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

Posted: 19 July 2006

From: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Subject: FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew Von Eschenback: Aspartame Recall

Dear Dr. Von Eschenbach:

When you were working for the National Cancer Institute you declared a goal of "eliminating suffering and death due to cancer by 2015". If you really mean it you should immediately recall aspartame, an excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug masquerading as an additive used by 70% of the population and over 30% of children. That it causes cancer is a given. Read FDA's own audit on aspartame, the Bressler Report, mentioning such things as adenocarcinoma and brain tumors. Jerome Bressler exposed how Searle was caught excising these brain tumors, putting the rats back in the study and then resurrecting them on paper. FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, wrote to Senator Howard Metzenbaum two letters listing brain tumors found in studies.

Here are both letters as well as a memo:

FDA's toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, also testified before Congress that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment which says if a product causes cancer in animals it cannot be put in food. The recent Ramazzini Study in Italy confirmed again that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen.

The law requires FDA recall this carcinogen. There are no excuses that can change this.

Attorney James Turner, Esquire, author of the Chemical Feast and the Nader Report on Food Protection at FDA said this on the issue of aspartame and cancer: "Since l974 FDA and the Searle Drug Company have known that aspartame causes brain tumors in animals. Since Nov of l980 the public has known the Public Board of Inquiry affirmed the nature of the Searle studies that showed cancer in animals and ruled that it should not be used in the food supply. Since 1992 we have known that there was a 10% rise in human brain tumors the year following the introduction of NutraSweet/aspartame into the market. Since l991 we have known there was a mechanism that transforms NutraSweet/aspartame into a known carcinogenic substance. It is past time that the FDA invoked the Delaney Clause and remove NutraSweet from the market. Most recently in July of 2005 further studies (Ramazzini) have underscored the cancer causing capability of NutraSweet/aspartame in animals." You can see Mr. Turner in Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. Here he tells how aspartame got approved when the FDA said no.

Aspartame remains in violation of the Delaney Clause. Industry has tried for years to ban it but Delaney Lives. Here is the article from the Environmental Law Reporter:

Russell Blaylock, M.D., a Board Certified Neurosurgeon (Ret), author of Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills about aspartame, Health & Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, said this today:

"I have been impressed with the number and quality of research demonstrating the harmful, accumulative toxic effects of the aspartame product. Research demonstrating DNA damage from aspartame's metabolic components are beyond question. Likewise, the effects of each component of aspartame, the aspartate, phenylalanine and methanol, have been demonstrated. We know that aspartame in conjunction with MSG greatly enhance excitotoxicity, a central mechanism of a great number of degenerative neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS and multiple sclerosis. In addition, we better understand this link and that all of these conditions could be made worse and advance faster in the face of aspartame consumption. There is also compelling evidence to indicate that heavy aspartame consumption can unmask subclinical cases of MS into full blown cases. In the face of all we know about the harmful effects of this product its further use should be banned."

Dr. Blaylock is also a visiting professor of Biology at Belhaven College. In his book Excitotoxins he discusses the brain tumor issue in full.

Ralph G. Walton, M.D., Medical Director of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine also today discussed the issue of aspartame. He said:

"When I first published a paper on adverse reactions to aspartame more than 20 years ago I felt that, with appropriate warnings, it could remain on the market. Over the past two decades, however, I have seen such severe adverse clinical consequences to the use of this artificial sweetener that I am convinced that it needs to be removed from the market. It clearly lowers seizure threshold, alters brain chemistry in a fashion which aggravates multiple underlying psychiatric disorders, paradoxically contributes to weight gain, can mimic neurological diseases such as MS, and produces metabolites which are known carcinogens. Tragically the medical literature is split on the question of aspartame's safety. Independently funded studies invariably identify one or more problems, whereas essentially all of the literature attesting to aspartame's safety is funded by the industry."

