Artificial Sweetener Issues

Hidden sources of MSG and aspartame

This website is a good resource for info on the following subjects, and more:

Changing humanity with additives, chemicals and neurotoxines
Aspartame - the Shocking Story of the World's Bestselling Sweetener
Aspartame Is An Excitoneurotoxic Carcinogenic Drug!
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World Aspartame - The Silent Killer
Aspartame & Vioxx Alert!
Neurotoxic Food Additives - The United Nations and the New Millennium

Report your problems with Splenda here

Splenda2 In recent years, the controversial artificial sweetener Splenda has swept over the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry. Currently found in over 4500 products, Splenda's marketing slogan, "Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar," confuses consumers into believing that Splenda is a safe and healthy alternative to sugar, despite negative health effects detected in numerous human and animal trials.

Unfortunately, the FDA and Johnson and Johnson refuse to acknowledge that these products are likely hazardous. Citizens for Health is currently collecting reports of negative effects from Splenda to present to the FDA.

If you've had any bad experiences with Splenda, please contact Frank Herd at Citizens for Health with your story. Office: 612-879-7583 email:

Why Is Society Being Dumbed Down?

Will you be surprised by the answer that Dr. Russell Blaylock, a prominent neurosurgeon, provides? A 4-minute video:

A great new use for Splenda

You've probably seen our postings about using artificial sweeteners as ant poison and insecticides  (

Now Dr. Mercola has some tips on using Splenda to kill mosquitos:

Artificial sweeteners - the Big Lie

(Dr. Mercola) It is easily one of the most widespread and dangerous deceptions of our time, and a genuine threat to your health in ways you likely can't even imagine.

In fact, when you discover the inside story on this one, you'll be exposed to the absolute dark heart and soul of how giant food and drug corporations and the government are secretly risking your health for their own personal gain ... and you will be astonished at the important new insights I've uncovered that haven't been revealed anywhere else.

It took me and seven full-time investigators over two years to compile the information in my brand new book, "Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health."

We poured through stacks of papers and correspondence with the FDA, and carefully reviewed thousands of studies to create this book -- and to provide you with a proven roadmap out of the health nightmare that the food and drug giants have created and the FDA allows to occur.

Read more, and watch the short video:

Aspartame - a politically-induced biochemical disaster of global proportions

Mission accomplished: Today some 9,000 commonly consumed products are laced with this weapon of mass misery and millions of people live with chronic illnesses linked to the artificial sweetener aspartame. It is our belief at The Idaho Observer that if some guy named Parkinson can have a disease named after him, then Donald Rumsfeld ought to have his own disease, too. Hence the term Rumsfeld disease A. Rumsfeld's Disease:

Aspartame - the whole story

Study released linking aspartame to cancer, other articles and research:

What aspartame is and why you should stay away from it

Aspartame can be found in many diet sodas and sugar free candies. The makers of these products claim that they are healthier because they contain few calories and less sugar than that of their normal products. But is aspartame actually healthier?

This article explains what aspartame is, known side effects associated with consuming, and how these side effects occur:

Splenda - the poison to avoid

James Bowen, M.D., A physician, biochemist, and survivor of aspartame poisoning warns about yet another synthetic sweetener, Splenda.

HAWAII -- The chemical sucralose, marketed as "Splenda", has replaced aspartame as the #1 artificial sweetener in foods and beverages. Aspartame has been forced out by increasing public awareness that it is both a neurotoxin and an underlying cause of chronic illness worldwide. Dr. James Bowen, Researcher and biochemist, reports:

"Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethelene and methylene chloride, all deadly. Chlorine is nature's Doberman attack dog, a highly excitable, ferocious atomic element employed as a biocide in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WWI poison gas and hydrochloric acid.

"Sucralose is a molecule of sugar chemically manipulated to surrender three hydroxyl groups (hydrogen + oxygen) and replace them with three chlorine atoms. Natural sugar is a hydrocarbon built around 12 carbon atoms. When turned into Splenda it becomes a chlorocarbon, in the family of Chlorodane, Lindane and DDT,

"It is logical to ask why table salt, which also contains chlorine, is safe while Splenda/sucralose is toxic? Because salt isn't a chlorocarbon. When molecular chemistry binds sodium to chlorine to make salt carbon isn't included. Sucralose and salt are as different as oil and water.

