AP calls study independent, omits previous human studies showing Aspartame
The deadly toxin Aspartame which is included in more than 6,000 food and drink
products around the world is good for you according to a new government study.
The Associated Press falsely labels the results as independent and omits referencing
previous human studies undertaken by groups with no corporate or government
ties that concluded the opposite.
Press health correspondent Marilynn Marchione seems to revel in suggesting
the study is beyond reproach because it uses human subjects rather than rats.
"A huge federal study in people -- not rats -- takes the fizz out of arguments
that the diet soda sweetener aspartame might raise the risk of cancer,"
smarms the article in an attempt to discredit last year's Italian
study which linked aspartame to an increased risk of leukaemias and lymphomas
in female lab rats "at doses very close to the acceptable daily intake
In putting the study in this context, the Associated Press has lied by omission.
Numerous independent controlled studies (not ones conducted by corporations
or government) using human subjects have concluded that aspartame is deadly.
They are Camfield (1992), Elsas (1988), Gulya (1992), Koehler (1988), Kulczycki
(1995), Spiers (1988), Van Den Eeden (1994), Walton (1993). Why doesn't the
AP mention any of these studies?
Why doesn't the AP mention the
fact that "out of 90 independently-funded studies, 83 of them found
one or more problems caused by aspartame. But out of the 74 studies funded by
the aspartame industry (e.g., Monsanto, G.D. Searle, ILSI, etc.), every single
one of them claimed that no problems were found?"
The AP immediately draws the conclusion that the study was, "done by reputable
researchers independent of any funding or ties to industry groups."
The AP cites the Center For Science in the Public Interest as praising the
results of the study. CFSPI
is a Rockefeller front organization that also receives funding from Ted Turner's
Nuclear Threat Initiative. Its board of directors is also littered with former
government henchmen, including former FDA officials.
Having the federal government conduct studies that heavily impact profits of
major corporations depending on the results and calling them independent is
like Charles Manson being judged by Jeffrey Dahmer. In the 21st century of corporate
fascism the two are inseparable from one another.
The Aspartame controversy is noted for the fact that it explicitly connects
government conflicts of interest with corporations. Donald Rumsfeld became the
chief executive officer of a worldwide pharmaceutical G.D. Searle & Company
(later bought out by Monsanto) in 1977, 12 years after aspartame was discovered
by G.D. Searle chemist James Schlatter.
A story by Rishi Mehta, associate commentary editor for the University of Connecticut
Daily Campus newspaper, points out the following: “In 1981, after over
15 years of FDA disapproval of aspartame, Rumsfeld said in a Searle sales meeting
that he would use ‘political rather than scientific means’ to finally
get FDA approval. Only 20 days later, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as 40th President
of the United States, appointing Rumsfeld as Special Envoy to the Middle East
and Arthur Hayes Hull Jr. - a friend of Rumsfeld's - to FDA commissioner."
If one of the most influential members of the current administration has publicly
stated that he would use political pressure to force the acceptance of aspartame
would it would therefore overwhelmingly be in the interest of a federal government
study to conclude that the use of aspartame was acceptable?
Therefore the study is not independent and it is not credible.
Futhermore, the FDA has been caught
in the past removing negative data from government studies that indicated
aspartame was dangerous to humans.
According to consumer rights group Mission Possible, "Since its 1981 approval,
the FDA has published a list of 92 symptoms of aspartame poisoning, which includes
headaches, vision loss including blindness, seizures, neurological problems,
cardiovascular problems and death. The FDA admits adverse reactions to aspartame
comprise about 80 percent of consumer complaints it receives each year."
Proponents of aspartame are like the idiots in the 50's who said there were
no health dangers in smoking. Moves by British
parliamentarians and bills such as one
in New Jersey calling for the outright banning of aspartame in all foods
should be supported and this poison-peddling industry shut down.