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

Posted: 29 March 2019

This is in response to the article entitled, "The Truth About Diet Coke: Is The Fizzy Drink Harming Your Health?", which may be found at:

There is some very interesting information in this article. So often the public is misled and falsehood is mixed with truth. It starts out by showing you diet drinks are dangerous. It says Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health found that 2 fizzy drinks a day could boost your risk of death from heart disease by almost a third, while researchers at Cornell University suggest fizzy drinks might be helping intestinal tumours to thrive. The article says in recent years there has been concern over artificial sweeteners with some studies suggesting they make you fatter. Indeed they do, We have a saying about NutraSweet, "If you want to get fat aspartame is where it's at."

Up to this point you get good information. Now it says Diet Coke was launched as a "healthy" alternative to classic Coca Cola in 1983. They give credit to the Coca Cola Company for that statement! Coke and Pepsi were the top leaders in the National Soft Drink Association, now American Beverage. The FDA Commissioner in 1980 was Dr. Jeri Goyan and FDA had tried to have G. D. Searle, manufacturer of aspartame indicted for fraud. Searle had hired Don Rumsfeld to get aspartame on the market. A Board of Inquiry had been set up and revoked the petition for approval of aspartame. Dr. Goyan had 30 days to sign it into law.

Rumsfeld, CEO of G. D. Searle, now begins his power play. With the petition being revoked the manufacturer files a lawsuit. Rumsfeld arrogantly advises he will "call in his markers" and get aspartame approved. He was on President Reagan's transition team. The day after Reagan was elected someone from the transition team calls Dr. Goyan at 3:00 AM and fires him. This was confirmed with a telephone conversation with his wife and her letter documenting the facts. Dr. Goyan has passed on. Reagan knew it would take 30 days to get a new commissioner to FDA. He wrote an executive order preventing Dr. Goyan from signing the revoked petition into law before he leaves, and prevented anything from being done on the aspartame issue until they can get a new commissioner. Enters Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner, a friend of Don Rumsfeld from the defense department.

The revoked petition was a done deal but Hayes' job was to get aspartame marketed so he got a review but they still voted to revoke the petition based on the fact it couldn't be proven safe and caused brain tumors. How could he get this accomplished? He added another person to the already revoked petition to create a tie. FDA Commissioner Dr. Hayes accomplished what he was sent there to do, he broke the tie and allowed aspartame to be marketed. Keep in mind that aspartame was only allowed in dry foods because the FDA said it would break down in heat. Yet, obviously when allowed as Equal for hot coffee it's still going to breakdown. I just received an email from the FDA, one of the usual propaganda notes. It says: "It is not heat stable and loses its sweetness when heated, so it typically isn't used in baked goods." My question to the FDA is "why did FDA approve aspartame for baked goods in 1993?" The problem with FDA is they refuse to answer such questions. Twenty-six questions were given to the FDA a quarter of a century ago and even the Speaker of the House told them to answer. They refused. Indeed it breaks down, is adulterated and scientific peer reviewed research like the Trocho Study shows not only does it break down but the formaldehyde converted from the methanol embalms living tissue. Think of the formaldehyde being released in the cells! In the Ramazzini studies proving aspartame a multipotential carcinogen there was so much formaldehyde it turned the rats hair to yellow!

How would Hayes get it approved for soft drinks.? Have no fear the power of industry is clear. In 1983 Hayes approved NutraSweet for soft drinks two months before he left office without any discussions. Hayes resigned when Dept of Health and Human Services investigated his acceptance of gratuities including free rides aboard General Foods jet. If you're wondering how Hayes got rewarded for getting a deadly poison marketed consider he went to work for Searle's public relations firm, Burston Marsteller, who represented NutraSweet and several major users for $1,000 a day on a ten year contract. Interesting is the fact an old article claims Hayes only worked there for about 15 days.

