[The following is a transcript of a recorded phone message put
out by a group in Chicago called "Citizens' Committee to Clean Up
the Courts [CCCC]." (312) 731-1100 and (312) 731-1505.]
Hi! Sherman Skolnick, Citizens' Committee to Clean Up the Courts,
9800 South Oglesby.
We talked with Barbara A. Mullarkey, a journalist and activist in
the Chicago area critical of Aspartame -- called "NutraSweet".
BARBARA MULLARKEY: Well Aspartame is a generic name for
NutraSweet the brand, a product of G.D. Searle that,
NutraSweet, now owned by Monsanto out of St. Louis, Missouri.
And Aspartame is a sugar substitute, an artificial sweetener.
And its ingredients are causing a little bit of problems in
the country. And its ingredients, methyl-alcohol,
phenylalanine, and aspartic acid have combined and they're in
many products, ranging from diet drinks to sugar-free
products in things like gum, antibiotics, puddings. You name
it, it's an in-everything, everywhere product.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: The public generally doesn't know about it,
especially in the bigger cities. (Maybe in smaller
communities.) What are some of the complaints that people
voluntarily make to the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] --
not solicited complaints, but hundreds if not thousands of
complaints about what happens when they drink a can of diet
pop. Tell us a little bit about that.
BARBARA MULLARKEY: There are over 10 thousand complaints now
at the FDA. And, as you say, they're volunteered: so it's
just the tip of the iceberg. Because when you have somebody
experience some symptoms (there's 92 of them now recorded at
the FDA), you certainly don't want to pick up the phone and
call the FDA, you want to get to the nearest hospital or call
your health professional.
Some of the symptoms range from migraines -- which there
has been a 60 percent increase in the United States, from
1980 to 1989, of migraines -- and then there's things like
memory loss, depression, seizures, vision problems.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: There's a possibility that a certain amount
of violence may be aggravated: in other words, people become
possibly more aggressive after using Aspartame/NutraSweet?
BARBARA MULLARKEY: Well some of the researcher scientists are
saying that definitely, there's a brain transmitter --
serotonin -- that is *lowered* with Aspartame ingestion with
carbohydrates. And when you have a lowering of serotonin,
there's an increase in aggressiveness and violence. And males
have a lower serotonin than females. So scientists and
researchers are wondering: is the increase in violence in the
country possibly due to this product?
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: When you said "92", you don't mean 92
complaints, you mean 92 different *types* of problems, right?
BARBARA MULLARKEY: 92 symptoms.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: Thousands of voluntary complaints.
BARBARA MULLARKEY: Over 10 thousand.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: The thing that the press doesn't go much
into is the fact that there's a very great question of
whether the approval process at the FDA was corrupt, or
incompetent, or inadequate. Right?
BARBARA MULLARKEY: Yes, there are a lot of questions about
the initial research. And an FDA toxicologist says that the
original research was "built on a foundation of fancy." The
original studies have not been replicated. But it jumped from
being that they were working on a, a chemist was working on a
drug, an anti-ulcer drug, at the time, at G.D. Searle in
1965. And then in the '70s it became a food additive.
You could write to my post office box: it's P.O. Box 946,
Oak Park, Illinois 60303. And if you send a self-addressed,
stamped envelope, I'd be glad to send you a flyer on this.
The title of the book is *Bittersweet Aspartame: A Diet
Delusion*. And if you're in Illinois, it's $11 and it's $1.40
shipping and handling and 85 cents tax.
[Apparently, Skolnick asks a question here.]
Well it's my column for a newspaper for 15 years on the
subject. And it's also FDA statistics and a lot of
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: If this was really widely known in the mass
media, I mean really *widely* known, isn't it true that some
of these foodstores would have to come with a steamshovel or
a bulldozer and clean out the store and dump it in Lake
BARBARA MULLARKEY: I hope they wouldn't dump it in Lake
Michigan! We can't have some fish being harmed!
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