Sweet Misery: The Horrors of Aspartame Revealed in Documentary
July 24, 2004
The new documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, thoroughly examines a hot-button subject many consider to be imaginary: the toxicity of aspartame. This man-made sweetener is certainly a fact of life and hard to avoid. Aspartame is found in more than 5,000 food products, including diet soft drinks and snacks like puddings.
Sweet Misery starts with filmmaker and narrator Cori Brackett's moving story about how she discovered aspartame's effect on her health was affecting her fight with multiple sclerosis. Once she stopped using aspartame-sweetened products, her symptoms went away almost by magic.
But that's just the beginning of Brackett's journey across the United States to learn more about the devastating effects of aspartame from a laundry list of well-known medical experts, including Dr. Russell Blaylock and Dr. Betty Martini.
Martini is the director of Mission Possible, an Atlanta-based non-profit group that works to spread the word about the dangers of aspartame as a toxic poison, unfit for human consumption and a slow neurotoxin that's especially bad for diabetics.
In addition to the experts, the filmmakers use archival footage from G.D. Searle and federal officials to describe the amount of propaganda and "dirty tricks" big business used to get aspartame on the market.
Some of the most moving moments were heartfelt interviews sprinkled in between the scientific data with some of the victims of aspartame. One victim Brackett interviewed suffers in a different and more excruciating way than most: This middle-aged mother and spouse is serving a 50-year sentence for allegedly poisoning her late spouse, although many of the health signs point to her late husband's bad reaction to aspartame.
Another key interview is Brackett's fireside chat with Arthur Evangelista, a former Food and Drug Administration investigator, who exposes how far major conglomerates went to legalize the use of aspartame in the United States, and the resulting domino effect on its use in other countries.
News with Views July 6, 2004