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NM Environmental Board Nixes Petition To Ban Aspartame
July 09, 2006
Date: 7/7/06 Author: Diana Heil Source: Rense.com
NM Environmental Board Nixes Petition To Ban Aspartame
By Diana Heil
The New Mexican
To some, Santa Fe gallery owner Stephen Fox would have been a hero if he succeeded in getting all foods and medicines containing aspartame banned permanently from New Mexico.
Given the corporate heavyweights that came out to fight this battle, including beverage companies and the sweetener's manufacturer, Fox would have accomplished quite a feat.
Sold under the brand names of NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame was approved as a food additive in 1981 and is found in thousands of products, including diet sodas. Naysayers across the nation, with a strong presence on the Internet, call it a poison that can harm human health.
On Thursday, the state Environmental Improvement Board unanimously shot down Fox's petition to outlaw aspartame. "In light of our attorney's advice and as the petition is currently written, a citizens board is not the appropriate venue to take on an aspartame ban," said Gay Dillingham, head of the seven-member board.
Dr. Ken Stoller, a Santa Fe pediatrician, lamented the outcome: "Today, the EIB, succumbing to pressure from Ajinomoto (the world's largest aspartame manufacturer), decided not to hold a hearing on aspartame even though they had twice previously voted to hold this hearing. ... The poisoning continues."
Earlier this year, Fox tried to convince state lawmakers to prohibit the sale of aspartame products indefinitely, but the bill was tabled.
Now, Dillingham said, Fox still has the right to revise his petition and try again with the Environmental Improvement Board.
"I'm not going to repetition the EIB. The first petition was perfect," Fox said. "The (corporations) abnegated the regulatory powers in New Mexico to protect food products. What a loss for New Mexico."
In May, the board offered Fox the opportunity to change the way he wrote his petition and outlined options that would not require statewide labeling or bans, but Fox refused.
One option would have been for the EIB to hold hearings to review a reasonable amount of scientific evidence and then petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if the findings raised concerns.
In a tie vote Thursday, the EIB decided not to make public the attorney's letter that outlined the pros and cons of seven options, which had been summarized in an open meeting.
"There's really nothing that's not in the (May) meeting minutes," said Dillingham, who voted to make the attorney's letter public.
Fox took on the aspartame industry because of moral concerns: "I don't think that multinational corporate powers should be able to poison people."
Originally, the EIB had scheduled hearings on Fox's petition for this July. However, after gathering legal advice on whether states have the authority to override the FDA as well as interstate-commerce laws, the board took another approach.
"We are concerned about the issue," Dillingham said, noting that she personally is troubled when she sees signs that politics might be "eclipsing" science at the FDA.
More than 100 toxicological and clinical studies regarding the sweetener's safety have been conducted so far. The FDA is reviewing a recent controversial Italian study, which linked cancer in rats to aspartame. Meanwhile, the European Food Safety Authority found holes in the Italian study and continues to call aspartame safe.
Aspartame, one of five approved artificial sweeteners in the U.S., is widely consumed by diabetics and dieters. Ruth Kava, a nutritionist with the American Council on Science and Health, which receives corporate funding, said it's a good alternative to sugar for everyone except those with the genetic disorder phenylketonuriais a genetic disorder, which is characterized by an inability of the body to use an important amino acid.
"I don't understand why people are getting so fearful of products that really have no dangerous health effects whatsoever," she said in an interview Thursday.
Kava said consumers get confused by the methanol ingredient in aspartame, but must remember that only in large doses is methanol toxic. The amount of methanol in aspartame-sweetened foods and beverages is well below the levels that cause any harm, she co-wrote in a recent article reviewing all artificial sweeteners.
"Many people do not realize that methanol is a common constituent of foods and beverages and that people routinely consume small amounts of it without ill effect," the article in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety says. "Methanol is found in many fruits and vegetables."
Dr. Betty Martini
Stephen Fox, a true American hero, in the end will succeed.
The excuse of EIB is lame. They had no right to deny the hearing they already voted to have. They are empowered to ban aspartame and they simply were manipulated by the aspartame industry. Ajinomoto. Ajinomoto, Calorie Control Council, and Coke would do anything to prevent a hearing that would have given the EIB no choice but to ban it.
