I just found a tidbit that I felt like I had to share with everybody. And that was that aspartame had a very interesting background in how it got approved.
Aspartame had been presented to the FDA for 16 years and they had denied approval. And the reason they had denied approval was because all the clinical data showed that it caused lesions and tumors and cancer in the brains of animals that they used it on.
With that in mind the FDA would not allow the product to be approved. There was a politician that was the CEO of Searle at the time and this gentleman had jumped back and forth between the pharmaceutical industry and government and if you look at his history you’ll see just that. His name - Donald Rumsfeld. I’m sure that you recognize his name.
And so he called in his markers in government when he was CEO of Searle, and they, at the time, were owners of the Aspartame product and got the FDA head fired.
When the Johnson administration came in they appointed a new head of FDA. That gentleman approved aspartame. Donald Rumsfeld got millions of dollars in bonus’ for it. About five million dollars if I’m not mistaken and it went on to the market. And as soon the product went on to the market, the new head of the FDA resigned and became chief counsel for Searle, the makers of aspartame. So some really small conflict of interest was involved in that approval process, and now we find out that aspartame is causing serious health problems.
Funny how this political crap works, hu? And who gets the short end of the stick?! We do. Well, at least the unsuspecting consumer. If you follow me you would have already known that aspartame was not a good alernative.