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Aspartame Lawsuits Accuse Food Giants of Poisoning Consumers


2004-04-07 | SACRAMENTO, California: Lawsuits were filed in three
separate California courts against twelve companies who either produce
or use the artificial sweetener aspartame as a sugar substitute in their
products. The suits were filed in Shasta, Sonoma and Butte County,
California, yesterday.

The suits allege that the food companies committed fraud and breach of
warranty by marketing products to the public such as diet Coke, diet
Pepsi, sugar free gum, Flintstone's vitamins, yogurt and children's
aspirin with the full knowledge that aspartame, the sweetener in them,
is neurotoxic.

Aspartame is a drug masquerading as an additive. It interacts with other
drugs, has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG, and is a chemical
hyper-sensitization agent. As far back as 1970, Dr. John Olney founded
the field of neuroscience called "Excitotoxicity" when he did studies on
aspartic acid, which makes up 40% of aspartame, and found it caused
lesions in the brains of mice. He made world news on the aspartame/brain
tumor connection in l996. Dr. Ralph Walton, Professor and Chairman of
the Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of
Medicine has written of the behavioral and psychiatric problems
triggered by aspartame-caused depletion of serotonin.

Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and
cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and
conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's,
chronic fatigue and depression.

Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. The resulting chronic methanol
poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction.
Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one-third of the aspartame
molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.

Recent news is full of reports of world-class athletes and other healthy
consumers of aspartame suddenly dropping dead. Sudden death can occur
from aspartame use because it damages the cardiac conduction system.

Dr. Woodrow Monte in the peer reviewed journal, Aspartame: Methanol and
the Public Health, wrote: "When diet sodas and soft drinks, sweetened
with aspartame, are used to replace fluid loss during exercise and
physical exertion in hot climates, the intake of methanol can exceed 250
mg/day or 32 times the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended
limit of consumption for this cumulative poison."

The effects of aspartame are documented by the FDA's own data. In 1995
the agency was forced, under the Freedom Of Information Act, to release
a list of ninety-two aspartame symptoms reported by thousands of
victims. This is only the tip of the iceberg. H. J. Roberts, MD,
published the medical text "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" -
1,000 pages of symptoms and diseases triggered by this neurotoxin,
including the sordid history of its approval.

Since its discovery in 1965, controversy has raged over the health risks
associated with the sugar substitute. From laboratory testing of the
chemical on rats, researchers have discovered that the drug induces
brain tumors. On Sept 30, l980, the Board of Inquiry of the FDA
concurred and denied the petition for approval. In l981, the newly
appointed FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, ignored the negative
ruling and approved aspartame for dry goods. As recorded in the
Congressional Record of 1985, then CEO of Searle Laboratories Donald
Rumsfeld said that he would call in his markers to get aspartame
approved. Rumsfeld was on President Reagan's transition team and a day
after taking office appointed Hayes. No FDA Commissioner in the previous
sixteen years had allowed Aspartame on the market. (Ed. Note - emphasis

In 1983, aspartame was approved for use in carbonated beverages. Today
it is found in over 5,000 foods, drinks and medicines.

Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD, author of "Excitotoxins: The Taste
That Kills" ( ) wrote about the
relationship between aspartame and macular degeneration, diabetic
blindness and glaucoma (all known to result from excitotoxin
accumulation in the retina).

All of these neurodegenerative diseases are worsened by aspartame. In
addition, we now have evidence that excitotoxins play a major role in
exacerbation of MS and other demyelinating disorders including
trigeminal neuraliga. Blaylock says that new studies show excitotoxins
trigger significant elevation of free radicals in the lining
(endothelial cells) of arteries, which means that aspartame will
increase the incidence of heart attacks and strokes (atherosclerosis).

In original studies, aspartame has triggered brain, mammary, uterine,
ovarian, testicular, thyroid and pancreatic tumors.

Defendants in the lawsuits include Coca-cola, PepsiCo, Bayer Corp., the
Dannon Company, William Wrigley Jr. Company, ConAgra Foods, Wyeth, Inc.,
The NutraSweet Company, and Altria Corp. (parent company of Kraft Foods
and Philip Morris).

Plaintiffs have asked for an injunction to stop companies from
producing, manufacturing, processing, selling or using aspartame.

Plaintiffs in all three cases are seeking a jury trial.

If you would like to schedule someone from the National Justice League
for an interview, please call or fax us at 208-246-1171.

Roberta Bellon, Public Relations

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J Pharmacol Sci. 2003 Jan;91(1):83-6.
Formaldehyde-induced shrinkage of rat thymocytes.
Nakao H, Umebayashi C, Nakata M, Nishizaki Y, Noda K, Okano Y, Oyama Y.

To test the possibility that micromolar formaldehyde, a metabolite of
derived from aspartame, exerts cytotoxicity, its effect on rat thymocytes
examined under the in vitro condition using a flow cytometer. Incubation
thymocytes with formaldehyde at 100 micro M or more for 24 h
increased the populations of shrunken cells and cells with hypodiploid
DNA. The
peak blood concentration of methanol in human subjects administered abuse
of aspartame has been reported to exceed 2 mg/dL (625 micro M). It would
increase the population of thymocytes undergoing apoptosis if
formaldehyde at
100 micro M or more appears in the blood after administration of
PMID: 12686735


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