Aspartame - Anxiety, Depression
And Suicide Among Children

From Dr. Betty Martini

This information will help answer a lot of questions as to why so many children are depressed and committing suicide.
Two-thirds of the population and 40% of the children in this country are using products with aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful/Canderel, Benevia, E951, etc.). It is a neurotoxic drug, a deadly chemical poison, and masquerading as an additive.
The 50% phenylalanine in it as an isolate is neurotoxic and goes directly into the brain. It lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin. When you lower serotonin it triggers manic depression or bipolar, mood swings, anxiety, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations, etc. It also interacts with ALL antidepressants. In fact, it interacts with just about every drug used to treat the problems it causes. This is all discussed in the huge medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D. or 1 800 827 7991
The concern also in this country right now is obesity and diabetes. Aspartame is the cause of this in my opinion as it's a drug that makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight. See the protest of the National Soft Drink Association which is part of the congressional record - Also read Dr. Sandra Cabot's paper: Aspartame Makes you Fatter. The Trocho Study in l998 showed the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol in aspartame accumulates in the cells and damages DNA with most toxicity in the liver. When the liver is this toxic it is even difficult to lose weight. It also showed substantial toxicity in the adipose tissue or fat cells. If you want to get fat, NutraSweet is where its at.
Dr. Roberts who wrote the medical text and declared aspartame disease to be a global plague is a diabetic specialist. He says aspartame can precipitate diabetes, aggravates and simulates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve and can even cause diabetics to go into convulsions. It keeps blood sugar out of control and interacts with insulin.
So the epidemics of obesity and diabetes obviously are aspartame. Some schools want to remove pop machines which is wonderful but they think the obesity is coming from regular soda. Most of the obesity is no doubt coming from diet soda so when they say it's alright it just misinforms the public. Now American Water Stars wants to put aspartame water in the schools. It is a publicly traded company, new and is engaged in the beverage bottling industry. Their latest product is Hawaiian Tropic, an aspartame tropical drink. And they are using athletes to advertise this stuff and get it in schools. Go to and click on aspartame and read how aspartame causes an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with all cardiac medication, damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. The athletes no doubt are dropping dead for this reason. It is not the ephedra which is a wonderful product used for thousands of years. The cases were reviewed by Dr. John Olney, one of the most renowned neuroscientists in the world today and who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity. Read the ephedra story too on In one of the cases of supposedly reactions from ephedra in the FDA files some parent thought their son had a reaction because he didn't go to church and left his wife. This is the kind of stupidity the FDA uses to try and get healthful products banned so industry will get the profits as drugs. The FDA in this country has become an abomination. They know aspartame interacts with most drugs and is also a chemical hypersensitization agent so it interacts with other toxins and vaccines, fluoride, etc. Yet they do nothing. They only act when its a benefit to industry and something that harms consumer's ability to secure things needed for good health.
The point is if athletes push American Water Star's aspartame products they will use them, as well kids and schools. And little children are dropping dead along with young athletes. In the Daily Herald in Illinois on 2/10/2004, it said "The goal is to detect symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited heart disease that can lead to sudden cardiac death. It is a condition affecting roughly one in every 500 people and 90 per cent of sudden cardiac deaths involve young athletes." First of all, aspartame can trigger cardiomyopathy and there is an article about it on the web site of the World Natural Health Organization under aspartame. And while 90% seems a bit high as adult athletes as well as other consumers are also dropping dead, it makes an important point - athletes are at risk of death big time. Whoever heard of this and especially being in the news all the time before aspartame was approved. One recent cartoon showed defibrillators being distributed from a drive-in restaurant. As the Daily Herald said: "Many high schools have installed automatic external defibrillators to assist athletes who go into sudden cardiac arrest. And so many of the young are dropping dead from SCD there is even an organization called CRY about it. There is also an organization called SADD having to do with sudden death. True some cardiac problems can be inherited but few know aspartame can cause such things as cardiomyopathy, attributing to a lot of these deaths. Also, when athletes exercise they are depleting magnesium and if they only knew to use it, it would help protect the heart. But all athletes need to be warned - DO NOT TOUCH ASPARTAME (NUTRASWEET/EQUAL, ETC.) PRODUCTS IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE.
