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In 1980 the FDA concluded that aspartame could "contribute to the development brain tumors" and recommended that the sweetener no longer be used. However, then Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld vowed to "call in his markers" and got the sweetener approved.

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Nancy Welch (68)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 2:17 pm
Not a whole lot you can trust these days. If they say it's safe today, tomorrow they say it causes cancer or some other disease. All this new stuff is very scary. I try to just go without sugar as much as possible.
Thanks Tom for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 2:51 pm
Thanks Tom. I use agave syrup, honey and molasses these days.

Mandi T (376)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 3:07 pm
Thank you dear Tom.
I don't use sugar any longer. Switched to real honey along time ago.
tks honey :-0 x

Fiona O (565)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 5:15 pm
Aspartame was invented to be a pesticide when it was first discovered. Then they realized it had a sweet taste so they created a market for it. How many people really realize that they are eating or drinking a pesticide. Thanks Tom.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 6:33 pm
I did four radio shows on this with several doctors that are well known today for bringing this to the public and I was a guest on a show with someone who wanted to discuss this. I don't touch the stuff. I use Stevia, honey and real sugar which doesn't both me at all but never this. Here is a site you might find interesting-

and now I'll tell you a story-about Nancy (my closest friend who just died on the 31st July). She was the worse aspartame addict I ever knew other than my girlfriend who spontaneously combusted from it years ago.She bought diet coke by the caseload and drank at least 6-10 cans a day and used it in her coffee. She was diabetic.

She had been drinking it since it came out. At the end she had lost the use of one arm-had severe swelling in one leg all the way to the hip and was having black outs, intense seizures and long term sleeplessness...I asked her to get off it...she tried and tried and tried and said it was impossible. She would go off it for a couple days and she said she couldn't function without it. Truth is she could not function with it.

She had blinding headaches and vision problems and digestive problems-everything at the end was exacerbating with the use of cigarettes and add into it 25 prescriptions for blood thinners, anti-pyschotics and anti-depressants and a thousand other things. When I saw her for the last time she was mumbling to herself and her face was swollen and bright red-she had swelling all over her body...something was conflicting with something else but with such a confluence of drugs and various nutrient robbing things like smoking -there is no way to isolate what the cause of death was-at the end she told someone that she could not breathe. She could not swallow. She was dying a slow death and this bright and brilliant woman was a slave to this stuff. She had nearly stopped smoking but she COULD NOT OUTRUN this monstrous drug-aspartame. I know that is it was not the main cause of her death it was A HUGE CATALYST FOR IT and this horror must be done away with.

Thank you Ton-I have been mourning a great mind and soul who has fallen victim to this vile spawn of Rumsfled (not a typo) and vow to to do whatever I can to call attention to it!

Laura H (964)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 8:57 pm
I tried it once when if first came out on the market and it made me sick-the taste was dad and brother had a bad reaction to it is nothing but poison!!!
Thanks Tom-I have a dear friend who is addicted to it and I am going to forward the article to her.
Rafael-I am so sorry about your firiend Nancy. May she Rest In Peace.

Linda H (199)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 9:48 pm
Thanks Tom!

Shirley S (187)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 10:30 pm
Thanks Tom ... my sister-inlaw used artificial sweeteners for many years & ended up dying with a brain tumour in2001 I gave up sugar many years ago, it only took a week & there was no way that I would substitute with artificial anything.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 11:36 pm

Just posted, Tom.

. (0)
Sunday August 30, 2009, 9:05 am
Thanxx so much... as I mentioned I stopped using this years back

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday August 30, 2009, 10:47 am
thanks tom

Nan B (62)
Sunday August 30, 2009, 10:24 pm
This is so true Tom,. I did a story on Phenylalanine years ago. And if you my friends get enough spare time, look up Monsanto! Thanks to them they are helping to create a death wish for our Neighbors.

mary f (202)
Monday August 31, 2009, 2:17 am
thanks tom i use honey as well

Sheila G (267)
Monday August 31, 2009, 3:00 am
didn't we already know this, what is up with the FDA, they post this mess after so many become ill, why do we even have these regulators, they pass harmfull drugs and products all the time, we are paying those idiots to kill us. ty Tom, I guess they think we are all asleep :)

. (1)
Monday August 31, 2009, 6:40 am
I did some research on this, and even went to the FDA website yesterday. I cannot find a legitimate piece of information stating that the FDA has ruled that this causes cancer. There have been lots of hoax information going around for years online about this causing cancer. I do realize there are people that do have health issues due to aspartame. But, unless I just did not look correctly, there is no real information as of yet from the FDA stating about the cancer situation from aspartame. There is also another type of ingredient put into foods etc that can cause issues due to babies being born with a PKU" problem. I had a first cousin who had a child born with the issue, and they had to put the baby on a very special diet in order for her not to have brain defects. Here is some information about it.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a genetic disorder that is characterized by an inability of the body to utilize the essential amino acid, phenylalanine. Amino acids are the building blocks for body proteins. 'Essential' amino acids can only be obtained from the food we eat as our body does not normally produce them. In 'classic PKU', the enzyme that breaks down phenylalanine phenylalanine hydroxylase, is completely or nearly completely deficient. And here is the information about the diet.

