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BEGINNING OF THE END FOR ASPARTAME IN NEW MEXICO
By Donna Voetee, ND
When someone says, "New Mexico," what's the first thing that comes to mind? Aliens? Cactus? A Chinese-friendly, loosely guarded National Laboratory?
Get ready for a new mental screensaver. If legislators do the right thing, little ol' New Mexico is going to be the first place in the world where you won't be able to legally buy the deadliest health danger known to mankind: aspartame. For the millions of methanol addicts who rely on their daily fix of diet soda, or for the Merisant Company who rakes in millions on aspartame yearly, this is not good news. For the rest of us, it is salvation.
Aspartame is composed of the controversial genetically-engineered amino acid phenylalanine, a second component called aspartic acid that is known to cause holes in the brain similar to Alzheimer�s, and finally, methanol, a very addictive form of alcohol that causes blindness. When sincere scientists at the Food and Drug Administration vehemently condemned it, Donald Rumsfeld, a former CEO of aspartame�s maker, G.D. Searle, resorted to calling in political favors to get it approved for our food.
Since that fateful time, it has been politics, not medical evidence and truth, that has kept it on our grocery shelves for nearly three decades. Now, however, there is hope on the horizon.
New Mexico�s legislature has an opportunity to stand up to the cadre of bought-and-paid-for federal regulators, industrial bullies, suck-up medical operatives and self-proclaimed philanthropical organizations. Opposing them, Stephen Fox, a Santa Fe art dealer and aspartame foe, has a cadre of his own-- twenty-two state senators who signed a letter asking for the governor�s endorsement of a bill against aspartame; angry aspartame victims who want justice for the thieves who stole their health; honest health professionals who are embarrassed by those who aren�t; and ordinary citizens and concerned aspartame activists whose cognitive abilities have not been impaired with hefty industry donations.
If Governor Bill Richardson recognizes the former for the scum they are and listens to the latter, there is a possibility that Senate Bill 654 will get his Executive Message, an important legal detail that will assist the bill�s chance of becoming law.
On Friday, the New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee tabled the bill by a vote of 7-2. Six of the seven votes came from Senators who are enthusiastic Diet Coke fans (read: methanol addicts). Refusing to give up, Senator Ortiz y Pino has called for a press conference on Monday, Feb. 6 in the Capitol Rotunda where Cori Brackett will give all legislators a copy of her documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. Dr. Betty Martini, founder of Mission Possible International, an organization of physicians, lawyers, and victims will also attend. On Tuesday Ms. Brackett will hold a screening of this important movie.
Even if these valiant efforts are spurned and aspartame is not banned, what happens in New Mexico will not stay in New Mexico. The world�s eyes are already aware and watching. Ironically, and some might say, divinely, New Mexico's motto is Crescit Eundo, "It Grows As It Goes," referring to a lightening bolt gaining power, bringing light to the darkness. And when it comes to aspartame, how great is that darkness.
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Donna Voetee, N.D., is a health counselor and the founder of Supermarket Survival, a series of classes about the dangers of food additives that she teaches through the City of Victorville, Calif. She lives in Hesperia and can be reached at (760) 956-9560
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Aspartame is composed of the controversial genetically-engineered amino acid phenylalanine, a second component called aspartic acid that is known to cause holes in the brain similar to Alzheimer�s, and finally, methanol, a very addictive form of alcohol that causes blindness.