Wednesday, December 08, 2010

THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF ASPARTAME

Americans aren't just being affected by chemicals in pharmaceutically produced drugs. One of the many controversial chemicals now being used by millions of Americans is aspartame, an additive sugar substitute found in most diet soft drinks and more than five thousand foods, drugs, medicines, and most sugar substitutes such as NutraSweet, Equal, Metamucil, and Canderel.

When heated to more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit, aspartame releases free methanol, which breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde in the body. Keep in mind the human body temperature is 98.6 degrees and that formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. The remaining formaldehyde from free methanol then breaks down into formic acid--the venom of ant stings.

In 1987, Dr. Louis J.Elsas, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Medical Genetics at Emory University, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources about phenylalanine, one of the two amino acids in aspartame. He said, "In the developing fetus such a rise in maternal blood phenylalanine could be magnified four to six fold by the concentrative efforts of the placental and fetal blood brain barrier and this concentration kills such cells in tissue culture. The effect of such an increased fetal brain concentration in vivo would probably be much more subtle and expressed as mental retardation, microcephaly, or potential certain birth defects." When Dr. Elsas told the senators about phenylalanine in 1987, infant autism rates were 1 in 1,500. Today they are 1 in 150 and rising. It would appear that certain drugs are wrecking our newborn children.

Dr. Madelon Price, a professor of neurobiology at Washington University, said, "Aspartic acid(aspartate) has been known to be a neurotoxin for 30 years [now 40 years]. Rodents that have ingested too much aspartame as infants are stunted as adults, obese and have sexual and reproductive dysfunctions."

Until the Reagan administration, the Food and Drug administration had refused to approve the use of aspartame. The FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress that aspartame can contribute to or even cause seizures, brain tumors, and brain cancer, and violated the Delaney clause, which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer. "And if the FDA violates its own laws, who is left to protect the public?" he asked.

Dr. H.J. Roberts with the Palm Beach Institute for Medical Research devoted an entire chapter of his book Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic to aspartame interaction with drugs such as Coumadin, Dilantin, antidepressants, and other psychotropic agents as well as Inderal, Aldomet, hormones, and insulin. Roberts said aspartame interacts with all cardiac medication, and even noted drug reactions after a person stopped using aspartame products. "The issue of sudden death related to aspartame and its breakdown products has been raised a number of times, particularly among previously well individuals using such products . . . including pilots and drivers, and athletes. . . " He added, "The need for clinicians and corporate-neutral investigators to evaluate the contributory role of aspartame in cardiopulmonary disorders and sudden death, and drug interactions with aspartame, is underscored by the frequency of persons dying unexpectedly being categorized as 'death due to causes yet to be determined.'"

Dr. Betty Martini, a twenty-two-year veteran in the medical field and founder of Mission Impossible International, has worked with doctors around the world to remove aspartame from food, drinks, and medicine. She recounted how pharmaceutical interests subordinated public welfare:
Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, that conglomerate that manufactured aspartame. For 16 years the FDA refused to approve it, not only because it's not safe but because they wanted the company indicted for fraud. Both U.S. prosecutors [for the FDA] hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. They were Sam Skinner and Willliam Conlon. Skinner went on to become Secretary of Transportation squelching the cries of the pilots who were now having seizures on this seizure-triggering drug, aspartame, and then Chief of Staff under President Bush's father. Some of these people reach high places. Even Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney. (Monsanto bought Searle in 1985, and sold it a few years ago. [Monsanto- The Gorilla of GMO -ed.]
Yet even with friends in high places, the FDA still refused to allow NutraSweet on the market. Termed a deadly neurotoxic drug masquerading as an additive by opponents, aspartame interacts with antidepressants and also interacts with vaccines and other toxins and unsafe sweeteners like Splenda. "Both being excitotoxins, the aspartic acid in aspartame and MSG(mono sodium glutamate) people were found using aspartame as the placebo for MSG studies, even before it was approved. The FDA has known this for a quarter of a century and done nothing even though it's against the law. Searle went on to build a NutraSweet factory and had $9 million worth of inventory," said Martini. Donald Rumsfeld was on President Reagan's transition team and the day after Reagan took office, Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, the man who would approve aspartame, was appointed FDA commissioner.

