Dr. Betty Martini
Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Telephone: 770-242-2599

Posted: 09 February 2007

From: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.,
Date: Wed, Feb 07, 2007 10:53 am
Subject: To Members of the Senate and House of Representatives, New Mexico, SB 498. Aspartame has caused an epidemic of obesity and diabetes

To Members Of The Senate And House Of Representatives, New Mexico, SB 498. Aspartame Has Caused An Epidemic Of Obesity And Diabetes

Below my signature you will see a letter that was just sent to you by Dr. Jeremy Gleeson of Albuquerque, NM trying to convince the legislature that aspartame is needed because of the epidemic of diabetes and obesity. His letter is exactly the reason why aspartame needs to be banned. I will explain.

Physicians must have the facts because everyday they are involved in life and death. Without those facts patients die.

Apparently Dr. Gleeson doesn't know aspartame interacts with all drugs and vaccines, so no drug is safe where aspartame is consumed. Dr. Gleeson says: "You undoubtedly know, there is a virtual epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our state." Do you think that Dr. Gleeson knows it's aspartame (Equal/NutraSweet/Spoonful, etc.) that has caused those epidemics? Yes, it's provable. Take the epidemic of obesity. From the Congressional Record, Senate, Page S5511 (protest of the National Soft Drink Assn against the use of aspartame):

"Aspartame has been demonstrated to inhibit the carbohydrate induced synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin (Wurtman affidavit). Serotonin blunts the sensation of craving carbohydrates and thus is part of the body's feedback system that helps limit consumption of carbohydrate to appropriate levels. Its inhibition by aspartame could lead to the anomalous result of a diet product causing increased consumption of carbohydrates."

Aspartame is no additive as by law they must be inert. Aspartame is an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug. "If you want to get fat, NutraSweet is where it's at." The scientific peer reviewed study, Trocho, done in Barcelona in l998 showed the formaldehyde accumulates in the cells and damages DNA. Most toxicity in the liver but substantial amounts in the kidneys, adipose, brain and retina. In Dr. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, the title is Pre-Embalming! Aspartame embalms living tissue and damages DNA. And it causes toxicity of the adipose tissue or fat cells.

Dr. Sandra Cabot, Mission Possible Australia, lectures on NutraSweet all over the world and particularly on the epidemic of obesity it has caused. In her paper "Aspartame Makes You Fatter", she says: "There are logical reasons to explain the fattening and bloating effects of aspartame. When you ingest the toxic chemical aspartame it is absorbed from the intestines and passes immediately to the liver where it is taken inside the liver via the liver filter. The liver than breaks down or metabolizes aspartame to its toxic components - phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. This process requires a lot of energy from the liver which means there will be less energy remaining the liver cells. This means the liver cells will have less energy for fat burning and metabolism, which will result in fat storing. Excess fat may build up inside the liver cells causing "fatty liver" and when this starts to occur it is extremely difficult to lose weight. In my vast experience any time that you overload the liver you will increase the tendency to gain weight easily. Aspartame also causes weight gain by other mechanisms - causes unstable blood sugar levels, which increases the appetite and causes cravings for sweets/sugar. Thus it is particularly toxic for those with diabetes or epilepsy. Causes fluid retention giving the body a puffy and bloated appearance. This makes people look fatter than they are and increases cellulite."

Dr. Cabot is author of "The Liver Cleansing Diet" and "Boost Your Energy". Her speciality is OB-GYN and she is also a pilot, often called the Flying Doctor as she warns pilots everywhere they must not use aspartame as it triggers seizures, blindness, flicker vertigo, cardiac problems and sudden death.

Aspartame can precipitate diabetes, aggravates and simulates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, interacts with insulin, and causes diabetics to go into convulsions. You might like to read the Journal of the Diabetic Association of India: That's why we have an epidemic of diabetes, and an epidemic of diabetic deaths. Dr. Gleeson is an endocrinologist and he doesn't know that!

Even on the FDA list of 92 documented symptoms from 4 types of seizures to coma and death listed is BLOOD GLUCOSE DISORDERS.

Endocrinologist, Dr. H. J. Roberts in Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, , medical text on the global plague, writes about the adverse metabolic, hormonal, toxic and other undesirable effects of aspartame and its components. He says many could contribute to the aggravation of diabetes and its complications. They encompass the wasting of insulin, impaired insulin-stimulated glucose transport, increased growth hormone and glucagon release after phenylalanine administration, other effects of its amino acids and additional pharmacologic activities. Another mechanism whereby aspartame-induced stimulation of insulin could aggravate diabetes involves the generation of insulin receptor antibodies capable of blocking the access of insulin to liver receptors. (Dozio 2001).

