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Muhammad Ali, Parkinson,
Aspartame Mix With L-Dopa

By Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum


Today Parkinson is back in the news with the death of Muhammad Ali. I thought about him fondly remembering some of his calls years ago. I suspect his Parkinson developed due to head trauma because of his boxing career. He found me on the net because of his concern about aspartame's interaction with Parkinson drugs like L-dopa.

I remember Ali's kindly manner. This was in the 1990's and interesting to learn he actually helped Senator Orrin Hatch win re-election in 1988 never knowing it was Hatch who kept aspartame congressional hearings from happening until 1985, and Hatch accepted money from the aspartame's manufacturer, at that time Monsanto. President Reagan was doing a favor for Donald Rumsfeld when he worked for G. D. Searle, original manufacturer, by writing an executive order preventing FDA Commissioner Dr. Jeri Goyan from signing the revoked petition for aspartame into law. Dr. M. Alemany did the Trocho Study which showed the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA. He told me in Barcelona aspartame would kill 200 million people which it probably has and all this could have been prevented if Rumsfeld had not been hired to get this deadly chemical poison marketed. Be sure to see the whole story in the documentary, "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World",

Ali was very grateful for all the information. I'm sure this education to avoid aspartame allowed him to survive with Parkinson Disease so many decades. I always enjoyed his conversations. Unfortunately, today aspartame is in many things unlabeled which is against the law. The dairy and jam people petitioned the FDA to allow it unlabeled. Dr. Ralph Walton told me its in all gums no matter the label. The Just Like Sugar Company, is in the process to making a gum aspartame free.

How bad is the situation? Aspartame interacts with L-dopa and to make matters worse drugs like Parcopa and its generic actually contain aspartame: So many notified Schwarz Pharma including myself:, and they refused to remove aspartame with full knowledge of the deadly interaction and indisputable facts sent. To Big Pharma its just more deadly drugs to sell with an amoral attitude to the loss of life.

Recap of the Aspartame Parkinson Issue:

I learned about aspartame almost a quarter of a century ago when a friend was diagnosed with Parkinson. My husband asked me to find out why after just being diagnosed he appeared to be dying. With my medical background I knew something had to be triggering these reactions of his arms and legs flinging out.

As It happened a doctor was visiting us who asked me to check if Dick Wallace was using NutraSweet. I called Dr. H. J. Roberts, world expert, (Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, and he said he was probably using L-dopa with his Diet Coke. Indeed he was and in eliminating aspartame his reactions stopped. . Dick's case is in this medical text.

Aspartame is a deadly addictive excitoneurotoxic, carcinogenic, genetically engineered, adjuvant, drug and teratogen, a literal chemical poison that can easily take your life. It goes by many names, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel, Benevia, Neotame, Advantame, AminoSweet, E-951, etc. Required by law but often missing is the PKU warning in products with unlabeled aspartame. In reality Dr. James Bowen says aspartame can actually trigger PKU.

Most remember when Michael Fox developed Parkinson, a Diet Pepsi spokesman, and highly addicted to the aspartame in this product. Pepsi recently removed this poison from Diet Pepsi but substituted sucralose. Splenda is chlorinated sugar and who wants to consume bleach? Years ago Dr. James Bowen wrote the article "Save The Fox". I even called his physicians but his doctors were ignorant of how aspartame precipitates Parkinson's disease, and its interaction with monamine oxidase inhibitors, alpha-methyl-dopa and L-dihydrophenylalanine. Some wanted to help Michael including physicians but he was not willing to accept the facts.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, Neurosurgeon, lost both his parents to Parkinsonism and he wrote the book "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills", He says excitotoxins can produce Parkinsonism by overexciting the cortical glutamate cells that connect to the nigrostriatal neurons lying deep in the brain. He explains it like lightning hitting the power line outside your house and burning up all of the appliances connected to that line. The powerline represents the cortical glutamate neurons and the appliances, the nigrostriatal system.

It was the late Dr. John Olney who founded the field of science known as excitotoxicity. Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote the book on it. The aspartic acid in aspartame is an excitotoxin.

In 1985 the late Senator Howard Metzenbaum had congressional hearings on aspartame and wrote a bill requiring NIH to do independent studies on what they were seeing in the population as listed below. Notice even then they were seeing this interaction with L-Dopa. This was 31 years ago!

