Hawaii Senate Committee "deferred" bill to Ban Aspartame on 2/25. Pathetic! Many of the 5 Committe members were not even there during the heart of the testimony, and then stated that the FDA should take care of it, not them. It seemed that only one out of five had actually read all of the testimony, who spoke favorably of "some kind of Resolution," but didn't know what it should contain.
I am the person behind much of this effort. Maybe we will try a Resolution. No other chances remain during this legislative session in Honolulu. Here are a few thoughts on that:
RESOLUTION COULD ASK THE NEW FDA COMMISSIONER AFTER NOVEMBER TO RESCIND APPROVAL? THAT HAS SOME TEETH, EH? AND ASK HAWAII HEALTH DEPT TO CREATE REPOSITORY FOR VICTIMS and PHYSICIAN TESTIMONIES AND OBSERVATIONS DURING THE NEXT YEAR?
I have requests for response to media inquiry into both the campaign office and the Senate offices of Hillary and Obama. Haven't gotten around to the guy from Arizona yet... I prefer to wait on that one....Hillary and Bill were massive supporters of Monsanto during their tenure in the White House, so don't hold out any high hopes for any miraculous change of heart with Hillary about the epidemiological dangers of a nation engorging itself on a chemical in 7000 food products that is metabolized as methanol, formaldehyde, and another proven causative agent of brain tumors, diketopiperazine.
As to Hawaii and what might come next in this legislative session, asking for the usual "review of the literature" by the Health Department and other mealy placebo platitudes; this really is a joke and will produce nothing substantive, since 3 out of 5 of the committee members' staff deleted the testimonial letter from the world's top expert on Aspartame, Dr. H.J. Roberts, Internist of West Palm Beach, WITHOUT EVEN READING IT! Maybe they read it in the official testimony that was filed; you certainly couldn't prove it by their inaction!
Hawaii's Health Department Director Dr. Fukino chose an Ajinomoto funded "study" in Toxicology magazine to oppose the bill in Hawaii, and the leading professor at the medical school in Diabetes and Native Hawaiian Health, Dr. Brady, impugned our point of view on TV basically as "Internet Junk Science."
I am horrified that 3 out of 5 legislators on the Senate Committee would delete without reading the testimonial letter from Dr. H.J. Roberts, Author of Aspartame Disease, An FDA approved Epidemic, but I am even more horrified that such legislators rely on commentaries by a Medical Professor like Dr. Brady, who is supposedly an "expert" on Diabetes and yet still recommends and encouraging diabetics, which abound in the Native Hawaiian population, to continue to consume a chemical additive that is metabolized as methanol and formaldehyde, as if that would somehow benefit their already damaged and struggling pancreas.
Truly Pathetic. What a tragedy for Native Hawaiians, who, like Native Americans, are continually decimated by white corporate America's chemical concoctions.
Anybody out there want to contact their state legislators to work on building support for a ban on aspartame in 2009? We won't all just sit back and wait for the new FDA commissioner to make some vague decision in the distant future, I assure you. The malevolent corporate powers are killing too many people, with absolute impunity, all over the world, with their heinous products containing "aspartame."
Thanks so much to Malia Zimmerman of Hawaii Reporter.com, Jeff Rense of Rense.com, Mike Adams of News Target.com, , Leo de Azambuja of the Molokai Dispatch, along with three newscasters on TV in Hawaii, Gina Mangieri of the Fox Affiliate, Sabrina Hall of Channel 9, and Dick Allgire of Island TV (Channel 4): these about the only true journalists in Hawaii interested in or caring about getting out the truth.
The Honolulu Advertiser, the largest paper on islands ran a long article which was intransigent, and then a short follow up, about how everything was OK and nothing to worry about, because "the Department of Agriculture still approved aspartame!"!!! Can you believe it? Nothing about the FDA which still approves it, despite a mountain of evidence of neurodegenerative harm that aspartame causes.
The other paper, the Honolulu Star Bulletin, completely failed to cover this bill at all.
What a wall of ignorance among consumers these papers create by what they don't report on, and when they do report on such a bill, they miss the point entirely.
Want to write your legislators in your state to ask them to introduce a ban on aspartame in your state? Or do you prefer to wait passively for a new FDA Commissioner, knowing that the same corporations will still try to be as much in charge as they are now with this guy, Dr. Andrew Von Eschenbach, M.D.