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- Jul 1st, '03
Jon Hates Idiots
"Everyone apparently is an idiot..."
Many people are. Including you. I'm sorry about that. But sooner or later you will need to come to grips with it.
I've spent lots of time researching the levels of methanol in Diet coke, and the medical research involving methanol toxicity. I'm certainly not a toxicologist, but feel confident in stating that methanol poisoning from Diet Coke is not worth worrying about.
I've also spent a great deal of time running down other pet theories for why Aspartame might cause health problems. Some are marginally plausible, as is the concern that it might cause brain tumors. But at the end of the day we are left with the fact that it doesn't cause brain tumors. People have been consuming Aspartame for 30 years. Where are the brain tumors? Or are these magical brain tumors which vanish as soon as they get near a doctor or toxicologist?
And yes, I know about the Hayes panel. But the government and other governing bodies reverse themselves on medical and health issues all the time. The most prominent item of this type this year is the new advisories on hormone replacement therapy. This happens all the time, and while it is troubling, it is also expected when dealing with such issues. I neither know nor care about some political silliness that happened with one panel which investigated Aspartame. I'm sorry it's confusing to you, but this is just the way things get done. If there were evidence that Aspartame's approval needed to be reversed, it would be reversed. Just as has happened to many other food additives.
Can you think of other food additives that have been removed from the market? Were these approved by the government and financed by corporate interests? Your conspiracy and cover up rely on a system which we don't see if we look at other substances.
There is no conspiracy here, it just gives your life meaning to think there is. We don't need to cherry pick evidence to prove it causes health problems if those health problems don't exist.
"You are obviously a very egocentric individual..."
Well duh. How long did it take you to figure that out Sparky? But why shouldn't I be? Not only am I smarter than most people, I'm also happier, more active, and more diverse.
I did my research. If I thought Aspartame was hurting people I'd be the first person to say so.
"This product is simply crap..."
Again with the iconoclastic hyperbole. If it were simple we wouldn't be having this discussion. It's obviously a complicated issue. We've both done our research. You prefer to believe in a conspiracy of silence which stretches from government to public institutions. I prefer to trust in the oversight abilities of a broad range of government bodies, public heath organizations, and consumer advocacy groups.