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December 01, 2005

Artificial Sweetener Indicted - Will New Mexico Be First To Ban Aspartame?

Aspartame, the controversial artificial sweetener that was approved when Donald Rumsfeld decided to call in his political markers to override the FDA's scientific doubts, seems to be nearing the end of its 'useful' life span. Not only are consumers getting increasingly angry - once they find out what causes their ills and they get off the poison - but threatening black scientific and legislative clouds are lining the horizon as well.

Italian study

A large multi-year study of a private Italian health research foundation has acutely confirmed what studies in the 1980s had already found: brain tumors and other unsavory effects of aspartame consumption. The study, which used laboratory animals to test the cancer hypothesis, has been published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. The article is available on the EHP website.

The study's authors said that previous studies on aspartame were too short to show the cancer causing potential of the substance: "In our opinion, previous studies did not comply with today's basic requirements for testing the carcinogenic potential of a physical or chemical agent, in particular concerning the number of rodents for each experimental group (40 - 86, compared to 100 - 150 in the current study) and the termination of previous studies at only 110 weeks of age of the animals."

The study has made headline news, but most countries are wary to take a first step - the FDA is held in high esteem, although opinions might be changing after recent scandals have shaken in the agency.

Consumer complaints

Consumer complaints about aspartame were collected by the FDA and in a rare slip, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in February of 1994 released a listing of adverse reactions. There are some 92, the listing can be found in Aspartame... the BAD news!. Apparently aspartame accounted for more than 75% of all adverse reactions reported to the FDA's Adverse Reaction Monitoring System.

The FDA is in a very unenviable position. It has approved a neurotoxic carcinogen to be used as an artificial sweetener and complaints are piling up to where they are difficult to hide. But once the sweetener was approved it became almost impossible for the agency to admit wrongdoing, without unleashing a scandal the likes of which has not been seen since the thalidomide disaster.

New Mexico

Against this background, there is now action in the New Mexico legislature to hear evidence about aspartame's health effects. Heaven forbid that there should be hearings, Ajinomoto, the principal manufacturer of aspartame, has hit the ceiling. Lawyers hired by Ajinomoto appeared before New Mexico regulatory boards to argue why the fact that aspartame has FDA approval should prevent any independent hearings from taking place. The Calorie Control Council, a group close to industry, was called in to help. They dutifully attempted to demolish the Italian study saying it did not follow the guidelines of the National Toxicology Program...

The people pressure against aspartame comes from a network of former 'addicts' who have kicked the diet habit and from doctors who have seen the damage and halted or reversed it in their patients. Books have been written (look at the Amazon ads in the side bar ... hint, hint) that condemn the sweetener and document its ill effects, aspartame detoxification programs and aspartame help groups exist, a video Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World documents the history of aspartame's approval and its egregious side effects.

A tireless lady by the name of Betty Martini, who founded Mission Possible is arguably the most well known among the aspartame opponents, although hers is not a lonely crusade. Aspartame users (mostly ex, to be sure) and doctors in some 30 countries are involved. They swear they won't rest until the poison has been removed from the food supply and those responsible for overriding science and covering up the deadly effects are brought to justice.

It is Betty Martini who wrote the following two letters, one to the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and another, more recent one, to the Governor and the Attorney General of New Mexico. While her tone reflects her frustration of seeing official inaction in the face of an obvious catastrophe, we should not make light of what she has to say. Her comments and documentation go well beyond the immediate issue of the New Mexico hearings.

Anyone serious about understanding what the aspartame controversy is all about would do well to read her letters. That includes any health officials who might be reading this article - especially! I have added some links to the references in the letters, to make it easier for those interested to arrive at the documents...

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Why New Mexico must not capitulate to the flimsy and flawed arguments by the world's largest Aspartame Manufacturer, Ajinomoto, regarding ostensible FDA preemption for Aspartame, and Ajinomoto's corporate attempts to prevent two Board hearings on Aspartame's Neurotoxicity

Letter to the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Deputy Attorney General of New Mexico


November 28, 2005

The Honorable William Blaine Richardson
The Honorable Patricia Madrid
The Honorable Stuart Bluestone

Dear Governor Richardson, Attorney General Patricia Madrid, and Deputy Attorney General Stuart Bluestone:

Below please find the letter I wrote the EIB [Environmental Improvement Board] in September proving that aspartame violates both State and Federal Statutes on Adulteration. I want each of you to take the time to read the EIB letter from September, and this more current one to you with my responses to the Ajinomoto of Japan's New Mexico lawyer's brief asking that the Board of Pharmacy not move forward with any hearing on aspartame's neurotoxicity. Thus, you will know that aspartame is a product that is poisonous, mislabeled, and adulterative, making it unfit for human consumption.