"Unlike sodium chloride, chlorocarbons are never nutritionally compatible with our metabolic processes and are wholly incompatible with normal human metabolic functioning. When chlorine is chemically reacted into carbon-structured organic compounds to make chlorocarbons, the carbon and chlorine atoms bind to each other by mutually sharing electrons in their outer shells. This arrangement adversely affects human metabolism because our mitochondrial and cellular enzyme systems are designed to completely utilize organic molecules containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and other compatible nutritional elements.

"By this process chlorocarbons such as sucralose deliver chlorine directly into our cells through normal metabolization. This makes them effective insecticides and preservatives. Preservatives must kill anything alive to prevent bacterial decomposition."

Dr. Bowen believes ingested chlorocarbon damage continues with the formation of other toxins: "Any chlorocarbons not directly excreted from the body intact can cause immense damage to the processes of human metabolism and, eventually, our internal organs. The liver is a detoxification organ which deals with ingested poisons. Chlorocarbons damage the hepatocytes, the liver's metabolic cells, and destroy them. In test animals Splenda produced swollen livers, as do all chlorocarbon poisons, and also calcified the kidneys of test animals in toxicity studies. The brain and nervous system are highly subject to metabolic toxicities and solvency damages by these chemicals. Their high solvency attacks the human nervous system and many other body systems including genetics and the immune function. Thus, chlorocarbon poisoning can cause cancer, birth defects, and immune system destruction. These are well known effects of Dioxin and PCBs which are known deadly chlorocarbons."

Dr. Bowen continues: "Just like aspartame, which achieved marketplace approval by the Food and Drug Administration when animal studies clearly demonstrated its toxicity, sucralose also failed in clinical trials with animals. Aspartame created brain tumors in rats. Sucralose has been found to shrink thymus glands (the biological seat of immunity) and produce liver inflammation in rats and mice.

"In the coming months we can expect to see a river of media hype expounding the virtues of Splenda/sucralose. We should not be fooled again into accepting the safety of a toxic chemical on the blessing of the FDA and saturation advertising. In terms of potential long-term human toxicity we should regard sucralose with its chemical cousin DDT, the insecticide now outlawed because of its horrendous long term toxicities at even minute trace levels in human, avian, and mammalian tissues.

"Synthetic chemical sweeteners are generally unsafe for human consumption. This toxin was given the chemical name "sucralose" which is a play on the technical name of natural sugar, sucrose. One is not the other. One is food, the other is toxic; don't be deceived."

Dr. Bowen also calls attention to another seldom recognized and deadly permanent effect of these chemicals: "Aspartame, sold as NutraSweet, Equal, E951, Canderel, Benevia and under other names, is a hypersensitization agent which causes Polychemical Sensitivity syndrome. Chlorocarbons strongly induce uncurable hypersensitivity diseases which are now becoming rampant." (James Bowen, M.D.)

Doctor Bowen has spent 20 years researching artificial sweeteners after his use of aspartame resulted in being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr Bowen's intention is to warn the world of the toxicity of tabletop poisons like aspartame, Splenda and Neotame.

For more information on aspartame and Splenda click on the Aspartame Information List on
Dr. Bowen can be seen in the movie "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World"
For the movie call 1 818 349 8822 or email
See how aspartame was approved by clicking on

Aspartame and Splenda Toxicity Centers, Aspartame and brain tumors cases for litigation contact Dr. Betty Martini at < > or 770 242-2599.
Currently talking states New York, New Jersey, Madison County, Illinois and Mississippi.

A medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D. presents, 1038 pages of aspartame horrors. or 1 800 827 7991

Russell Blaylock, M.D., has published Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills on the subject,

Dr. Betty Martini says "the controversy rages over Splenda (sucralose). Is it safe and natural like sugar or is it a chlorinated hydrocarbon? As lawsuits fly, consider the chemistry of this artificial compound."

She adds: "The FDA denied approval of aspartame for 16 years, then caved in to political/economic pressure when Don Rumsfeld, CEO of the manufacturer, was brought to Washington by Ronald Reagan. A new FDA Commissioner was appointed to approve it then became a consultant for NutraSweet's public relations firm for $1,000/day on a 10 year contract. Forthcoming has been a global epidemic of disability and death. One might expect FDA to be more cautious next time, yet FDA approved the toxic chlorocarbon Splenda without hesitation and without any long term testing on human subjects."

