.

The purpose of our Web site is to provide as much information about stevia as possible, from the scientific studies regarding its safety to the petitions submitted by the Lipton Tea Company and the American Herbal Products Association. will be an ongoing project for us at Body Ecology, so check back often, as we will be augmenting and updating this information frequently.

History of Use

"Will sugar always be more advantageous than Kaa-he-e? We cannot suppose this. The superiority of sugar as an energetic food will not be contested, but this does not stop our plant from being stronger as a sweetener."
Kaa-he-e, Its Nature and Its Properties, by Dr. Moises N. Bertoni, Paraguayan Scientific Analysis, December 1905

A Powerfully Sweet Native Tradition
The Guarani Indians had known for centuries about the unique advantages of kaa he-he (a native term which translates as "sweet herb") -- long before the invaders from the Old World were lured by the treasures of the New. These native people knew the leaves of the wild stevia shrub (a perennial indigenous to the Amambay Mountain region) to have a sweetening power unlike anything else; they commonly used the leaves to enhance the taste of bitter mate (a tea-like beverage) and medicinal potions, or simply chewed them for their sweet taste. The widespread native use of stevia was chronicled by the Spaniards in historical documents preserved in the Paraguayan National Archives in Asuncion. Historians noted that indigenous peoples had been sweetening herbal teas with stevia leaves "since ancient times." In due course, it was introduced to settlers. By the 1800s, daily stevia consumption had become well entrenched throughout the region -- not just in Paraguay, but also in neighboring Brazil and Argentina.

Like the discovery of America itself, however, credit for stevia's "discovery" goes to an Italian. In this case, the explorer was a botanist whose initial unfamiliarity with the region (along with his difficulty in locating the herb) caused him to believe that he had stumbled onto a "little-known" plant.

A New World "Discovery"
Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni, director of the College of Agriculture in Asuncion, first learned of what he described as "this very strange plant" from Indian guides while exploring Paraguay's eastern forests in 1887. This area was not the herb's native 'growing ground.' Consequently, Bertoni, by his own account, was initially "unable to find it." It was 12 years before he was presented with tangible evidence -- a packet of stevia fragments and broken leaves received from a friend who had gotten them from the mate plantations in the northeast. He subsequently announced his discovery of the "new species" in a botanical journal published in Asuncion.

Bertoni named the "new" variety of the Stevia genus in honor of a Paraguayan chemist named Rebaudi who subsequently became the first to extract the plant's sweet constituent. "In placing in the mouth the smallest particle of any portion of the leaf or twig," Bertoni wrote, "one is surprised at the strange and extreme sweetness contained therein. A fragment of the leaf only a few square millimeters in size suffices to keep the mouth sweet for an hour; a few small leaves are sufficient to sweeten a strong cup of coffee or tea."

It wasn't until 1903, however, that Bertoni discovered the live plant, a gift from the parish priest of Villa San Pedro. The following year, as he recounted, "the appearance of the first flowers enabled me to make a complete study" -- the publication of which appeared in December, 1905, after an interruption caused by a civil war. What he found was enough to convince him that "the sweetening power of kaa he-e is so superior to sugar that there is no need to wait for the results of analyses and cultures to affirm its economic advantage...the simplest test proves it."

By 1913, Bertoni's earlier impression of what had now been dubbed Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni had undergone a change. What he had previously referred to as a "rare" and "little-known" plant had now become "famous" and "well-known." The botanist's initial misperception is explained by the Herb Research Foundation as being akin to that of a foreigner trying to find wild ginseng in the U.S., and coming to the erroneous conclusion that it is a rare plant when, in fact, it is widely prevalent -- provided you know where to look. Further complicating the picture was the difficulty of traveling within Paraguay during the late 1800s, entailing "an upriver journey of many days by steamship."

Raising Stevia -- and the Stakes
Bertoni's "discover" was a turning point for stevia in one very real sense (other than being identified, analyzed and given a name). Whereas prior to 1900 it had grown only in the wild, with consumption limited to those having access to its natural habitat, it now became ripe for cultivation. In 1908, a ton of dried leaves was harvested, the very first stevia crop. Before long, stevia plantations began springing up, a development that corresponded with a marked reduction in the plant's natural growth area due to the clearing of forests by timber interests and, to an extent, the removal of thousands of stevia plants for transplantation (the growing of stevia from seed simply doesn't work). Consequently, its use began to increase dramatically, both in and beyond Latin America.

As word of this unique sweet herb began to spread, so, too, did interest in its potential as a marketable commodity. That, in turn, raised concerns within the business community. Stevia was first brought to the attention of the U.S. government in 1918 by a botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture who said he had learned about stevia while drinking mate and tasted it years later, finding it to have a "remarkable sweetness."

