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Searle, Monsanto and Ajinomoto: Three Corporate Miscreants in the Toxic Junk Food Additive and Aspartame Business

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Each day, I hear more disturbing news about Monsanto, the maker of Round-Up and the agricultural company that has been polluting the world with various poisons for decades with products such as Agent Orange and industrial coolants known as PCB's.
Monsano's advertising campaigns have convinced many people that Round-Up is safe, but the facts just don't support this.
The Women's Cancer Resource Center (WCRC) and CHOSE (Coalition for a Healthy Oakland School Environment), showed that chemicals such as Round-Up (glyphosate) can result in reproductive damage as well as damage to the kidney and liver, and some studies show a link between the chemical and cancer. (Chemical Injury Network, June 2001)
According to the National Audubon Society, of the roughly 672 million birds exposed to chemicals such as Round-Up in the United States each year, 10 percent - or 67 million - are killed.
While much of the controversy over Monsanto has centered on its products and technology, there have also always been concerns about the company's high level connections to the United States Government due to Monsanto's monetary contributions to important officials and the fact that for decades there has been a revolving door filled with people who worked within the USDA and the FDA, as well as for Monsanto.

For example, Don Rumsfeld, our previous Secretary of Defense, was president of Searle Pharmaceuticals, later owned by Monsanto.

William Ruckelshaus, a former chief administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) spent over 12 years as a member of the board of directors of Monsanto Corporation. He served under Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.
And the list goes on and on and includes Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas who was a Monsanto lawyer.

President Obama announced on March 14th the creation of a White House Food Safety Working Group to improve and coordinate the governments approach to the nationwide food safety crisis. Unfortunately, included in President Obama's short-list of working group members is Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto executive who has a long history of lobbying for Monsanto and fast tracking Monsanto's controversial rBGH while at the Food and Drug Administration. And, Tom Vilsack is our new Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack was named the Biotech "Governor of the Year" and enjoyed numerous rides on Monsanto's corporate jet during his time in office and he became a schill for agribusiness biotech giants like Monsanto.

Currently, Monsanto is behind a Federal Government bill to stop all organic farming. Introduced by Rosa DeLauro, HR 875 is ultimately about one thing: defining ONLY Monsanto's GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) products as "safe."

The chairman of the committee that is hearing HR875 is Rep. Henry Waxman from California. He was one of several who allegedly accepted money from Searle to keep aspartame on the market. Searle later sold the patents and manufacturing rights for aspartame, the dangerous artificial sweetener, to Monsanto.

Monsanto's political power is obvious. In 1999, some of the nation's most prominent antitrust lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against the Monsanto Company, accusing it of rushing genetically engineered seeds to the marketplace without properly testing them for safety and of forming an international cartel that conspired to control the world's market in corn and soybean seeds.
Ten years later, I just read that South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of Monsanto's genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any kernels. The plants look lush and healthy from the outside, but there are no kernels on the cob.
And, I also just read that Monsanto is now suing the German Government to force them to grow Monsanto's GM corn.
My own family was nearly devastated due to Monsanto's ability and determination to manipulate the United States Government. Luckily, I realized what Monsanto was doing to us with their artificial sweetener, aspartame marketed under names such as NutraSweet, Equal, Equal Measure, Spoonful, Naturataste, Canderal, Benevia, E951, Nutrataste, Joe Sweet, Indulge, Hermesetas Gold (both ace-k and aspartame), Sanecta, and Tri-Sweet. (Crystal-Lite is a beverage mix that contains aspartame.)

I am upset by the mainstream media's lack of truth about aspartame, the artificial sweetener unfortunately approved by the FDA, thanks to political pressure from Don Rumsfeld and President Reagan.

Aspartame is one product that has possibly harmed more people around the world than any other, from babies in the womb to the elderly in nursing homes.

There are brilliant physicians such as H. J. Roberts, MD, Russell Blaylock, MD, Morando Soffritti, MD, Ralph Walton, MD, and John Olney, MD that understand the dangers of aspartame and they speak out clearly. However, the mainstream media ignores them.

As a result, insurance pays for many, many, many visits to doctors by people made ill by aspartame, but most doctors are clueless about the connection with the artificial sweetener and do not treat people properly. Huge amounts of time and money are wasted as a result.Â

Many years ago, my own daughter consulted a neurologist, and he told her that she had temporal lobe epilepsy. He began treating her with medication, but the medication didn't work, because the doctor was wrong in his diagnosis and he was treating her for a condition she didn't have! What she really had was Aspartame Poisoning/Toxicity!

We took our daughter to MIT where she had special studies on her brain, and the doctors confirmed that it was the NutraSweet (aspartame) that made her so sick. They said that she had been totally misdiagnosed by the neurologist and that she did not have temporal lobe epilepsy at all. The doctors who saw her were in the Clinical Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Â

Our daughter is an incredibly bright girl whose college tuition was entirely funded by scholarships. She even won a Telluride Association Scholarship in competition with more than one million students from the entire US. And she was two years younger than the students with whom she competed.

Her serious problems from aspartame became an eye-opening event since aspartame nearly destroyed her. Drinking only one can a day, this brilliant girl developed intellectual deterioration, a drastic personality change, epileptic-type seizures, and she began to lose her vision in both eyes.

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