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CONCERNS - JUNK SCIENCE, QUACK DOCTORS?
May 16, 2004
A couple of angry e-mailers sent the news desk their crisp, intellectual comments, "Well, the above article about aspartame is junk science at its best." And, "You are full of s__t and probably a fag."
Here are but a few examples of junk science relating to aspartame:
FDA Talk Paper- Food and Drug Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857
FDA Talk Papers are prepared by the Press Office to guide FDA personnel in responding with consistency and accuracy to questions from the public on subjects of current interest. Talk Papers are subject to change as more information becomes available. Talk Papers are not intended for general distribution outside FDA, but all information in them is public, and full texts are releasable upon request. T96-75 Food and Drug Administration November 18, 1996 Arthur Whitmore: (202) 205-4144 Broadcast Contact:(301)827-3434 Consumer Hotline: (800)532-4440
Testimony of Dr. James Bowen to Congress and the FDA: "Every known metabolite of aspartame is of marked or questionable toxicity and patently unsafe for human use. Methyl alcohol is metabolized to nascent formaldehyde in the eye, nervous system and other metabolically active organs. It immediately attacks and denatures the tissue structure proteins in which it is metabolized to nascent formaldehyde. This stimulates specific organ and subcellular autoimmunity which seems to be a preponderant source of the bad experiences reported by NutraSweet victims.
"Aspartic Acid is a neuroexcitotoxin present in damaging amounts in its own right, at the ADI for aspartame. Simple logic tells one that it will vastly increase the metabolism of methyl alcohol to formaldehyde in the desinosomes of the periventricular cells of the central nervous system, thus focusing the nascent formaldehyde attack there. This corresponds well with the symptomatologies often experienced, such as Lou Gehrigs's Disease (ALS), bulbar palsies, neurochormonal disorders, etc. Also visual disturbances, heart palpitations, infertility and fetal loss may be traced to aspartame ingestion.
"The diketopiperazine issue remains totally unresolved and dangerous. The amino acids that are released by hydrolysis, form eimers and isomers that are either not sufficiently studied or which are known substrates in undesirable pathological states such as Alzheimer's disease. There is the issue of the approval of aspartame for market, which has violated every principle of responsible science and responsible government. .... ......I highly recommend that you deny in every way possible any subterfuge of respectability that the aspartame people have enshrouded themselves and their product with in hopes of quickly denying its access to the worldwide marketplace. I write this, not believing that it will do the slightest bit of good in the sense of affecting the labeling issue per se, but that instead, it might reach some honest, concerned, conscientious individuals in the process.".
Dr. Adrian Gross (now deceased), FDA toxicologist who wrote in a letter to Sen. Howard Metzenbaum on October 30, 1987 on official EPA letterhead:
"This concludes my remarks on the quality or reliability of the experimental studies with aspartame carried out by the GD Searle & Co. or by the contractors working under the direction of that firm. Since Mr. Wagoner of your Office has requested my comments in a very short period of time, I am expediting this letter to you now; however, I plan to send you in the very near future an additional communications where two other issues are discussed in some detail:- the problem with the brain tumors induced by aspartame and that the FDA's having set a very high (and, to my view, clearly dangerous) level of Acceptable Daily Intake, or ADI, for this particular food additive in the diet of humans.
"Finally, I wish to state here that, quite aside from my professional background as a scientist and speaking merely as an individual citizen, I am grateful for the concern you have had over the safety of aspartame for many years now; as such, I wish to thank you for having given me this opportunity of being of some service to you."
In a follow up letter to Metzenbaum, November 3, 1987 Dr. Gross states:
"It is impossible for anyone to appreciate just how a determination by the FDA that the G.D. Searle & Co. experimental studies with aspartame were of an unacceptable quality in 1976 can be metamorphosed several years later into a view by that same Agency that essentially the same studies were sufficiently reliable for anyone to assess that this food additive is "reasonably certain" to be safe for consumption by humans.
"Even if, contrary to the FDA's view in 1976, the quality of the conduct of those studies could be relied upon by the same agency to even begin making such a determination, at least one of those studies had reveled a highly significant dose-related increase in the incidence of brain tumors as a result of exposure to aspartame. The full incidence of those brain tumors was not disclosed by G.D. Searle & Co. to the FDA prior to the initial approval for the marketing of aspartame in 1974; moreover, the review of that study in the FDA was so flawed that the Agency apparently did not even realize that at the time, only a portion of the observations on brain tumors had in fact been submitted by G.D. Searle & Co. in their petition for that approval."
