Saturday, March 28, 2015

Parkinsons And Aspartame --- The Michael J. Fox Link

Parkinsons And Aspartame? The Michael J. Fox Link

I wonder how many know that Donald Rumsfeld is the one responsible for aspartame being OK'd by the FDA after they first banned it.  Before he joined up with the Reagan regime and then the Cheney/Bush regime, Rumsfeld was president of Searle Pharmaceuticals, where aspartame was created.  Once he attained power in the Reagan administration, he was able to lift the ban on aspartame (known by the FDA to create brain tumors!) and push aspartame into our food and drinks--one more thing to "thank" the "compassionate conservatives" for.   God help us all if Ted Cruz or any other Tea Party candidate gets to be President.  It will be Reagan/Duhbya Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld days all over again.

Read below about how aspartame was approved to be put into our food and drink supply (much more info. about the dangers of aspartame is contained in the link above):

The Politics of Aspartame and Why It Is Still Legal

In January of 1980, the F.D.A. advisory board banned aspartame, because their research showed that it caused brain tumors. This decision could only be overturned by the commissioner. Then, in November 1980, Donald Rumsfeld was hired as part of the transition team for President Ronald Reagan, prior to which, he had been the President of Searle (the company that created aspartame). On the first day of the new administration, the previous F.D.A. commissioner's authority was suspended, and Rumsfeld assigned Dr. Arthur Hayes as the new head of the F.D.A. Hayes was previously just a defense contractor, but he had a close relationship to Rumsfeld because they had worked together under the Nixon Administration in close contact with the President of Pepsico. Hayes' first decision was to approve aspartame for dry foods, and by the end of 1983, he had approved aspartame for soft drinks too. He was later forced to leave the agency, due to media pressure for his acceptance of corporate "gifts". The defense contractor then went to the Searle public relations firm as its "senior medical adviser". Shortly thereafter, Monsanto purchased Searle. Rumsfeld received a $12 million "bonus" for his help in ramrodding the F.D.A. into unbanning aspartame and allowing it into our food and drinks, where it remains today.