- The photo of a crumpled can of Diet Coke told the story
in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 30-1-2000, Coke's hometown paper.
Fitting, poetic, just, but tragic for the company once rated "The
Most Admired Business in the World". Today Coke wouldn't even make
the list. Sales are down, profits collapsing, and 6,000 employees soon
will be gone. (To make room for 6,000 defence attorneys?) The tragedy is
stupendously larger than 6,000 jobs; it affects hundreds of millions of
unwarned, innocent, afflicted consumers across the broad face of planet
- * This crisis can't be solved by belt tightening, greater
efficiency, more advertising, etc. It's so bad Coke can't say the word;
to pronounce it will bring instant cataclysm. That word is aspartame, and
their only recourse is denial, denial, denial, though every ad and
builds higher the scaffold upon which Coke shall surely hang.
- * Reality is in that twisted Diet coke can. It's poison.
It's killing the unborn, raining tumours and seizures on the population,
destroying children, incapacitating workers, mimicking MS, erasing memory
- * Inexorably Diet Coke visits a plague of 92 symptoms
listed by our FDA on a secret report they'll never show which names diet
soda as the first source of aspartame disease. And yes, Death was one of
- * Diet Coke is poison. And it's addictive, some victims
drink several litres a day and keep it on their nightstands. If Coke
the formula to remove aspartame the world will heal and the surge of hatred
and vengeance by the disabled and bereaved shall certainly destroy Coca
- * The poison in Diet Coke is aspartame. As a member of
the National Soft Drink Association, Coke opposed FDA approval of aspartame
for beverages. Their objections, running to several pages published in
the Congressional Record of 5/7/85, said aspartame is uniquely and
unstable and breaks down in the can. It decomposes into formaldehyde,
alcohol, formic acid, diketopiperazine and other toxins. In a study on
7 monkeys 5 had grand mal seizures and one died, a casualty rate of
- * Coke knew; and knowing, broke their good faith contract
with customers, a breach exhibited by the recent plot to program vending
machines to raise the price with the temperature. Dissatisfied with selling
flavoured sugar water plus phosphoric acid, they switched to pushing an
addictive formula called "Diet". Addictive substances multiply
markets, so Diet Coke soared off the sales charts, spreading obesity in
its flight. We're fatter because aspartame suppresses seratonin and makes
us crave carbohydrates. Our brain is programmed to expect calories and
carbohydrates when experiencing a sweet taste. When it doesn't get them,
it triggers HUNGER.
- * So why is aspartame/NutraSweet/Equal/Diet Coke/Diet
Pepsi/etc on the market and in thousands of foods? Can you say CORRUPTION?
One FDA Commissioner and one acting Commissioner have changed sides to
work in the NutraSweet industry, plus 6 underlings and two federal
assigned to prosecute NutraSweet for submitting fraudulent tests to get
it approved. "It's like a script for Abbott & Costello."
lamented an honest FDA scientist writing to Senator Metzenbaum. It works
like this: "Approve our poison, and when you stop being a bureaucrat
we'll make you a plutocrat! After its icensed we'll pay off the American
Dietetics, the American Diabetes Association, the AMA and anyone we need
who's for sale."
- * The jig's up! Worldwide consumer action has exposed
aspartame, and millions have kicked the habit. Coke's profits are down
37% and for a year Monsanto's been trying to sell The NutraSweet Company.
Finally they sold NSC, producer of the phenylalanine in NutraSweet for
$125 million. Now Monsanto faces a $71 million lawsuit for exaggerating
profits. Monsanto stock is in the toilet, but they may have found a buyer
in the Swiss firm Pharmacia-Upjohn. P.U. for short! The deal won't finalize
for a year. The plans are to ditch the Monsanto name, as its stench is
unendurable. CEO Bob Shapiro may soon be history, like Doug Ivester of
Coke who just resigned.
- Will the last one out please turn out the lights! The
next time you reach for a diet drink (or some Sweet & Low), please
consider some fruit juice. You will be much healthier.
- Have a great diet-soda-free day.
- (The original source for this story is not known.