Three years later, stevia was presented to the USDA by American Trade Commissioner George S. Brady as a "new sugar plant with great commercial possibilities." Brady took note of its nontoxicity and its ability to be used in its natural state, with only drying and grinding required. He also conveyed the claims that it was "an ideal and safe sugar for diabetics." In a memo to the Latin American Division of the USDA, Brady further stated that he was "desirous of seeing it placed before any American companies liable to be interested, as it is very probable that it will be of great commercial importance."

Stevia's commercial potential, however, was already known to others who were less than happy about it. In 1913, a report from the official public laboratory of Hamburg, Germany, noted that "specimens received are of the well-known plant which alarmed sugar producers some years ago."

Rediscovered in Japan
While nothing came of this early show of interest in the United States, an event occurred in France in 1931 that would later prove significant. There, two chemists isolated the most prevalent of several compounds that give the stevia leaf its sweet taste, a pure white crystalline extract they named stevioside. One U.S. government researcher, Dr. Hewitt G. Fletcher, described this extract as "the sweetest natural product yet found," though adding, "It is natural to ask, 'of what use is stevioside?' The answer at this point is 'none.'"

Within the next couple of decades, however, the enterprising Japanese had discovered just how useful stevioside really was. The Japanese either banned or strictly regulated artificial sweeteners during the 1960s, consistent with a popular movement away from allowing chemicals in the food supply. They soon discovered the ideal replacement for both sugar and its synthetic substitutes: refined stevia extracts.

Originally introduced to Japan in 1970 by a consortium of food-product manufacturers, stevioside and other stevia products quickly caught on. By 1988, they reportedly represented approximately 41% of the market share of potently sweet substances consumed in Japan. In addition to widespread use as a tabletop sweetener, like the packets of saccharin ("Sweet-n-Low") and aspartame ("Equal") commonly found in the United States, stevia was also used by the Japanese to sweeten a variety of food products, including ice cream, bread, candies, pickles, seafood, vegetables, and soft drinks.

In addition to demonstrating stevia's nearly instant popularity in locales far removed from its native habitat, Japan's experience proved several other significant facts about this phenomenal plant: its adaptability and its safety. Adaptability was proven through the discovery that the plant could be grown throughout most of this temperate island nation, albeit under special hothouse conditions. Studies were even initiated to evaluate the substitution of stevia for rice under cultivation in some areas. Stevia's safety was proven through extensive scientific testing.

The spread of the stevia phenomenon was not limited to Japan. Today it is also grown and used in approximately 10 other countries outside South America, including China, Germany, Malaysia, Israel and South Korea. Stevia might by now be entrenched in the United States as well, had it not been for a concerted effort to block its very entry.

Hope this helps ...
Best wishes ..

Posted by: Mark Jul 13 2006, 01:35 PM
Thanks Noddy!

Apparently Japan and China both use Stevia.

In Japan, companies like Sunkist and Nestlé use stevia as a sweetener. Coca-Cola uses stevia in Japan for its Diet Coke, as the herb is non-caloric. [...]

China has been using stevia since 1985.

I wonder if Japan exports as much Aspartame as China does?

Posted by: Nodstar Jul 13 2006, 04:32 PM
Hey Pupp ..

THANKS for fixing up the article !!!
and my spelling mistakes in the headers .. heh hugs.gif

there was also a spelling mistake in the article header for mercury on your mind ... arrghhh ..

Peace, love, and mungbeans ..

Posted by: Mark Oct 12 2006, 06:25 PM
Subject: Aspartame Poisoning - YOU MUST READ!!!!
From:    "Donald Minden"

In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick...she just knew she was dying.

She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest
daughters name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of. She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to FL (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

On March 19th I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.

I recalled an article a friend of mine E-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment... I told her not to open it and to stop drinking the diet soda !!!

I E-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.

My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk!!!!

The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind...

In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda... and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!

This article saved her life.

If it says "SUGAR FREE" on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!


I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on "ASPARTAME," marketed as 'NutraSweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.'

In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United
States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.

It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be

I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject. I
will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis.

Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.

The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.

Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence... methanol toxicity is!

Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis,
especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the
disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.

During a lecture, I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness,headaches, tinnitus joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!"

People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I have some of these

Is it reversible?" Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be
alert for Aspartame on food labels!

Many products are fortified with it!!!

This is a serious problem. Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice; a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is
beyond coincidence!

Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple
SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!

These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells,
particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve "tissue specimens."

Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!!!

Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the "diet
products" and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an
average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some
physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact,
had symptoms caused by Aspartame. The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control.

Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics, as well.

Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children
diagnosed with ADD and AHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called "behavior modification prescription drugs" (Ritalin and others)
are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place!

Most of these children were being "poisoned" on a daily basis with the very foods that were "better for them than sugar."