The American Water Star Company even has a product for grade school age children, Geyser Sport, sugarfree. This company needs to be investigated. Because they have made remarks against the anti-aspartame movement when questioned, it means they know about it and are marketing it anyway. Any new company checking on aspartame would know immediately of its toxicity. If you search aspartame on google it will bring up 225,000 and the first two are the Aspartame Toxicity Center, and which houses the Mission Possible records on this toxin including government records, the damning Center for Disease Investigation, 8 month investigation by United Press International and reports and articles from the world experts. There is the FDA report of 92 symptoms and even the FDA audit, the Bressler Report. Dr. Roberts and I both spoke to Jerome Bressler who wrote it and he said it was so bad that when the FDA retyped it they removed the 20% that was the most damning. Dr. Roberts asked his congressman to get it but, of course, the FDA refused to release it because it indicts them for covering it up. Now it becomes "confidential".
Today Mission Possible operations and activists are in 50 states and more than 22 countries of the world warning consumers off the toxin to save their life. There are aspartame detoxification centers throughout the US and a couple in other countries. There is a shelf of medical texts on the subject of aspartame toxicity and dangers. American Water Star, Inc. has to know what they are doing. They MUST BE INVESTIGATED NOW BEFORE THEIR PRODUCTS CAN CAUSE GREAT AFFLICTION. How important is it? Since aspartame can cause sudden death we must stop the "sweet demise" of our children by manufacturers who want to market this poison because they know its addictive and a cash cow. They have no concern it is destroying their brains. The methanol in aspartame is classified as a narcotic. The chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction.
Imagine for a moment that all children in school were using aspartame water; they would all be affected and it has been proven that most all using aspartame would show the effects of consuming the toxin. From Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D., page 504:
"The following experience of Dr. Miguel Baret Daniel in the Dominican Republic (personal communication, Nov 19, l999) underscores the adverse mental effects of aspartame in children:
"I have been working with a pediatrician giving nutritional support to children with diabetes. Since cow's milk has a specific protein that can cause diabetes, especially in children, I removed milk from the diet of 360 children studying in public schools in my country. These 360 children were not diabetic, but I removed the milk for prevention. The pediatrician started noticing that a considerable number were having what I call a kind of "brain allergy" - showing abnormal restlessness, lack of concentration, irritability and depression. In the beginning, I suspected it was happening because of the extreme heat we were having those days. But then the weather changed, and the situation didn't get better. So I took a look at their diet and discovered that ALL of them were drinking a lot of one kind of concentrated juice sweetened with ASPARTAME. They drank about 6 oz. twice a day.
"I talked to their parents, and asked them to impress upon the children that they should not drink that juice anymore for awhile. The results were as astonish. Their symptoms disappeared within 4-5 days in ALL of them!"
Dr. Baret Daniel also called me at the time this happened. He told me that when the kids went from milk to aspartame sweetened juice it was an incredible thing to see because almost all were afflicted with these problems. Had a few demonstrated these handicaps it would have been hard to find the trigger but since almost all developed the complications he knew it had to be aspartame. That was the only change made in the diet of the children. He got on the Internet and started researching and seeing that aspartame was known for causing the reactions he was seeing he knew he had found what he was looking for. He asked for more research and when he called again he said: "I had the children stop taking aspartame juice and in about 4 days all their problems had ceased and they returned to normal. How could this stuff be approved and allowed for children? "
Dr. Roberts has also said you must consider aspartame when you think of children killing children. And he said in his text with reference to depression and suicide that the following points warrant emphasis:
* An estimated ten percent of teenagers suffer significant depression. * The relation between "junk food" and depression in children seems convincing. * The superimposition of aspartame-induced emotional reactions upon existing social and medical problems among children and teenagers could have tragic consequences. * The rate of suicide among teenagers, especially white males, is increasing. This was underscored by the l986 annual Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report.
Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. has a lecture on and mentions the reactions to aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide. If you don't want your children consuming arsenic you certainly need to educate them not to use aspartame.
At this point we do not know if fluoridated water is being used in these plastic bottles, but fluoride does interact with aspartame as does the plastic bottles. In a discussion with Dr. James Bowen about this "Destruction Water" he said:
"The technologically advanced US military is having problems finding soldiers who can even correctly operate the weaponry. The reason for this is a 15% FALL IN THE AVERAGE high school graduate's IQ: Due to the ineffective, medically unsound immunization program, fluoridation of the water supply, and Aspartame. We have a whole new tier of diseases engendered by these neurological damaging agents. Prominent amongst these are the MtDna diseases like Diabetes, Autism and other "Pervasive Developmental Disorders." Many high school graduates now cannot correctly perform even basic math calculations!