Former Searle salesperson Patty Wood Allot supported the idea that Rumsfeld was behind the approval of aspartame by stating that in 1981 Rumsfeld told company employees "he would call in all his markers and that no matter what, he would see to it that aspartame be approved [that] year." FDA commissioner Hayes had previously served in the U.S. Army Chemical Weapons Division and initially had approved aspartame only as a powered additive. But in 1983, just before he left his position for a public relations job with Burson-Marsteller, the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and Searle, Hays approved aspartame for all carbonated beverages. Since that time he never spoke publicly about aspartame (Hayes died in February 2010).

Rumsfeld is merely one example of the cozy relationship between government and Big Pharm. A former CEO of Searle and a member of the Trilateral Commission - a globalist group designed to foster economic cooperation between the United States, Japan, and Europe - Rumsfeld is also a major stockholder in Gilead Sciences, a California biotech firm that owns the rights to Tamiflu. When the population was being threatened with the bird flu in 2005, CNN reported Rumsfeld's Gilead holdings at somewhere between $5 million and $25 million.

The incestuous relationship between Big Pharm corporate business and the government makes a mockery of American free enterprise. While it is free to decide which drugs to promote and distribute, it is also free to price them as high as the traffic will bear. Yet Big Pharm is dependent on government in the form of patent protection and FDA approval to protect its drug monopoly.

In a move bewildering to those who are not aware of the globalist agenda and its control, Congress expressly prohibited Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices through its bulk purchasing power. The excesses of the globalists' pharmaceutical corporations have prompted many Americans to seek price relief by traveling to Canada or Mexico to purchase drugs.

Dr. Angell said the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs and it is now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit. Big Pharm "uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the U.S. Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself [as] most of its marketing efforts are focused on influencing doctors, since they must write the prescriptions," she said.

Don't look for any real relief from either Democrats or Republicans. While campaigning in 2008 both then senators Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton pledged to fight the huge pharmaceutical and insurance industries. These promises echoed similar promises made by Mrs. Clinton during her husband's administration. Yet campaign contributions data showed that both Obama and Clinton were the largest recipients of Big Pharm donations in 2008 campaign funding. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Obama received $1,425,501 from the health service sector and health maintenance organizations (HMOs), while Clinton came in second with $575,746 in contributions. Trailing both Obama and Clinton were $427,228 for John McCain and $186,700 for Mitt Romney.

Only an awakened American public can rein in the power of the globalist pharmaceutical monopoly, concluded Angell. "Drug companies have the largest lobby in Washington, and they give copiously to political campaigns. Legislators are now so beholden to the pharmaceutical industry that it will be exceedingly difficult to break its lock on them....But the one thing legislators need more than campaign contributions is votes. That is why citizens should know what is really going on. Contrary to the industry's public relations, they don't get what they pay for. The fact is that this industry is taking us for a ride, and there will be no real reform without an aroused and determined public to make it happen."(1)

From 3dchem.com we learn the following:
Aspartame is hydrolysed in the body to three chemicals, aspartic acid (40%), phenylalanine (50%) and methanol (10%). Aspartic acid is an amino acid. Much research has been carried out to determine its behaviour in the body when it is taken in its free form, i.e. unbound to proteins. It is claimed that when it is ingested the blood plasma levels of aspartate and glutamate rise significantly. Both aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain, carrying information from neuron to neuron. When there is an excess of neurotransmitter, certain neurons are killed by allowing too much calcium into the cells. This influx causes excessive numbers of free radicals to build up which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that is caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is the reason they are referred to as ‘excitotoxins’: they ‘excite’ or stimulate the neural cells to death.

Phenylalanine is another amino acid and is found normally in the brain. It is advised that people with the genetic disorder, phenylketonuria (PKU) do not consume aspartame as they are unable to metabolize the phenylalanine that is produced on its hydrolysis. A high level of phenyalanine in the brain is extremely harmful and sometimes fatal.

Methanol is highly toxic; it is gradually released in the small intestine when the methyl group of the aspartame encounters the enzyme chymotrypsin. It has been pointed out that some fruit juices and alcoholic beverages contain small amounts of methanol. It is important to remember, however, that methanol never appears alone. In every case, ethanol is present, usually in much higher amounts; ethanol reduces the effects of methanol toxicity in humans.
End Notes

1. Jim Marrs, The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy, How The New World Order, Man-Made Diseases, And Zombie Banks Are Destroying America (New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 2010), pp. 143-148

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