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TOXIC Aspartame, NutraSweet, Equal ate holes in brain

TOXIC Aspartame, NutraSweet, Equal ate holes in brain
November 12, 2012  Melissa Melton,
On Oct. 24, NBC news put out an article attempting to refute a recent study, conducted jointly with Harvard Medical School and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that found that drinking as little as one diet soda sweetened with Aspartame per day could cause an increased risk of leukemia and lymphoma in adults.

Claiming the study was “weak science,” NBC news failed to mention the fact that this latest study is the most thorough on aspartame to date, involving more than 2 million years of human life data spanning 22 years from more than 77,000 women and 48,000 men.

The NBC story also claims “Few reporters read that journal,” in reference to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, even though it was selected by the Special Libraries Association as one of the top 100 most influential journals in Biology and Medicine over the last 100 years.

Aspartame (otherwise known by its brand names NutraSweet and Equal or alternate monicker Acesulfame Potassium) is one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners on the market today. Found in thousands of foods and beverages including chewing gum, candies, diet soft drinks, desserts, yogurt, condiments, and even vitamins and pharmaceuticals, aspartame is not limited only to “sugar-free” diet products. As shown in the report below, it is virtually impossible to find commerically available gum that does not contain aspartame these days.

The average grocery store is rife with aspartame-filled products, so it would likely surprise the average consumer to find that it took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over 20 years to approve aspartame’s use.

What is aspartame exactly, and if its so healthy and safe, why did it take so long for the FDA to approve it?
Aspartame is the excrement of genetically modified E. coli bacteria. It is comprised of 40 percent aspartic acid, 50 percent phenylalanine, and 10 percent methanol. Aspartic acid acts as a neurotransmitter, and too much can actually over-excite the cells (known as an “excitotoxin”), thus stimulating them to death. Keep in mind the blood brain barrier cannot prevent this in many, as it does not fully protect all areas of the brain, especially in people already suffering from other chronic diseases and disorders, and is not fully developed in children. While phenylalanine is an amino acid already present in the brain, excess levels can cause serotonin to decrease over time, which can lead to chemical imbalances that cause depression and other mood and emotional disorders. Methanol is an industrial solvent, is used as fuel and antifreeze, and is a main ingredient in many paints and varnish removers. The EPA warns that methanol ingestion may result in neurological damage (specifically “permanent motor dysfunction”) and visual disturbances leading to blurred or dimmed vision and eventually blindness.

While Searle Pharmaceuticals attempted to get aspartame approved in the late 1970s, due to multiple studies provided on the negative effects of the chemical in lab animals including the fact that it actually ate holes in their brains, the FDA set up a public board of inquiry in 1980. Based on scientific evidence, the board found that aspartame might cause cancer and concluded the sweetener could not be put on the market until further testing was done. It got pushed through anyway after Ronald Reagan fired the FDA commissioner, replacing him with someone who would rubber stamp aspartame for his friend and Searle CEO Donald Rumsfeld. Searle made billions, Monsanto purchased Searle in 1985, and Rumsfeld later became the Secretary of Defense.

Although millions of people consume aspartame every single day, it was never tested on humans prior to its approval.

The truth is many scientific studies have empirically shown the detrimental effects of aspartame over the years. While NBC can attempt to discount this latest study linking aspartame to cancer, can the mainstream media really spin the hundreds of studies that have shown aspartame is toxic and harmful to our health? The table below gives a smattering of aspartame studies published in scientific and medical journals listed on the National Institutes of Health website just this past year:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Consumption of artificial sweetener and sugar-containing soda and risk of lymphoma and leukemia in men and women

Saccharin and aspartame, compared with sucrose, induce greater weight gain in adult Wistar rats, at similar total caloric intake levels

Contact Dermatitis
Systemic allergic dermatitis presumably caused by formaldehyde derived from aspartame

Drug and Chemical Toxicology
Long-term consumption of aspartame and brain antioxidant defense status

Journal of Biosciences
Effect of chronic exposure to aspartame on oxidative stress in the brain of albino rats

Neurotoxicity Research
Effect of aspartame on oxidative stress and monoamine neurotransmitter levels in lipopolysaccharide-treated mice

Nutrition and Metabolism
Interactive effects of neonatal exposure to monosodium glutamate and aspartame on glucose homeostasis

Gender dimorphism in aspartame-induced impairment of spatial cognition and insulin sensitivity

Moreover, why would the media continue to shill for an artificial sweetener? As best-selling author and osteopathic physician Dr. Joseph Mercola points out:

“Can you imagine the liability the food and beverage industries, not to mention virtually every public health agency in the U.S., would face were there convincing evidence that aspartame is carcinogenic? They simply cannot afford such evidence to be accepted.”

The mainstream media isn’t the only information source continually refuting the dangers of aspartame. The Aspartame Information Center at claims that scientific studies on everything from aspartame-induced brain tumors to seizures to weight gain are merely “myths.” It shouldn’t surprise many to find that and its information center are run by the Calorie Control Council, an international association representing, “manufacturers and suppliers of low- and reduced-calorie foods.”

Dr. Mercola notes that aspartame actually accounts for over 75% of adverse food additive reactions reported to the FDA, including:
“Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain

In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even lists aspartame as a “chemical with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity” on its database of developmental neurotoxicants.

If You Like Aspartame, You’ll Love Neotame
In the late ’90s, Monsanto geared up to unleash a new sweetener on the masses: neotame.

Scientists based this new artificial sweetener on aspartame, but by “enhancing” the dipeptide base, they were able to create a chemical 40 times sweeter than aspartame. Neotame is everything that aspartame is, plus 3-dimethylbutyl. A member of the sec-Hexyl acetate family, 3-dimethylbutyl is listed by the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a hazardous chemical. The CDC warns one should seek immediate medical attention for if swallowed as it targets the central nervous and respiratory systems.

Dr. H. J. Roberts, M.D., who presented material to show “Aspartame Disease” is a global epidemic at the First International Conference on Emerging Diseases, has testified that neotame was approved without any long-term independent studies purely for profit because aspartame’s patent expired.

Despite the fact that all of the studies on neotame were short-term and entirely Monsanto- or corporate-interest funded, the FDA approved neotame in 2002.
In a nation where genetically modified food labeling initiatives fail, defrauded by the very companies willing to spend millions to defeat them, what does “safe” food even mean anymore? Guess it all depends on who you ask.

Twisted Evil  “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” — Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications, quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 25, 1998

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Toxicology Expert Explains Why Aspartame is so Dangerous to Your Health
By Dr. Mercola
Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. While it's one of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners in the world, it's also one of, if not THE most dangerous food additive on the market today.

Aspartame accounts for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.
In this interview, Dr. Woody Monte, professor emeritus at Arizona State University in food and chemistry, sheds light on what makes aspartame so hazardous to human health.

Dr. Monte, who also authored the book While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills, is well-known as a world expert on the toxicities of methanol as it relates to aspartame, having studied it for the last three decades.
"I was asked by the soft drink beverage industry to look at aspartame [in 1983]... Basically, the summer of '81 is when aspartame first came out, but it first came out in powdered drinks only, and for good reason.

Crystal Light, that kind of thing. They didn't want to put it into liquid form because they knew in the liquid form it would break down. It breaks down into methyl alcohol and what's left of the molecule. They didn't want to start doing that."

Coca cola


McDonalds food aint food

Drinking soda is killing you!

All fast food is JUNK

Aspartame has been Renamed and is Now Being Marketed as a Natural Sweetener
It contains a PESTICIDE and is TOXIC
Aspartame name change to Aminosweet

Artificial sweeteners especially aspartame has gotten a bad rap over the years, most likely due to studies showing they cause cancer. But not to worry Ajinomoto the company that makes
Aspartame has changed the name to AminoSweet. It has the same toxic ingredients but a nice new sounding name. And if you or your child happens to be allergic to Aspartame, well don’t take it personally it’s just business.

Despite the evidence gained over the years showing that aspartame is a dangerous toxin, it has remained on the global market . In continues to gain approval for use in new types of food despite evidence showing that it causes neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine disruption, among other things.

Most consumers are oblivious to the fact that Aspartame was invented as a drug but upon discovery of its’ sweet taste was magically transformed from a drug to a food additive. HFA wants to warn our readers to beware of a wolf dressed up in sheep’s clothing or in this case Aspartame dressed up as Aminosweet.

In 1976, then FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt wrote a letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy expressing concern over the “questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety”. FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill believed that a grand jury should investigate G.D. Searle & Company for lying about the safety of aspartame in its reports and for concealing evidence proving the chemical is unsafe for consumption.

The details of aspartame’s history are lengthy, but the point remains that the carcinogen was illegitimately approved as a food additive through heavy-handed prodding by a powerful corporation with its own interests in mind. Practically all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA not because science shows they are safe but because companies essentially lobby the FDA with monetary payoffs and complete the agency’s multi-million dollar approval process.

Changing aspartame’s name to something that is “appealing and memorable”, in Ajinomoto’s own words, may hoodwink some but hopefully most will reject this clever marketing tactic as nothing more than a desperate attempt to preserve the company’s multi-billion dollar cash cow. Do not be deceived.
Update: As many comments are being posted by readers who are allergic to Aspartame we ask that you please forward this article to as many people as you can.

