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Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James Schlatter while working for the Searle Pharmaceutical chemical company. None other than Donald Rumsfeld worked for Searle Company at the time and had a lot to do with this product coming to the market. Following the 1976 elections, Rumsfeld returned to private business life and was named president of the pharmaceutical corporation G. D. Searle & Company, during which time he spearheaded the effort to legalize and approve aspartame. The Searle Pharmaceutical chemical company was sold to evil MONSANTO in 1985.
You may know aspartame as Equal or NutraSweet. It comes in those little blue packs you see in every restaurant in America (although the yellow and pink ones should be avoided, as well), and consumed by millions of people daily. The sweetener is in 6000 products, by some estimates. This toxic ingredient is in all diet products, drinks and food, chewing gum, mints, children’s vitamins, prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine. Aspartame is now known to cause obesity, headaches, seizures, blindness, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ADHD, and the list goes on.
Aspartame is composed of three chemicals and excretions from the genetically modified bacteria E. Coli: phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%), and methanol (10%). These chemicals break down into other toxic by-products, such as formaldehyde (a carcinogen) and formic acid (a poison).
Where is the FDA? Or should I say, the US FDA is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services run by Michael Taylor. Taylor worked as a vice president at Monsanto before becoming a Senior Adviser to the FDA. So, we have the corporation running the government. Do you think they care about your health? On the European Common Market, aspartame is banned from all children’s products . . . but not in the good ol’ US of A. Greed and corruption is everywhere! It’s up to you to protect your own health and the health of future generations.
Dorene Schutz, Wilkes-Barre