In March 2014 a new report came out. Ankur Vyas, MD, of the University of Iowa found that postmenopausal women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related cardiovascular disease than women who never, or only rarely, consumed diet drinks.
Aspartame has been controversial for a long time. A FDA Report: http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/jan03/012203/02p-0317_emc-000199.txt stated:
There are other clinical reports in the scientific literature of
aspartame-caused toxicity reactions including Blumenthal (1997),
Drake (1986), Johns (1986), Lipton (1989), McCauliffe (1991),
Novick (1985), Watts (1991), Walton (1986, 1988), and Wurtman
Many pilots appear to be particularly susceptible to the effects of
aspartame ingestion. They have reported numerous serious toxicity
effects including grand mal seizures in the cockpit (Stoddard 1995).
Yet the FDA not only approved Aspartame, it has said it is safe: Considering results from the large number of studies on aspartame’s safety, including five previously conducted negative chronic carcinogenicity studies, a recently reported large epidemiology study with negative associations between the use of aspartame and the occurrence of tumors, and negative findings from a series of three transgenic mouse assays, FDA finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food. FDA2007Aspartame
In 2012 Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital alerted the public and press with a press release “The truth isn’t sweet when it comes to artificial sweeteners.” They said that they would reveal sensational findings later in the week, with a medical study tying Aspartame to cancer. So the multibillion dollar a year Aspartame drink market companies would certainly have heard about it. It would be a grave threat to them. This study led by epidemiologist Eva Schernhammer and her team at BWH used records of more than 77,000 women and 47,000 men in the Nurses and Health Professional’s study, one of the largest and longest investigations of factors that influence women’s health.
But hours before Harvard released it, they sent out a near 180 degree reversal, a statement saying: “Upon review of the findings, the consensus of our scientific leaders is that the data is weak, and that BWH Media Relations was premature in the promotion of this work,” wrote Erin McDonough, senior vice president of communications at BWH.
How can they do a mufti-year study with over 100,000 people, come to a conclusion, then change their mind virtually 180 degrees in hours?
This history of Aspartame by Yahoo Health may shed light on it:
Aspartame’s Controversial History
Aspartame, best known as NutraSweet and Equal commonly used to sweeten everything from diet sodas to yogurt, is no stranger to controversy.
The FDA approved this sugar substitute for limited food uses in 1981. By 1995 the FDA’s Epidemiology Branch chief reported aspartame complaints constituted 75 percent of all FDA reports concerning adverse reactions to food, according to Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D. in Get the Sugar Out.
In 1996 it gained approval as a general sweetener, but that same year 60 Minutes reported criticisms of the approval process stating, “aspartame’s approval was one of the most contested in FDA history.”
That report used research published in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology showing possible links between drinking diet soda and developing brain tumors.
In an analysis of peer-reviewed medical literature Dr. Ralph G. Walton, a professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, found that all industry-funded studies said aspartame was safe, according to a 2006 New York Times article. In independent studies, 92 percent identified one or more problems with aspartame, Walton reported. http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/aspartame-study-fuels-continued-debate
So 100% of industry funded scientific studies determined Aspartame is safe, and 92% of independent studies that it causes health problems. Can science be bought? You decide.
The report that 75% of all adverse health reactions to food were about Aspartame is astounding. The FDA tracks over 3,000 food additives “The more than 3000 total substances together comprise an inventory often referred to as “Everything” Added to Food in the United States (EAFUS)”. http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodAdditivesIngredients
The math is easy on this. If one additive of 3,000 causes 75% of all adverse health event reports that means it causes 9,000 times more health problems than the average food additive. It also means, that according to that data, a person can eliminate 75% of all adverse food additive reactions by just eliminating one food additive, Aspartame.