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April 25, 2003

Food Safety Files #10: Efforts Underway to Rid the World of the Scourge of Aspartame - and More!


Hello everyone

Here is a last one for this very busy week. It has been a very long time since I prepared a Food Safety compilation and actually its content is not all about food safety. Yet the first item about Aspartame amply justifies it.

Feel free to share...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com

This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/FoodSafetyFiles10.htm

Check also my latest Media Compilation #132: Perpetual War, Unending Miseries archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MediaCompilation132.htm which is introduced this way:

"Looking at the first item recommended to your attention below in "Mobilization Underway" and considering what Pilger has to say (#2 below) on the media assisted normalization of state-sponsored genocide and the ensuing devaluation of human lives, but also reading what Mattern describes in "The War Business" (#3 below) about the orgy of money wasted on armaments while countless life-saving needs go unattended, while keeping in mind all the other issues (such as the Depleted Uranium's unending legacy of miseries) featured in this compilation and all the other 131 previous ones, one is left with the unmistakable feeling that our world is headed in the wrong direction and that unless men and women of goodwill and with a positive vision for our common future rise to the challenge of replacing the political Mafia now running the world on behalf of its corporate mentors and steer humanity towards a saner, fairer and truly sustainable future, then the evil ones will succeed in slowly killing this beautiful planet and extinguishing all joy and grace from our souls.

Somehow, I know deep in my heart that such a sad ending will not come to pass, that as more and more people choose the path leading to goodness, love and compassion, the choking hold of dark forces upon our collective soul will slowly release its grip and we will all rebound in time to save the world and our place in the hearts of countless generations to come."


CONTENTS

1. Parliament Votes For Re-Examination of Aspartame in Europe
2. Constitution for a New World of Peace, Health and Social Justice
3. SARS virus is mutating, fear doctors


See also:

GROWING GM CROPS IS AN IRREVERSIBLE ACT OF ECOLOGICAL FOLLY
http://MondeDiplo.com/2003/04/14gmo
Europe's harvest of contamination - The European Commission is failing to protect Europe against determined pressure from the United States to accept genetically modified organisms, preferably without any rules on their traceability or labelling.

EUROPE PAEAN (In the New York Times, April 20)
http://www.gristmagazine.com/forward.pl?forward_id=1036
Major American corporations may be getting off easy on environmental regulations in the U.S. these days, but they're being forced to toe the line in Europe. Rules adopted this year will require all electronics manufacturers doing business in European Union countries to eliminate use of lead, mercury, and other heavy metals from their products, and makers of electronics and appliances to pay to recycle their goods at the end of their useful lives -- changes that U.S. companies say could cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Also in the works are E.U. laws that would encourage energy conservation and require chemical manufacturers to run safety and environmental tests on some 30,000 chemicals. Lobbyists for U.S. companies are finding that techniques they've long used at home to fend off environmental protections don't work with European regulators. Many Europeans, unhappy about what they say is the Bush administration's arrogant unilateralist actions, regard American corporations with suspicion these days; recent corporate accounting scandals are causing further problems for the companies.

A change of climate -- the Bush administration lost credibility over Kyoto, and can't get it back over Iraq -- by Bill McKibben in Soapbox
http://www.gristmagazine.com/soapbox/mckibben031303.asp

Scientists solve the secrets of malaria (April 22)
http://www.dailytelegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$I2JLGG1GUAMYHQFIQMFSFFWAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2003/04/23/wmozzy23.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/04/23/ixworld.html
Scientists are ready to develop drugs which can fight resistant strains of malaria, thanks to an advance reported yesterday. The reason the malaria parasite can survive some existing drug treatments has been discovered by a team at the University of Edinburgh's Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology and the Biotec Institute in Bangkok.

WHO Demands Bigger Effort Against Malaria (April 24)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030425/sc_nm/health_malaria_dc_2
LONDON (Reuters) - The world must fulfil its pledges to do more to combat malaria and not fail another generation in Africa, where a child dies of the disease every 30 seconds, the World Health Organization said on Friday. In a report published to coincide with Africa Malaria Day, the WHO and the U.N. children's fund Unicef said the disease's death toll was "outrageously high." (...) The report said malaria killed 3,000 African children a day, or more than two a minute, and threatened 20 percent of the world's people. It said insecticide-treated mosquito nets were effective at prevention but not widely available, and reliable anti-malarial drugs were likewise rare. Treatments and preventive measures that are known to be effective are still out of the reach of most on the continent.