If aspartame were under consideration for approval today based on science instead of by the politics of Don Rumsfeld, there is no way it would be approved today. The FDA refused approval for 16 years, and at one point, even asked the Justice Department to prosecute the manufacturer for fraud and submission of false documents! This is the first and only time in its history that FDA did this. However both prosecutors, Sam Skinner and William Conlon, hired on with the defense team representing the industries, and the statute of limitations expired.

FDA continued to deny approval, and another branch of the Federal Government, the Department of Defense, was doing research on using aspartame as a biological weapon against other nations. Then Donald Rumsfeld, President of G.D. Searle, who was also on Reagan's transition team, "called in his markers," as he worded it, and his choice for the new FDA Commissioner, Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, was appointed. It mattered not that aspartame was a proven carcinogen and triggered in original studies brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, pancreatic and thyroid tumors, as well as testicular atrophy, polyps and seizures.

Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist, told Congress that aspartame, without a shadow of a doubt triggers brain cancer and violates the Delaney Amendment forbidding carcinogenic additives. Hayes ignored the objection of his own Public Board of Inquiry and approved it in 1981. Dr. Gross told Congress in 1985 that since it triggers brain tumors, FDA could not by law have set an allowable daily dose. In 1987 FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, testified to Congress that all Searle's studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out; it had not been proven safe, though it was on the market in thousands of products at that time.

FDA is the handmaiden of Big Pharma, their loyal attack dog. Dr. James Bowen of Hawaii, who has Lou Gehrig's caused by aspartame, has written that before the FDA approved aspartame, it was intact, but once it was approved and FDA had to lie about its safety, it is as though they no longer cared. One employee of the FDA told the mother of an aspartame-seizure victim:

"We revoked the petition for approval; we tried to indict the company; we said it wasn't safe, and we said it caused seizures and brain tumors. They should have listened to us. Now what do you want us to do?"

On please see the Bressler Report, an FDA audit by Jerome Bressler, now retired. It gives the manufacturer indigestion. I thanked Mr. Bressler for his candor in letting the world know how deadly aspartame is, and he told me the studies were much worse than his FDA Audit showed because when they retyped it, they removed the worst 20%. He didn't say who was behind it but to look for two mice studies and a cover letter and I would learn how bad it is. Dr. Bressler repeated this to Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon who spoke to him on the matter. Dr. H. J. Roberts of Palm Beach Florida asked his congressman to get the missing records. The FDA wrote the congressman that the information is confidential and they would not release it. That is against the law, of course, but if the FDA released this particular information, they'd be found guilty of altering reports.

Dr. John Olney, one of the world's most renowned neuroscientists [who] founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, after doing the studies on MSG and aspartic acid, the acid which constitutes 40% of aspartame by molecular weight. He found lesions in the brains of mice from these chemicals and tried to prevent aspartame approval. (An excitotoxin is a biochemical that literally stimulates the neurons of the brain to death. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock wrote a book on this subject - Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills).

Dr. Olney, fed up with all the fraud, insisted that Searle do studies in his lab so he could oversee them, and prevent manipulation. The studies showed brain damage. Dr. Olney thought it would never be approved, but didn't realize that Searle simply deleted those studies from its report to FDA.

In 14 years, I've spoken to a lot of informants and could give a course on how manufacturers of aspartame manipulate studies, and mislead the public. You simply cannot get a chemical poison like aspartame, a deadly, deadly neurotoxic drug, and carcinogen, to show safety unless you manipulate the studies for that purpose.

One study pivotal in the approval of aspartame was a 52-week oral toxicity study on 7 infant monkeys. Five had grand mal seizures and one died. However, it's very well known that aspartame is a seizure triggering drug, and interacts with anti-seizure medication and all medication and vaccines. It damages the mitochondria of the cells; this is one of the reasons, and, of course, it is a chemical hypersensitization agent that triggers polychemical sensitivity syndrome.

