- A dirty tricks campaign leads straight to the door of
a Monsanto PR company, says Jonathan Matthews in the launch of his new
- The journal Science reporting recently on how the Mexican
"maize scandal" was driving the battle over GM crops "to
new heights of acrimony and confusion", noted the part played by,
"widely circulating anonymous e-mails" accusing researchers,
Ignacio Chapela and David Quist, of "conflicts of interest and other
- These accusations surfaced first in late November on
the day of Nature's publication of Chapela and Quist's findings of GM contamination
of maize varieties in Mexico - the global heartland of maize diversity.
Samples of native criollo corn were found to contain a genetic 'switch'
commonly used in GM crops and one sample was even found to contain a commonly
inserted gene that prompts the plant to produce a poison. The results were
particularly surprising as Mexico banned the growing of GM maize in 1998,
and the last known GM crops were grown almost 60 miles from where the contaminated
maize was found.
- For the biotech industry this could not have come at
a worse time. Its efforts to lift the European, Brazilian, and Mexican
moratoria on GM seeds or foods were all coming to a head.
- Chapela and Quist came under immediate attack in a furious
volley of e-mails published on the AgBioView listserv. AgBioView correspondents
calling themselves 'Mary Murphy' and 'Andura Smetacek' claimed Chapela
and Quist's research was a product of a conspiracy with "fear-mongering
activists". The conspirators' aim, apparently, was to attack "biotechnology,
free-trade, intellectual property rights and other politically motivated
- These claims prompted a series of further attacks from
others. Prof Anthony Trewavas, for example, denounced scientists like Chapela
who had "political axes to grind". Trewavas demanded Chapela
be fired unless he handed over his maize samples for checking.
- This was not Trewavas's first controversial intervention
in the GM debate in response to material put into circulation on AgBioView.
Last October, for instance, Trewavas was named in the High Court as the
source of an anti-Greenpeace letter at the centre of a libel case. Trewavas
subsequently claimed that the letter originated on AgBioView.
- The last piece in question was posted by one Andura Smetacek,
who regularly posts vitriolic attacks on critics of the biotech industry.
In Smetacek's early posts, interestingly, repeated reference is made to
one particular website, CFFAR.org. Ostensibly, CFFAR - or the Center for
Food and Agricultural Research, to give it its full title - is "a
public policy and research coalition" concerned with "food and
fiber production." But despite links to CFFAR.org from the websites
of US public libraries and university departments, there appears to be
no evidence this organisation really exists.
- To judge by the frequent usage of words like "violence",
"terrorism", and "acts of terror", the real purpose
of the site is to associate biotech industry opponents with terrorism.
This mission is faciliated by fabricated claims. In its "vandalwatch.org"
section, for instance, CFFAR.org accuses Greenpeace of engaging in multiple
attacks on British farms. Greenpeace is accused of commandeering farmers'
tractors and crashing through fences in pursuit of farmers' families.
- The domain registration details for CFFAR.org show the
registrant to be one 'THEODOROV, MANUEL'. Among early signatories to a
pro-agbiotech petition launched by AgBioView list editor, Prof CS Prakash,
the following details can be found: NAME: emmanuel theodorou. POSITION:
director of associations. ORGANIZATION: bivings woodell, Inc. DEPARTMENT:
advocacy and outreach.
- What kind of "advocacy and outreach" do Bivings
Woodell, Inc., aka the Bivings Group, do? According to an article in the
Chicago Tribune, "The Bivings Group has developed 'Internet advocacy'
campaigns for corporate America since 1996... Biotechnology giant Monsanto
[is] among the Bivings clients who have discovered how to make the Internet
work for them."