Dr. Betty Martini
9270 River Club Parkway,
Duluth, Georgia 30097 and 
770 242-2599

Splenda interferes with dieting

Not only is Splenda potentially dangerous for you, but new evidence shows it doesn't even really help you lose weight:

Splenda strikes back against the sugar industry

They're at it again, trying to manipulate the legal system to prevent you from knowing the truth:

Aspartame makers tell a whopper

The European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences Cancer Research Centre in Bolonga, Italy, just released their three year study confirming the link between aspartame and lymphomas and leukemias:

This study should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame.

Here comes the Whopper! Makers and sellers of aspartame tried to rebut this impeccable European research saying: "With billions of man-years of safe use, there is no indication of an association between aspartame and cancer in humans." Medical investigator, Dr. Ralph Walton, found 100% of the studies aspartame producers paid for say its safe as rain:

To read Dr. Walton's full report:

Most Americans concerned about safety of artificial sweeteners

(NewsTarget) -- According to a June report by Mintel, nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about the safety of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame, which could impact the direction of the sugar-free foods market.

Although sales of sugar-free products have not declined, 64 percent of Americans claim to be concerned about artificial sweeteners' safety. More statistics have recently surfaced showing that the sugar substitutes raised health concerns:

The splendor of Splenda

- Splenda Marketing Accused of False Advertising, Misleading Public

Many have questioned the accuracy of the marketing campaign for Splenda that reads: "Splenda No Calorie Sweetener is made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar."

In fact, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Nutritionals, maker of the artificial no-calorie sweetener Splenda, has been slapped with a number of lawsuits accusing the company of falsely advertising Splenda and deceiving buyers into believing it is a natural product. Lawsuits have been filed by:

* Individuals (three state consumer class action suits)
* The Sugar Association
* Merisant Worldwide Inc, maker of low-calorie sweetener Equal

Made From Sugar?
Those filing the lawsuits argue Splenda's marketing campaign does not truthfully reflect the end product, which is created with chlorine and does not have sugar in it. Even Splenda's Web site ( states that the artificial sweetener starts with sugar, yet is converted into a no-calorie, non-carbohydrate sweetener. This process selectively replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the original sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms.

In response to the accusations against them, a spokeswoman for McNeil stated the lawsuits have no merit, as the company has never represented Splenda as being natural. Moreover, despite feuding claims, Splenda holds just over 50 percent of the U.S. market for low-calorie sweeteners, based on dollar volume.

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- Dr. Mercola -

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Alternative sweeteners

Copyright 2004 by
By Michael Snyder

It is time to prepare some delicious and guilt- free sweet treats! If you follow the recipes found in the average cookbook, you'll be using pounds of processed sugar. At last, there are now delicious alternatives to sugar that will amaze your taste buds. These alternatives to sugar are healthy and you won't feel guilty for indulging in dessert.

Most people are aware of the health dangers created by processed sweeteners such as white and brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cooked honey, and aspartame. These sweeteners must be avoided at all costs if you want to improve your health. If you haven't done so, please read this excellent article by Dr. Nancy Appleton titled "124 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health". 

The many dangers of aspartame are described in detail on this excellent website,

The living foods diet provides many delicious and healthy alternatives to the processed sweeteners commonly used. Some of the most popular foods used as sweeteners in the living foods diet include stevia, agave nectar, fresh or dried fruits, dried or frozen berries, dates, young coconut, yacon syrup, and raw honey. If a cooked recipe calls for processed sugar, one of these ingredients will be an excellent substitute. Use these sweeteners to make living food versions of cakes, pies, cookies, ice cream, nut mylk shakes, puddings, chocolate bars, and similar goodies. You will feel wonderful after eating the raw food sweet treats and your energy levels won't crash an hour after eating.


Stevia is the ultimate sweet leaf. A native of Paraguay, South America, steviais a low glycemic herb that can be purchased as a powder, liquid extract, or as a dried whole leaf. It is 30 times sweeter than white sugar in its unprocessed form. It contains zero calories, it registers as zero on the glycemic index, and it contains health promoting vitamins and minerals. When stevia is concentrated in a powder or liquid form it is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, yet it is safe for diabetics. You only need a quarter teaspoon to sweeten up a recipe or beverage. You can easily grow your own plant and grind the dried leaf into a powder. Avoid the alcohol-extracted and refined forms.