Aspartame and Multiple Sclerosis - Neurosurgeon's Warning
Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener. Called a potent neurotoxin by several researchers, it is being sold as a sugar substitute for those on low calorie diets and for diabetics. If you like Coke or Pepsi "light", you certainly are at risk, but both industry and health officials deny that there is any truth to this story. Manufacturers have recently been sued in California.

Trade names for Aspartame are NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel, Benevia, Misura, but in Europe we often cannot recognize that Aspartame is part of what we're about to swallow unless we know that it also hides behind the seemingly innocuous "E 951" label. We might also watch out for warnings on food and drink labels that say: "contains a source of phenylalanine" or "phenylchetonurics should not consume this product".

In truth, no one should be consuming Aspartame and those responsible for putting it on the market - Donald Rumsfeld had a part in politically forcing its approval - should be held responsible for unleashing an agent of chemical warfare on an unsuspecting public.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a recently retired neurosurgeon, has been warning for years and has even authored a book "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills". Blaylock says that Aspartame and Multiple Sclerosis are closely related. Unfortunately the Multiple Sclerosis society denies there is any connection between MS and Aspartame. The Society has chosen, according to Betty Martini, to hang on to industry funding rather than to warn its members. Blaylock explains the biological mechanism by which Aspartame circumvents the blood-brain-barrier and gets at the vital nervous tissues - the grey matter in our heads:

The Connection Between MS And Aspartame
By Russell L. Blaylock, MD, Neurosurgeon
Recently, much controversy has surrounded a claim that aspartame may produce an MS-like syndrome. A current review of recent peer-reviewed scientific studies has disclosed a pathophysiological mechanism to explain this connection. As far back as 1996 it was shown that the lesions produced in the myelin sheath of axons in cases of multiple sclerosis were related to excitatory receptors on the primary cells involved called oligodendroglia. Recent studies have now confirmed what was suspected back then. The loss of myelin sheath on the nerve fibers characteristic of the disease is due to the death of these oligodendroglial cells at the site of the lesions (called plaques). Further, these studies have shown that the death of these important cells is as a result of excessive exposure to excitotoxins at the site of the lesions.

Normally, most of these excitotoxins are secreted from microglial immune cells in the central nervous system. This not only destroys these myelin-producing cells it also breaks down the blood-brain barrier (BBB), allowing excitotoxins in the blood stream to enter the site of damage. 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 break down the BBB as well.

Of equal concern is observation that we know that about 10% of the population (based on autopsy studies of elderly) have MS lesions without ever developing the full blown disease, a condition called benign MS. A diet high in excitotoxins, such as aspartame, can convert this benign, subclinical condition into full-blown clinical MS. The amount of excitotoxins consumed in the average American diet is considerable, as shown by several studies. In addition, the toxin methanol is also in the aspartame molecule. Methanol is a axon poison. 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.

Recent studies have also shown that even single exposures to these food-based excitotoxins can produce prolonged worsening of neurological lesions. In addition, it has been demonstrated that autoimmune reactions (as occur with MS) greatly magnify the toxicity of aspartate and glutamate (the excitotoxins). We also know liquid forms of excitotoxins are significantly more toxic because of rapid absorption and higher blood levels. In the face of this connection between excitotoxicity and the pathophysiology of MS, it would be ludicrous to allow further use of this excitotoxin containing sweetener.

EQUAL - Aspartame has been Renamed and is called a Natural Sweetener
Aug. 2013
Artificial sweeteners especially aspartame has gotten a bad rap over the years, most likely due to studies showing they cause cancer. But not to worry Ajinomoto the company that makes Aspartame has changed the name to AminoSweet. It has the same toxic ingredients but a nice new sounding name. And if you or your child happens to be allergic to Aspartame, well don’t take it personally it’s just business.

Despite the evidence gained over the years showing that aspartame is a dangerous toxin, it has remained on the global market . In continues to gain approval for use in new types of food despite evidence showing that it causes neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine disruption, among other things.

Most consumers are oblivious to the fact that Aspartame was invented as a drug but upon discovery of its’ sweet taste was magically transformed from a drug to a food additive. HFA wants to warn our readers to beware of a wolf dressed up in sheep’s clothing or in this case Aspartame dressed up as Aminosweet.

Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary.

Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company back in 1965. Upon mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, he discovered that the new compound had a sweet taste. The company merely changed its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and, voila, aspartame was born.

G.D. Searle & Company first patented aspartame in 1970. An internal memo released in the same year urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the “habit of saying yes” and of encouraging a “subconscious spirit of participation” in getting the chemical approved.

G.D. Searle & Company submitted its first petition to the FDA in 1973 and fought for years to gain FDA approval, submitting its own safety studies that many believed were inadequate and deceptive. Despite numerous objections, including one from its own scientists, the company was able to convince the FDA to approve aspartame for commercial use in a few products in 1974, igniting a blaze of controversy.

Sugar Substitutes
In 1976, then FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt wrote a letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy expressing concern over the “questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety”. FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill believed that a grand jury should investigate G.D. Searle & Company for lying about the safety of aspartame in its reports and for concealing evidence proving the chemical is unsafe for consumption.

The details of aspartame’s history are lengthy, but the point remains that the carcinogen was illegitimately approved as a food additive through heavy-handed prodding by a powerful corporation with its own interests in mind. Practically all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA not because science shows they are safe but because companies essentially lobby the FDA with monetary payoffs and complete the agency’s multi-million dollar approval process.

Changing aspartame’s name to something that is “appealing and memorable”, in Ajinomoto’s own words, may hoodwink some but hopefully most will reject this clever marketing tactic as nothing more than a desperate attempt to preserve the company’s multi-billion dollar cash cow. Do not be deceived.

Aspartame is linked to leukemia and lymphoma in new landmark study on humans

NaturalNews) As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans. Importantly, this is the most comprehensive, long-term study ever completed on this topic, so it holds more weight than other past studies which appeared to show no risk. And disturbingly, it may also open the door for further similar findings on other cancers in future studies.

The most thorough study yet on aspartame - Over two million person-years
For this study, researchers prospectively analyzed data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for a 22-year period. A total of 77,218 women and 47,810 men were included in the analysis, for a total of 2,278,396 person-years of data. Apart from sheer size, what makes this study superior to other past studies is the thoroughness with which aspartame intake was assessed. Every two years, participants were given a detailed dietary questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four years. Previous studies which found no link to cancer only ever assessed participants' aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a major weakness affecting their accuracy.

One diet soda a day increases leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphomas
The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:

- 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
- 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
- 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)

These results were based on multi-variable relative risk models, all in comparison to participants who drank no diet soda. It is unknown why only men drinking higher amounts of diet soda showed increased risk for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Note that diet soda is the largest dietary source of aspartame (by far) in the U.S. Every year, Americans consume about 5,250 tons of aspartame in total, of which about 86 percent (4,500 tons) is found in diet sodas.

Confirmation of previous high quality research on animals
This new study shows the importance of the quality of research. Most of the past studies showing no link between aspartame and cancer have been criticized for being too short in duration and too inaccurate in assessing long-term aspartame intake. This new study solves both of those issues. The fact that it also shows a positive link to cancer should come as no surprise, because a previous best-in-class research study done on animals (900 rats over their entire natural lifetimes) showed strikingly similar results back in 2006: aspartame significantly increased the risk for lymphomas and leukemia in both males and females. More worrying is the follow on mega-study, which started aspartame exposure of the rats at the fetal stage. Increased lymphoma and leukemia risks were confirmed, and this time the female rats also showed significantly increased breast (mammary) cancer rates. This raises a critical question: will future, high-quality studies uncover links to the other cancers in which aspartame has been implicated (brain, breast, prostate, etc.)?

There is now more reason than ever to completely avoid aspartame in our daily diet. For those who are tempted to go back to sugary sodas as a "healthy" alternative, this study had a surprise finding: men consuming one or more sugar-sweetened sodas daily saw a 66 percent increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (even worse than for diet soda). Perhaps the healthiest soda is no soda at all.

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U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream

(NaturalNews) You probably already know that the FDA has declared war on raw milk and even helped fund and coordinate armed government raids against raw milk farmers and distributors. Yes, it's insane. This brand of tyranny is unique to the USA and isn't even conducted in China, North Kora or Cuba. Only in the USA are raw milk farmers treated like terrorists.

But now the situation is getting even more insane than you could have imagined: the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of "milk" to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.

Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label. They will simply be swept under the definition of "milk," so that when a company lists "milk" on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose. And if you're trying to avoid aspartame, you'll have no way of doing so because it won't be listed on the label.

This isn't only for milk, either: It's also for yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream and a total of 17 products, all of which are listed in the petition at

As the petition states:

IDFA and NMPF request their proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity to allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g., chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any safe and suitable sweetener -- including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame.

This is all being done to "save the children," we're told, because the use of aspartame in milk products would reduce calories.