- As part of its brief, Bivings designs and runs Monsanto's
websites and Theodorou is believed to have been part of Bivings' Monsanto
team. Mary Murphy would also seem to connect to Bivings. Or so it would
seem from the evidence of a fake Associated Press article on the bulletin
board of the foxbghsuit.com website. It was posted by "Mary Murphy
- Between them Smetacek and Murphy have had 60 or more
attacks published, often very prominently, by Prakash on the AgBioWorld
listserv. Prakash presents AgBioWorld as a mainstream science group reliant
on the support of individuals and philanthropic foundations. However, a
website design specialist who took a detailed look at the AgBioWorld site
reported that there appeared to be evidence that part of its content was
held on a Bivings' server. Furthermore, agbioworld.org, vandalwatch.org
and the Bivings'-designed thebivingsreport.com, all seemed to be the work
of the same designer.
- Perhaps it's time for Prakash to clarify where AgBioWorld
finishes and biotech industry PR begins. Come to that, the Royal Society
might like to tell us why Trewavas, one of its media advisors, seems so
keen to promulgate PR industry smears. And, finally, Monsanto needs to
explain how its much vaunted pledge to abide by principles of openness,
transparency and respect tallies with a dirty tricks campaign.
- From Betty Martini
- Dear Dr. Tyron and Bonnie,
- This article is very timely because it explains what
went on with the post you have and the way Monsanto uses PR, front groups,
- I lectured for the World Environmental Conference some
years ago. I actually wrote the post you have to Dr. Rivner who headed
a list of neurologists after I had returned. The post was put on web.
Then somebody by the name of Nancy Markle published it under her name,
changing the title. Someone in the UK saw it and sent it to a global networker,
Shoshanna Allison. She had just gotten a divorce because aspartame had
shattered their marriage. Her husband developed lupus from aspartame,
ballooned up to 400 lbs and had the usual mood swings. She didn't want
it to happen to anyone else so she took my post and put it on 450 global
networks and it made world news overnight. It was unbelievable how many
calls came in and still come in about it. People called from countries
in languages I couldn't understand. It didn't take long for anyone to realize
I was the author by simply doing a search on the Internet.
- I removed call-waiting from the phone because I couldn't
talk to two people at once, and the phone would ring every two minutes
as soon as you put it down and went on like that for months. Plus radio
stations were calling constantly and you couldn't be interrupted during
a broadcast. We have a Mission Possible list that has the world experts
on aspartame, and it showed the physicians how epidemic Aspartame Disease
really is the world over. We started more Mission Possible operations
from Mission Possible Romania to Mission Possible Indonesia. Four support
groups were set up for the sick and disabled. Because Monsanto, the FDA
and the professional organizations funded by industry were putting out
propaganda that aspartame is an additive and safe, physicians were unable
to diagnose their patients, and they went from doctor to doctor. Many
of them died because nobody could help them.
- Monsanto could not put the fire. A person on aspartame
had put to read the post to see their symptoms and finally understand why
they were so sick. Calls came from victims in tears who told horror stories.
Since aspartame destroys the central nervous system and mimics MS, many
people had been misdiagnosed as having MS. And many people who read the
post in wheelchairs, got off aspartame and walked away well. Front groups
were set up on the Internet to try and persuade the people it was a myth
but it didn't work. Even people who didn't know I was the author simply
decided if they were so sick, it wouldn't hurt to get off the toxin and
see what happened. The blind began to see again. Mary Reiff who was on
Texas TV with me a couple of years ago had a grand mal seizure while driving
and had an accident, and she was declared eventually legally blind. After
getting off aspartame the seizures stopped and eventually by the time we
were on the Debra Duncan Show her vision had been restored. People who
suffered horrific, agonizing joint pain got off aspartame and could walk
again. And, of course, these people made thousands and thousands of more
copies. The professional organizations funded by NutraSweet (Monsanto)
went to their defense. Still thousands got off NutraSweet and got well
and told others.
- Even respectable institutions like Mayo Clinic put false
information on their web site. Giving them the correct information I couldn't
understand why they didn't change it until I read who funded the misinformation
web site - and it was Searle. Searle was the original manufacturer of
aspartame and Monsanto bought them in l985.
- So their are many organizations who pimp poison for a
price. In order to warn the victims off the poison they have to close
the diamond mine, and presented with saving the lives or continuing to
accept bribes they elect to sacrifice the people. Those responsible to
solve the problem ARE the problem.
