The Sour Politics of Sweeteners: The Case History of Aspartame


In January of 1980, the F.D.A. advisory board banned aspartame, because their research showed that it causes brain tumors. This decision could only be overturned by the commissioner. Then, in November of 1980, Donald Rumsfeld was hired as part of the transition team for President Ronald Reagan, prior to which, he had been the President of Searle (the company that created aspartame). On the first day of the new administration, the previous F.D.A. commissioner's authority was suspended, and Rumsfeld assigned Dr. Arthur Hayes as the new head of the F.D.A. Hayes was previously just a defense contractor, but he had a close relationship with Rumsfeld because they had worked together under the Nixon Administration in close contact with the President of Pepsico. Hayes' first decision was to approve aspartame for dry foods, and by the end of 1983, he had approved aspartame in soft drinks too. He was later forced to leave the agency, due to media pressure concerning his acceptance of corporate "gifts". The defense contractor then went to the Searle public relations firm as its Senior Medical Adviser, whist still having absolutely no medical training. Shortly thereafter, Monsanto purchased Searle. Rumsfeld received a $12 million "bonus" for his help in ramrodding the F.D.A. into unbanning aspartame.


Conclusionary Remarks


We have attempted to demonstrate that unhealthy sugars and unhealthy carbohydrates are second only to our self-poisoning through chemistry in causing the diseases that plague modern society. Even good sweeteners may be abused to cause disastrous consequences, but artificial and modified sugars categorically cause significantly more harm with less exposure. Healthy sugars, such as those found naturally in fruits, honey, and evaporated cane juice do not contribute to inflammation, nor do they damage the intestinal flora to cause chronic malnutrition, allergies, and yeast overgrowth.

Refined sugars and refined carbohydrates cause inflammation that damages the arterial walls, requiring the body to produce cholesterol to repair them. These sugars inflame by causing oxidative stress that leads to overall oxygen starvation at the cellular level. This makes a person much more likely to acquire diabetes, cancer, heart disease, central nervous system problems, and psychiatric illnesses. They disrupt the intestinal flora, which is the beneficial bacteria that is necessary for the proper absorption of nutrients from foods. Whenever the flora are damaged by toxic sugars, people become malnourished because they can no longer properly absorb nutrients, even from nutrient-dense foods. This is a pre-sepsis state that is surprisingly common.

The resultant health problems may begin with an annoying nerve disorder that eventually escalates into an irregular pulse (a common issue amongst the users of artificial sweeteners). The increased immune suppression from subsequent medical interventions, such as pacemakers and drugs, merge with even more dietary chemicals leading easily into cancer. We have personally witnessed this exact scenario happen, and it was ultimately fatal to the patient. Cigarette smoking from thirty years prior was blamed, as was politically correct to do, despite the affair having been a textbook case of aspartame poisoning. We remember the details of this case above all of the others, for the patient was Thomas' mother. She was murdered by the combination of 'healthier' diet alternatives and cancer 'medicine'. It is a pattern that we have seen repeated many times since. How much poison does a person need to consume before it becomes beneficial? Chemistry is not the solution to our health problems, because the problem is our use of chemistry.

 

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Rich Murray
# methanol from aspartame etc. becomes formaldehyde Rich Murray 2015-09-27 23:19
Aspartame releases 11% of its weight as methanol into the human blood flow from the human GI tract.

Methanol has a human blood half-life of 3 hours, while its potent antidote, ethanol, has a half-life of only 1/3 hour. Ethanol in the blood preoccupies ADH1 enzyme, preventing it from making up to 16 times higher molar concentrations of methanol into formaldehyde inside human cells.

Humans are ten to a hundred times more vulnerable to acute and chronic methanol toxicity than any other creature, as human cells lack protective biochemical defenses against high levels of ADH1 enzyme in 20 tissues making methanol into highly reactive uncontrolled formaldehyde hydrate within the cytosol.

The gradual chronic results for each of the 20 tissues include cumulative random inflamed spots of harm, autoimmune diseases, many cancers, birth defects, and impaired aerobic cellular ATP energy metabolism in the mitocrondria, leading to acidosis from build up of lactic acid from anerobic energy metabolism.

Thus, evidence that this happens for any tissue adds to the evidence that all 20 tissues are harmed.

Methanol comes from wood, peat, and cigarette smoke; aspartame; dark wines, liquors, and fruit brandies; fresh tomatoes and black currants, and unfresh fruits, juices, and vegetables, cut up, heated, and preserved wet in sealed cans, jars, and plastics (due to the degradation of pectins), as well as methanol added to gasoline fuels in Iran and China.

