Aspartame – Food safety watchdog to investigate artificial sweetener

 Sun 19 Mar 2006

Food safety watchdog to investigate artificial sweetener

RICHARD GRAY AND BRIAN BRADY (

rgray@scotlandonsunday.com)

THE government’s food safety watchdog has ordered a fresh probe into an artificial sweetener found in more than 6,000 products after research re-ignited fears it may cause cancer.

The Food Standards Agency has commissioned a review of data on aspartame, found in a range of soft drinks and low-fat foods, following a study published last year which found that rats fed the additive suffered increased cancer rates.

Experts from the government’s Committee on Carcinogenicity this month began scrutinising the research to decide if it posed a risk to humans. If they find the sweetener is a danger, it could be banned from use in food in the UK.

The move comes just weeks after another study carried out by researchers in Liverpool found aspartame could cause nerve damage in a combination of four common food additives.

Opponents of the artificial sweetener have now criticised the FSA for not altering its advice to consumers about it while it is under review.

They believe products containing aspartame should be withdrawn from supermarket shelves until the sweetener is given the all-clear.

But food industry leaders insist this would cause unnecessary panic among consumers, adding they would support the decision of the review.

A spokeswoman for the Food Standards Agency confirmed it had commissioned the review, adding the results would be sent to the European Food Safety Authority, which is also assessing aspartame’s safety. "In July 2005, the results of an Italian study carried out by the Ramazzini Institute questioning the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame were published.

"As part of the response to the new study, the agency commissioned the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity to review the article from the Ramazzini Institute. Based on current evidence on the safety of aspartame, the agency is not advising consumers who wish to choose foods containing aspartame to make any changes to their dietary habits."

European experts are studying the research and are expected to report back in May.

But Liberal Democrat MP Roger Williams believes aspartame should be banned in the UK before the European decision.

He said: "There should be a precautionary principle used here, as the risk is so large. It is very difficult for people to know how much aspartame they are consuming."

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The Observer | Comment | This ID project is even more sinister than we first thought

 This ID project is even more sinister than we first thought
The insidious erosion of our civil liberties will accelerate dramatically if the government wins the battle over identity cards
Henry Porter
Sunday March 19, 2006
The Observer

You may have noticed the vaguely menacing tone of recent government advertising campaigns. Here is a current example: ‘If you know a business that isn’t registered for tax, call the Revenue or HM Customs – no names needed.’ Another says: ‘Technology has made it easier to identify benefit cheats.’

Whether the campaign is about rape, TV licences or filling in your tax form, there is always a we-know-where-you-live edge to the message, a sense that this government is dividing the nation into suspects and informers.

Reading the Identity Cards Bill, as it pinged between the House of Commons and the Lords last week, I wondered about the type of campaign that will be used to persuade us to comply with the new ID card law. Clearly, it would be orchestrated by some efficient martinet like the Minister of State at the Home Office, Hazel Blears. Her task will be to put the fear of God into the public at the same time as reassuring us that the £90 cost of each card will protect everyone from identity theft, terrorism and benefit fraud.

The ads might imagine any number of scenarios. Here is one. ‘Your elderly mother has fallen ill,’ starts the commentary gravely. ‘You travel from your home to look after her. She has a chronic condition but this time, it’s a bit of a crisis and you need to pick up a prescription at the only late-night chemist in town. Trouble is, she has mislaid her identity card and you never thought to get one. Under the new law, the pharmacist will not be able to give you that medicine without proper ID. So, get your card. It’s for your own good – and Mum’s.’

It became clear last week that the government will do anything to get this bill through parliament, including ignoring its own manifesto pledge to make the cards voluntary, a fact that we should remember as each of us entrusts the 49 separate pieces of personal information to a national database. By the end of last year, the government had already spent £32m of taxpayers’ money on the scheme and, at the present, the expenditure is edging towards £100,000 a day. No surprise that Home Secretary Charles Clarke dissembles about Labour promises.

Labour’s manifesto said: ‘We will introduce ID cards, including biometric data like fingerprints, backed up by a national register and rolling out initially on a voluntary basis as people renew their passports.’

