[lit-ideas] Aspartame hoax
- From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 20:55:05 -0700
You apparently missed my post on the multiple diseases which aspertame
causes .... lupus, tumours, etc.
Not really. See for starters
• Is Aspartame Safe? (FDA):
To date, FDA has not determined any consistent pattern of symptoms that
can be attributed to the use of aspartame, nor is the agency aware of
any recent studies that clearly show safety problems.
• Aspartame and the Internet (The Lancet):
Our research revealed over 6000 web sites that mention aspartame, with
many hundreds alleging aspartame to be the cause of multiple sclerosis,
lupus erythematosis, Gulf War Syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain
tumours, and diabetes mellitus, among many others. Virtually all of the
information offered is anecdotal, from anonymous sources and is
• ACSH Debunks Internet Health Hoax (American Council on Science and
Health scare artists have found a whole new medium for terrorizing the
public — the Internet. Individuals in search of accurate health
information may literally become caught in the Web, where health hoaxes
and urban medical myths run rampant. The health scare messages are
always the same — whatever it is, it will make you sick.
• Beware The E-Mail Hoax: The Evils Of Nutrasweet (Aspartame) (Dr.
A highly inaccurate "chain letter" is being circulated via e-mail
warning the reader of the health dangers of aspartame (Nutrasweet) diet
There is so much scientific untruth in it, it’s scary. Be careful,
because others know how to manipulate you by this. Just because
something is beyond your comprehension doesn’t mean it is scientific.
• FDA Statement on Aspartame (FDA):
Analysis of the National Cancer Institute's public data base on cancer
incidence in the United States — the SEER Program — does not support an
association between the use of aspartame and increased incidence of
• Study Reaffirms Safety of Aspartame (MIT News):
Even daily large doses of the high-intensity sweetener aspartame, also
known as NutraSweet, had no adverse effect on study subjects' health and
well-being, a visiting scientist at MIT reported in the American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition last week.
"We conclude that aspartame is safe for the general population," said
Paul A. Spiers, visiting scientist in the Clinical Research Center (CRC).
• A Web of Deceit (TIME magazine):
A widely disseminated e-mail by a "Nancy Markle" links aspartame to
Alzheimer's, birth defects, brain cancer, diabetes, Gulf War syndrome,
lupus, multiple sclerosis and seizures. Right away, the long list
warrants skepticism. Just as no single chemical cures everything, none
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