When Dr. John Olney made world news in l996 on the aspartame and brain tumor association, Dr. Walton was on 60 Minutes with his research showing that 92% of all independent scientific peer reviewed studies showed problems. He said if you removed 6 studies FDA had something to do with because of the controversy, and one pro-aspartame summary, 100% of unbiased independent studies showed the problems. Only industry funded studies said it was safe.

Yet FDA sold out the people again. Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Michael Friedman stated on 60 Minutes that aspartame did not cause brain tumors, even though his own FDA records showed that it did. Itwas so shameful I flatly asked him when he would get his reward from Monsanto. In June l999 they hired Dr. Friedman as VP of Searle for a half a million dollars. Quite a reward.

In the Ramazzini Study only rats fed aspartame developed malignant brain tumors.

Aspartame also caused leukemia, lymphoma, cancer of the kidneys and peripheral nerves, especially cranial.

Neurochemist Dr. Peter Nunn and Geoffrey Pilkington did a study at Kings College about 4 years ago having to do with aspartame and brain tumors which is as yet unpublished. In it was this statement: "When we exposed human brain tumor cells to nitrosated DKP the cells became more motile and their rate of proliferation was significantly elevated. While it is somewhat early to speculate, it is possible that the aspartame breakdown product may be capable of enhancing the rate of malignant progression of pre-existing (and possibly clinically silent, undiagnosed) tumours in the brain."

This agrees with Dr. John Olney's findings who founded the field of neuroscience called Excitotoxicity and tried to prevent aspartame's approval. He is one of the most renowned neuroscientists in the world today.

For even more on the cover-up of aspartame as a carcinogen read a list of the whoppers from industry: It's all in the record.

FDA has always served above the law for over a quarter of a century. The law says you must answer a Citizens Petition within 180 days. I wrote a petition four years ago and the only response I got was FDA had more important things to do. FDA didn't answer it because they know aspartame is a neurotoxin and has lied to the public. I told them not to send a packet of propaganda, but answer my petition. Here it is: After more than two decades on the market FDA knows well the destructive and fatal consequences of this poison. The FDA's own list of 92 symptoms includes four types of seizures to coma and death.

H. J. Roberts, M.D., testified before Congress and said at his first press conference that if something wasn't done immediately in 5 or 10 years we would have a global plague on our hands. Today Aspartame Disease is fast becoming one of the deadliest plagues in history. I've taken histories of the sick and dying for 15 years, and every victim knows a dozen more cases. Dr. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic is 1038 pages of horrors caused by this excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug masquerading as an additive. It interacts with all drugs and vaccines making nothing on the market safe for consumers.

Dr. Roberts wrote today:

"I have studied the adverse effects of aspartame products for a quarter century, and extensively documented them in many articles and four books. They are frequent and often severe -- encompassing numerous neurologic, psychiatric, metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, allergic, endocrine, cutaneous, and pediatric disorders. I have described these reactions as "aspartame disease." (A detailed bibliography is available.)

There also are a host of major pharmacologic and toxicologic considerations, especially poisoning with free methyl alcohol, and genetic (transgenerational) ramifications Indeed, it is my firm conviction that no pregnant woman should use these products.

On the basis of this prolonged experience and research, it is my conclusion as a Board-certified internist that aspartame products constitute an imminent public health threat, and ought to be removed from the market." (

You have the evidence. FDA once asked for indictment for Searle under Title 18, Section 1001. Today they are guilty of the same crime by deceiving the public. See your Board of Inquiry Report revoking the petition for approval:

Dr. John Olney testified to the Board that if aspartame was approved the damage it would do to our children born and unborn as its a teratogen and abortifacient. FDA agreed, one reason they revoked Searle's petition for approval.

Dr. Olney's prophecy has now been fulfilled. 9/99: Parents Magazine featured the article: "What's Wrong With Our Children?" One mother lamented, "Why aren't our children normal?"

