The Spin on Aspartame
If you like to learn more about aspartame all you need to do is to type “aspartame”, and browse all the results that will come up. One week will not be enough to browse all the results. There is a lot of information, speculation, researches and studies for this subject.
If you don’t have time to research through all the materials, this article is perfect for you. This article has different approach. It fixes on a small bit of the debate and then it follows it through.
At the beginning, this article focuses on the people who are assuring us it is safe, or simply said-the experts. The same experts from the government, experts from the medical field, everyone are stating that we shouldn’t worry, and if it was harmful they would have tell us.
But the more we research about this subject, the more terrified and skeptical we are. What we will reveal is a great endeavor from the people at the highest levels of our government and the ones at the highest levels of the medical community, to beguile the people about the safety of aspartame.
We all have been tricked about this dangerous product for bigger profits.
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We will start from the beginnings. The company G. D. Searle has developed this product at the first time. Still, the Food and Drug Administration which is a federal agency whose job is ensuring that the food and drugs are safe for us, didn’t approve their product.
Supposedly, the substance was applied on monkeys, in which later were appeared lesions, tumors, seizures and even some of them ended up dead.
The FDA has been rejecting the company’s applications for approval, but they insisted in presenting their own evidences that their product is not dangerous.
When FDA had it enough, they asked Department of Justice to charge G. D. Searle for presentation deceptive test information in their endeavor to get their product ratified. The FDA senior toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross had something to say about this subject on the Congress: “Behind a shadow of a doubt aspartame stimulates brain tumors.”
Then G. D. Searle made Donald Rumsfeld its CEO. When Ronald Reagan became a president, he included Rumsfeld in his team, and then another FDA commissioner was chosen immediately.
The unnatural sweetener created by the company Donald Rumsfeld was leading, over the objections of the FDA scientific board, was ratified in one of the first acts of the new FDA commissioner.
Also, when it seemed like aspartame will be ratified later on for use in carbonated drinks, the National Soft Drink Association disagreed with this act, claiming that it wouldn’t be safe for people because aspartame is very unsteady when in liquid form and decomposes into formaldehyde, amidst other things.
G.D. Searle was bought in 1985 by Monsanto, and the NutraSweet Company functioned as a part of Monsanto until 2000, and then Monsanto has been sold to J.W. Childs Equity Partners, where it remains today.
Meanwhile, the FDA has composed a list of 92 symptoms related with aspartame consummation. Blindness, deafness, sickness, dizziness, weight gain and even death, are all included in this list. Anyway, aspartame still can be found in the markets, included in more products.
Aspartame Resource Center (www.aboutaspartame.com) claims that aspartame is found in over 6.000 products around the world. You can find some “cheerful” information about the safety of aspartame. Ironically, they even have a part labeled as “Meet the doctors,” where you can read a list of their medical advisory board.
In the medical advisory part, you can read the ARC saying: “The Aspartame Information Center Expert Medical Advisory Board was made to help guide the Center’s communications to health professionals and the public about aspartame gains, safety and role in a healthy diet. The board members are giving counsel on present medical and nutrition science, as well as preview on tools that help address the demands of health professionals in their work. Their backgrounds are covering critical areas of medicine and science, and each has unique experience in health and nutrition.”
Does it sound to you like they don’t really know they are? This “Aspartame Information Center”, what is this? I checked the site(www.aspartame.org) and I saw a pretty large list of “experts”, who are a tool for backing up claims that aspartame is safe, including the Calorie Control Council. As a matter of fact, the Calorie Control Center possesses the Aspartame Information Center site, and you can also read on the bottom that it is listed as a copyright holder.
The Aspartame Resource Center promotes all kinds of “fact” lists that you can download, especially the one called “Straight Answers about Aspartame.” This list is created by the American Dietetic Association and the Calorie Control Council. At the bottom of the fact list you can see that it has been sponsored by aspartame.org. The fact is that the Aspartame Information Center, the Aspartame Resource Center and Ajinomoto are all the same and are considered as the biggest producers of aspartame worldwide.
There is a question- who owns the Calorie Control Council? In its site www.caloriecontrol.org you can read that the Calorie Control Council is founded in 1966 and it stand for 60 producers and suppliers of low-calorie, low-fat and light foods and drinks, where more than 10 different producers and suppliers of dietary sweeteners are included.
If you go deeper you will find another site related to the Calorie Control Council. It is called Calories Count and you can visit it at www.caloriescount.com, where you can see that it is sponsored by Ajinomoto, NutraSweet, Splenda and Sweet ‘N Low. You can take a closer look at their sponsorship page: http://www.caloriescount.com/support.html.
To summarize, the FDA claimed that aspartame was harmful, and they didn’t want to ratify it. But, when the new president and his associate appointed new head of the FDA, the aspartame was immediately ratified after 16 years of being rejected. It is a little bit strange, isn’t it?
And even today, if you like to find more information about aspartame, you will end up on sites full with cheerful and comforting data, which is showing you how safe the aspartame is. Associations like American Dietetic Association are writing this information and are sponsored by aspartame itself!