Doctors Call for Cash to Beat Child Killer Malaria (April 24)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030424/sc_nm/health_malaria_dc_1

Activists: War Lets Bush Aim At Environment (April 23)
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/stories/20030422/localnews/162151.html
With the nation's attention still riveted on the war in Iraq, most Americans probably aren't aware that today is Earth Day. Some area environmentalists say the Bush administration has taken advantage of the public's distraction, pushing through an anti-environmental agenda without anyone noticing.




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A BIG *GOOD* NEWS! - FOR EUROPEANS - AND THEN THIS REVEALS JUST HOW BAD ARE THE RISKS RELATED TO INGESTING ASPARTAME - THE TOXIC KILLER DISGUISED AS A SWEETENER FOUND IN LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF FOOD PRODUCTS. THE INDOMITABLE BETTY MARTINI NEEDS YOUR NETWORKING SUPPORT TO GET THE WORD OUT ON THIS HORRENDOUS GOVERNMENTAL DISSIMULATION OF A TERRIBLY WRONG DECISION THE FDA TOOK IN 1984.

Date: 12 Apr 2003
From: Betty Martini Bettym19@mindspring.com>
Subject: For Immediate Release: Parliament Votes For Re-Examination of Aspartame, and also to investigate Stevia. It "somehow got outlawed"! in Europe.

Contact: Betty Martini, Mission Possible Intl, 770 242-2599
http://www.dorway.com

The European Parliament has adopted resolutions in line with its consistent drive to make sure that foodstuffs and drinks consumed in the EU are safe. It has called for an investigation of aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Canderel, E951, Spoonful, Benevia, etc.) In a document from the European Parliament it says the justification is that "the use of aspartame increases the exposure to its metabolites methanol/formaldehyde and phenylalanine and is reported to provoke i.e. headaches, nausea and allergic reactions, especially in the case of vulnerable persons. Its widespread use should therefore be re-evaluated by the Commission and the relevant scientific committees, taking into account all available data and respecting the precautionary principle. A historical evaluation is required as there seems to be evidence that original studies did not prove the safety of aspartame. "

There is also a call for proposals to improve the labeling of products containing aspartame and Parliament wants the new directive to be implemented in the Member States within a year of its entry into force. They are concerned about a lack of warning labels for pregnant women and children's health. Rightly so since aspartame is an abortifacient and a teratogen. It also stimulates prolactin. It is an endocrine disrupting chemical. It changes the menses triggering infertility. Then if the consumer is off aspartame and gets pregnant she may lose the baby if she gets back on it. As James Bowen, M.D., in Aspartame Murders Infants (http://www.dorway.com) says: "At every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys, beginning with the gleam in Mom and Pop's eyes: it ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this aspartame disrupts fetal development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born, aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future generations." The manufacturer and the FDA have steadfastly refused to put a warning on aspartame even though they have full knowledge of how it can destroy the fetus or trigger birth defects. Louis Elsas, M.D., Pediatric Prof, Emory University, genetics testified before Congress on this issue and this is on web along with H. J. Roberts, M.D., position paper admitting that even a man consuming aspartame at conception can cause birth defects in his own child.

Why does the FDA refuse this warning? The law requires that an additive be inert or non-reactive. Admitting that aspartame can destroy the fetus or inflict horrendous birth defects show that aspartame is not an additive but a deadly neurotoxic drug. It interacts with just about every drug used to treat the problems it causes, and probably if investigated which show that no drug is safe on the market today because when you add a chemical poison it interacts. The allergies mentioned by Parliament are probably in reality related to the fact that aspartame is a chemical hypersensitization agent so those who have used this deadly toxin have interactions with vaccines, toxins, GM foods and other unsafe so-called additives like sucralose (Splenda) which has a chlorinated base like DDT and can cause auto-immune disease and acesulfame potassium which triggered cancer and leukemia in original studies. Parliament has called for a review of sucralose and aspartame-acesulfame salt use within three years as well. Russell Blaylock, M.D., author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (available through amazon.com) says in a lecture on www.dorway.com that the reactions to aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide. In his new book Health and Nutrition Secrets To Save Your Life he says all it takes is one diet drink to cause significant DNA damage. There is a chapter on bioterrorism that everyone needs to read. Dr. Blaylock is a neurosurgeon and specialist in bioterrorism.