The FDA report of 92 symptoms from 10,000 volunteered consumer complaints, more that the complaints to FDA about all other food additives combined, is on (In other words, the FDA's own 92 symptom chart shows four different kinds of seizures triggered by aspartame!)

Monsanto, which bought Searle in 1985, decided they would do studies to show safety and put the minds of the people at rest. Here's what they did, in this hopelessly flawed double-blind study funded by Monsanto, the Rowen study of 1995:

They were so afraid somebody would have a seizure they actually had 16 of the 18 subjects taking anti-seizure medication during the study. They knew the CDC showed that most seizures linked to aspartame don't appear until three or more months of real world aspartame use, so they did a ONE DAY study with subjects all having been given in advance anti-seizure medication!

The aspartame was in capsules, so instead of spiking the plasma phenylalanine level and significantly changing the phenylalanine/LNAA ratio, the phenylalanine was absorbed very slowly -- more like what happens when ingesting food (Stegink 1987). These researchers discussed in detail the issue of plasma phenylalanine and LNAA levels. It was particularly absurd that they gave the aspartame in capsules, even though they cited industry research (Burns l990) that proves capsulated aspartame eliminates the spike in plasma phenylalanine! The researchers were pretending to test the hypothesis that phenylalanine/LNAA ratio changes cause seizures, but intentionally skewed their dog-and-pony show to get the result they wanted.

Capsulated aspartame slows the absorption of methanol and may reduce its toxicity somewhat similar to the way ingestion of food with methanol may slightly reduce its toxicity (Posner 1975) and also eliminates the quick absorption of the excitotoxin, aspartic acid (Stegink 1987). When aspartic acid is absorbed quickly, it is extremely excitotoxic (Blaylock 1994, Olney 1980), especially in conjunction with formaldehyde that comes from the methanol in aspartame.

This "study" consisted of ONLY ONE SINGLE DOSE of aspartame ingestion. This was comparable to the test subjects just smelling the bottle! The results of this study only apply to people who take a single dose of encapsulated aspartame while they're on anti-seizure medication. Not only is this study worthless, but also key information wasn't in the abstract; namely, the fact the subjects were on anti-seizure medication and that the aspartame was in capsules. This is just one example, and there are indeed hundreds, of the tactics used by the manipulative criminals in the aspartame industry who are trying to prevent two board hearings and investigations by the state of New Mexico into their manipulative techniques to conceal and misrepresent evidence!

Ralph Walton M.D. did an independent study on aspartame, and Monsanto, knowing they could not control the study, even refused to sell him the aspartame. After one man had a retinal detachment (the methanol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and formic acid destroys the optic nerve) and lost vision in that eye, and another subject had conjunctival bleeding while others reporting they were being poisoned, the study was halted. You CANNOT do an honest study on this chemical poison and show safety. Poisons are always poisons - period. Dr. Walton's study is on

Further, in 1996 when Dr. John Olney made world news on the aspartame/brain tumor association, Dr. Walton joined him on 60 Minutes with his research on peer-reviewed studies and funding, showing 92% of independent peer reviewed studies reveal the problems aspartame causes. Dr. Walton also stated if you removed the studies FDA had something to do with, 100% of independent studies show the problems with aspartame. Read this study on

So if all independent studies show problems, what does this say about industry controlled/ funded studies that say aspartame is so safe? And why do the manufacturers threaten researchers who do these independent studies? Dr. Richard Wurtman of the Brain Studies Department of MIT testified before Congress on how dangerous this drug is. He also decided to do studies on aspartame and seizures, but was threatened by the VP of Searle that if he did his research, his funding would be terminated. Today Dr. Wurtman refuses to speak out about aspartame, yet MIT is getting funding again. However, he couldn't destroy the paper trail on how deadly aspartame is. Although Wurtman edited "Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function," this book is now removed from MIT, but many of his reports are on our web sites explaining the toxicity.

