found out about Diane Fleming when her friend, Betty Rickmond, contacted
me about 14 years ago. No one knew how her husband died from methanol
poisoning and then she saw the information on aspartame breaking down
to free methyl alcohol. There have been quite a few cases.
Here is one for understanding: http://www.rense.com/general74/deatjb.htm
Finally, Dr. Carol Gebert comes along and helps with the Innocence Program.
Diane has a pro-bono attorney, Paul Bohnet, and all asked was
to retest the Gatorade that allegedly contained methanol,
the reason being he had used three times the amount of creatine and
it breaks down to methylamine, similar to methanol. What's the
big deal about doing a simple test. Does not the Court in Virginia
want to know if an innocent woman has been in prison for 15 years and
may have to spend another 15 years wrongly accused?
Dr. Gebert was found not credible because she had had a reaction
to creatine herself and wanted a documentary done on the issue and was
considered bias. Her work was pro-bono. What has that got to do
with anything? Mission Possible World Health Intl has been warning
people off aspartame for almost a quarter of a century. As founder
I never knowingly used the poison until a recent hospitalization when
I was given drugs with it and stopped breathing. Would I be disqualified
because I wrote an article about it to warn others so it wouldn't happen
to them? How foolish.
I sent the report to Dr. M. Alemany who did the Trocho Study:
This showed the
formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalmed living
tissue and damaged DNA. The aspartame industry tried to assassinate
his character for getting out the facts. I met Dr.
Alemany in Barcelona and he told me aspartame would kill 200 million
people. He wrote about the report:
"In my opinion Dr. Gebert testimony was clear and well elaborated.
She suggested to carry out a very easy test, and was refused that because
she was found "not credible". Her scientific credentials were
"tainted" by her right to express an opinion (the US Constitution
is valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia?). Her data were also clear
and perfectly provable, giving a probable cause for an unbelievable
mishap of bad analytical procedures, lack of knowledge and triumph of
bureaucracy: "here we do things this way, nobody will change that".
Dr. Grey's testimony was that, grey, she did not run standards of
methylamine. It is as simple as that: repeat the GC (gas
chromatography) head-space analysis comparing the time of flame for
separate samples of pure methylamine and methanol in water,
separately or together. The method used could not distinguish between
both compounds, and the idea of concentration in headspace
measurements depends on the compound used, thus, standards of
methanol would not give the same levels (but may coincide in the time
of separation) than methanol. I suggest that this simple test be done
using the ancient HS-GC method used in the first run, using pure
compounds. No need to look for the preserved proofs. If there is a
coincidence, then, a big hole has opened on the narrative of Dr.
Gray. Probably she tested methylamine too (probably later, just to
know or to gain further kudos. The fact that she didn't mention it
may be an indication of coincidence (and a felony). Her assumption
that the proofs should be "evaporated" was based on pure
speculation (but was immediately considered the Words of Wisdom by
the Court), different plastics let some compounds cross them (i.e.
oxygen), but to evaporate all the methanol in a glass washing fluid
is perhaps too much. Alternatively, why are the proofs stored? if
they cannot be accessed for retesting.
"In my opinion, an
analysis via GC-MS was available and would have shown clearly a
different ionic breakup for methanol and methylamine. This was not
used not for lack of precision (this is an insult to those using this
technique) but probably because of its higher cost and the
possibility of proving the expert no so. The dismissal of the other
Scientists opinion was, also, unjustified, since in both cases they
declared correctly and what they said made sense to me. I believe
that the key is the lot of lies and half truths presented by the
Court only person with experience, knowledge and inner understanding
of the clogs of the system.
Dr. Mari Alemany
de Nutrici Bromatologia
Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de
Av. Diagonal, 643; 08028 Barcelona. Espanya/ Espa
tel. +34934034606; fax. +34934037064; e-mail:
readers of this report I would like to ask for you to be a jury
for awhile. When a physician diagnosed methanol
poisoning he told Diane to call the police which she did. When
the detective arrived she went to the fridge and said, "Here is
the last thing he drank, some Gatorade." Keep in mind
the Gatorade was taken from the fridge. This particular week
their son, Jeff, was graduating from high school and Diane' parents
had arrived from another state to join the occasion. If you
were going to poison your spouse would you select such a time when
anyone wanting something to drink could have also used the Gatorade
including Diane and her children and her family?
when Diane was to be interviewed for the documentary, "Sweet
Misery: A Poisoned World", www.sweetremedyradio.com
I decided to call the detective Diane helped trying to find the
reason for his death. He said, "Diane is innocent. I
would have stopped the indictment but at that time I was promoted and
couldn't. I have sent people even to death row but I couldn't
live with myself if an innocent woman went to prison."
