The Aspartame - NutraSweet Controversy
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to learn the history of aspartame and explore the latest research. When
it's time for a break, visit the Hospital and
find out how NutraSweet effected hundreds of people who are suffering from
side effects. In the hospital, visit the lab and be a part of the growing
research on aspartame. When you have had enough of that, come by the Market
for a list of products containing aspartame. While there, stop by the Pharmacy
and review the bio-chemical issues. Finally, stop by and visit the Law
Office and review the latest legislative and legal issues related to
Aspartame. While at the law office, you can ask the people at the National
Institute of Science, Law, and Public Policy any questions you would like
1. Determine the reliability of research and food product testing
2. Make informed decisions about what you eat
3. Gain support if you suffer from the negative effects of Aspartame and be a research participant.
4. If you have developed symptoms, develop strategies for dealing with negative side effects
5. Provide feedback to one of the
organizations fighting the use of aspartame.
Director of the National Institute of Science, Law, and Public Policy (NISLAPP)
NeuroMancer, William Gibson's classic science fiction novel features Case, a high flying, cyberspace "cowboy hotshot" brilliant at projecting "his disembodied consciousness into the consensual hallucination that was the matrix." Cases' enemies punish him by damaging "his nervous system with a wartime Russian mycotoxin....The damage was minute, subtle and utterly effective." With his edge subtlety dulled, like a Gillette blade not replaced soon enough, Case could no longer ride in cyberspace effectively. How he responds forms the plot of the story.
Ironically, Gibson's book appeared in 1984, the year the US Commissioner of Food and Drugs overruled an FDA public board of inquiry, three senior FDA scientists, several internal FDA investigations and scientific and consumer objections and approved ASPARTAME, better known as NutraSweet or Equal. Evidence that preceded the FDA commissioner's intervention into the legal process and that has accumulated since suggests that aspartame may effect many of its users in a "minute, subtle and utterly effective" way, dulling their perceptions, in a fashion similar to the mycotoxin's effect on Case.
The NutraSweet Company's aspartame
patent ended in 1992. Now many companies including "health food" companies,
quietly sweeten their products with aspartame. The $8 billion multinational
company Monsanto Inc. (maker of bovine growth hormone, genetically engineered
soybeans, Roundup and many other industrial and agricultural chemicals)
owns the NutraSweet Company now called, after a 1996 merger, the NutraSweet,
Kelco Company. NutraMancer City provides access to the political, economic,
cultural and scientific maze surrounding the manufacture, regulation, and
sale of aspartame.
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