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Originally posted by bsl4doc
So you don't think we should eat foods that have vitamin additives, have been genetically altered to produce more protein or nutrients, or that have been grown artificially in laboratories?
Wow, you, sir, are incredibly naive if you think anything you buy even in Green Life organic grocery stores is "natural".
Okay man, seriously think about this one. Natural flavor means....natural flavor. It means the flavor is derived from a chemical extracted from a natural source. Artificial flavor means it is derived from a chemical made in a laboratory.
The "wood alcohol" you were referring to is actually called methanol, a common by product of human metabolism which is broken down into formaldehyde by the small intestine.
That's the basic premise of homeostasis, which you should have learned back in high school.
Hmm...the aspartame issue is touchy. I don't deny at all that it is bad for you, and it is definitely addictive.
The Holistic Med site has excellent information on aspartame/NutraSweet. You will not believe how this stuff ever got approved. Out of 74 studies submitted by G.D. Searle to the FDA, none found significant problems. Out of 90 independent studies, 83 found problems.
Some of the things pulled by this company are appalling:
"[The manufacturer] lied and they didn't submit the real nature of their observations because had they done that it is more than likely that a great number of these studies would have been rejected simply for adequacy. What Searle did, they took great pains to camouflage these shortcomings of the study. As I say filter and just present to the FDA what they wished the FDA to know and they did other terrible things for instance animals would develop tumors while they were under study. Well they would remove these tumors from the animals."
- FDA Toxicologist and Task Force member, Dr. Andrian Gross (Wilson 1985)
The FDA scientific panel was against approving it, but was overruled by the FDA commissioner who later took a job with G.D. Searle.
Two studies appeared to be downright fraudulent. In one, blood was reported to have been drawn from hamsters at week 38 of the study when in fact those animals were already dead. A grand jury was convened, but the statute of limitations ran out before any indictments were issued. The US District Attorney who was in charge was already talking to Searle's law firm about a job before the time limit ran out.
According to information I found, the FDA has received over 10,000 complaints about aspartame compared to less than 4,000 complaints for all other consumer products combined! The FDA estimates that only one percent of all people who have bad reactions report them! This means there have been over one million known bad reactions. This does not include people who had bad reactions, but did not realize they were caused by aspartame. This could easily amount to millions more.
A number of people I know have told me that when they tried aspartame/NutraSweet, they immediately noticed light-headedness or headaches. These people were lucky. They discovered right away they could not tolerate this stuff.
Do you still think this stuff is safe?
I would probably trust Georgetown's Neurology Department over some holistic medicine dot com.
"Instead, manufacturers are encouraged to use cocktails of sweeteners so it becomes difficult for anyone to reach the acceptable daily intake of any sweetener individually—adults need at least 10 cans of a drink fully sweetened with aspartame alone to reach the acceptable daily intake of 40 mg/kg/day. When using combinations of sweeteners, even high level consumers rarely exceed 10 mg/day. Intakes over 1g/day were needed to alter brain neurotransmitters and provoke seizures in monkeys, and randomised controlled trials of high doses in humans have not shown any behavioural or other effects."