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Subject: NM State Senator Gerald Gerald Ortiz y Pino writes US Senator Jeff Bingaman to ban aspartame (source of methanol, formaldehyde): Fox: Murray 2006.10.31
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:57:13 +0000
NM State Senator Gerald Gerald Ortiz y Pino writes US Senator Jeff Bingaman to ban aspartame (source of methanol, formaldehyde): Fox: Murray 2006.10.31
Please forward this to your readers:
After reading this email,
please write to Senator Michael Enzi of Wyoming,
asking him to schedule a hearing in his United States Health Committee,
regarding how we can prevent further medical harm done to the 70% of the
people in the United States and 40% of the children resulting from their
consuming of aspartame, the artificial sweetener,
in the US Senate Health Committee.
Thank you, if Senator Enzi does indeed follow through with
scheduling that imperative and vital hearing.
http://enzi.senate.gov/public/ email Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming
This is the best opportunity that aspartame poisoning victims will have
to voice the imperative that the United States Senate must rescind the
approval for Aspartame, if for whatever reason,
President Bush, FDA commissioner nominee Von Eschenbach,
and USA Health Secretary Michael Leavitt, are unable
to do so, in their deference to Donald Rumsfeld.
Regarding the confirmation vote for Dr. Von Eschenbach,
it would be excellent for all those concerned to,
in addition to writing to Senator Michael Enzi,
to also email their own United States Senator,
to ask them in advance of the vote to ask Dr. Von Eschenbach
to agree to rescind the FDA approval for Aspartame,
the artificial sweetener that is metabolized as methanol and
formaldehyde, and two unessential amino acids, aspartic acid and
phenylalanine, disallowed for phenylketoneurics,
but in fact harmful to everyone.
This is the letter New Mexico Senator Ortiz y Pino sent today to Senator
Bingaman which delineates some of the imperatives in this regard.
Two New Mexico legislative committees over the past six weeks have sent
letters to President Bush, and one to Dr. Von Eschenbach and Michael Leavitt,
asking them to rescind the FDA approval for Aspartame,
yet with with no reply thus far,
perhaps because of G.D. Searle's forcing the FDA approval for Aspartame
Please take the time to read the following letter,
and although not many Senatorial constituents may not be writing to you
about the increase in neurodegenerative diseases resultant
from their ingestion of aspartame/methanol/formaldehyde,
I am doing so now to educate you about how serious this scourge
to modern health truly is, with millions of Americans suffering
from entirely avoidable illnesses.
We must ask Dr. Von Eschenbach to rescind the approval for this chemical
found in 6000 USA food products and more than 500 medications, including
children's vitamins and aspirin!!!
If you wish to speak with Senator Ortiz y Pino, email him at
Please take the time to speak with Senator Bingaman in this regard,
as well as do further research on the harm done by Aspartame.
The reader could also email Senator Hatch of Utah to ask if there were
any particular reason that he prevented hearings on Aspartame in 1987,
which must take place in 2007, regardless of Senator Hatch's objections,
or anyone else's--
for example, the corporations involved
(Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, Kraft/Altria, Monsanto of Japan, etc., and
the Grocery Manufacturers of America lobby)
will try to prevent any hearings, as they have done both in Arizona in
the late 80's and in New Mexico in 2006.
I look forward to your reply. I have a lot more information on these
subjects, far beyond the scope of an email to you at this time.
Thank you, Stephen Fox
The Honorable Jeff Bingaman
October 31, 2007
United States Senator
Washington D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Bingaman:
In an October 18, 2006 letter, 11 members of the New Mexico Legislature
Education Committee requested President Bush, President George Walker
Bush, Andrew Von Eschenbach, M.D., FDA Commissioner nominee, and Michael
Okerlund Leavitt, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services,
to rescind the approval for Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, because
of the medical effects from its metabolites as methanol and formaldehyde,
stating that "when Aspartame is heated, it becomes a proven brain tumor-causing agent,
diketopiperazine. Aspartame is now found in 6000 USA food products
and more than 500 medications, including
"Diet" sodas, "Low Fat" Yogurt, Sugarless Chewing Gum, and other USA products."
