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Harvard hospital admits it promoted weak science on aspartame

Harvard hospital admits it promoted weak science on aspartame

By Robert Bazell, NBC News

A new study finding a potential cancer risk from the artificial sweetener aspartame is so weak that Brigham and Women’s Hospital -- a Harvard teaching facility -- is now apologizing for promoting the research. In other words, if you see a headline screaming, “Aspartame linked to cancer,” don’t believe it. But it may be too late; the situation is a great example of why the public often finds science confusing and frustrating.

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bump--

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it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Quid pro quo...

it's all about the money and who got rich off the product.

Much shame to go around.

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Pregnant Women Avoid Aspartame

EPA lists Aspartame as a Developmental Neurotoxin.

http://www.epa.gov/ncct/toxcast/files/summit/48P%20Mundy%20T...

According to the EPA, Aspartame is a Developmental Neurotoxin. If you are pregnant, do not drink or eat any products with aspartame.

EPA’s program for the screening and prioritization of chemicals for
developmental neurotoxicity makes it essential to assemble a list of chemicals that are toxic to the developing mammalian nervous system

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

Harvard

Some time ago there was a post on a favorable Harvard study. I commented on how credible a Harvard study was and is and got voted down some lol

donvino

GE/Comcast/Universal/NBC is

GE/Comcast/Universal/NBC is sooooooooooo, reliable.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

aspertame may not cause cancer, but.....

it is a neurotoxin that is known to affect the brain. I won't allow it in my house.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Do not spread groundless fear

I cannot believe I am actually defending aspartame, but such an accusation requires some pretty strong science to back it up. Aspartame is no neurotoxin.

The EPA (according to sarcoplasm)

has declared it unfit for pregnant women and children, there are more complaints to the FDA about aspartame each year, and the stuff gives me and others splitting headaches. Need more evidence?

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Ha ha, the EPA.

The EPA likes to base its research on studies which stuff rats so full of a compound, it's almost certain to cause cancer or some kind of harm.

Just ask those in California who now have to deal with "this is a potential carcinogen" warning labels on practically everything.

But hey, when a government agency confirms your viewpoint, they must be telling the truth.

I agree with your point, but

I agree with your point, but feel free to show your strong science to back it up. To truth is most chemical we are probably in the dark about because it is true that many seem to make it through based on how much money is thrown at the CDC and FDA

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Science

No link found between aspartame consumption and brain cancers: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20835749

No connection between aspartame and gastric, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661082

Review of several studies showing no adverse health effects for normal humans at normal levels of consumption: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=399598

Here is a review of several studies especially for sarcoplasm - Use of artificial sweeteners not correlated to weight loss: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/?tool=pu... In fact, use of any one of a number of artificial sweeteners actually correlated with weight gain. And it's not that artificial sweeteners are themselves insidious fattening agents, it is simply because they give people a false sense of accomplishment. Which is exactly what I told him/her originally: If you want to lose weight, avoid anything labeled with the word "diet" :)

Of course, this is all a black swan argument. The onus isn't on me to prove that aspartame is NOT dangerous, the onus is on the opponents of aspartame to come up with legitimate scientific study showing that it IS.