Not only does Aspartame damage the immune system, but genetics also, especially the Mt DNA. This has resulted in an immense epidemic of CHz, "Chemical Hypersensitivity disease." This makes it difficult or impossible to learn in much of the indoor air, as in our schools, for example. The plastics which leach into bottled waters contribute to this Aspartame engendered problem. Banning pop machines is a step in the right direction, but replacing pop with plastic bottles of Aspartame water will mean only greater intake of Aspartame, and more plastic tainted water. The Schools need to educate, and provide a proper learning environment by protecting the students from all such agents, and having them drink pure water from fluoride free drinking fountains."
Let's turn things around. For a moment imagine all aspartame products removed from the schools and the children only consuming nutritious food. Like Dr. Baret Daniel's case where all children were consuming aspartame, this is an example where all kids were not consuming aspartame. It is often called Miracle in Wisconsin. The ADD people took the worst school in Wisconsin with the most learning problems and behavioral problems and removed pop machines and vending machines with all the junk and additives. Then they put "real food" in the schools. At the end of the program the worst school in Wisconsin became the best school with zero learning problems or behavioral problems. I believe the story is on the Safe Harbor web site.
Aspartame is also a teratogen and causes birth defects and mental retardation. Aspartame has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., wrote Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills about aspartame and MSG., His new book Health & Nutrition Secrets to Save Your Life reveals all the interactions, exposes lies from industry, and tells you how to get well and improve the immune system. It's a book hard to put down. His paper on what to do if you have used aspartame is on You will find it under the registry of articles.
The FDA once tried to get the manufacturer of aspartame indicted under Title 18, Section 1001, as they were lying and giving misinformation, etc. Today the FDA is guilty themselves of Title 18, Section 1001. The FDA did try to keep it off the market. Searle was not indicted because both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. They refused to approve it for 16 years but CEO of Searle was Don Rumsfeld, now Secretary of Defense. He said he would call in his markers and get it approved anyway. He was on President Reagan's transition team and the day after he took office he appointed Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner. No FDA Commissioner would ever approve aspartame but Dr. Hayes was there to do just that. So the FDA set up a Board of Inquiry of their best scientists and it was the decision of the Board that aspartame was not safe and caused brain tumors. They said to revoke the petition for approval as you will see in the summation on Dr. Hayes over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and then went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer and has refused to talk to the press ever since. He had accomplished what he was sent to the FDA to do. Rumor has it Dr. Hayes was paid by Burson-Marsteller $1000.00 a day, but I'm sure it can be checked out. What does an FDA Commissioner do in a PR firm? Perhaps send postcards home from Bermuda. Yes, Dr. Hayes was paid for his crime in allowing the marketing of a deadly chemical poison for human consumption.
Some years ago Fox news, Washington DC, went to Dr. Hayes home for a comment. He shut the door in face and told them to go back to the FDA. You can hear the audio of it on No doubt millions have perished from aspartame as it is a trigger of what Dr. Blaylock calls - creeping death, the neurodegenerative diseases. In original studies it caused brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, pancreatic and thyroid tumors - for starters. It is a Class A carcinogen and violated the Delaney Amendment as FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told congress in l985. The Delaney Amendment forbid putting anything in food you know will cause cancer. Now the Delaney Amendment has been conveniently repealed. Just who decided it was okay to put components in food that would cause cancer?? Dr. Gross' last words to Congress will always be remembered "And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?" Dr. Gross was the FDA toxicologist who wanted Searle indicted, as did FDA toxicologist Dr. Jacqueline Verrett who told congress all studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out.
There is no protector for the people, the reason for Mission Possible International, an unpaid global volunteer force alerting the public aspartame is a deadly chemical poison, a neurotoxic drug.
Millions of babies are murdered in their mother's womb by aspartame and the FDA and industry refuse to allow a warning for pregnant women. Dr. James Bowen says in Aspartame Murders Infants, "Aspartame is sold as NutraSweet and Equal and is in thousands of foods and diet drinks. At every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys, beginning with the gleam in Mom and Pop's eyes. It ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this, aspartame disrupts fetal development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future generations." And American Water Star would like school children drinking aspartame water. Dr. Roberts says in his text under cognitive problems that the deterioration of intelligence and learning skills in aspartame reactors is evidenced by slippage in school performance. "It may take a generation or longer to ascertain the full extent of this problem."
