reports that soda is the most commonly consumed beverage among American children and that soft drink consumption is up 500% over the last 50 years. U.S. consumption has skyrocketed to over 600 12-ounce servings per person per year, and climbing. The nation's top soft drink manufacturer's stated goal is to jump sales by 25% annually. Aspartame is sold as an additive, but it's a deadly excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with other drugs and vaccines.
Sweet, International Honor
At New York's Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Morando Soffritti was honored with the rather rare Irving J Selikoff Award for outstanding contributions to the identification of environmental and industrial carcinogens, and his promotion of independent scientific research. The prestigious Selikoff Award is only granted for groundbreaking cancer research. It was created 1993 by the Collegium Ramazzini, an academy of 180 internationally renowned experts in occupational and environmental health from over 30 nations. It has been awarded just twice before being presented to Dr. Soffritti.
His study forced the conclusion that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen. Cancers aspartame produced included leukemia, lymphoma, kidney, and cranial peripheral nerves among others. Only the rats fed aspartame got malignant brain tumors. This prodigious work was peer-reviewed by 7 world experts. This work confirmed studies presented to the FDA 25 years ago that documented a catalogue of brain, uterine, ovarian, testicular, mammary, pancreatic and thyroid tumors. www.wnho.net/whopper.htm
Low Doses Matter
Soffritti's new study "Lifespan Exposure to Low Doses of Aspartame Beginning During Prenatal Life Increases Cancer Effects in Rats" focused on damage from low-dosage aspartame consumption over the long term and clearly demonstrated a great danger to unborn babies and children. Newly identified is risk of breast cancer as the aspartame-using child matures. Exposures were at low doses. A 20 kg (45 pound) child drinking 2 cans of diet soda a day brings into his body 400 mg. of aspartame.
Politics In Motion
Based on the evidence, FDA denied aspartame for 16 years from the time it was discovered. However, when Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of NutraSweet's parent, G.D. Searle Co., went to Washington as newly elected Reagan Secretary of Defense, the existing FDA Commissioner was asked to resign and aspartame was approved by successor Arthur Hull Hayes, appointed by President Reagan. Hayes approved aspartame over the objections of the FDA's scientific Board of Inquiry who had revoked the petition to approve it previously. President Reagan had written an executive order making the FDA powerless to do anything about aspartame until Hayes assumed his position. Now the once floundering Searle became profitable. The FDA had full knowledge of aspartame's toxicity, and the approval of this deadly carcinogen sentenced millions to disability and death.
"Reagan Quit Using Sweeteners"
—Atlanta Journal Constitution, 9/25/85. The year was l985, and there were two congressional hearings over the outrage about the public being poisoned with aspartame. In this article it states: "President Reagan says he quit using artificial sweeteners because 'we don't know what is in them...' " Unfortunately, it was too late for the public as the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of NutraSweet, even though it was known that the FDA had asked for the indictment of Searle, and had revoked their petition for approval.
EXPERTS CONFIRM THE DANGER:
Dr. Philip Landrigan,
Chairman of Community and Environmental Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, says Dr. Soffritti's study on rats strongly implies human risk. He advises parents of young children to think very very carefully about giving drinks and other aspartame-contaminated foods to children. He advocates federal action be taken to review regulation of aspartame and that the chemical be submitted for precise critical investigation. The abstract and link to the full text to be published on EHP online, is on the homepage of the European Ramazzini Foundation: www.ramazzini.it
Dr. Adrian Gross and the Delaney Amendment
In 1985 D.r Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist, warned Congress that aspartame violates the Delaney Amendment which prohibits from our foods any ingredient causing cancer in animals. (See two letters Dr. Gross addressed to Senator Howard Metzenbaum, and the memo that triggered a request for indictment of Searle for fraudulent submissions: http:// www.dorway.com/gross.txt)
Dr. Louis Elsas M.D.,
practices internal medicine, clinical genetics, clinical biochemical genetics and clinical molecular genetics in Miami, FL. He testified to Congress in l985 that aspartame is a teratogen, and can trigger birth defects and mental retardation.
Atty. James Turner,
author of the Chemical Feast and the Nader Report on Food Protection at FDA, explains: "Since l974 FDA and the Searle Drug Company have known that aspartame causes brain tumors in animals. In 1980 the public has known the Public Board of Inquiry affirmed the Searle studies showed cancer in animals and ruled that it should not be used in the food supply. It is past time [for] the FDA [to] invoke the Delaney Clause and remove NutraSweet from the market. In July of 2005 further studies (Ramazzini) underscored the cancer causing capability of NutraSweet/ aspartame in animals." See Mr. Turner along with AACI's Advisory Board Members, Dr. Betty Martini, D. Hum., and Ed Johnson, J.D., in the film: Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. The film explains how Rumsfeld's aspartame got approved after the FDA said no.