The famed John Olney, M.D., who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, and who did the studies on aspartic acid (40% of aspartame), testified to the Board of Inquiry of the FDA and explained what would happen to the brains of our children if aspartame was approved, and the Board agreed saying not to approve aspartame. This report and the entire Board of Inquiry report stating aspartame is not safe can be read on http://www.greatfallspro.com, Mission Possible Maine.

Understand there is no reason for aspartame to be on the market. It may be sweet but it is a sweet poison. In Nutrapoison by Alex Constantine on www.dorway.com he states that aspartame was listed by the Pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress. It also has a synergistic effect with such things as MSG, another excitotoxin (http://www.truthinlabeling.org), fluoride and RBGH, for starters. It is not a diet product but a drug that makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight. See protest of the National Soft Drink Association on DORway. This is part of the Congressional Record and shows you the pop companies knew aspartame was a poison before they put it in pop and admitted it broke down at 86 degrees and quoted the law that stated it is a crime to put anything in food that decomposes or adulterates the drink.

Aspartame Disease has been declared a global plague by world expert H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P.,F.C.C.P., who has treated aspartame victims in the trenches of medical practice for 20 years. In the l980's a medical publication selected Dr. Roberts as the best doctor in the US. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in The World and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. As a diabetic specialist he realized aspartame was a toxin when his diabetic patients began going blind, becoming confused and blood sugar would not stay under control. He says in a position paper on aspartame and hypoglycemia that aspartame can precipitate diabetes and even interacts with insulin. No doubt that aspartame is the cause of the epidemics of diabetes and obesity.

Dr. H. J. Roberts has now provided to the world a medical text on this plague titled Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com or http://www.aspartameispoison.com to see the cover. It was written for consumers as well as physicians. Because the FDA and the manufacturer has lied to the public it has tied the hands of physicians who do not correlate the vast epidemics aspartame has triggered with the toxin and cannot treat the patient without the facts. There is a chapter on drug interaction, detoxification and tips for the physician. The entire story of how a chemical poison was marketed for human consumption is in this medical text. And there is a chapter on all the epidemics and symptoms, giving the mechanism by which aspartame triggers these problems. On this web site are also many other excellent books on aspartame.

There are some things that have been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt over the past 20 years and that is that aspartame triggers brain tumors (breaks down to diketopiperazine a brain tumor agent) that triggered brain tumors in original studies and cases come in to Mission Possible consistently, and DNA damage. This alone shows you aspartame is not inert and should be banned from the planet immediately. It destroys the central nervous system and mimics MS and causes Lou Gehrig symptoms. The FDA lists on their report 92 documented symptoms triggered by this toxin. This brings us to the Gulf War Illness. The government has been told repeatedly what aspartame causes, and that it breaks down at 86 degrees. Vets say that diet drinks stayed on pallets for as long as 8 weeks at a time and the troops drank them all day long. Their problems are identical to Aspartame Disease and match the FDA report of symptoms triggered by this toxin. A study on Desert Storm Syndrome showed Lou Gehrig symptoms and the payments to the troops have been reimplemented. And haven't we said that all along. James Bowen, M.D., is a victim himself and suffers with Lou Gehrigs symptoms. He was never in the Persian Gulf but practiced in the dessert drinking gallons of Diet Koolaide laced with aspartame. He wrote the FDA (on web under experts) and told them aspartame was mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70+ countries of the world. The FDA sent out an agent who was upset with Dr. Bowen that he wrote the paper titled labeling, and did not want to accept records on another 30 cases.

If you read the secret trade information volunteered in congressional hearings and on on web you will note that Searle admitted in the last paragraph that they had to consider almost complete conversion to DKP, (the brain tumor agent) and if they told the FDA they wouldn't approve it. Be assured this is premeditated murder. Searle did studies in South America and never published them, sacrificing people in poor villages. Some died, some developed brain tumors and others seizures. These studies showed that aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system and even hardens the synovial fluids causing agonizing joint pain, many times diagnosed as fibromyalgia. The affidavit of the translator is on web.

