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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 10:59 AM
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America's Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You with Name Change
http://www.alternet.org/food/147476/america%27s_deadlie...

Aspartame has been wreaking silent havoc with people's health for the past 30 years.


Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!

It's hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people's health for the past 30 years.

The truth is, it should never have been released onto the market, and allowing it to remain in the food chain is seriously hurting people -- no matter how many times you rebrand it under fancy new names.

The Deceptive Marketing of Aspartame

Sold commercially under names like NutraSweet, Canderel and now AminoSweet, aspartame can be found in more than 6,000 foods, including soft drinks, chewing gum, table-top sweeteners, diet and diabetic foods, breakfast cereals, jams, sweets, vitamins, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

More at the link --
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TommyO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 11:06 AM
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1. From Mercola, don't take it seriously, he's today's snake oil salesman
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 12:30 PM
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3. Yep, not to mention.....
This is about the 20th time these allegations have popped up here on the GD in the past few years.
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TalkingDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 12:58 PM
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6. What's he selling in this article? I can't seem to find the product he's hawking.
Point it out to me please.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 01:50 PM
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8. Probably Sugar
just logic
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:35 PM
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12. Second page of the article...
Truly, there is enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception. If you or your loved ones drink diet beverages or eat diet foods, this book will explain how you've been deceived about the truth behind artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose -- for greed, for profits, and at the expense of your health.


You want evidence of the claims in the article?

That's gonna cost you.

"Sweet Deception" costs $16.97 plus shipping.
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TalkingDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 08:26 PM
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24. ffttt...cost me nothing. Google is free. I worked in a reference library.
I know how to track down sources. So you've bought the book? Are the studies incorrect? Is what he saying untrue?

I'm still unclear on how we are sure he is a snake oil salesman.

A snake oil salesman sells you a product he knows is bogus. It will do you no good. But if the studies are correct (and I've read a few on the subject) then how is telling you to stop doing something that is potentially harmful being a snake oil salesman?

If he were telling me that I could eat all the X (read sugar, sucralose, aspartame) I wanted if I just bought his book and followed the "special guidelines", then I'd agree.

But hyperbole on either side of the fence just undercuts the arguments made.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 11:13 PM
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27. I didn't say he was a snake oil salesman.
Edited on Fri Jul-09-10 11:24 PM by MilesColtrane
I pointed out that he IS selling something, which you did not see in the article.

He may be the voice in the wilderness speaking the truth, but the fact that he's profiting off of, what he says, is an enormous, evil conspiracy, makes my bullshit detector go off.



on edit: You have to submit your email address to read the complete articles on his web site that are linked to the alternet page.

The Doctor assures you that you "will not be spammed" if you submit your email.

Well, that's a lie, as I received an email entitled, "Five Minutes Watching This Crucial Health Video Could Save Your Life" within seconds. Clicking on the link brings up a page that has, among other things, a featured speech by Ron Paul.

Just another reason not to believe a word this guy says.



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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 11:20 AM
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2. Another contribution to society by Donald Rumsfeld.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 01:04 PM
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7. Ayup. Banned for, what, 20-25 years? 3 months after Raygun's inauguration, Aspartame was approved.
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happy_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 01:53 PM
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9. whether this was a known unknown or an unknown unknown we'll never know.
n/t
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:51 PM
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17. He's put his diseases in us
Well not me personally (never touch that shit) -- but in society in general...
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krabigirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 12:34 PM
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4. I prefer sugar myself. Or, i just deal with unsweetened things.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 12:50 PM
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5. The something-for-nothing fantasy persists with people.
Look at all this stuff: Olestra, Nutrasweet, saccharin, HFCS, and, I would add fluoride. All of it "good for you" so use as much as you want but awful stuff about it that we can never find the truth because we have to protect bidness.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 01:58 PM
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10. I even had to switch toothpaste brands because of the awful aftertaste
Toms of Maine uses no artificial sweeteners, so even though it costs a lot more, I now buy it.. The well-known brands we all grew up with are all tainted by artificial sweeteners..