Consider the fact in 1983, the FDA disregarded Section 170.22 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (which would have limited the safe daily intake of diet drinks to only 2 cans per day) and they raised the acceptable maximum daily intake of aspartame to 50 mg/kg/day (maximum milligram of a toxic substance per kilogram of body weight per day), which translates to an allowable intake level of 17 cans of diet drink for a 150 pound person,.

So Diet Coke was not approved as a "healthy" alternative to Classic Coke, it was a deadly poison marketed to an unsuspecting public through the political chicanery of Don Rumsfeld. It has caused disability and death all over this planet. Antony Brunetti, the FDA Consumer Product Officer who drafted the notice approving NutraSweet in soft drinks later accepted a position with the Soft Drink Association as a science advisor.

Aspartame is so poisonous as soon as it hit the market the FDA was overrun with complaints and it was admitted in the Senate that the FDA was referring them to the AIDS Hotline. But here is the kicker the National Soft Drink Assn knew how bad it was and protested to the FDA they did not want to add it to soft drinks. Pepsi finally confessed they were removing aspartame because of the health concerns only to add it back with full knowledge because of complaints from users who obviously were addicted. Here is the entire protest of the NSDA:

In this article you notice Professor Susan Swithers who admits to its dangers doesn't realize aspartame is addictive. It says: "She's skeptical of the idea that Diet Coke is chemically addictive, however, rejecting the claims of various online health bloggers." Aspartame has a methyl ester which immediately becomes free methyl alcohol. It is classified as a narcotic. It causes chronic methanol poisoning. This affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction. * Roberts HJ, Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, 2900; 198 (January): 52-57 It is chemically addictive and victims over the years have told of horrible withdrawal symptoms. One said it was easier to get off cocaine than aspartame. So not only did G. D. Searle cause the mass poisoning of the world but addicted the victims. It's hard to think of how many millions have perished from the diseases, symptoms and cancers from aspartame.

As thousands complained of the problems on the FDA list of 92 symptoms Senator Howard Metzenbaum attempted to set up congressional hearings. In one interview you hear Senator Metzenbaum say to Senator Orrin Hatch, "Orrin its going to be too late" talking about the fact children were using it. Finally starting in 1985 there were congressional hearings which I have on my web site, Officials who were at the FDA when aspartame was being investigated told the truth to the Senate. Dr. Adrian Gross who was one of the chief investigators, wanted G. D. Searle indicted for fraud, and was on the task force, admitted aspartame was on the market illegally because it violated the Delaney clause because it caused brain tumors and brain cancers. He admitted FDA should not have even been able to set up an ADI. Likewise, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, FDA toxicologist, who testified in 1987 said aspartame remains on the market without proper toxicological testing. So aspartame had been on the market since 1981 and six years later she admitted it still had not been proven safe. Doctors, researchers and victims testified but a bill to have independent studies done on what was being seen in the population never got out of committee.

KINGS COLLEGE, Professor Sanders

Here's an example why the public can't get all the facts. If someone is quoted as saying aspartame is safe immediately start investigating the person or organization because either that person is ignorant or has sold out. After 40 years of controversy and almost 100% of "independent" scientific peer reviewed research showing its "not safe" somebody is hiding the truth.

Now comes Professor Thomas Sanders, a nutrition expert from King's College London and says the artificial sweeteners used by various diet drinks - including aspartame, acesulfame K and sucralose - are "harmless" ! Ask any real expert about the ingredients and they will tell you the 40% aspartic acid is an excitotoxin, the 10% methyl alcohol is a neurotoxin and the 50% phenylalanine at this huge amount of the molecule is a neurotoxin. Then the molecule breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent. It should have been called "Tumor Often". Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon wrote the book on excitotoxins: "Excitotoxin: The Taste That Kills". He says they stimulate the neurons of the brain to death causing brain damage. The late Dr. John Olney who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity and world renowned tried to prevent the approval of aspartame along with DC attorney and Nader Raider James Turner. After aspartame was approved the officials who were still at the FDA and knew aspartame was poison promised Dr. Olney they would see to it that no child would ever get it. In 1984 aspartame was approved in children's chewable and multivitamins. Today it's in so many of their drugs.

