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Lisa Marie
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Posted on Saturday, October 07, 2006 - 4:58 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

New Mexico State Senator Calls for Ban on Aspartame Artificial Sweetener
NM Senator Tells Bush: PULL THE PLUG ON ASPARTAME!

By Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino
Posted on Sept 28, 2006
Straight to the Source
President George Walker Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush:

We request that you order FDA Commissioner nominee, Andrew Von Eschenbach M.D., to rescind the FDA approval for the artificial sweetener, Aspartame. Its approval was forced through the FDA in 1981, and the USA has had 25 years to observe the incontrovertible medical effects from Aspartame, which derive from its being metabolized as methanol and formaldehyde, and two unessential amino acids, one of which, phenylalanine is neurotoxic lowering the seizure threshold and depleting serotonin and the other aspartic acid, an excitotoxin. The molecule breaks down to a proven brain tumor causing agent, diketopiperazine. Aspartame is now found in 6000 USA food products and more than 500 medications.

There is a excellent precedent for this: the fact that Richard Nixon in 1969 ordered that the FDA rescind the approval for another proven carcinogenic artificial sweetener, Cyclamates. The incidence of neurodegenerative diseases in the USA like Multiple Sclerosis and Lou Gehrigs Disease have increased substantially since 1981. We think that given the evidence that has accrued thus far concerning Aspartame's harm, its effects as a teratogen, causing birth defects and chromosomal damage; its being the most complained about chemical on the market, according to FDA statistics (FDA stopped taking complaints on Aspartame in 1995); and because of our concern for protecting the health of Americans, as well as the health of the many nations which subsequently approved it for general use as a result of the US FDA approval, we ask that you order Aspartame rescinded by the FDA Commissioner nominee as soon as possible.

As you know, the Institute of Medicine has completed a recent report sharply critical of the FDA regarding the FDA's inability to ensure the safe and effective use of prescription drugs. Our concerns in this letter are not with drugs, but with the obvious need to overhaul the entire process of the FDA granting approval for food additives in general, which are often forced through the approval process based only on the strength of industry paid for studies. The USA needs independent objective source of truth in these processes.

You have a chance to do this as President, which is preferable to the United States Senate having to later make rescinding FDA approval for Aspartame and other deleterious and poisonous substances a condition upon which Dr. Von Eschenbach's nomination approval is contingent. Your concerns should not be with corporate objections and continued allegations that their products are safe. Many heads of state internationally will be grateful for your taking the correct action in this regard.

Respectfully,

Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Members of the New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services Committee


I hope you will also read the following, from which I took this excerpt-
I hope you will read the following also--and here is just an excerpt-

"Twenty-five years later, the evidence is mounting that our growing incidence of brain tumors, organ cancers and neurological diseases has followed the introduction of so many artificially created additives and chemicals in our food. It's only a matter of time until even Ajinomoto's money won't be able to block the unavoidable link between these unnecessary products and our decline in health.

When that happens, as it finally did to tobacco and lead and other heavy metals found in gasoline, we will act. The sad thing is that thousands of deaths and ruined lives will occur between now and then.

One of the cruel ironies to aspartame is that it was supposed to create sugar-free soft drinks for the benefit of diabetics. Since its introduction, the incidence of diabetes has soared. Some critics link the two. What is clear is that it ain't helping":


Senator Ortiz y Pino's earlier article 2/19/2006:

http://www.rense.com/general69/nmm2.htm

Aspartame Buys Time

By Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino 2-19-6

Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to the corrosive influence of money on our public policy. I'm not just talking about the shenanigans inside the beltway of our nation's capitol-that Congress is for sale to the highest bidder has unfortunately become a practically accepted tenet of the American belief system.

So accepted is it that the astounding arrogance and venality being revealed by the current Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff scandals in the District of Columbia scarcely produce raised eyebrows, let alone outrage.

But I'm not just talking about that.

Nor am I talking only about the way that moneyed interests are able to sway local government toward policies that benefit those interests; hey, we apparently prefer a system in which local elections go to the highest bidder and business-as-usual involves twisting contractors' arms to secure campaign contributions.

Instead, today I'd like to zero-in on the pressure applied to our third level of representative government, the carryings-on that occur in the halls of State Government ... in all its branches.

