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TIME Magazine's TIME.com recently posted this very, VERY bad article on the safety of aspartame: Are Artificial Sweeteners Really That Bad for You?
Why do I say this is a very, VERY bad article? It is misleading information because their writer states that aspartame is safe and that NO RESEARCH has proven that aspartame is harmful to human health.
Maybe this web email campaign to boost sales or possibly exonerate the manufacturers from future liability (and that day is coming) has actually done the exact opposite. This article has turned the spotlight on the public manipulation of the truth about aspartame, and it shows the one-sided spin of propaganda concerning aspartame safety. It proves to all consumers that the aspartame safety issue has been grossly manipulated since the 1960s, when aspartame was first labeled a sweetener instead of the ulcer drug that it was discovered to be.
Anyone can get on the Internet and read the research proving aspartame is a carcinogen, a brain toxin, and that aspartame has been proven to cause fetal deformities. Anyone can get on the Worldwide Web and find the research proving that aspartame causes seizures, lymphoma, brain lesions, and leukemia.
Did Claire Suddath, TIME.com author of Are Artificial Sweeteners Really That Bad for You? not do her research before she published this article? Did she decide that all the documentation about the dangers of aspartame was not worth passing on to her readers? Did she decide for you and for me that the research proving aspartame is dangerous to a young child really wasn't that important; not important enough to mention in her article, anyway?
Let's focus more on why this article is so misleading; why an angry parent of a child with a deformed cleft palate or born with a brain lesion wonders why she was told, and read, that aspartame was perfectly safe during pregnancy. TIME.com and Ms. Suddath have just told YOU that aspartame is safe, but they know darn well that it has proven health dangers. At the very least, aspartame safety should be seriously questioned, and Ms. Suddath should have included that fact in her article.
Needless to say, the aspartame victims throughout the world, the researchers proving aspartame is a carcinogen, and the consumers, like you and me, know that TIME.com isn't putting out credible journalism. I am not the only one to feel this way, and I have included the response to Ms. Suddath's TIME.com article from journalist, David Lawrence Dewey:
From David Lawrence Dewey:
This article is the most inaccurate and biased article that I have ever read written in favor of the aspartame and artificial sweetener industry. Where did this journalist get her facts?
Since 1996, I have been writing about the dangers of aspartame. Where has Ms. Suddath been?
Searle's privately FUNDED 52-week study in October 1972 was seriously flawed and was denounced by scientists at the FDA. This study is posted on my website at: Searle's Own Negative Study.
Furthermore, Ms. Suddath failed to state that there are over 90 research studies that were NOT funded or sponsored by the aspartame industry, which proved, without doubt, how toxic this chemical really was.
You can read my column originally written in 1996:
Aspartame Sweetness Disguised as Disease or Death? Also Known As Equal®, Nutrasweet® and Spoonful®
by David Lawrence Dewey
My columns on aspartame are based on FACT and not rumors or disinformation, which Ms. Suddath claims caused all the hysteria about aspartame in 1995 and 1996.
In addition, Dr. Janet Hull has written about aspartame in her book, Sweet Poison.
Dr. Hull is an aspartame victim herself. Her aspartame expertise is based on her professional background. She holds a Doctorate in Nutrition, a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, is an international geographer and geologist, a former university professor, firefighter and Hazardous Waste Specialist and Emergency Responder. She is a Licensed Certified Nutritionist, certified fitness professional and author. Dr. Hull's diverse background supports her unique approach to contemporary nutritional issues. She has dedicated the past twenty years sharing with others her life-threatening experience and natural recovery from aspartame poisoning.
And let's not forget Mary Nash Stoddard and Washington Attorney Jim Turner. Ms. Stoddard was the person that first alerted consumers about this deadly chemical. Stoddard's and Turner's network and articles and website, Aspartame Consumer Safety Network have been educating consumers about aspartame since 1987.
There is also Carol Guilford, cookbook author who has been informing people about the dangers of aspartame in her cookbooks for years. Carol will be releasing her newest cookbook in the coming months.
A gene study performed in Hungary, and reported in: In Vivo. 2007 Jan-Feb;21(1):89-92 showed that aspartame has a negative effect on human genes, showing that it alters the genes in various animal organs when any amount of aspartame is ingested.
Here is another study done on aspartame toxicity in humans: The Effect of Aspartame Administration On Oncogene and Suppressor Gene Expressions, Gombos K, Varjas T, Orsos Z, Polyak E, Peredi J, Varga Z, Nowrasteh G,Tettinger A, Mucsi G, Ember I. Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Public Health University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspartame (L-phenylalanineN-L-alpha-aspartyl-1-methyl ester) is an artificial sweetener with wide spread applications. Previously published results have shown that among rats receiving aspartame a significant increase of lymphoreticular neoplasms, brain tumors and transitional cell tumors occurred. The aim of our short-term experiment was to investigate the biological effect of aspartame consumption by determining the expressions of key oncogenes and a tumor suppressor gene.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: After one week per of administration of various doses of aspartame to CBA/CA female mice, p53, c-myc, Ha-ras gene expression alterations were determined in individual organs.
RESULTS: The results showed an increase in gene expressions concerning all the investigated genes especially in organs with a high proliferation rate: lymphoreticular organs, bone marrow and kidney.
CONCLUSION: Aspartame has a biological effect even at the recommended daily maximum dose.
Also, Ms. Suddath failed to mention the Ramazzini Institute studies, Bologna, Italy. Not one, but two studies were done to prove that aspartame is carcinogenic.
Ms. Suddath's article is not only an insult to me, but also an insult to those that I mentioned above, credible professionals who have been educating consumers on this deadly toxic chemical for many years.
How do you feel about this TIME.com article defending aspartame safety? Join me on my Forum and let us hear what you have to say.
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