The symptoms and diseases triggered by aspartame fill a 1038 page medical text. Dr. Roberts talks about the high concentrations of phenylalanine in infancy can interfere with the synthesis of myelin. They inhibit specific ATP-sulfurylase activity within the central nervous system (Hommes l987). He says this issue is relevant to the simulation or aggravation of multiple sclerosis by aspartame. Of course, aspartame destroys the central nervous system and causes methanol toxicity. However, Dr. Roberts says its the whole chemical mess. The FDA actually allows a product to be marketed with free methyl alcohol. It's called insanity.
Cori Brackett is a woman who used lots of aspartame and was diagnosed by the Mayo Clinic as having MS, and with the largest lesion ever diagnosed in an MS patient at the clinic. Cori decided to do her own research and read the reports on She got off aspartame and walked out of her wheelchair. The lesion in her brain has now disappeared. She also made an aspartame documentary called Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. It can be pre-ordered now and those interested can contact me and I'll forward your information.
To tell you how serious these problems with aspartame are, Cori filmed Diane Fleming in a prison in Troy, Virginia. Diane Fleming is a sweet Sunday School teacher who helped the homeless. Her husband Charles was a body builder and played basketball about four times a week. He also was an aspartame addict using at least 10 diet drinks a day along with Metrex with aspartame, Equal and lots of prescription drugs, Gatorade and creatine. She tried to get him to cut down on things she thought dangerous but he told her "more is better". He paid with his life. When he died the police seeing the methanol poisoning on autopsy thought she poisoned him, even though she tried to help the police and she passed her polygraph with flying colors. In talking to one policeman yesterday, however, who was on the case he said: "I know Diane Fleming is an innocent woman. I've put a lot of people in prison and some were executed but I always knew I had gotten a killer off the sheet. I would not have allowed this innocent woman to be indicted but I was promoted and couldn't prevent it. How could I have ever slept if I had caused a guiltless woman to be imprisoned."
Diane is an aspartame victim herself because she was lied to by the FDA and industry and the professional organizations they fund and thought it was safe. She went through depression when she lost her husband and was put on Zoloft. Zoloft interacts with aspartame. So even at her trial she could show no emotion, she was drugged by the very same poison that killed her husband. I hope you are enraged when you read this. Diane thought she was so blessed by having a wonderful husband and happy life that she wanted to give something back. She taught the word of God, and she bought clothes for the homeless and helped them once a week in a hands on matter. Does the FDA know about this? Of course, they do and could care less. This doesn't effect the industry they are so loyal to. To them its just another victim and they have turned their back on the victims of aspartame disease. It was even mentioned in congressional hearings the FDA was getting so many complaints on aspartame they referred them to the AIDS Hotline to get rid of them.
I filed a Citizens Petition to ban aspartame based on the fact the FDA's records show it to be a chemical poison and they lie to the public. The FDA has 180 days by law to answer. It will be two years in June and their last letter said they have competing priorities. Translation: "Since we're guilty and you're right, we just won't answer and continue to serve above the law."
Then we have to deal with front groups who mislead the public which is a crime under Title 18, Section 1001. The Calorie Control Council, as an example is registered to the Aspartame page. Their lies are legend but recently they crossed the line of human dignity by writing the Miami Herald and saying aspartame is safe for pregnant women knowing full well it can kill the baby. They know the Trocho Study shows how much toxicity aspartame causes in the liver, so it can cause advanced liver disease. Yet they also said people with advanced liver disease can use aspartame. Even the FDA has a prohibition against those with phenylketonuria using aspartame because they can't metabolize the phenylalanine in aspartame. It can cause brain damage or even be fatal. Yet, Calorie Control Council also said people with PKU can use this toxin.
The interesting thing about aspartame is its toxicity is a matter of public record. If we don't know what a deadly poison can cause after over 20 years we're in bad shape. The CCC even said aspartame doesn't get in the blood stream when an aspartame manufacturer has shown that it can in their own study. As an example, in Aspartame, Physiology and Biochemistry, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, L.D. Stegink and L. J. Filer, Jr., l984 (Pro-industry, Significantly corporate Sponsored), on page 161 it shows this study by Ajinomoto, an aspartame manufacturer:
TISSUE DISTRIBUTION OF ORALLY ADMINISTERED ISOTOPICALLY LABELED ASPARTAME IN THE RAT Yoshimasa Matsuzawa and Yuichi O'Hara, Life Science Laboratory, Central Research Laboratories, Ajinomoto Company, Inc. Yokohama, Japan.
