The Shocking Story of How Aspartame Became Legal

artificial sugarCollective Evolution – by Joe Marino

Did you know that Aspartame was banned by the FDA twice? How is this product legal now?

The bittersweet argument over whether Aspartame is safe or not has been going on for a long time. On one side we have medical evidence that suggests we should avoid using it and on the other side we lean on the FDA’s approval that suggests it is safe. Since generally that seems to be the factor that many continue to hold trust based upon, I thought we could look into the Aspartame story to find out how it came to be accepted as safe by the FDA. You would think that something so widely used and so well accepted would have quite the pristine story leading to its acceptance. I imagine one will discover otherwise after reading this post.

It all starts in the mid 1960′s with a company called G.D. Searle. One of their chemists accidentally creates aspartame while trying to create a cure for stomach ulcers. Searle decides to put aspartame through a testing process which eventually leads to its approval by the FDA. Not long after, serious health effects begin to arise and G.D. Searle comes under fire for their testing practices. It is revealed that the testing process of Aspartame was among the worst the investigators had ever seen and that in fact the product was unsafe for use. Aspartame triggers the first criminal investigation of a manufacturer put into place by the FDA in 1977. By 1980 the FDA bans aspartame from use after having 3 independent scientists study the sweetener. It was determined that one main health effects was that it had a high chance of inducing brain tumors. At this point it was clear that aspartame was not fit to be used in foods and banned is where it stayed, but not for long.

Early in 1981 Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (who is a former Secretary of Defense.. surprise surprise) vowed to “call in his markers,” to get it approved. January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Searle took the steps to re-apply aspartame’s approval for use by the FDA. Ronald Reagans’ new FDA commissioner Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry’s decision. It did not take long for the panel to decide 3-2 in favor of maintaining the ban of aspartame. Hull then decided to appoint a 6th member to the board, which created a tie in the voting, 3-3. Hull then decided to personally break the tie and approve aspartame for use. Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position with Burston-Marsteller. Burstone-Marstella is the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken publicly about aspartame.

It is clear to this point that if anything the safety of aspartame is incredibly shaky.  It has already been through a process of being banned and without the illegitimate un-banning of the product, it would not be being used today. Makes you wonder how much corruption and money was involved with names like Rumsfeld, Reagan and Hull involved so heavily. In 1985, Monsanto decides to purchase the aspartame patent from G.D. Searle. Remember that Arthur Hull now had the connection to Monsanto. Monsanto did not seem too concerned with the past challenges and ugly image aspartame had based on its past. I personally find this comical as Monsanto’s products are banned in many countries and of all companies to buy the product they seem to fit best as they are champions of producing incredibly unsafe and untested products and making sure they stay in the market place.

Since then, aspartame has been under a lot of attack by scientists, doctors, chemists and consumers about it’s safety and neurotoxic properties. Piles of comprehensive studies have been completed that show aspartame is a cause for over 90 serious health problems such as cancer, leukemia, headaches, seizures, fibromyalgia, and epilepsy just to name a few. We have written several articles discussing various affects of aspartame. Aspartame Leukemia Link. Aspartame and Brain Damage.

For a full timeline on aspartame’s legal and safety battles, expand the box below.


21 thoughts on “The Shocking Story of How Aspartame Became Legal

  1. Aspartame contains Aspartic Acid, Phenalalynine, and Methanol (wood alcohol) which when it exceeds 86 degrees, converts to formaldhyde which is something we don’t want in our body.

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    1. Good one there Cathleen. I used to know all that kind of stuff myself. Remember when they – I think it was the FDA – were saying that “stevia” was so bad that they actually banned it. I think that that was in the 90`s or earle 2000`s.

      1. Ha … that’s funny Digger about what they said about Stevia. THAT is the only sweetener I’ve been using since the mid ’90’s. It’s the safest one out there. Guess they didn’t want any competition. Stevia used to be hard to find, but now it is sold more commonly in the grocery stores right next to the “pink, blue and yellow” artificial sweeteners.

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        1. Yep, and ya know Cathleen that the Stevia plant will grow all the way up into Canada from what I have read. Stevia is my favorite too. I`ve been thinking of growing a few.

        2. I, too, have been using stevia for years. If Agenda 21 is fully implemented, we can say goodbye to it.

          1. Specifically, it’s Codex Alimentarius (which is part of Agenda 21) that is banning (or attempting to ban) homeopathic cures, or require prescriptions for them, as well as for all vitamins, herbal remedies, etc., ad nauseum, etc.

