artificial sweeteners: Just Say No


Richard Moore

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February 16th, 2007

Two New Studies on Aspartame and Diet Drinks Confirm Source of Obesity, 
Cancer/Malignant Brain Tumor Epidemics

THE Cancer Research Center of the European Foundation of Oncology and 
Environmental Sciences in Bologna, Italy reported this week that a long-term 
study to evaluate the potential carcinogenic effects of aspartame demonstrates 
the chemical sweetener "induces an increase in lymphomas and leukemia in female 
rats." The research will be presented at a September international scientific 
conference, "Framing the Future in the Light of the Past: Living in a Chemical 

Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock M.D. commented: "The new study released in the 
European Journal of oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify 
mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a 
carefully done study which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant 
increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemia in rats. Both of these 
malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread 
use of aspartame.

"This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers, which 
also found the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to 
cellular DNA and that this damage was accumulative. The type of damage was a 
duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, 
this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame every day 
could increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia.

"They also found an increased incidence of malignant brain tumors, even though 
it was not statistically significant. This does not mean there is no association
to brain tumors, since only the animals exposed to aspartame developed the 
tumors. With children and pregnant women drinking the largest amount of diet 
colas, this puts their children at the greatest risk of developing one of these 
horrible diseases. Their study found that even low doses of aspartame could 
cause these malignancies; yet, the higher the dose, the more cancers that were 

"Since aspartame can increase obesity and may even cause the metabolic syndrome 
that affects 48 million Americans, there is no reason to ever consume this 
product. At the least it should be immediately banned from all schools."

Dr. Blaylock wrote the Miami Herald to counteract propaganda by the Calorie 
Control Council, an aspartame front group: "It is known that the amount of toxic
phenylalanine reaching the baby is twice as high as that in the mother's blood 
because the placenta concentrates the toxin. In addition, numerous metabolic 
breakdown products of aspartame are known to damage the developing infant's 
brain, including methanol, formaldehyde, formic acid, diketopiperizine and 

"Aspartame has been shown by several studies to damage DNA, which can lead to 
cancer and degenerative brain disorders later in life. The risk of increased 
brain tumors in such a child would be enormous. Similar mechanisms of damage 
would be expected in these with liver disease. Studies on aspartame safety have 
shown that the product increases tumors throughout numerous organs, especially 
the brain. It was shown that brain tumor incidence increased over 47 times in 
animals exposed to aspartame.

"With the public concern over childhood obesity and diabetes few are being told 
of the overwhelming evidence that early exposure to excitotoxins as found in 
aspartame consistently produce gross obesity and insulin resistant diabetes, 
just as we are seeing in our youth. The promoters of aspartame use have been 
lying from the beginning and continue to use their money and political clout to 
cover up the real and present dangers of this toxic product." Astonishingly the 
Miami Herald ignored Dr. Blaylock's lifesaving cry of alarm. "Clout" in Miami 
means advertising dollars!

The Division of Clinical Epidemiology of the University of Texas Health Center 
at San Antonio just reported a study by Sharon Fowler, MPH that reviewed eight 
years of data confirming a diet soda link to obesity. She said: "Something 
linked to diet soda drinking is also linked to obesity.

An earlier study found weight gain among 78,694 women using artificial 
sweeteners: Stellman SD, Garfinkel L: "Artificial Sweetener Use and One-Year 
Weight Change Among Women. Prev Med 1985: 15: 195-202.

Joe Stalin said: "One man's death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a 
statistic." Consider the tragedy of an 8 year old child who consumed aspartame 
products as told by Dr. H. J. Roberts in his 1038 page magnum work "Aspartame 
Disease, an Ignored Epidemic". "In two years she developed marketed swelling of 
one shoulder which then involved the neck. Her arm almost tripled in size. ... 
Numerous physicians and consultants diagnosed histiocytic leukemia. The patient 
received large doses of Prednisone. Of particular interest is there was dramatic
clinical improvement and virtual normalization of the blood changes when the 
mother eliminated additives. Prednisone was stopped. The patient subsequently 
ate several bowls of an aspartame cereal. Marked swelling of the checks 
developed, coupled with recurrence of the aforementioned features. When 
aspartame was discontinued, the swelling receded without Prednisone.

