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

Posted: 12 April 2010

From: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.,
Date: Mon, Apr 12, 2010 2:30 am
Subject: Submission to EFSA: Aspartame Review Unacceptable

The review on aspartame is unacceptable since aspartame has been established as a chemical poison, an addictive, excitoneurotoxic, genetically engineered, carcinogenic drug and adjuvant. It damages the mitochondria and interacts with drugs and vaccines as discussed in the 1000 page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by world expert H. J. Roberts, M.D.

I think we need to go over the facts. First of all after three decades doesn't it stand to reason we know what aspartame causes? How long did it take to find out about Thalidomide? Secondly, the FDA wanted G. D. Searle indicted for fraud because they were trying to make this poison show safety and couldn't. They got caught. They did things like remove the brain tumors from the rats and put them back in the study, and then resurrected them on paper. Both US Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. Then the FDA Board of Inquiry revoked the petition for approval. Immediately Searle filed suit to prevent it being signed into law immediately. Don Rumsfeld who was CEO of Searle said he would call in his markers and get it on the market anyway. Indeed President Reagan owed him a favor since he had told Rumsfeld he would nominate him for Vice President and instead nominated Bush. Reagan paid the debt. He wrote an Executive Order making the FDA powerless to do anything about aspartame until he could get Arthur Hull Hayes to FDA as new commissioner to over-rule the Board of Inquiry. His transition team called FDA Commissioner Dr. Jere Goyan at 3:00 AM and fired him so he could not sign the revoked petition into law. Here is the letter from his wife who was there at the time.

Hayes over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and allowed this chemical poison on the market. Immediately the FDA was swamped with complaints as people were poisoned. Senator Orrin Hatch, friend of Monsanto who received funds, kept congressional hearings from happening until 1985. At that time it was admitted FDA was receiving so many complaints from people using this poison they were sending them to the AIDS Hotline. The FDA toxicologists who were on site with the aspartame investigation testified. Dr. Jacqueline Verrett testifying in 1987 said aspartame still had not been proven safe, and it had been on the market then legally for 6 years. She said all studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out.

Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist and scientist testified in 1985:

On August 1, l985 FDA's toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress 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 residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods. In his concluding testimony Gross asked, "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 (August 1, l985)

Aspartame is illegal. The protest of the National Soft Drink Association, now American Beverage, was added to the congressional hearing because after 30 pages of protest the aspartame manufacturer obviously got to them as they turned around and lobbied for NutraSweet. If you read the protest, (and you can read the entire Congressional hearings on, scroll down to banners,) you will note one of the things they questioned was adulteration even quoting the law. Aspartame breaks down at 86 degrees or moderate temperature into a witches brew of poisons. They even admitted Searle used the wrong test to make sure the aspartic acid, an excitotoxin, was not picked up. Because aspartame is adulterated, again it is illegal and even violates Interstate Commerce laws. No other studies were done - the manufacturer simply got to them. Did they explain that aspartame is a cash cow because of the addiction? The free methyl alcohol in aspartame is classified as a narcotic and causes chronic methanol poisoning. This affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction. Aspartame is illegally on the market also because its a neurotoxic drug and not an additive.

Up to this point we're talking about the United States. Then Searle made a business deal with Paul Turner in the agency in England and he approved aspartame without anyone knowing about it. Parliament had a big blow out but never rescinded the approval. Here's the famous Guardian article about what happened. So the agency in England failed to protect the British people. There were no studies done. Nor did they question the free methyl alcohol in aspartame which converts to formaldehyde and embalms living tissue as the Trocho Study in Barcelona has shown. In molecular chemistry you have one molecule of aspartic acid, the excitotoxin, to one molecule of methanol to one molecule of phenylalanine, the neurotoxin at 50% and an isolate. The whole molecule breaks down to diketopiperazine, the brain tumor agent. So you're talking about 33 per cent free methyl alcohol. This is also why so many are getting macular degeneration, optic neuritis, retinal detachments and going blind. During prohibition in the US thousands went blind or died on this wood alcohol, and they are doing the same thing with aspartame.