"They are normal," another responded. "Every child has a disorder these days." .... "Their children - and their children's classmates - are being diagnosed with mental health problems at an alarming rate. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are 12 million children under 18 with mental disorders. ... By the end of high school, one in four teens will have seriously considered suicide."

"The problem is so widespread that it's getting hard to find anyone whose son, niece, godchild, or grandchild hasn't been affected. Some observers are calling it an epidemic and demanding that screening programs, just like the ones for tuberculosis and other diseases, be put into place."

Aspartame triggers psychiatric and behavioral problems. 50% of the molecule is phenylalanine that lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin, triggering bipolar or manic depression, suicidal tendencies, panic attacks, paranoia and hallucinations, for starters. Dr. Richard J. Wurtman, of MIT edited: "Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function." He testified before Congress and wanted to do studies on aspartame seizures, but was threatened by the VP of Searle if he did research funds would be rejected. They were. ILSI is a research front group funded by aspartame makers and those using it like Coke. Today MIT gets funds and Dr. Wurtman speaks no more against aspartame. MIT has withdrawn the book. We have copies.

Dr. Louis Elsas, pediatric professor, genetics, then at Emory University, also testified before Congress aspartame is a neurotoxin and teratogen and his research funds were also rejected: Here is part of his testimony before Congress including information on ILSI: And more:

Now our kids are addicts on aspartame and drugged with such things as Ritalin for the problems it causes. Aspartame interacts with all drugs and vaccines so our children don't have a chance. Dr. Olney predicted the damage aspartame would do to the brains of our children and especially compounded with MSG which has an additive and synergistic effect. Prior to the marketing of aspartame whoever heard of children on anti-psychotic drugs, or even that there was a problem.

In the book, "Fight For Your Health" by Byron J. Richards is this AP article:

Anti-Psychotics for Kids Raise Concerns:

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- "Soaring numbers of American children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs -- in many cases, for attention deficit disorder or other behavioral problems for which these medications have not been proven to work, a study found. The annual number of children prescribed anti-psychotic drugs jumped fivefold between 1995 and 2002, to an estimated 2.5 million, the study said. That is an increase from 8.6 out of every 1,000 children in the mid l990s to nearly 40 out of 1,000" ...

The article continued, "But more than half of the prescriptions were for attention deficit and other non-psychotic conditions, the researchers said. The findings are worrisome "because it looks like these medications are being used for large numbers of children in a setting where we don't know if they work," said lead author Dr. William Cooper, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt children's Hospital."

A New York Times article July 16, 2006 was titled "Checklist for Camp: Bug Spray. Sunscreen. Pills." The article started "The breakfast buffet at Camp Echo starts at a picnic table covered in gingham-patterned oil cloth. Here, children jostle for their morning medications: Zoloft for depression, Abilify for bipolar disorder, Guanfacine for twitchy eyes and a host of medications for attention deficit disorder."

You should find this interesting since bipolar is an adult disease, but now over a million children suffer from it according to the front page article in Time some years ago. This is what aspartame has done to our children. It knows no age as it depletes serotonin from their brain triggering psychiatric and behavioral problems, and interacts with the psycho drugs used to treat the problems it causes. How hideous and the FDA turns it back on the people with its loyalty to Big Pharma who cares not for the lives of our children, just greed in selling more of its dangerous drugs.

Aspartame is addictive. The methanol component is a narcotic bringing chronic methanol poisoning, affecting the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction. On 5/17/2006 Dorothy Rugg wrote and said: "My 12 year old and her friends have found a way to get "hyper" by ingesting individual-size packages of Crystal Lite without water. I've brought it to the school's/doctor's attention especially since the girls are emulating illegal drug use - passing it around and sharing like it were a drug - to get "hyper".

Is there a difference in snorting cocaine. One victim once wrote she used cocaine in high school and it was easier to get off cocaine than aspartame. Here is Dr. H. J. Roberts published article on Aspartame and Addiction: Other mothers have contacted me that their kids are getting high on the Listerine strips with aspartame. Why does FDA allow marketing of a narcotic to children?

