- Who knows more about the toxicity of aspartame than
the FDA. Their toxicologists, Doctors Adrian Gross and Jacqueline Verrett
strenuously objected to aspartame approval for 16 years. It wasn't just
that aspartame is not safe and in original studies triggered brain tumors,
seizures and all sorts of other tumors, it was that the manufacturer filtered
out what they didn't want FDA to see.
- (January 10, l977 in a 33 page letter, FDA Chief Counsel
Richard Merrill recommended to U.S. Attorney Sam Skinner that a grand jury
investigate Searle for "apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug
and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C.331(e), Act 18 USC 1001, for "their willful
and knowing failure to make reports to the Food and Drug Administration
required by the Act 21, U.S.C. 355 (i) and for concealing material facts
and making false statements in reports of animal studies conducted to establish
the safety of (aspartame)," The FDA called special attention to studies
investigating the effect of NutraSweet on monkeys and hamsters. ) Both
U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations
expired. Still the FDA kept saying loudly no - no - no!
- FDA's Jerome Bressler wrote the brilliant FDA audit,
the Bressler Report on http://www.dorway.com in regard to Searle's testing.
In speaking with Bressler he told me personally the studies were so bad
the worst 20% was removed by FDA when retyped. He also told this to Doctors
H. J. Roberts and Dr. Russell Blaylock. Dr. Roberts asked his congressman
to get the rest of the report from the FDA who promptly refused.
- In the incredible aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery,
A Poisoned World, from the very mouth of Attorney James Turner who assisted
the famed Dr. John Olney in trying to prevent approval came mind boggling
facts! Don Rumsfeld, currently Secretary of Defense, was CEO of Searle
and said he would call in his markers and get aspartame approved. To Rumsfeld
the fact the FDA said "no" meant only he would have to use politics
instead of science to get this neurotoxin approved, knowing full well it
would poison the public, causing in humans the injuries seen in lab animals,
brain tumors and seizures. He was on Reagan's transition team and the
day after Reagan took office Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed to approve
this toxin, since no former FDA Commissioner had been willing to do so.
- ASPARTAME WAS APPROVED BY PRESIDENTIAL ORDER
- President Reagan knew it would take 30 days to get Hayes
to FDA so he wrote an executive order making the outgoing FDA Commissioner
powerless to oppose aspartame. From the congressional record, Senate,
page S5497, May 7, l985:
- "Two FDA officials have told Common Cause Magazine
that Hayes was determined to push aspartame forward, in part as a signal
that the Reagan administration was ushering in a new regulatory era. One
official privy to some of the deliberations made at Hayes' level says the
"people at the top" were not receptive to important concerns
raised about the quality and validity of some of the key tests submitted
in support of aspartame."
- "There were real questions" about the reliability
and interpretation of the data "that were glossed over" at the
commissioner's level, this official says, adding that Hayes and his close
associates wanted FDA scientists to concentrate on providing rationales
for overturning the l980 Public Board of Inquiry instead of focusing on
the fact that there were unresolved issues about a number of key tests."
- John Hoey, M.D. in reviewing Marcia Angell's book, "The
Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About
It" (10/7/2004) says:
- "By Angell's account, the current slide toward the
commercialization and corruption of clinical research coincided with the
election of President Ronald Reagan in l980 and the passage of the Bayh-Dole
Act, a new set of laws that permitted and encouraged universities and small
businesses to patent discoveries from research sponsored by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). Research paid for by the public to serve the
public instantly became a private and salable, good, one that is producing
drug sales of more than $200 billion a year."
- Further, Dr. Hoey in discussing research commercialization
said: "The broader effects are felt in the commercialization of universities,
medical faculties, and our profession. In 2000, in a letter written in
response to Angell's Journal editorial, Is Academic Medicine for Sale?"
a reader supplied the answer: No. The current owner is very happy with
it. The increasing intrusion of industry into medical education and the
almost complete domination of continuing medical education (especially
regarding drugs) by the marketing departments of large pharmaceutical companies
are a scandal."
