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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Industry's Dirty P.R. Tactics Confuse / Divert Media Away From Reporting on Valid Aspartame Dangers


STATEMENT FROM HON. MARY NASH STODDARD, FOUNDER ASPARTAME CONSUMER 
SAFETY NETWORK [1987 - present] RE: VIRAL ASPARTAME EMAIL "SCARES" ON INTERNET
Dallas - Feb. 2, 1999 - [ACSN] -- An obvious attempt has been made via a recently inflammatory, and outrageously erroneous, Internet email to erode the credibility of our Aspartame Consumer Safety Network. It gives "Snopes" a chance to have a Field Day, making Industry gleefully thrilled. Although a fictitious name is on it - we do not know who the original "sender" was. In it, the producer of this document has cited thinly-veiled references to us and our work in the most outrageous manner. One has only to visit our website to understand that we have worked hard since 1987 to attain the high level of credibility we now enjoy with Media and Consumers alike. At the same time, that very success has served to make us a more inviting target to our enemies. To have our efforts trivialized and undermined in such a bizarre way is deeply troubling.
On the other hand, ACSN has been studying the epidemiology of this phenomenon for over a decade, collecting the adverse reaction reports of thousands of individuals [heavy users of the artificial sweetener, aspartame] who have reported being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and other serious illnesses. Many of these patients have voluntarily taken the sweetener out of their diets and experienced an almost miraculous disappearance of the original severe symptoms.
For the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, FDA or anyone else to be "outraged" over cautionary warnings that aspartame use may trigger new cases or exacerbate preexisting ones of Multiple Sclerosis is in itself an outrage. Why do they not listen to patients [as we do] with compelling case histories? 
What possible harm would come from advising M.S. patients to stay away from use of all artificial sweeteners for a period of four to six weeks? When patients call our medical information hotline, we do not tell them to stop taking any of their medications. Nor do we tell them to discontinue their prescribed medical treatments. Further, we don't ever advise them to not seek medical help from a competent doctor. 
Perhaps the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation protests a little too much because some of their funding comes from ties to the giant, billion dollar sweetener industry or manufacturers who use it in their products - as does the American Dietetic Association which oversees all the Registered Dietitians in the U.S.? [See article/photo in our 200 page Toxicology Sourcebook, Deadly Deception - Story of Aspartame.]
These suspiciously viral Emails/Posts are almost invariably done with fictitious names or by ones with hidden connections to the Industry. Whereas, we always Post openly, under our correct name. In conclusion, if the inappropriate, radically-worded email (Posts/Comments, etc.) about the harmful effects of aspartame is, as we believe it to be, a deliberate public relations attempt to sabotage the credibility of the organization identifying and reporting adverse reactions to the sweetener - it hasn't worked. It has caused people seeking answers to turn to the only anti-aspartame organization on the Internet with a proven history (1987-present) track record of credibility and high visibility - Aspartame Consumer Safety Network. 
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HON. MARY NASH STODDARD:  Food Safety Expert, Award-Winning Journalist, credited with starting the massive worldwide anti-aspartame consumer movement, in 1987, with James Turner, Esq., her Aspartame Consumer Safety Network co-founder. Author of Deadly Deception - Story of Aspartame [200 p. Toxicology Sourcebook] and member of the President's Council on Food Safety [1998-1999], Stoddard has been employed to lecture at one of the top medical schools in the U.S. on the subject of artificial sweeteners. 
Her legal background [7 yr. full term, as a Sworn appointed State Judge] has allowed her to better understand the legal aspects. Her work with airline and military pilots is legendary. Featured by electronic and print media around the world, and qualified in court as an Expert Medical Witness, this well-known Consumer Advocate lectures to audiences around the world on the topic of artificial sweeteners.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Aspartame Drug Company Committed Illegal Acts to Get Aspartame Approved



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Drug Company Committed Illegal Acts to Get Aspartame Approved by FDA:


The FDA task force observed laboratory methods at Searle from April 25 toAugust 4, l977.  The Bressler Report (named for team leader JeromeBressler), identified major discrepancies including "substantial differences between gross observation on pathology sheets when compared with those submitted to the FDA" in a rat toxicology test of aspartame.  (FDA, Bressler Report, Investigation of Searle Laboratories, 8/7/77)
According to the Bressler Report, one rat even appeared to have been resurrected.Itstated: "Observed records indicated that animal A23LM was alive at week88, dead from week 92 to week 104, alive at week 108, and dead at week 112."Sloppy Laboratory Practices by G.D.Searle applicant:
The actual meal fed to the rats was also in question.  Raymond Schroeder, a former Searle employee, said in an FDA interview on July 13, l977 that "the particles of DKP were large enough to allow the rats to discriminate between the DKP and the basal diet."
Dr. John Olney, psychiatrist, neuropathologist and professor at Washington University in St. Louis, found: 12 brain tumors in 320 dosed rats and nonein 120 control rats when he examined FDA files on aspartame (aka: NutraSweet, Equal, Neotame, Canderel, etc.) animal studies in l978.  Olney advised that the high number of brain tumors was unusual.
Olney voiced another concern based on his research.  He showed that whenglutamate and aspartic acid are ingested together each agent augments theneurotoxic effects of the other.   
Olney, along with consumer attorney James Turner, (co-founder of Aspartame Consumer Safety Network), initiated court action over aspartame.  In a l986 interview, Turner said he had battled approval of aspartame 15 years. Because, "It is hurting people".  


The late Dr. M. Adrian Gross, an FDA toxicologist, in sworn testimony, against aspartame in the August 1, l985 Congressional Record.


Gross, who took part in on site investigations at G.D.Searle laboratories, said the studies carried out by Searle to show the safety of aspartame were "to a large extent unreliable."  He said "at least one of those studies has established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this is of extremely high significance."  
(Congressional Record SID835:131 Aug 1, l985)
Gross also testified that because aspartame is capable of producing braintumors and brain cancer, FDA should not have been able to set an allowabledaily intake (ADI) of the substance at any level.
He said at least one of Searle's tests "has established beyond any reasonabledoubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition is of extremely highsignificance. In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that has been established way beyond any reasonable doubt, one might ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke, in the case of this food additive, the Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)?"
The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods.  In his concluding testimony Gross asked,"Given the (cancer causing potential of aspartame) how would the FDAjustify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it?  Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law?  And if the FDA elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?"


(submitted by Aspartame Consumer Safety Network Co-Founder, Journalist & Talk Show Host, Mary Nash Stoddard, whose husband was diagnosed with Brain Cancer on Oct. 9, 1984 and died Jan. 5, 1985, at age 42, leaving behind a widow and 3 children. Mary has met personally with each of the researchers mentioned in this article, on many occasions.) 


Stoddard co-founded ACSN and Pilot Hotline (1987) and gave sworn testimony at the Nov.3, 1987 Sen.Hearing on The Safety of Aspartame. After researching Aspartame literature at U.T. Southwestern Medical School Library for many months, with her doctor and a neuropharmacologist researcher friend. She edited/published the first Toxicology Sourcebook on the sweetener: Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame (Odenwald Press 1998). 


On March 12, 1992, Stoddard, a former appointed judge for the State of Texas, was officially qualified in courtroom proceedings in Lansing, Michigan, as an Expert Medical Witness on Aspartame Sweeteners. 


Since that time, Stoddard has appeared as a keynote speaker in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, where she received a special award for her research, from the Government of Mexico, after giving the Keynote Address, at their national Conference  on Sweeteners in Pto. Vallarta, in 1998.
Stoddard, with an impressive background in Broadcasting and Journalism, has helped produce television news segments for 60-Minutes, both here and in Australia and an hour long Documentary, in which she and James Turner, Esq. are featured, for French TV, in 2011. She has participated in over a dozen Aspartame related court cases and written articles for a law journal as well as cover stories for Extraordinary Science magazine of The Nikolai Tesla Society, articles in Flying Journals around the world and Low Carb Monthly magazine for her friend, the late Dr. Robert Atkins. 


In the late nineties, she was the Spokesperson for AIM, International in the US and Canada. 
In 1998, Stoddard was a member of the U.S. President's Select Committee on Food Safety, which also included representatives from: US FDA (Food and Drug Administration), USDA (US Department of Agriculture); EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency); CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) and others.

The Hon. Mary Nash Stoddard has collected thousands of adverse reactions to the sweetener Aspartame, manyof which have been turned in to the FDA for their Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) files.
Reports, including many from brain tumor patients or their spouses, include pilots and others. 
Stoddard is quick to remind us, her battle is with the FDA, as team Turner and Stoddard fight for recall and retesting as a drug, for Aspartame, which is how it was discovered - as a drug for peptic ulcers. 


And, it all began when her husband, Mike, succumbed to Brain Cancer in 1985 and her research at one of the nation's top Medical Schools, which showed how Aspartame caused Brain Tumors in the laboratory. In 1998, in a career-defining moment, Stoddard was a paid Guest Lecturer at that same prestigious Medical School, as the first layperson ever to teach the class.


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