Aspartame: Donald Rumsfeld the Poisoner
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's role in the poisoning of America (and the rest of the world) by means of the neurotoxin aspartame (used as an artificial "sweetener" in Diet Coke and other drinks and foodstuffs) is not widely known. You could begin your study of this matter by reading Rich Murray's How Aspartame Became Legal — The Timeline and continue with:
- Aspartame Suits Accuse Companies Of Poisoning The Public
From laboratory testing of the chemical on rats, researchers have discovered that the drug induces brain tumors. On Sept 30, l980 the Board of Inquiry of the FDA concurred and denied the petition for approval. In l981, the newly appointed FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, ignored the negative ruling and approved aspartame for dry goods. As recorded in the Congressional Record of 1985, then CEO of Searle Laboratories Donald Rumsfeld said that he would call in his markers to get aspartame approved.
- Don Harkins: Aspartame and Rumsfeld's Disease — A Politically-Induced Biochemical Disaster of Global Proportions
Independent analyses of these studies [by Searle, manufacturer of aspartame] ... proves conclusively that aspartame is actually a dangerous, neurotoxic, carcinogenic and highly-addictive drug. ... Rumsfeld was hired as Searle CEO on March 8, 1977 and immediately ... fired many of its high-level managers, replacing them with other politically-connected Washington, D.C., insiders. ... There was [however] no doubt, based upon objective analyses of evidence that had accumulated for over a decade, that aspartame was deathly poisonous to lab animals and caused a statistically significant number of them to develop tumors. ... Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan's transition team. This team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., to be the new FDA commissioner. ... Hayes, left his post at the FDA in November, 1983, amid accusations that he was accepting corporate gifts for political favors. Just before leaving office in scandal, Hayes approved the use of aspartame in beverages. ... Within weeks ... cans of diet sodas and other sweet drinks were on the market ... and [aspartame] is now in an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 commonly-consumed products in at least 100 countries. When Searle was absorbed by Monsanto in 1985, Rumsfeld reportedly received a $12 million bonus. ... Not surprisingly, the same adverse reactions seen in lab animals in the 60s and 70s are now being seen in the general population. ... Rumsfeld became the CEO of Searle to secure political approval for a product that science had proven to be a highly-addictive neurotoxic drug that causes chronic ill health, brain tumors and death.
- Mark Gold: Aspartame: the Bad News
Aspartame is an "approved sweetener" because of a few greedy and dishonest people [principally Rumsfeld] who place profits above human life and well being. With the FDA and our Congress culpable, only an INFORMED and ACTIVE public will affect its reclassification from "food additive" to TOXIC DRUG, and [get it] removed from the human food chain.
When I see people drinking Diet Coke (which contains aspartame) I sometimes tell them that it is poisonous, and draw their attention to the "contains aspartame" notice on the can (and advise them to do a web search on this term). They never take this seriously. Often their response is to hold up the cigarette they have in one hand (the can in the other) and say something like: "Well, I'm already poisoning myself with this [cigarette] so one more [source of poison] doesn't matter." I wonder whether these people really wish to kill themselves, but are afraid to, so do it slowly.
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