1. The effect of the consumption of aspartame on brain chemistry.

2. The health effects of the consumption of aspartame on pregnant women and fetuses.

3. Behavioral and neurological effects experienced by individuals who have consumed aspartame, especially children who have consumed aspartame.

4. The interaction of aspartame with drugs including MONAMINE OXIDASE INHIBITORS, ALPHA-METHYL-DOPA AND L-DIHYDROPHENYLALANINE and

5. The effect of the consumption of aspartame in increasing the probability of seizures.

Why would anyone in Congress not want to have these studies done as thousands complained of using aspartame and suffering the problems listed in this bill? The FDA themselves listed 92 documented symptoms from 4 types of seizures to coma and death. Read the report on Senators like Orrin Hatch were given money by Monsanto. The bill never got out of committee and no moratorium was put on aspartame. Who knows how many millions have had Parkinson's precipitated by this excitoneurotoxin, and then how many died from the interaction with L-Dopa. Whose fault is it - the aspartame industry, the do nothing for the people Congress, the FDA who now admit they are broken and controlled by Big Pharma who fund them or industry using aspartame and know its an addictive chemical poison and care more for money than people? The pop companies can never say they didn't know this was poison as the National Soft Drink Assn (now American Beverage) wrote a 33 page protest which is in the congressional record on my web site. Then they turned around and lobbied for NutraSweet. The public had no knowledge of what went on and the cemeteries flourished.

The last honest FDA scientists and toxicologists did testify before Congress as well. FDA scientist and toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross on 8/1/85 said aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment which forbids putting a carcinogen on the market. He said because of the brain tumors and brain cancer the FDA should not have been able set an allowable daily intake. In 1987 FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, told the Senate all studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out. Consider it was approved in 1981 and Dr. Verrett was testifying in 1987 so you have to consider aspartame is on the market without ever being proven safe. Never forget Dr. Gross' last words to Congress: "And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public." This is why Mission Possible World Health Intl exists - simply to educate the public on this deadly chemical poison. Dr. Blaylock said at a lecture: " Understand the reactions to aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide."

New Aspartame Resources:

Dr. Blaylock has many great books that discuss Parkinson Disease. He has just released a new one called "Dr. Blaylock's Prescriptions for Natural Health". Look under Resources on my web site, or you can get it on He explains: "Few people are aware of excitotoxins, yet these play a significant role in many of today's disease. Excitotoxins are chemical substances that overstimulate certain types of cells in the brain, all of the nervous system, and many other organs, to such a degree that such cells become damaged or die. Dangerous amount of these substances are found in common food additives, such as MSG, the artificial sweetener aspartame and others.

"The mechanism of excitotoxicity underlie many neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, strokes, brain trauma, autism ....."

The book is life-saving, even tells how to get rid of hepatitis. I'm particularly indebted to Dr. Blaylock for going into hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for stroke. He says "A number of animal and human studies have looked at the effect of HBOT on stroke damage in the brain. Most demonstrate better long-term improvement with HBOT treatments." I was horrified when my son had a stroke and two TIA's (transient ischemic attacks) and was taken to Grady Hospital's Stroke Center in Atlanta where physicians knew nothing about HBOT and strokes.

Back in the 1990's the late Dr. Ron Lapin who founded the Institute of Bloodless Surgery, developed the cautery scapel and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in bloodless surgery discussed HBOT with me in great detail. He told me that if you could get a stroke victim in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber within 12 hours it could reverse a stroke. The Grady doctor said HBOT was used for things like burns or cosmetic uses and had no knowledge of its necessity in strokes.

No doubt a book needs to be written for medical students who are not taught about such things as HBOT, nutrition and aspartame which damages the mitochondria and interacts with drugs and vaccines. Big Pharma is more interested in them being taught to use dangerous drugs. I educated physicians in three hospitals here and yet I was prescribed drugs with aspartame which listed on my chart as forbidden. It is especially in generic drugs and I was told by one physician aspartame is in every single gastrointestinal genetic drug. I stopped breathing on 3 occasions. Aspartame triggers gastrointestinal problems, and then the drugs used to treat them have it in it. Dr. H. J. Roberts said for years this is outrageous.

