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12-21-2005, 01:55 PM
Aspartame quagmire quickly deepens, methanol
(formaldehyde, formic acid) toxicity facts spreading at the grassroots level,
3 items in The New Mexican, and long article in
Vanity Fair by Rich Cohen: Murray 2005.11.15

Fox, Stoller, Murray to give Citizen's Petition
to ban aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde) and mercury
in children's medicines and vitamins: New Mexico Board of Pharmacy,
2:45-3:45 pm Monday Nov. 14, Albuquerque: Murray 2005.11.13

On Saturday, November 5, The New Mexican published
my letter -- the first letter by me in a newspaper since I started
as a aspartame activist seven years ago -- also for the first time, today
a reporter from a major urban newspaper interviewed me on my phone.

Let's put aspartame toxicity facts on the table in public debate in The New
Mexican: Paul R. Block, CEO, Merisant Co.: Uleha: Murray 2005.10.26

October 26, 2005 Dear Editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican:

The response yesterday re aspartame toxicity by Paul R. Block, CEO,
Merisant Co., Chicago is from the dusty can of standard PR spin
disinformation, technically true, but entirely bypassing the urgent
feedback from informed experts and concerned citizens, as well as
numerous recent highly disturbing findings by many diverse mainstream
researchers, almost needless to say, not funded by the industry --
the issue is the 11% methanol part of aspartame converts in humans
right into formaldehyde and formic acid:

The USA National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program aided
the eminent Ramazzini Foundation, Bologna, Italy, in their 2005 two-year
study, proving four kinds of cancer in rats from lifetime low levels of
aspartame, agreeing with their 2002 results for methanol and formaldehyde.

I suggest The New Mexican publish a few pages of back and forth debate
by informed experts on both sides of this critical safety issue.

Let's put aspartame toxicity facts on the table, folks.

In mutual service, Rich Murray Santa Fe

[ spacing added by Rich Murray, without changing wording,
to increase readability ]

"Aspartame, meanwhile, is found in about 6,000 products,
including Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, chewing gum, desserts,
cough drops, and coffee sweeteners.

The sweetener is approved for use in all foods and beverages in the
United States and the European Union, but Stoller and others raise
questions about its safety given recent studies."

The New Mexican, Tuesday, November 15, 2005 page C-3

Pharmacy-board topics tabled [ William.Harvey@state.nm.us ]

The New Mexico Board of Pharmacy spent more than an hour Monday
listening to a Santa Fe physician explain why the state should limit
exposure to aspartame, which is found in NutraSweet and Equal,
and Thimerosal, a mercury-based compound found in some flu vaccines.

The board, which met in Albuquerque,
tabled the matter until its next meeting, Jan 9-10.

Woodrow Storey, board chairman, said the board was not discounting
the issues raised by Dr. Kenneth Stoller, but must get legal advice
regarding "preemption from the federal government and our state's
authority to regulate aspartame and Thimerosal."

In a telephone interview, Stoller said he was optimistic but sorry
the board didn't issue an advisory about giving vaccines
containing mercury to small children.

He said a high enough dose of mercury can cause birth defects,
for example.

He said vaccines without mercury are in "incredibly short supply,"
despite his efforts to get the state Health Department
to buy the more expensive variety.

Aspartame, meanwhile, is found in about 6,000 products,
including Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, chewing gum, desserts,
cough drops, and coffee sweeteners.

The sweetener is approved for use in all foods and beverages in the
United States and the European Union, but Stoller and others raise
questions about its safety given recent studies.

[ Comments by Rich Murray: This brief article did not mention the
vigorous, emphatic dissent by Richard C. Minzner of Roday Law Firm,
Albuquerque, representing Ajinomoto,
a huge world producer of aspartame and MSG.

Stoller's expert remarks were about Thimerosal and mercury,
not aspartame, which was handled by two medical laymen,
Stephen Fox and Rich Murray. Stoller's major points were included.

The article suggests Woodrow Story, board chairman,
was respectful of the petition to ban.

Yesterday, the December Vanity Fair on page 270 gives almost two
full pages on the history of aspartame by a humane and eloquent author,
Rich Cohen, from his forthcoming book "Sweet and Low: A Family Story":

"Aspartame is made of two amino acids: phenylalanine and aspartic acid.
When they enter your system, they produce methanol, which, according to
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, is a
"light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol"

Aspartic acid is sometimes classified by critics as an excitotoxin,
a family of chemicals that excite the nerves and pathways in your brain --
think of the old footage of a carpet of cluster bombs
lighting up the jungles of Vietnam....

The executives at Searle [ headed by Donald Rumsfeld since 1977 ]
saw the commercial implications immediately; these were hard to miss.

Yet they had a terrifically hard time
getting their new compound approved by the F.D.A.

In every test, something came out wrong.
Over time, a sinister aura grew up around aspartame,
rumors which have never entirely disappeared.

Just go to the Internet and look up all the freelance nutters
who have attached the compound to a conspiracy that traces a line from
Donald Rumsfeld to Ronald Reagan to airplane crashes to early death.

They say it does freaky things to your brain, knocks you for a loop,
blows a hole in the cortex.

They sing of headaches, seizures, blackouts, memory loss,
lesions, slurred speech, mood swings, anxiety attacks,
coma, extremity numbness, and loss of limb control.....

The FDA rejected aspartame in the 1960's and again in the 1970s.
Because of certain discrepancies.
Because of certain worrisome patterns in the tests..."

