The aspartame issue is so alarming
and complex, everyone has many questions. One
of the most frequent questions, "Why haven't
I heard about this before now?"
The truth behind the aspartame issue
carries with it a long history of misinformation.
The best way to learn is to ask questions. SweetPoison
is one of many information sites supplying answers
One of the most common questions
I am asked is, "Has The NutraSweet Company threatened
you? Aren't you afraid they'll do something to you?
The answer is 'No.' I have not had any negative
contact nor threats from anyone representing aspartame.
What I have written in the book is true, and the
documentation is public information. I have debated
NutraSweet officials numerous times, and they disagree,
of course, with my belief that aspartame is dangerous
to human health, especially when used during pregnancy
and by children. They repeat the same statements
each time, nevertheless, such as 'their corporate research
shows aspartame to be perfectly safe', and 'there are
no double-blind studies proving aspartame is harmful
to humans.' Then they brag about their sky-rocketing
sales. "NutraSweet cannot be bad if it sells
as well as it does," they justify.
Of course, I counter with the opposing information
I wrote within SWEET POISON. "I pay more
attention to what people are experiencing," I reply,
"and to my own illness caused by aspartame."
As I wrote in SWEET POISON, the research showing aspartame
to be perfectly safe was all corporate funded research,
and the opposing laboratory studies proving aspartame
as dangerous were performed by independent researchers,
university professors, and Ph.D., MD researchers funded
by academic interests. So, the battle of whose
research pays for what results goes on and on. Unfortunately,
the trusting consumer is the one who gets hurt in the
I believe it is time to step back and re-evaluate the
FDA approval process; to acknowledge the power behind
advertising dollars and media sponsorship vs. responsible
journalism; to monitor sincerity within the American
Medical Association (AMA); to critique the quality (or
lack) of nutrition classes offered at American medical
schools; to challenge the bullying behind the approval
of other alternative sweeteners; to reexamine the safety
of saccharin; and to expose the media's "information
blackout" concerning the dangers of aspartame.