            Big Pharma doesn’t like competion.

            They prefer to sell you products that kill, not cure.

    2. Yup, and our aspartame loaded sugar free soft drinks are trucked around the world in the open sun, so by the time our sugar free sodas reach our grocery stores….they have surely already been heated to above 85 degrees…..

      I use Xylitol. It is tooth friendly too…creates a slightly alkaline environment in the mouth…so bacteria cannot thrive and cause tartar or plaque.

  2. With this info on record, the USG shipped massive amounts of Diet Coke for the troops to drink during the Gulf War(1991). Much of this shipment sat in very hot temperatures while waiting to be chilled and then consumed. It makes me wonder just how much of the Gulf War Syndrome aspartame poisoning had a hand in. But then again, USG policy towards veterans has historically been one of “if they die then they cannot bear witness to war crimes committed by the USA”. Ditto for the first responders and brave people who helped in the rescue and cleanup of the World Trade Centers!

    And think of how much money Big Pharma has raked in because of the misdiagnosis of aspartame poisoning(intentional?) and the resultant prescribing of drugs for phantom “diseases”. If this isn’t mass murder, I don’t know what is.

  3. Another outstanding (read TOXIC) product brought to you by those fine folks at Monsanto.

    Still waiting for the day they create something that ISN’T TOXIC.

    Not holding my breath, though.

    1. Hey #1, every time someone offers me a soda my response is “Sure, just give me anything but poison” and that usually starts the conversation. In the end, I wind up being looked at like a conspiracy nut because most people wouldn’t dream the government would allow a product so harmful to be used for public consumption. Lately, if they don’t have anything but “diet” I say “No thanks” and leave the uninformed to their own demise. I’m tired of the argument.

      1. You know me, Millard. Pepsi Throwback only, made with real sugar.

        Of course, no telling what ELSE might be lurking in it, trying to poison me.

        1. and the sad truth is that all sodas are bad for us anyway (leach calcium from our bodies, setting us up for arthritic conditions and other things). Yes, I used to drink and enjoy them myself, but not anymore. There is fluoride in the water, usually, and yes, other things lurk there too. For me now, distilled water with a slice of lemon, or herbal tea. Add a pinch of sea salt if you feel like adding some minerals back in. Stevia is not good for you either, unless you use the plant (the leaf). The powdered stuff — processed and unhealthy. I use less and less sweeteners now, honey and maple syrup mostly, occasionally some organic cane sugar. Life has gotten way complicated, got to keep your wits about you, with all this synthetic and adulterated stuff masquerading (successfully!) as food.

  4. Given that I’m deathly allergic to Stevia, are there any other Sweetner options that are not so bad?

      1. Yep, I realy like agave syrup. I think that it would be well worth Ashleys time and money to check it out. I was trying to think of that one myself for her.

        1. Hey digger, if I remember correctly, didn’t we celebrate New Year’s Eve one time with some expensive “blue agave'” tequila that had hallucinogenic properties?

          1. Yes, that was real good sippin` tequila. I do not buy tequila unless it is good “Blue Agave” tequila………. That agave syrup is realy good too. I recommend it.

      2. Not safe, unfortunately. Best to stick with maple syrup and local, raw honey or organic cane sugar or blackstrap molasses (contains many vitamins). Better yet, try to wean yourself off sweeteners.

        I did this and found that sweetened things now taste too sweet to me. I am more able to appreciate the natural sweetness of fruit, for example. I do not miss the sweets at all.

        But, like many of us have found in trying to awaken others and being looked at as tinfoil hat nuts, the same seems true of this sweetener/sugar thing, when I suggest giving it up and giving sodas up, many people just don’t want to believe that it really IS poison and they just put up a wall.

        So, I do encourage you to consider this. If you must sweeten things, go as natural as possible, but also try to retrain your sweet tooth. The processed carbs (like things made with white flour) will also cause cravings for sweets. This is again something you CAN retrain yourself on, but it is hard for many people, especially the first couple weeks.

        You will feel much better if you do. Ill health is expensive and part of the system as it is designed. Good health is simple but requires knowledge, discipline and a questioning mind.

    1. Have you tried wild honey? Not the crap that comes from China. If you can get it local honey is the best. We use honey in just about everything.

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