Gregory Gordon did an 8 month investigation on aspartame when he was with UPI
(on part one - part two) also wrote the article "FDA Resisted Proposals To Test Aspartame" when he was working with the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1996. The manufacturers manipulate the FDA into helping them prevent new independent studies, by citing the ostensible "200 studies that
show it is safe." Gordon wrote:

"Food and Drug Administration officials have for years resisted proposals from government scientists for comprehensive studies on the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame, which [at least] 100 million Americans consume as NutraSweet. Between the early 1980s and 1994, scientists at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) proposed at least four times that the government's leading program for toxicology research fund such studies, the Star Tribune has learned. The government scientists said they wanted the National Toxicology Program to conduct animal studies to resolve questions about the sweetener's cancer risks. After each of these "nominations," NIEHS officials elected not to pursue the research at the urging of FDA officials, who said they were satisfied with industry-sponsored research that found no health risks. ...

"Now, after a scientific paper by researchers at Washington University of St. Louis has rekindled fears that aspartame may cause deadly brain tumors, some present and former NIEHS officials are criticizing the FDA for using its influence to delay research that could have settled some or all of the safety questions."

Perhaps by now, you can understand why no one in the USA knew that the European Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences Cancer Research Centre in Bologna, Italy was doing a 3-year study on aspartame. No independent researcher would want the manufacturers to know, because they would threaten, try to prevent and harass them. The studies, just recently released, show just exactly what was expected, that aspartame triggers malignant brain tumors as in original studies, lymphoma, leukemia and even kidney cancer and cancer of the peripheral cranial nerves. They called it a multipotential carcinogen, which we've known for 25 years!

In the 1970's, G.D. Searle sacrificed people in South and Central America who were in poor villages. They developed brain tumors and seizures; one pregnant woman began to bleed extensively, lost her baby, and disappeared; and otherwise the studies showed aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system. Aspartame also hardened the synovial fluids accounting for the agonizing joint pain so many victims complain about. Searle did not publish these studies, although we have the affidavit of the translator. They promptly closed the Florida office, went back to Illinois, and sent the physician involved to Mexico.

Now FDA will just stick with industry and accept the flawed studies instead of the real ones. They're complaining the Italian researchers didn't kill the rats after 2 years but let them live out their lives. This to determine how many cancers the aged rats would develop, just as my files are full of cancer reports from older Americans. The quicker you kill them, the fewer cancers you find!

Studies in Norway a few years ago showed aspartame destroys the brain, especially in the area of learning. The studies in South and Central America revealed the brain tumors. The manufacturers' own studies in Dr. Olney's office showed aspartame destroys the brain. The manufacturers have been caught red-handed so all they can use is their abundant clout & cash to get regulators to rubber-stamp their poisons. To hell with the people their poisons kill!

This letter has been long and detailed; in order for you to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, as FDA toxicologist, Dr. Gross, told Congress, that aspartame is indeed a carcinogen. Dr. H. J. Roberts' medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, is 1038 pages of diseases and horrors that this toxin causes. As an abortifacient and teratogen it has destroyed millions of babies in their mother's womb and caused ADD, Autism, ADHD, Tourette's, mental retardation and a host of other horrors to our children.

Governor Richardson, thank you for your courage to get junk food out of school. Please just remember "no sweeteners," as they mostly are all chemicals except for Just Like Sugar (available in Whole Foods) and the sweet herb Stevia. There are products like Xylitol that can cause some bloating but nowhere near as bad as what it is presently in soft drinks. With the information I am giving you in this letter, you and the legislators can strongly stand up to and reject the complaints of the lobbyists for the corporations which include Ajinomoto, Altria Corporate Services (Kraft-Philip Morris), the Glutamate Association of America, Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola, when your excellent legislative efforts in this realm come before the 2006 legislature.

Attorney General Madrid and Deputy Attorney General Bluestone, please show the same kind of courage in your legal research and your eventual Opinion for the Pharmacy Board, that they can move forward to hear evidence on the neurotoxicity of aspartame in medications, vitamins, and aspirin, despite the fact that this neurodegenerative product technically retains its ill-gotten FDA approval.

Aspartame has caused an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. It also aggravates and simulates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy and interacts with insulin. It's a drug that makes you crave carbohydrates as Dr. Wurtman has reported. [Please see protest of National Soft Drink Association]

A book could be written on what the manufacturers have done! Even in the UPI investigation, it was reported physicians who spoke out to Congress were put on a yacht and the aspartame manufacturers tried to change their mind. No one disagrees they have bottomless checkbooks, but they also intimidate, threaten and have no concern for how many perish on their poison, and this should be prosecuted in due course by racketeering statutes, because purely and simply, racketeering is precisely what they do! If aspartame were safe, consider they would not have to manipulate studies, and try to prevent any independent studies, just as Ajinomoto is trying now to prevent any inquiries about aspartame's neurotoxicity from two New Mexico Boards!