Dr. Morgan Raiford Dr. Morgan Raiford/Methanol Toxicity/Blindness/aspartame May 20, 1987: Facts About Aspartame to the FDA:
"The above product is also manufactured as NutraSweet (Equal). This pharmacological spin-off is a highly profitable item, with a growing market. These products are used as a sweetener, some 200 times as sweet as regular cane sugar. This product has some highly toxic reactions in the human visual pathway, and we are beginning to observe the tragic damage to the Optic Nerve such as blindness, partial to total Optic Nerve Atrophy. Once this destructive process has developed there is no return of visual restoration. We are beginning to see and observe another toxic reaction which affects the central nervous system which is related to Phenylalaine Levels in the Central Nervous System. These observations are more vague, however, it stimulates the damaging to the brain and the central nervous system, having the manifestations as Pku Neuro Damage. Over 3000 cases have been reported and the FDA to date has ignored this existence."
Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration (Docket No. 75P-0355) Aspartame Decision of the Public Board of Inquiry; page 49: V. Issue Number 3 /44 Fed. Reg. 31717 :
"On the basis of the conclusion concerning Issue Number 2, the Board concludes that approval of aspartame for use in foods should be withheld at least until the question concerning its possible oncogenic potential has been resolved by further experiments. The Board has not been presented with proof of reasonable certainty that aspartame is safe for use as a food additive under its intended conditions of use. The foregoing constitutes the Board's findings of fact and conclusions of law.
"Therefore, it is ORDERED that: 1. Approval of the food additive petition for aspartame (FAP 3A2885) be and it is hereby withdrawn. 2. The stay of the effectiveness of the regulation for aspartame, 21 CFR 172.804, is hereby vacated and the regulation revoked. 3. Pursuant to 21 CFR 12.125, exceptions to this Initial Decision must be received by the Hearing Clerk within 30 days; replies to exceptions must be received by the Hearing Clerk not more than 20 days thereafter. In the absence of the timely filing of exceptions, or of a review notice by the Commissioner under 21 CFR 12.125(f), this Initial Decision will become the Final Decision of the Commissioner upon the expiration of the date for filing for appeal or review, and shall be effective upon publication of a notice to that effect in the Federal Register. Dated this 30th day of September, 1980 Signed: Walle J. H. Hauta, M.D., Ph.D. Chairman Peter W. Lampert, M.D. member Vernon R. Young, Ph.D member Aspartame Public Board of Inquiry
Testimony before Congress by FDA toxicologist, M. Jacqueline Verrett, Ph.D. on Aspartame - November 3, l987
"It is unthinkable that any reputable toxicologist, giving a completely objective evaluation of data resulting from such a study, could conclude anything other than that the study was uninterpretable and worthless, and should be repeated. This is especially important for an additive such as aspartame, which is equally vital since DKP is a major breakdown product of aspartame in liquid media. Not only is aspartame being used in the absence of basic toxicity information, but there is also no data to assess the toxicity of the interactions of DKP with the excess phenylalanine generated, with any other metabolite of aspartame, and its interactions with other additives, drugs, or other chemicals which may be present simultaneously in persons exposed to high levels of DKP in presweetened liquids such as diet drinks."
Junk science by the doctors who are opposed to the use of aspartame in humans? The factual data above speaks volumes about junk science and the FDA's relationship to the pharmaceutical industry.
Too many Americans are suffering from selective denial. If the FDA says something is safe, well, by golly it is! Think again...or perhaps that's no longer possible for many. America suffers from a mass case of infantilism. Road rage is one example and the response to the news item on aspartame is another. Children throwing fits when they don't get their way or when data comes across their radar screen that they disagree with or don't want to believe, they knee jerk with profane ridden e-mail and temper tantrums.
The FDA approves and then recalls drugs all the time - after humans have died or there are enough verifiable complaints of bad side effects: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html
Sometimes I wonder how civilization got past the world is flat and if you sail to the edge, the ship will fall off into space.
Part I: Quack Doctors
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"Testimony of Dr. James Bowen to Congress and the FDA: "Every known metabolite of aspartame is of marked or questionable toxicity and patently unsafe for human use."