Milk industry specifically asks to HIDE aspartame from consumers

Astonishingly, the dairy industry is engaged in extreme doublespeak logic and actually arguing that aspartame should be hidden from consumers by not listing it on the label. Here's what the petition says:

IDFA and NMPF argue that nutrient content claims such as "reduced calorie" are not attractive to children, and maintain that consumers can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims. Further, the petitioners assert that consumers do not recognize milk -- including flavored milk -- as necessarily containing sugar. Accordingly, the petitioners state that milk flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners should be labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers can "more easily identify its overall nutritional value."

In other words, hiding aspartame from consumers by not including it on the label actually helps consumers, according to the IDFA and NMPF!

Yep, consumers are best served by keeping them ignorant. If this logic smacks of the same kind of twisted deception practiced by Monsanto, that's because it's identical: the less consumers know, the more they are helped, according to industry. And it's for the children, too, because children are also best served by keeping them poisoned with aspartame.

Consumers have always been kept in the dark about pink slime, meat glue, rBGH and GMOs in their food. And now, if the IDFA gets its way, you'll be able to drink hormone-contaminated milk from an antibiotics-inundated cow fed genetically modified crops and producing milk containing hidden aspartame. And you won't have the right to know about any of this!

The FDA confirms this "secret" status of aspartame, stating, "If the standard of identity for milk is amended as requested by petitioners, milk manufacturers could use non-nutritive sweeteners in flavored milk without a nutrient content claim in its labeling."

FDA requests comments
The FDA is requesting comments on this petition. You have until May 21st, 2013 to submit your comments. Click here for instructions.

This is a clue to stop drinking processed milk and milk products altogether
There's a bigger story here than just the industry hoping to get FDA approval to secretly put aspartame in milk products while not listing aspartame on the label.

The bigger question is this: If an industry is pushing to hide aspartame in its products, what else is it already hiding?

How about the pus content of its dairy products? How about its inhumane treatment of animals who are subjected to torture conditions and pumped full of genetically engineered hormones? How about the fact that homogenization and pasteurization turn a whole food into a dietary nightmare that promotes obesity, autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular disease?

There are lots of dirty little secrets in the dairy industry of course, and that doesn't even get into the secret closed-door conversations to encourage the FDA to destroy the competition of raw milk.

The only rational answer to all this is to stop buying and consuming processed dairy products, period!

I gave up ALL milk products many years ago and have never looked back. I drink almond milk, not pus-filled pasteurized cow's milk. (Click here for a recipe to make your own almond milk at home.) I don't eat yogurt. If I want probiotics, I get them from tasty chewable probiotics supplements such as Sunbiotics. I parted ways with processed dairy products many years ago, and as a result, my cardiovascular health, skin health, digestive health and stamina have all remained in outstanding shape.

There's also a philosophical issue here: Don't buy products from an industry that habitually LIES about everything. The dairy industry is like a mafia. They actively seek to destroy the competition, keep consumers ignorant and monopolize the market. They run highly deceptive ads with ridiculous claims like, "drinking milk helps you lose weight" and other nonsense.

The U.S. dairy industry is steeped in deception at every level, and now they want you and your children to unknowingly drink aspartame that's secretly blended into the product.

The dairy industry is to food as Lance Armstrong is to sports. It's all a big lie, laced with secret chemicals and false claims.

Stop drinking milk. Stop financially supporting the food mafia.

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Aspartame danger - urgent warning about tumors and seizures

Friday, March 09, 2012 by: Aurora Geib

NaturalNews) The laws governing the sale of drugs and food additives require substances be safe for human consumption. The artificial sweetener aspartame primarily consumed in beverages and as a popular sugar substitute has consistently been found to cause tumors and brain seizures in animal subjects. In 2005, a European Cancer Research Center, the Ramazzini Foundation, called for an urgent re-examination of aspartame in food and beverages to protect children. This call is made in the face of the US FDA stand that aspartame is safe for human consumption on the ground that "aspartame as a carcinogen is not supported by data."

Aspartame: A brief history
As early as 1960 aspartame was determined to be a dangerous chemical and the emerging research years later only served to affirm the true nature of this artificial sweetener. Over the years, aspartame has been found to create holes in brain tissue, adversely affect the brain and nerve development in the fetus, cause cancer, migraines, headaches, seizures, convulsions and even retinal damage. With this amount of negative findings, aspartame should have been removed from the market years ago!

Ironically, aspartame was indeed removed from the market after it was already approved for limited use based on tests selected by Searle, the company who originally produced the artificial sweetener. This was after Dr. John Olney, a research psychiatrist from Washington School of Medicine, revealed that consumption of aspartic acid, a major ingredient in aspartame, produced holes in the brains of animal subjects.

After two task forces that found questionable laboratory practices as well as findings, the FDA ordered a grand jury investigation of aspartame studies, but lawyers for the government failed to initiate a legal action against Searle. Time ran out, and the grand jury investigation had to be terminated. Of interest to note was that one of the lawyers for the government, U.S. attorney William Conlon, later joined the law firm representing Searle.

Unfazed by this setback, the FDA this time recommended a Public Board Inquiry which recommended that aspartame be kept off the market until further tests could prove that it did not cause tumors. This led to a formation of another team of experts brought together to look into the Public Board of Inquiry's conclusions. This team found itself in a deadlock over aspartame approval, causing the FDA Commissioner not to approve aspartame this time.

In April 1981, Dr. Arthur Hayes was appointed the new Commissioner for the FDA and he later approved aspartame for use in dry goods. In 1983, he also approved aspartame for use in diet drinks, conveniently leaving months later to work for Searle's advertising agency.

Warning to aspartame consumers
We can only guess and read between the lines what kind of politics it took to get aspartame approved. After more than 8,000 complaints on Nutrasweet side effects, a list of symptoms attributed to aspartame from complaints submitted to the FDA was made public. This list included among others: hallucinations, diarrhea, seizures, depression, migraine, fatigue and insomnia. Aspartame has also been linked to tumors, cancer and infertility.

Except for a brief declaration that carefully controlled clinical studies showed aspartame is not an allergen, the FDA merely issued an advisory that products containing aspartame must include a warning to phenylketonurics, people sensitive to the compound phenylalanine. It still continues to adhere to its stand that "aspartame as a carcinogen is not supported by data."

Aspartame was never tested on humans before its approval. Now, it is found in 6,000 products and consumed by more than 250 million people, with Americans consuming around half of the world supply. By default, we have now become the test subjects for aspartame's safety. Unwittingly we are providing evidence to aspartame's toxicity through the devastating effects it is slowly producing among its consumers. The list of complaints submitted to the FDA as well as from anecdotal reports does not seem to end anytime soon. If the government chooses to turn a blind eye on aspartame, let us at least choose not to be a willing conspirator and suffer the consequences of being a willing victim.
Artificial sweeteners sabotage weight loss efforts: study

Think you’re saving yourself extra calories by going the artificial sweetener route? New research suggests you’re just setting yourself up to fail.

That’s the conclusion of a new study out of Yale University which found that eating low-calorie sweetened products may actually sabotage efforts to reduce calorie intake, by leading people to reach for higher calorie alternatives later on.

Or, as scientists put it, despite good intentions, the brain can’t be fooled by artificial sweeteners.

That’s because in their animal research, scientists observed that a specific physiological signal that regulates dopamine levels — the feel-good chemical that works with the reward center in the brain — only arose when sugar was broken down into a form that could be used as fuel and energy for the body.

For the study, scientists performed behavioral testing involving sweeteners and sugars and measured chemical responses in the brain circuit.

“According to the data, when we apply substances that interfere with a critical step of the ‘sugar-to-energy pathway’, the interest of the animals in consuming artificial sweetener decreases significantly, along with important reductions in brain dopamine levels,” explained lead author Ivan de Araujo in the Journal of Physiology.

In an opinion article published in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism this summer, experts also pointed to similar studies which showed that consuming zero-calorie sweeteners altered the brain’s pleasure center and dampened physiological responses to sweet taste, causing mice to overindulge in calorie-dense foods later.

Artificial sweeteners have also been associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The overall lesson from the study? Limit the intake of artificial sweeteners, stick to water and if the craving is too strong, opt for fiber-rich, unprocessed natural fruit juices or smoothies.

World's top sweetener is made with GM bacteria

THE MOST widely used sweetener in the world, found in fizzy drinks and sweets, is being made using a secret genetic engineering process, which some scientists claim needs further testing for toxic side-effects.  

As the G8 summit of rich country leaders decided last night to launch an inquiry into the safety of genetically modified (GM) food, an investigation by the Independent on Sunday revealed that Monsanto, the pioneering GM food giant which makes aspartame, often uses genetically engineered bacteria to produce the sweetener at its US production plants.

"We have two strains of bacteria - one is traditionally modified and one is genetically modified," said one Monsanto source. "It's got a modified enzyme. It has one amino acid different."

The use of genetic engineering to make aspartame has stayed secret until now because there is no modified DNA in the finished product. Monsanto insists that it is completely safe.

A Monsanto spokeswoman confirmed that aspartame for the US market is made using genetic engineering. But sweetener supplied to British food producers is not. However, consumer groups say it is likely that some low-calorie products containing genetically engineered aspartame have been imported into Britain.

"Increasingly, chemical companies are using genetically engineered bacteria in their manufacturing process without telling the public," said Dr Erik Millstone, of Sussex University and the National Food Alliance.

