- Rep. Josh Green, M.D. and Committee "Defer"
- Rather than bring this House bill to ban aspartame to
a vote in his Health Committee in the Hawaii House, which is what he said
he would do only last Friday in the prior meeting of his committee, Chairman
Josh Green M.D. today, Wednesday, "deferred at the discretion of
the Chair" the bill carried by Rep. Mele Carroll to ban Aspartame.
This shoots that particular bill down for this session. There still is
a Senate Bill, but with more than 3000 bills to consider, the Senate Bill
to ban aspartame has yet to be scheduled for its hearing.
- So much for consumer protection in Hawaii House. It didn't
even come to a vote in the committee, but a few members spoke seriously
of putting together a Resolution for this session in Honolulu. Resolutions
have no legal "teeth" in them, but they could be strong, as
strong as the legislators themselves, like directly asking the FDA Commissioner
to rescind the approval of Aspartame immediately, or at least to improve
the accuracy of the labeling, and even to ask the Department of Health
in Hawaii to take in complaints of patients and families of those who
have actually died from aspartame/methanol/diketopiperazine poisoning,
and then report back to the Legislature next year.
- By then, of course, President Obama will have appointed
a new FDA Commissioner, so those who feel strongly should be writing to
him and the chap from Arizona, Mr.McCain. Consumer protection should be
part of the agenda and choices in the 2008 Presidential Debates.
- If the Resolution crafted by the Hawaii Representatives
only asks the usual kind of thing, for the Department of Health to "review
the literature," or some other such pusillanimous mousey feeble intention,
this would be a waste of Legislative time and paper, since the Department
of Health Director, Dr. Fukino, has already indicated that she is completely
in accordance with the phoney FDA approval for aspartame. Besides, the
medical testimony and letters sent to the House Health Committee members
include all but tone of the top medical experts in the world on the subject
of aspartame's proven neurodegenerative effects. To me, it seems that the
Hawaii DOH is not willing nor capable of doing much more than pulling
down corporate-sponsored aspartame information from their corporate websites,
which will tell you that this deadly poison is as "harmless as mother's
milk" or "just like salt and pepper," the kind of jive
the corporate lobbyists spout to legislators when their boards of directors
begin to get a little worried.
- All that will happen really is that more people in Hawaii
will drink or consume aspartame and get migraines, brain tumors, Multiple
Sclerosis, worse cases of diabetes than were ever imaginable, seizures,
and others of the 92 symptoms attributed to aspartame by the FDA itself,
and Hawaii will just observe an increase the death-by-aspartame body count;
a real resolution would set up a repository for victim testimony in Honolulu
all year round.
- So far, only a few legislators in Hawaii or New Mexico
or even Washington D.C. have given these neurotoxic carcinogenic poison
manufacturers anything to worry about at all, since most of the legislators
don't seem too worried about anything either (what's a little neurotoxic
carcinogen too worry about, anyway?) or very ambitious about consumer
protection ideals in the first place. I had respectful and sincere high
hopes for Dr. Green's abilities for recognizing the medical realities
of this neurotoxin's effects, since it is found in 7000 food products
and even in hundreds of children's medications, despite it turning into
methanol and formaldehyde in the child's or the adult's stomach and liver.
Green is an Emergency Room Physician so would it be too much to ask him
to recognize the epidemiological proportions of aspartame's damage, and
that in fact, because of it, Health Care is in a real state of prolonged
- Thus, my faith in his medical degree and the fact that
he is the only physician in the Hawaii Legislature were perhaps misplaced.
We will see what the Resolution has to say.
- In the meantime, my advice to Hawaiians: please protect
yourself and your family and quit drinking and consuming products that
contain aspartame, even though the manufacturers in Japan, the Board of
Directors of Ajinomoto (world's largest manufacturer of both Aspartame
and another neurotoxic food additive, MSG), the Coca Cola distributors,
the Wrigley's Gum Board of Directors, the President of Merisant, manufacturer
of Equal, and all of the people poisoning themselves with more diet sodas
and more sugarless gum, are most certainly very happy and grateful with
the work today by Josh Green, M.D., Chairman of the Hawaii House HealthCommittee.
Maybe someday this will dawn on him and the rest of the committee, but
for the past, present and near future victims of aspartame poisoning in
Hawaii, it will be too late.
- Mahalo (Thank you) to the Hawaii Reporter for sharing
so many victims' stories and physicians' letters with your readers: this
on-line paper is the only true outlet for Truth in Hawaii, and I appreciate
Editor Malia Zimmerman's help immensely, as well as the work of all of
the activists in Hawaii, and on the mainland, especially the many physicians
who took the time to write and send in their testimonials. All of this
will save a few lives in Hawaii.
- Truly, Stephen Fox Managing Editor, Santa Fe Sun News
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