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Aspartame Drug Company Committed Illegal Acts to Get Aspartame Approved



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Date: April 20, 2012 11:37:00 AM CDT
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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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