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  • Scott Lemoine's picture
    Scott Lemoine
    Could you do this... or I'm sure it's already been done hundreds of times. Take the results, whatever they are from the Bressler report and chart the differences in results compared to other test done to duplicate this one, and dismiss it.
    For the most part the aspartame 'scare' seems to be fueled by the Bressler report and the infamous '4 out of 7 monkeys had 'grand mal' type seizures during testing' report. Where are the other test done to duplicate this one, and resolve this nonsense about aspartame causing ANY long term negative effect on rats and monkeys. I'm assuming the Waisman disaster that also fuels this 'conspiracy theory' has been duplicated and dismissed ad nauseam. This should be so simple to resolve, shouldn't it?
    Where are all the "completely safe" test results?
  • Joseph Najjar's picture
    Joseph Najjar
    This is what I found when I searched Bressler report: http://dorway.com/history-of-aspartame/the-bressler-report/

    From what I can tell, there is little to no accountability for some of the methods and materials. Individuals who were directly involved were no longer available to clarify their procedures, some under legal advising. What stood out the most to me, though, was this statement found near the bottom of the report:

    " According to the submission to FDA, this study was intended to evaluate the safety and tumorigenic potential of SC-19192, diketopiperazine (5-benzyl-3, 6-dioxo-2-piperazine-acetic acid), which is a conversion product of aspartame, and to induce and define such adverse effects as might occur only at prodigious multiples of the estimated daily human intake. The commercial grade of aspartame (SC-18862) may contain up to 2
    percent of the conversion product (DKP), according to Searleā€™s specifications."

    They come right out and state that they are testing a conversion product of aspartame, not aspartame itself. Commercial grade aspartame contains less than 2% DKP, the conversion product. Also, they clearly state that they are testing amounts that far exceed an average human's daily consumption.

    Above all else, The Bressler report was published in the 1970's, over 40 years ago. Regardless of that study, this is what more recent, relevant research shows