Aspartame is the biggest hazard there is to Aviation. It is a seizure triggering drug that interacts with anti-seizure medication. So many pilots have lost not only their health but their occupation. Five American Airline pilots who were heavy users of aspartame have perished, one in flight. Two have had strokes, one just recently. The FAA here says the FDA approved it, there is nothing we can do. That's a cop out, they could warn the pilots. Seizures have been established beyond a shadow of a doubt. See the RAO on web which was pivotal in the approval aspartame, a 52 week oral toxicity study where 7 infant moneys were fed aspartame, 5 had grand mal seizures and 1 died. The FDA report list 4 types of seizures triggered by this neurotoxin. Could it get worse. Yes, aspartame damages the cardiac system and causes sudden death. It triggers an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with all cardiac medication.

My special note to Parliament: My congratulations for your caring enough and for your courage in taking on the aspartame issue. How was it approved in Europe? Searle knew in order to rubberstamp it around the world they had to get it approved in another country, and if Europe found out about the FDA wanting them indicted for fraud it would not happen. So they made a business deal with a Professor Paul Turner in the Regulatory Agency (Food Standards) in England. There was a big blow out by Parliament when they found out it was approved but it wasn't rescinded. The story was in the Guardian.

Remember there is a war going on and the troops are already sick again according to a new article. I see them chewing gum and wonder if it has aspartame, in this fashion going directly to the brain. They are using breath mints and I'm checking to see if the pop companies again sent diet drinks knowing what happened last time. And all this post stress reported remember that aspartame also depletes serotonin because of the 50% phenylalanine which as an isolate is neurotoxic, lowers the seizure threshold and serotonin. This triggers manic depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies, insomnia, etc. One aspartame brain tumor victim told me when she was in a support group in San Antonio there were 70 vets with brain tumors. And while there are toxins in Iraq understand that aspartame destroys the immune system and many might not be affected except for aspartame. Dr. Blaylock wrote a brochure on how to survive bioterrorism. He told me consumers could not sustain chemical warfare because excitotoxins have destroyed the immune system. And, of course, aspartame interacts with all toxins.

I've lectured in the UK twice and seen the diseases and symptoms that mirrors those in the US from aspartame. This last summer I was locked up by Immigration for 3 1/2 hours with their wanting to know if they allowed me in England how many people would find out about the dangers of aspartame. They confiscated all books on aspartame and materials although in the end they gave them back. Who was responsible for this? Industry is very powerful, I ask that you now be affected by their propaganda and their power.

You have the ability to undo what was done by this business deal with Paul Turner, now deceased. You can ban it from Europe and the result would be like dominos around the world. Don't let one more baby die before it breathes the breath of life! I am happy to address Parliament if you so desire and answer any questions. All the records of the FDA showing aspartame to be a poison are available in England for any members of Parliament wanting to see them. Some of these records are on www.dorway.com In America there are already Aspartame Detoxification Centers to help victims. The formaldehyde accumulates in the cells and damages DNA with most toxicity in the liver. This is pre-embalming as mentioned in the medical text on the global plague of Aspartame Disease.

Do not fail to read the UPI investigation on web and find out just who called in their markers to get a deadly chemical poison marketed for human consumption. You'll be surprised. Aspartame is addictive and methanol is classified as a narcotic. And when industry lies and tells you there is just a little bit of methanol remember in molecular chemistry the formulation is one molecule of aspartic acid to one molecule of methanol to one molecule of phenylalanine.

I flew to Belgium and gave these FDA records the EU had never seen to Miguel-Angel, Granero-Rosell and Peter Wagstaffe. I knew they would side with industry but told them repeatedly that they had to care. Obviously they didn't when they put out their report leaving out the most damning reports like those by Dr. Roberts. I showed them the medical text about the size of the New York phone directory. I showed them the flawed studies and what industry did like when Monsanto tried to show aspartame doesn't trigger seizures. In the Rowan study they gave 16 of the 18 subjects anti-seizure medication and didn't tell anybody and only gave them one capsule of aspartame for a one day study, tantamount to smelling the bottle. But they sided with industry and we have a 59 page report in rebuttal showing what they did.