The issue of the methyl alcohol was brought up to Food Standards by Jim McDonald of the UK Awareness Campaign. Here is my report on the subject. Dr. Johnson of Food Standards advised me there would be no agreement. In other words no amount of proof would be sufficient because Food Standards which was set up to keep its distance from industry is now guided by industry.

In fruits and vegetables there is methanol but its bound by pectin and taken safely out of the body. Also there is ethanol which is the classic antidote to methanol toxicity. In aspartame the free methyl alcohol is not bound and converts to formaldehyde and embalms living tissue. When I spoke to Dr. Alemany, the researcher in Barcelona about his study he said aspartame would kill 200 million. I suspect it already has because of the neurodegenerative diseases it can trigger and precipitate, the epidemics of diabetes and obesity that aspartame is responsible for, the cancers, birth defects and other horrors listed in the medical text. Also aspartame is an abortifacient and many women have lost as many as 8 babies not realizing this fact. Some never even get pregnant because aspartame is an endocrine disrupting agent, stimulating prolactin and changing the menses. So if someone stops the aspartame and actually gets pregnant, and then gets back on it, they can either lose the baby or have a child with birth defects or even cancer.

It was extremely offensive when Dr. Soffritti did the Ramazzini Studies for EFSA to rebut a million dollar independent study that had been peer reviewed by 7 world experts. To begin with the rebuttal was foolishness. This study was for the life of the rat and proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen. Yet EFSA said the rats had respiratory disease. We all laughed since, of course, respiratory disease is the dying process. Finally Dr. Koeter confessed that industry had pressured them to hijack science and then he left EFSA. Dr. Soffritti's second study showed not only does aspartame cause cancer but that it only takes a small amount, and if taken during pregnancy, and the baby survives since aspartame triggers birth defects and mental retardation, the offspring can grow up to cancer.

I've been taking the case histories for 19 years and it has been my experience the aspartame industry simply wants a rebuttal so they can say they don't accept a study, and it doesn't matter how foolish the rebuttal is. In fact, industry didn't know what to do because the Ramazzini Studies are so prestigious so all of a sudden they said there was this big study that proved no one got cancer. We call it the oatmeal brownie study because all it was some AARP members answering a multi-food form to see if they could remember what they ate in the last year. Also, it questioned if they had eaten, strawberries, oatmeal, brownies or had a hysterectomy. Aspartame was only mentioned once. Read it and see:

We've always known aspartame causes cancer and in original studies it caused adenocarcinoma, brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, pancreatic and thyroid tumors for starters. In the FDA Task Force, and Bressler Report, it was admitted they filtered out neoplasms and anything they didn't want the FDA to see.

The modus operandi of industry is to rebut but even when shown to be wrong, they never change the record or apologize. In the case of the Trocho Study which is one of the most damning because it shows the body to be embalmed with formaldehyde they used Tephly. However, Tephly admitted he used the wrong test, and flacks are experts at dong that. Yet that rebuttal remains. You'll find it on Food Standards web site even though they have been told over and over to remove it because its not valid.

So in EFSA's report this time we see independent studies rebutted again. Who rebutted them? Are they world-renowned researchers who have done studies on aspartame independently and have no link to industry or those connected with industry? I think an investigation should be done immediately, and the names made public.

As to anecdotal reports, or case histories from the sick and dying on aspartame, they never stop, of course, and many have perished from this poison.

Anecdotal Reports

Using data from case reports and additional reports collated by the UK and French food safety bodies, the experts were able to identify the most frequently reported symptoms as being headache, dizziness and cognitive/depressive disorders.

They emphasized that using anecdotal data has great limitations and there is therefore a need for caution when interpreting them, but the said the information gathered could help guide the design of any investigative studies on sensitivity and possible underlying mechanisms.

The experts report is available at this link: [ 64 pages ]

A consultation workshop on the findings of the report is planned for 23 April in Frankfurt. Both the report, and the feedback generated through the consultation, will be presented to EFSA's advisory forum in May.

