There are hundreds of other papers that carried medium-to-light superficial stories on this very troublesome topic, so as to get the story out, but not anger their grocery store and restaurant advertisers.
However, back to Newsmax Health, now. These guys really covered the worrisome truth unhesitatingly, in Sylvia Booth Hubbard's story, and the point I making is a commendation to her for finally talking to one of the real experts on the neurodegenerative effects of aspartame, Dr. Blaylock.
Blaylock's video on a CD The Truth About Aspartame, plus Cori Brackett's video, Sweet Misery, are what we armed ourselves with in 2007 and 2008 with when we went into the New Mexico legislature to gain support for two things:
1) a statewide ban on aspartame products, both in foods and in medications, and 2) the creation of a Nutrition Council to be endowed for New Mexico with the statutory power to challenge the FDA when it was warranted. The two videos were provided to the legislators by the bill sponsors in the Senate long before the session opened, so the source would be from a Senator, not a mere mortal humble citizen, and also sent well before the session opened, to allow plenty of time for their scrutiny. The cost of the videos came out of my pocket, but the legislative budget covered the mailing costs.
Both measures were instantly overwhelmed with very effective and high-priced lobbyists from Ajinomoto, Kraft Foods, plus all the predictable local organizations like the Restaurateurs Association, the Soft Drink Bottlers, the Grocers Associations, etc., all of whom dutifully lined before the committee to denounce Senators sponsoring the bills, the advocates of the bills, and the four or five physicians who wrote in support.
The same thing happened to similar bills in Hawaii, even though they were sponsored and cosigned by 14 members of the 25 member Hawaii Senate. The mechanism was different in Hawaii, however. We saw the lobbyists for Monsanto at work, and they had a lot to lose, since Monsanto was one of the patent holders and makers of aspartame, until they sold the whole kit and caboodle to Ajinomoto of Japan, also the world's largest maker of now a second neurotoxic food additive, Monosodium Glutamate.
It appeared that a lady senator from Maui who was head of the Senate Ways and Means (called the Finance Committee, in most states), requested of the head of the Senate Health Committee that he find a way to kill the bill.
That Health Chairman was David Ige of Pearl City, and that is what happened: the bill simply never got any kind of hearing, and thus died, with no possible negative coverage of those who would testify in support of it. The whole thing was simply swept under the rug.
End of story? Nope, because that Senate Health Committee Chairman went on to run for Governor and win. He is now Gov. David Ige of Hawaii, and after that legislative non-democratic fiasco I remember from his committee in 2008, I refuse to use the term "Honorable."
States will fail over and over to ban aspartame, and so perhaps will many nations, except for those who really stand up for themselves, for the truth, and for protecting their citizens' health from this cruel neurotoxin that was forced onto the market by Donald Rumsfeld in 1981, in one of the dirtiest coups and swindles in the history of the FDA, which is already one of the foulest and most corporate manipulated agencies in the history of the United States.
It would take a President of a nation to force the FDA to rescind its approval for aspartame, and maybe not this nation, but maybe so, if the media observations on his Diet Coke habit continuously point this out to this particular President.
I am not betting on that happening, but meanwhile, articles in Newsmax in New York City, and actions like the California Carcinogen Identification Commission in Sacramento moving closer to requiring a mandatory carcinogen label on aspartame products, like the one they just recently required on Roundup/Glyphosate Weedkiller: these kinds of consumer protections slowly make the point to the American public to just not consume these poisons.
It may be too late, however, with the dumbing down of the American public, which has brought an ancillary and concurrent loss of any concern for self-preservation.
Pathetic, is it not? Why don't you take it upon yourself to convince 3 Diet Coke Drinkers a week to quit? Make them sit down and watch Cori Brackett's Sweet Misery. It is on YouTube.com.