The police refused to indict her and she was indicted
by a grand jury. Why? Diane says during the trial her
mother-in-law who rarely ever saw her son because they were far from
close had told the court she saw him frequently which was not true.
Then she kept calling asking for Diane's indictment because she
wanted her only grandchild and the insurance. Diane was indicted by a
grand jury. There is an old lawyer's joke, that a grand jury
would indict a ham sandwich.
The prosecution had
heard from their toxicologist about the Gatorade and said "there
wasn't enough methanol in all four bottles to kill Fleming."
He also said one-third of one bottle at the concentrations
determined could not have been the cause of the man's death, yet
Fleming had methanol poisoning. If that report had been read in
court Diane would never have been convicted. There was such a
The police had found in the garage a
bottle of windshield wiper fluid but it was sealed and never had been
opened. The only fingerprints were those of the police.
Also, Diane was so upset about being indicted her
physician had put her on Zoloft and she, too, was using aspartame.
This would make her like a zombie. Since there was no evidence
at the trial the jury was re-polled and asked why they found her
guilty. They said because she could show no emotion, so they
were asked if they had known Diane was drugged would they have come
to the same conclusion. The answer was "probably not".
Diane was also using Talwin for back pain as she is
disabled. Psychiatrist Ralph Walton, M.D. wrote about all these
drugs and said: Talwin
is a potent narcotic analgesic, with significant potential for
adverse central nervous system effects. Zoloft is a so called
selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, increasing the availability
of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Aspartame has an impact on the
synthesis of both indoleamines and catacholamines. We thus have 3
agents all with the potential to substantially alter brain chemistry.
Although not specifically contraindicated, co-administration in my
opinion substantially increases the risks of adverse effects as
compared to the risks of any of the agents alone.
for years had warned her husband about using all these dangerous
products. He used creatine and at three times the
amount. She told him so and he said, "more is better".
It was the first time he used it and many times you can get what is
called a creatine blast. In fact, Dr. Al-Bayati, a
toxicologist, did research and thought it was the creatine. On
national TV Dr. Al-Bayati said "Nobody killed Charles Fleming,
he killed himself."
So, jury at this point
do you believe this Sunday School teacher who took 3 lie detector
tests and passed, called the police and gave them the drink he used
last, and who the detective said was innocent, was guilty? Of
As the years passed more and more
information became available. For instance, I checked out the
GNC patent on creatine and found aspartame in it. So, I put the
info on my lists. One day a man from GNC called me upset that I
had told the public about aspartame being in the creatine. He
said, "Aspartame has been in creatine from the beginning, but
you didn't have to tell anyone." He insisted it was in a
small amount but remember Charles Fleming used 3 times the amount of
creatine. Naturally the aspartame breaks down to free methyl alcohol
but as the prosecution's toxicologist said, it was not enough to kill
Charles Fleming. Or, was it the methylamine that broke down
from the creatine. How will we know if we are not allowed to
have it tested?
Charles Fleming also drank
8 or 10 diet drinks a day with aspartame. He used Metrex and
other products also with the toxin in it. According
to the late Dr. H. J. Roberts who wrote the medical text, "Aspartame
Disease: An Ignored Epidemic", www.amazon.com,
the free methyl
alcohol in aspartame is classified as a narcotic, causes chronic
methanol poisoning, affects the dopamine system of the brain and
causes the addiction. Fleming was very addicted. The
autopsy report showed chronic and acute methanol poisoning.
Dr. James Bowen explained how methanol levels in
the blood rise. He said:
after longer aspartame usage does liver damage cause blood methanol
levels to measurably rise because the liver mitochondria are so
damaged that the liver no longer quickly processes either methyl or
ethyl (drink) alcohol. Then the acute methanol poisoning is directly
measurable from lab results, as the blood methanol level elevates.
This entire sequence or "toxic axis" begins with your very
first dose of aspartame. Both acute and chronic poisonings from this
methanol toxic axis, and other additive and synergistic aspartame
poisonings, steadily accumulate in the aspartame consumer.
FDA did no NOAEL on methanol. Without it you cannot set an ADI,
allowable daily intake. Its 44% too high. Charles Fleming had been
using aspartame for at least the 10 years he was married to Diane.
He also drank 2 to 4 drinks of alcohol with diet pop.
sent the autopsy that showed acute and chronic methanol poisoning to
aspartame experts and several said they believed it was aspartame.
