Aspartame: Rumsfeld’s profits for poison
by Vic Shayne, PhD
The subject of artificial ingredients comes up so frequently, that I thought it would be a good idea to give you some idea of how incestuous is the relationship between the industrial/commercial food business, drug companies and government. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, is dangerous and toxic, yet the government allows it to exist in foods, including diet sodas.
I use the term “foods” lightly here, because a diet soda, or even a regular one, has little in common with a real food like an orange or a carrot. But it is precisely because aspartame is a dangerous chemical, and not a food, that our government should have banned it thirty years ago, at least.
Aspartame is a ubiquitous poison
Aspartame is an additive found in diet soft drinks and more than 5,000 foods, drugs and medicine. It was approved in 1983 for use in carbonated beverages.
Donald Rumsfeld pushes one past the American people
You remember Donald Rumsfeld? The man of the hour of the Bush administration who lied on national television, telling us that our bombs in Iraq are so precise that they only hit intended targets? We need to ignore that 90% of all casualties in Iraq were civilian, not combatants. Rumsfeld also told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, but that was another lie that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. It’s the same Donald Rumsfeld who, working for a major drug company, put aspartame on the map.
What does aspartame do?
Robbie Genet, in his exposé on the topic, wrote: “The FDA’s own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and that it violated the Delaney Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer. According to the top doctors and researchers on this issue, aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression. Further dangers highlighted is that aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. The resulting chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one third of the aspartame molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.”1
NewsWithViews staff writers reported: “The effects of aspartame are documented by the FDA’s own data. In 1995 the agency was forced, under the Freedom of Information Act, to release a list of ninety-two aspartame symptoms reported by thousands of victims. It appears this is only the tip of the iceberg. H. J. Roberts, MD, published the medical text “Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic” — 1,000 pages of symptoms and diseases triggered by this neurotoxin including the sordid history of its approval.“2
Rumsfeld’s history with aspartame
Donald Rumsfeld was the CEO of Searle, the company that applied to the FDA to get aspartame on the market. When Ronald Reagan became president, Rumsfeld found a crooked way to push aspartame through. Reagan’s appointed FDA commissioner, Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., made it one of his first orders of business to approve aspartame as an additive. Though there was originally an opposition to allowing aspartame to be in foods, Rumsfeld said he was going to call in his markers and use his political leverage with Reagan. The president’s appointee, Hayes, stacked the deck in favor of Searle. Rumsfeld kept hidden from the public just how poisonous and dangerous aspartame really is.
When Searle was taken over by Monsanto in 1985, Donald Rumsfeld received a $12 million bonus. Profits for poison.
They’re all in bed together, including Monsanto
NewsWithViews reported: When Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, that conglomerate manufactured aspartame. For 16 years the FDA refused to approve it, not only because its not safe but because they wanted the company indicted for fraud. Both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. They were Sam Skinner and William Conlon. Skinner went on to become Secretary of Transportation squelching the cries of the pilots who were now having seizures on this seizure triggering drug, aspartame, and then Chief of Staff under President Bush’s father. Some of these people reach high places. Even Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney. (Monsanto bought Searle in 1985, and sold it a few years ago). When Ashcroft became Attorney General, Thompson from King and Spalding Attorneys (another former Monsanto attorney) became deputy under Ashcroft. (Attorneys for NutraSweet and Coke).2
2. NewsWithViews: Donald Rumsfeld and Aspartame