MPs want the Government to launch an inquiry to see how much US aspartame is coming into the UK. Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat environment spokesman, will this week write to Jeff Rooker, the Food Safety minister, to ask him to ensure that US aspartame is labelled as genetically modified. "Monsanto's sweetener has turned sour," he said.

Aspartame is made by combining phenylalanine, which is naturally produced by bacteria, with another amino acid. Monsanto has genetically engineered the bacteria to make them produce more phenylalanine. Scientists fear that other unknown compounds, which may end up in food, are produced by the genetic engineering process.

"Whether such a contaminating compound will be toxic, or not is completely unknowable until empirical studies are done to test toxicity," said Dr John Fagan, a former genetic engineer who now heads Genetic ID, the world's leading GM test centre. "No such studies have been done, or at least they have not been placed in the public domain.

Guess what aspartame is made from?
8/26/2013 - So, you know that artificial sweetener that soft drink companies are telling you is perfectly safe? Well, aspartame might be safe, but apparently some it is made with, um, a bacterial byproduct. And not even a natural byproduct, but, in some cases, a genetically modified bacteria byproduct. Anyway, the patent for aspartame production, filed in 1981, is now available online, and it turns out that aspartame is made by feeding genetically modified E. coli bacteria, harvesting their protein waste (which contains the aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid segment aspartame is made from) and then adding methanol to the harvested proteins. So think about that the next time you chug down your morning Big Gulp of diet soda.

Diet Soda Turns into Formaldehyde?

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Aspartame: GMO Bacteria Poop Causing Blindness!

Could it be we have been consuming genetically modified bacteria poop? Apparently the industry has been working hard producing a sweet alternative that will not only shorten your lifespan but insure that you are a lifetime customer to the military industrial pharmaceutical media complex. Imagine yourself consuming constant doses of methanol and formaldehyde slowly pickling your brain making it difficult to concentrate or think outside the box. Let us look at the possible implications of the artificial sweetener aspartame which is now in over 6,000 food products currently consumed on a daily basis here in America.


Turns out your old buddy Donald “weapons of mass destruction” Rumsfeld was at the helm of yet another problem reaction solution scenario that seems to have been quite profitable for big pharma. Back in 1981 DR was the head of G.D. Searle a giant pharmaceutical weapons manufacturing corporation. He helped get this neurotoxin “aspartame” passed the FDA after multiple test showed that it caused brain lesions and brain tumors in rats. Learn the whole ugly truth here:

“The Independent” out of the United Kingdom is where we learn that aspartame is made of three ingredients, one of which has been genetically modified on the Island of Doctor Moroe.  Phenylaline is the mutated bacteria we are speaking of. Like a prime cut of beef off a genetically enhanced steer the bacteria resemble body builders pumped full of steroids able to produce twice the amount of poop (phenylaline) then there unmutated counterpart.  Read it for yourself:

Not all the regulator agencies agree with the FDA’s position that consuming methanol is a safe and healthy choice. The European Ramazzini Foundation (ERF) submitted a study on aspartame called, “Long-Term Carcinogenicity Bioassays to Evaluate the Potential Biological Effects, in Particular Carcinogenic, of Aspartame Administered in Feed to Sprague-Dawley Rats,”.  Notice at the bottom of the article it states that this in the sixth test in which the FDA has chosen to deny the facts and continue to recommend the consumption of a known neurotoxic that has a direct link to brain tumors and possibly blindness:

I was unaware of the possible link between aspartame and blindness until I started making this video and researching this report. Seeing the direct link between methanol and blindness made me think leading to the discovery of the statics which top 800 million worldwide:  Methanol has a direct link and has been proven to cause blindness. Bad brewers of moonshine have been responsible for more than one banjo playing creepy deliverance kid. Don’t take my word for it here is your proof:

Now if that isn’t bad enough the amount of information linking diketopiperazine (DKP) to brain tumors is staggering.  Remember after 6 months of storage a can of coca cola will have converted the aspartames’ phenylalanine into DKP by an amount of 25%!

Well I guess we should just leave it up to the experts at coca cola whom generated $36 billion dollars in 2010 along with the Genetically Modified Island of Doctor Monsanto’s whom gathered $10 billion dollars in 2010. With profits like this don’t look for anything to change except perhaps an new flavor of soda containing the even more toxic artificial sweetener known as NEOTAME.

Neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than sugar and 13,000 times more toxic than aspartame. The FDA has insured that labeling of products containing neotame is not necessary. Looks like another rabbit to chase! Thanks for Reading! Thanks for Watching!
Aspartame patent reveals E. coli feces used

The European patent for aspartame is now available online, and it confirms the artificial sweetener is made from the waste products of genetically modified E. coli bacteria.

Though this fact was reported as early as 1999, not much attention was paid at the time to aspartame and its maker Monsanto, which was allegedly adding GM aspartame to soft drinks in Britain.

The patent refers to "cloned microorganisms" later revealed to be genetically modified E. coli bacteria. They are modified to produce an especially large peptide used to create aspartame.

The cultivated and well-fed bacteria then produce proteins which contain the aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid segment required to produce the sweetener.

The bacteria waste is then treated to turn the large peptide and a free carboxyl group into a dipeptide. The the dipeptides are then treated with alcohol and methanol to produce aspartame.

Controversy has steadily grown around genetically modified foods and GM giant Monsanto. Coke recently ran an ad campaign defending their use of aspartame, saying studies support the product's safety.


Reagan and Alzheimer's and Rumsfeld and Aspartame

I liked Ronald Reagan.

Remember the mixed up 1969 comedy 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' from Hollywood? That was in the midst of Reagan's terms as governor. It was substantially about manipulation. Confidantes finessed other confidantes to accept bad things as good things.

It was in California that I was raised when Reagan was governor. He was not one to be pressed or cajoled into doing anything. However, he could be manipulated. I observed this many times. This article is about one of those times.

Déjà vu
The American people elected him President Reagan and one member of his transition team was the CEO of pharmaceutical giant GD Searle (clear up to 1985). This man had been Secretary of Defense under Gerald Ford. His name was Donald Rumsfeld. Yes, the same man is the current Secretary of Defense.

Searle had been unsuccessfully trying to obtain approval for aspartame (now best known as Nutrasweet) for almost two decades. The reason for the lack of success by Searle was due to extensive and consistent studies that noted aspartame was damaging to the brain (among other problems).

According to a former Searle employee Rumsfeld assured the company that, "no matter what, he would see to it that aspartame would be approved".

Reagan took office and the head of the FDA who had blocked aspartame was suspended. A former Defense Department contract researcher named Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes replaced him. Chemical weapons were part of the Defense Department studies of Dr. Hayes.
The first major action of Hayes as FDA Commissioner was approval of aspartame for dry foods. This was a direct contradiction to the FDA's own advisors and their own Public Board of Inquiry recommendation. His last act in that position was approval of aspartame for diet drinks. He left the FDA to become senior medical advisor for the public relations firm of GD Searle. His salary there far exceeded that which he received from the FDA.

Ironies initiated
In 1994 former President Reagan wrote his now famous letter to the American people about his newly diagnosed Alzheimer's. This condition has skyrocketed in the American population through the last two decades.

In 1997 Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. released his book, 'EXCITOTOXINS: The Taste That Kills'. This book I have highly recommended since first learning of it in 1998. Dr. Blaylock ties with intricate detail the explosion of Alzheimer's to the entrance of aspartame (Nutrasweet) and its overwhelming of the marketplace. He noted that the most injurious delivery for this well documented brain-damaging ingredient is in a liquid form.

I have told people for many years that every swig of diet drink kills brain cells. As bad as sugary sodas are, if you won't give up soda then you are better off with the sugary variety than the diet variety.

It is a tragic irony that Reagan succumbed to Alzheimer's after being manipulated into bringing about the approval of this substance most likely responsible for the sudden explosion to epidemic status of this horribly debilitating disease.

Now his widow, Nancy Reagan, is busy promoting a wild goose chase into stem cell research for Alzheimer's. This is a great whitewashed hope against the reality of the connection between Alzheimer's and the aspartame that her husband approved.

Greater irony still is that stem cell research is conducted by extracting cells from human embryos that are killed. Ronald Reagan was staunchly anti-abortion and must be turning over before ever getting in his grave that his death would be used for such a platform. Defenseless against Alzheimer's in his waning years, he is now defenseless at his end against this use of himself to promote use of aborted baby tissues.

More ironies
Oh, the intricate ironies through all of this. Monsanto bought GD Searle with its prized Nutrasweet.

Monsanto was founded originally in 1901 with the sole purpose of producing saccharine for the United States market.

The head of the forerunner to the FDA, Dr. Harvey Wiley, M.D., came hard against this harmful substance. Another Republican then was president of the country. His name also began with an R, and he was also an independent not to be pressed or cajoled into doing anything.

President Teddy Roosevelt roared at Dr. Wiley, "Anybody who says saccharin is injurious to health is an idiot." This very unscientific, emotional outburst severely damaged Wiley's status with President Roosevelt. It turns out that Roosevelt was a diabetic who loved sweets and saccharine was vital to his sweet tooth.