- When Arthur Hull Hayes got to the FDA a Board of Inquiry
was set up with the finest scientists FDA had. They declared: "
..the Board concludes that approval of aspartame for use in foods should
be withheld at least until the question concerning its possible oncogenic
potential has been resolved by further experiments. The Board has not
been presented with proof of a reasonable certainty that aspartame is safe
for use as a food additive under its intended conditions of use. "
- "ORDER: The foregoing constitutes the Board's findings
of fact and conclusions of law. Therefore, it is ORDERED that: (1) Approval
of the food additive petition for aspartame (FAP 3A2885) be and it is hereby
withdrawn. (2) The stay of the effectiveness of the regulation for aspartame,
21 CFR 172.804, is hereby vacated and the regulation revoked."
- --- This PBOI report on 9/3/80 was signed by Walle J.
H. Nauta, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Peter W. Lampert, M.D., and Vernon R.
Young, Ph.D., Member
- Dr. Hayes wouldn't take "no" because he was
there to get aspartame approved. As the Congressional Record continues,
Senate, S5497, May 7, l985: "Hayes decisions to approve aspartame
for use in dry foods such as cereals in l981 and soft drinks in l983 does
not square with the role of the FDA is supposed to play. The FDA is the
government agency that reviews and approves all tests submitted by companies
before allowing food additives on the market. The law requires a manufacturer
- in this case Searle - to prove to the satisfaction of the FDA that there
is a "reasonable certainty" that a food additive is safe. The
government does not have to prove that it is harmful - an important distinction.
If tests are inconclusive, an additive is not suppose to be approved by
- When Hayes finished his job to get a neurotoxic drug
on the market he hired on with the public relations firm, Burston Marsteller,
who represented NutraSweet, for $1000.00 per day as a consultant. Hayes
refused to talk to the press since. He had no excuse for approving a toxic
drug whose petition was revoked by FDA scientists. Hayes had full knowledge
that its a carcinogen in violation of the Delaney Amendment which forbid
adding carcinogens to food and drugs.
- WHEN FDA WAS PUSHED OFF ITS PEDESTAL: Imagine an intact
FDA which tried to do its job of protecting the public, having to proclaim
that a horrendous neurotoxic drug is safe. Would could FDA say when asked
if aspartame was safe? Could they say "we approved it but its poison"?
Probably the only thing they could say was "Ask us no questions and
we will tell you no lies." Even today when journalists ask the FDA
to comment on aspartame they say: "No comment. See our web site."
The web site is just lying industry propaganda. Beginning with Reagan
and Hayes the pharmaceutical cartel had the power to get approved the worst
drugs. FDA seemed to care not. Their bulletin, the FDA Consumer continued
to tout the safety of aspartame and letters to victims whose lives were
destroyed said aspartame was the most tested additive in history. Even
letters to congressmen lied and lied.
- Dr. John Olney knew what aspartame would do to the brains
of our children. and discussed it in his report to the Board of Inquiry.
In l999 Parents Magazine asked "What's Happening to our Children",
announcing that families all over America were experiencing so much depression
it was estimated that 1 out of 4 had contemplated suicide. The 50% phenylalanine
in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin,and can
trigger bipolar or manic depression, mood swings, paranoia, hallucination
and suicidal tendencies. So our children are medicated instead of educated.
Seventy per cent of consumers use aspartame and 40% of the children. Dr.
Olney's prophecy is fulfilled.
- To get a copy of the congressional record, Board of Inquiry
Report and Dr. Olney's Report to the Board of Inquiry on CD you can contact
Bob Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org. The web site would be www.greatfallspro.com
- Three congressional hearings were held by Senator Howard
Metzenbaum who wrote a bill to have independent studies done on the problems
from aspartame, effect on the fetus, behavioral problems in children, seizures
and drug interactions. The producers saw to it that the bill never got
out of committee. The last of the heros of FDA toxicologists Adrian Gross
and Jacqueline Verrett testified to no avail. Dr. Adrian Gross said without
a shadow of a doubt aspartame causes brain tumors and brain cancer, and
violates the Delaney Amendment. His last words were : "And if the
FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?"
- We are now taking case histories on brain tumors and
seizures starting in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Verrett said: "All
studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out."
Today's FDA is the handmaiden of the pharmaceutical/chemical cartel.
The revolving door is so busy they need a bridge for the traffic. I told
all this to Acting Commissioner Dr. Michael Friedman. He defended Monsanto
on 60 Minutes when Dr. Olney made world news about the aspartame brain
tumor association. Then Friedman hired as Vice President of Searle for
big bucks - crime pays well.
- In l986 the Community Nutrition Institute in Washington,
D.C. petitioned FDA to ban aspartame because so many were having seizures
and going blind from the free methyl alcohol in the drug. Aspartame is
sold as an additive but it's a neurotoxic drug. FDA law requires an additive
be inert or non-reactive. The medical text on aspartame disease lists
countless diseases and symptoms and drug interactions by the toxin.
