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Aspartame lawsuits accuse food and soft drink companies of poisoning the public with this neurotoxic chemical; FDA compromises public health to protect aspartame profits

Friday, June 04, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: the FDA, stevia, aspartame

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The National Justice League has filed a series of lawsuits against food companies, accusing them of poisoning the public by using a known neurotoxic chemical -- aspartame -- in their foods and beverages. The lawsuit seeks to bar these companies from producing, using, processing or selling aspartame.

Aspartame is very well documented as an excitotoxin, meaning that it overexcites nerve cells, causing permanent damage. According to research by Dr. Russell Blaylock, aspartame causes brain lesions, migraine headaches, reproductive disorders, Alzheimer's disease, blindness, mental confusion and many other nervous system disorders.

Part of this is probably due to the fact that aspartame, when consumed, breaks down into several chemicals, and one of those chemicals is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, of course, is a potent nerve toxin and has no place in the human body, yet people are effectively "drinking formaldehyde" every time they pick up a diet soft drink or "diet" food item sweetened with aspartame.

In my opinion, aspartame should be immediately banned from the human food supply. It is a highly toxic ingredient that has been clearly shown to be extremely dangerous to humans. It only remains legal because the FDA wants to protect the profits of private industry rather than protect the public health. There's also the added benefit (to the drug industry) that since aspartame makes people sick, those people will need prescription drugs to mask the symptoms caused by aspartame. So, in effect, aspartame is a revenue generator for the pharmaceutical industry, and the FDA no doubt realizes this.

A much safer sweetener would be stevia, an herbal sweetener that remains illegal to use in foods in the United States even though it is used around the world by hundreds of millions of people each year with no negative side effects. The FDA refuses to recognize stevia as a safe food ingredient in the United States, so you can only purchase it as a nutritional supplement. Make no mistake: the FDA will resist legalizing stevia for as along as possible, making sure the profits for aspartame are well protected, regardless of the cost to human health.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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