I asked them why they outlawed Stevia and was told there were no studies showing safety. Stevia is a herb which has been used in Brazil for thousands of years, especially to aid diabetics because it helps in the metabolism of sugar. I told them we have about 500 studies showing safety where did they want them sent. No answer. They didn't want them available. While this is just hearsay when Stevia was outlawed in Europe and it is the salvation of the diabetics, I did receive a call from England. He said he worked with Monsanto and they were responsible. Read Larry Hagman's comment on web and how as a diabetic it saved his life.

Aspartame was marketed by Searle and then sold to Monsanto in l985. It has now been sold to Ajinomoto,Childs in Boston, Merisant (investment firm, Monsanto managers) and Michael Dell's investment firm. We are now taking case histories for class action starting with the brain tumors, seizures, eye deterioration and blindness.

I filed a Citizens Petition with the FDA for recall before I left America for England. The law requires six months to answer. It has now been ten months. It was based on the fact that their records show aspartame to be a chemical poison and they lie to the public about safety. Their own FDA toxicologist told Congress that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because without a shadow of a doubt it can cause brain tumors and brain cancer. Delaney Amendment forbid putting anything in food you know will cause cancer. It also triggered mammary, uterine, ovarian, thyroid, pancreatic and testicular tumors. His last words to Congress were "And if the FDA violates its own law who is left to protect the public?" This is the reason for Mission Possible Intl, a global unpaid volunteer force warning the world off this poison. Many operations in the UK. He also mentioned that because of the brain tumors that an allowable daily dose should not be able to be set. As it was set for rats and not humans. You cannot set an allowable daily dose of safety of poison for humans. The other FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, told Congress that all studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out. Be sure you read my letter to Ajinomoto on the Web who have lie to the public and what really happened during approval. They refuse to answer the letter.

Europe can be heros to the world, and I pray to the Almighty Sovereign of the universe, Jehovah God for his holy spirit to help in this endeavor to save the planet from this deadly poison, aspartame.

Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible International, 9270 River Club Parkway, Duluth, Georgia, USA, 770 242-2599, http://www.dorway.com

Four support groups on line. Aspartame Toxicity Center, http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame




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Forwarded by "Jasmine Zidaric" mblumenthal@securenet.net> on April 12

NOTE THIS PROPOSED "CONSTITUTION" BELOW WAS INCLUDED AT THE END OF A VERY LONG INTERVIEW WITH DR. MATTHIAS RATH WHICH YOU CAN READ AT http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/open_letters/interview.html
MUCH MORE ON HIM AT HIS WEBSITE: http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/

HERE IS THE INTRO ON HIS WEBSITE

The people of the world face one of the largest challenges in human history. The right to health and life for billions of people is being threatened by the financial interests of the largest investment industry on earth - the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry. The marketplaces of this industry are diseases and its future growth is dependent on the further expansion of the disease market. Millions of people, entire countries are deciding that they no longer wish to live in the dependency of the pharmaceutical cartel. Developing countries and industrialized nations alike are beginning to restructure their health care systems focusing on preventive, effective, safe and affordable natural health. Two out of three diseases in the industrialized world as well as in the developing countries could largely be gone if not for the pharmaceutical investment business with disease. This is why the Dr. Rath Health Foundation is calling for the implementation of A New Global Healthcare System

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People’s Agenda

Constitution for a New World of Peace, Health and Social Justice

At the beginning of the third millennium mankind stands at the crossroads. On the one hand are the interests of six billion people currently inhabiting our planet - and of all future generations - who wish to live a dignified and healthy life in a peaceful world. On the other hand is a small corporate interest group denying the whole of mankind these basic human rights for one reason only - financial greed.

In this situation, we, the people of the world, have the choice: we either continue accepting the yoke of those investment industries forcing wars and diseases upon us or we liberate ourselves from these burdens and start building a world determined by the principles of peace, health and social justice.

We, the people of the world, recognize that never before in the course of history have we been more united to preserve peace, to terminate the investment 'business with disease' and to bring to justice those who sacrifice peace and health for corporate gain.

Therefore, we the people from East and West, North and South, from rich and poor countries have decided to create a world of peace, health and social justice for ourselves and generations to come.