Aspartame is an illegal drug and should immediately be recalled. The protest of the National Soft Drink Association that was added to the May, 1985 congressional hearing admitted aspartame to be illegal because it is adulterated:

"Section 402 of the FDC Act 21 provides a food is adulterated if it contains, in whole or in part "...a decomposed substance or if it is otherwise unfit for food". The National Soft Drink Association in their protest against aspartame approval in l983 recorded this, as found in the Congressional Record of May 7, l985, Page S 5509, Senate.

NSDA knew aspartame decomposes in soft drinks. They objected: "Searle has not demonstrated to a reasonable certainty that aspartame and its degradation products are safe for use in soft drinks. ... Aspartame is inherently markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media. In a liquid, such as a soft drink aspartame will degrade as a function of temperature and pH." S5507

Inferior test methods were used by Searle as NSDA explained: "High pressure liquid chromotography is a far superior analytical method relative to thin layer chromatography and numerous HPLC methods exist for the detection and quantification of amino acids. Searle's choice of TLC over HPLC adversely affected the quality and type of analytical data generated on aspartame and its decomposition products in soft drinks." S5507 .... " an important decomposition product of APM, aspartic acid cannot be detected at all using TLC." S 5508

"The inability to account for as much as thirty-nine percent of aspartame's decomposition products is significant." "The marked and rapid decomposition of aspartame in soft drinks under temperatures known to prevail is apparent from data in the present record and discussed above in these objections." S 5509 (So APM could not be legally added to carbonated beverages under Section 402 because it decomposes and NSDA admitted that happens.)

You will find this on and here is the actual May 1985 congressional record:

Since its adulterated and a crime to add it to carbonated drinks, it also violates interstate commerce statutes. Aspartame is also illegal because it's an excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug masquerading as an additive. Additives must be inert or non-reactive by law.

Aspartame manufacturers have been telling whoppers for years and the FDA fed them h to the public and physicians blinding them from diagnosing and treating aspartame victims. Professional ladies like the American Dietetic and American Diabetes Associations, MS folks and such take money from the manufacturers to push their propaganda in violation of Title 18, Section 1001 because they have been told for years.

So victims of aspartame have had nowhere to turn. Because of this aspartame detoxification centers are being set up in many cities and in other countries to refer victims to so they can help, all because FDA broke the law.

It was July 2005 when the Cancer Research Center of the European Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences in Bologna, Italy reported on a long term study to evaluate the potential carcinogenic effects of aspartame. They said it induces an increase in lymphomas and leukemias. Only the rats fed aspartame developed malignant brain tumors. In September 2005 at an international scientific conference it was announced that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen which also caused cancer of the kidney and peripheral nerves, mostly cranial. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. commented: "The new study released in the European Journal of Oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame."

"This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers, which also found the formaldehyde breakdown products of aspartame ato be damaging to cellular DNA and that this damage ewas accumulative. The type of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame everyday could increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia."

Dr. Blaylock also said "with children and pregnant women drinking the largest amount of diet colas, this puts their children at the greatest risk of developing one of these horrible disease. Their study found that even low doses of aspartame could cause these malignancies; yet, the higher the dose, the more cancers that were seen."

Sharon Fowler of the University of Texas did an epidemiological study based on 8 years of data linking obesity with diet drinks. Dr. Blaylock also said: "Since aspartame can increase obesity and may even case the metabolic syndrome that affects 48 million Americans, there is no reason to ever consume this product. At the least it should be immediately banned from all schools."

