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New Cancer Links to Aspartame

You may recall a study I posted two months ago about aspartame's then-newly discovered link to leukemia. Follow-up research by the same Italian team has yielded new evidence of even more cancers.

In referring to aspartame as a multi-potential carcinogen, scientists added cancers of the kidney (renal pelvis and ureter) and peripheral nerves (particularly the cranium nerves) to the list of toxic side effects this sweet poison inflicts.

The independent European Ramazzini Foundation will soon enlarge its study to determine how aspartame affects embryonic rats and mice, work that will take several years to complete. Until then, however, scientists are urging health experts to reconsider health rules governing the use of aspartame.

Of course, Ajinomoto, one of the world's largest producers of aspartame (as well as monosodium glutamate), blasted these studies, disputing the results on specious grounds -- Study protocols not meeting with internally approved standards.

When faced with the truth about aspartame, big business often shoots the messenger, and nobody's done it better than current U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who was hired by GD Searle to ramrod its approval through the FDA more than two decades ago.

If you want to learn more about Rumsfeld's dirty tricks than got filmmaker Cori Brackett who made the outstanding documentary Sweet Misery.

Guardian Unlimited September 30, 2005

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