Dr. Roberts wrote this affidavit:
REGARDING CHARLES AND DIANE FLEMING, AND DEATH FROM ASPARTAME
H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
by H. J. Roberts, M.D.
25 April 2004
was redone by a legal format given by Legal Research but its about
Fleming Died From Aspartame Poisoning, Not Murder - MD7-8-3
From H. J. Roberts, M.D.
Regarding Charles And Diane Fleming, And
Death From Aspartame
H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Palm Beach, Florida 33405
AFFIDAVIT OF JULY 7, 2003:
Charles & Diane Fleming
Mrs. Betty Martini
9270 River Club Parkway
Dear Mrs. Martini,
I have read both the details
you have supplied about the death of Charles Fleming and the
imprisonment of his wife Diane for alleged methyl alcohol (methanol)
poisoning, and the autopsy report signed by the pathologist and
toxicologist involved in the case.
On the basis of the
prodigious amounts of aspartame products he consumed and the finding
of a severe fatal metabolic acidosis, coupled with a high
concentration of methanol in the blood and no other reasonable
explanation, I concur with the cause of death as methanol poisoning -
in this case due to considerable methanol consumption in the form of
aspartame products. I have devoted more than two decades to the study
of aspartame disease, which I so named, and have published
extensively thereon in the form of more than two dozen published
articles and letters, and five books. I detailed the free methanol
content of such products and the considerable pharmacologic and
clinical consequences thereof - including addiction and probable
death. An extensive chapter is devoted to this subject in my recent
1000 page text, ASPARTAME DISEASE: AN IGNORED EPIDEMIC. (A brochure
is enclosed; bibliography furnished on request.) If the facts about
this case that have been reviewed are correct, it is my firm opinion
that Diane Fleming should be immediately freed from wrongful
imprisonment to rejoin her family. Furthermore, the FDA should be so
advised by the court, and recommend that aspartame products be
labeled as an imminent health threat, and either so labeled or
removed from the market.
Hyman J. Roberts,
State of Florida
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of July,
2003 by Hyman J. Roberts, M.D., FACP, FCCP who is personally known to
Cari L. Presnal
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Dr. Roberts was so emphatic about getting Diane
released he offered the medical examiner, Dr. Marcella Fierro,
a conference call at her convenience to prove it. She continued
to cancel appointments until the main meeting was set up with Diane's
attorney and the prosecutor. Dr. Fierro appeared but
again refused to speak to Dr. Roberts saying no peer reviewed report
existed on aspartame and methanol, yet was holding the report by Dr.
Monte in her hands. Since this time Dr. Woodrow Monte has written a
book on the methanol in aspartame titled: "While Science
Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills", www.whilesciencesleeps.com
You can read the
last chapter free on his web site having to do with aspartame and
In Chapter 3 he writes: "In the last fifty
years I have witnessed the science of toxicology devolve from a noble
endeavor dedicated to helping save lives to a to a tool of industry
used to facilitate and justify the proliferation of poisons for
profit. Nowhere in the literature is this better portrayed than
in the vanity publication "Aspartame", a book funded and
distributed by Searle. Lewis Stegink and L. J. Filer from
the University of Iowa College of Medicine were remunerated by
Searle to edit and contribute to the treatise, which featured
chapters authored, for pay, by many of the professional members of
the Iowa State toxicological team they headed. This was the
very same group of scientists noted above who significantly changed
the way the world thought about the formaldehyde produced from
methanol poisoning. After being subpoenaed by a congressional
committee chaired by Senator Howard Metzenbaum investigating approval
of aspartame, Filer admitted during questioning that he had helped
Searle win FDA approval for the methanol-containing sweetener.
Most damning of all, University of Iowa records show that Lewis
Stegink had received well over a million dollars in grants and gifts
from Searle beginning in the early 1970s."
Monte writes about infant deaths from a touch of methanol and says,
"A child's scream locked forever in time is the legacy of man's
encouraged ignorance about his only true chemical nemesis -
I highly recommend the book - you can't
put it down. Dr. Monte has done the world a favor
exposing methanol in aspartame and the disaster it causes in human
disability and death. Others besides Diane Fleming have been
imprisoned because of the methanol in aspartame.
late Don Harkins who owned the Idaho Observer wrote: " Sadly,
Fleming's attorney did not challenge the credibility of the medical
examiner, nor her opinions. Fierro once authorized a revised autopsy
report in the death of Vince Foster in 1993. Foster was President
Clinton's Chief of Counsel. Fierro's alteration allowed Foster's
apparent murder to appear as a suicide. Had the original entry
location stood, the suicide conclusion would have been hard to
explain since few suicides shoot themselves in the back of the
"The laboriously documented investigation of
Foster's controversial death is detailed by British journalist
Ambrose Evans Pritchard in The
Secret Lives of Bill Clinton.