It turns out that there is nothing voluntary about it. If you renew your passport, you will be compelled to provide all the information the state requires for its sinister data base. The Home Secretary says that the decision to apply for, or renew, a passport is entirely a matter of individual choice; thus he maintains that the decision to commit those personal details to the data base is a matter of individual choice.

George Orwell would have been pleased to have invented that particular gem. Yet this is not fiction, but the reality of 2006, and we should understand that if the Home Secretary is prepared to mislead on the fundamental issue as to whether something is voluntary or compulsory, we cannot possibly trust his word on the larger issues of personal freedom and the eventual use of the ID card database.

Clarke has now established himself as a deceiver, even in the eyes of his party. Labour democrats such as Kate Hoey, Diane Abbott, Bob Marshall-Andrews and Mark Fisher all understood that the Lords’ amendments of last week simply sought to underline this concept of a voluntary scheme, which complied with the 2005 manifesto. Oddly enough, the compulsory provision of personal information to the government database is not the greatest threat to our freedom, though it is in itself a substantial one. The real menace comes when the ID card scheme begins to track everyone’s movements and transactions, the details of which will kept on the database for as long as the Home Office desires.

Over the past few weeks, an anonymous email has been doing a very good job of enlightening people on how invasive the ID card will be. ‘Private businesses,’ says the writer, ‘are going to be given access to the national identity register database. If you want to apply for a job, you will have to present your card for a swipe. If you want to apply for a London underground Oystercard or supermarket loyalty card or driving licence, you will have to present your card.’

You will need the card when you receive prescription drugs, when you withdraw a relatively small amount of money from a bank, check into hospital, get your car unclamped, apply for a fishing licence, buy a round of drinks (if you need to prove you’re over 18), set up an internet account, fix a residents’ parking permit or take out insurance.

Every time that card is swiped, the central database logs the transaction so that an accurate plot of your life is drawn. The state will know everything that it needs to know; so will big corporations, the police, the Inland Revenue, HM Customs, MI5 and any damned official or commercial busybody that wants access to your life. The government and Home Office have presented this as an incidental benefit, but it is at the heart of their purpose.

Last week, Andrew Burnham, a junior minister at the Home Office, confirmed the anonymous email by admitting that the ID card scheme would now include chip-and-pin technology because it would be a cheaper way of checking each person’s identity. The sophisticated technology on which this bill was sold will cost too much to operate, with millions of checks being made every week.

That is a very important admission because the government still maintains the fiction that the ID card is defence against identity theft and terrorism. The 7 July bombers would not have been deterred by a piece of plastic. And it is clear that the claim about protecting your identity is also rubbish because chip-and-pin technology has already been compromised by organised criminals. What remains is the ceaseless monitoring of people’s lives. That is what the government is forcing on us.

Practically every week in these columns, I urge you to pay attention to the government’s theft of our liberties. I would feel a bore and an obsessive if I hadn’t pored over the ID card bill last week and read Hansard’s account of the exchanges in both houses. One of the most chilling passages in the bill is section 13 which deals with the ‘invalidity and surrender’ of ID cards, which, in effect, describes the withdrawal of a person’s identity by the state. For, without this card, it will be almost impossible to function, to exist as a citizen in the UK. Despite the cost to you, this card will not be your property.

People keep asking me what they can do about the lurch into Labour’s velvet tyranny and I keep replying that the only way for us is to re-engage with the politics of our country. But it is difficult. The new Conservative regime under David Cameron has not yet found the voice to articulate the objection to the radical changes proposed in our society. Edward Garnier, the Tory spokesman on ID cards, did his best in the Commons last week, but we need to hear his leader express the principled outrage that comes from conviction and unyielding values. If we don’t, we may justifiably wonder if the Conservatives are sitting on their hands in the belief that they will eventually inherit Labour’s apparatus of control.

Outside parliament, what needs to happen is the formation of the broadest possible front against these changes, a movement which deploys the most principled democratic minds in the country to argue with the lazy and stupid view that if you’ve got nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from Labour’s attack on liberty. I believe that will happen.

henry.porter@observer.co.uk

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EU Mental Health Decline Due To Mercury Poisoning: Chemist – Health Supreme

 

EU Mental Health Decline Due To Mercury Poisoning: Chemist

Sepp Hasslberger on Tuesday March 7 2006
The European Union is tackling the problem of declining mental health and has issued a Green Paper in October last year, asking for input and comments on how to best prevent and treat mental problems.