- Finally, knowing the world now knew about aspartame's
toxicity, even in the jungles of Africa, Monsanto sold the NutraSweet Company
dividing it into several pieces, to Ajinomoto, their Siamese twin, another
aspartame manufacturer, Childs in Boston, Michael Dell of Dell Computers,
and an investment firm of Monsanto managers. But like Mohammed Ali once
said: "They can run but they can't hide". We are now taking
case histories for class action on aspartame starting with brain tumors,
seizures, blindness and eye deterioration. I hope in the end they will
take them all.
- These monsters knew before aspartame was ever approved
what would happen to the population. If you go to www.dorway.com you
can read the Secret Trade Information which was voluntarily submitted during
Congressional Hearings. You will notice in the last paragraph they say
they have to consider almost complete conversion to DKP, the brain tumor
agent, and if they tell the FDA they won't approve it. so they knew people
would come down with brain tumors and they didn't care, they wanted it
approved. They knew it was an addicting (methanol classified as a narcotic)
neurotoxic drug, and would be a cash cow.
- In l983/84 Searle decided to find out just how much aspartame
could humans tolerate. They sacrificed people in 6 countries to do studies
in poor villages. The studies showed in 18 months that aspartame destroyed
the brain and the central nervous system which we already knew from post
marketing surveillance reports. People developed all kinds of brain tumors
as well as seizures. The pregnant woman lost her baby and disappeared
according to the study. Aspartame hardened the synovial fluids which helped
us to understand why aspartame victims suffer such agonizing joint pain
often diagnosed as fibromyalgia, a diagnostic wastebucket. A new study
at the University of Florida shows that eliminating excitotoxins, aspartame
and MSG, eliminates the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Some people died in these studies. Searle finding out that aspartame
was a killer did not publish the studies and in l985 sold to Monsanto.
- Never does a day pass that I don't get calls about this
post that made world news. It also went to media the world over and articles
were written around the world. Nobody ever found Nancy Markle although
as people got well they wrote songs about her, and on some web sites you
would see notes - "please write home Nancy Markle". I believe
she lives in England because she wrote the Ecologist using my home address
telling them to contact Mission Possible. I explained to the Ecologist
and they did their own investigation of aspartame and its on www.dorway.com
titled Sweet Talking! When I lectured in England we broadcast for Nancy
Markle as I did radio interviews but to no avail. Shoshanna Allison has
now been dubbed Paula Revere for firing the shot heard around the world.
- I wrote the story for the Disinformation web site, they
were going to put it in a book called "They Lied To Us". However,
they put it on their web site instead and we have it on www.dorway.com/nomarkle.html
and its titled Update World Environmental Conference. I suspect the post
has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and was the beginning
of the end for Monsanto. Monsanto eventually merged with Pharmacia Upjohn,
trying to get rid of their bad name. It was changed to Pharmacia after
we started calling them PU.
- Today, no one can even question the medical information
in the post as its now all been documented in the new medical text on the
global plague of Aspartame Disease by H. J. Roberts, M.D., Aspartame Disease:
An Ignored Epidemic, www.aspartameispoison.com or www.sunsentpress.com
or 1 800 814 - 9800 1038 pages, 8 1/2 by 11 on the symptoms and diseases
triggered by this deadly neurotoxin. There is a chapter on Multiple Sclerosis
or Aspartame Disease?, behavioral and psychiatric problems, diabetes, brain
tumors, seizures, infertility, male sexual dysfunction, drug interaction,
birth defects, Parkinson's, Lou Gehrigs, Desert Storm Syndrome, ADD, autism,
and even the implications of marketing a chemical poison for human consumption
including the cover-ups. Every physician in the world needs a copy, it's
the only way he can diagnose Aspartame Disease. Many victims getting well
have said one day Aspartame Disease may be called Roberts Disease.