As our fundamental rights we proclaim:

THE RIGHT TO PEACE. We, the people of the world, are determined to defend our right to peace with all means available. In the age of weapons of mass destruction war is no longer an option for solving international conflicts. We will make sure that those who conduct a war without an explicit mandate by international law will be held responsible and will be brought to justice for their crimes. We will not rest until they are punished - irrespective of economic or political consequences - because we recognize that this is the only way to protect our planet from destruction.

THE RIGHT TO LIFE. We, the people of the world, are determined to defend our right to life with all means available. We will not rest until all factors shortening the life span of people on our planet are eliminated. We will fight hunger, malnutrition and other factors already killing millions of inhabitants of our planet each year including infants and children. We will also terminate the 'investment business with disease' as the result of which more people have died prematurely from preventable diseases than in all wars of mankind put together.

THE RIGHT TO HEALTH. We, the people of the world, are determined to defend our right to health with all means available. We will make sure that the pharmaceutical 'business with disease' the deliberate promotion of diseases for corporate gain, is outlawed worldwide. We will bring to justice those who deliberately promote diseases and those who withhold live-saving information on natural, non-patentable therapies. In providing health to our communities and in implementing national health care programs we will focus on effective and safe, natural health approaches. The primary goal of any health care strategy is prevention and eradication of diseases.

THE RIGHT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE. We, the people of the world, are determined to defend our right to social justice with all means available. We no longer accept that two out of three inhabitants of our planet live in poverty and illiteracy. We will make sure that the resources of the world are redistributed in a way that provides education and a dignified life for every citizen of our planet. To finance this redistribution we will use the financial resources liberated from terminating the multi-trillion dollar 'business with disease' and from decreasing military expenditure.

We recognize that as a first step to reach these goals those corporate interest groups promoting war and disease need to be brought to justice in international courts for sacrificing the lives of millions of people and for committing other crimes against humanity.

Public exposure and punishment of the representatives of these corporate interest groups will remove the last obstacle for the people of the world to terminate the 'Dark Ages of Disease, War and Injustice' and start building a 'New World of Peace, Health and Social Justice'.

April 2003

Matthias Rath, M.D.

http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/

See also:

The Time Has Come
http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/open_letters/timehasecome.html




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Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

SARS virus is mutating, fear doctors

16 April 03

http://www.NewScientist.com news service

A cluster of SARS patients in Hong Kong with unusual symptoms has prompted concern that the virus causing the disease is mutating. Doctors fear the changes are making the disease more severe.

Scientists in Hong Kong are now urgently sequencing key genes from recently isolated coronaviruses to reveal any changes. New Scientist has learned that the changes in symptoms mirror those already seen when animal coronaviruses have mutated.

Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, at the University of Hong Kong, said on Wednesday that the 300 patients from a SARS hot spot, the Amoy Gardens apartment complex, were more seriously ill than patients who acquired the infection elsewhere.

The Amoy Gardens patients are three times as likely to suffer early diarrhoea, twice as likely to need intensive care and less likely to respond to a cocktail of anti-viral drugs and steroids. Even medical staff who caught the infection from Amoy Gardens patients are more seriously ill, Yuen said.

Gut and lung

The comparison of the symptoms is continuing, says John Tam, a microbiologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "But at the same time we are studying the genetic sequences of the viruses involved in both outbreaks. The presence of a mutation leading to an altered tissue preference of the virus cannot be discounted at the moment," he told New Scientist.

The much higher rate of diarrhoea in Amoy Garden cases supports the idea of an altered tissue preference, meaning a viral strain that can attack the gut as well as the lungs.

This switch mirrors effects seen in several animal coronaviruses. A bovine gut coronavirus, with some genetic sequences similar to the SARS virus, can also cause severe pneumonia in cattle. And in the 1980s, a pig gut coronavirus suddenly mutated into a respiratory infection in pigs.

These switches involved mutations in the viral genes coding for the spike proteins, which form the protruding halo that gives coronaviruses their name. Luis Enjuanes and colleagues at Spain's National Centre for Biotechnology in Madrid have switched the pig virus from a mild respiratory infection to a virulent gut infection solely by changing the spike protein gene. Ominously, the gut form replicated much faster.

