April 2006 Issue

Monsanto - The Creator of NutraSweet/Equal

Monsanto - Whose Interests Are At Heart? By Dr. Janet Starr Hull Illustrations by Lynn Townsend Dealey Big business - modern humans can't live without them, or can they? Don't forget that most big business has your money in mind.   Unfortunately, your health and wellness isn't always their primary goal, but it is important to learn about the companies that play such influential roles in your lives and the lives of your children.   After all, many of these corporations have reputable backgrounds, and it's everyone's hope that when they realize they may have jeopardized the health of their... Continue Reading

Posted on April 28, 2006 in Monsanto and G.D. Searle | Link

Aspartame's FDA Approval Process Shows Significant Flaws

Aspartame's FDA Approval Process Shows Significant Flaws By Dr. Janet Starr Hull Illustrations by Lynn Townsend Dealey All too often I hear people excuse the negative health effects of diet sweeteners because the products are "FDA approved."   Well, FDA approval may not be something the American consumer can actually depend upon anymore, like in days past. The FDA rules and regulations for the approval of food additives is a standard procedure for every applicant, but it has some serious flaws that need to be addressed. 1 Basically, all the FDA is responsible for is reviewing the summaries of research... Continue Reading

Posted on April 28, 2006 in FDA | Link

Case Still Open On Aspartame Cancer Link

By LAURA BELL The Dallas Morning news WASHINGTON - The news on aspartame was a little sweeter earlier this month, with one of the largest human studies so far finding no association with cancer. Known by brand names such as NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame has been in and out of headlines since its approval in 1981, largely because of data raising the possibility of a link to brain cancer. After years of relative quiet, the controversy revived in February, when a team of Italian researchers published disturbing data from an extensive animal study. The scientists, writing in the journal Environmental... Continue Reading

Posted on April 27, 2006 in Aspartame in the news | Link

Aspartame History Highlights

Twenty Years of NutraSweet/Equal (Aspartame) By Dr. Janet Starr Hull History Highlights: There is so much information on the dangers of aspartame found in NutraSweet and Equal I could write a book about it - well, actually I did. In 1997, after being diagnosed with an incurable case of Grave's Disease caused by aspartame, I wrote Sweet Poison: How The World's Most Popular Artificial Sweetener Is Killing Us-My Story exposing the dangers of this artificial sweetener. The following timeline is an excerpt from my book. 1965 : Jim Schlatter, a chemist at G.D. Searle & Company was working on a... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in History | Link

Twenty Years of NutraSweet/Equal (Aspartame)

Twenty Years of NutraSweet/Equal® (Aspartame) By Dr. Janet Starr Hull Illustrations by Lynn Townsend Dealey After twenty years of NutraSweet/Equal® (aspartame) dominating the sweetener market, people are realizing for themselves that aspartame really is a nasty food chemical tragically harmful to their health. But the corporations deny there is a connection between aspartame and epidemic obesity, mental disturbances, addictions, and disease.   They have left the proof to the consumer, who is now getting the picture, but at great personal cost. And the corporations work against the thousands of claims of bodily harm and even death connected to this artificial... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in History | Link

Aspartame Exposure Exacerbates Multiple Sclerosis

Aspartame exposure in the work place exacerbates Multiple Sclerosis From: Lynn Madigan PROTECT YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS Please contact the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Phone: 888-293-6498 or 202-512-1530 Email: gpoaccess@gpo.gov Mailing address: Public Information Officer; Supreme Court of the United States ; Washington D C 20543 (The aforementioned contact information is provided by the court's official website as venue for technical questions. A representative of the court informed me in October of 2003 that this Petition for Rehearing was not posted due to technical difficulties.) Please contact the Supreme Court of the United States of America to... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in Multiple Sclerosis | Link

Safety of The Sugar Subsutitute Aspartame

A series of scientific studies in this country and abroad is stirring new concern among some scientists over the safety of aspartame, the immensely popular sugar substitute marketed as NutraSweet. A group was given aspartame capsules up to the FDA's maximum allowable limit˜50 milligrams per Kilogram of weight˜three times a day for 12 days. Unexpectedly, the researchers began to find "cognitive deficits" in some of the neuropsychological tests then done on the group. Continue reading The Washington Post's Safety of sugar subsutitutes.... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in Research, Safety | Link

Dietary Treatment for Fibromyalgia - University of Florida

Fibromyalgia mystery: If MSG and sweeteners (aspartame) stop, so do symptoms. A very small study by the University of Florida offers promise of a dietary treatment for the chronic fatigue and pain of Fibromyalgia. Four women who had had Fibromyalgia for years, plus allergies (such as allergic rhinitis and food allergies, for example), found that their Fibromyalgia symptoms were nearly gone within a few months of eliminating from their diets the widely used flavor enhancer MSG (monosodium glutamate) and the artificial sweetener aspartame. MSG and aspartame do not cause Fibromyalgia, explains a researcher, nor does eliminating those items work for... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in Fibromyalgia | Link

MIT: Aspartame Health and Safety Concerns

MIT: Health and Safety Concerns - Testimony before Congress Nov 3, l987. Statement by Dr. Richard J. Wurtman, Director, Clinical Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Committee on Labor and Human Resources: NutraSweet: Health and Safety Concerns - Testimony before Congress Nov 3, l987. "Thousands of people are sufficiently convinced that they personally suffered side-effects caused by aspartame to have written letters to the FDA about their experiences, and it can be assumed that very many more people -- concerned about such side effects -- have simply chosen to avoid the artificial sweetener (a choice not always possible in a... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in Safety | Link

Aspartame and Methanol Research From The University Of Arizona

Dr. Woodrow C. Monte's Methanol Research - University Of Arizona JOURNAL OF APPLIED NUTRITION, VOLUME 36, NUMBER 1, 1984 REPORT ASPARTAME: METHANOL AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH DR. WOODROW C. MONTE ABSTRACT Aspartame (L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester), a new sweetener marketed under the trade name NutraSweet*, releases into the human bloodstream one molecule of methanol for each molecule of aspartame consumed. This new methanol source is being added to foods that have considerably reduced caloric content and, thus, may be consumed in large amounts. Generally, none of these foods could be considered dietary methanol sources prior to addition of aspartame. When diet... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in Methanol, Research | Link

FDA Report for NutraSweet Approval

FDA report on Searle's submission for NutraSweet approval The "Bressler Report" EIR 4/25/77 to 8/4/77 JSA/DME/JT/LF Searle Laboratories Div. G.D. Searle & Co. 4901 Searle Parkway Skokie, Illinois 60076 SUMMARY OF FINDINGS Authentication of this study was performed primarily by comparing available raw data with the submission to FDA. This was a problem, at times, due to the lack of some data and difficulty in locating other material. The majority of material relating to Aspartame was already under FDA seal at Searle. However, during this investigation we discovered various documents and notebooks that were not. Continue reading the entire FDA... Continue Reading

Posted on April 21, 2006 in FDA | Link

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