In response to this invitation, Poul Moeller, a retired chemist who lives in Denmark, suggests that an increase in mental problems is caused by a toxic metal that has been routinely used in tooth fillings and is now present in the teeth of most Europeans. We have fillings holding an average of 5 grams of mercury in our mouths. The metal in close proximity to the brain and there is a documented, constant release of toxic heavy metal ions every time we chew, enjoy hot drinks or soups, brush, clean or polish our teeth.

Mercury, which is also present in some vaccines, attacks the myelin sheath and degrades nerve tissues. It kills brain neurons as shown in this video. The relation of mercury-containing vaccines to a frightening increase in the rate of autism has been contested by health authorities, but has recently been confirmed by new statistical data. The rate of new cases of autism has shown a decrease after the removal of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative from many vaccines in recent years.

While thimerosal was recognized as toxic and is gradually being removed from vaccines – flu shots still contain the poison – dental amalgams remain routinely in use. There are few forward looking dentists – here is an example – who have developed protocols for safely removing the metal fillings and substituting non-toxic ceramic inlays or composite fillings.

Mental problems that are – according to Moeller and others – caused by mercury poisoning include senile dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and epilepsy. There are also a raft of other diseases that may be promoted by poisoning with this toxic heavy metal such as allergies, asthma, psoriasis, rheumatism, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and some cancers.

A relatively simple remedy is proposed by Moeller – eliminate the poisonous metal from medical use and from the environment, and provide a generous supply of antioxidant substances that will aid in de-toxification of those affected. Moeller also remarks that the recently passed European directive on food supplements is very much counter-productive in that it proposes to limit the availability of the very substances that are vital for de-toxification.

For a more complete piicture of the biochemical facts, read the submission of Poul Moeller to the European Commission, which I have slightly edited for readability:

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Poul Moeller
Chemist, M.Sc., retired, completely independent
Extensive studies during fifteen years on diseases of
amalgam origin due to severe cases in the near family.

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Blair, Bush and Religion

It seems both our leaders say God told them to go into Iraq! Well it seems to me that their God is not the same God of Jesus Christ as the rest of us. It seemed more like the work of the Devil!
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Joyce Morrison – Miracles in The Making

 

Joyce Morrison
March 5, 2006
NewsWithViews.com

This may sound like a “too good to be true commercial,” but I promised my friend I would tell his story and you can decide for yourself if we are over-looking something that could be a miracle drug.

What if there you could treat yourself, your animals and your plants for pennies by using something you probably already have in your home?

Eighty-one year old Bill Munro says there is such a product and it has saved his life.

At 69 years old my muscles were so tight that to get out of bed I would lay on my stomach and back out on to the floor, push down on the bed and stand up. I knew there had to be something to correct this bad situation.

It was then I found the book "O2xygen Therapies." Reading this book convinced me there was real truth in what the researchers were saying about our bodies.

I stumbled onto the idea of using a plain old nasal spray bottle that ocean spray (or other nasal sprays) comes in. I dumped out the ingredients and filled it with 3% hydrogen peroxide (H202) and inhale as I squirted it into my throat. Within a month, I realized that I was breathing freely.

From that time on I contentedly used hydrogen peroxide in my garden and for every known use and enjoyed fantastic and almost miraculous results. My wife and I have no colds, sore muscles, aches or pains. I take no medication or vitamins. At age 81, my lungs don’t give out when I work in my garden or work around the house. My house is 160 years old, so the work never stops. Peroxide keeps our oxygen blood count in the high 90s.

In the summer of 2004 following a physical examination, the doctor told me I had prostate cancer and he would set up the schedule for chemotherapy. I told him I did not have time for that as I was very busy. In the middle of November the cancer came to life big time. I knew what to do as I had been researching hydrogen peroxide v. cancer.

This is when I put my faith in hydrogen peroxide to the real test. I stepped up my taking from 2 inhalations in the morning and 2 at night, to 8 or 9 inhalations through the day and pumping the pump 10 times each time. This brought up the oxygen in my blood. A virus cannot live in an oxygenated environment.