Dr. Morgan Raiford, owner of the Atlanta Eye Hospital, ophthalmologist and specialist in "methanol toxicity" tried his best years ago to get Congress to ban aspartame because it blinds and destroys the central nervous system. He examined many aspartame victims such as Joyce Wilson (Aspartame Victims And Their Friends) who was diagnosed with MS and went blind from aspartame. He did say if you could warn the victim in time and vision was still in the "wet stage" it could return and improve. Here is a letter written to the National Federation of the Blind in Hawaii that has URL's with Dr. Raiford's reports that you can read yourself:

As people immediately began losing their vision and also having seizures from aspartame James Turner, DC Attorney and the Community Nutrition Institute petitioned the FDA in 1986 to ban aspartame. It was taken all the way to the Supreme Court and I was told there was politics between industry and the judge, the reason aspartame was not banned at this time. What a crime to keep a chemical poison on the market that triggers seizures and can blind the consumer.

Dr. Ralph Walton, Psychiatrist did an independent study on aspartame. The administrator took part in the study and developed a retinal detachment. Another subject suffered conjunctival bleeding. The institution stopped the study. Some of the subjects said they felt like they were being poisoned. They were. This shows you when independent studies are done on aspartame the problems are always shown. When 60 Minutes did an expo on aspartame in 1996 when Dr. John Olney made world news it was Dr. Walton who did the research showing that 92% of all independent studies show the problems aspartame causes. Here is his report. Dr. Walton points out that if you eliminate 6 studies the FDA had something to do with because of the controversy with them since Hayes over-ruled the Board of Inquiry, and one pro-industry summary, you're talking about 100% of independent studies. Since that time independent studies are still showing the problems. Does that not make you question why only industry studies defending their poison are said to show safety?

We hope Dr. Siegel will continue to improve. As Dr. H. J. Roberts has said, victims go from doctor to doctor having needless diagnostic studies and surgery when nothing is going to help until they get off the poison. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills about aspartame and MSG pointed out in a lecture that the reactions from aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide.

The point, it has been established beyond any shadow of a doubt that free methyl alcohol blinds, and no one could question that the eye problems Dr. Siegl has discussed are from aspartame.

Next, she discusses headaches. These are not only notorious with aspartame but are #1 on the FDA list of 92 symptoms from four types of seizures to coma and death. Remember aspartame changes brain chemistry so you would expect this. Usually once they are off of it they disappear. However, if someone has been on this poison for a long time many times they will go through horrendous withdrawal symptoms. While I don't know how many American drugs are used in Europe, another serious problem is that Big Pharma knows about aspartame and without conscience they even put aspartame in the very drugs used to treat the problems it causes. So if someone is suffering from aspartame headaches they may go to their physician and he may prescribe Maxalt by Merck. Merck was told to remove the aspartame from Maxalt since it causes the headaches in the first place and sent information. They refused. So a study was done on Maxalt with aspartame showing it makes the headaches worse, of course. Still Merck who refused. They are in the business of making money and selling more drugs and could care less. The patient remains sick and keeps on using more and more drugs.

Next Dr. Siegel speaks of ambient noise. Aspartame triggers tinnitus and H. J. Roberts, M.D. wrote a position paper titled: "Professional Opinion of H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P, concerning the use of products containing aspartame (NutraSweet) by persons with ear and equilibrium problems." He wrote "It is my opinion that individuals who consume products containing aspartame, including drugs and supplements, should avoid them when no specific cause can be found for these symptoms: "Ringing" or "buzzing" of the ears (tinnitus) ... sometimes described as hissing, humming or whistling, marked intolerance to noise, impairment or loss of hearing and marked unsteadiness or dizziness. The same precaution is reasonable for persons in whom these complaints are due to other disorders because they could be aggravated by aspartame even in minimal amounts." Dr. Roberts says further, "Each of these components of aspartame - phenylalanine, aspartic acid, the methyl ester, which promptly because methyl alcohol or methanol - and their multiple breakdown products after exposure to heat or during prolonged storage is potentially toxic to the brain and inner eat. These organs are uniquely vulnerable to metabolic disturbance and neurotoxins because of their unique metabolic requirements."