Pinning down

So scientists are likely to look for changes to the spike protein gene in the virus infecting Amoy Gardens patients. "It may require a lot of sequence work," Malik Peiris, of Hong Kong University, told New Scientist. But the complete genetic sequences of two virus samples isolated early in the SARS epidemic, now released by Canadian and US researchers, will make it easier to pin down any subsequent changes.

The fears of viral mutation came as the death toll from SARS reached 161, with nearly 3600 reported infections in countries all over the world. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially named the new coronavirus as the cause of SARS, based on work reported by New Scientist on 2 April.

And health officials have expressed further concern about the under-reporting of cases in China, where SARS originated. Officially, the capital Beijing has 40 SARS cases. But, after gaining access to two military hospitals, the WHO's Alan Schnur said: "I would guess the range would be between 100 and 200 probable cases in Beijing." In total, about a thousand people are under observation in the city.

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See also:

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) A Great Global SCAM
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/040603_sars_scam.html
(...) Indeed, people are dying from SARS. Yet, I diagnose this illness, by medical-sociological parameters, as a grotesque scam perpetrated for a greater purpose than simply fueling a multi-billion dollar "cottage health industry," as some analysts have written. Alternatively, I propose that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, may be best diagnosed by SARS's telltale dependence on the propaganda used to herald its presence, prompt hysteria, and broadly engage social and economic resources. In military intelligence circles this is called standard "psychological operations" (PSYOPs). I further suggest this fright's likeliest purpose is in facilitating evolving economic and political agendas that ultimately include targeting approximately half the world's current population for elimination. Much of this will be accomplished, not with SARS, but quite effectively and efficiently by the widely anticipated "Big One" discussed later on this website in a feature article written for the Associated Press by Emma Ross. This concept of a microbiological Armageddon is not new to most readers. "Experts" have been predicting the arrival of a super-plague for decades. What is HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS about the mysterious and terrifying arrival of SARS is its timing. It arrived virtually synchronous with the global war on terrorism, and the Anglo-American war with Iraq. This is pathognomonic (i.e., symptomatic and characteristic) of what is predicted and explained in the book, Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare http://www.healthyworlddistributing.com/detail.aspx?ID=3), a prophetically-titled text that predated the 9-11 attacks on America by several months, and provides a contextual analysis of this current condition and spreading plague of phobic deception. This work, and this SARS website, in essence, offers insight into the broad application of a new form of institutionalized "bioterrorism" consistent with state sponsored biological warfare. Saddam Hussein is said to have exposed populations in his and adjacent lands with biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction. These advancing infectious disease attacks in North America are sanctioned by medical-pharmaceutical and allied military industrialists. They complement the global "War on Terrorism," and bioterror-influenced culture, as additionally profitable, population-controlling, threats. (...) Why does the mainstream media continue to foretell of the expected arrival of the "Big One"-an influenza virus that will produce a super-flu that will kill billions of people, like the "Spanish flu" did between 1918-19, while totally disregarding the individuals, organizations, and laboratories that have labored to produce these weapons of mass destruction? Even the devastating Spanish Flu virus has been, literally, unearthed for further study and, do you suppose, deployment? (...) If the legions of recognized authorities herald the coming of the "Big One," why do the same persons disregard this author's publication of U.S. Government, National Institutes of Health, and National Cancer Institute documents showing that the U.S. Army's 6th top biological weapons contractor in 1969-1970 prepared mutants of influenza and para-influenza viruses recombined with acute lymphocytic leukemia viruses? In other words, how would you like to have a strain of the flu that spreads cancer by sneezing? Can you even rationalize the development of such a virus-lymphocytic leukemia that kills most victims in just a few weeks following airborne transmission? These have been shown clearly on page 452 of the national bestselling book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature, Accident or Intentional? (http://www.healthyworlddistributing.com/detail.aspx?ID=4) in circulation since 1996. A copy of this "menu" of infectious agents, potential biological weapons, listing several mutant recombinants involving flu viruses is posted below for your inspection. CLIP

SARS much more deadly than first estimated (April 25)
http://www.NewScientist.com
Analysis of the latest statistics on the global SARS epidemic reveals that at least 10 per cent of people who contract the new virus will die of the disease.




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