It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e., mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders
and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances due to the use of NutraSweet.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to convince people that Aspartame is to blame for their child's illness. Stevia, which, which is a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, helps in the metabolism of sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics. It has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. It is known that for many years the FDA outlawed this true sweet food," due to their loyalty to MONSANTO Chemical Company."

Books on this subject are available:

written by Dr. Russell Blayblock
(Health Press 1-800-643-2665)

written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

These two doctors will soon be posting a position paper with case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians, "We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison."

Herein lies the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings and still, nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!!

There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced.

Everybody wants a "piece of the Aspartame pie." I assure you that MONSANTO the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is. And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

This has been recently exposed in the New York Times. They cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they
take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.

The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public.

Well, you're informed now!!!!


Please print this out and/or e-mail to your family and friends.

They have a right to know too.

Posted by: Mark Jul 6 2007, 06:02 AM
Here's the latest report you won't see in our controlled American News Media.

Pregnant women would be wise to avoid the poison.

Eat To Live: New fears over aspartame 
July 2, 2007
UPI Food Writer
LE BUGUE, France, July 2 (UPI) -- Two years ago, Italian researchers at the prestigious Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences published a study that showed feeding rats aspartame at levels per body weight close to those of humans led to an increase in brain tumors, lymphomas and leukemia in the females.

Aspartame, familiar to consumers as brand names NutraSweet and Equal, is an artificial sweetener found globally in approximately 6,000 products.

It's contained in candy, desserts and yogurts. It's in diet sodas and hot chocolate and those sugar-free packets for coffee and tea in restaurants. It's also in some pharmaceutical products, like cough lozenges and vitamins. Some chewing gum is aspartame-sweetened.

At this level of saturation, it represents 62 percent of the artificial sweetener market.

As reported by Eat To Live last May, the FDA rejected the foundation's conclusions, saying they weren't consistent with other studies that the FDA had evaluated that confirmed aspartame was safe as a sweet alternative to sugar.

So the Ramazzini Foundation went back to the drawing board.

This time, it put 4,000 rats on doses of aspartame equivalent in respective body weight to the amount consumed by some people.

With this second investigation, they also began exposing rats to aspartame before they were born. And they allowed them to live until they died a natural death, instead of killing them at two years as in other studies elsewhere.

Their conclusions have just been published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the journal of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Parents should take particular note.

Again, they found significant increases in lymphomas and leukemia. When fetuses were exposed to the sweetener, the potential carcinogenic effects increased.

A study last year from the National Cancer Institute involving 340,045 men and 226,945 women found no significant link between aspartame and cancer.

But the men and women studied were all between the ages of 50 and 69 and had only begun consuming the sweetener in adulthood.

Children are considerable consumers of aspartame through Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Kool-Aid, Jell-O gelatin dessert and pudding mixes and certain Popsicles.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the acceptable daily intake of aspartame is equivalent to a child weighing 50 pounds drinking two cans of diet soda daily, or a 150 pound adult drinking just over seven.

It encourages people not to panic. Just to stop buying products containing aspartame.

However, the Ramazzini Foundation researchers write in their study: "On the basis of the present findings, we believe that a review of the current regulations governing the use of aspartame cannot be delayed.

"This review is particularly urgent with regard to aspartame-containing beverages, heavily consumed by children."

The FDA says it has not yet reviewed the report. But it appears it still finds no reason to revise its opinion or advice to consumers.

Since the study's publication, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on its Web site Chemical Cuisine directory, has now demoted aspartame from the "use caution" category to "everyone should avoid". It also gives thumbs down to acesulfame.

If you want a sweet alternative to sugar, it recommends sucralose, commonly known by the brand name Splenda.

To satisfy a sweet tooth craving, try chewing on dried apricots or a handful of dried prunes or raisins. Stewing then pureeing dried apricots provides a very sweet sauce to pour round or over ice cream or slices of cake that already contain enough of the sugar you crave that you don't need to increase the amount with a butterscotch or chocolate sauce.


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Posted by: Mark Feb 11 2008, 05:12 PM
Luckily for me, the first time I ever tasted a diet soda it tasted nasty to me and I have never had a sip since then.

Sadly I do not see Aspartame being banned until we have a change of who rules the world.
MSG And Aspatame - A Personal Story
Dick Allgire
A bill at the Hawaii legislature that would have banned aspartame just sputtered and died. Quoting an email from Dr. Betty Martini:

"Although Rep. Josh Green sympathized with supporters who have been affected by the artificial sweetener aspartame, he was unable to immediately pass a bill that would ban the artificial sweetener aspartame in food products without concrete evidence showing a connection between aspartame and medical ailments. We can't take numerous amounts of products off Hawaii store shelves without evidence of a connection, he said."

Did anyone actually think lawmakers would ban aspartame? They would have to ban about 6,000 food products. Not likely.