The FDA has broken so many laws we must provide schools with a 24 page brochure on toxic aspartame to save the children have no choice but to provide every school in the nation with a 24 page booklet with this information to save the children, to be published by the Idaho Observer, which issues the Artificially Sweetened Times. Here are three letters to be enclosed in that booklet. Dr. Roberts Dr. Walton Alabama Board of Education

The Ramazzini Study simply confirmed what the FDA saw over two decades ago, a deadly, deadly multipotential carcinogen, that in original studies triggered brain tumors and brain cancer, testicular, ovarian, mammary, pancreatic, thyroid, and uterine tumors.

The Delaney Amendment clearly states if a product causes cancer in animals it can't be put in foods. Instead of immediately removing aspartame from the marketplace, there has been nothing but more efforts at cover-up.

Bogus Aspartame Is Safe Study Exposed by Experts:

NIH and NCI Halt The Spin on Bogus Aspartame Study:

With links to aspartame manufacturers on the committee of the European Safe Food Authority nothing was done. Because the Ramazinni Study was so precise there was no way to cover up the massive carcinogenic effects of aspartame. So EFSA did a despicable thing, they made up a fairy tale. Experts laughed as they tried to get away with "the cancer was due to respiratory disease". Any physician knows that respiratory disease is part of the dying process. Aspartame kills! Dr. Soffritti the Director of the Ramazzini naturally exposed their lie: Yet, the now discredited European Food Safety Authority has been silent. They had to say something, even a lie, to avoid any action to restrict or prohibit aspartame from European tables because they collude with aspartame producers.

Now FDA says they are investigating Ramazzini. Why? FDA knows aspartame causes cancer and admitted it to Congress. It's on record, and we have it. The Bressler Report exposes shenanigans of Searle in trying to get a their poison approved.

I personally spoke to Jerome Bressler in 2001 to thank him for releasing the truth. He said when FDA retyped his report they left out the worst 20%, and to attempt to get them to release it. He mentioned two mice studies and a cover letter. Doctors H. J. Roberts and Russell Blaylock confirmed this information after speaking with him.

On November 27, 2001, Dr. Roberts wrote to Bill Nelson in the US Senate and explained how this important information was withheld. He asked for the two mouse studies done at Searle Laboratories which were reviewed by the inspection team of the Chicago District of the Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition between April and September of l977. He considered the subject to be an imminent public health hazard, and urged Senator Nelson to put pressure on the FDA to acquire these documents.

On April 18, 2002, Melinda Plaisier, Associate commissioner for Legislation wrote.. "some documents are considered confidential under FDA's FOI regulations and in some instances the Agency cannot acknowledge the existence of such documents." This is hideous; studies show the public is consuming something dangerous and unsafe it immediately becomes confidential and cannot even be acknowledged to exist. I'm quite familiar with Melinda Plaisier and have corresponded with her. Every time she lied I quoted the record to show she was lying. She just lied some more. Finally a magazine in England published a letter.

FDA for years has refused to answer questions like why a product like aspartame is allowed when it liberates free methyl alcohol. Dr. Roberts question has gone unanswered for years. Diane Fleming, a Sunday School teacher from Virginia today cries from her cell in prison. She has lost her children, her home, her husband and her freedom because aspartame killed Charles Fleming. When they found the methanol poisoning with the autopsy also revealing chronic methanol poisoning for years, she was indicted even though she called the police and passed a lie detector test. As one detective said, "she is innocent and I would have stopped the indictment but I was promoted just at that time and couldn't stop it". Several doctors who viewed the autopsy wrote affidavits that Charles Fleming died from aspartame. He was addicted.

Aspartame also damages the cardiac conduction and causes sudden death, so an Athlete Alert was written by Dr. Blaylock:

Today so many are dropping dead that two Parliamentarians have petitioned the World Health Organization to declare sudden death a syndrome and track it. FDA knows people drop dead from aspartame, but blame athlete deaths on ephedra. Dr. John Olney reviewed their records and exposed FDA.

