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artificial-sugar-290x160Did you know that Aspartame was banned by the FDA twice? How did this product become legal now?

The bittersweet argument over whether Aspartame is safe or not has been going on for a long time. On one side we have medical evidence that suggests we should avoid using it and on the other side we lean on the FDA’s approval that suggests it is safe. Since generally that seems to be the factor that many continue to hold trust based upon, I thought we could look into the Aspartame story to find out how it came to be accepted as safe by the FDA. You would think that something so widely used and so well accepted would have quite the pristine story leading to its acceptance. I imagine one will discover otherwise after reading this post.

It all starts in the mid 1960′s with a company called G.D. Searle. One of their chemists accidentally creates aspartame while trying to create a cure for stomach ulcers. Searle decides to put aspartame through a testing process which eventually leads to its approval by the FDA. Not long after, serious health affects begin to arise and G.D. Searle comes under fire for their testing practices. It is revealed that the testing process of Aspartame was among the worst the investigators had ever seen and that in fact the product was unsafe for use. Aspartame triggers the first criminal investigation of a manufacturer put into place by the FDA in 1977. By 1980 the FDA bans aspartame from use after having 3 independent scientists study the sweetener. It was determined that one main health effects was that it had a high chance of inducing brain tumors. At this point it was clear that aspartame was not fit to be used in foods and banned is where it stayed, but not for long.

Early in 1981 Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (who is a former Secretary of Defense.. surprise surprise) vowed to “call in his markers,” to get it approved. January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Searle took the steps to re-apply aspartame’s approval for use by the FDA. Ronald Reagans’ new FDA commissioner Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry’s decision. It did not take long for the panel to decide 3-2 in favor of maintaining the ban of aspartame. Hull then decided to appoint a 6th member to the board, which created a tie in the voting, 3-3. Hull then decided to personally break the tie and approve aspartame for use.

Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position with Burston-Marsteller. Burstone-Marstella is the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken publicly about aspartame. It is clear to this point that if anything the safety of aspartame is incredibly shaky.  It has already been through a process of being banned and without the illegitimate un-banning of the product, it would not be used today. Makes you wonder how much corruption and money was involved with names like Rumsfeld, Reagan and Hull involved so heavily.

In 1985, Monsanto decides to purchase the aspartame patent from G.D. Searle. Remember that Arthur Hull now had the connection to Monsanto. Monsanto did not seem too concerned with the past challenges and ugly image aspartame had based on its past. I personally find this comical as Monsanto’s products are banned in many countries and of all companies to buy the product they seem to fit best as they are champions of producing incredibly unsafe and untested products and making sure they stay in the market place. Since then, aspartame has been under a lot of attack by scientists, doctors, chemists and consumers about it’s safety and neurotoxic properties. Piles of comprehensive studies have been completed that show aspartame is a cause for over 90 serious health problems such as cancer, leukemia, headaches, seizures, fibromyalgia, and epilepsy just to name a few. We have written several articles discussing various affects of aspartame. Aspartame Leukemia Link. Aspartame and Brain Damage.

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4 Responses to “The Shocking Story of How Aspartame Became Legal”

  1. fredphillips Says:

    Excellent post! Much of what you have written, I have heard before, but given the widespread use of this product, it is important to continue to shed light on its dubious approval for human consumption and well documented health risks. Cheers!

  2. Brandon Says:

    This is very enlightening. I always knew that aspartame was bad and I avoided ingestion of it. It really does make sense that Mansanto would be involved. Just surprised Dick Cheney and Haliburton didn’t surface in the research.

    I can’t believe how obvious the lies are and yet how they are still believed by so many.

  3. set2sit Says:

    Well written and so true! I have been chewing Spry gum from Whole Foods for years and not having anything that is made with artificial sugar. A long time ago I read that when the chemicals of aspartame are ingested it mixes with our body chemicals and turns into formaldehyde. It kills me to see people chew regular gum, drink diet drinks or use artificial sweetener.

  4. Gabrielle Says:

    Honestly I’m not surprised at all by this information. If you look at the FDA’s track record they have always flipped flopped on approved and banned substances. I think the only things to trust are traditional remedies that are passed on. You have to respect nature and the fact that God provided a cure for everything. We as people need to focus on the curing instead on the socioeconomic side of things. If we as people could stop hording the best for a few and give the best all because there is more then enough for all people. We live in a capitalistic society where we as people are used more like lab rats in controlled environments to be study by the eye in the sky to have our data inputted into some mega computer so another computer can calculate our survival chances given what ever crazed scenario they come up with. Gotta love those algorithms.

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