The letter from the Legislators cites in full the letter from 46 members
of the United Kingdom Parliament, dated January 30, 2006 by Roger Williams,
the Member of Parliament from Radnorshire, Wales, stating:
That this House expresses deep concern over the numerous independent
toxicological studies and thousands of subjective reports attesting to
the toxic effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame on human health;
notes that aspartame, once patented as a biochemical warfare agent, is
the synthetically produced methyl ester of a dipeptide
which is readily broken down in the gut to release methanol;
further notes that in naturally occurring foodstuff methanol is either not released into the
body or present together with natural defence mechanisms that mitigate
its toxic effects; recognises that methanol is a well known poison and
is further converted into formaldehyde, a class A carcinogen according
to the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on
Cancer; accepts that severe health concerns occur
from the gradual accumulation of formaldehyde in the body which cannot be excreted and
that further research has shown that long term low level exposure to formaldehyde
induces leukaemia and nasopharyngeal cancer in humans;
acknowledges that of the 166 studies conducted on aspartame's safety deemed
relevant to humans, 92 per cent of independently sponsored studies
identified one or more problems with aspartame's safety whereas
industry-sponsored studies found unanimously in favour of aspartame's
safety; and urges the Government to abide by the precautionary principle
and make use of Statutes 13 and 16 of the 1990 Food Safety Act to remove
aspartame from the permitted list of additives on the UK market.
The New Mexico Legislators informed Mr. Bush, Dr. Von Eschenbach,
and Mr. Leavitt that they have the obligation "to prevent further neurological damage
to the 70% of Americans and 40% of our American children
who consume Aspartame...and to protect the health of many other
nations...," which is "preferable that Bush, Von Eschenbach, and Leavitt
do this, rather than the United States Senate having to later make
rescinding FDA approval for Aspartame (and other deleterious and poisonous substances)
a condition upon which Dr. Von Eschenbach's nomination approval is contingent."
The Legislators noted that the President's concerns should not be with
corporate objections and continued allegations that their products
are "safe." Their letter concluded by stating that: "It is unacceptable
that a chemical considered....by the Pentagon for a biochemical warfare
agent...be approved for adding to 6000 USA food products and more than
500 medications, including children's vitamins and aspirin."
We request you as United States Senator from New Mexico to do two things:
1. Require that Dr. Von Eschenbach agree to rescind the approval for
Aspartame as a condition for his nomination being approved by the full
United States Senate in advance of the confirmation vote
2. Schedule an interlocutory hearing by the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism
and Public Health Preparedness, of which you are a member,
on the complete time line for Aspartame's approval
[see Addendum Article from the United Kingdom Publication, The Ecologist],
since its approval was forced through the United States Food
and Drug Administration in 1981, and then again in 1983,
when it was approved specifically for the soft drink industry.
Senator Edward Kennedy at the April 8, 1976 hearings before the Senate
Subcommittee on Labor and Public Welfare stated: "The extensive nature
of the almost unbelievable range of abuses discovered by the FDA
on several major Searle products is profoundly disturbing."
Acting FDA Commissioner, Mark Novitch approved aspartame for use in
carbonated beverages and carbonated beverage syrup bases (Federal Register 1983).
FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes was out of town the
day that the approval was signed, but he worked closely with Mark Novitch on this issue
(Gordon 1987, page 499 of US Senate 1987).
Ignoring the FDA's own safety standards, they more than doubled
the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of aspartame from 20 mg/kg to 50 mg/kg
The protest of the National Soft Drink Association that was added to the
May, 1985 congressional hearing admitted aspartame to be illegal because
it is adulterated:
"Section 402 of the FDC Act 21 provides a food is adulterated if it
contains, in whole or in part "...a decomposed substance or if it is
otherwise unfit for food". The National Soft Drink Association in their
protest against aspartame approval in l983 recorded this,
as found in the Congressional Record of May 7, l985, Page S 5509, Senate.
NSDA knew aspartame decomposes in soft drinks. They objected:
"Searle has not demonstrated to a reasonable certainty that aspartame and its
degradation products are safe for use in soft drinks. ... Aspartame is
inherently markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media. In a liquid,
such as a soft drink aspartame will degrade as a function of temperature
and pH." Page S 5507
On May 7, 1985, the U.S. Senate heard testimony relating to an amendment
put forth by Senator Howard Metzenbaum requiring the quantity of aspartame
to be labeled (Congressional Record 1985a).
It is nearly impossible for a person to determine what quantity of aspartame they are
ingesting unless it is labeled.
Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah led the fight (along with G.D. Searle) against the labeling amendment.
The amendment was defeated.