X-rays of Foster's skull, noted in the original autopsy report, would
verify the actual location of the wound, but they mysteriously
"Knowing in advance that Dr. Fierro was to
appear at the meeting and hear testimony by Dr. H. J. Roberts, but
not knowing about her role in the Vince Foster cover-up, Martini
forwarded a 14-page, peer-reviewed article by Dr. Woodrow Monte of
the Arizona University Food and Science Laboratory that had been
published in The Journal of
Fierro acknowledged she had received the material and agreed to
consult with Dr. Roberts.
"However, at the actual
meeting, Dr. Fierro told Diane's attorney no peer reviewed medical
evidence exists supporting Dr. Robert's theory that Chuck Fleming's
chronic methanol toxicity was caused by his long-term consumption of
"Martini is convinced Fierro's history of
complicity in the Foster cover-up clarified her actions in the
"Both Martini and Roberts have filed formal
complaints regarding Fierro's conduct with the State of Virginia.
Martini's complaint cited events leading up to the hearing and the
scientific qualifications of the evidence supporting the innocence of
Martini asserted, Dr. Fierro's unprofessional and
arbitrary conduct requires a full and open examination of the
mechanisms of aspartame/methanol toxicity as they relate to the death
of Charles Fleming. There are literally volumes documenting how
aspartame triggers methanol poisoning. It is obvious by refusing to
look at the evidence, Dr. Fierro doesn't want it on the record. The
question is, 'Why?' ... end
Subsequently Dr. Fierro
retired, but prior to this I found other cases where she was involved
in what was told to me as "change in forensics". She
had a close association with Senator Orrin Hatch who was given money
by Monsanto who at one time owned the aspartame industry bought from
G. D. Searle. Hatch was involved in delaying congressional
hearings on aspartame. A press release dated Feb 11, 1986
titled: "Hatch Says No To Committee Hearings on Aspartame".
There was one congressional hearing in 1985 and eventually they
finally did another in 1987. They were never able to get a
moratorium on aspartame until they could have NIH do independent
studies on the problems being seen in the population.
know that if the court searched Dr. Gebert's web site on the web they
had to have searched Diane Fleming and known about the aspartame.
I don't think she had a chance.
Since I've taken the
case histories on aspartame for almost 25 years here is my opinion.
For about a month prior to his death, Fleming had complained
to his wife about shortness of breath and intermittent nausea.
Respiratory disease is the dying process. I think at that time
he was dying from aspartame. He was into body building products
and played basketball, the most aerobic exercise. Dr. Russell
Blaylock wrote an athlete alert since aspartame can cause sudden
cardiac death: http://www.wnho.net/aspartame_msg_scd.htm
victims use a lot of aspartame they sometimes get rosacea from the
methanol. Fleming was on two drugs for rosacea. So he had
methanol in his system long before using the creatine. His
autopsy showed the fatty liver and cardiomegaly or enlarged heart for
no apparent reason and metabolic acidosis. We see this with
I believe the creatine was the straw that broke the
camel's back. Furthermore, as Dr. James Bowen wrote, creatine
and aspartame interact.
thing we emphatically know is Diane Fleming did not kill her husband
and Charles died from a chemical reaction. Will we ever know if
a court refuses to allow testing. Why do they show such bias
when a simple test might prove what we already know. Charles
Fleming killed himself. As Don Harkins once wrote, "We
live in a time when money rules: products that maim and kill
are approved by the government and the injuries and deaths they cause
are blamed on something or someone else."
there is such outrage by the public that we are able to free this
innocent woman from prison, and free the public from the same
If you wish to write Diane this is her
Mrs. Diane Fleming, #1127555
FCCW 1A 113B
O. Box 1000
Troy, Virginia 22974-1000
You can only send
5 pages which will go on one 49 cent stamp.
only send her money through J-Pay.
This is a
woman who taught the Holy Scriptures in Sunday School and felt her
life was so blessed she used her spare time to help the homeless.
She is the scapegoat of the aspartame industry and the coverup is
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Possible World Health intl
9270 River Club Parkway
Other web sites on aspartame, www.dorway.com,