Aspartame danger by diaz010611


									           Aspartame danger - urgent warning about tumors and seizures

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, aEuropean Cancer Research
Center, theRamazzini 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 fromWashington School of Medicine, revealed that consumption of
aspartic acid, a major ingredient in aspartame, produced holes in the brains of animal

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.

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