Part of the arrangement on getting aspartame approved was that the teratology studies that showed neural tube defects, spina bifida and cleft palate for starters be sealed. The information was part of the Bressler Report: It took years to find the information but we added it back. Here is the last chapter of "While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills" on aspartame and autism: It will give you this information and you'll also find out Dr. Woodrow Monte who wrote this outstanding medical text and has taken aspartame all the way to the Supreme Court had his home blown up with him in it. Dr. Ken Stoller, pediatrician and owner of the San Francisco Aspartame Detox Center who also wrote a petition to ban it, did a report showing since aspartame was approved autism has risen sky high. Now the FDA refuses to accept a petition to ban from me because I bring up the above showing aspartame is illegally on the market. There is no way to answer the situation. Some of the FDA have admitted to being broken, corrupt and whistle blowers fear reprisals. It's been reported to the Justice Department and Congress for years...

Anyone investigating aspartame knows a lot of the above, but people have to know these facts to understand what is happening today and the reason for all the epidemics. "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" is a 1000 page medical text on the subject written by the late world expert, H. J. Roberts, M.D. When I lectured for the World Environmental Conference Dr. Clarice Gaylord of the EPA said, "We have an epidemic of MS and lupus and can't identify the toxin." That's when I stood up and said "The toxin is aspartame and I'm here to lecture on MS and lupus." So many MS and lupus victims of aspartame called because of an email about it that went viral, that we had to add a telephone line just to dial out for years. But the line was also jammed because of the other horrors as well. Today millions of articles have been written but the propaganda mills still spread the falsehood that aspartame was proven safe and is harmless. You've just read the history of aspartame in brief so you understand aspartame was never proven safe.

Professor Sanders knows its not harmless. His name has made the news and there are no secrets in the world. The Daily Mail wrote in 2014:

"Another of the Government's most trusted scientists on diet, sugar and heart disease, Professor Tom Sanders, has been given 4.5 million lbs towards his research by sugar giant Tate & Lyle. If they enjoy such sweet business connections can we trust the advice our scientists give us on diet and obesity?"

The article continued "Have the men and women in white coats - once thought incorruptible, above politics and devoted only to the purity of scientific fact - been bought up by the industries they have been asked to help regulate? ..Of course, university and research institutes need money to fund their programmes., But we should be very worried about industry funding scientists who advise the Government on how to look after our people's health."

Tate & Lyle is the sole manufacturer of SPLENDAŽ Sucralose, a zero-calorie sweetener. So readers, do you think Professor Sanders can give an honest opinion about artificial sweeteners? A study by Sydney University claims that industry funding causes bias in artificial sweetener research:

Now you know about Professor Sanders mentioned in the article below. Sanders says "the Internet is full of 'Diet Coke truthers' looking to disparage the drink wherever they can. Most of their claims stem from a now discredited 1996 report by the US's National Center for Biotechnology Information, which suggested a link between aspartame and brain tumors." Just who discredited the brain tumor link to aspartame besides Sanders - perhaps the industry who produces the poison? Aspartame breaks down to a brain tumor agent, DKP, and produced brain tumors in rats in original studies. G. D. Searle would excise the tumors, put the rats back in the study, and when they died resurrected them on paper. St. Jude Hospital is full of children with brain tumors because the FDA didn't have the decency to even list a pregnancy warning and women used the poison during pregnancy.