In one of the manufacturers' press releases on the new Italian study, they commented that they thought it was criminal that the regulatory people were not advised. In other words, what they are saying is that they had no opportunity to change the results by purchasing the researchers' loyalty! Dr. Blaylock said their study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers (1998) that also found the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and that this damage was cumulative. Similarly, when aspartame manufacturers and their front groups like the Calorie Control Council say the recent Italian studies by the Ramazzini Foundation don't go along with other carcinogen studies, they are lying; they are trying to compare the truthful new one from Italy to ones they controlled to get the result they wanted. And the Trocho people were intimidated terribly.

Please don't forget Dr. Blaylock's words in Aspartame Makers Tell A Whopper:

"This study should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study that 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."

He also wrote: "These studies strongly indicate that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame everyday could significantly increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia."

Clearly by statute, the Environmental Improvement Board of New Mexico and the Board of Pharmacy have the power to conduct hearings, examine the evidence, and if they deem appropriate, to then ban aspartame. If they didn't exercise their powers given to them by the legislature in statutes, they would be of no use to the people. This was corroborated by former Special Assistant Attorney General Stevan Looney, now of the Sutin Firm, who represented Petitioner Stephen Fox pro-bono because he knew he was protecting the health of the citizens of New Mexico.


With that being said, I would like to go over the specific arguments from the attorneys who represent the manufacturers who make this toxin poisoning the world.

I. Ajinomoto's lawyer wrote that he would argue, "that federal approval of aspartame prevents the Board from outlawing it." That's pure poppycock. A precedent was given in the conclusion of the EIB, after hearing extensive medical and even more extensive legal arguments. If you examined further the FDA approval, you would see that it was illegally approved. First of all, it's a drug, and not an additive. An additive BY LAW requires that it be inert, the symptoms and diseases would not be filling a 1038 page medical text, and there wouldn't be 92 documented symptoms on the FDA report. Aspartame is about as inert as Mt. Vesuvius when it erupts!

Aspartame not only failed the adulteration statutes, but also was considered by the National Soft Drink Association to be an adulterant; this is part of the congressional record. Interestingly, the FDA admitted aspartame could not be heated and then gave heed to the wind and approved it for baking. Thus, the soft drink companies WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE sent diet pop laced with this poison to the Persian Gulf to sit in the 120 degree Arabian sun for as long as 8 weeks at a time so the troops could ingest formaldehyde cocktails, one of the major precipitants and causes of the so-called "Gulf War Syndrome."

Aspartame can precipitate MS and ALS or Lou Gehrig's. So when the Government did a study, they found a lot of the troops had Lou Gehrig's. What would you expect? One lady who had an aspartame brain tumor said she was in a support group in Texas that had 70 vets, all with brain tumors. Remember that aspartame interacts with vaccines. They didn't have a chance. Further, the symptoms of Desert Storm Illness are identical to the FDA's report of 92 documented symptoms. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize the truth: that the manufacturers had full knowledge of their crime.

The evidence is already piled so high there is no way the manufacturers could win on honest grounds. They left a paper trail like their trade secret information explaining their knowledge. In the last paragraph they said:

"With the spoon-for-spoon, we have no way of estimating maximum likely abuse and hence need to utilize data based on almost complete conversion to DKP. If we include this use in the original FAP, we stand a good chance of ending up with nothing in the short run and nothing in the long run, whereas the other approach would give us something in the short run and quite likely as much as we would ever get in the long run."

DKP [diketo-piperazine] is a proven brain tumor-causing agent, so they knew there was almost complete conversion, and a global population would come down with brain tumors. How can the manufacturers even try to fight? The evidence of their many crimes is detailed in numerous government and public domain records.

II. "No State Law Delegation to Board." Ajinomoto's lawyers say they will argue that the legislature has not given this Board the authority to regulate in this area. Nonsense! They describe the Pharmacy Board's enabling statute as an anti-fraudulent labeling law. This is correct, but that is not all this statute is. If aspartame were labeled correctly, the label would say: "Genocide: Keep out of reach of humans."

