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Commentary :: Environment
EFFORTS TO BAN ASPARTAME IN NEW MEXICO PROCEED FROM FOOD PRODUCTS TO CHILDREN'S VITAMINS AND MEDICATIONS
18 Oct 2005
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ASPARTAME IN NEW MEXICO PROCEEDS FROM FOOD PRODUCTS TO CONSIDERATION BY
PHARMACY BOARD RE: CHILDREN'S MEDICATIONS AND VITAMINS; A WARNING FLAG FOR
HALLOWEEN CANDY’S NEUROTOXIC EFFECTS

I am the petitioner who has asked the NM Environmental Improvement Board
to have a hearing to consider banning the sale of aspartame-containing
products through out New Mexico, next July 2006. Consumer protection and the
health of all New Mexicans won this round, when the Board voted 4-2 to
convene the five-days of hearings in July.

After Governor Bill Richardson commented last week that he supports the
EIB's decision, I asked both him and Attorney General Patricia Madrid,
perhaps together, to issue a kind of Executive Order, to remove the
products containing Aspartame in the New Mexico schools, far in advance
of the EIB hearings, based on the mountain of prima facie medical
evidence to warrant getting it out of children's consumption, in toto.
Neither has yet replied.
[One or both could also ask for an injunction to do this].

One editorial writer at the Albuquerque Journal recently questioned the
legislative intent behind the Environment Improvement Board's decision;
they could more carefully examine the statute which created the EIB in
1978 before denouncing such a hearing as "ludicrous."

Some New Mexicans have been diagnosed with neurodegenerative afflictions
which disappeared when they stopped consuming aspartame. These victims
don't think EIB hearings on aspartame are a "waste of taxpayer money."
Indeed, there are thousands of such New Mexicans, perhaps even more,
since 70% of adults and 40% of children are consuming aspartame daily!

I believe aspartame to be one of the major causes of increases in tumors
of the brain and of the pituitary, as well as the sharp increase in
Multiple Sclerosis in the USA, due to its metabolized byproduct,
formaldehyde.

The Journal's editorial asking for the EIB to "quickly reverse" its
decision is not going to sweep our urgent medical concerns under the
rug. If the product is so safe, why should Ajinomoto, the world's
largest manufacturer of aspartame and monosodium glutamate, be so intent
on quashing the hearings? I doubt the NM Supreme Court would even
consider such a writ, if these Aspartame corporate attorneys were to ask
any judge to deny an EIB hearing before it is even held. They have
billions of dollars at stake, both in profits and in potential punitive
and exemplary damages.

On November 14-15, I and several physicians, led by Dr. Ken Stoller
M.D., Pediatrician, Founder of the New Mexico Hyperbaric Chamber, and
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School
of Medicine, will present a similar petition to the New Mexico Board of
Pharmacy, to request a ruling to prohibit two neurotoxic additions to
pharmaceutical preparations consumed by in New Mexico:

1. Aspartame in hundreds of children's medications as well as children's
vitamins

2. Thimerosol, the mercury preservative found in vaccinations. Mercury's
neurotoxic properties are very well known.

New Mexico statutes delineate precise powers to the Pharmacy Board to
promulgate rules in this realm of poisonous and deleterious additives to
pharmaceutical preparations, in NMSA 26-1-3 and NMSA 26-1-9, even when
there is prior FDA approval thereof.

In California, the move to require a warning label on French Fries
because of carcinogenic acrylamide (resulting from high temperatures on
starch) is a brilliant effort by Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Chief
Deputy Attorney General Ed Weil, which I strongly commend to Madrid and
Bluestone as exemplary.

We are not asking for more labels on aspartame; the grim medical
realities of this formaldehyde cocktail warrant that it be taken off the
market entirely.
In this era of disastrous medical results and lethal blunders from the
growing corporate control of the FDA, states must take very strong steps
to protect the health of their citizens.

Stephen Fox
Santa Fe, New Mexico

(505) 983-2002
stephen (at) santafefineart.com

If you as a concerned consumer want to know what Gov. Richardson or Attorney
Gen. Madrid are doing about getting aspartame out of New Mexico schools’
cafeterias and vending machines, please contact:

Billy Sparks, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for Governor (505)
827-3000
Stuart Bluestone, Deputy Attorney General of New Mexico (505) 827-6004

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