Aspartame: My Search For The Truth

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Aspartame 1 Aspartame: My Search for the Truth Caitlin Baker English A111 Methods of Written Communication Professor Penny Vadla April 10, 2011 Aspartame 2 Aspartame: My Search for the Truth Aspartame, a sugar-substitute better known to the public as NutraSweet, has been tested by numerous scientists and is thought to be the cause of several deadly diseases and brain disorders, yet it continues to be mass produced and used in many food and beverage items. Is aspartame as dangerous as it is claimed to be after years of negative lab results, and if so, why does the FDA continue to allow it to be used in items that will be ingested? Aspartame…show more content…
Consumer interest attorney James Turner and neuroscientist, Dr. John Olney, filed an objection to the FDA’s approval. In addition to their objection, Dr. Adrian Gross, an FDA toxicologist, was questioning methods used by Searle for anther of their products, Flagyl. A taskforce which included Dr. Gross, investigated studies on several of Searle’s products, including aspartame. Based on the findings of the first taskforce, the FDA set up another taskforce to review three studies on aspartame which Searle had submitted. The second taskforce published a document which became known as the Bressler Report. This report uncovered questionable practices and deviations during the experiments, including animal pathology sheets which showed errors such as dead rats coming back to life and the inability to decide what dose of aspartame had been given to the rats. Interestingly, the FDA’s Chief Counsel, Richard Merrill, felt there was enough evidence to bring fraud indictments against Searle. (Metcalfe, E., 2000, Sweet Talking, Ecologist, 30(4), 16. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.) He contacted U.S. Federal Attorney Samuel Skinner and requested a Grand Jury be convened to investigate Searle and three of the corporation’s officers. During this same time period Mr. Skinner was hired to join Sidley and Austin, the law firm which represented…show more content…
For example, it is made of the chemicals phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. These chemicals together create a deadly combination in the brain. According to a recent article from South Africa, Phenylalanine (a component of aspartame) is known to regulate neurotransmitters. The study highlights the possible adverse effects of phenylalanine wherein it disrupts the chemical makeup of the brain and also lowers the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, which in turn affects its functions such as sleep, appetite, mood, and behavior. Phenylalanine also disrupts amino acid metabolism, hormonal equilibrium, and nerve functions. Aspartic acid is believed to function as an excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS). Methanol gets converted to formate, it is either excreted or it gets accumulated in the body to form formaldehyde, diketopiperazine (a carcinogen), and other potent toxic products. (Humphries, P. and N., 2008, An artificial sweetener that can cause irreversible damage to your brain and body, Nutrition Research Newsletter, 27(5), 6-7. Retrieved from 27/ai_n26672568/?tag

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