Aspartame violates state and federal adulteration statutes. Here in the congressional record is the NSDA (now American Beverage) admitting it:
http://www.wnho.net/congressional_record1.doc Because it is a crime to "ship for sale" an adulterated product then it violates Interstate Commerce Laws. The EIB hearing would have heard that the FDA actually revoked the petition for approval after they first tried to have the manufacturer indicted for fraud but the defense team hired the US Prosecutors. Here is the actual petition: http://www.wnho.net/fda_petition1.doc Many of the EIB had seen the movie Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World and heard and saw James Turner, Atty, tell how Don Rumsfeld called in his markers when the FDA said no. http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages/Rumsfeld2.html Ajinomoto had to stop this hearing.
The methanol propaganda is getting kind of old. In molecular chemistry its one molecule of aspartic acid (an excitotoxin), to one molecule of methanol (a neurotoxin) to one molecule of phenylalanine (as an isolate a neurotoxin). All scientists know this and this is no small amount of methanol. It has been shown on the Trocho Study that the formaldehyde converted from this free methyl alcohol accumulates in the cells and damages DNA. This is pre-embalming as discussed in the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D., www.sunsentpress.com. How serious is the methanol? Found on the autopsy of athlete Charles Fleming, an aspartame addict, after it killed him, his wife was sent to prison for 30 and 20 years years where she remains today. Diane Fleming, a Sunday School teacher, who was the one who called the police because she didn't know the toxic poison they were drinking liberated free methyl alcohol, took a lie detector test and passed. She helped the police and the detective said to me, "I wouldn't have allowed her to be indicted because she is innocent but just at that time they promoted me and took me off the case." The usual excuse of the manufacturers is there is more methanol in oranges knowing full well that in fruits and vegetables methanol binds to pectin, and is removed safely from the body. It also has ethanol which is the classic antidote for methanol toxicity. The Trocho Study is so damaging the scientists were threatened. As one told a TV crew: "And now I have to keep my job". Why are there diet soda naysayers? Because the methanol causes chronic methanol poisoning like found on the autopsy of Charles Fleming. This affects the dopamine system and causes addiction. How bad is the addiction? As a surgeon told the diabetic wife of Lane Shore, "stop the aspartame and we may be able to save your foot". She replied, "I'm too addicted take if off." They did.
The Ramazzini Study in Italy has no holes. It was the most impeccable study ever done on aspartame confirming once again what the FDA had also found, that this poison is a multipotential carcinogen. The now discredited European Food Safety Authority also manipulated by the manufacturer could find nothing so they said the cancers had to have come from the respiratory disease. They knew as director Dr. Soffritti said that respiratory disease is part of the dying process. We also see it on the autopsies of victims who die of aspartame like Charles Fleming. But the EFSA could have said "the bluebird of happiness flies at dawn". They just had to have an excuse, any excuse, to not do anything. What shame they brought upon themselves to aid and abet the maker of this poison. http://www.wnho.net/halt_the_spin_on_bogus_studies.htm
By LAW the FDA is now obligated to recall aspartame: http://www.wnho.net/cancer_study_obligates_recall.htm But laws mean nothing. The manufacturers of aspartame have bigger attorneys and bottomless checkbooks and people in high places. They offer influence and money. They know how to manipulate. There is a name for those who do it for money and they have their hands out everywhere. They now have money for anything they want but their home may be void of mirrors to view their sin. Front groups like Calorie Control Council and American Council on Science and Health spin yarns and take "funding". And when the brains of our children are destroyed by aspartame http://www.wnho.net/dr_olney1.doc they look the other way because they don't have to take care of the autistic or ADD, ADHD, or mentally retarded child.
Stephen, you were right not to revise the petition. It is perfect, that's why they want it revised. They are saying "we'll find something to give you, if you go away". We just have to keep going and get a bigger sling shot. David did it and so you can you. That sling shot may up the uprising of the people of New Mexico being outraged by the denial of due process. The Bill of Rights, 9 & 10, says you cannot remove the rights of the people and the rights of the states. And the people of New Mexico have the right to have the facts heard. The EIB is empowered to hold hearings, and they are empowered to ban aspartame. As Dr. Stoller said, they voted twice to have these hearings. They had no right to deny the hearing to expose the facts. Dr. H. J. Roberts met with Governor Richardson who said aspartame should be banned. (HJrobertsmd@aol.com).
It was the people of New Mexico who lost. And it is New Mexico who must stand up and object over the outrageous manipulation of environmental powers to protect them. We salute you, Stephen, American hero. Now let's keep going and get this poison out of New Mexico.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible International (warning the world off aspartame)
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
www.wnho.net and www.dorway.com
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame