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Study Proves Aspartame Lung And Liver Cancer By Dr Betty Martini, D.Hum 10-19-10
A new study by Dr. Morando Soffritti at the Ramazzini Institute, demonstrated that aspartame administered in feed to Swiss mice induces significant dose-related increases of hepatocellular carcinomas and of alveolar/bronchiolar carcinoma in males. Dosages were 32,000, 8,000, 2000 or zero ppm, beginning on day 12 of gestation and lasting until death. See this study here.
While the new study is breaking, the history of aspartame being a carcinogen has always been known. Aspartame was known to cause cancer from the beginning. On August 1, 1985 FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress that at least one of Searle's studies "has established beyon any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance... In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established way beyond any reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?"
The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residue of cancer causing chemicals in foods. Dr Gross concluded by asking, "Given the cancer causing potential of aspartame how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131 (8/1/85)
FDA then revoked the petition for aspartame approval because it could not be proven safe and causes brain tumors. http://www.wnho.net/fda_petition1.doc
The FDA audit known as the Bressler Report details how Searle excised brain tumors from rats, put them back in the study, and when they died resurrected them on paper. (Note adenocarcinoma in this report) Searle filtered out what they didn't want the FDA to see.
Aspartame was never proven safe but was marketed through the political chicanery of Donald Rumsfeld. Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, another on site FDA toxicologist reported to Congress that all studies on aspartame should be thrown out, that they were built on a foundation of sand. Attorney Jim Turner in "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" explains how it happened: http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages/rumsfeld.html
Dr. Jere Goyan, FDA Commissioner at the time would have signed the revoking petition into law. and that would have closed the book on this deadly chemical toxin. Goyan was fired at 3:00 AM the day after President Reagan took office. Reagam then appointed Arthur Hull Hayes as Commissioner to over-rule the Board of Inquiry.
Dr. Gross then asked for an indictment of the G. D. Searle company: but the defense team hired both US prosecutors. Dr. John Olney with Attorney James Turner tried to prevent approval and had Searle do studies in his laboratory so he could oversee them, because of the fraud discussed in the Bressler Report. These studies showed brain damage but Searle never gave that damning data to the FDA.
In 2005 the Cancer Research Center at the European Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences in Bologna, Italy reported that a 3-year study evaluating the potential carcinogenic effects of aspartame demonstrated that it "induces an increase in lymphomas and leukemias in female rats."
At that time neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. announced: "The new study released in the European Journal of oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame.
"This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers, which also found the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and that this damage was accumulative. The type of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame every day could increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia.
"They also found an increased incidence of malignant brain tumors, even though it was not statistically significant. This does not mean there is no association to brain tumors, since only the animals exposed to aspartame developed the tumors. With children and pregnant women drinking the largest amount of diet colas, this puts their children at the greatest risk of developing one of these horrible diseases. Their study found that even low doses of aspartame could cause these malignancies; yet, the higher the dose, the more cancers that were seen.
"Since aspartame can increase obesity and may even cause the metabolic syndrome that affects 48 million Americans, there is no reason to ever consume this product. At the least it should be immediately banned from all schools." Dr. Russell Blaylock is author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, and other books.
A second study by Dr. Morando Soffritti in 2007 proved that low dosage of aspartame causes cancer.
Dr. Blaylock reviewed this study too, and said: "My review of the first Ramazzini Study concluded that the study was one of the best designed, comprehensive and conclusive studies done to date on the multipotent carcinogenic potential of aspartame. This second study is even more conclusive, in that it shows a dose-dependent statistically significant increase in lymphomas/leukemia in both male and female rats exposed to aspartame. These two cancers are the fastest growing cancers in people under age 30.
"Also, of major concern is their finding of statistically significant increases in breast cancer in animals exposed to aspartame. With newer studies clearly indicating that toxic exposures during fetal development can dramatically increase the cancer risk of the offspring, this study takes on a very important meaning to all pregnant women consuming aspartame products. Likewise, small children are at considerable risk of the later development of these highly fatal cancers.
"It should be appreciated that the doses used in these studies fall within the range of doses seen in everyday users of aspartame. This study, along with the first study, should convince any reasonable scientific mind, as well as the public at large, that this product should be removed from the market."
At New York's Mt Sinai School of Medicine Dr. Morando Soffritti was honored in April, 2007 with the Irving J Selikoff Award for Outstanding contributions to the identification of environmental and industrial carcinogens, and his promotion of independent scientific research.
The prestigious Selikoff Award is only granted for ground-breaking cancer research. It was created in 1993 by the Collegium Ramazzini, an academy of 180 internationally renowned experts in occupational and environmental health from over 30 nations. It was awarded only twice before it was presented to Dr. Soffritti.
His research was conducted for 36 months using 1,800 rats. It forced the conclusion that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen. Cancers aspartame produced included leukemia, lymphoma, kidney, and cranial peripheral nerves among others. Only the rats fed aspartame got malignant brain tumors. This prodigious work was peer reviewed by 7 world experts.
This work confirms studies presented to the FDA 25 years ago documenting a catalogue of brain, uterine, ovarian, testicular, mammary, pancreatic and thyroid tumors. It was also known from the beginning that aspartame causes liver damage. Now Dr. Soffritti's studies prove it.
Attorney James Turner, a former Nader Raider, the author of the Chemical Feast, stated today: "Once again Dr. Soffritti shows aspartame causes cancer in animals. Only a fool would use NutraSweet in light of this mounting evidence. The indictment of NutraSweet long ago passed the threshold demanding a full review by the FDA, but don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen. "
Ralph Walton, M.D., psychiatrist did a study on aspartame some years ago. The reactions were so severe that the study was stopped. The Administrator of the hospital took part in it and lost his vision in one eye. Dr. Walton researched for 60 Minutes who was funding aspartame studies. Bottom line, nearly 100% of independent studies which were not controlled or paid for by industry showed the problems aspartame causes.
Dr. Walton said, "Dr. Soffritti's latest study, demonstrating that aspartame induces cancers of the liver and lung in mice, adds significantly to the growing body of evidence that aspartame is a highly toxic, carcinogenic agent. I agree wholeheartedly with his conclusion that a re-evaluation of the current regulations on aspartame is urgent, and would urge both the FDA and EFSA to seriously evaluate this and similar independently funded research, and rescind the approval which was based on flawed industry sponsored research."
Pauline Harding, M.D. of the Chicago Aspartame Detoxification Center said: "Dr. Morando Soffritti and his colleagues have demonstrated in animal studies that the artificial sweetener aspartame can induce malignancies of the liver, lungs, skin and lymph nodes. Breakdown products of aspartame have previously been demonstrated to induce headaches, blindness, and seizures. A wide range of children's' foods and beverages from bread and cereal to candy and soft drinks contain this toxin. Aspartame should not be allowed i