Dr. Roberts also says that with reference to aspartame induced insomnia, sleep debt has a detrimental impact on carbohydrate metabolism and endocrine function - including decreased glucose tolerance, and altered thyrotropin and cortisol concentrations.

Pages and pages and pages explain why a diabetic should never, never use aspartame.

Neurosurgeon Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. in a letter to the Minneapolis Neuropathy Association said:

"Finally, in the diabetic, great concern must be expressed about the danger of toxin damage to already weakened peripheral nerves in the diabetic situation. With the buildup of accumulated concentrations of formaldehyde and formic acid in nervous tissue, long term damage and rapid progression of diabetic peripheral neuropathy is almost a given. We know that all of the components of aspartame are neurotoxic as well as most of its breakdown products, such as diketopiperazine, phenylethalamine, phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol (formaldehyde and formic acid). Aspartic acid is a known excitotoxin and in the body is converted to glutamic acid, an even more powerful excitotoxin. Experimentally, the same widespread brain lesions produced by MSG exposure can be produced by high dose aspartame exposure."

Dr. Gleeson says the proposal to restrict aspartame is based on no credible medical or scientific evidence. He even says there is no evidence of harm, despite widespread use. Even though physicians are lied to by the FDA, front groups, professional organizations funded by the manufacturer, the manufacturers and many paid prostitutes who have sold their soul, you would think the good doctor would at least do some research.

Here's what he would have found. The FDA did not want to approve aspartame. On the contrary in a memo dated Nov 4, l976, FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross wrote:

"Let us put this matter in some perspective by establishing the basic facts here. The Searle investigation which started in the Fall of l975 can be viewed as an investigation "for cause" following the discovery of certain improprieties in the conduct of animal studies during preliminary inspections in l974 and in the first half of l975. The report of the Task Force submitted in March l976 in essence constituted a stinging indictment of Searle and it contained various recommendations for regulatory action including referral to the Justice Department for review of possible criminal violations of the law."

What was Searle, the original manufacturer, doing that was so criminal. They were simply trying to get this deadly toxin, aspartame to show safety in testing. They couldn't do it and they got caught. Here's the Bressler Report or FDA audit of their shenanigans: This is known as the report that gives the manufacturers indigestion. But if you think this is bad, I personally spoke with Jerome Bressler as did Doctors Roberts and Blaylock. We were told when the FDA retyped his report they removed the worst 20%. It was just too horrifying to let the public know everything the manufacturer did trying to prevent FDA from knowing how deadly aspartame really is. Dr. Roberts congressman demanded FDA release the additional data but FDA refused saying it was "confidential". It was too terrifying also to let congressmen know as well. FDA cannot refuse a congressman but they also serve above the law.

On 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, Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 21 USC 331 (e), and the False Reports to the Government Act 18 USC 1001, for "their willful and knowing failure to make reports to the Food and Drug Administration required by the Act 21 USC 355e (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.

You can understand why cases are settled out of court. The aspartame manufacturers do not want through discovery the facts known. And what to do? It was an open and shut case. So they did what every good company does who is well versed in fraud, they hired the prosecutors. When the district attorney goes to work for the godfather expect acquittal.

Both U.S. Prosecutors Sam Skinner and William Conlon hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. You just can't make a poison show safety. Dr. Blaylock said in a lecture, "Understand, the reactions to aspartame are not allergic, they are toxic like arsenic and cyanide." We're talking poison here, and we're trying to save the people of New Mexico.

Dr. Gleeson says the FDA has not seen any reason to restrict aspartame. In reality, the FDA revoked the petition for approval. Here it is: In case you have not seen the movie "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World", there is a clip in the commentary of how this deadly toxin got marketed for human consumption. Don Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle and said he would call in his markers and get it approved as discussed in the congressional record. No FDA Commissioner would allow it on the market. Rumsfeld was on President Reagan's transition and the day after he took office he appointed Arthur Hull Hayes to do the deadly deed. But Reagan was so concerned Hayes it would take 30 days to get him to the FDA he actually wrote an executive order making the FDA powerless to do anything about aspartame until he could get there.

Hayes was put there for one reason only, to get aspartame on the market and he simply over-ruled the Board of Inquiry. Then he went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer on a ten year contract at $1000.00 a day and has refused to talk to the press ever since. What a reward! And when aspartame was sold to Monsanto, Rumsfeld got 12 million.

Why is aspartame still on the market? For the same reason as tobacco, addiction, profit and greed.

Our FDA, the Fatal Drugs Allowed folks, approves lots of poison, but aspartame they didn't want to approve. In a conversation in person many years ago with an FDA employee off the record, he said: "Look Betty, don't come down on us. We did everything possible to prevent this poison from getting the market. It was taken out of our hands. What are we going to do, tell the public it's not safe, but we approved it?" One lady screaming at the FDA because her child had an aspartame seizure was told, "We said it caused seizures, they should have listened."