In order to consult those who were meant to be trusted, the medical experts with the needed knowledge I backed out again to the Aspartame Resource Center.
The first name on the list was C. Wayne Callaway, M.D., where I ended up in another endless rabbit hole.
I visited his Web site and after the opening quote from Hippocrates, I found all kinds of information there. You can read his whole CV there.
1. Wayne Callaway, M.D., finished his medical training at Northwestern University, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and Harvard University. He is also board certified in Internal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and has held academic assignations at Harvard Medical School, Mayo Medical School and George Washington University.
He was a head of the Public Information Committee of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the American Society for Nutrition Sciences, has been a part of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Nutrition, also was a part of the American Heart Association, and has been a counselor to the American Medical Association.
He cooperates with the Mayo Clinic, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the USDA. He was a counselor to the U.S. Surgeon General and assisted in creating dietary directions for the USDA.
He has been working on the heading boards of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, together with other medical magazines. His articles were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and the Internal Journal of Obesity and many others.
In his biography you will find that Dr. Callaway’s opinions on nutrition and health are often published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Wall Street Journal and many other magazines like Time, Newsweek, U.S. News& World Report, Vogue, Elle, Health and many others.
You can also hear his expert statements on nutrition on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, ESPN and many other televisions. He was a guest on the McNeill-Lehrer Newshour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Phil Donahue, Larry King Live and other shows and talk programs.
All of this sounds perfect. But if you dig a little bit deeper, you will notice in his CV that hi is a member of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition.
He was also a head of the Public Information Committee of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. Investigating for the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, you will get straight to the American Society for Nutrition (www.nutrition.org)
Both are publishing the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which is the highest ranked peer-reviewed magazine in nutrition and dietetics, and the Journal of Nutrition which gives the latest research covering a wide field of topics of crucial interest to researchers, scientists, students, policymakers and ordinary people who have interests in nutrition.
If you do some additional research you will find out that the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, A.K.A. the American Society for Nutrition, is backed up by some “sustaining members”, who are (giving) collecting financial back up for the society’s activities in education, scientific programs and professional outreach. The site claims that the sustaining members are able to sponsor educational probabilities, grants and other items.
Mars, McCormick, Monsanto, Campbell Soup Company, ConAgra Foods, Dannon, The National Dairy Council, Nestle, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cadbury Schweppes, Eli Lilly, General Mills, Gerber, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellog, Kraft, PepsiCo, POM Wonderful, Procter&Gamble, The Sugar Association, Unilever, Wrigley and Wyeth are all included in those sustaining members.
Dr. Wayne Callaway is a acknowledged expert in nutrition, who demonstrates before Congress and appears as a guest in some national televisions to declare his statements on food and nutrition.
His statements are released nationally and often. He is surely a national expert and his opinions are taken quite seriously, and are released from respected medical magazines. He also states that the aspartame is not dangerous at all.
He works and writes together with the people who are backed up by the food industry that uses aspartame. He is a hired “medical expert” by the food industry, and his job is to present the safety of the aspartame before the mainstream media.
In his CV you can find that he is an advisor of some government agencies like the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Congress, the USDA and U.S. Postal Service (which is a little odd).
Also, the one that we couldn’t neglect is the FDA. In his Web site you can also read which other institutes are paying him. Here are some of them: American Institute of Wine and Food, Mars, Mead Johnson Nutritional Group, the Milk Industry Foundation, the Monsanto Corporation, Nabisco, the National Dairy Council, the Nestle Foundation for Nutrition and Health, Ocean Spray, Parke-Davis, Proctor & Gamble, Quaker Oats and the United Dairy Industry.
One more! NutraSweet
It may look unbelievable and we will summarize again: Dr. W. Callaway is a nationally acknowledged expert for nutrition who claims that there is no danger from aspartame at all. He is paid by NutraSweet and Ajinomoto which are the biggest manufacturers of aspartame.
It is clear that the people are tricked for a bigger profit. Where do the profits come in? It is calculated that the U.S. marker for unnatural sweeteners with aspartame leading the charge will be more than $3 billion around the world.
The quote-“Several ingredients have resisted such detailed testing and iterated, close scrutiny, and the process through which aspartame has gone should give the public with more confidence of its safety”, can be found at the top of the home page for the Aspartame Information Center, who is in fact one of the two largest manufacturers of aspartame.
It’s attributed to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
How can you know which product is including aspartame? As the Aspartame Resource Center suggested, the aspartame can be found on the ingredients list, if it is included in the product. The FDA obligates the companies to list the aspartame if it is included in their products.
But, not every company lists it in its regular name, so you may find an ingredient called “phenylalanine”, which is actually an ingredient of aspartame. That product contains aspartame.
But you should be careful because of the tiny print on the most of the ingredient labels on the products. You can find aspartame where you never expected, like in the vitamins, or the liquid antibiotics or Metamucil.
The food industry which produces and sells this harmful product is controlling the government and the medical experts, and we shouldn’t expect any help from their side. The only thing you can do is to be more careful about the products you are buying for your children and your family, because that is the only way to protect your family and yourself from this harmful product.
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