- ASPARTAME LAWSUITS ACCUSE MANY COMPANIES OF POISONING
- Defendants in the lawsuits include Coca-cola, PepsiCo,
Bayer Corp., the
- Dannon Company, William Wrigley Jr. Company, ConAgra
Foods, Wyeth, Inc., The NutraSweet Company, and Altria Corp. (parent company
of Kraft Foods and Philip Morris) and WalMart, and others
- SACRAMENTO-- April 6th, Lawsuits were filed in three
separate California courts against twelve companies who either produce
or use the artificial sweetener aspartame as a sugar substitute in their
products. The suits were filed in Shasta, Sonoma and Butte County, California.
- The suits allege that the food companies committed fraud
and breach of
- warranty by marketing products to the public such as
diet Coke, diet Pepsi, sugar free gum, Flintstone's vitamins, yogurt and
children's aspirin with the full knowledge that aspartame, the sweetener
in them, is neurotoxic.
- Aspartame is a drug masquerading as an additive. It interacts
- drugs, has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG,
and is a chemical
- hyper-sensitization agent. As far back as 1970, Dr. John
Olney founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity when he did
studies on aspartic acid, which makes up 40% of aspartame, and found it
caused lesions in the brains of mice. He made world news on the aspartame/brain
tumor connection in l996. Dr. Ralph Walton, Professor and Chairman of the
Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
has written of the behavioral and psychiatric problems triggered by aspartame-caused
depletion of serotonin.
- Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision
- and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such
- conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes,
Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue and depression.
- Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. The resulting
- poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing
- Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one-third of the
aspartame molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.
- Recent news is full of reports of world-class athletes
and other healthy
- consumers of aspartame suddenly dropping dead. Sudden
death can occur from aspartame use because it damages the cardiac conduction
- Dr. Woodrow Monte in the peer reviewed journal, Aspartame:
Methanol and the Public Health, wrote: "When diet sodas and soft drinks,
sweetened with aspartame, are used to replace fluid loss during exercise
and physical exertion in hot climates, the intake of methanol can exceed
250 mg/day or 32 times the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended
limit of consumption for this cumulative poison."
- The effects of aspartame are documented by the FDA's
- data. In 1995 the agency was forced, under the Freedom
Of Information Act, to release a list of ninety-two aspartame symptoms
reported by thousands of victims. This is only the tip of the iceberg.
H. J. Roberts, MD, published the medical text "Aspartame Disease:
An Ignored Epidemic" -- 1,000 pages of symptoms and diseases triggered
by this neurotoxin including the sordid history of its approval.
- Since its discovery in 1965, controversy has raged over
the health risks
- associated with the sugar substitute. From laboratory
testing of the
- chemical on rats, researchers have discovered that the
drug induces brain
- tumors. On Sept 30, l980 the Board of Inquiry of the
FDA concurred and
- denied the petition for approval. In l981, the newly
- Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, ignored the negative
ruling and approved aspartame for dry goods. As recorded in the Congressional
Record of 1985, then CEO of Searle Laboratories Donald Rumsfeld said that
he would call in his markers to get aspartame approved. Rumsfeld was on
President Reagan's transition team and a day after taking office appointed
Hayes. No FDA Commissioner in the previous sixteen years had allowed Aspartame
on the market.
- In 1983, aspartame was approved for use in carbonated
beverages. Today it is found in over 5000 foods, drinks and medicines.
- Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD, author of "Excitotoxins:
The Taste That Kills" (http://www.russellblaylockmd.com)
- wrote about the relationship between aspartame and macular
degeneration, diabetic blindness and glaucoma (all known to result from
excitotoxin accumulation in the retina).
- All of these neurodegenerative diseases are worsened
by aspartame. In
- addition, we now have evidence that excitotoxins play
a major role in
- exacerbation of MS and other demyelinating disorders
including trigeminal neuraliga. Blaylock says that new studies show excitotoxins
trigger significant elevation of free radicals in the lining (endothelial
cells) of arteries, which means that aspartame will increase the incidence
of heart attacks and strokes (atherosclerosis).
- In original studies, aspartame has triggered brain, mammary,
- ovarian, testicular, thyroid and pancreatic tumors.
- Plaintiffs have asked for an injunction to stop companies
- producing, manufacturing, processing, selling or using
- Plaintiffs in all three cases are seeking a jury trial.
- If you would like to schedule someone from the National
Justice League for an interview, please call or fax us at 208-246-1171.
- Roberta Bellon,
- Public Relations
- This release is issued by courtesy of:
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