By Theodora Filis
Today we all have hopes that there exists sugar-free substitutes that allow us to keep eating what we want without gaining weight. But, what if those guilt-free delights caused brain tumors, seizures, joint problems and even death?
In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto knew of aspartame's past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors."
The FDA banned aspartame based on the findings, only to have Donald Rumsfeld (13th Secretary of Defense from 1975-1977) the Chairman of G.D. Searle (1976) vow to "call in his markers," to get it approved.
On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener, and Reagan's new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry's decision.
One common complaint of persons suffering from the effect of aspartame is memory loss.
It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 decision, but Hull then installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame's favor. Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position with Burston-Marsteller, the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle.
Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure, made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives including seizures and death. Just like fluoridated water, aspartame is literally a poison and is present in almost all our processed foods.
The deadly artificial sweetener NutraSweet is produced by feeding fossil fuel oil to ecoli that are genetically modified to defecate aspartame as feces.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
A Poisoned World
The risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with certain chronic health problems from excito-toxins are great.
Ninety-two other dangerous side effects come from a commonly used artificial sweetener with a very sordid history of poor research, cover-ups and the usual 'money means more than people' mentality by US manufacturers.
That still hasn’t stopped this toxic poison from being allowed to invade the thousands of different foods and beverages we buy and eat and serve our families every day.