Professor Sanders actually says "If someone's going to a pub and they have a Diet Coke, it's certainly better than having a glass of wine or a sugary drink, because the risk of alcohol is so much greater." It's hard to believe he said that. He knows the methyl ester immediately becomes free methyl alcohol (wood alcohol) and converts to formaldehyde and formic acid. Ethanol is certainly safer than methyl alcohol. During prohibition it blinded and killed thousands. The Trocho Study is one of the most damning studies ever done. It shows the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA. This study is so damning the aspartame industry tried to assassinate Dr. M. Alemany's character for doing it. Consider the formaldehyde turning the tissues to plastic and being released in the cells, a Class A Carcinogen. Over the years there have been several cases where victims got DUI's from drinking so much diet soda. Here is what happens when you mix a diet soda with aspartame in alcohol, a study for confirmation, Professor Sanders:

Here is Dr. Woodrow Monte scientific peer reviewed article "Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health" Notice ethanol is the classic antidote for methanol toxicity. Which does Prof Sanders now thinks is the worse?

How can Sanders say aspartame is harmless when the FDA admitted it causes cancer and three Ramazzini studies and one by Harvard confirmed the link to cancer. Because it's not an additive but an excitoneurotoxic drug it interacts with drugs and vaccines:

And now the Kings College connection. Back in 1999 the Samatha Dickson Brain Tumor Trust won the lottery! Dr. Peter Nunn with the funds was asked to do an aspartame and brain tumor study at Kings College. Immediately Monsanto declared aspartame could not cause brain tumors because they said it doesn't get in the blood stream, even though it breaks down to a brain tumor agent, DKP, and caused brain tumors in original studies. One of the reasons the FDA wanted an indictment was that G. D. Searle were excising the brain tumors and putting the rats back in the study. Some were resurrected on paper when they died.

With all Monsanto's denials they were exposed with this letter: They could not and would not answer it.

In later years the safe food people in Japan sent this email to Ajinomoto, the largest manufacturer today of aspartame. They got no answer. The second time they sent it Ajinomoto said because it was approved they didn't have to answer it. The third time they sent it, the translation from Japanese to English was "we ain't gonna". The organization sent me the records.

I know Dr. Peter Nunn and he is a fine neurochemist. When all this was going on I flew to England to lecture. I can tell you that Monsanto tried very hard to get into Hills College to see what was going on. If they could find out they could do a three year study in 3 months because of their facilities. They appeared to be very concerned because the world could find out that Rumsfeld's Plague causes malignant brain cancer as it did in original studies. The first comments I heard about the study were in 2005:

"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."

That was the first and the last statement we heard about the study as years went by with it being unpublished. Just consider this: Aspartame caused brain tumors in original studies and the company tried to hide the fact by excising the tumors and putting the rats back in the study. It was one of the reasons FDA tried to have the company indicted for fraud. The molecule breaks down to DKP, a brain tumor agent. The FDA Board of Inquiry originally revoked the petition for approval because of the brain tumor issue and the fact aspartame couldn't be proven safe. Aspartame users have reported brain tumors for years. In the documentary, "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" on youtube Attorney Ed Johnson who was a US Prosecutor and Bob Mehl tell about their brain tumors.

Professor Sanders says he rejects animal studies as unreliable and difficult to apply to humans. He should be happy to hear in 6 countries aspartame was studied on humans from poor villages and translator Norma Vera said while they gave them a lot of aspartame many of them developed brain tumors and seizures. I seriously doubt there are any survivors. For instance, the pregnant woman lost her baby, hemorrhaged and disappeared, But, in case Professor Sanders is interested the largest study ever done on aspartame has been done on the consumer public. As Dr. Woodrow Monte once said, "a toxicologist's dream". He also said aspartame is a killing machine. This year, an estimated 23,820 adults (13,410 men and 10,410 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with primary cancerous tumors of the brain and spinal cord. Brain tumors account for 85% to 90% of all primary CNS tumors. Having worked with the CDC years ago I was told only 10% or less of anything is reported. St Jude Hospital is full of babies born with brain tumors from mothers who were not warned about birth defects and used aspartame.

Dr. Ralph Walton also did a study on humans. One administrator took part in the study and lost his vision in one eye from a retinal attachment and another had conjunctivitis. Dr. Walton didn't even use the maximum daily intake. Reactions were so severe that the study had to be stopped. The methanol in aspartame converted to formaldehyde and formic acid in the retina of the eye. This is why few studies are done on humans,. When you're feeding them poison they can die or become disabled. This explains what is going on in the population with so many not connecting the dots and realize aspartame is causing the harm.

