Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

Episode 7: Conspiracy Theories

Episode seven, hosted by Mike and Case, covers conspiracy theories from a skeptical perspective.

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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Helen Montgomery

First time watcher… One question about Aspartame. You do realize it is dangerous to some children? Read the actual warning label also, consider another sweetener: Cyclamates that were outlawed around the same time Aspartame was approved: using bogus “science” Interestingly, cyclamates are legal in most other countries in Europe and Canada. You can even buy it online, but shipping is expensive… Cyclamates have no warnings because they don’t cause seizures in susceptible children, like Aspartame does. So why are cyclamates outlawed by the FDA??? because Searle, is connected with Rumsfeld? who was politically powerful at the time they were… Read more »

Helen Montgomery

Here is additional infor: Although the FDA has stated that a review of all available evidence does not implicate cyclamate as a carcinogen in mice or rats cyclamate remains banned from food products in the United States. The petition is now held in abeyance (it is not actively being considered) though whether this is at the request of Abbott Labs themselves or because the petition is considered to be insufficient by the FDA is unclear. Cyclamate is approved as a sweetener in more than 55 countries: for example, the brand-name beverage sweetener Sweet’N Low, which contains only dextrose, saccharin, cream… Read more »

Mike Gillis

Helen, The very wikipedia article you linked disputes the very points you seem to expect it affirms. In its first section alone: “A recent medical review on the subject concluded that “the weight of existing scientific evidence indicates that aspartame is safe at current levels of consumption as a non-nutritive sweetener”.[3] The safety of aspartame has been the subject of several political and medical controversies, Congressional hearings and internet hoaxes since its initial approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974.” …..and in its discussion of the “safety controversy”: “The validity of these claims has been examined… Read more »

Mike Gillis has a page on Aspertame as well, with citations from the FDA, the British medical journal, the Lancet and others.


true conspiracy is true!


Multiple question marks are questionable.


Hi Helen,

Let’s not forget that the original claim by Dr Stanley Monteith (interviewed in the Jesse Ventura show) was that aspartame was a poison that affects fertility and harms every organ in the human body.

He also claims that there is scientific proof of this, but I couldn’t find any.

The “Conspiracy Theory” show is factually and ethically bankrupt.



…referring to Jesse Ventura’s show of course…



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