Yes, just go to the Internet, where else but Google,
where the top five sites of 2,140,000 are:

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Information Center
A web page related to aspartame / nutrasweet toxicity and hazards.
www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/ (http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/) - 14k

Aspartame is NOT safe. DORway to Discovery has the WHOLE truth!
Information site that presents opposing views and articles
on the safety of aspartame.
www.dorway.com/ (http://www.dorway.com/) - 49k

Bad News about products with Aspartame
Listing of the 92 FDA acknoledged symptoms
of aspartame poisoning... that includes death.
www.dorway.com/badnews.html (http://www.dorway.com/badnews.html) - 23k

Aspartame Information Center - An Aspartame and Low Calorie
...The Aspartame Information Center provides information on
Aspartame, artificial sweeteners, low calorie sweeteners
and sugar substitutes that is objective ...
www.aspartame.org/ (http://www.aspartame.org/) - 17k [ industry pro-aspartame site ]

Aspartame Dangers Revealed! Information on adverse aspartame
side effects and Dr. Janet Starr Hull's aspartame detox program.
www.sweetpoison.com/ (http://www.sweetpoison.com/) - 38k

The following article on page C-1 by Deborah Baker, Associated Press,
gratuitously repeats crucial information about
a proposed aspartame ban in New Mexico. ]

"The state Environmental Improvement Board plans to hold hearings
next summer on a proposal that New Mexico ban the sugar substitute
aspartame, which critics contend is associated with health problems."


Junk food out of school vending machines in 2006
(4 comments; last comment posted Today 11:53 am)

By DEBORAH BAKER | Associated Press November 15, 2005

SANTA FE (AP) -- Junk food would be out of school vending machines
next year under regulations announced by Gov. Bill Richardson.

The proposed rules bar any food vending in elementary schools;
only milk and water could be sold.

In middle schools, machines could not sell soda. In high schools,
sodas would have to be sugar- and caffeine-free and available only after
lunch. Fruit juices could be sold if they didn't have added sweeteners.

Fatty, sugary snacks would be eliminated, and most offerings would have
to be less than 200 calories.

"Cheetos are out. ... Candy bars are out," said Health Secretary
Michelle Lujan Grisham. "This is huge." [ michelle.grisham@state.nm.us ]

The new rules, part of the Richardson administration's "Healthy Kids"
initiative for 2006, will undergo a public comment period during
December and be discussed at hearings in Santa Fe and Las Cruces
in early January.

Changes could be made before the rules are finalized -- perhaps by
mid-January -- but the governor said Monday at a news conference
he favors regulations that are among the toughest in the nation.

"We need to protect our kids from foods and beverages
that we all know aren't healthy," he said.

The proposal doesn't entirely remove junk food from schools.
Of the food offered for sale at school events to raise money -- for
a team or club, for example -- only half would be required
to be healthy snacks.

Food offered in vending machines now is virtually unrestricted,
according to the Public Education Department,
which will enact the new rules. Teachers, doctors, nutritionists
and parents have urged the state to clamp down.

"Vending machines are there, and they're on all the time,
and kids can buy from them all the time," said Kris Meurer,
director of the department's school and family support bureau.
[ kmeurer@ped.state.nm.us ]

School lunches and breakfasts already are regulated by the federal
government. Under the new rules, the "a la carte" food
sold in schools -- by food service programs, for example --also
would have to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.

The state Environmental Improvement Board plans to hold hearings
next summer on a proposal that New Mexico ban the sugar substitute
aspartame, which critics contend is associated with health problems.

Grisham said having the junk food restrictions in regulations,
rather than law, would allow flexibility to ban that or other substances
if evidence showed they were unhealthy.

Richardson said child-related programs should be a priority
next year as lawmakers decide what to do with more than $600 million
in "new money" available for the state to spend.

"No pork, no wild spending. This is investment in kids that we
must do this year," he said at a news conference.

As part of the "Healthy Kids" initiative the governor will ask the
Legislature in January to approve:

$7.8 million to hire 200 additional physical education teachers
and provide equipment next year. The goal is to have a PE program
in every New Mexico elementary school within four years,
with 760 new PE teachers. In the 2005 legislative session,
$1.4 million was allocated for a pilot program that currently
funds teachers at about 35 sites.

$4.2 million to provide every elementary school
with a breakfast program.

$3.5 million to expand the Medicaid program by changing
income qualifications to provide health insurance to an additional
7,800 children and expand access to prenatal care.

$7.5 million in tax credits for businesses with fewer
than 10 employees that offer family health insurance coverage.
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Rich Murray, MA Room For All rmforall@comcast.net
505-501-2298 1943 Otowi Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

group with 146 members, 1,247 posts in a public, searchable
archive http://RoomForAll.blogspot.com

Dark wines and liquors, as well as aspartame, provide
similar levels of methanol, above 100 mg daily, for
long-term heavy users, 2 L daily, about 6 cans.

Methanol is inevitably largely turned into formaldehyde,
and thence largely into formic acid.
It is the major cause of the dreaded symptoms of "next
morning" hangover.

USA National Institutes of Health National Toxicology
Program aids eminent Ramazzini Foundation, Bologna, Italy,
in more results on cancers in rats from lifetime low levels
of aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde), Felicity Lawrence,
www.guardian.co.uk: (http://www.guardian.co.uk:) Murray 2005.09.30

aspartame induces lymphomas and leukaemias in rats, full plain text,
M Soffritti, F Belpoggi, DD Esposti, L Lambertini: Ramazzini
Foundation study 2005.07.14: main results agree with their previous
methanol and formaldehyde studies: Murray 2005.09.03

Michael F Jacobson of CSPI now and in 1985 re aspartame
toxicity, letter to FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford;
California OEHHA aspartame critique 2004.03.12; Center for
Consumer Freedom denounces CSPI: Murray 2005.07.27
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