- Dave Rietz, webmaster of www.dorway.com likewise is
a victim. He went to 21 physicians who could not diagnose his agonizing
joint pain. He eventually built on to his home and put in a Jacuzzi because
it was too painful to walk. Eventually he got on the Internet and saw
the FDA report of 92 symptoms and realized it was aspartame causing his
problems. He got off of it and the joint pain disappeared. He set up
www.dorway.com as a DORway to Discovery, saying he was paying back to
the Internet what the Internet gave back to him - his life. He still suffers
from Prostate cancer. World famous toxicologist, Dr. George Schwartz wrote
a paper on aspartame and prostate and mammary tumors. In original studies
aspartame triggered brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, thyroid
and pancreatic tumors, as well as grand mal seizures.
- There are some particularly serious problems all physicians
should know about. Aspartame damages the cardiac conduction system and
can cause sudden death. It also interacts with cardiac medication and
patients can go into complete heart block or cardiac arrest. It is also
a chemical hypersensitization agent and interacts with vaccines and other
toxins and additives. Since vaccines have been known to trigger autism
and aspartame can trigger autism babies don't have much of a chance, especially
if their mothers are not warned not to use aspartame while pregnant. Read
these reports on www.dorway.com
- Aspartame Murders Infants by James Bowen, M.D. Aspartame
and Pregnancy and Small Children by H. J. Roberts, M.D. Testimony before
congress by Louis Elsas, M.D., pediatric professor, Emory University.
- All physicians should also have in their library, Excitotoxins:
The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. www.amazon.com
It was the famed Dr. John Olney, who founded the field of neuroscience
called excitotoxicity. He did the studies on aspartic acid in l970 and
found out it causes lesions in the brains of mice. He told Searle but
they did not tell the FDA until after it was approved. Aspartic acid which
is 40% of aspartame is an excitotoxin. Dr. Blaylock explains on the back
of the book this is a product that literally stimulates the neurons of
the brain to death causing brain damage of varying degrees.
- If you want ot read some of the horror stories you can
go to www.holisticmed.com/aspartame , the Aspartame Toxicity Center. We
have four support groups on line and there are now five Aspartame Detoxification
Centers in the United States and one in Canada.
- Bonnie, I need to know which is the correct email, rosenet.com
or net. I'm sending this to both.
- Below this note is an excellent article on Monsanto PR,
and you will understand about the front groups on the Internet and people
paid to lie for industry, and those paid to pimp poison for a price.
- You will see my invitation to speak for the World Environmental
Conference and my correspondence with Dr. Gaylord who gave the keynote
address on www.dorway.com
- If I can help you further please let me know. We do
have these four support groups on line for victims. In Dr Roberts medical
text there is a chapter on detoxification and how to treat a patient who
has used aspartame. There is also a detox page on www.dorway.com and
Newton Labs has made an antidote to try and pull some of the formaldehyde
out of the body. There is also a page on pre-embalming in the medical
text. The Trocho Study shows that the formaldehyde converted from the
wood alcohol accumulates in the cells and damages DNA. A new study in
Norway shows that aspartame destroys the brain which, of course, we knew,
especially in the areas of learning. This accounts for the global epidemic
- Sandra Cabot, M.D., Mission Possible Australia, has a
book on cleansing the liver on www.dorway.com with recipes that are very
helpful. Be sure to read Dr. James Bowen's paper on how aspartame triggers
steato hepatitis, as well as his article on male sexual dysfunction. This
is why so many are on Viagara.
- I will send you an email from a former U.S. Attorney
writing these misinformation sites to cease and desist from putting out
lies. This is against the law under Title 18, Section 1001 and the Justice
Department has been notified. I doubt Mr. Ashcroft, Attorney General,
will do anything about it as he received a lot money from Monsanto and
is from St. Louis their home town. But they have been reported just the
same. Be sure you read the UPI investigation and you will understand the
fiasco of aspartame approval and how Searle went so far as to even threatening
physicians to prevent studies on aspartame. And, of course, read on below
my signature this excellent article on how industry misinforms the public.
- All my best,