Today, I fault the FDA for not recalling it and lying to keep their jobs, but the FDA did not intend to ever allow aspartame to be marketed for human consumption. They fought it every way they knew how. As one FDA employee told me - "Your argument is with Don Rumsfeld. He used politics to take it out of our hands. We revoked the petition for approval and tried to indict Searle."

Dr. Gleeson says the minute quantities of the toxins in aspartame are of no concern. I'm surprised he is not considering molecular chemistry which is one molecule of aspartic acid (an excitotoxin) to one molecule of methanol (a neurotoxin) to one molecule of phenylalanine (as an isolate a neurotoxin). That's 33% free methyl alcohol which converts to formaldehyde and embalms living tissue. The molecule breaks down to diketopiperazine a brain tumor agent. In Searle's secret trade information released during congressional hearings it says:

"With the spoon-for-spoon, we have no way of estimating maximum likely abuse and hence need to utilize data based on maximum likely abuse and hence need to utilize data based on ALMOST COMPLETE CONVERSION TO DKP. If we include this use in the original FAP, we stand a good chance of ending up with nothing in the short run and nothing in the long run whereas the other approach would give us something in the short run,and, quite likely as much as would ever get in the long run."

Translation: Aspartame is going to cause an epidemic of brain tumors even in children but we won't let the FDA know about almost complete conversion to this tumor agent.

The rest of this memo reads like psychomanipulation in getting aspartame approved. You can read it all on

Searle was caught excising brain tumors from rats and putting them back in the study. When they died they resurrected them on paper. Today attorneys are taking aspartame brain tumor cases for litigation. The Ramazzini Study in 2005 confirmed FDA's original findings, that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen. So many shenanigans trying to rebut this impeccable study instead of alerting the public. A member of the European Food Safety Authority tried to say the cancers were caused by respiratory disease which, of course, is the dying process as Dr. Soffritti exposed. Then someone on the committee finally admitted: "Industry pressured us to hi-jack science."

Dr. Gleeson says aspartame is a safe product. Then why was it listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress? He also says this campaign is driven by Stephen Fox who has absolutely no medical or scientific credentials to establish expertise on this subject. I would say to Dr. Gleeson that since Stephen Fox knows everything I have written in this letter and more, and he doesn't, that its best not to write letters without research. And Stephen Fox knows enough and cares enough to want to prevent the horrors of aspartame disease befalling more New Mexicans.

Because aspartame is poison it can do nothing but violate laws that are written to protect the health of a nation. FDA says you can't market a product that is adulterated. You can be fined and imprisoned. Aspartame is adulterated as admitted by the National Soft Drink Assn in the congressional Record and by scientific peer reviewed study. FDA says you can't ship an adulterated product for sale - it violates Interstate Commerce. Aspartame violated Interstate Commerce everyday it's shipped into New Mexico. FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress aspartame violates the Delaney Amendment because without a shadow of a doubt it can cause brain tumors and brain cancer, and the FDA should not be able to set an allowable dose. His last words to Congress will go down in history, "And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131, August 1, l985.

So how many times is the FDA allowed to break the law so manufacturers can keep an addictive, excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug on the market? Why haven't they recalled it? You can write a Citizens Petition as I did, and others like the Community Nutrition Institute, based on documented cases of seizures and blindness. They have to answer it in 180 days but have refused to answer mine for over 4 years because I list the lies, and they can't answer it without recalling it. Today, FDA is Big Pharma's Washington Branch Office.

But this is the tip of the iceberg. The medical text is over 1000 pages of horrors. Aspartame damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death: It can precipitate MS: It destroys families. It causes male sexual dysfunction and ruins female response. Itaborts babies and is a teratogen causing birth defects and mental retardation: It violates Title 18, of the domestic genocide law.

The horror stories never stop. A Sunday School teacher, Diane Fleming, sits in a cold cell in a Virginia prison convicted of killing her husband with methanol. Aspartame experts on reviewing the autopsy wrote affidavits that Charles Fleming died of aspartame. Diane passed a lie detector test, and was even the one who called the police when his autopsy showed methanol poisoning. A detective assigned to the case told me, "Diane Fleming is not guilty". But Diane has been there for four years, and she is sick, an aspartame victim herself.

Aspartame experts say many people today in mental hospitals are simply aspartame victims. The phenylalanine lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin, causing psychiatric and behavioral problems. Aspartame interacts with antidepressants, after all aspartame is a psycho drug.