Another new book is called "Aspartame: The King of Toxins", by Reigh Parker Burch. She is an aspartame victim and now warns the world as Mission Possible Minnesota.. This has a lot of articles I've written including what goes on in hospitals. She is an incredible and courageous lady. She has a background in journalism and nutrition.

Here is the Aspartame Resource Guide It gives you lists of other books on the subject like Dr. Woodrow Monte's book on the methanol in aspartame, "While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills",

Every physician and victim, and the public at large should have Dr. H. J. Roberts' medical text, "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic", over 1000 pages,

The reason the experts have written these books is to alert the public before aspartame can disable or take their life. So when you have to give a gift give a book of life. The recipient will carry the message on to others and save more lives.

Dr. James Bowen on Aspartame and Parkinson:

As to aspartame nobody has ever said it as well as Dr. James Bowen who told the FDA that it's mass poisoning of the US and more than 70+ countries of the world, now over 100.

He said on the subject of Parkinson's: "Many NutraSweet victims report Parkinsonian symptoms. This should be no surprise because every biochemical component of the aspartame molecule is implicated in producing Parkinsonian structural damage and creating a biochemical basis for Parkinsonian symptoms. Aspartame is a source of methyl alcohol. Experts in neurodegenerative disease from alcoholism recognize that methyl alcohol is the component of beverage alcohol that causes neurodegenerative disease in Parkinson's Disease in alcoholics. Beverage alcohol is grain alcohol. .. However, methyl alcohol is also present in very small amounts. ... It is the factor that produces the neurodegeneration. Methyl alcohol accomplishes this even though the ethyl alcohol serves as a protective factor. Aspartame on the other hand affords no such protection and the structural components of the molecule are so arranged that the methyl alcohol from aspartame is probably 500 to 5000 times more active in producing toxicity than it would be alone.

"The structural damage in the basal areas of the brain where Parkinson Disease structural damage occurs from the dicarboxylic amino acid neuroexcitotoxins is a problem long recognized. So aspartic acid even in and by itself is a recognized source of the damage to the basal ganglia where Parkinson Disease degeneration occurs. As in the case with methyl alcohol the molecular structure of the aspartame molecule probably makes the aspartic acid damage from aspartame 5000 time more potent than from free aspartic acid on a mg. per mg. basis. The brain with loss of neural tissue to produce the dopamine, a neurotransmitter necessary to let the brain circuitry function normally, is no longer producing dopamine in sufficient amounts in these structures. The metabolic impact of the phenylalanine isolate from aspartame is to remarkably decrease dopamine production thus making Parkinson symptoms much worse.

"The phenylalanine isolate out competes all other amino acids at enzyme sites in the brain. This includes the decarboxylase enzyme sites. Therefore, the amino acid tyrosine is not decarboxylated to tramine which is the first step in producing dopamine in the brain. Therefore, the brain dopamine levels plummet remarkably."

When Dr. Bowen wrote this it was about Michael Fox and added he reportedly used L-Dopa to try and increase his dopamine levels. "The use of aspartame completely defeats this therapeutic endeavor. Not to mention the fact it caused the degenerative disease called Parkinson's Disease in the first place. The destructive process will continue as long as he uses it".

Years of questions and concerns:

Many years ago someone posed the question about the level of dopamine affecting food additives and drugs can a population consume including children in school before compulsive problems develop. His question about the population being at risk from anything that affects dopamine levels in an unnatural way is answered in Dr. H. J. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic over and over again. Today our children are medicated instead of educated. Dr. Roberts always said when you see children killing children you have to consider aspartame. He has a whole chapter on aspartame and psychiatric and behavioral problems. The writer was interested in addiction and the methyl ester which immediately becomes free methyl alcohol is classified as a narcotic. This causes chronic methanol poisoning which affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction. Dr. Roberts gives case after case showing compulsions that bring up the question of crime. It triggers bipolar, paranoia, schizophrenia, panic attacks, suicidal tendencies.

Farewell to Muhammad Ali:

I feel privileged to have had a few conversations with Muhammad Ali and his passing is very sad. We live in a savage time when violence and brutality are acceptable entertainment. Yes, how said it is that such a fine man who exhibited high principles should be taken from us. Pity the insanity that athletics should mangle each other in the "sport" called boxing. I would rather he were alive in full health.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder

Mission Possible World Health Intl

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