"Several months later, the girl was given aspartame chewing gum without the 
mother's knowledge. Swelling of her entire body, recurrent enlargement of the 
liver and spleen, a dramatic increase of bone marrow histiocytes, and severe 
pain in many joints ensued. Total abstinence from aspartame again affected the 
disappearance of her symptoms and blood abnormalities within 6 months. At the 
time of Dr. Roberts last discussion with her mother, the child had minimal 
enlargement of the liver, and was receiving Prednisone in low doses only 

"The patient had two sets of head x-rays, three CT scans of the brain, two 
spinal punctures, four bone marrow studies, two electroencephalograms, two heart
monitoring studies, two baraium enemas, and a host of other studies. Her mother 
estimated the medical costs at $750,000." [Page 476]

Statistics? Says Dr. Betty Martini: "There are millions of victims like this 
little girl! Once documented reports like hers were received as field research 
by medical professionals. That time has long passed. Today her near-murder is 
just an "anecdote", a statistic! What unspeakable torture to visit upon an 
innocent child by these heinous mass poisoners: the chemical sweetener cartel! 
I've sent thousands of case histories to the FDA and could as well be talking to
the Egyptian pyramid of Cheops. The price of medical treatment in the USA means 
most American families are but a single serious illness from financial 
destruction. The agony, disablement, death and family ruination wrought by 
aspartame wrecks our land with a trail of devastation exceeding category 5 
hurricanes! With incomparably greater cost and pain!"

Continued Dr. Martini, founder of Mission Possible International, a worldwide 
volunteer force which for 14 years has exposed chemical sweeteners: "How shall 
we count aspartame atrocities? Our FDA once listed them, named 92 symptoms from 
more than ten thousand volunteered complaints by American consumers. Their 
Buchenwald list included four kinds of seizures, blindness, sexual dysfunction, 
mental destruction and death. Then FDA shut the report window and no longer 
takes and tabulates reports. I've sent them more cases than they listed, but you
can't get the death list now; they deny it existed. Think of FDA simply as the 
branch office of the pharmaceutical industry inWashington!"

Martini states: "There's a war going on in our schools. A war for their health, 
their futures, their lives. It's a covert war, unannounced by the media, unknown
by those to be sacrificed or their guardians. Our schools are dope houses. 
Millions or our children are on Ritalin, et al. Aspartame and toxic MSG is 
dumped on their lunches. An ever greater list of vaccines is commanded to 
contaminate their blood. The chemical cartel is insatiable! And what the 
harvest? Is our kids¹ healthier, fitter, better balanced and more secure than we
were generations ago? We don't understand health! Every normal physical 
condition has become a malady treatable, not curable, only by medication, for 
life. Dr. Gary Null reported on his 6/5/05 interview with Dr. Peter Rost, Pfizer
Marketing VP, who candidly revealed the unbelievable drug company profits: 
Retail price of 100 Prozac 20mg tablets is $247.47. The active ingredient in ALL
these is eleven cents! Jesus spoke of those who devour widows houses. Who could 
say it better?

"But in some states a minuteman call is going out: Ditch the drugs, void the 
vending machines packed with poisoned potions. A school system in Wisconsin set 
the pace, reported by the Finegold Association, whose mission includes 
generating awareness of the role of foods and additives in student learning, 
health and behavior problems. Dr. Martini explained this in a letter to the 
Alabama Board of Education who recently met July 12 to decide about pop: 
"Aspartame has been proven to destroy brains, trigger psychiatric and behavioral
problems, cause eye disorders (including blindness), addict and trigger brain 

Betty Peters, of the Alabama Board of Education asked for an amendment to remove
all soda pop from Alabama schools, but this was reduced to simply revise the 
current system and allow diet drinks, this with full knowledge that diet drinks 
cause more obesity. The vending machine proposal was gutted to appease the soft 
drink industry. But where was the concern for the children?