This requires a diet that has some phenylalanine but in much lower amounts than normal. High protein foods, such as: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, milk, dried beans, and peas are avoided. Instead, measured amounts of cereals, starches, fruits, and vegetables, along with a milk substitute are usually recommended. Phenylalanine free formulas are available for all age groups. In some clinics, a phenylalanine 'challenge' may be suggested to evaluate whether or not the child continues to require a low phenylalanine diet. This test identifies those few persons with a transient or 'variant' form of the disorder. However, most authorities currently recommend lifelong dietary restriction of phenylalanine for individuals with classic PKU, in order to promote maximal development and cognitive abilities.

After seeing the posts here, this is probably what some of this is about. It appears some of your comments involve that particular enzyme.


Sandra Barringer (119)
Monday August 31, 2009, 6:47 am
Here's another area to watch out for if you're an athlete, like a cyclist, who uses meal replacement powders on long rides (when they can't stomach solid food, a common cylist problem): When you buy that supposedly "healthy" meal replacement powder, read the label. You'll find long string of ingredients that are really good for you, but read closely, every item. Recently, I bought meal replacement powder, and at the end of the ingredients list was listed aspartame**! Don't assume stuff made for athletes is really good for you. Trust nothing, assume nothing any more. Read every label, or you'll find yourself surprised, as I did, with a sudden onset headache smack in the middle of a 100K ride and wondering why. This is very unusual for me. I checked back on everything I had consumed that day, and I found the meal replacement powder--which I assumed was for athletes--had this crap in it. I threw it away and started using an organic meal replacement. I also had this same problem with powdered electrolytes which are advertised for athletes or people who work outdoors in extreme heat and need electrolyte replacement. I bought some powdered electrolytes, and took a pack on a ride, used one pack, and immediately got a headache. (Note: I always get a headache when I use this crap--consistently.) Again, I was suspicious of something I had consumed, and checked the label on the electrolytes, and it too had aspartame in it. These are the only two occasions I have gotten rapid onset headaches.
Even if it says in bold print "for athletes", read the label.
There's so much toxic garbage out there being marketed for "losing weight, athletes, diabetics", etc that it makes you wonder if the FDA has totally lost its moral compass as well as its mind.

Mary Halwa (119)
Monday August 31, 2009, 9:50 am
I believe it. The FDA is in a hurry to put something out there. So, they don 't test it enough. Now, after all this isn't safe. Duh!

Rocio C (38)
Tuesday September 1, 2009, 1:32 pm
Perhaps it is harmful but people just do not make anything to stop its consumption... I avoid it as much as possible, anyways.

Tiffany Houser (3)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 1:28 pm
Thanks for this Tom, I try to avoid aspartame at all cost. I am a strong believer in other natural options when it comes to making anything a little sweeter. Keep up the good work Tom, it's always appreciated!

Elvira S (82)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 6:06 pm
If it doesn't grow in nature's garden, it must be bad for you. At least I wouldn't trust it. Thanks Tom for this info, I certainly am not surprised.

Gloria K (0)
Friday September 4, 2009, 3:59 pm
You need to check the labels on EVERYTHING. A few years ago, I got some Sunny Delight for my grandson. He did not want to drink it, and, reading the label, I discovered that the flavor I had gotten has aspertame. When I wrote to the company and questioned including aspertame, I got s BS answer with no real reason. Same thing with the Juicy Fruit gum I had gotten my grandson. I had been chewing Wrigley products since I was a child, and thought nothing of getting some for my grandson. After the first piece, he refused any more. Again, checking the label, I found aspertame. Neither product was labeled "diet" - we studiously avoid anything labeled "diet". Wrigley gave me the BS answer that aspertame is being used as a "flavor enhancer". Our family thinks the stuff tastes terrible, bitter, not sweet at all. I now check the labels on any new products that we buy, and periodically check the labels on products that we have purchased before just to make sure that they are not sneaking the garbage in.

annie Flanders (19)
Friday September 4, 2009, 6:49 pm
many, many years ago i gave up using anything with aspartame in it. it made my bladder bleed.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 4:49 am
i've never consumed anything with aspartame for the same reasons cited here that i learned of over 20 years ago. besides, i tasted a soft drink with it in it and IT'S AWFUL nasty tasting. have you noticed that the food and drinks we had over 20 years ago were so much higher quality and today everything is garbage? cheap, make-money-for the big guys GARBAGE. no matter what the health risk to the consumer.

Jillian Fernandez (5)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 12:03 pm
I'm diabetic so I don't have any natural options. If anyone knows of something, please let me know.

annie Flanders (19)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 6:40 pm
jillian -- there is stevia and xylitol -- both are good for diabetics to use. both can be obtained in health food stores -- like super supplements, if you have one in your area. or you could go to their website and order it there.

i have found stevia at regular grocery stores, but it is much more expensive to buy it there than at health stores.

Dawn L (16)
Thursday September 10, 2009, 6:14 am
This is not new information which is SO sad. In 1976 a doctor mentioned to those of us sitting around the break room not to eat this toxic chemical. And Jillian...see Optimum Health Institute, San Diego or Austin. Amazing non profit place to go clean your body restore balance. Nutritionist David Wolfe is another. Peace and be well.

Barbara B (27)
Sunday October 4, 2009, 11:35 am
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