Since this New Zealand woman was using aspartame its not hard to understand why she died. Here are articles on aspartame and sudden death. http://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_and_sudden_death.htm
What is so interesting here is that the article says , "Coke made an emergency recipe change in March to remove an ingredient known as 4-methylimidazole (4-MI or 4-MEI) that would have required a cancer warning labeling to be slapped onto the soft drink." Coke has always known that aspartame causes cancer.
On August 1, 1985 FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress that at least one of Searle's studies "has established beyond ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance. ... In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established WAY BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?"
The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow ANY residue of cancer causing chemicals in foods. Dr Gross concluded by asking, "Given the cancer causing potential of aspartame how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131 (8/1/85)
The National Soft Drink Assn, (now American Beverage) even wrote a protest on using aspartame. It is now part of the Congressional Record: http://www.mpwhi.com/open_letter_dick_adamson.htm
As to addiction, the free methyl alcohol is classified as a narcotic, It causes chronic methanol toxicity. This affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes addiction. Here is a video when I was talking with the CEO of Coke: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/health-and-medical/aspartame-gmo-bacteria-excretions-causing-blindness.html Note his denial of anything wrong with aspartame, even while I held up the 0ver 1000 page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D.
Many years ago here in Atlanta, Mission Possible activists poured out Diet Coke in front of the media. Coke refused to be present or debate the issue on aspartame, but no one could miss the Coke Vehicle, and a man with binoculars.
Coke bragged about the Diet Coke Hunk, Lucky Vanous, and to get his autograph all you needed to do was buy a Diet Coke. When he was in Atlanta, he was thrown a package containing the protest of the National Soft Drink Assn and other records, and a letter telling him how dangerous Diet Coke is for children. Coke employees were holding warning flyers on aspartame distributed by MP activists. Fifty eight days later Vanous was no longer with Coke as discussed on "Hard Copy."
One thing Coke can never do is say they didn't know. Studies have shown aspartame causes cancer. Three studies by Dr. Morando Soffritti of the Ramazzini Institute prove aspartame to be a multipotential carcinogen. A recent study shows diet soda causes heart attacks and strokes. Another study showed aspartame raises fasting blood sugar level. http://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_confession_at_diabetic_conference.htm Study after study by independent researchers and peer reviewed show the truth about aspartame. Only controlled or financed by the manufacturers research ever said it was safe. Furthermore, the FDA tried to have G. D. Searle indicted for fraud. They were trying to show safety and couldn't. So only independent, unbiased peer reviewed studies can be used.
Who could forget the Crumbled Can of Diet Coke in January 2000. http://www.rense.com/health3/dcoke.htm
Proposition 65 in California says any product containing methanol or formaldehyde must have a cancer warning to enter the state of California. Why is it not enforced? The Trocho Study in Barcelona by Dr. Maria Alemany showed the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA. A new book by Dr. Woodrow Monte, "When Science Sleeps" addresses the issue of the free methyl alcohol in aspartame.
Anyone for a killer hug: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/18/weirdest-vending-machines_n_1435165.html The latest in Coke's publicity is a machine you hug which gives you a free Coke.
Disability and death are simply not an acceptable cost of business.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame