Have you ever been exposed to an advertisement that lured you into a store only to find out the “DEAL” was not the “DEAL?” Somehow there’s always a reason for why the deal is not a good deal and what you REALLY need is this item, model, etc. that has more bells and whistles, and costs more. Find out what the latest Bait and Switch by the FDA is….
In 1973 G.D. Searle & Company submitted its first petition to the FDA for the patented product aspartame to be approved. Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle and Company. When he mixed 40 percent aspartic acid and 50 percent phenylalanine, (two different amino acids) with 10 percent methyl ester, the resulting sweet taste caused the company to change its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal) were born. Keep in mind that when these three ingredients are mixed together they promptly free methyl alcohol (methanol: wood alcohol) which is universally considered a severe poison. This methanol absorbed from aspartame is converted to formaldehyde in the liver. Formaldehyde is a neuro toxin and known carcinogen. It causes retinal damage and birth defects, interferes with DNA replication and can cause squamous-cell carcinomas. Isn’t it amazing that with the stroke of a pen aspartame switched from being a drug to a foodstuff with no alterations in its formula. (bait and switch anyone?)
Despite numerous objections, including one from its own scientists, the company was able to convince the FDA to approve aspartame for commercial use in a few products in 1974. An internal memo released by G.D. Searle & Company urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the “habit of saying yes” and of encouraging a “subconscious spirit of participation” for approval of the chemical.
In 1976 Senator Ted Kennedy received a letter from the then FDA Commissioner, Alexander Schmidt. In the Health Freedom Alliance website they reveal that in the letter sent to Senator Kennedy, Mr. Schmidt expressed concern over the “questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety”. Mr. Schmidt also stated that FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill believed that a grand jury should investigate G.D. Searle & Company for lying about the safety of aspartame in its reports and for concealing evidence proving the chemical unsafe for consumption.
Just recently the FDA has allowed another “bait and switch” to occur regarding aspartame. ASPARTAME HAS CHANGED ITS NAME TO AMINOSWEET! People have become aware that aspartame is bad for them so more and more people are avoiding it. To trick the public with a name change that implies a health product that is natural and organic is both criminally devious and also dangerous. Aspartame is a excitotoxin in the brain. It is a dangerous product that can cause significant neurological problems. I consistently advise my clients to avoid any food that has it in it. As a nutritionist I have had to deal with individuals that have had seizures, blindness, neurological brain damage, debilitating migraine headaches, extreme depression and suicidal attempts, anxiety attacks, personality changes, severe insomnia, chest pains, hypertension fibromyalgia, menstrual changes, allergies, kidney stones, simulation of multiple sclerosis, leukemia, and lymphomas, to name just a few side effects, after ingesting the product. This artificial sweetener is putting the public at risk and comes with a big price tag to one’s health.
To assume that aspartame is no longer a health hazard because it has changed its name to aminosweet is a business move to deflect that it is still a poison in the human body. The name has been changed to protect the guilty–bait and switch anyone? I urge each one of you to read food labels. Artificial sweetener and sugar type substances are hazardous to your health.