Dr. Roberts reviewed the Italian study, concluding: "It's now incumbent upon 
researchers of leukemia and lymphoma to inquire about the use of aspartame 
products routinely in such patients. And it¹s also highly relevant, the striking
increase of primary brain lymphoma which I reviewed in my books and articles. 
You are dealing with a unique lymphoma of the brain. which most neurologists had
not seen before the availability of aspartame. In view of the unequivocal 
induction of brain tumors and of leukemia/lymphoma in experimental animals the 
intent of the Delaney Amendment should be invoked. This justifies aspartame as 
an imminent public health hazard and should be removed from the market as I've 
emphasized for two decades."

In the "Journal of Advance in Medicine" Vol 4 #4, winter '91 article: "Does 
Aspartame Cause Human Brain Cancer" Dr. Roberts said: "The increasing frequency 
of primary brain lymphoma of B cell derivation - including reticulum cell 
sarcoma, microglioma and histolytic lymphoma - also requires explanation because
this subset was previously rare. Eby et al reported a nearly threefold rise in 
its incidence among immunologically normal persons in the l982-l984 SEER data, 
which they could not explain. Specifically, the rate increased from 2.7 to 7.5 
cases per ten million population (p=0.001) in the time periods l973-l975 and 
l982-l984, respectively. The age-adjusted rise was more striking among women 
which increased from 4.9 per ten million in l979-l981 to 8.9 per ten million in 

Again Dr. Roberts tells us "Hockberg and Miller reported a tripling of incidence
of this tumor in non-immunosuppressed persons during the 5 year interval between
l980 and l984."

Dr. Blaylock is author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health & Nutrition
Secrets to Save Your Life and Cancer Strategies, ( ) He also has a newsletter that keeps you 
up-to-date on these matters:

How was aspartame ever approved by FDA? For 16 years it was rejected. FDA even 
asked the Department of Justice to prosecute the manufacturer, G.D. Searle Co. 
for submitting fraudulent test data on aspartame. Two prosecutors were 
appointed, but the defense lawyers hired both of them and the case expired with 
the statute of limitations. When the Godfather hires the District Attorney don't
expect a conviction. Next Don Rumsfeld, CEO of G D Searle, returned to 
Washington and a new FDA commissioner was appointed immediately who approved 
aspartame over the objections of the FDA scientific board. This new commissioner
was under investigation for conflict of interest when he switched to take 
$1,000/day consulting job with the public relations firm that represented 
NutraSweet. All in the family! The plague loosed on humanity by this chicanery 
is also known as Rumsfeld's Disease. Hear attorney James Turner explain it in 
this clip from the documentary: "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned 

The Italian study press release says the results demonstrate for the first time 
aspartame is a carcinogenic agent -- "As recognized by the International Agency 
for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization, results of 
long-term bioassays conducted on rodents (rats and mice) are highly predictive 
of carcinogenic risk for humans. In light of this fact, the results of the 
CRC/ERF study on aspartame call for urgent reconsideration of regulations 
governing its use as an artificial sweetener in order to better protect public 
health, in particular that of children."

This is the most recent of many projects which confirms aspartame's toxicity 
beyond controversy. FDA & Searle have always known aspartame is a Class A 
Carcinogen. The late FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress that 
aspartame, beyond a shadow of a doubt can produce brain tumors and brain cancer,
and violates the Delaney Amendment which forbids anything in food which causes 
cancer. His last words to Congress: "If the FDA violates its own laws who is 
left to protect the public?" Ten thousand tombstones show that only a concerned 
citizenry can achieve save itself from all the 92 symptoms FDA once listed.

To children aspartame is murder. It's an abortifacient and teratogen; causing 
abortions, birth defects and retardation. If a live child is born aspartame may 
have heinously damaged its DNA for generations to come. Our schools are so 
inundated with problems that today the norm is "abnormal". Only eradication of 
this poison will eliminate aspartame's physical, behavioral, psychiatric 
maladies and learning disabilities. Industry's greed is keeping it schools to 
addict our children for life. They even got FDA to approve new deadly chemicals:
Splenda and Acesulfame Potassium. See: "The Lethal Science of Splenda"

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