One woman's life was saved because her daughter, a med student, happened to notice the aspartame in her lab had a skull and crossbones on it. Realizing it was a poison she got her mother off of it and saved her life. Up till that point, she had been away planning her funeral in her hometown.

In the background of all of these considerations, there is so much product liability involved a paper could be written on it, perhaps a worthy future endeavor for your Civil Division, Madame Attorney General?

The manufacturers label aspartame diet when in fact, it makes you gain weight. It is labeled as an additive instead of drug. It liberates free methyl alcohol, which is against the law, and methanol is classified as a narcotic. The chronic methanol poisoning is what affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction as discussed in Dr. Roberts's medical text. Can you imagine, our children being given a narcotic and a neurodegenerative metabolite like formaldehyde in their vitamins, aspirin, prescription drugs and food? If someone in the New Mexico Attorney General's staff or in a private New Mexico Plaintiff's firm wanted to investigate product liability and fraud, aspartame fits every definition perfectly.

III. The attorneys speak of the Board's Discretionary Right to Refrain from Proceeding saying "even if the Board were to conclude it has the power, it can refrain from doing anything."

Perhaps they threw that in to in essence ask, "Why be bothered?"

Why be bothered? To stop the people of New Mexico from being poisoned! Ajinomoto's lawyers maintain that the Board lacks the expertise of the FDA, which approved aspartame. In the beginning, over 16 years from 1966 to 1981, the FDA did not approve aspartame; it declined the petition for approval. Since no FDA Commissioner would allow it on the market for 16 years, Donald Rumsfeld, at that point President of G.D. Searle, the aspartame patent holder, had to get Reagan to appoint an FDA Commissioner who would over-rule the Board of Inquiry. That man was Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, and Reagan was so concerned he actually wrote an executive order to make the current FDA Commissioner powerless to do anything about aspartame until he could get Hayes there to do his deadly deed!

The rest of Ajinomoto's argument is more babble because they really have nothing to say in its defense which legally viable. The Board does not lack the resources to address the issue. The Board has access to physicians and experts to bring them the evidence, and plenty will testify to counter what we anticipate from the corporate "rental" physicians, pediatricians, and toxicologists. We have most of the documents and studies.

And then Ajinomoto's lawyer's foolish statement: "The two distinct pending requests - relating to aspartame and mercury - may not be the only ones filed. If the Board entertains these, others could follow." So what is their point here? If there are other poisons, they should follow. Any person of integrity would not want citizens to be destroyed by poisons. That's why New Mexico has an Environmental Improvement Board and a Board of Pharmacy.

Next, Ajinomoto's lawyer says that "if the Board decides to proceed, it first may need to adopt rules of substance and procedure governing this process." We agree, of course, since the lives and health of the citizens of New Mexico are important enough to put exacting efforts into delineating effective rules of substance and procedure.

If the rules of substance and procedure are seen to be substantially spelled out and delineated in the New Mexico statutes in the sections of the Drug Act concerning adulteration, mislabeling, and other concerns, surely you as Governor and you as Attorney General might accept that the Pharmacy Board with 6 pharmacists on it, can easily determine appropriate rules of substance and procedure on its own, and not facilely or sloppily accept the corporate-substituted procedures prepared by Ajinomoto's lawyers.

Next, the Ajinomoto lawyer asks:

"A. Substance - What must be proven to outlaw or permit aspartame? What level of risk of harm must be established for the petitioner to prevail? Who has the burden of proof? Is it relevant that aspartame has health benefits such as combating obesity?"

Wow! Did the manufacturers' attorneys do any research at all? Perhaps they are making it up as they go along because they don't know what to say? What beyond the following must be proven to outlaw aspartame?

1. It's an illegal deadly neurotoxic drug masquerading as an additive. This has already been proven with over 20 years of use, using the public as guinea pigs, with incontrovertible and almost incalculable neurodegenerative damage to millions.

2. Level of harm? Aspartame has destroyed millions of people; there is an Aspartame Toxicity Center recording the cases; there are Aspartame Detoxification Centers caring for the victims in many cities; there are many medical texts documenting the mechanism by which is disables and kills; and finally, there are operations and citizens' groups in every state and over 30 countries just warning the people not to use it or have their health destroyed or even lose their life, all acting pro bono! How could such operations even exist if aspartame were as safe as Ajinomoto would have you naively believe?