- ASPARTAME DISEASE RAGES, INTERACTS WITH ALL DRUGS, VACCINES
- When aspartame was news, Dr. H. J. Roberts in a press
conference foretold that in 5 or 10 years we would have a global plague.
And it was Dr. Roberts who declared Aspartame Disease to be a global plague
and published the medical text in 2001, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic,
www.sunsentpress.com or 1 800 827 7991.
- His chapter on drug interaction goes into Coumadin, Dilantin,
antidepressants and other psychotropic agents, Inderal, Aldomet, hormones
and insulin. He says aspartame interacts with all cardiac medication and
even discusses drug reactions after the cessation of aspartame.
- In his general considerations he discusses that aspartame
may either reduce or potentiate drug action by various mechanisms. He
lists a few of the possibilities.
- * Alteration of the blood proteins to which drugs attach.
- * Alteration of drug receptors on cell membranes.
- * Changes in the sites at which impulses are transmitted
along nerves and to muscle.
- * Metabolic abnormalities in the elderly that are known
to enhance their vulnerability to drug reactions (Weber l986). This problem
increases in the case of persons taking multiple drugs ("polypharmacy")
prescribed by several physicians.
- * Interference with drug action by amino acids and protein.
An example is the erratic therapeutic effects when patients with parkinsonism
who were controlled on levodopa began to use aspartame products. The antagonism
of levodopa by dietary protein presumably reflects impaired transport from
serum across the blood brain barrier by neutral amino acids (Pincus l986).
- Dr. Roberts also discusses Lidocaine (Xylocaine) which
he says is an important drug used for local anesthesia and the treatment
of ventricular arrhythmias in intensive care units. Alterations of its
pharmacology by aspartame require study. He says: "Kim et al (l987)
reported that the intraperitoneal administration of aspartame significantly
reduced the 50% convulsion dose of lidocaine. They indicated that PKU
patients and asymptomatic PKU heterozygotes may be more sensitive to the
toxic effects of this and related local anesthetics."
- Today Dr. Roberts explained: "An interaction should
be suspect with virtually every drug if the patient is using aspartame."
- This goes along with conversations with Dr. James Bowen
who says because aspartame damages the mitocondria of the cell it will
interact with all drugs and as a chemical hypersensitization agent will
interact with vaccines, unsafe sweeteners like Splenda or sucralose ( chlorinated
hydrocarbon) and toxins.
- Dr. Bowen wrote about the biochemical interactions between
aspartame and other poisons including many pharmaceuticals illustrated
in Dr. Roberts medical text and said Dr. Mercola's web site has them as
well. Further he wrote: "Because aspartame in the processes of digestion
and metabolism, forms about ten other known severe poisonings, and intermediate
metabolites, it's potential for drug related interactions is immeasurable.
To top that off, the aspartame molecule is so heinously poisonous in different
ways that it never passed a single FDA standard toxicity test! So Donald
Rumsfeld, CEO of aspartame manufacturer Searle employed political power
to get it approved, after the FDA for 16 years refused to allow it on the
market because of aspartame toxicity. Then Reagan took direct executive
measures to paralyze FDA from further action against aspartame.
- Our FDA has never been the same since. Deadly chemicals
now being blessed by FDA are marketed as wholesome pharmaceuticals, are
just the tip of the iceberg, and result of Rumsfeld's damage to FDA. If
any concern whatsoever for human welfare still existed, aspartame would
be immediately pulled from the market! The reasonable FDA lawful standard
is that a chemical must pass all toxicity tests at one hundred times the
"maximum human dose," in order to pass as a food additive. What
the original tests showed is that at a dose of three cans of pop per day,
scaled to the weight of the animal, aspartame releases DKP, a recognized
virulent brain carcinogen. No other chemical causes the brain cancer rate
to jump as much."
- Dr. Bowen continues, "Aspartame is a known destroyer
of DNA. The mitocondrial DNA (MtDNA) is especially damaged, yielding the
present epidemic of diseases aspartame consuming mothers pass on to all
future generations. Aspartame also directly damages the mitochondria,
thus having a "double whammy" effect on mitochondrial function!
