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.
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.