NutraSweet and Equal are two of the common commercial names that use Aspartame, which was approved for table use by Arthur Hayes Jr. under President Reagan in 1981. After full approval for use in solutions in 1983 Hayes quit the FDA and went to work for NutraSweet’s public relations firm of Burson, Marsteller. Over the years it has been revealed to be the main cause of the Gulf War syndrome and, according to H.J. Roberts, M.D., it can cause decreased vision, pain in the eyes, decreased tears, ringing in the ears, hearing impairment, headache, dizziness and un-steadiness, confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, sleepiness, slurring of speech, numbness and tingling, tremors, depression, irritability, aggression, anxiety, insomnia, phobias, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, itching, hives, menstrual changes, weight gain, hair thinning and hair loss, urinary burning and frequency, excessive thirst, fluid retention, bloating, increased infection and even death. It can also mimic epilepsy, brain tumors, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, Graves’s disease, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and heart ailments. If this is not enough, those who take aspartame sweetened soft drinks anticipating it will assist with weight reduction weigh several pounds more than those people who consume the already bad conventional sugar sweetened pops.