The old-timey salt & baking soda concoction is a bit too harsh for my tired old gums :)
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:27 PM
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11. Oh lord, not this shit again.
1. Aspartame's perfectly safe. This conspiracy is on par with fluoride and chemtrails.

2. Aspartame is still called aspartame. One of the companies producing changed a trademark name.
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 08:36 PM
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26. Fluoride is toxic too
Probably fine in toothpaste, unless you swallow it. Can't spit out the Nutra-toxin, or it pretty much ruins the whole point of a low calorie artificial sweetener.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:37 PM
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13. after watching food, inc. nothing surprises me anymore
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:39 PM
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14. me either.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:40 PM
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15. Insulin-dependent my entire life; I say bring back cyclamates.
Something's gonna kill me, let me enjoy what I've got before it does.

And save me from those who want to save me, please, oh Lord?
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:47 PM
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16. Funny how people believe that this shit is the poison it is,
but swear by vaccines and all the other drugs with a gazillion side effects the pharma giants are forcing upon us for humongous profit.

:crazy:
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 03:35 PM
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21. Funny how people who can't understand that a brand name...
Edited on Fri Jul-09-10 03:35 PM by SidDithers
doesn't hide the named product ingredients inside, are the same ones that think vaccines will turn your darling little pumpkin into a carrot, and don't realize that the woo-filled alt-med universe is also a billion dollar industry.

Sid
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Twenty3 Donating Member (361 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 05:12 PM
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23. $$$
alt-med universe is also a billion dollar industry.

Yeah it is, but that's different because.... um... er... well, just because!
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 02:56 PM
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18. Kick
:kick: That stuff's poison in a can.
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 03:06 PM
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19. Wrong by a long shot ...
sugar is by far the deadliest sweetner.
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 03:31 PM
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20. OMG!!! Facial tissue is now called Puffs instead of Kleenex!!!...nt
Sid
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 04:10 PM
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22. Thank goodness you exposed them--that could have duped MILLIONS. nt
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 08:34 PM
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25. We've been ingesting this for 30 years.
Shouldn't at least a few of us be keeling over dead from it by now? :eyes:
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 11:21 AM
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35. Yeah, you would think you'd see areas with declining life expectancies
"Although life span has generally increased since 1961, the authors reported, it began to level off or even decline in the 1980s for 4 percent of men and 19 percent of women."

"The study found that from 1961 to 1983, there was little difference in average income for the counties where life expectancy rose at rates above and below the mean. But after 1983, life span rose with wealth. Race may also be a factor. In counties where life expectancy declined, the proportion of African-Americans was higher.

From 1961 to 1983, no county had a statistically significant decline in life expectancy, and reductions in cardiovascular disease led to a generally increasing length of life for both sexes. But after 1983, life expectancy declined an average of 1.3 years in 11 counties for men, and in 180 counties for women."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/health/research/22lif...

Your comment is a little reminiscent of that right-wing screed about how none of us wore bike helmets when we were kids, and we were just fine. Yes, we were - except for the ones who weren't.
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 11:54 PM
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28. What sweetener does Coke Zero use as opposed to Diet Coke?
And how are they bad for people?
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 12:38 AM
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29. Mercola is a hack, and a swindler.
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Deuce Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 02:23 AM
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31. Thanks, for the link. n/t
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 10:57 AM
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33. But, but, but he's been on the Dr. Oz show!!..
you're right he's a hack. Thanks for that link :hi:

Sid
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 01:02 AM
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30. K&R
So what if Mercola makes a few dollars selling some vitamins or whatever. Rumsfeld has made multi-millions flogging this poison but the skepdicks don't seem to mind that.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 02:54 AM
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32. About this "biochemical warfare agent" claim
The internets are covered up with the pronouncement Aspartame is bad for you because it was once listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent. Notwithstanding the fact the Pentagon has "biological warfare agents" lists and "chemical warfare agents" lists--never heard of a "biochemical warfare agent" and I've been to NBC school--does anyone have a source for this fact that doesn't loop back to Joseph Mercola? Everything I see uses the exact phraseology Mercola has on his site.
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superduperfarleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 10:58 AM
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34. Buy my book! Buy my book!
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 11:41 AM
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36. Mercola = WOO!
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