Dr. Siegel is fortunate she found out in time before she had serious tinnitus which is difficult to cure. She speaks of abdominal bloating and reflux. Aspartame triggers all kinds of gastrointestinal problems and again is used in many drugs used to treat these problems.

Next she describes nausea, fatigue and dizziness. Aspartame destroys the central nervous system and dizziness is so common its #2 on the FDA list. It also destroys the immune system and causes chronic fatigue. Some years ago the University of Florida did a study having to do with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. The result was that when MSG and aspartame are eliminated these problems disappear.

Note her discussion of brain fog. Victims suffer confusion and disorientation. Remember that aspartame changes brain chemistry and changes the dopamine level. I've always worried about fire fighters who do not know this. Many times they use dopamine in the field and never know to ask if the victim is using aspartame. Brain fog is usually one of the first things to leave when eliminating aspartame.

Dr. Siegel was prescribed Topomate, 25 mg. This drug is used to control seizures. Aspartame interacts with anti-seizure medication and discussed in Dr. Roberts medical text. So what happened when she took it? She reacted with a lot of dizziness, weakness, brain fog and constant cramping and diarrhea. Notice she says it took over two days to recover from the Topomate.

Even a neurologist here in Atlanta who knew about aspartame from the beginning and treats aspartame cases like seizures and MS, was unaware about the interaction with anti-seizure medication. He told me of a case where he used every anti-seizure medication on the market and couldn't stop the patient's seizures. When he realized she was drinking diet pop with aspartame he told her, she had to get off of it. She went crazy and he had her admitted to a mental hospital, but said after two weeks she was realized. No more seizures and no more mental problems.

Unfortunately now Big Pharma is adding aspartame to anti-seizure medication. An informant from Pfizer admitted when Dilantin was reformulated they added aspartame unlabeled. As seizures and deaths escalated we made public the information. There were so many cases reporting on the Internet that Pfizer again reformulated Dilantin. Again, the informant and another employee of Pfizer called to say that again they added aspartame. This is a sad state of affairs.

In talking to Dr. Siegel about her case she admitted the first thing to leave when she abstained from aspartame was the brain fog.

Note the victim's comments about responding to a question: "I stumbled over two words, and then was completely unable to pronounce or understand the third word. I no longer understood what the words meant or what I had been trying to say." This reminds me of the case of Cliff Evans, a pilot. He said, "Dumb I'm not but I couldn't make a decision on aspartame and crashed my plane." Look again at the FDA list of 92 documented symptoms and you'll see that memory loss is so prevalent its #9. Cliff Evans flew to Atlanta to meet me and discussed how to help the pilots. At that time Mission Possible Aviation was born. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, wrote the alert: You will also note from this document that aspartame causes sudden death, and one pilot on American died in flight drinking a Diet Coke.

So we've come to the end of Dr. Siegel's case. The bad news is that cases like hers are common and its happening all over the world. Fortunately for her she hadn't been on aspartame a long time. She just might have become another statistic.

To market a deadly poison as an additive and keep the facts from physicians is a heinous crime. It literally ties the physicians hands because he doesn't correlate the problems with the real culprit. He has no idea that any drug he prescribes will interact. As a physician stated in a clinic close to me after reading the experts books, "Now that I know about aspartame I realize that 80% of patients that come into this clinic are here because of aspartame."

The phenylalanine in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin triggering psychiatric and behavioral problems, and interacting with all anti-depressants. Psychiatrists seeing these victims have no idea they maybe bipolar, suicidal or paranoid because they are using aspartame. I've heard the experts say that mental hospitals are full of patients who are only aspartame victims. Dr. Walton testified to EFSA about this in Italy.

It simply can't be said any better than Dr. James Bowen who has Lou Gehrigs from aspartame, told the FDA. He said aspartame is mass poisoning of the American people and over 70+ countries of the world.