Ralph G. Walton, M.D.
of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, Erie, PA, emphasizes: "Dr. Soffritti's two outstanding studies on the multipotential carcinogenic effects of aspartame add significantly to the ever- growing body of evidence on the hazards of this artificial sweetener. The FDA's stubborn adherence to their original, and controversial, approval of aspartame is unconscionable. The public must be informed that the approvals, both in this country and Europe, are based on highly questionable industry-funded research, or, in the case of recently issued statements on aspartame's supposed safety, on a questionnaire which in no way represents legitimate research. Independent research, such as the recent Soffritti studies invariably demonstrates the extremely hazardous nature of this product." www.safeharborbh.org
Dr. H. J. Roberts, M.D., FACP, FCCP,
author of several texts on aspartame disease commented: "The elegant studies by Dr. Morando Soffritti and his colleagues, coupled with other recent related publications, reinforce my longstanding opinion that aspartame products represent carcinogens -- or co-carcinogens -- for several major tumors in humans, especially involving the brain. The details appear in my text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, and in my article, Does Aspartame Cause Human Brain Cancer? The latter indicated that aspartame or its metabolites "might activate one or more oncogenes that potentate or initiate cell mitosis, either by direct or indirect effects. The failure of the FDA to acknowledge and act on the ongoing revelations over the last two decades about the hazards of aspartame products in a number of realms, especially when taken by children and pregnant women, remains a source of professional embarrassment. This chemical constitutes an imminent public health hazard. I congratulate Dr. Soffritti for independently underscoring this warning."
Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.
remarked on Dr. Soffritti's first study: "The study released in the European Journal of oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study, which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame. The type of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with [aspartame puts a person at risk of] developing a lymphoma or leukemia. They also found an increased incidence of malignant brain tumors, even though it was not statistically significant. This does not mean there is no association to brain tumors, since only the animals exposed to aspartame developed the tumors. With children and pregnant women drinking the largest amount of diet colas, this puts their children at the greatest risk of developing one of these horrible diseases. Their study found that even low doses of aspartame could cause these malignancies; [and] the higher the dose, the more cancers that were seen. Since aspartame can increase obesity and may even cause the Metabolic Syndrome that affects 48 million Americans, there is no reason to ever consume this product. At the least it should be immediately banned from all schools." Dr. Blaylock is author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills. For a mini 3 minute class on sugar, vaccines, SSRI drugs and neurology, see this Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W-gba0GPwU
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When the Ramazzini 2005 study was released, the government and aspartame manufacturers were responsible for a coverup. They found an old AARP survey sent to a million American seniors ten years prior: 16 pages with 56 questions. It asked: How high did you go in school? Had a hysterectomy? Do you eat brownies? Oatmeal? Margarine? Question #25 asked "Over the last 12 months when you drank coffee or tea, what kind of sweetener did you regularly add?" There were 6 multiple-choice answers, one of which was: Equal or aspartame. This 10 year old 3-word selection ("Equal or Aspartame") instantaneously converted the questionnaire into the biggest aspartame propaganda study in history. Naturally, it showed no problems at all! (None were asked about, of course!) Through saturating the news with press releases, this propaganda spread planetwide in major magazines and other media.
Europe's FDA & the Universal Court of Justice
Dr. Soffritti's work was presented to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The EFSA risk assessment has been criticized from the beginning because of conflicts of interest among the panel members, particularly the Chair, Susan Barlow, an industry consultant. They rejected Dr. Soffritti's study with the excuse that [such] cancers were caused by inflammatory lung infections. Eminent researchers and scientists know that respiratory infection is a factor in the dying process and never took their excuse as noteworthy. Besides, Ramazzini's control rats had a much lower incidence of cancers than the aspartame-fed rats. Critics of EFSA's risk assessment said that if the cancers were caused by inflammatory lung disease then the control group would have had as many cancers as the rats that were fed the aspartame. (Right?) EFSA didn't apologize, so they were reported to the Universal Court of Justice. As a result, EFSA's Dr. Koeter admitted the industry pressured them to hijack science. There is justice when the Truth is allowed to prevail. www.wnho.net/letter_to_efsa.htm
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Just Don't Do It
Simply Put, Boycott Aspartame and NutraSweet. After a study sponsored by Food Standards in the UK showed these additives cause behavioral problems in children, large food chains there began the removal of aspartame from their products. We don't have to wait for the FDA to do what we have the right and power to do right now.
Read and Circulate
In an effort to spare our children serious neurological and other implications of aspartame use, a Report For Schools is repeatedly sent to Boards of Education on the part of Betty Martini's Mission Possible, and others. You can do the same. The link: www.wnho.net/ report_on_aspartame_and_children.htm
Read and Support
Bob Wright's first book in a series, "Killing Cancer Not People" gives you insight not only into aspartame as a neurotoxin, but an entire chapter is dedicated to "The Cancer Diet" which helps people learn facts to prevent this disease as well help to heal it, and so much more. The book supports the Institute in our efforts to build a 80+ acre Wellness Campus in the Pacific Northwest that will address all kinds of degenerative illness, particularly cancer, with Natural Medicine.
The AACI's inspiration is American kids, for whom cancer is now the leading cause of death among all disease categories.
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Dr. Betty Martini, D. Hum
Founder, Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia, 30097
Aspartame Toxicity Center http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Contact Kathryn Knowles Director of Resource Development, European Ramazzini Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ramazzini.it/http://www.wnho.net