Prof. WC Monte, Food Science and Nutrition, Arizona State University, retired 2004, gives a free online archive of 782 full text medical science references at his site WhileScienceSleeps, and in August 2015 published his peer-reviewed research study on methanol and autism (as a human birth defect):

142 mg methanol weekly is provided by 6.5 cans aspartame diet drink, about 1 can daily, the amount used by 161 moms, whose kids became autistic, over twice the methanol taken by 550 moms who had no autistic kids.

dietary methanol and autism, Ralph G. Walton, Woodrow C. Monte, in press, Medical Hypotheses (now peer reviewed), free full rich text, 38 references: Rich Murray 2015.07.06
http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2015/07/dietary-methanol-and-autism-ralph-g.html


within the fellowship of service, Rich Murray MA
Kenneth Quinn
# Erythritol Kenneth Quinn 2015-09-27 23:22
I have read a few of these articles on the different sugars and they always leave out Erythritol. I buy it on Amazon.com and it states on the bag: 0 calories, registers zero on the glycemic index, and non-GMO. It tastes just like sugar with no aftertaste. Since it seems to good to be true, what are the negative qualities?
Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2015-09-28 18:48
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, so you should reference that section under Processed Sweeteners.
Kathleen Scott
# Great Article Kathleen Scott 2015-09-28 20:58
Thank your for writing such a great article. I will be sharing this for sure. I buy raw local honey and grow my own stevia. I use honey for baking and making jams and jellies instead of sugar. Glad to know I am doing somethings right.
David Tutwiler
# on table sugar David Tutwiler 2015-09-29 18:28
I worked in a lab where we used a product called Biocide which means "kills any living thing." It is chlorine dioxide. We wore Tyvek suits, surgical gloves, and respirators in a six percent humidity environment to use it. I remember the manager who refused to wear the gloves had the skin eaten away around the nail of all of his fingers from the Biocide.

If this is what is used to process table sugar, it's no wonder sugar abuse bothers the heart, and every other part of the body. Making this connection is such a new outlook on the matter.

Or "cattle bone char"? Prions will survive that.

Say grace before feeding your face.

Read "Sugar Blues" by William Dufty (one penny on Amazon.)Very interesting history of the global sugar industry from the beginning. Brave the political bias, and it's an eye-opening read- worth every penny (shipping was $3.99.)

I'm wondering if these substitutes are practical and accessible. very interesting article, none-the-less. Type this title in a search:
Sweet proteins – Potential replacement for artificial low calorie sweeteners, or use:
http://www.nutritionj.com/content/4/1/5
Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2015-09-30 19:30
You seem smart, yet you haven't learnt the most important lesson. Trying to out-engineer God is why we are having the problems that we are having.
David Tutwiler
# David Tutwiler 2016-02-04 15:55
How do you interpret my words as "trying to out-engineer God"? I made three points with an anecdote, a book, and an article. All in agreement with your article. I would never do such.

My outlook on that is "To walk on water, don the full armor."
Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)
# Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor) 2016-02-08 11:50
Sarah said that trying to outsmart God was the problem, but not necessarily that you were doing it personally. In other words, you missed the biggest problem, but that does not make you the problem. The point was that for the last 10,000 years, people have been trying to improve nature through sorcery, pharmakeia, and now its being called "chemistry". It's an old story. Throughout that expansive period, not a single man-made formulation has ever had a reasonable help-to-harm ratio for health. Take for example Tylenol as one of the "safe" potions. It damages the liver, kidneys, and the intestinal flora to stress them for years and thereby cause a myriad of seemingly unrelated health problems, including a debilitated immune system. So, was that headache really worth it? Oh, but it gets better. Something that is blacked-out of the U.S. media is that Tylenol, when mixed with alcohol, can kill a human being within hours. It's why there are so many college-age "binge" drinkers who died, because they tried to treat their hangovers with Tylenol.

Anyway, we didn't accuse you of being the problem, David. However, it is precisely the weight of that armor which may pull you under.
Alexandra Schenker
# Organic coconut sugar? Alexandra Schenker 2016-03-13 20:45
I like your article and agree with it, I just wanted to ask you if organic coconut sugar a good sugar is, cause where I live it's impossible to get non processed sugar, but you can get coconut sugar. Any insight would highly appreciated (I suffer from hashimoto thyroiditis) thanks!

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