From the March 1999 Idaho Observer:
Grade school student proves NutraSweet becomes deadly neurotoxin
Why would FDA, AMA, CDC, FBI, CIA, M-O-U-S-E approve a poisonous sugar substitute?
Just like the mounting evidence that vaccines are responsible for such physiological and psychological disorders as SIDS, AIDS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, cancer, autism and ADD, evidence is mounting that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) is also responsible for numerous physiological and psychological disorders. Just as it is taking the activism of a few lay people to expose the dangers of vaccines because the American Medical Association and the Food and Drug Administration promote their use regardless of the epidemics of deaths and diseases they are causing, we must defer to the experiments of a grade school girl to prove that aspartame is deathly toxic to humans.
Isn't it ironic that the world's leading researchers who work in the world's leading research facilities under contract to the federal government, being paid tax dollars, conclude that it is safe to systemically poison people with, in this case aspartame and an 11-year old girl in public school can prove otherwise?
The clincher is the post script when you find out how our young scientist plans to pay for her experiments.
This article is being printed to prove a point: We must assume responsibility for our own health because, obviously, the government is going forward with an agenda that compromises our health. If you are interested in more information on aspartame, please use the contact numbers provided below or do a websearch_there is so much information out there it is not hard to find.
by Jennifer Cohen
THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT STORAGE TEMPERATURES ON
THE TASTE ANDCHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF DIET COKE
ABSTRACT: The level of aspartame in a can of Diet Coke was found to be 0.06 percent by a food testing laboratory. The remaining cans from one case of Diet coke were stored under three different heat conditions for 10 weeks. Seven cans were stored in an incubator (104 degrees Fahrenheit), seven cans were stored at room temperature (68-70 degrees Fahrenheit). At the end of 70 days samples were tested for levels of aspartame, formaldehyde and DKP (diketopiperazine).
The refrigerated sample contained 0.058 percent aspartame, 0.001 percent DKP and 53.5 parts per billion of formaldehyde. The room temperature sample contained 0.051 percent aspartame, 0.002 percent DKP and 231 parts per billion of formaldehyde. The incubator sample contained 0.026 percent aspartame, 0.010 percent DKP and 76.2 parts per billion of formaldehyde.
In addition 10 human subjects tasted each soda sample plus a new can of Diet Coke and rated each sample for taste on a 1-4 scale with 1 being the best and 4 being the worst. The new can of Diet Coke received an average rating of 2.0. The sample stored in the refrigerator received an average rating of 2.6. The sample stored at room temperature received an average rating of 2.5. The sample stored in the incubator received an average rating of 3.8. The effects of heat on Diet coke produced the worst taste and the highest amount of loss of aspartame as well as the greatest increase in levels of DKP. The most pleasing taste was for the new can of Diet Coke. The room temperature sample and the refrigerated sample scored almost the same in the taste test.
All samples revealed a presence of formaldehyde. However, the highest level of formaldehyde occurred in the room temperature can. There was also formaldehyde present in the refrigerated sample.
BACKGROUND: Aspartame was discovered in l981 by Searle chemist, Jim Schlatter. He was developing this drug for another use and after accidentally licking his finger found that aspartame was sweet. Today aspartame is consumed by more than 100 million people in the United States. This chemical (aspartame) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who said that an individual can safely consume 97 packets of aspartame every day.
Aspartame is in many products including some that children use such as diet soda, light yogurt, Flintstone Vitamins, baked goods, puddings, and Winterfresh gum.
It has been known to cause headaches, nausea, vision problems, seizures and cancer in its users. The ingredients in aspartame are aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol is a chemical that breaks down in high temperatures and turns into formaldehyde and DKP (diketopiperazine), two chemicals known to cause problems in the nervous system. Aspartame's life is 262 days at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, or 25 degrees Celsius. The FDA gets more complaints about aspartame than any other food or drink. The symptoms of aspartame are a lot like the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. Ever since aspartame was approved in l985, there has been an increase in brain tumors. There is no direct proof that aspartame caused the brain tumors, but there is enough reason to suspect that, and the television show, 60 Minutes recently did a report linking the increase in brain cancer to aspartame use. The FDA reviewed Searle's studies of this artificial sweetener in which rats were fed aspartame daily with their meals for one year. There were two brain tumors in the 320 rats that were fed aspartame and no brain tumors in the 120 rats that were not fed aspartame. There was also a study done at the University of Wisconsin on rhesus monkeys. They were fed aspartame daily. After day 200 of a one-year study the monkeys developed epileptic seizures. After the study ended, the aspartame was discontinued and the monkeys were carefully watched for 60 days. The monkeys had no more seizures.
