Will New Mexico Legislature Ban Artificial Sweetener Aspartame? Here is the Bill That is Going to Revitalize Consumer Protection in America

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Legislative efforts to ban neurotoxic artificial sweetener are about to be materialized in New Mexico; Bills to ban Thimerosal, the Mercury filler in vaccines and to create strong Nutrition Council are already on Governor Richardson's Agenda for 30 day session, convening Jan. 17.

A bill to ban the neurotoxic artificial sweetener Aspartame will be introduced in the New Mexico Legislature on January 17, the first legislative ban in the USA on aspartame, by New Mexico State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino.

New Mexico Governor Richardson believes that states must take back some of the FDA's regulatory power, because "the FDA isn't doing anything," (quote: Dec.23, 2005)and "isn't doing enough to warn people about the dangers of aspartame" (quote to medical writer for Albuquerque Journal, October 5, 2005).

Richardson has already placed on the "call" (his agenda for the coming 30 day session, a bill to ban Thimerosal, the Mercury Filler used in Vaccines, and a bill to create a New Mexico Nutrition Council, with specific powers to question and challenge FDA approved products, sponsored by the President Pro Tem of the NM Senate, Ben Altamirano.

Governor Richardson can be reached at (505) 827-3000; his press sec. is Billy Sparks; his Chief of Staff is David Contarino; Senator Ortiz y Pino is at (505) 250-1280. Senator Altamirano can be reached at his office, (505) 986-4733.

Stephen Fox, author of the bill to create the Nutrition Council and the bill to ban aspartame is happy to answer questions on these 3 vital bills which could result in precipitating a new era of major breakthroughs regarding state's efforts to achieve meaningful strengthen consumer protection.

US Senator Bingaman is at (202) 224-5521, and is considering the issue of aspartame's neurotoxicity. He may ask the Senate to ask the FDA Commissioner to rescind the approval for aspartame.

The artificial sweetener, Aspartame, is a carcinogenic neurotoxin, since one of its metabolites is formaldehyde. The recent Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology’s study proves it to cause 6 kinds of cancer: this report was posted on the National Institute of Health website in November 2005.

The FDA has refused to rescind its approval, thus far, so aspartame is found in coffee sweeteners, “diet” beverages, “low-fat” yogurt, “sugarless” gum--- a total of 6000 products consumed by 70% of Americans and 40% of our children.

[Aspartame is also in over 500 children's medications; the New Mexico Pharmacy Board is considering a petition to order a ban in order to protect New Mexico's children; the Board awaits an Opinion from the NM Attorney General. In the meantime, the NM Legislature may move rapidly on this issue]

Other Attorneys General, particularly Bill Lockyer of California, Eliot Spitzer of New York, and Mike Hatch of Minnesota, comprehend the level of consumer protection necessary to protect health.

Lockyer is suing 9 mega fast food corporations to require labeling every bag of French fries stating: "This product contains a chemical which is known to the state of California to cause cancer." Heating potato starch to 400 degrees turns it to carcinogenic acrylamide.

When New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on June 1 was informed about our aspartame/FDA efforts, he immediately replied: "the FDA is a joke!"

UK Parliament member from Wales, Roger Williams, on December 14, 2005, asked Parliament for a total United Kingdom ban on aspartame citing recent proof of its neurotoxicity.

The New Mexico Bill will be introduced on the Opening Day of the session, and when Governor Richardson officially puts this bill on the agenda, the FDA will immediately move toward rescinding aspartame's approval. Industries should switch to Stevia or Xylitol, both non-toxic natural sweeteners, and they wouldn’t have to lose any profits.

Stephen Fox

217 W. Water, Santa Fe, NM 87501 505 983-2002


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