The summation of these many known severe toxicities and its immune, genetic,
mitochondrial, and metabolic damages, make clear that aspartame will not
only cause many diseases, which the FDA and CDC have already noted but
it has pathways of approach to interact adversely with every conceivable
pharmaceutical. My forth coming book: "Sweet Mystery in The Present
Darkness: Whatever Happened to We Scientists Who First Spoke Out Against
Aspartame?" will delve into all of this in greater detail and more
- The Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste wrote
in the spring of l996 the article: "The Rising Rates of Health Problems
- Is There A Toxic Connection? Stephen Lester.
- It might as well have been written about aspartame because
the diseases it lists are all ones that have been written about as triggered
by aspartame, from birth defects to chemical sensitives. Under the title
Cancer Lester says:
- "When has gone wrong with our way of thinking when
it is considered "normal" that 1 in 3 people get cancer? IT
IS NOT NORMAL.. Cancer is not a natural disease and even if it were, it
wouldn't be "normal" for cancer to claim the lives of 25% of
the population. " Again, one can only think of aspartame when in original
studies it triggered brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, thyroid
and pancreatic tumors and violated the Delaney Amendment. The Pharmaceutical
and Chemical cartel know aspartame violates the law, so one would ask is
that why the Delaney Amendment was repealed? When a law for the safety
of the public gets in their way of marking poison they simply do away with
- In June it will be 3 years since I petitioned the FDA
to ban aspartame because I have the FDA records and they lie to the public.
The law states they have 180 days to answer. Their letter to me states
they have more important things to do. So the FDA continues to recall
drugs that interact and leave the poison aspartame on the market. Aspartame
triggers an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with all cardiac Rx.
It damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. With
people dropping dead so fast that defibrillators are now sold over the
counter, they took the opportunity to pull ephedra (Chinese MaHaung )off
the market when an athlete died who was using Diet coke. Dr. John Olney
reviewed the FDA records on ephedra and found it to be safe. One attorney
said, "it wasn't Chinese Mahaung at all, but the drug that caused
some problems." So what does the FDA do, leave the drug on the market
causing the problems and snatches a safe supplement in their continuing
loyalty to the pharmaceutical cartel.
- MSG has an additive and synergistic effect with aspartame.
Is that why the glutamate industry used aspartame as their placebo, so
they could show that one excitotoxin does not react more than the placebo
when, in fact, the aspartic acid in aspartame is also an excitotoxin.
They started doing this before aspartame was approved, so it was well known
in the industry that aspartame would react. The records found in the FDA
files by Jack Samuels (www.truthinlabeling.org) who filed suit against
the FDA on labeling of MSG, showed the FDA had known all along and the
industry had been doing this for 25 years against the law. While the FDA
had to admit it was wrong they did nothing, again giving their loyalty
the glutamate industry.
- One can only remember the words of Dr. James Bowen to
the FDA over 18 years ago: "Aspartame is mass poisoning of the American
public and over 70+ countries of the world". What does it take to
save the people from this poison when government lies?
- Dr. John Hoey, writing about the book The Truth About
the Drug Companies says according to Angell, Pharmaceutical Research and
Manufacturers of America, the pharmaceutical industry's U.S. trade association
has "the largest lobby in Washington," which in 2002 employed
675 lobbyists (including 26 former members of Congress) at a cost of more
than $91 million. The result has been above-average growth in corporate
profits during both Republican and Democratic administrations.
- The most recent and perplexing lobbying effort caused
Congress explicitly to prohibit Medicare from using its huge purchasing
power to get lower prices for drugs, thus opening up a dollar pipeline,
in the form of higher drug prices, directly from taxpayers to corporate
coffers. These changes, along with the cave-in by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) in l997 that permitted direct-to-consumer advertising to bypass mention
in their ads of all but the most serious side effects, have further augmented
profits. The overall effect has been a corruption not only of science
but also of the dissemination of Science." No wonder new books keep
being published like Dr. Carolyn Dean's "Death of Medicine".
- Dr. Betty Martini
- Founder, Mission Possible Intl
- 9270 River Club Parkway
- Duluth, Georgia 30097
- 770 242-2599
- http://www.wnho.net and http://www.dorway.com
- New Aspartame Information List - click on banner on www.wnho.net
- Books on aspartame, including medical text, Aspartame
Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, www.sunsentpress.com or 1 800 827 7991 by
H. J. Roberts, M.D.
- Books on aspartame by Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D., www.russellblaylockmd.com
- Movie on aspartame - contact email@example.com
- Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World