Six days later I had no signs of cancer and I was clean with no scars or blemish. I kept up the 8 or 9 times per day with the 10 pumps until the middle of February. The doctors said I did not need to come back for 6 or 7 months.

This was much better than chemotherapy. I had no discomfort or side effects. I am 81 years old and feel like I am 45.

My maintenance schedule is 6 or 7 inhalations per day with 6 or 7 pumps. The only medication I use is the 3% peroxide that I get from the drug store.

For more information go to www.landrights.com. Scroll down to "Hydrogen Peroxide" Bill Munro, 248-623-1120.

Although we have never met in person, Bill Munro and I have talked over the phone and emailed for several years and I have never known Bill to tell me anything that was not well researched. Bill is an expert in the area of land rights. Monetary gain is certainly not his goal – his only desire is to help others. When Bill heard about the potential for illness following the hurricanes, he said “those people need this information.”

Bill had told me about the hydrogen peroxide therapy several years ago and I knew it worked on plants but had not thought about it helping our personal health. A couple of weeks ago I asked Bill if it could help animals…..and he said “sure.”

My two cats are very old and are near the end but I’m not ready to give them up just yet if I can help them. The one cat went blind several months ago and basically she eats and sleeps. I have been putting a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in her water and she has perked up considerably. My other cat has more serious problems and it may take a lot higher dosage to see results with him.

When I began to research about hydrogen peroxide, I found it was credited in medical journals for healing as far back as the 1880s and yet today modern research seems to have disregarded this potential miracle cure that could literally bankrupt the pharmaceutical companies.

That might explain why we do not hear about the simple use of hydrogen peroxide to get more oxygen into our systems to promote healthier bodies. “Money Causes Cancer” was a book I read years ago and the message has stuck with me.

Dr. William Campbell Douglass, M.D. wrote in his book “Hydrogen Peroxide – Medical Miracle” that “H202 is involved in all of life’s processes. Hydrogen Peroxide is truly the wonder molecule. The cells in the body that fight infection, called gametocytes, produce H202 as a first line of defense against every type of invading organism – parasites, viruses, bacteria and yeast.” Sixty percent of our white blood cells consist of Neutrophils, a gametocyte that produces H202 to fight infections.

Conditions being treated with oxidative therapy:

Heart and blood vessel diseases, Lung Diseases, Infectious disease, Immune disorders, Miscellaneous – diseases such as Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Migraine headaches and many others.

Uses in the garden are:

A few drops in the water of fresh cut flowers will keep them fresh longer, fruit stain remover, plant stimulator, oxygenate plant roots, insecticide, spray for fungus on fruit trees, roses and vegetables, and seed sprouting.

Health and beauty uses:

Reduces or eliminates age spots and freckles, astringent for acne, athlete’s foot fungus, bath to relax and ease aches, denture soak. Fights gingivitis and whitens teen, fingernail cleaner, insect bites and bee stings, minor wounds (do NOT apply to deep or serious wounds), mouthwash and sore throat gargle. (Always keep away from eyes.)

My husband has used a stronger form of hydrogen peroxide on plants with success. He obtained 35% hydrogen peroxide from our biological/organic supplier but it would be too strong to use for medicinal purposes. We told a friend who had peaches showing signs of fungus about the peroxide and within 24 hours after spraying, the peaches were fine. We know that foliar feeding tomatoes produces a healthy crop.

With the high cost of medical care and with the recent recall of prescription medicines that were doing more harm than good, it may be time for us to take responsibility for our own health. We could start by using a lot of faith and then look at some of the old proven remedies that have worked for years. Alternative health care using herbs and vitamins has been known to be beneficial in many cases.

There are precautions to follow and, as in the use of anything, it would be wise to consult your doctor before you self-medicate. If hydrogen peroxide is intriguing and you want to talk to Bill about his success story, he would be more than happy to share with you . You can email him from his website www.landrights.com.

In the book “The Amazing Health and Household Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide,” the following address was provided for inquiries about information or a medical doctor in your area who practices oxidative therapy:

International Oxidative Medicine Association
P.O. Box 891954
Oklahoma City, OK 73190

© 2006 Joyce Morrison – All Rights Reserved

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