Aspartame is a highly addictive mind-rotting artifical sweetner which is known to cause brain cancer, headaches and seizures. It has gained popularity as an alternative to sugar, particularly in diet soda products. It was first invented in 1965 by the G. D. Searle & Company. This company was purchased by Monsanto in 1985, including it's aspartame product which was branded as NutraSweet. Robert B. Shapiro✡ a Jewish businessman from New York City had worked for G. D. Searle and when it was bought by Monsanto was the CEO of NutraSweet. The FDA which had previously rejected aspartame, approved it in 1983.