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Woman Dies From Aspartame Chewing Gum


From Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum

Dear Doctor Griffiths,

This is in regard to Samantha Jenkins who died from aspartame gum:

The report below from the late H. J. Roberts, M.D. on aspartame gum will help you with your investigation. Dr. Roberts died about two years ago but he wrote the medical text on aspartame disease:  "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic",  1000 pages of the symptoms and diseases triggered or precipitated by aspartame.   I also have his 30 years of research.  

Here is the Aspartame Resource Guide which also includes other texts and movies from physicians and researchers, Dr. Russell Blaylock  and Dr. Woodrow Monte

Aspartame gum is one of the worst aspartame products because its buccal, goes through saliva straight to the brain.  Works like nitroglycerin under the tongue.  

If I can help you in anyway please get in touch.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599,,
Aspartame Toxicity Center,


By H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
(c)2004 by H. J. Roberts, M.D.

Aspartame disease is being increasingly encountered in medical practice. (1-4) Over two-thirds of the population currently consumes the chemical aspartame, most commonly, as "diet" sodas and "sugar-free" products. I have detailed the serious neurological, psychiatric, metabolic, endocrine allergic and addictive aspects of this affliction. (1-5)

The widespread consumption of popular aspartame products that can be absorbed from the mouth and oropharynx should be cause for concern. They include gum, mouthwashes, chewable drugs and vitamins, and rectangular "mouth-freshener" strips placed on the tongue. Sugar-free mints are recommended for low-carbohydrate dieters who experience bad breath.

The prompt and predicable recurrence of symptoms (e.g., headache, dizziness, seizures, confusion, visual features, joint pain) on initial exposure or rechallenge to aspartame in this manner has been impressive. These issues are relevant.

Persons tend to chew aspartame gum up to five times longer than regular gum.
The prompt absorption of this neurotoxin from the mouth and oropharynx, with direct transport to the brain by a unique pathway, has clinical confirmation. (see below)
These products can create an intense craving for sweets due to increased insulin secretion.
The potential for addiction, related largely to the methyl alcohol component of aspartame, is significant. Scores of patients experienced severe withdrawal reactions after abrupt cessation.
The response of a previously well woman illustrates this issue. "I suffered a grand mal seizure watching a movie immediately after applying a Listerine Strip. My friend gave me the strip, and it's the last thing I remember. Apparently, I stiffened up, my eyes rolled back in my head, and I bit my tongue and drooled. I regained awareness 1/2 hour later as I was being unloaded from the ambulance. A CAT scan, an MRI, blood work and other tests were all inconclusive."

Persons at high risk for aspartame reactions ought to be warned against using these products. They include pregnant women, children and patients with seizures, migraine, diabetes, hypoglycemia and weight disorders.


Roberts HJ Reactions attributed to aspartame containing producs: 551 cases. J appl Nutr l988; 40:86-94.
Robert HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is It Safe? Philadelphia, The Charles Press, l989.
Roberts HJ, Sweet'ner Dearest: Bittersweet Vignettes About Aspartame (NutraSweet) West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, l992.
Robert HJ, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 2001.
Roberts HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction. Townsend Letter for Doctors 2000: 198 (January): 52-57.

H. J. Roberts, MD FACP
Palm Beach Institute For Medical Research
P. O. Box 17799
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416 USA

Note from Dr. Betty Martini:

Please note we have notified Wrigley for years about the information Dr. Roberts has reported for this published article. Rather than remove aspartame from their gum they have now put this toxin in almost all their gums, and mixed with other unsafe sweeteners like acesulfame potassium (caused cancer and leukemia in original studies) and sucralose or Splenda which has a chlorinated base like DDT and can cause autoimmune disease.  ( (click on aspartame) and ).

We have also notified Pfizer maker of the Listerine Strips since they came out that consumers were reporting seizures including kids, along with other adverse reactions on the FDA list of 92 symptoms. They won't even answer my emails anymore.

Dr. Roberts books and tapes can be gotten by going to http://   . See Dr. Roberts in the new film on aspartame called Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World!



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