I've been a television news reporter for 34 years and I have won the Hawaii Medical Association Distinguished Medical Reporting Award five times. I didn't win those awards for going on TV and telling people how to be healthy. I won the awards for reporting the AMA company line; the newest drugs, the latest surgery, and the most advanced methods of zapping cancer with radiation.

So here's my health story. I suffered from migraines and panic attacks. Doctors prescribed drugs for both conditions.

Since my teenage years I endured excruciating migraines, a type of headache called Cluster Headaches. These are also known as "suicide headaches" because the pain is so intense you want to kill yourself. On many occasions I went nearly delirious with pain and beat on my own head in a frustrated, impotent rage. My doctor told me he knew of a patient who tried to claw his own eye out because of the pain. Imagine an "ice cream headache" -when you drink a very cold, icy drink too fast and have a searing pain for a few seconds. A cluster headache is many times worse than that, but it lasts several hours. For these headaches physicians prescribed opiates and also put me on a cousin of LSD known as Sansert (Methysergide maleate). This drug gives you hallucinogenic dreams. The doctor told me I had to take it. The dreams were really wild, a Technicolor acid trip every night. So my doctor basically prescribed a mild form of LSD to prevent my headaches. What the doctor didn't realize was that cluster migraines are not caused by a lack of Sansert.

Later in my adult life I started getting panic attacks. It is impossible to describe a panic attack. Your heart starts beating out of control, it feels like you cannot get a breath of air into your lungs, and you have a feeling of absolute terror as the more you try to breathe the less you feel like you can get a breath, you lose muscle control and feel like you are going to convulse and drop dead in the next few seconds. It is like someone just injected you with a powerful drug that makes you feel as scared and miserable as is humanly possible. Hence the name Panic.

The panic attacks had me leaving work and fleeing to an emergency room. Doctors assured me I must take Paxil. I asked them about the number of patients on SSRIs who have committed suicide. The doctors assured me that I had to take Paxil or risk a nervous breakdown. What the doctors didn't understand was that panic attacks are not caused by a lack of Paxil. But according to mainstream medicine headaches required the hallucinogenic Sansert and panic attacks called for an SSRI. Take 10 minutes to write a prescription, get the patient out the door, next patient, a new prescription.

I had heard several interviews with Dr. Russell Blaylock and I began to wonder about food additives. So I did my own research. I found out things my doctors didn't know. I read as much as I could find about Asparatame and MSG.

Could Aspartame and MSG have caused my excruciating headaches and paralyzing panic attacks?

I used to drink one diet Pepsi with lunch every day at work. I used to eat sugarless candy containing aspartame. I used to chew sugarless gum, also loaded with aspartame. When I read about this drug and learned that Mr. Donald Rumsfeld helped inflict this poison on society I decided to stop ingesting it. I stopped. Instead of drinking one diet soda per day, I drank water with lunch. I threw out the sugarless candy. I stopped chewing gum. I now read every label of everything I consume. I don't eat aspartame.

MSG was a hard one. It is in everything. I am a vegetarian and I used to cook with a powered vegetable broth that I purchased at my local "health food" store. The main ingredient was "hydrolyzed protein." I looked that one up and discovered it is MSG. MSG has many hidden names. (Do an Internet search for "HIDDEN MSG") Those bastards!

I now make my own vegetable broth. It's easy. Two onions, chopped, three carrots, chopped. One stalk of celery, chopped. Six cloves of garlic. Drizzle some olive oil and toss on some sea salt. Roast in the oven until everything begins to darken and caramelize. Toss the veggies in a pot with about 8 cups of water and simmer for an hour. Strain and you have a great broth for soups, stir-fries, and it has no MSG. Does it take time and effort? Yes. Does it beat writhing on the floor with a pounding, excruciating headache? Absolutely.

I stopped eating at restaurants. This is difficult when you're a news reporter on the go. I take my own food with me. I know about 5 places in Honolulu that don't use MSG. When I go to the grocery it takes longer for me to check out because most of the food I buy does not have a bar code. The checkout clerk is usually bewildered by kale or Swiss Chard and has to look up the code. I buy fresh whole foods. I make just about everything I eat from scratch.

Guess what? I stopped having migraines and panic attacks. Now this is what we call "anecdotal" evidence. It is not a scientific study and no medical claims can be made from my personal testimony. I won't even put this on the local news as a story. But when I eat something with "autolyzed yeast" or "natural flavoring" I get knocked down with terrible headache. I also realized that my heart would race and my breathing would become labored after consuming anything with aspartame, even one diet soda. The more you clean up your diet the more sensitive you become.

Do not wait for the government to take action. Just stop eating these poisons. You are in charge of your own health. No one is going to do it for you. We hear so much about "health care" costs, but think about it- if you are truly healthy you don't need care. There is no cost incurred from health and wellness. Health "care" is Orwellian doublespeak.

Do you think there's going to be Medicare when we grow old?

I don't think so. We're in charge of our own health.


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