Agave nectar is an exciting new mineral-rich syrup that comes from the agave cactus. It has a natural and delicious taste similar to honey or maple syrup. It is absorbed slowly into the bloodstream and doesn't significantly raise blood sugar levels. It has a low glycemic index rating and is safe for diabetics and those with hyperglycemia. There are many companies distributing agave nectar but not all of them are raw. If the label doesn't say raw you may want to contact the company to verify that it isn't heated above 118 degrees.


Fruits are the perfect natural sweeteners for any recipe. The addition of apples, pears, dates, berries, bananas, or oranges will add a delicious sweet taste to your food. Fresh, raw fruit juice can be added to the recipe instead of water to give it additional flavor. Dried fruits such as raisins, tomatoes, and apricots are concentrated sugar sources and should be soaked in water for a minimum of  half an hour. These nutritious foods are equally as sweet as processed sugar and they taste much better.


Young coconuts are highly nutritious, delicious, and easy to digest. The young coconuts, also known as Thai, jelly, shaved, green, asian, or water coconuts, are usually found in Asian grocery stores. They are white and cylindrical with a point on the top. The mineral rich water is very sweet and should be used in recipes in place of water. The coconut tree acts as a water filter and takes nine months to create one liter. The coconut water is virtually identical to human blood plasma and has a similar electrolyte balance.


The latest sweetener to hit the market is Yacon Syrup. The yacon is a root vegetable similar to a sweet potato from South America. The yacon is different from other roots and tubers in that it stores the carbohydrates as simple sugar instead of starch. This raw syrup can be used in recipes in place of honey and maple syrup. This is mineral rich raw syrup similar to agave nectar. Farmers in North America have recently started to grow yacon, which is becoming available in local Farmers’ Markets and health food stores.


These living food sweeteners will help you create the most delicious desserts ever made. Your friends and family will be amazed at how delicious they taste. They won't believe that something tasting this good is actually healthy! Use these foods in your recipes and have the sweetest year ever!

Michael Snyder
Portland, OR

The safety of sucralose and aspartame

The following interview was conducted with Dr. Janet Starr Hull on the safety of sucralose found in Splenda.

Q: What exactly is Splenda?
A: In a simple sentence, you would just as soon have a pesticide in your food as sucralose because sucralose (Splenda) is a chlorocarbon. The chlorocarbons have long been known for causing organ, genetic, and reproductive damage. It should be no surprise, therefore, that the testing of sucralose reveals that it can cause up to 40 percent shrinkage of the thymus: a gland that is the very foundation of our immune system. Sucralose also causes swelling of the liver and kidneys, and CALCIFICATION of the kidney. Note: if you experience kidney pain, cramping, or an irritated bladder after using sucralose in Splenda, stop use immediately.

Q: So sucralose is not found as a natural compound in nature, like real sugar?
A: Absolutely not. No sugar molecule is compounded with chlorine anywhere in nature.

Q: Do you know how it is made in the laboratory?
A: I found this information from a statement from the manufacturer, actually. “Sucralose is made from sugar, but is derived from sucrose (sugar) through a process that selectively substitutes three atoms of chlorine for three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sucrose molecule. No artificial sweetener made in the laboratory is going to be neither natural to the body nor safer than unprocessed sugar,” they claim.

People need to stop searching for excuses to eat all the junk food they want without penalty. In the long run, no one benefits from this product but the corporations.

Q: The corporate researchers claim that the chlorine atoms are so tightly bound they create a molecular structure that is exceptionally stable under extreme pH and temperature conditions. Do you agree?
A: They are testing these conditions in lab rats, and these types of corporate studies have forced and “selective” results, in my opinion. Aspartame research is the proof of this!

Test these chemicals on a child and see how stable it is--but that would be cruel. So, why then do we buy it and give it to our children? I don't buy into manufacturers' claims when it comes to human beings using ANY man-made chemical. Plus, I have learned over the past 25 years of aspartame research to value independent research above that which is funded by corporations.

Q: The corporations say sucralose is safe.
A: They said the same thing about aspartame, and look at the rampant disease and obesity taking over America since aspartame was put into the food supply over 20 years ago.

