Further to my post of yesterday, I received or had copied to me the following:

We are not in any way associated with Betty Martini whose rants embarrass us all. She is what one of my colleagues called “a self-appointed general”

There is a list on Yahoo, The Aspartame Victim’s Support Group that at all times, for the last 10 years has had 1,000 people who list and share their experiences with aspartame.

I replied:

Testimonials are the stock in trade of the quack. They are of no worth in determining cause. Give me double blind studies.

Then the following was copied to me:

Mary… do you know what he’s talking about…

A more sophisticated person replied, also copying to me:

He’s saying all you’re giving him are ‘anecdotal’ accounts – not double blind human tests with a large number of subjects made up of a ‘control’ group and an ‘aspartame’ group. Walton’s was too small by scientific standards.

You get mired down in debating this guy, it could go on forever and you won’t win because he is there to prove his predetermined point and to make you look bad. Like Martini, he will out-argue you and drag you down. We don’t have to prove anything to this character. Those who believe will survive. Those who don’t won’t. Don’t waste valuable time arguing with him. He isn’t worth it.

These are obviously sincere people who have themselves had bad experiences that they attribute to aspartame — but they are badly lacking in scientific understanding. The fact that some academic researchers will hop onto any bandwagon that will give them publications is a serious disservice to them.

Because of their lack of scientific background, they fail to understand that I am asking only for normal scientific caution and so interpret my comments as evilly motivated in some way. I noted at the beginning that I myself do not use ANY artificial sweeteners that I know of so my personal inclination would be to agree with them. I just ask for a conventional standard of proof before I do so.

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