Bad science from Harvard

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BOSTON, MA – Aspartame, you know, the artificial sweetener they put in almost everything, made headlines yet again.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard teaching facility, sent out a release promoting research that read: “The truth isn’t so sweet when it comes to artificial sweeteners,” linking Aspartame to cancer.

But had to take it back… oops!!

After being posed with some difficult questions, the hospital realized something just wasn’t right.  They released a statement the read:  “Upon review of the findings, the consensus of our scientific leaders is that the data is weak, and that BWH media relations were premature in the promotion of this work.  We apologize for the time you have invested in this story.”‘

Considering aspartame is used in thousands of products, and that most of you who drink diet soda, chug it down, it’s studied more than any other additive you might ingest.

A majority of studies claim aspartame is not a threat.

Even the lead author admitted the research does not prove aspartame is dangerous.

Guess those folks up at Harvard ain’t as smart as they think they is!

2 comments

  • rmforallblog

    Every two years, participants were given a detailed dietary
    questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four years.

    Previous studies which found no link to cancer only ever assessed
    participants’ aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a
    major weakness affecting their accuracy.

    One diet soda a day increases leukemia, multiple myeloma and
    non-Hodgkin lymphomas

    The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz.
    can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:

    — 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
    — 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
    — 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)

    These results were based on multi-variable relative risk models, all
    in comparison to participants who drank no diet soda.

    It is unknown why only men drinking higher amounts of diet soda showed
    increased risk for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    Note that diet soda is the largest dietary source of aspartame (by
    far) in the U.S.

    Every year, Americans consume about 5,250 tons of aspartame in total,
    of which about 86 percent (4,500 tons) is found in diet sodas.

    Confirmation of previous high quality research on animals

    This new study shows the importance of the quality of research.

    Most of the past studies showing no link between aspartame and cancer
    have been criticized for being too short in duration and too
    inaccurate in assessing long-term aspartame intake.

    This new study solves both of those issues.

  • rmforallblog

    The fact that it also shows a positive link to cancer should come as
    no surprise, because a previous best-in-class research study done on
    animals (900 rats over their entire natural lifetimes) showed
    strikingly similar results back in 2006:
    aspartame significantly increased the risk for lymphomas and leukemia
    in both males and females.

    More worrying is the follow on mega-study, which started aspartame
    exposure of the rats at the fetal stage.

    Increased lymphoma and leukemia risks were confirmed, and this time
    the female rats also showed significantly increased breast (mammary)
    cancer rates.

    This raises a critical question: will future, high-quality studies
    uncover links to the other cancers in which aspartame has been
    implicated (brain, breast, prostate, etc.)?

    There is now more reason than ever to completely avoid aspartame in
    our daily diet.

    For those who are tempted to go back to sugary sodas as a “healthy”
    alternative, this study had a surprise finding:
    men consuming one or more sugar-sweetened sodas daily saw a 66 percent
    increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (even worse than for diet soda).

    Perhaps the healthiest soda is no soda at all.

    Sources for this article include:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23097267 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16507461 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17805418

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