Critics Of Aspartame Warn Of Dangers

Dr. Hull was interviewed May 8, 2006, by investigative reporter Janet St. James from ABC affiliate, WFAA News in Dallas. Register free as a user to view the entire article.

Critics Of Aspartame Warn Of Dangers
11:36 PM CDT on Monday, May 8, 2006

The Food and Drug Administration said it will do a review of a study that claims aspartame causes cancer.

Millions of people drink the popular artificial sweetener every day in their favorite diet soda and last year, an Italian study linked aspartame to higher rates of lymphoma and leukemia in rats.

An European union the equivalent to the FDA declined to support the conclusion, but many people claim aspartame has made them sick.

In fact, a number of medical professionals have urged people to stay away from it.

Painting is Gwenn Walden's joy, but she said a few years back the bright colors began to vanish before her eyes.

"I started having blind spots," she said. "Even if I waved the paint brush around, I could only see probably the top part. Anything below...would be out of sight, my hand, anything."

With fears of glaucoma or impending blindness, Walden went to the eye doctor.

"He's the one who said it was the brain spasm," she said.

Walden said she discovered the brain spasms occurred every time she drank a diet cola that contained aspartame.

Aspartame, known more commonly as NutraSweet or Equal, is the world's most popular artificial sweetener and found in more than 6,000 products from juice to Jell-O to jelly.

FDA approved it in the early 80's and it has been the source of growing controversy ever since. Early studies and thousands of consumer complaints to the government linked the

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