My apologies for taking so long to get this post out. My intention was to post it on the 11th, but the previous night one of our cats failed to return home, nor has he returned in the days since. We live on 16.5 acres in a rural area, with hunting season gearing up all around us, so to say this has upset me is an understatement.
My concern for his safety, and grief in not knowing where he is, has made it difficult to get anything done, but this issue is far too important to be on the back burner for long.
I am still hopeful that Edit will find his way home, but in the meantime, the only thing I can do is to be thankful for the time we have had him with us, as he has been a wonderful and delightful friend, playmate and companion.
This post is dedicated to our sweet and loving boy, Edit.
When aspartame was first brought to market, it was considered to be a boon for dieters, as it was many times sweeter than sugar, and was touted as a “natural” sweetener. Indeed, it is formulated from two amino acids, with an ester bond, thereby making it at least seem to be a healthier alternative.
What we did not know, because we were not told even though it was already well known, was that this deceptively simple molecule degrades to wood alcohol, a potent toxin, and then degrades still further to a form of formaldehyde, most commonly known as embalming fluid, which is both a neurotoxin and a carcinogen.
Aspartame, by any name, is in reality a slow-acting poison.
I first tried aspartame in the form of Equal, and for the first several years I didn’t use much, as I don’t tend to use much sugar as a rule. But then, in the early 1990s, aspartame was added to the drink mix Crystal Light, and I started bringing it to my art and framing studio to drink in place of sodas, as I had a serious Dr. Pepper habit at the time. For the first time I was using aspartame on a regular basis and, fairly quickly, I started having bad headaches – something I rarely ever get.
Since the only change I had made recently was the addition of Crystal Light to my diet, I stopped drinking Crystal Light, and my headaches went away. After a month or so, I tried another pitcher of Crystal Light, to see if I had the same reaction. I did, and I have never used it again. I have made a serious effort to avoid aspartame in foods ever since. This is, by the way, not as easy as it sounds as, according to neurosurgeon and author Dr. Russell Blaylock, aspartame has since crept into over 5,000 commonly used products, and by other accounts, may be in as many as 9,000.
So imagine my surprise when I came upon this quote, which reads like a Monsanto press piece, on familydoctor.org:
“Is aspartame safe?
“Aspartame is one of the most researched sugar substitutes available in the United States, with more than 200 studies examining its safety. There has been a lot of misinformation about aspartame since it came onto the market in 1981. However, studies have concluded that it specifically does not cause headaches, seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, lupus or multiple sclerosis. In fact, no unsafe health consequences of aspartame have been identified. If you are concerned that aspartame or another sweetener could be affecting your health, please discuss this with your family physician.” (Emphasis mine).
Similar reassurances of aspartame’s “proven” record of safety can be found at Monsanto’s own aspartame.org site, which goes so far as to call allegations of adverse reactions to aspartame “myths.”
Shortly after quitting aspartame, I spoke with a doctor friend about the headaches I had experienced while drinking aspartame-laced drinks. She said that she was not surprised at all, as she had many patients with the same complaint, and numerous additional symptoms as well. Over the years I have had similar conversations with many other doctors, all of whom have expressed similar findings, and some of whom went into greater detail about the more serious symptoms that their patients had suffered as a result of using aspartame. So the average doctor is well aware that aspartame often causes headaches, and yet familydoctor.org states that “studies” (for which it provides no links or references) have concluded that aspartame “specifically does not cause headaches.”
I accessed the above quote from their website today, 16 October 2013.
On 20 April 1995, over eighteen years ago, The Department of Health and Human Services submitted a list of ninety-two symptoms attributed to aspartame consumption to the FDA, which can be accessed here and here. Headache is at the top of the list. This list is, by the way, a matter of public record, so presumably the doctors who form the core of familydoctor.org are well aware that they are lying outright to every person who visits their website. Naturally, for that reason, I would not recommend relying on any other advice or information they provide.
