This is a paper by Dr. Richard Wurtman and Dr. Timothy Maher in November 1987. A United Press International investigation on aspartame by Gregory Gordon revealed how Dr. Wurtman was threatened if he did seizure studies his research funds would be rejected. They were. Dr. Wurtman testified before Congress on 11/3/1987 Here is his testimony: http://www.dorway.com/wurtman87.html
Dr. Richard Wurtman saw Julia, the daughter of Fred and Barbara Metzler, admitting her problems were from NutraSweet. Today Dr Wurtman refuses to speak out on aspartame, but left quite a paper trail. His book "Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function" is available on Amazon and discusses some of the problems with aspartame. At the time he had 250 cases on record. They were enough to take aspartame off the market. In l986 the Community Nutrition Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame because of the seizures and blindness. The Washington DC attorney was James Turner. Again met with politics this chemical poison remains causing sickness and death throughout the world.
Here is Barbara's story about Julia:
"More than 25 years ago, when my daughter was in her early 20s and studying for a Masters Degree, she noticed that she was experiencing bizarre symptoms that were quite alarming .
"This truly bright girl (whose college tuition was entirely funded by scholarships and who won a Telluride Association Scholarship in competition with more than one million students from the entire US) realized that she was becoming very confused. She would go to a grocery store and couldn’t remember why she was there. She would be driving her car and couldn’t remember how to get home. She had deja view experiences.
"And she got much worse. In addition to her drastic personality change and intellectual deterioration, "she had epileptic-type seizures,she began to lose her vision in both eyes she had severe headaches and trouble forming words, panic attacks, a rapid heart rate, tremors, tingling and numbness of the extremities, profound exhaustion and severe drowsiness, insomnia, suicidal thoughts and numerous other problems including a very short temper, gastrointestinal problems, and joint pains.
"She consulted a neurologist, and he told her that she had temporal lobe epilepsy. He began treating her with medication, but the medication didn't work, because the doctor was wrong in his diagnosis and he was treating her for a condition she didn't have! What she really had was ASPARTAME POISONING/TOXICITY!
"I had heard about Dr. H. J. Roberts (Florida), so I contacted him and he confirmed what I suspected that she was suffering from a reaction to the artificial sweetener in diet soda. My daughter owes her life to Dr. Roberts, because thanks to him, she stopped drinking diet soda, and gradually, every one of her problems disappeared. Today, she is a successful computer programmer and financial analyst.
"It took a year or more for all her symptoms to vanish. She got better slowly with bad days thrown in.
"To follow up, we took her to Boston for special studies on her brain, and the doctors confirmed that it was the NutraSweet that had made her so sick. They said that she had been totally misdiagnosed by the neurologist and that she did not have temporal lobe epilepsy at all. (These men were in the Clinical Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). We also took her to a highly-respected ophthalmologist who explained why her vision loss was due to aspartame.
"She was fine for 12 years. Then, she began drinking diet soda again and had the same severe reaction. Luckily, we realized what was happening to her and were able to convince her to stop using NutraSweet. Why did she start again? It's addictive!
"Many other members of our family also noticed a reaction to NutraSweet. I get severe classic migraines from diet soda. My son, who is a physician and pharmacist, can't see to drive if he drinks diet soda another young man in the family, a lawyer, had double vision. His ophthalmologist thought he had a brain tumor, but all the tests were negative. He stopped drinking diet soda, and within 3 months, the double vision was gone. My sister-in-law acted like a raving maniac when she drank diet soda.
"Unfortunately, most physicians are clueless when it comes to connecting the many symptoms of NutraSweet poisoning/toxicity with the consumption of what is supposedly a safe substance.
"By approving NutraSweet, the FDA caused many problems for many innocent people. The FDA should be protecting Americans, but sadly, Americans have to protect themselves."
Mrs. Barbara Metzler
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
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