Those voting against the amendment included: Abdnor, Armstrong, Baucus, Bentsen, Biden,
Bingaman, Boren, Boschwitz, Bradley, Bumpers, Cochran, Cohen, D'Amato, Danforth,
DeConcini, Denton, Dixon, Dole, Domenici, Durenberger, Evans, Ford, Garn, Goldwater,
Gore, Gorton, Gramm, Gassley, Hatch, Hawkins, Hecht, Heflin, Heinz, Helms, Hollings,
Humphrey, Inouye, Kassebaum, Kasten, Laxalt, Leahy, Levin, Lugar, Mattingly, McClure,
McConnell, Mitchell, Murkowski, Nickles, Nunn, Packwood, Pressler, Pryor, Quayle, Riegle,
Roth, Rudman, Sasser, Simpson, Stafford, Stevens, Symms, Thurmond, Tribe, Wallop,
Warner, Wilson, Zorinsky.
Those voting for the amendment included: Burdick, Byrd, Chafee, Chiles, Cranston, Dodd,
Eagleton, Glenn, Harkin, Hart, Hatfield, Johnston, Kennedy, Kerry, Lautenberg, Long, Mathias,
Matsunaga, Melcher, Metzenbaum, Moynihan, Pell, Proxmire, Rockefeller, Sarbanes, Simon,
(Senators Byrd, Chafee, Dodd, Harkin, Kennedy, Lautenberg, and Rockefeller
could assist you further in this effort.)
On August 1, 1985, Senator Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio introduced a bill
entitled "Aspartame Safety Act of 1985" which required quantity labeling
of aspartame on food items and mandated that there be a moratorium
on new uses of aspartame until independent tests could be conducted
under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health (Metzenbaum 1985).
Testimony was submitted for the record.
The bill was submitted to a Senate committee where it died.
On November 3, 1987 a hearing was held in a U.S. Senate Committee
to address the issue of aspartame safety and labeling (US Senate 1987).
Senator Orrin Hatch successfully blocked any labeling requirements.
After suffering a $28 million dollar loss in the previous year, selling off 30 subsidiaries,
and having a suit filed by 780 women claiming that G.D. Searle's intrauterine device
caused them pelvic inflammatory disease, G.D. Searle sold out to the chemical company,
Monsanto (Gordon 1987, page 509 of US Senate 1987).
Monsanto then created the NutraSweet Company as a subsidiary separate from G.D. Searle.
14,400,000 pounds of aspartame were consumed in the U.S. in 1985 (USDA 1988).
Although you voted against Senator Metzenbaum's amendment in 1985 to require
that the amount of Aspartame present be labeled, we commend to your attention
that 21 years after that vote that you might now perhaps recognize that the incontrovertible
evidence of illnesses resultant from the aspartame metabolites methanol and formaldehyde
requires that the FDA approval be rescinded.
The hearing in the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness
will reveal precisely the missteps and errors inherent in the FDA approval process,
as well as the scale of the epidemiological effects of those errors not only in the United States
but in many other nations.
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino
District 12, New Mexico
Members of the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee
short aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde) toxicity research summary: Murray 2006.10.31
"Of course, everyone chooses, as a natural priority,
to actively find, quickly share, and positively act upon the facts
about healthy and safe food, drink, and environment."
Rich Murray, MA Room For All firstname.lastname@example.org
505-501-2298 1943 Otowi Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
group with 77 members, 1,380 posts in a public, searchable archive
aspartame groups and books: updated research review of 2004.07.16:
11 members of New Mexico legislature sign letter to ban aspartame as a
source of toxic methanol and formaldehyde, Stephen Fox, NM Senator
Gerald Ortiz y Pino: Murray 2006.10.22
47 UK Members of Parliament now support aspartame ban initiative of
Roger Williams, MP: Murray 2006.10.16
combining aspartame and quinoline yellow, or MSG and brilliant blue,
harms nerve cells, eminent C. Vyvyan Howard et al, 2005
education.guardian.co.uk, Felicity Lawrence: Murray 2005.12.21
50% UK baby food is now organic -- aspartame or MSG
with food dyes harm nerve cells, CV Howard 3 year study
funded by Lizzy Vann, CEO, Organix Brands,
Children's Food Advisory Service: Murray 2006.01.13
all three aspartame metabolites harm human erythrocyte [red blood cell]
membrane enzyme activity, KH Schulpis et al, two studies in 2005,
Athens, Greece, 2005.12.14: 2004 research review, RL Blaylock:
toxicity in rat brains from aspartame, Vences-Mejia A, Espinosa-Aguirre
JJ et al 2006 Aug: Murray 2006.09.06
aspartame rat brain toxicity re cytochrome P450 enzymes, expecially
CYP2E1, Vences-Mejia A, Espinosa-Aguirre JJ et al, 2006 Aug,
Hum Exp Toxicol: relevant abstracts re formaldehyde from methanol
in alcohol drinks: Murray 2006.09.29
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