I came across Victoria Inness-Brown's research a while ago when I was researching the effects of aspartame. I believe I found her site through Dr. Janet Starr Hull, another health expert whose newsletter I subscribe to who is also against aspartame.
Victoria is everywoman. She calls herself a citizen journalist. Like the scientists of old, she doesn't have a fancy degree. What she does have is a lot of common sense. She set up a good experiment using rats. Genetically they were similar. She include a test group and a control group. She fed the test group liquid aspartame, within the dosage the FDA has deemed "acceptable." Although it's the same as drinking about 13 cans of diet soda per day, if you have a big 2 liter bottle in your fridge or you drink Crystal Light in the morning, a diet cola at lunch, a diet cola in the afternoon and more when you get home from work, you're probably drinking about that much or just slightly less. How do I know that? Because that's what I did for YEARS, from the time I was about 14 years old until I was in my 20s. I discovered that aspartame was giving me the "irritable bowel syndrome" and potential Crohn's disease the doctors were always cluck-clucking about when I made appointments to see them. It was neither disease. It was aspartame poisoning and a severe sensitivity to all the chemicals in diet colas.
Victoria's experiment showed that a huge number of rats drinking this much aspartame developed cancerous tumors. The pictures are absolutely shocking.
Do you know what the best thing is about this experiment and Victoria, "citizen journalist"?
Anyone with time and motivation can replicate her results. You don't need a fancy laboratory or a PhD to run her experiment. You need a couple of cages, a bunch of rats, and some money to feed the rats and pay a veterinarian to do the necropsy. You need to put in the time to feed them, clean their cages, and record your study.
And that's it. That's why I love Victoria Inness-Brown, super woman and citizen journalist.