After 7000 miles, and 25 hours of footage, "Sweet Misery" will reveal one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence in the history of the industrial revolution.
The toxic long-term effects of aspartame are often dismissed as a "hoax" by the sweetener industry and at least five other internet websites. The real footwork, however, unravels something less comforting than a mere "Hoax."
"Sweet Misery" is the title of a documentary released by Sound and Fury in June of 2004. Our primary investigation includes interviews with doctors, lawyers, people who have had health problems which they associate with aspartame usage, advocates, and many others.
"Aspartame is inherently, markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media" is a quote from the congressional record in 1985, and yet it was approved for use in soft drinks and other beverages.
So what happened?
Is there credible evidence if you look beyond the smokescreen of corporate medicine? The primary research and interviews have been quite disturbing.
Dr. Woodrow C. Monte wrote: "Methanol [one of the breakdown products of aspartame] has no therapeutic properties and is considered only as a toxicant. The ingestion of two teaspoons is considered lethal in humans" (Monte, Woodrow, "Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health", Journal of Applied Nutrition, Vol. 36, Number 1, 1984, p. 44).
Though it can hardly be considered good fortune to have an immediate reaction to aspartame, at least you are spared the potential long-term ticking time-bomb of a large array of neurological illnesses. These include, but are not limited to Brain Cancer, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Graves Disease, Chronic Fatigue, MS and Epilepsy.
In November of 2001, Cori Brackett, co-owner of Sound and Fury Productions, was in the process of doing research on Eugenics and the absurd idea of "Perfect People" advocated by such seemingly diverse folks as Darwinists and Hitler, when she began to experience a tingling sensation in her hands and feet.
At the time, she was unaware of any controversy surrounding artificial sweeteners and had been a heavy consumer of diet soda.
Around then, she read an article about aspartame being connected to many health problems and quit using products like diet soda - which contain aspartame.
However, the tingling stubbornly continued, eventually convincing her to seek medical advice. Her doctor ordered an MRI of her brain which resulted in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
At first, she was horrified as her condition quickly progressed to the point that she had double vision, slurred speech, and weak limbs forcing her to use a wheelchair. Through dietary changes and a host of therapies, her condition improved and continues to do so to this day.
This rather extreme experience caused her to go on a journey across country, seeking answers. The result of this quest is the documentary, "Sweet Misery" and the upcoming collection of poems called "Through the Shadows". Cori is currently studying for her PHD in Natural Health through the Clayton College of Natural Health.
As Cori says, "I never asked for any of this, but since it happened, I feel compelled to share with others. I only want to help people in any way that I can. I ask for full disclosure from companies, so that everyone has a true understanding of what they purchase and consume".
Aspartame/MSG/FDA Sweet Remedy: The World Reacts (Trailer)
A closer examination of the U.S. corporate power structure unveils a two-fold approach to manipulating the public. First, by attempting to shape public opinion and, second, by affecting an individual's ability to discern PR from the truth.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent selling neuro-toxic food additives to the public. In the United States and through each nation within its global corporate grasp, maintaining a healthy mind and body is an act of civil disobediance.
Ultimately, healing has become the path of resistance for informed individuals improving their health. We interview a host of MD's and Natural Health practioners to gain the clearest possible perspective for a path to recovery. Perhaps the sweetest remedy this film offers is the hope provided by witnessing a variety of groups as they withstand the confusion, casualties and obstacles involved with taking control of their food and their health.