And from among at least a dozen recent, painful examples of how big business manages to protect itself from such wet-blanket considerations as the good of the public, I'd like to select one as a representative: the continued approval of the reliance by processed food and beverage manufacturers on the chemical aspartame.

As an artificial sweetener, one now being added to some 6,000 products, it is difficult for most Americans to not consume aspartame daily. Its safety (and clearing up any doubts about that safety) would seem to be of critical importance to millions of us. But any discussion of this topic has been postponed in New Mexico indefinitely-through influence exerted by representatives hired by the Japanese manufacturer of aspartame, the Ajinomoto Corporation.

Those well-connected hired hands managed, in December, to frighten the State Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) into backing off of the public hearings into aspartame's safety that they had originally agreed to conduct this coming summer. They managed this delay by challenging the authority of the State of New Mexico to review anything already approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by threatening to sue the state if we tried to do so.

Then those same hired hands resurfaced (augmented by the addition to their team roster of Butch Maki, a close confidant of Gov. Bill Richardson) in time to quash all attempts to discuss the matter during the just-concluded State Legislature.

There was one hearing on the subject and it drew significant numbers of the industry lobbyists, all of whom asserted the same party line: The substance is perfectly safe; the Federal Government has looked at it carefully and who the heck is New Mexico, anyway, to raise any questions about it?

The committee succumbed, and turned down the measure to ban aspartame 7-2.

That half-hour hearing was the total discussion of the matter this year in the public arena in New Mexico, unless the EIB board changes its mind and decides to call Ajinomoto's bluff by going ahead and holding a hearing.

The incredible spectacle of corporate hirelings exerting this kind of influence is, to our great shame, all too common in our state. The Legislature has resisted reforming campaign finance laws to inject some real muscle, which leaves the door wide open to the corporate powers to throw money around strategically, buying whatever access they need or blocking their opposition's access to the policymakers.

But no one should be surprised that Ajinomoto would rely on muscle to protect its profits from aspartame. The entire history of this product's approval by the FDA is rife with muscle flexing ... and very little in the way of science. Originally, it was a patent of the Searle Pharmaceutical Company. And beginning in the late '60s, the FDA repeatedly turned down Searle's submissions for approval, the results of its testings leaving serious doubts in the minds of FDA scientists.

All of that changed in 1981 when Ronald Reagan took the presidency. He listened to the then head of Searle, Donald Rumsfeld, (yes, that Donald Rumsfeld) who bypassed the scientists and went straight to the new Reagan appointee at FDA. Within weeks, the scientists were overruled and aspartame was approved. Several FDA scientists resigned in protest. They even alleged that Searle had fabricated results in the testing submitted.

Twenty-five years later, the evidence is mounting that our growing incidence of brain tumors, organ cancers and neurological diseases has followed the introduction of so many artificially created additives and chemicals in our food. It's only a matter of time until even Ajinomoto's money won't be able to block the unavoidable link between these unnecessary products and our decline in health.

When that happens, as it finally did to tobacco and lead and other heavy metals found in gasoline, we will act. The sad thing is that thousands of deaths and ruined lives will occur between now and then.

One of the cruel ironies to aspartame is that it was supposed to create sugar-free soft drinks for the benefit of diabetics. Since its introduction, the incidence of diabetes has soared. Some critics link the two. What is clear is that it ain't helping.

With all that money and muscle behind it, aspartame has evaded its comeuppance for another year. But the final reckoning can only be postponed, not avoided.
Dianne
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Posted on Saturday, October 07, 2006 - 5:44 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