It boils down to this: If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck, hangs around with other ducks and are called ducks you can be pretty sure it definitely is a duck. The brain tumor and aspartame issues hav been around for over 40 years and is a matter of public record.

This commentary is written to this article below to show the public why they are misled. The lies and deceit of industry continue to cause disability and death in aspartame victims. With the history of aspartame if somebody says aspartame is safe or harmless remember to investigate who that person is because there is no way to prove a poison is safe. In fact, Dr. Russell Blaylock said at a lecture: "Understand the reactions to aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide.

Since Professor Sanders is getting a copy of this email and article I will close with some advice to him. "Professor, how could you give Diet Coke to your children? As a nutrition expert, did you not do any research and just accept industry propaganda? One of the most recent studies reveals how aspartame depletes neurotransmitters. Here is the URl to the article as well as the debate over neurotransmitter interaction in aspartame usage. and Note the depletion of serotonin 74%. These comments below explain why there are so many Diet Coke truthers as you call them, warning the public. The article says:

As this study shows, "aspartame may be contributing to the downfall of human civilization by altering the brains of human beings, turning them into cognitively impaired, chemically-altered organisms incapable of rational behavior. It also reminds us that when it comes to food ingredients, humans are the lab rats who are routinely exposed to dangerous, toxic chemicals that have unknown long-term effects."

You may also be interested in this study on how aspartame increases hunger: You may even be interested in how two diet drinks doubles diabetes risk:

I hope your children are not still using aspartame drinks. It's in over 14,000 foods and in thousands of drugs. If so I would go to my web site and read the Aspartame Resource Guide and print out neurosurgeon Dr Russell Blaylock's paper titled: "What to do if you have used aspartame." http:?/

Further advice Professor Sanders before you give a toxic substance to a child check out what is a matter of public record. I'm sure you're familiar with the renowned Ecologist there in England who did a 17 page front page report on aspartame. Notice the first paragraph, once upon a time aspartame was listed with the Pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress., Want to hear it from Roger Williams in your UK Parliament:

"UK Parliamentary Information Management Services [PIMS ] Early Day Motion EDM 1517 TOXIC PROPERTIES OF ASPARTAME 30.01.2006 January 30, 2006 Williams, Roger That this House expresses deep concern over the numerous independent toxicological studies and thousands of subjective reports attesting to the toxic effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame on human health; notes that aspartame, once patented as a biochemical warfare agent, is the synthetically produced methyl ester of a dipeptide which is readily broken down in the gut to release methanol; further notes that in naturally occurring foodstuff methanol is either not released into the body or present together with natural defence mechanisms that mitigate its toxic effects; recognises that methanol is a well-known poison and is further converted into formaldehyde, a class A carcinogen according to the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer; accepts that severe health concerns occur from the gradual accumulation of formaldehyde in the body which cannot be excreted and that further research has shown that long term low level exposure to formaldehyde induces leukaemia and nasopharyngeal cancer in humans; acknowledges that of the 166 studies conducted on aspartame's safety deemed relevant to humans, 92 per cent. of independently sponsored studies identified one or more problems with aspartame's safety whereas industry-sponsored studies found unanimously in favour of aspartame's safety; and urges the Government to abide by the precautionary principle and make use of Statutes 13 and 16 of the 1990 Food Safety Act to remove aspartame from the permitted list of additives on the UK market." Signatures( 47)

Professor Sanders since funding came from Tate & Lyle you might be interested in the article: "Life After Aspartame" on sucralose also in the Ecologist. It was developed by insecticide researchers, and I still found it on one site still being sold as insecticide. The aspartame Resource Guide will also tell you about the original studies. It was Dr. Morando Soffritti who did the cancer study and found it to be a carcinogen. That means in the US it also violates the Delaney Clause.


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

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