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Summary & Review of Film
Just saw this on DVD. It was very eye-opening. I knew enough not to use aspartame, but this doc showed why, including the politics behind the process of its approval. For instance, many of the politicians and administration officials who were responsible for getting it past the FDA and deciding whether or not to pursue fraud allegations (deciding not to) for false research and testimony, were ultimately hired by the maker of Aspartame, its law firm, or lobbyists.
It also goes into the failures of clinical research, including grossly negligent study design, and several studies that clearly showed cancer and neurologic effects.
It was done by a woman struck down with illness due to aspartame, so don't expect a balanced approach. The facts speak for themselves however. The production values aren't great, but the info is fantastic.
Four out of five stars for practitioners
Three out of five for clients (too detailed biochem and politics for most clients)
Here is more info from the dvd website:
After 7000 miles, and 25 hours of footage, "Sweet Misery" will reveal one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence in the history of the industrial revolution.
The toxic long-term effects of aspartame are often dismissed as a "hoax" by the sweetener industry and at least five other internet websites. The real footwork, however, unravels something less comforting than a mere "Hoax."
"Sweet Misery" is the title of a documentary released by Sound and Fury in June of 2004. Our primary investigation includes interviews with doctors, lawyers, people who have had health problems which they associate with aspartame usage, advocates, and many others.
"Aspartame is inherently, markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media" is a quote from the congressional record in 1985, and yet it was approved for use in soft drinks and other beverages.
So what happened?
Is there credible evidence if you look beyond the smokescreen of corporate medicine? The primary research and interviews have been quite disturbing.
Dr. Woodrow C. Monte wrote: "Methanol [one of the breakdown products of aspartame] has no therapeutic properties and is considered only as a toxicant. The ingestion of two teaspoons is considered lethal in humans" (Monte, Woodrow, "Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health", Journal of Applied Nutrition, Vol. 36, Number 1, 1984, p. 44).
Though it can hardly be considered good fortune to have an immediate reaction to aspartame, at least you are spared the potential long-term ticking time-bomb of a large array of neurological illnesses. These include, but are not limited to Brain Cancer, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Graves Disease, Chronic Fatigue, MS and Epilepsy.