See Prescription for Disaster about Big Pharma by Dr. Gary Null. I listened with respect to the words of Dr. Graham of the FDA who exposed them. FDA tried to discredit him, the usual penalty for whistleblowers. All these tactics are expertly exposed in John Stauber's books, "Trust Us, We're Experts", and "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You". One whistleblower also attacked, Alan Jones, said its all ...."you're on your own, there is no longer any safety."

FDA has betrayed the public. Their job has been to enrich Big Pharma. They take their money and approve their deadly drugs, defend them and lie to the people. The FDA lies to doctors telling them aspartame is safe when they know it causes an epidemic of diseases and interacts with drugs. FDA ties the hands of physicians because they can neither diagnose or treat. For example, aspartame is a proven seizure triggering drug. When a doctor sees a victim having an aspartame seizure he doesn't know the cause and immediately puts them on some anti-seizure medication like Dilantin which interacts. FDA has become PR of Big Pharma.

It breaks my heart when someone like young Kelli Motluck with a head full of aspartame brain tumors cries "I want to live, I want to live, I want to live, but if I die you must tell the world that Monsanto murdered me." She left a grieving husband and small child to grow up without a mother.

I remember one pregnant woman refused to quit using aspartame during pregnancy because she said FDA had approved it. Then she gave birth to a baby with a brain tumor. Think of the suffering of that innocent before it died because FDA approved a carcinogen.

The FDA seems most importantly wanting to prevent the public from using safe supplements so Big Pharma can sell more dangerous drugs. I read in USA Today on July 13 the FDA's warning not to use online libido supplements because the products contain chemicals that are similar or identical to the active pharmaceutical ingredients in Viagra and Livitra, and the undeclared ingredients could interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin. But its quite alright to use Viagra. Germany's Health Ministry said even back in 2001 that 616 people had died after using this drug. No deaths from supplements, only drugs.

So why are we spammed daily with hundreds of ads for Viagra in the first place? You have 70% of the population using aspartame which damages the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus produces gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GRH). The GRH goes down the stalk between the hypothalamus and pituitary and causes the pituitary then to produce gonadotropins. The ganglia goes to the testicles and causes them to produce testosterone. When you're causing hypothalmic destruction with neuroexcitotoxins like NutraSweet you're suppressing the formation of male hormone without which there is no sexual drive or pleasure for either. In original studies aspartame triggered atrophied testes and testicular tumors. It's by this route.

So if the FDA is so concerned about interaction why is aspartame on the market interacting with all drugs? Even a recent study in Liverpool proved aspartame interacts with additives. It interacts to interfere with the development of the nervous system. The Liverpool team reported that when mouse nerve cells were exposed to MSG and brilliant blue or aspartame and quinoline yellow in laboratory conditions, combined in concentrations that theoretically reflect the compound that enters the bloodstream after a typical children's snack and drink, the additives stopped the nerve cells growing and interfered with proper signalling system. The report said that exposure to food additives during a child's development has been associated with behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Now a study from Greece. This implicates aspartame with learning and memory problems - bottom line Alzheimers. Memory loss is so common with aspartame its #9 on FDA's own list of 92 symptoms.

It's impossible for a study on aspartame to show safety. That's why front groups like ILSI hand out money.

Aspartame manufacturers are pro's at fixing studies. Here's how they do it:

Scientists who do honest independent and unbiased studies are threatened by aspartame makers. The Trocho Study is an example. This showed that the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol accumulates in the cells and damages DNA. As discussed in the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, victims are pre-embalmed. As a physician you know when you damage DNA you destroy humanity.

Studies were done in South and Central America by Searle sacrificing people in poor villages who wouldn't be missed. I have the affidavit of the translator. These studies showed what we already know that aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system, triggers seizures and brain tumors, and hardens the synovial fluids. Naturally the pregnant woman lost her baby. People died in the study and Searle never published it.

In Norway a study showed aspartame destroys the brain especially in the area of learning, just as Dr. Olney predicted.

