“Sweet Misery” unveils one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence in the history of the industrial revolution: the “revolving doors” practices between the FDA and powerful corporations such as Monsanto-subsidiary, Searle.

Upon detailed examination of the process for approving aspartame by the FDA, the film connects Donald Rumsfeld, once the United States Secretary of Defense, to the scene of the crime. Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of Searle, was part of President Ronald Reagan’s transition team when the FDA’s board of inquiry was overruled by Arthur Hull Hayes, the newly appointed FDA Commissioner, allowing the marketing of aspartame as a food additive.

“‘Sweet Misery’ has the right mix of political intrigue and corporate deception,” says Brackett. “It is yet another example of multi-national corporations’ disregard for the individual.”

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).

Long-term use can create a ticking time-bomb for a large array of neurological illnesses, including (but not limited to) Brain Cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Graves Disease, Chronic Fatigue, MS and Epilepsy.

 Documentary Hits Home:

In November of 2001, Cori Brackett, co-owner of Sound and Fury Productions, unaware of any controversy surrounding artificial sweeteners and had been a heavy consumer of diet soda, began experiencing a tingling sensation in her hands and feet. 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 this documentary, “Sweet Misery”.


*Length of Video is about an hour and a half.

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