Both Indonesia and South Africa are leading the world in firmly moving towards prohibiting this chemical for medical reasons: aspartame is an excitotoxin and causes brain damage. The sugar substitute breaks down in the body producing 3 toxic substances: methanol (wood alcohol which can cause blindness), formaldhehyde, and diketopiperazine, which causes brain tumors. Jakarta Indy repost.
This was a letter for the Jakarta Post and Jakarta Indymedia:
Response to Indonesian government's action to consider banning aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Statement for the Jakarta Post and Jakarta Indy Media, of value to readers in Canada concerned about health and consumer protection. Regretfully, neither Governor General Jean nor Prime Minister Stephen Harper have taken seriously the need to protect Canadians from USA exports of Aspartame in Diet soda, sugarless gum, low fat yogurt, children's medications, etc., despite the fact that both have had for at least 8 months a DVD on the medical harm done by this artificial sweetener.
Encouragement that the relevant and responsible medical and judicial authorities make this ban permanent, based on sound medical evidence that aspartame causes neurodegenerative illnesses like brain tumors and multiple sclerosis, and even worse illnesses.
What brilliant news, that the Indonesian Drug and Food Monitoring Agency is considering considering banning aspartame!
Physicians and legislators could recommend to the Health and Justice Ministers of Indonesia that this ban must be made permanent, because of the long list of neurodegenerative illnesses caused by Aspartame/Methanol/Formaldehyde/Diketopiperazine, all proven brain tumor causal factors.
Aspartame was forced through the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1981 by G.D. Searle, the pharmaceutical corporation that owned the patent. Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, made FDA Commissioner in exchange for his cooperation, and Samuel Knox Skinner, the attorney hired by the FDA to prosecute Searle for fraud, who then hired on with Searle's public relations firm at $1000 a day: these also assisted in forcing the approval for Aspartame.
Up till 1995, the FDA kept a continually growing list of consumer complaints about aspartame, and the fact that it caused brain tumors, headaches, memory loss, cardiac arrythmia, sudden death, a total of 92 symptoms. For mysterious reasons, FDA quit compiling this list, but it is still there.
Physicians like H.J. Roberts, Internist, author of Aspartame Disease, An FDA approved Epidemic, and Russell Blaylock, Neurosurgeon, Author of Excitotoxins: the Taste that Kills, and What to do if you have used Aspartame, a regimen for aspartame poisoning victims, Dr. Betty Martini, Founder of Mission Possible International, dedicated to banning aspartame in every nation, and many other activists and even families of those who have died from aspartame poisoning: we are all rejoicing that this is coming from Indonesia!
We all sincerely hope that your government, whether Health and Justice Ministers or the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly, many of whom I have emailed on this subject, as well as having sent a digital video disc on the subject of Aspartame's medical damages to President Yudhoyono as well as your United Nations Ambassador: that Indonesia must make this ban on Aspartame PERMANENT.
This will do several things: it will extend the life span in your nation; it will lessen the spike and upsurge in neurodegenerative illnesses and cancers in Indonesia; it will clarify that the job will get done, whether the impetus comes from the top epidemiologists and internal physicians in yours and many other nations, most of which have ignored the huge epidemiological implications of adding a chemical to manufactured food products that is metabolized as methanol and formaldehyde, with proven ghastly and even more unpredictable medical results in hundreds of millions of people, and most important, it will shine like the torch of medical imperative all over South Asia, Africa, and South America, to all of the non-alligned, non-nuclear, and less developed nations of the world, that they must stand up squarely to the ostensible superiority of corporations pushing genocidal chemicals down their throat!
There is sound evidence to warrant such a permanent ban, particularly coming from the Ramazzini Foundation for European Oncology Research, a three year study by Dr. Morando Soffriti, that aspartame, as well as sodium arsenite, and Coca Cola, all cause cancer.
Write to Health Minister Siti Fadila Supari and to Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin, to ask them to make this ban permanent, and to file punitive and exemplary suits against the aspartame manufacturers and corporate endusers, to recover the costs necessary to treat victims of aspartame poisoning in your nation!
I am author of legislation in the New Mexico Legislature to ban aspartame in our state. State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino is the sponsor of this legislation, which will be introduced as early as January 17, 2007, in the coming 60 day session, and we expect the usual phalanx of corporate lobbyists, soothsayers, and liers, saying that aspartame/methanol/formaldehyde/diketopiperazine is "harmless as mother's milk."
I am author of a United Nations Resolution to create a new Undersecretary General for Nutrition and Consumer Protection, which I ask Indonesia to cosponsor in the 2007 United Nations General Assembly. This might be possible, with the Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Asha Rose Migiro, having
just been appointed last week by the new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. [Let us hope that Canada can be a supporter of this plan in 2007]
In short, you can see how a new Undersecretary General for Nutrition and Consumer Protection might actually work: to bring real truth about the medical effects of such chemicals to member nations, completely free from corporate manipulation and on going perfidy and lies about the obvious medical harm done by their products.
If I can be of further help to Indonesia or any of the other 188 nations in which we find victims of aspartame poisoning, please let me know at this email address below.