The public demands the recall. Parlimentarian Williams demanded the recall in England. Robin Goodwin, whose wife had an aspartame brain tumor, and daughter suffered seizures for 18 years until they removed aspartame, demanded the recall in the Falkland Islands. He took matters in his own hands to save the people by writing every person in the Falkslands. For months aspartame products remain on the shelves unsold. Stephen Fox of New Mexico petitioned the Environmental Improvement Board and Board of Pharmacy to ban aspartame because it violates state and federal adulteration statutes. Ajinomoto must have spent millions to prevent hearings the Board had voted twice to have. The bottomless checkbooks bought lobbyists trained in influence. But it's not over. As New Mexico Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino wrote, Aspartame is Just Buying Time.

Others are lined up to get this poison out of their state. China just restricted aspartame production:

Secretary of Defense, Don Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle when the FDA originally refused to approve aspartame. He said he would call in his markers and get it approved anyway. From the aspartame documentary Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, http:/// A quarter of a century has gone by and millions have perished from the neurodegenerative diseases, drug interactions and cancers triggered by this chemical poison once listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare submitted to Congress.

It's time to clean up this mess, Dr. Von Eschenbach and stop people from dying the world over. Vioxx murdered 60,000, more than those who died in the Vietnam War. My brother was a Green Beret, he survived a plane crash and Agent Orange but aspartame has destroyed his heart, and the addiction has almost taken his life. Diet drinks were piled high in the Persian Gulf becoming formaldehyde cocktails and interacting with unsafe vaccines. Desert Storm Illness, or Aspartame Disease, by friendly fire murdered more than the enemy.

Now Big Pharma has found away to remove their liability. Obviously they have never been in the "life-saving business" only a business of greed where they consider death and disability acceptable costs of business.

If you really mean you want to stop the suffering from cancer than recall the carcinogen. If you ignore this letter as FDA has ignored the Citizens Petition for ban you will show your words meaning nothing.

I ask you, Dr. Von Eschenbach to not insult my intelligence with propaganda. I have copies of FDA's records showing aspartame is nothing more than a chemical poison. Sending out propaganda lying about aspartame safety comes under Title 18, Section 1001. It's a grotesque and appalling act by a federal agency sworn to protect the public with safe food and drugs.

Stephen Fox also wrote today requesting that you rescind the FDA's approval for aspartame which is metabolized as, among other things, methanol and formaldehyde, which is doing incontrovertible harm to millions of those who consume it. He says further: "Aspartame approval was forced through the US Food and Drug Administration in l981, after having been rejected from l966 to l981, in a regulatory coup by Donald Rumsfeld, when he was CEO of G.D. Searle. This mistake ha resulted in millions of Americans with neurodegenerative illnesses and cancer, birth defects, and other illnesses, and even more humans are afflicted in other nations.

"The USA has dropped to 29th in world longevity statistics and it's long over due that the FDA rescind the approval for aspartame, found in 6000 USA food products, and in more than 500 medications. China has curtailed its aspartame production, and the Netherlands is withdrawing from Holland Sweeteners. We ask that you rescind the approval for aspartame as a way of protecting millions of American's health, and not capitulate to the corporations who will object on the grounds of concern for their product liabilities. To protect the health of all nations, particularly the USA's, would be a commendable and welcome advance into the future, one which would bring the most excellent dividends of increased creativity and productivity among all of our citizens."

Dr. Von Eschenbach, when those responsible to solve the problem ARE the problem its a sad commentary FDA has betrayed the consumer public. It would be a refreshing change to have a commissioner interested in safe food and drugs. By recalling aspartame you send a message you want to stop the poisoning of the people. By not recalling it you show yourself as just an addition to the staff of Big Pharma, Washington's Branch Office. I ask you to think of the millions of lost and damaged children this deadly poison has caused, and the human suffering as aspartame destroys the brain, central nervous system, optic nerve and immune system. It ravages every organ in the body. If you meant your words you wish to stop the suffering and death from cancer, this is your avenue to realize your commitment.

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

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