The Addictive Side
Of Aspartame Consumption
By Betty Martini <>

(Note - This is a letter from Betty to a person discussing the addictive issues of aspartame consumption.)
Thank you for your note. I was just talking to my husband about those who slip. He had printed out 25 pages of case reports on Mark Gold's web site, Aspartame Toxicity Center. ( He said "So many are so sick and get off of it, but because its so addictive, get back on it again and get into problems. They can't seem to beat the addiction."
The phenylalanine in aspartame floods and brain, lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin. Lowered serotonin is what causes the insomnia, suicidal tendencies, panic attacks, anxiety, change in mood, etc. In talking to Dr. James Bowen who has Lou Gehrigs disease from aspartame, he said if you get off of it and slip back on it because it is a toxin you will get a toxic effect. And because you have been poisoned by aspartame you are of easier risk to get poisoned from other toxins, they take effect easier. "
From taking the case histories for years, I'm familiar with the reactions. Aspartame causes this irregular heart rhythm and many people suffer from the "racing heart". One man who drank a lot of diet drinks almost died from this "racing heart". In fact, they had to stop his heart to save his life and restart it, according to a letter from his mother that was also sent to Tom Brokaw. One day this man used something with aspartame called Sweet Rewards, and that one cookie almost cost him his life again.
Its unbelievable that this government and the Justice Department and Congress allows this very addictive drug that interacts with other drugs (and originally had a drug application) to poison people and addict our kids. To give blanket approval to a drug that is estimated to be in 9000 products and climbing and 100 countries of the world is an unbelievable crime that Dr. Kessler committed before he left office as FDA Commissioner. I just wrote a note about Celebrex and believe that aspartame is interacting with it. So many people die from drug interactions, and the majority have no clue when they take a drug with a diet drink they are mixing drugs.
In one case when I was on a Sightings radio program, a man called me who heard me on his way home from the hospital. They had called in a group of neurologists because they thought his wife was dying. When he left the hospital his wife was drinking a Diet Coke with her drug for depression. He got back in touch with the physicians and get her off NutraSweet and she was okay. But he later told me - "If I had not heard you on the radio program my wife would probably be dead - and not one physician had a clue." This is why I get all over the FDA and Monsanto for putting out misinformation on aspartame which effectively ties the hands of physicians. They do not know aspartame is a drug that interacts or that changes brain chemistry, and they don't know to correlate the problems they see with aspartame which they think is a safe additive.
Support Group: Please do not slip. Listen to this victim. It can cost you, your life. This is why we battle so to get it recalled, and get information to so many physicians. My hats off to Nancy Markle, whoever she is and wherever she is, who plagiarized my post, and to John Smith, Shoshanna Allison and Jean Hudon who distributed it throughout the world. No doubt thousands more would be dead today had they not read it. And so many more physicians now know how to diagnose their patients. Many meetings were held in hospitals after doctors saw their patients get well when aspartame was withdrawn, after reading the Markle email.
We have a long way to go but we don't want to lose anyone along the way.
All my best, Betty
At 02:18 PM 11/19/99 -0600, you wrote:
Dear supporters, I have been a part of this group since January of 1999. I became aspartame free and learned to like water. In 1997 I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Neurocardiogenic syncope. There are many of us out here and we have our own support group. One such member sent me the Markle letter and immediately I discontinued using the aspartame products. I have written under an alias because I am not, repeat not looking for sympathy, I am just wanting to enlighten some of you with doubts. I was given a chance to return to school under rehabilitation and was given an assignment in one of my classes. I decided to write this about the lawsuits of aspartame. (Ok, Betty you probably know). But, dummy me, even though I was convinced of the problems, I slipped. On October 21, 1999, I had a weak moment. I went to the grocery store and bought a 24 pack of diet coke. This was on a Thursday and I drank one that night. Friday I also drank one and noticed I was rather moody. By Monday I could not get out of bed. Tuesday night I went to bed early because I had to get some errands and school work done on Wednesday. I couldn't sleep. I took a sleeping pill. Still I couldn't sleep. I took another. Then I began getting upset with all I had to do the next day. This was 1 am. I began feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. My bills were $1800.00 behind and were going to drop $450 more each month. My fiance' is working two jobs and he has two boys. I began to feel he would be better off without me to support also. I took a few more pills. This was about 1:30 am. The next thing I know it is around 2:30 am and I have 4 empty bottles beside of me. I called a friend who told me to get the 17 year old out of bed. She has two phone lines so she called 911 and my fiancé and kept the 17 year old on the line. The next thing I know it is Wednesday afternoon and there are several doctors and people there telling me how lucky I was. I still have problems feeling so lucky, I am still sick and always will be. But there are many people who love me and care. I love each and everyone of you and care. So before you let aspartame literally kill you, kill it.
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