If aspartame is safe then why has there been controversy since before it was approved and for 3 decades? Why has there been so many Congressional hearings because of the outrage of victims being poisoned? Why do aspartame detox clinics exist? Why is there an Aspartame Toxicity Center? Why are there so many medical texts and other books on aspartame toxicity? Why are there operations all over the world educating the public to stay away from it and save their life? Why are there millions of web sites warning the public off of it? Why are there so many video's and movies like "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" with experts warning that aspartame is poison? See this clip from Sweet Misery with James Turner, Atty, explaining how it got approved through the political chicanery of Don Rumsfeld:

Where there is smoke there is fire. In this case there is a large conflagration blazing away with the public in outrage because of being poisoned in many countries of the world.

If you say aspartame is safe then I want these questions answered:

  1. How can you ignore almost 100 per cent of independent, scientific peer reviewed studies showing the problems?

  2. How can you disregard the fact that even the FDA toxicologists that investigated aspartame say it was never proven safe and is illegally on the market?

  3. Why do you accept industry propaganda which has been shown to be absurd and wrong?

  4. How can you ignore the fact that an FDA toxicologist told Congress aspartame causes cancer and violates the Delaney Amendment which forbid putting anything in food you know will cause cancer?

  5. How can you ignore the fact that aspartame is well known to damage the cardiac conduction system and cause sudden death? and

  6. How can you ignore the FDA report of 92 documented symptoms from aspartame including seizures, blindness and death?

  7. How can you ignore the fact that aspartame damages the mitochondria and interacts with the patient's drugs? This is documented in medical texts like those of Doctors H. J. Roberts and Russell Blaylock.

  8. How can you disregard the 49 page report by world renowned John Olney, M.D. showing aspartame can destroy the brains of our children?

  9. How can you disregard the fact aspartame causes birth defects and even eminent physicians like Dr. Louis Elsas, Pediatric Professor, Genetics, testified before Congress that aspartame triggers birth defects and mental retardation and is a neurotoxin and teratogen: He also did studies on aspartame.

  10. How can you disregard even the testimony of 12 toxicologists asking for a ban?:

  11. How can you ignore investigations like that of United Press International who exposed so much corruption on the aspartame issue?

  12. How can you ignore such peer reviewed journal articles as Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health by Dr. Woodrow Monte with regard to the serious issue of methanol poisoning from aspartame:

  13. Why would you ignore the fact the formaldehyde converted from free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA? (Trocho Study: Are you not aware when you damage DNA you can destroy humanity?

  14. How can you disregard the connection of aspartame to MS?:

  15. How can you disregard the testimony of imminent scientists like Dr. Samuel Epstein who said aspartame must be banned because it causes cancer?

  16. How can you disregard 30 years of controversy on the subject?

  17. How can you disregard the fact the FDA wanted the manufacturer indicted for fraud and revoked the petition for approval? How can you disregard the fact FDA told Congress aspartame has never been proven safe?

  18. How can you disregard that aspartame addicts?

  19. How can you disregard the outcry of the victims in favor of pleasing the aspartame manufacturers who have pressured EFSA in the past, admitted by Dr. Koeter from EPSA himself?

  20. How can you disregard the fact FDA toxicologist Dr. Gross admitted because aspartame causes cancer the FDA should not have been able to set an allowable daily intake? Dr. Walton says the ADI should be zero!

  21. How can you consider leaving a toxin on the market that is so poisonous it causes polychemical sensitivity syndrome? This means if someone accidentally gets it again they can seriously react. In the movie Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, Cheryl Kemptner explained this to a hospital when she was admitted and they gave her a bracelet that stated no aspartame. However, she was accidently given some Crystal Light and became a Code Blue, having to be resuscitated.

If you can't at least answer these 21 questions then you need to go back to the drawing board and actually review the facts again, and investigate who tried to rebut the independent scientific peer reviewed studies, what experience they had, etc. The review is an abomination, not accepted by the real experts and is a slap in the face to real science.

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

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