After 7000 miles, and 25 hours of footage, "Sweet Misery" will revealone of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence inthe 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 internetwebsites. The real footwork, however, unravels something lesscomforting than a mere "Hoax."
"Sweet Misery" is the working title of a documentary released by Soundand Fury in June of 2004. Our primary investigation includes interviewswith doctors, lawyers, people who have had health problems which theyassociate with aspartame usage, advocates, and many others.
"Aspartame is inherently, markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueousmedia" is a quote from the congressional record in 1985, and yet it wasapproved for use in soft drinks and other beverages.
So what happened?
Is there credible evidence if you look beyond the smokescreen ofcorporate medicine? The primary research and interviews have been quitedisturbing.
Dr. Woodrow C. Monte wrote: "Methanol [one of the breakdown products ofaspartame] has no therapeutic properties and is considered only as atoxicant. The ingestion of two teaspoons is considered lethal inhumans" (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 immediatereaction to aspartame, at least you are spared the potential long-termticking time-bomb of a large array of neurological illnesses. Theseinclude, but are not limited to Brain Cancer, Lou Gehrig's Disease,Graves Disease, Chronic Fatigue, MS and Epilepsy.
In 1981 Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, makers of Aspartame.