WOW! That is great. Perhaps some of the other senators will jump on the bandwagon - and maybe this will be a stepping stone for a ban on other toxic substances, namely MSG
Carol H
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Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 2:03 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gee, the "experts" are having trouble again. This time figuring out why diet soda drinkers have a 50 to 60% chance of developing "metabolic syndrome" - high insulin levels, obesity, high blood pressure, the name they give to a collection of symptoms that could be MSG symptoms. Caramel color is noted to be linked to "inflammation" in the article. Another clue that MSG sensitive folks should steer clear of it. We know that aspartame breaks down to aspartic acid and phenylalanine and the aspartic acid is converted directly to GLUTAMATE. Which completely makes controlling insulin levels difficult for diabetics because it tells the pancreas to produce insulin EVEN IF THERE IS NO SUGAR present, INCREASES HUNGER and makes glutamate obese lab rats resistant to leptin - so they GAIN WEIGHT. Glutamate is also a CALCIUM CHANNEL opener which means it makes blood pressure HIGHER. Gee - I just explained metabolic syndrome caused by diet soda in one paragraph and these folks are still at a loss?
I think the money these "experts" make by NOT understanding the link to aspartame and MSG is what causes them to still be puzzled.
Note that the Heart Association which is totally in the pocket of the food manufacturers still makes sure you know at the end of the article that "diet sodas are still better than non-diet" Oh really? What makes them sure of that besides all the money they get from the diet soda makers?
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSN2339241420070723?pageNumber=1
Lisa Marie
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Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 3:48 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carol, I was just going to post that article. The paragraphs which get me are:

"There's too much contradictory evidence that shows that diet beverages are healthier for you in terms of losing weight that I would not put any credence to the result on the diet (drinks)," said Barry Popkin, of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, who has called for cigarette-style surgeon general warnings about the negative health effects of soda.

Susan Neely, president of the American Beverage Association, said the notion that diet drinks are associated with bulging waistlines defies common sense.

"How can something with zero calories that's 99 percent water with a little flavoring in it ... cause weight gain?" she said.

Well Carol, you just answered that question!!! I wish you could input some information to these people. Perhaps you should call Susan Neely, director of the American Beverage Association and call her on what she said, with your FACTS: 202 463-6774

Another thing, I really think you should write a short, concise letter to Pres. Clinton, since he is on the band wagon about food and school kids and obesity. I believe a well composed letter to him would bring a response.

Also Carol, did you look at the comments to that article which are placed directly under it. There is controversy between people who believe in aspartame and those who do not. I hope you have time to put a comment in there!
MSG and ASPARTAME KILL
Deb A.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 2:47 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maybe the scientist you is making the call against diet drinks and other sodas needs to be given more information to strengthen his case.
Deb A.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 3:06 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"the scientist "who", not "you"....sorry. Am at work and have had a very busy day... am rushing between patients to post here today! :-)
Jerry Story
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 6:41 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

From Mercola

quote:


How to Use Soft Drinks To Kill Mice and Rats

If you have a problem with mice or rats, one way to get rid of them is with soda pop.

Mice and rats lack the ability to burp. You can use this to your advantage. Simply pour Pepsi or Coke into a shallow dish, and place the dish near where the mice or rats are entering your home. The rodents will drink the sweet soft drink and later, when they can't burp, they will die.

Right next to walls usually works best for any type of bait or traps, as does under sinks, where they may like to hide out, or underneath your stove.

As the carbonation only lasts just so long, you will need to keep that in mind and refill your dish accordingly. Try putting a new dish down each night before bed.




Don't nobody drink that stuff. It's poison.
Jerry Story
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 10:56 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They put aspartame in anti-seizure drugs. The aspartame causes seizures.

"Epilepsy Study Incriminates Aspartame in Medications"

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Epilepsy-Study-Incriminate-by-Dr--GLEN-MABSON--P-080718-636.html

http://tinyurl.com/6jn5k9

The article includes an interview with Betty Martini.

It is said aspartame is the most tested substance in history. I figure that's because it's a sonofabitch fudging the results to come out the way they want.
Deb A.
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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 10:34 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The mega companies are in complete control of what test results are published and what are not...and what the public reads and what it believes about their products. But the Internet is changing that..and educating a lot of open minded people of the truth.
Jerry Story
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Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 1:59 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alex Jones recently interviewed Betty Martini about aspartame. You should be able to find this and similar videos by a search on Google Video.

I captured this interview here.
http://tinyurl.com/5g8ml7

Bookmark the Alex Jones Channel.
http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=TheAlexJonesChannel

Alex Jones has a huge audience and he is the ultimate 773H raiser. The bad guys are terrified of him.

Alex Jones plans to interview Dr. Blaylock in the near future and other doctors that Betty Martini recommends.
Jerry Story
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Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 3:20 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The bad guys have a new name for aspartame :"amino sweet"

Same deal as with MSG, try to hide it under different names.

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