Page 162: RESULTS: Phenylalanine Moiety: "The pattern of distribution of (U-14CPhe) aspartame following its oral administration was very similar to that of (U-14C) phenylalanine after 0.5, 2.6 and 24 hr and 7 days. Thirty minutes after administration of these compounds, very high levels of radioactivity were observed in the lumen of the stomach and upper small bowel. Significant uptake of radioactivity was observed in the pancreas, gastrointestinal mucosa, hair follicles, salivary gland and liver. Radioactivity was observed in the kidney, adrenal gland, bone marrow, spleen and eye. Some radiolabel was observed in the pancreas, gastrointestinal mucosa, hair follicles, salivary gland and liver. Radioactivity was observed in the kidney, adrenal gland, bone marrow, spleen and eye. Some radiolabel was localized to the brain, spinal cord, heart, thymus, lung and testes."
In one of the original manufacturer's pivotal studies, a 52 Week Oral toxicity Infant Monkey Study (SC-18862) where 7 infant monkeys were fed aspartame, 5 had grand mal seizures and 1 died. The data revealed by this pivotal study submitted to FDA renders false the CC's assertion that aspartame does not enter the blood stream. Elevated levels of phenylalanine in the blood of monkeys fed medium and high levels of aspartame prove that the compound is absorbed in the blood stream. The brain seizures followed.
We must stop the disability and death to our children by this deadly poison. It's all a matter of public record and ANYONE who wants to see these records a lot of them are available on and and as well as other links. You can go to and get a CD of the ENTIRE Board of Inquiry saying aspartame is not safe and the petition for approval is revoked. It also contains Dr. John Olney's testimony to the Board of Inquiry telling them what would happen to the brains of our children if aspartame is approved. Unfortunately, that prophecy has been fulfilled. Also on the CD is the entire l985 congressional record with scientists and victims testifying on how deadly it is. If you read someone trying to get away with saying its safe it will be like a professional organization, like the ADA's who are funded by the manufacturer. Monsanto's media flacks are the dietitians. So many times when the news get out the dietitians will come to the defense of the manufacturer. Monsanto has sold NutraSweet but as Mohammed Ali once said "They can run but they can't hide".
On which is Mission Possible Canada you can read a new report on why these isolated amino acids in aspartame are so deadly. It has been written by Dr. James Bowen and Arthur Evangelista, a former FDA Investigator who acknowledges that aspartame is a deadly chemical poison.
Dr. Ralph Walton has written a report that is on on scientific peer reviewed research and funding showing that 92% of all independent studies not controlled or funded by the manufacturers of aspartame show the problems it causes. And he says if you eliminate 6 studies by the FDA because of the controversy (linked to industry) and one pro-aspartame summary, 100% of independent scientific peer reviewed studies show the problems aspartame causes. What more is necessary to prove how deadly this toxin is as the epidemics it causes skyrocket. And there is information on the flawed studies of industry and how they get away with it.
Our kids are getting a high on Listerine strips and having seizures. Pfizer doesn't care and no longer answers my mail. I guess they are making too much money. Walmart as well sells aspartame water as we continually get the complaints from the victims. They simply send back the propaganda even though they are told and told and told it is not valid and given references and medical texts, etc. that reveal the truth. Wrigley who we have written for years about the danger of aspartame in gum instead of removing it has put it in almost all their gums. When aspartame is buccal, and being a neurotoxic drug, works like nitroglycerin under the tongue, goes through saliva straight to the brain. And it causes so many seizures. Obviously Wrigley doesn't care.
Our kids are being medicated in school instead of educated, and if you read Dr. Olney's report to the Board of Inquiry of the FDA you will see what he said would happen to the brains of our kids has happened.
The Idaho Observer wrote the Diane Fleming story and you will also see it on, click on aspartame. They have also published the Artificially Sweetened Times which contains the story of Diane Fleming and more in order to help the effort. When 192 people dropped dead for no apparent reason the Idaho Observer wrote the Center for Disease Control a certified letter to investigate. They didn't even care enough to answer. Stay tuned for the new Artificially Sweetened Times which is continually being published to alert the public and get this poison off the market.
We ask that you pass this article on to the ends of the earth to help alert the public and stop this genocide. Help save the children! There are four aspartame support groups on line to help the victims.
Remember the words of Senator Abraham S. Ribicoff in l971: "The chemicals we ingest may affect more than our own health. They affect the health and vitality of future generations. The danger is that many of these chemicals may not harm us, but will later do silent violence to our children." In the case of aspartame it can affect anyone who consumes it because its poison.
Dr. Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible International, 9270 River Club Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097 770 242-2599 and



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