In 1999, Monsanto acknowledged that they used genetically engineered bacteria to create the phenylalanine used to manufacture aspartame, giving yet another excellent reason to avoid it at all costs. As stated on naturalnews.com:
“The end result is a fusion between two of the largest health hazards to ever hit the food industry — artificial sweeteners and an array of genetically altered organisms. Both have led to large-scale debate, with aspartame being the subject of multiple congressional hearings and scientific criticism. Scientists and health advocates are not the only ones to speak out against aspartame, however. The FDA received a flurry of complaints from consumers using NutraSweet, a product containing aspartame. Since 1992, the FDA has stopped documenting reports on the subject.“ (Emphasis mine).
On 12 January 2003, Mark D. Gold, of the Aspartame Toxicity Information Center, submitted a formal request to the FDA, Docket # 02P-0317, to recall aspartame from the market as an addictive neurotoxic drug, which can be accessed at the FDA’s own website here. The Aspartame Toxicity Information Center website has a wealth of links to additional information, including articles, books and videos, through which much more in depth information may be found.
Dr. Betty Martini, of Mission possible International, had this to say:
“As many may know, aspartame is on the market illegally. It’s adulterated as discussed by the National Soft Drink Assn (now American Beverage) and in the congressional record. http://www.wnho.net/congressional_record1.doc Because you cannot ship an adulterated product for sale it, therefore, violates Interstate Commerce. Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist, told Congress that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment which forbids putting anything in food that caused cancer in animals. http://www.wnho.net/whopper.htm It’s also a drug, an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with all drugs and vaccines, and is masquerading as an additive. Additives by law must be inert or non-reactive. Inert products do not produce a list of 92 documented symptoms from 4 types of seizures to coma and death, nor necessitate a 1038 page medical text. (Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, H. J. Roberts, M.D., www.sunsentpress.com or 1 800 827 7991 .) Nor would consumers using this product need to be detoxed. “What To Do If You Have Used Aspartame” by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., http://www.wnho.net/wtdaspartame.htm
“Here is the Board of Inquiry Report of the FDA revoking the petition for approval of aspartame, after it kept it off the market many years and they attempted to have the manufacturer, Searle, indicted for fraud. http://www.wnho.net/fda_petition1.doc Note in the commentary above it is a clip from Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, http://www.amazon.com, James Turner, Washington, D.C., attorney explains how Donald Rumsfeld who was then CEO of Searle called in his markers and got aspartame, this deadly poison, on the market for human consumption.”
On the Mission Possible World Health International website, a link to recent peer reviewed research on aspartame may be accessed here.
As alarming as much of the above information may be, this post merely begins to scratch the surface.
In 2004, filmmaker Cori Brackett released the documentary film “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World,” following her own journey away from acute aspartame toxicity to traveling the country learning how it became so pervasive in our food supply. The film is ninety minutes long, full of very important – and often infuriating – information, and is available on DVD through Amazon and other online outlets. Dr. Joseph Mercola calls it “A must see movie that can literally save your life.”
You can also watch the film here, in its entirety, for free.
Dr. Janet Star Hull, author of the book “Sweet Poison,” has developed a ten step program for those who are experiencing symptoms of aspartame toxicity to detoxify themselves:
“Aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. The Aspartame Detoxification Program demonstrates the most effective way to reverse disease symptoms is removing the underlying cause – aspartame.
I counsel aspartame victims worldwide and have witnessed nine out of 10 clients restore their health by following the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Begin with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame’s chemical make up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products, and see if any adverse health symptoms remain. Try the Aspartame Detoxification Program, and within 30 days your symptoms should disappear.
- Remove all sugar-free products with aspartame from your diet.
- Learn to ‘read’ your body. Begin recording any health changes.
- Get a hair analysis.
- Be happy with yourself.
- Restore depleted nutrients.
- Exercise and get plenty of rest.
- Eat 75% raw foods at every meal.
- Drink water, water, water.
- Get control of your life.”
Another thing you can do is to join the first GMO MINI Summit, which will showcase a series of half hour presentations from various experts over a five-week period, in order to learn even more about what GMOs are, how they affect us, how to avoid them and how you can get involved.
It is time for us to take our food supply back into our own hands, and away from multinational corporations which are more than willing to poison us and our world for profit. Plant a garden. Keep some chickens. Grow herbs in your kitchen window. Each one of us can do something to help our own situation and that of our neighbors.
We must step up and take responsibility for our own welfare.