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Hawaii Ban Aspartame Bill Ends in Political Paralysis

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The Hawaii House Health Committee was to consider the bill to ban aspartame, but it never happened. Chairman Josh Green, M.D. deferred this lifesaving initiative, which means the committee won't be able to vote on the overwhelming testimony of renowned medical authorities, physicians and researchers that aspartame is a neurotoxin, unfit for human consumption, inflicting disabilities and death on multitudes. The committee didn't consider victims heart-wrenching testimonies. No "do pass" from the House of Representatives can come forth. Its political paralysis.

Paralysis is one of the 92 disabilities the Food & Drug Administration named in their 1995 list of aspartame reactions which they now deny ever existed. FDA derived these from over 10,000 complaints volunteered by American consumers; more than those reported to FDA for any other additive. FDA slammed the complaint window in 1996 and have ignored all testimony and research, including over 100 damning scientific peer reviewed studies on the devastating consequence of consuming aspartame. Seizures, sexual dysfunction, birth defects, blindness, paranoia, diabetes, migraines, obesity, and its a multi-potential carcinogen concluded an award winning 3-year study on1,800 rats by Dr. M. Soffritti of the Ramazzini Institute. The 2005 study was peer reviewed by 7 world experts. His second study showed it only takes a small amount to cause cancer and if pregnant women use it and their baby survives the offspring can get cancer.

What matters is the pain, the suffering, the disability, this poison produces. It's cheaper than sugar, addictive and in thousands of foods & beverages with phony diet claims. Corporate interests trump consumer protection considerations. It's a moneymaker, so what if it's a killer?

One outstanding investigation headed by Dr. Maria Alemany, the Trocho Study, showed that formaldehyde from aspartame embalms living tissue and damages DNA, two horrible consequences. He eloquently wrote of governments failure to do the obvious: "I am very sorry that the health of so many people depends on a product that should not be available for human consumption, that is harmful and which long-time effects have not been established nor even investigated.

Alemany continued: The pressure we felt (and an unexplained drop in our financing) helped us to abandon further studies on aspartame.

Greg Gordon, UPI, reported on Dr. Richard Wurtmans study at MIT which established that phenylalanine, half of aspartame, damages brain function & causes seizures. He published a highly regarded book "Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function". Aspartame's maker sent a vice president to warn him if he did a study on aspartame seizures his funds would be rejected, and they were. Wurtman's book was removed and he spoke no more against aspartame. MIT now continues to get research funds. When a university or medical school takes corporate dollars they'll play any tune sugar daddy wants to hear. The RAO study which was pivotal in the approval of aspartame showed 5 of 7 infant monkeys fed aspartame in a 52 week oral toxicity study had grand mal seizures and one died. Who's the monkey and who's the organ grinder? Figure it out!

Many times medical schools get their research funds from the International Life Sciences Institute, often called ILSI. The "Aspartame Technical Committee" consisting of NutraSweet Co., Ajinomoto, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, General Foods and many other manufacturers and users of aspartame have been accused of discriminating against NutraSweet critics in grant Research Funding awards.

The Hawaiian news is: they're working on a resolution to have the Department of Health study anecdotal reports. This is the same department that testified in favor of aspartame. They'll be able to keep this up for years. The reports are in, the research has been done! For 27 years anecdotal reports have piled up. Once they were called field research. Dr. H. J. Roberts encyclopedic medical text: "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" documents hundreds of them. They have poured into Mission Possible International by the thousands for 17 years. FDA had so many that in Congress it was explained the only way they could get rid of them is tell victims to send their complaints to the AIDS Hotline. Aspartame is poison, an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with drugs and vaccines.

Said Dr. Charles Harris: The medical profession has a tendency to discard out of hand, and disparagingly, anecdotal information. Digitalis, morphine, quinine, atropine, and the like are chemical derivatives that stem from anecdotal folklore remedies. One anecdote may be a fable, but 1,000 anecdotes can be a biography. A vital function of the medical profession is to sift anecdotes and submit them, if possible, to scientific evaluation. But it all starts as an anecdote. (Medical Tribune)

When science and the public interest win out it is invariably only after the government has been pushed to the wall by consumer advocates and other public pressure explained honest FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett in her fine book "Eating Can Be Dangerous to Your Health, the Case Against Additives". Dr. Verrett exposed FDA for allowing aspartame and said in l987 to Congress that aspartame still had not been proven safe, and this was 6 years after it was on the market.

The mass poisoning of the world population by the producers and politicians who permit this poison is an international scandal only for profit. Thank you all: doctors, professionals, citizens and victims who rose to the occasion and wrote to protect our health and lives. Water wears away rock! As Frank Sinatra sang in "High Hopes": "Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam!"

Chairman Representative Josh Green, M.D. was sent Dr. H. J. Roberts 1038 page medical text with peer reviewed research cited and chapters on diseases aspartame triggers along with the mechanism. There's a chapter on drug interaction, even information for trial lawyers. Every member of the House Health Committee was sent two packets. One had the timeline from the 17 page Ecologist of how Don Rumsfeld got aspartame on the market through political chicanery after the FDA had requested the original manufacturer, Searle, be indicted for fraud, and revoked Searle's petition for approval.

A second packet contained the aspartame documentary Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, so every member of the committee could see and hear the world experts testimony as if they were standing there before them. They could hear D.C. Attorney, James Turner, tell about Rumsfeld's dealings, and how a US President wrote an executive order, now illegally removed from the record, making the FDA powerless to do anything about aspartame until he could get a new Commissioner to over-rule the Board of Inquiry that had revoked Searle's petition for approval. Searle CEO Donald Rumsfeld had been on Reagan's transition team.

With all the testimony of world experts and researchers, the history, and victims testimony of nearly dying on aspartame, there was no doubt any reasonable member of the health committee would give it a "do pass". Why weren't they given this opportunity?

Diabetes is epidemic in Hawaii and aspartame precipitates the disease and simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, interacts with drugs, causes diabetics to go into convulsions, can induce hypoglycemia, and even interacts with insulin. Would the banning of aspartame show there will be a state without an epidemic of diabetes like the rest of the world? The "Just Like Sugar" Company sent committee members complimentary bottles of a product safe for diabetics so they understood diabetics don't have to use poisons.

Aspartame is an abortifacient and teratogen causing birth defects and mental retardation without a warning. The Committee was given the URL for the Report For Schools which contained letters from experts and even Feingold, the ADD people, who banned aspartame from their diets:

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