Q: Can sucralose cause cancer?
A: Any animal that eats chlorine (especially on a regular basis) is at risk of cancer. The Merk Manuel and OSHA 40 SARA 120 Hazardous Waste Handbook states that chlorine is a carcinogen and emergency procedures should be taken when exposed via swallowing, inhaling, or through the skin.

It all depends upon how much you use and how often, your present and past health status, and the degree of other toxins you are putting inside your body. Good luck with this one …

Q: Sucralose has been thoroughly tested, they claim. Actually they have stated that sucralose is the most tested food additive in history. I quote, " … more than 100 studies on the safety of sucralose designed to meet the highest scientific standards have been conducted and evaluated over the course of 20 years. "
A: I don't believe that for a second. They stated verbatim the same thing about aspartame. We are looking at the same scenario in so many ways. As with NutraSweet, no human studies, corporate payrolled researchers, selective result reporting, government involvement, personal financial interests, and controlled media. I will say that sucralose is not as dangerous as aspartame.

Q: Splenda is approximately 600 times sweeter than sugar. How can that be?

A: As I stated before, the product is a forced product, not a natural sugar the body uses for fuel. People forget that sweetness is a by-product of foods -- a bonus, so to say. Forced sweetness, revved-up sweetness, and artificial sweetness -- all altered foods that are a trap for people to get addicted to the sweeter tastes. People with eating disorders, children who are just learning about food, and people with illnesses are all being sold “a bill of rubbish” in my opinion.

Q: The manufacturer claims sucralose doesn't react with other substances in the body and is not broken down in the body.

A: They claimed the same thing about saccharin, even though I feel saccharin is the only artificial sweetener with true merit. To answer your question, if the body is digesting properly, anything you put into the body will be assimilated. If it happens to be rancid, the stomach will throw it out immediately by vomiting or diarrhea. It is totally out of the realm of biological science to think the body will not immediately attack a toxic chemical. Henceforth, migraines from aspartame and diarrhea from Splenda.

Now, to add a note to this: if the body is fed an indigestible product such as plastic (like in margarine) that it is incapable of dissolving through normal digestion, it will pass through undigested (if it doesn't get stuck in the gall bladder, that is.) So, if sucralose is indigestible due to its laboratory compounding, then we have yet another serious health problem to consider, don't you think?

Technology is great, but we sure don't need to be eating it!

Q: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and government food authority committees and the Health Ministries in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina, and Brazil have confirmed the safety of sucralose. So have the countries of Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Romania, Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan, Tajikistan, China, South Africa, and Tanzania. What do you think of all these countries confirming Splenda's safety?
A: The history of aspartame has unfortunately proven that individuals within government agencies cannot and should not be trusted to make such empowering public decisions behind closed doors.

Now, re-read this list of countries … Mexico, Jamaica, Tajikistan and Tanzania? These are the countries in which Splenda is now marketed? (See the final question.) As an international geographer, I can comfortably say that these countries are not nations with the same technology and mass marketing strategies to be compared with the United States. These countries are more concerned with birth control, food staples, hostile take-overs, and drought -- not diet sweeteners. Compare apples to apples.

Q: Is sucralose safe for children?
A: The manufacturer actually made this statement for disclosure: "One should note, however, that foods made with low-calorie sweeteners are not normally a recommended part of a child's diet, since calories are important to a growing child's body."

Pay attention … Children should not be encouraged to grow up on fake foods. But just like cigarettes and alcohol, do what I say and not what I do? And we wonder why the younger generation is angry, ill, and ridden with ADD/ADHD and diabetes?? How many kids do you see taking a sip of mom or brother's diet cola?

Q: Who manufactures and markets sucralose?
A: McNeil Specialty Products Company (MSPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, along with Tate & Lyle PLC, a world leader in sweeteners and starches, all share responsibility for developing and manufacturing sucralose for commercial use. Sucralose is the first product from McNeil Specialty, whose mission is to develop and market innovative food ingredients that help consumers control, maintain and improve their health. Internationally, McNeil Specialty markets sucralose in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East; Tate & Lyle markets sucralose in Africa, Asia, Europe and Canada. Internationally, McNeil Specialty markets sucralose under the name SPLENDAR Brand Sweetener. SPLENDAR is a registered trademark of McNeil Specialty Products Company.

-- thanks to Steven Gibb for sharing this article with us.