Posted: 03 October 2007
Subject: Your article on aspartame
From: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum. "Bettym19@mindspring.com"
Date: Tue, Oct 02, 2007 5:09 pm
To: Patricia Paris "firstname.lastname@example.org"
This is in regards to the article posted at: http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_114304.asp
Dear Ms. Paris:
You just don't seem to get it. Good journalism is not accepting the manufacturer telling you their product is safe. This article below says it all: "Aspartame Manufacturer funds junk science that declares aspartame to be safe." This review was funded by Ajinomoto, largest manufacturer of aspartame. When a lot of information gets out about the toxicity of this poison the manufacturers go into full gear. You can go to all sorts of associations funded by the manufacturers and they will tell you its safe. They are paid to do so. You talk about studies from the l970's. The manufacturer tried to say aspartame was safe by their studies which were the target of an indictment for fraud. To get out of that one the US Prosecutors were hired by the defense team. Do your homework and read about it. It's in the government records. When the district attorney goes to work for the godfather expect acquittal.
You made fun of the term "aspartame disease" and didn't even know there was a medical text titled: "Aspartame Disease". Do you really think physicians would take the time to write texts on diseases triggered by safe products. You can do better than this and you owe the public an apology. Do you think there are Aspartame Detoxification Centers for safe products as well? Why don't you get a copy of the film I mentioned, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World and listen to the experts who aren't paid! Read on.
Dr. Betty Martini
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Aspartame Toxiocity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Originally published September 13 2007
Aspartame manufacturer funds junk science that declares aspartame to be safe (opinion)
by Mike Adams
Ajinomoto, a top manufacturer of aspartame, has announced that aspartame is completely safe. This conclusion was reached by a panel of industry-friendly "experts" hired by Ajinomoto, who did no new research but, instead, selectively reviewed previous studies on the safety of aspartame (many of which were funded by aspartame manufacturers in the first place).
The panel of experts was called together by the Burdock Group, a consulting firm that earns its money from food and grocery manufacturers like Ajinomoto. The Ajinomoto company was reportedly not allowed to actually choose which panel members would be part of the aspartame safety review, but industry critics like Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), responded by saying, "They say Ajinomoto paid for the study but researchers didn't know who paid. Well, they knew it was industry. And some of these people are longstanding industry consultants."
What we have here is a case of yet more pro-aspartame propaganga being paraded around as legitimate science. It's really more of a junk science fraud fest designed to prop up the aspartame industry a little longer even as new science keeps coming out showing the chemical sweetener to be potentially quite dangerous to health.
For the Ajinomoto company to fund a review by paying money to an industry-friendly consulting group that coincidentally happens to find aspartame to be perfectly safe strains credibility to such a degree that only a fool would put any weight in this announcement. It's like the R.J. Reynolds company announcing nicotine is not addictive, or Coca-Cola declaring that high fructose corn syrup does not promote obesity.
Of course aspartame is dangerous to human health. The chemicals it breaks down into (which includes small amounts of formaldehyde) are documented as nervous system toxins. In the natural health industry, aspartame is well known to be an "excitotoxin" -- a substance that harms and kills nerve cells. On top of that, there are literally hundreds of thousands of accounts of people suffering blindness, seizures, blurred vision, migraine headaches and other neurological problems associated with aspartame consumption. No other food or beverage ingredient has generated more consumer complaints to the FDA than aspartame.
People who stop drinking aspartame often experience astonishing improvements in vision, mental clarity and neurological function. It is, in fact, common knowledge among natural health practitioners that aspartame is a neurotoxic substance.
Read more NewsTarget articles on aspartame's safety problems at: http://www.newstarget.com/aspartame.html
Trying to prop up a chemical that will soon be illegal
The days of aspartame's dominance as a sweetener are nearly over. Sucralose is far more popular today (even though it has its own health concerns), and recently, Coca-Cola teamed up with Cargill in an effort to legalize stevia in the United States as a GRAS sweetener (meaning they could use it in foods). Once stevia is legalized, you will see a swift and industry-wide shift away from aspartame and towards stevia-based sweeteners.
The Ajinomoto company, of course, wants to keep the aspartame business going for as long as possible, and that involves campaigns of disinformation like you're reading about here -- hiring "experts" to declare the ridiculous. Remember: No new research has been conducted at all. Instead, this group of experts simply reviewed previous studies, many of which were no doubt distorted and scientifically invalid because they were funded by aspartame in the first place. Looking at bad science a second time does not transform it into good science.
Consider some of the biggest food and medicine lies we've seen over the last few years:
Yeah, sure. And the emperor's clothes are invisible, too.
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