Wiley blamed himself for this failure and cited it as the turning point for the food industry being able to turn the Pure Food & Drug Act on its head. Wiley therefore resigned his position. It was more than half a century after that before this harmful product was finally deposed.

Most tragic of ironies
It has been said that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. That has certainly been the case with regard to the history of artificial sweeteners.

Newly elected President Ronald Reagan was then manipulated to the harm of Americans with Nutrasweet. Newly deceased Ronald Reagan is now manipulated to the harm of preborn Americans with regard to stem cell research.

Shakespeare never wrote a more ironic tragedy.
Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame


In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including the report of a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors." The FDA had previously banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have then-Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld vow to "call in his markers," to get it approved. Here's how it happened:

Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan's transition team. This team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., to be the new FDA commissioner. Dr. Hayes, a pharmacologist, had no previous experience with food additives before being appointed director of the FDA. On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Reagan issued an executive order eliminating the FDA commissioners' authority to take action and Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener. Hayes, Reagan's new FDA commissioner, appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry's decision. It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 decision. So Hayes installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame's favor.
The surprising headache culprit

Give up chomping and you could say goodbye to annoying tension headaches, too

Your pounding head may be from a minty mouth: Chewing too much gum may bring on tension headaches, reports a study from Meir Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

When researchers asked gum-chewing headache sufferers to give up their minty sticks for one month, 86 percent saw significant improvements in their throbbing noggins, many finding permanent relief. And when the improved participants went back to chewing gum, every single one saw an immediate relapse of their symptoms. (Find the best ways to tackle nagging pain with the 6 Smartest Ways to Beat Pain.)

What's so bad about the breath freshener? Gum may have two issues, explains Robert Cowan, M.D., F.A.A.N., director for Stanford University's Headache Clinic. The aspartame found in many brands may trigger the pounding, and the act of chewing could also aggravate the joint that connects your jaw to the skull. Pressure here causes muscle tension and fatigue, leading to tension headaches, he explains.

While Dr. Cowan warns gum is probably not the trigger for everyone's headaches, it's simple to test: all you have to do is kick the habit to see if it's your culprit. Trade the pack for aspartame-free mints for a month, and see if your symptoms improve, suggests Dr. Cowan. (Americans consume 23 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Try these 6 Ways to Beat Your Sugar Habit and save your gut.)
Diet drinks linked to heart problems in older women

Healthy postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems.

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- A study involving almost 60,000 healthy postmenopausal women correlated diet drinks with increased risk of heart attack, stroke or a cardiovascular event.

"Our findings are in line with and extend data from previous studies showing an association between diet drinks and metabolic syndrome," lead investigator Dr. Ankur Vyas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said in a statement. "We were interested in this research because there was a relative lack of data about diet drinks and cardiovascular outcomes and mortality."

Consumption data were obtained via a questionnaire that asked the women to report their diet drink consumption habits over the previous three months. A drink was defined as the equivalent of a 12-ounce beverage and included both diet sodas and diet fruit drinks.

After an average follow-up of 8.7 years, women who drank two or more diet drinks per day were 30 percent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease compared to women who never or only rarely consumed diet drinks.

Heart disease included congestive heart failure, heart attack, coronary revascularization procedure, ischemic stroke, peripheral arterial disease and cardiovascular death.
Caution! Aspartame Was Rebranded 'AminoSweet' -- Don't Fall For it!

Aspartame is a dangerous artificial sweetener found in many of the foods we consume every day, including soft drinks, chewing gum, breakfast cereals, and jams. Now, it’s important to know that aspartame may be disguised as a new name in your favorite foods – aminosweet.

Used as a sugar substitute and often marketed as Nutrasweet and Equal, aspartame is an excitotoxin that destroys the brain and body. Its use has been a controversial subject since the 1980s when the CEO of Searle, Donald Rumsfeld, pushed for it’s approval to be sold on the market.

Now, its name is being changed, with FDA approval, to try to dupe millions into purchasing and consuming this toxin once again. Aspartame, even renamed Amino Sweet, is not safe. This substance is made using genetically modified bacteria in the US, but according to a Monsanto source, the UK market does not have to eat genetically modified bacteria excrement.

Many ‘low-calorie’ foods contain GMO aspartame, however, even overseas. Aspartame may cause blindness, cancer, and brain tumors. Just as a reminder of who is pushing this excrement – quite literally – on the consumers of the United states, it was Mr. Rumsfeld who went on to become George W. Bush’s secretary of Defense, and crony-Capitalist agenda-pusher.

This one substance has continually been shown to cause harm to human health, so why is the FDA renaming it instead of banning it completely from the food supply?

There is considerable evidence that artificial sweeteners cause cancer, including aspartame specifically – so why not name it something more appropriate at least? ‘Sickeningly Sweet’ might be more appropriate.

Even saccharin eventually had to be made with a label, mandated by Congress, that says, “Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals”.

The FDA’s own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and that it violated the Delaney Amendment. Aside from cancers and tumors, top researchers have linked aspartame with the following symptoms and diseases:

•Memory loss
•Vision Loss
•Muscular Dystrophy
•Chrnoic Fatigue
•Aspartame is Dangerous

European scientists have been telling us about the dangers of aspartame since 2005. Why on earth is it still allowed in our food? Partly? Because a politically biased FDA, then swayed by Rumsfeld’s corporation, said that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s decision about aspartame was not conclusive enough to prove that it was a dangerous substance, and that there was no “further review [on an] earlier scientific opinion on the safety of aspartame or [reason] to revise the Acceptable Daily Intake.”

The problem, and what more research concluded, is that aspartame breaks down into something called Phenylalanine, among other things. This can cause a disorder known as Phenylketonuria.

“. . .one in 15,000 people in the world has a genetic disorder called Phenylketonuria. Their bodycan’t metabolize synthesizde phenylalanine. As it builds up in the body, it causes all sorts of bad things to happen, such as mental retardation, seizures, and other brain damage.

People suffering from Phenylketonuria (or PKU) are called phenylketonurics. They need to constantly monitor their protein intake. They are also warned about consumption of products containing aspartame – hence the warning on labels – ‘Phenylketonurics – contains phenylalanine.”
Not only that, but aspartame is also chemically addictive to the body, even though it damages it profoundly – just like other drugs. This is why food makers want to put it in their products – so you will buy more of them.

Aspartame, or Amino Sweet – its all the same toxic substance. Watch out for it on food labels. Eat honey, apple sauce, raw, non-GMO sugar, and other REAL food sweeteners instead. You deserve to live a sweet life without being a sucker.

Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) -- Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control.

The study from researchers in Israel was released Wednesday by the journal Nature.

The work suggests the sweeteners change the composition of normal, beneficial bacteria in the gut. That appears to hamper how well the body handles sugar in the diet, which in turn can result in higher blood sugar levels. This impairment, called glucose intolerance, can eventually lead to diabetes.

Some experts who didn't participate in the work urged caution in interpreting the results.

James Hill, an obesity expert at the University of Colorado, called the work good science. Still, overall, "I do not think there is enough data yet to lead to a definitive conclusion about artificial sweeteners and the body's handling of sugar," he wrote in an email.

"I certainly do not think there is sufficient evidence to conclude that they are harmful."

But Yanina Pepino of Washington University in St. Louis said the results make a convincing case that sweeteners hamper the body's handling of sugar by altering gut bacteria. And it adds to her belief that sweeteners and sugar should be used in moderation, especially by children, she said.

"It's really providing strong data suggesting we need to do more research," she said.

Researchers began by testing three widely used sweeteners: saccharin, sold for example as Sweet `N Low; sucralose, sold as Splenda, and aspartame, sold for example as NutraSweet, in 20 mice. Some animals got one of those substances in their water, and others got sugar water or just water. After 11 weeks, researchers gave all the mice a dose of sugar and monitored the response in their blood sugar levels.

The mice that initially got sugar showed about the same response as those that got plain water. But mice that got any of the sweeteners showed markedly higher blood sugar levels, indicating impairment in handling of the sugar dose. Further mouse experiments linked that outcome to an effect on gut bacteria.

To gain some preliminary information on people, the researchers turned to 381 non-diabetic volunteers who filled out a questionnaire that estimated their consumption of artificial sweeteners. Forty participants who had the most showed evidence of higher blood sugar than 236 non-users.

In another preliminary test, researchers gave saccharin for a week to seven healthy volunteers who normally don't consume sweeteners. Four showed a decline in their ability to handle sugar over the course of the week. The makeup of their gut bacteria changed markedly over the week, while that of other three changed little.

Overall, the results suggest that some people may be affected by artificial sweeteners, said one of the researchers, Dr. Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovet, Israel.

Christopher Gardner, a nutrition expert at Stanford University who didn't participate in the study, said saccharin doses given the volunteers were within federal dietary guidelines but still much higher than what a typical person would consume - the equivalent of 42 12-once sodas a day for a person weighing 150 pounds.

In a statement, the Food and Drug Administration said the sweeteners "have been thoroughly studied and have a reasonable certainty of no harm to consumers."

The Calorie Control Council, an industry group that represents the manufacturers of sweeteners and the products they're used in, said the study has limitations that diminish its applicability to people.