Aspartame even reduces IQ. Dr. Blaylock says "We know that excitotoxins have a devastating effect on formation of the brain, and that such exposure can cause the brain to be miswired. This may explain the significant, almost explosive increase in ADD and ADHD." Feingold, the ADD people, have banned aspartame. They say the use of the name ADD started in the early l980's. That's when aspartame was first marketed. Imagine what this horrible poison is doing to our children and they want diet drinks to be used in high schools to prevent diabetes and obesity, when aspartame is what is causing these epidemics. Experts have written reports to be emailed to schools, board of educations, OB-GYN and pediatricians.

How does the aspartame industry get studies to show safety? Unless they are controlled by the manufacturers and funded by them you're not going to see scientific peer reviewed studies showing safety. And almost 100% of independent, scientific peer reviewed studies show the problems. And when the manufacturers do these studies remember they are pros are abusing competent research. Just take seizures, for instance. So many people know its aspartame Monsanto funded some studies. Here is how they were fixed: In one of these studies, Rowen, they even gave the subjects anti-seizure medication so they were so afraid of them having an aspartame seizure. And for only one day. I don't know why they just didn't let the subjects smell the capsule of aspartame. How low can you stoop to trick the people? These studies ought to be labeled pond scum. And we can show it on other studies well. These are just seizures.

Then the front groups and FDA put out unbelievable propaganda to try and hookwink the public. Here it is answered with medical references: Here's the FDA list of 92 symptoms they admit to, and there are many more in experts books and continuing scientific peer reviewed research which expose the manufacturers of aspartame as coverup artists deceiving the public with their flawed studies, and their influence to get them peer reviewed.

We have a poison on the market that causes everything from Lou Gehrigs and Parkinson's to seizures and cancers. Dr. Bowen on reading Dr. Gleeson's letter said: "The arguments presented in this letter show how scientists falsely so-called have badly mislead medical opinion on aspartame."

Legislators, are you angry yet? If you want to stop the disability, the suffering and death by those in New Mexico, stand up now and vote to rid your state of this horrible toxin. You can't do anything else if you're a senator or representative precisely to help the people and make New Mexico a better place. You will set a precedent the world will never forget as dominos began to tumble. Others will follow suit, they are lined up to do so, and all eyes are on New Mexico. And victims everywhere will start waking up from these aspartame symptoms and horrors calling for accountability of those responsible who poisoned the world.

If you care about the health and welfare of the people of New Mexico vote to free the people of this state from the toxin that has caused a world epidemic. We salute the courageous Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, and Stephen Fox! I ask that you have the same compassion and concern for the lives of the people.

Respectfully, Dr. Betty Martini
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097

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From Jeremy Gleeson, M.D., FACP, FACE, CDE

To members of the Senate and House of Representatives:

I am writing this an endocrinologist, a physician who specializes in diabetes and metabolic diseases. I am very concerned about proposals to restrict the availability of aspartame in New Mexico. As you undoubtedly know, there is a virtual epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our state. It is critical for people with these conditions to have access to artificial sweeteners as part of their management plan. Additionally, all citizens should have access to safe artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, if they choose to use them.

The proposal to restrict aspartame is based on NO credible medical or scientific evidence. The safety of aspartame has been established in numerous studies. There is no evidence of harm, despite widespread use. Those seeing to ban aspartame distort and misrepresent the medical literature - the overwhelming majority of which supports the safety of this product. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not seen any reason to restrict aspartame. Similarly, regulatory bodies in other countries have all approved continued availability of aspartame. Major health care organizations support the continued availability of aspartame. The American Diabetes Association, which advocates on behalf of people with diabetes and promulgates extensively researched standards of medical care in diabetes, supports use of artificial sweeteners, including aspartame.

It has been suggested that metabolism of aspartame leads to production of toxic substances such as methanol and formaldehyde. These may be produced in minute, trivial quantities from aspartame metabolism. However, they exist in the body anyway, from presence of methanol in food substances, and some production of formaldehyde as part of normal food metabolism. The possible metabolism of aspartame to those substances in minute quantities is of no concern.

I understand that this campaign is drive by Mr. Stephen Fox, who is a gallery owner. While he seems to believe passionately that aspartame is dangerous, he has to my knowledge, absolutely n medical or scientific credentials to establish expertise on this subject.

Banning aspartame will do a major disservice to all those who wish to use calorie free sweeteners. This is a safe product, which allows individuals to avoid excess calories in beverages. No one claims that use of artificial sweeteners is the single solution to our serious problems with diabetes and obesity; however, every way to reduce calorie consumption helps.

I would respectfully suggest that the time of our legislators could be better spent addressing real issues of concern to New Mexicans. With the lack of credible evidence to support any restriction of aspartame, this issue should be resolved expeditiously, to the benefit of all New Mexico taxpayers.

I am writing this as a concerned physician and New Mexico citizen. I have no financial relationships of any kind with the manufacturer of aspartame or other artificial sweeteners.


Jeremy Gleeson, MD, FACP, FACE, CDE