METHOD: I did my own experiment on aspartame. On January 21, l997, I bought a new case of Diet Coke from the supermarket. I put seven cans in the refrigerator, seven cans in my room at room temperature (about 69 degrees) and I put seven cans in a BOEKEL incubator (80 Watts, 120 AC volts, 75 Amps, catalog # 131500) and set the temperature at 40 degrees Celsius which is 104 degrees Fahrenheit. I left them in there for 10 weeks (70 days). I had a thermometer next to each group of cans and I checked the temperatures daily. I took the remaining three cans and brought them to Winston Laboratories in Ridgefield, New Jersey, to test for a beginning level of aspartame. When I got the test results back, they revealed that there was normally 0.06 percent of aspartame in the can of diet soda.
I chose that temperature because in l985 the National Soft Drink Association reported a similar experiment in which diet soda stored at that temperature turned into formaldehyde. In that experiment they explained that 104 degrees Fahrenheit was equal to a daytime temperature in Phoenix, Arizona, over the summer.
The National Soft Drink Association recommended that aspartame not be approved for use by people in soda. They published this experiment and their recommendation in the Congressional Record. On April 1, 1997, I took the cans of aspartame out of the refrigerator, out of my room and out of the incubator. That day I brought the samples to Winston Laboratory for analysis.
I was going to do a taste test in my sister's fourth grade class, but the school nurse said that I couldn't because of all the bad things people say about aspartame, so instead I tested the samples on a group of adults.
I performed a double blind experiment. My mother helped to label each sample with a number. I conducted the experiment but I did not know which sample each person was drinking. I put all of the cans in a cooler and covered them with ice so that they would be served at the same temperature. I gave each person a small cup of the soda from the refrigerator, from the incubator, from my room, and from a new can of soda fresh from the supermarket. I asked them to rate the taste on a scale of one to four, four being the worst and one being the best. The actual results are to be found in table #1.
Table #2 contains the results of the testing conducted on the samples analyzed by Winston Laboratories. In the sample that was in the refrigerator all that was left of the 0.06 percent of the aspartame was 0.058 percent. That extra aspartame had turned into 0.001 percent DKP and 53.5 parts per billion of formaldehyde In the sample from my room, all that was left of the 0.06 percent aspartame was 0.051 percent. The extra aspartame had turned into 0.002 percent DKP and 231 parts per billion of formaldehyde. In the sample that was in the incubator all that was left of the 0.06 percent aspartame was 0.026 percent. The extra aspartame had turned into 0.010 percent DKP and 76.2 parts per billion in the formaldehyde.
DISCUSSION: There was an obvious preference for the newly purchased sample of Diet Coke. The scores for the sample in the refrigerator and room temperature were similar but were not as high as the new soda. The score for the incubator sample were very low. Nearly everybody hated the taste. There are taste differences. Ten people preferred the new soda to the other three samples. With 1 being the best and 4 being the worst, their average score for the new soda was 2.0. The aspartame contained in diet soda stored over time can break down into formaldehyde and DKP, two very dangerous poisons.
Taste tests revealed a noticeable difference among tasters. The higher the heat of storage, the worse the taste. Diet soda stored for ten weeks loses flavor. Aspartame in that soda breaks down into two products, formaldehyde and DKP. The warmer the temperature, the greater the loss of aspartame and the greater the increase in DKP. Temperature creates two effects. First, the higher the temperature of storage, the higher the level of DKP in the soda.
Second, room temperature seems to create the highest levels of formaldehyde in soda. At very high temperatures, the formaldehyde breaks down. However, even stored in a refrigerator at cold temperature, the aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde.
After diet soda containing aspartame is purchased it should not be stored in the heat or under any condition for a long period of time. Further research should be performed with more samples at different temperatures for different time periods so that safety levels can be determined. Concerning aspartame, the FDA says, we believe that based on all the information that we received to date that this is a safe product. I say, Decide for yourself.
End of report
For those who are not familiar with DKP, it is a brain tumor agent. And for those who wish to read about the original studies and the brain tumors discussed by the late Dr. Adrian Gross, the FDA toxicologist who tried to stop the approval of this poison here are the web sites:
http://www.dorway.com/gross1.html 1976 Gross to Sharp Memo (FDA)
http://www.dorway.com/gross2.html l987 Oct Letter to Metzenbaum
http://www.dorway.com/gross3.html l987 Nov Letter to Metzenbaum
http://www.dorway.com/wsjprosc.html l986 Wall Street Journal on Prosecutors who had been asked to indict Searle
http://www.dorway.com/deadbill.html Original Metzenbaum Bill l985 that, if passed, would have required replication of original studies by National Institutes of Health
P.S. Jennifer Cohen was an eleven-year-old student in Mrs. Simmons' sixth grade class in Oradell, New Jersey in 1997 when she conducred the following experiments. Jennifer is babysat all summer long to pay the lab bill of $1,350 for analyzing the Diet coke.
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