Aspartame Renamed – AMINOSWEET
Now Marketed As A ‘Natural’ Sweetener!

Corporate Tricks Against U.S. Citizens
3/28/14 -  WARNING! Read labels before buying foods with the name Phenylalanine. I will go one step further — if you need to bring along a chemistry book to the store in order to understand the ingredients on the labels — DO NOT BUY IT!

Aspartame, the artificial sweetener linked to cancer, heart palpitations, seizures, weight gain and other severe medical issues, is now going by the name AminoSweet. The toxic sweetener, Aspartame, has been around over 25 years after it was accidentally discovered by chemist, James Schlatter while working for the drug company G.D. Searle & Company.

It was created as an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug, but the chemist discovered it had a sweet taste, so the drug company switched its application to the FDA from a drug to a food. It was none other than Donald Rumsfeld, who was the CEO of Searle who pushed for Aspartame to be sold on the market in 1985. If that name sounds familiar, your right, he is the same Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Secretary of Defense who served under George W. Bush.

He is a perfect example of someone taking advantage of the “revolving door” between our government and corporations.

AminoSweet is Aspartame, it changed its name to fool the public, and I am guessing it did so because consumers figured out that their product made them sick. Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by James and Phyllis Balch lists aspartame under the category of “chemical poison.”

Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid (that is, an amino acid which our bodies cannot make and which we must obtain from our diet). It is also one of the amino acids which is used to make aspartame. Phenylalanine is found in all protein-containing foods including milk, cheese, eggs, meat and fish.
Products which contain aspartame have a label which says ‘Contains a source of phenylalanine’.

Aspartame Brain Damage

This label is there to help people with a rare inherited genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU). These people cannot metabolise phenylalanine from any source and need to follow a strict diet to control their intake of this amino acid.

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The disorder affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies, and is identified by screening shortly after birth. [Source]

Ten percent of this sweetener contains methanol. When it is absorbed by our intestines, it breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin that causes cancer, retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and causes birth defects.
I went to the AminoSweet website to see what kind of “spin” they are putting on their repackaged product to entice shoppers to buy their so-called “natural” sweetener and here is their selling point:

AminoSweet aspartame is the low calorie sweetener that tastes just like sugar. It is made from two building blocks of protein just like those found naturally in many everyday foods. Aspartame is digested by the body in exactly the same way as these other protein foods and so does not bring anything new to our diet.

Makers of this artificial sweetener claim it is made from protein found “naturally” in many everyday foods. So what is the meaning of ‘natural’ when it comes to the labeling of food? The FDA’s website writes:

“From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives.” [Source]

The word ‘natural’ is being thrown around to describe all sorts of genetically modified foods and AminoSweet is genetically modified. There is nothing natural about it. Why do you think these drug companies buy patents? They create them in a lab and they own it. And they know exactly what they are doing and choose to fool consumers into thinking their foods are safe when science proves differently.

In June 2013 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Campbell’s Soup became defendants in class action lawsuits that allege they misrepresented the nature of the ingredients on their product labels. The Campbell’s Soup Company is currently being sued by Florida residents for misrepresenting the genetically modified (GMO) corn in its soup as “natural.”

Ben & Jerry’s decided to stop using genetically modified ingredients as a result of their suit.

Ben & Jerry’s used to be known for their healthy ‘natural’ ice creams, but I guess when they sold out to British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever, they sold their souls along with it. It looks like they haven’t updated their website since the sale either, even though Unilever has owned them since 2001.

They portray themselves as another American success story — but according to the lawsuit, they are just another corporation choosing to deceive the public — much like another American success story — Monsanto who purchased Searle & Company in 1985– who make Aspartame now called AminoSweet.
How Artificial Sweeteners Confuse Your Body into Storing Fat and Inducing Diabetes

By Dr. Mercola

As noted in the featured video, there are currently five different artificial sweeteners on the market. The one you're most likely to encounter is aspartame, which also tends to be the worst of the bunch.

Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are primarily promoted to diabetics and those concerned about their weight. This despite the fact that artificial sweeteners have repeatedly been shown to produce the exact opposite effects:

Research shows that aspartame worsens insulin sensitivity to a greater degree than sugar

Artificial sweeteners have also been found to promote weight gain, in more ways than one
Over time, artificial sweeteners have also crept into a wide variety of products not directly targeting diabetics and dieters.

Artificial sweeteners are added to about 6,000 different beverages, snacks, and food products, making label-reading an ever pressing necessity. Disturbingly, food industry groups are now trying to hide the presence of artificial sweeteners in certain foods...

Like GMOs, Industry Wants to Hide Artificial Sweeteners in Foods

Last year, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) filed a petition with the FDA requesting the agency amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products, in order to allow for the addition of artificial sweeteners without having to indicate their use on the label.

The IDFA claims the proposed amendments would "promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products" since many children are more inclined to drink flavored milk products than unflavored milk.

Not only is IDFA behind the push to put aspartame in milk,  but they are also one of four trade organizations suing Vermont1 in an effort to overturn the state's GMO labeling law, which was passed in May.

It would seem that, far from being concerned about providing Americans with high quality dairy, the IDFA is wholly invested in deceiving the American public for the benefit of the chemical technology industry. Why else would they be so insistent on hiding ingredients that are suspected of harmful effects?

Artificial Sweeteners Cause Metabolic Confusion

One of the reasons why artificial sweeteners do not help you lose weight relates to the fact that your body is not fooled by sweet taste without accompanying calories.2,3

When you eat something sweet, your brain releases dopamine, which activates your brain's reward center. The appetite-regulating hormone leptin is also released, which eventually informs your brain that you are "full" once a certain amount of calories have been ingested.

However, when you consume something that tastes sweet but doesn't contain any calories, your brain's pleasure pathway still gets activated by the sweet taste, but there's nothing to deactivate it, since the calories never arrive.  

Artificial sweeteners basically trick your body into thinking that it's going to receive sugar (calories), but when the sugar doesn't come, your body continues to signal that it needs more, which results in carb cravings.

Besides worsening insulin sensitivity and promoting weight gain, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners also promote other health problems associated with excessive sugar consumption, including:

Cardiovascular disease and stroke4,5,6

Alzheimer's disease. While poor diet is a major driver of Alzheimer's in general (the primary culprits being sugar/fructose and grains, especially gluten), the key mechanism of harm here appears to be methanol toxicity—a much-ignored problem associated with aspartame in particular.
In a previous interview, toxicology expert Dr. Woodrow Monte (author of the book While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills7), explains the links between aspartame and methanol toxicity and the formation of toxic formaldehyde.

Research Overwhelmingly Refutes 'Diet' Claims of Artificial Sweeteners

Contrary to industry claims, research over the last 30 years—including several large scale prospective cohort studies—have shown that artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions that promote fat storage and weight gain—often to the researchers' great surprise.

Below is sampling of some of the studies published through the years, clearly refuting the beverage industry's claims that diet soda aids weight loss. The 2010 review in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine8 is particularly noteworthy.

It provides a historical summary of artificial sweeteners in general, along with epidemiological and experimental evidence showing that artificial sweeteners tends to promote weight gain. It also illustrates that as usage of artificial sweeteners has risen, so has obesity rates.

Preventive Medicine 19869 This study examined nearly 78,700 women aged 50-69 for one year. Artificial sweetener usage increased with relative weight, and users were significantly more likely to gain weight, compared to those who did not use artificial sweeteners—regardless of their initial weight.

According to the researchers, the results "were not explicable by differences in food consumption patterns. The data do not support the hypothesis that long-term artificial sweetener use either helps weight loss or prevents weight gain."

Physiology and Behavior, 198810 In this study, they determined that intense (no- or low-calorie) sweeteners can produce significant changes in appetite. Of the three sweeteners tested, aspartame produced the most pronounced effects.
Physiology and Behavior, 199011 Here, they found that aspartame had a time-dependent effect on appetite, "producing a transient decrease followed by a sustained increase in hunger ratings."

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 199112 In a study of artificial sweeteners performed on college students, there was no evidence that artificial sweetener use was associated with a decrease in their overall sugar intake either.

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 200313 This study, which looked at 3,111 children, found that diet soda, specifically, was associated with higher BMI.

International Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, 200414 This Purdue University study found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids. The researchers believe the experience of drinking artificially sweetened liquids disrupted the animals' natural ability to compensate for the calories in the food.

San Antonio Heart Study, 200515 Data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study also showed that drinking diet soft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain – far more so than regular soda.16 On average, for each diet soft drink the participants drank per day, they were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41 percent more likely to become obese.

Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 200517 In this two-year long study, which involved 166 school children, increased diet soda consumption was associated with higher BMI at the end of the trial.

The Journal of Pediatrics, 200618 The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study included 2,371 girls aged 9-19 for 10 years. Soda consumption in general, both regular and diet, was associated with increase in total daily energy intake.

Journal of Biology and Medicine, 201019 This study delves into the neurobiology of sugar cravings and summarizes the epidemiological and experimental evidence concerning the effect of artificial sweeteners on weight.

According to the authors: "[F]indings suggest that the calorie contained in natural sweeteners may trigger a response to keep the overall energy consumption constant. ...Increasing evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners do not activate the food reward pathways in the same fashion as natural sweeteners… [A]rtificial sweeteners, precisely because they are sweet, encourage sugar craving and sugar dependence."

Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 201020 This review offers a summary of epidemiological and experimental evidence concerning the effects of artificial sweeteners on weight, and explains those effects in light of the neurobiology of food reward. It also shows the correlation between increased usage of artificial sweeteners in food and drinks, and the corresponding rise in obesity. More than 11,650 children aged 9-14 were included in this study. Each daily serving of diet beverage was associated with a BMI increase of 0.16 kg/m2

Appetite, 201221 Here, researchers showed that saccharin and aspartame both cause greater weight gain than sugar, even when the total caloric intake remains similar.

Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, 201322 This report highlights the fact that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, such as excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.23,24 The researchers speculate that frequent consumption of artificial sweeteners may induce metabolic derangements.

Nature, 201425 This study was able to clearly show causality, revealing there's a direct cause and effect relationship between consuming artificial sweeteners and developing elevated blood sugar levels.

People who consumed high amounts of artificial sweeteners were found to have higher levels of HbA1C—a long-term measure of blood sugar—compared to non-users or occasional users of artificial sweeteners.

Seven volunteers who did not use artificial sweeteners were then recruited, and asked to consume the equivalent of 10-12 single-dose packets of artificial sweeteners daily for one week.

Four of the seven people developed "significant disturbances in their blood glucose," according to the researchers. Some became pre-diabetic within just a few days. The reason for this dramatic shift was traced back to alterations in gut bacteria. Some bacteria were killed off, while others started proliferating.

PLOS One, 201426 This study, which was done on rats, using aspartame, also found an increased risk of glucose intolerance. Animals that consume artificial sweeteners ended up with raised levels of propionate—short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) involved in sugar production. Consumption of artificial sweeteners shifted gut microbiota to produce propionate, which generated higher blood sugar levels.

Latest Research Reveals New Mechanism of Harm

Research published in the journal Nature27 in September of this year (see list above) reveals another, previously unknown, mechanism by which artificial sweeteners make you pack on unwanted pounds and disrupt your metabolic function. Most importantly, this study proves causation. In recent years, we've learned that gut microbes play a significant role in human health. Certain gut microbes have been linked to obesity, for example, and as it turns out, artificial sweeteners disrupt your intestinal microflora28,29,30,31—thereby raising your risk of both obesity and diabetes.

Specifically, the researchers found that artificial sweeteners alter metabolic pathways associated with metabolic disease. Decreased function was observed in pathways associated with the transport of sugar in the body, for example. Artificial sweeteners were also found to induce gut dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people. Of the artificial sweeteners tested, saccharin (Sweet'N Low) had the strongest impact, followed by sucralose and aspartame. Glucose intolerance is a well-known precursor to type 2 diabetes, but it also plays a role in obesity, because the excess sugar in your blood ends up being stored in your fat cells.According to the authors of this widely publicized study:32

"[W]e demonstrate that consumption of commonly used non-caloric artificial sweeteners formulations drives the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota... Collectively, our results link non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive NAS usage."

The following month, another study came out with very similar findings. This one, published in PLOS One,33 found that when rats were fed aspartame, it shifted their gut microbiota, causing it to produce propionate—short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) involved in sugar production—which led to elevations in blood sugar.

2Corinthians 11:26  In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
2Co 11:27  In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
2Co 11:28  Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
Lakes and rivers flooded with artificial sweeteners: Researchers

Brantford - Artificial sweeteners are found in many foods and beverages worldwide, but did you know that the fish are drinking them as well?
In a 2012 study, Canadian researchers discovered artificial sweeteners could be found in lakes, rivers and oceans worldwide.

The researchers are concerned about the effects of these sweeteners on wildlife and plants, CTV News reports. As part of World Oceans Day (June Cool, scientists asked us to ponder where sweeteners wind up after they are eaten.

The Canadian study reported that the effect of these sweeteners in the water is largely unknown. Nevertheless, scientists should be on alert, said Amy Parente, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn.

Parente conducted her own study in Lake Erie, and she was looking for sucralose, which is the substitute used by Splenda. As expected, the team found the sweetener in the water. While the other studies took samples from the mouths of the treatment plants, Parente tested the water around the lake's beaches, where the sweeteners were likely to be more diluted. She and her team found 0.15 micrograms of sucralose per every liter of water. This may not sound like much, but when added up, it means there may be up to 72 metric tons of sweetener floating in Lake Erie.

When we take in sugar substitutes like Splenda and Sweet'N Low, our bodies aren't able to break them down, so they pass right on through. Once these sweeteners leave our bodies, wastewater treatment facilities have the same problem. Studies have also shown that they can't break down these complex chemicals either, so they wind up in oceans, lakes, and rivers in pretty much the same form in which they were eaten.

Each day, the equivalent of 81,000 to 190,000 cans of artificially flavored soda flow through Ontario's Grand River, say researchers from the University of Waterloo and Environment Canada. This river flows into Lake Erie, Anadolu Agency reports. As a result, as much as 72 metric tonnes (160,000 pounds) of sweetener are flowing into the lake.

In the earlier study, researchers tested for sucralose, cyclamate, saccharin, and acesulfame and found variations of each of these in tap water in Brantford, Ontario, CTV News reported.

In their studies, Parente and her students noted that the sweeteners tricked animals into thinking there was nutrition in the water, causing the creatures to not be hungry, and reducing the calorie intake needed for them to be healthy and reproduce, Anadolu Agency reports. This was especially true for the snails that Parente and her students studied--indeed, they did stop eating as much, and this affected their calorie intake and reproduction.
Parente thinks the sweeteners may have the same effects on other foraging animals.

"When people think about small animals and small organisms, they tend not to be concerned," she said.

A subsequent study, published by Environmental Science and Technology also discovered large amounts of sucralose, saccharin, aspartame, and acesulfame in the vicinity of wastewater treatment plants in New York State. This study found that the sweeteners may damage a plant's ability to perform photosynthesis, and that, in turn, may mean less food for animals that depend on the plants, creating a domino effect that may make its way to us.

Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners aren't the only chemicals that wind up in our water.

There have been numerous studies in the last decade that highlight pharmaceutical compounds in treated wastewater, rivers, lakes, and ground water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), more than 80 percent of waterways sampled in the U.S. show traces of everyday medications like acetaminophen, hormones, blood pressure medicine, antibiotics, and codeine, the Watershed Council reports. In 1999 and 2000, samples from 139 streams in 30 states were tested for 95 chemicals. Some 82 of these 95 chemicals were detected at least once. For the most part, these chemicals were in very low concentrations (usually less than one part per billion). Mixtures of these chemicals weren't unusual; 75 percent of the streams had more than one, and about 50 percent had seven or more, and 34 percent had 10 or more.

Besieged by low levels of these pharmaceuticals, aquatic communities suffer harm. This is because many pharmaceutical compounds are specifically designed to affect living organisms. Although the concentrations in the environment are below acutely toxic levels, the biggest worry is the chronic and /or synergistic effects of these pharmaceutical "cocktails" we have released into the water. On a scientific level, it isn't known how damaging the discharge of these highly concentrated drug compounds into the nation's waterways will be, because exactly how these compounds will affect the creatures that ingest them isn't known.

The Watershed Council says that more scientific study and analysis will be needed to better understand the impact presented by these chemicals.
However, researchers have already observed endocrine disruption in fish that inhabit areas close to wastewater treatment plants. Endocrine disruption is widespread and is the most frequently documented effect that pharmaceutical drugs have on aquatic wildlife. Constant exposure to endocrine disruptors--such as the compounds found in birth control, can feminize male fish and harm their ability to reproduce.

While there have only been a few studies, they definitely shouldn't be ignored, Parente says, per CTV News. She described them as the canary in the coal mine.

"I feel that out of these small organisms are early warnings," she said. "We need to head those warnings."

Another worrisome problem is the potential for the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria populations. Numerous studies have shown that if antibiotics are widespread in the environment, they are less effective.

For the scientists who are studying the effects of artificial sweeteners on aquatic communities, this is going to be a busy time. Work is underway all around the world, said John Spoelstra, a research scientist with Environment Canada.

December 1, 2010
By Jon Christian Ryter
An interesting email crossed my computer a couple of days ago. It stopped my usual morning perusal of the opinions of Main Street Americans on the latest tomfoolery from the social progressive political gadflies inside the DC beltway. The accuracy of the email, concerning a woman who talked about her sister's addiction to diet soft drinks, could not be confirmed because it contained no names, dates nor searchable datastreams to confirm the integrity of the story. And, of course, because there is no way to confirm the story, it stands "disputed" at best (and "refuted" by every reporting site who see a real likelihood of getting a very threatening letter from the lawyers of Aspartame's now expired patent owner, Monsanto who usually jumps on erroneous and easily disproved email reports that make their products look bad—even when they are).

Monsanto no longer has an exclusive right to the use of the combined amino acids, D-phenylketonuria and D-phenylalanine which were then bonded with methanol. In its finished state, the product they created was called aspartame. Aspartame™ is a white powdery substance that is 160 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. Thus, only minute amounts are needed to sweeten soft drinks. For example, a typical 12-oz. low calorie soft drink will contain only 180 milligrams of aspartame. A regular, non-diet soft drink will contain 41 grams of high frutose corn syrup [HFCS90]. High frutose corn syrup, which is a enzymatic processed natural sugar, is about ten times sweeter than cane sugar (L-phenylketonuria and L-phenylalanine). There are three forms of converted frutose used in food products: HFCS 42, which is less sweet than table sugar, and HFCS 55, which is on par with table sugar and, of course, HDCS 90 which is much sweeter. Okay, let's sweep that aside now and concentrate on aspartame. There are two problems with aspartame that everyone conveniently ignores because of the profit aspect of the chemicals that replaced God's pure cane sugar.

The lesser problem with aspartame, regardless of the brand name, is the fact that it is 40% aspartic acid. Aspartic acid is a neuroexicter. Neurexicters cause problems with the central nervous system (causing symptoms that mirror Multiple Sclerosis [MS] and Lupus). This has led to claims by many lay people and advocacy groups fighting chemical sweetners (that only idiots use) with their own unsubstantiated claims that aspartame causes MS and Lupus only because aspartame addicts (health nuts who believe infusing their organs with chemicals solely because they have no calories) sometimes exhibit symptoms that are usually treated, medically, as MS and/or Lupus. But, of course, the patients do not get better.

And, that's the best part of aspartame. The worst part? Everything else. The bonding agent that fuses D-phenylketonuria and D-phenylalanine into aspartame is methanol. The Methanol Institute describes methanol as "a chemical building block for hundreds of products that touch our daily lives—and an emerging clean energy fuel." Yes, that's just the thing I want to drink in my soft drink, or eat in solid food products that, in the past, contained regular cane sugar. Methanol is wood alcohol, a hydrocarbon. According to the Methanol Institute, methanol is a toxin. Ingestion, the Institute warns, can cause death (see video on left). When it reaches 86° Fahrenheit, methanol becomes poisonous. Methanol breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, if you recall, is the substance used to embalm people after death. You might say that people who consume inordinate amounts of soft drinks and foods containing aspartame are slowly embalming themselves as they "diet."

When aspartame was first approved by the FDA, which apparently was aware that methanol breaks down at 86°F, it was approved only for use in soft drinks which are, of course, served cold. It shouldn't take a Ph.D. to realize that when you drink an ice cold beverage it warms to 98.6°F after you swallow it. That may well have been Monsanto's logic, ten years later, when they got aspartame approved by the FDA for use in cake mixes and other prepared foods that are baked before they are sold to the consumers. Today you find aspartame in just about every type of consumable product on the market—including both over-the-counter and prescription medications for children and, I imagine, adults as well.

The Methanol Institute published a safe handling guide for workers in the Methanol industry to protect themselves when handling methanol. On the video, the Institute spokesman said: "Everytime you introduce a new user or a new producer or distributor [...of methanol...] they have to be educated. They need to know about the risks of working with methanol, and how to mitigate against those risks." The purpose of the video (shown here), " to promote the safe handling of ethanol and minimize the health risks to employees, work places, the environment and the community." Yeah, sounds like just the thing I want to sip in my Russian Roulette diet cola.

L-phenylketonuria is an amino acid that deals with brain function. Babies born with a L-phenylketonuria deficiency develop an autosomal recessive metabolic disorder that prevents them from processing an amino acid called—you guessed it—L-phenylalanine. When the body cannot metabolize L-phenylalanine, a condition known as "Phenylketonurics" results. People with high levels of L-phenylalanine develop a condition known as hyperphenylalaninemia which is the inability to synthesize a resultant coenzyme called bioterin. A consumer who apparently likes Russian Roulette sodas raised the question, "is phenylalanine in diet soda harmful?" to a Mayo Clinic health blog. Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic web nutritionist responded: "Phenylalanine isn't a problem for most people." (Do you know whether or not you are "most people?") "Diet sodas contain a warning about phenylalanine because it can pose a risk to people who have phenylketonuria (PKU). PKU is a rare condition in which the body cannot process phenylalanine." Sources of L-phenylalanine are foods that contain protein such as beef, pork, poultry, fish, milk, yogurt, eggs, cheese, soy and certain nuts and seeds. And, of course, sugar supplements containing aspartame are high in D-phenylalanine.

Stop for a minute and digest what you've been reading. Think, if you will, about what aspartame was supposed to be before it became Aspartame™. A GH Searle & Co. chemist named James Schlatter was, according to Searle, attempting to find a cure for ulcers. But he could just as easily been searching for a cure for PKU since those were the precise amino acids he was experimenting with. D-phenylketonuria and D-phenylalanine, fused together with methanol. The GD Searle website said their scientists were examining the impact of D-tyrosine, D-tryptophan and serotonin might have in curing ulcerative lesions. Since D-phenylalanine breaks down into D-tyrosine, Schlatter may have been examining a backdoor approach to curing ulcers. But, whether he was seeking a cure for ulcers or PKU, his chemical compound was certainly not something I'd care to put in my morning coffee or drink in a cool lemonade or soft drink while working in the yard.

For some unknown reason, according to Schlatter, he spilled some of the experimental mixture on his fingers, then licked it off. (What idiot would do that?) It was sweet. (So, I understand, is antifreeze.) GD Searle & Company, looking for a cure for ulcers, hyperphenylalaninemia or PKU, hit the financial jackpot. They called it Nutrasweet™. Monsanto bought the patent rights from them in 1985. When GD Searle & Co. sold the patent to Monsanto, they knew aspartame would very likely become a litigatious problem. Searle decided to cut their losses and walk away from their invention. See the DVD "Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World."

The Congressional Record, SIS835: 131, August 1, 1985 contains the testimony of the late Dr. Adrian Gross who was a former senior FDA toxicologist. According to reports, Gross testified that he took part in an onsite investigation at Searle Laboratories and found documentation of studies carried out by Searle Labs that show the safety of aspartame was " a large extent unreliable...At least one of those studies established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that of extremely high significance." In his testimony Gross also said, in his view, aspartame was capable of producing not only brain tumors but, brain cancer. For that reason, he said, the FDA should not have been allowed to set a "daily intake" standard for a substance that posed a risk when consumed by humans. In the same Congressional hearings, Searle admitted that they had to consider the possibility of aspartame's complete conversion of diketopiperazine (a brain tumor agent), admitting they did not give that information to the FDA because, they said, the FDA would not have approved aspartame as a dietary supplement.

During the annual American Academy of Environmental Medicine Conference, which met this year on October 21-24, 2010 in LaJolla, California, Dr. William Deagle, MD, was quoted saying: "The European Environmental Association has projected that with the rise of autism caused by toxic foods like aspartame, MSG, fluoride and environmental degradation, by 2014 no one will be born in the Western World that does not have some degree of autism."

On the AAEM website, the following background statement appears on the page promoting the 2010 conference: "A large, growing and pervasive body of scientific evidence has documented that, in a growing segment of our population, a rapidly increasing and complex toxic body burden is contributing to an increasing variety of multi-system, chronic and debilitating conditions and diseases. The resultant adverse and expensive impacts on the quality of life in these patients is reaching alarming proportions...Treatment must address the actual causes: effective removal of toxicant burdens...detoxication pathways and...accommodating individually specific detoxification."

Natural food source L-phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that the body does not produce. When phenylalanine is synthesized in a laboratory, as it was by Schlatter, it is called D-phenylalanine. When a combination of both natural and synthetic phenylalanine are used, it is referred to as DL-phenylalanine. The body gets L-phenylalanine from food (first from the breast milk of their mothers). When the body processes L-phenylalanine it is biologically converted into another amino acid, L-tyrosine which is then altered into L-DOPA, which is converted into dopamine, noreinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline). When the body can't produce L-phenylketonuria, phenylalanine continues to be extracted from the food you consume—or, possibly, from the aspartame you consume as a sugar substitute until it reaches critical mass in your body and you develop PKU or hyperphenylalaninemia.

It it important to remember that aspartame, which is now found in over 5,000 food products and medicines is a drug. It's not a food derivative like corn syrup or beet frutose even though it fuses two amino acids. Both of the amino acids in aspartame are chemically manufactured. They are fused with another chemical, methanol. Clearly, if L-phenylalanine or D-phenylalanine dissipated from the body like other nutrients, the only problem with aspartame would be the use of a toxin to fuse the two amino acids.

However, phenylalanine doesn't dissipate without help. That help comes only from L-phenylketonuria, D-phenylketonuria or DL-phenylketonuria to help the sufferer avoid hyperphenylalaninemia. People with immune deficiencies, diabetics with compromised pancreatic function, are more likely to end up with a debilitating consequence from aspartame. And, I suspect, Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetics might be more prone to opt for a sugar substitute. To date, the FDA has received over 10,000 consumer complaints on aspartame resulting in 92 symptoms, the worst of which is death.

I found an interesting article

I was doing research on aspartame and came across this forum. Lots of great points. I saw an article today on aspartame and the dangers of it and how it affects our bodies. https://www.thenutritionalsource....hy-cause-cancer-with-no-calories/ I thought I would share. Forum Index -> HEALTH and Medical NEWS
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