Ajinomoto's lawyers ask the question about possible health benefits of aspartame? Hogwash! There is no health benefit to consuming poison. According to Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, aspartame actually damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death:

Further, as Dr. Blaylock says in a lecture on

"Understand the reactions to aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide." If physicians can't find a health benefit for cyanide, they certainly won't find one for aspartame.

B. Ajinomoto Attorneys ask: "Procedure - What weight is given to the federal determination? Is it enough that the Board merely disagrees with FDA, or must it find the FDA determination is 'clearly erroneous' or the product of fraud, collusion or undue influence? Is the entire federal record to be admitted? Are exhibits exchanged in advance? Is expert testimony required? Who is an expert?"

This perhaps is a kind of corporate lawyer's fishing expedition. All the evidence and exhibits are available. There is so much expert testimony, physicians and scientists could give the facts continuously for all 5 days in the July 2006 EIB hearings. How about as experts the very physicians who have been treating aspartame victims for two decades in the trenches of medical practice, like Dr. H.J. Roberts, Dr. Ralph Walton, and Dr. Russell

C. Aspartame v. Mercury - "Are there to be two different sets of rules and two different standards for aspartame, which has affirmative federal approval and for mercury, which may not have such approval."

Obviously what the Board is concerned with is evidence they are poisons and that evidence is available. The rule change and additional chapter to the New Mexico Administrative Code being considered by the Board of Pharmacy is on the subject of neurotoxic additives to medications and vaccines, the worst of which are aspartame/formaldehyde and thimerosal/mercury.

"V. No Need to Proceed Now."

They must have thrown that in because they ran out of things to say!

A. Petitioners could take their evidence to FDA. "They claim aspartame violates federal standards, notwithstanding federal approval."

They really ought to know better than to say something this stupid. Physicians and scientists have been screaming at the FDA, giving them the proof, and filing Citizens Petitions for banning for years. They know the FDA operates above the law and ignores this. In fact, I filed a Citizens' Petition for banning aspartame, based on the fact their records show aspartame to be a chemical poison and that they lied to the public, and continue to lie to the public.

The law requires they answer in 180 days. It will be 4 years in June! The FDA refuses to operate within the law and answer this petition. One of the reasons is I listed the lies found within the government records is that the only way they can answer the petition and my citations of all of the FDA and industry lies is for the FDA to honestly remove aspartame from the market. So the FDA just ignores it. They wrote back to me they had more important things to do!

"B. Some of the issues in this matter might be resolved in the New Mexico EIB proceedings and possible related judicial proceedings."

Ajinomoto's lawyer threw this in to raise the possibility to the Board of Pharmacy that they will bring an action in state or federal court similar to the action brought by the very same lawyer (Richard Minzner) against the New Mexico EIB for trying to create and implement stronger safety standards to protect workers from acts of violence in convenience stores. This is obviously a not so subtle form of intimidation by the same lawyer with a different client of a second New Mexico Board, the Board of Pharmacy.

Yes, these issues might be and will be resolved when aspartame is banned. The manufacturers are scared to death because when aspartame is banned people will wake up well from all kinds of health problems they have been suffering from. When my organization, Mission Possible International, prepared 16,000 Killer Kola brochures on aspartame which were given out freely from an organic market in Atlanta with the medical evidence on this neurotoxin some years ago, thousands abstained, and about 60 days later, people came into the store exclaiming that all kinds of health problems had disappeared. Seizures stopped; those crippled from Multiple Sclerotic symptoms walked again; headaches disappeared; and dozens of symptoms vanished. The manufacturers know if aspartame is banned in New Mexico, there will emerge a kind of prima facie evidence for their absolute complicity in these neuro-degenerative problems, and, as well, of their massive product liability.

Below is the letter written to the EIB Board on how aspartame violates state and federal adulteration statutes. These violations alone are enough to ban it from New Mexico in food products.

Please stand strong and don't be intimidated! You can set a precedent for the world to follow, and thus go down in history as having saved the lives of millions of people!

If you really want to see many more of the really egregious facts in evidence, please watch the movie Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. Observe the interview with Diane Fleming, a Sunday school teacher whose husband, a basketball athlete and heavy user of aspartame, died from the methanol poisoning. They thought she poisoned him, even though she took a lie detector test and passed, and the detective involved in the investigation said there was no way she could have poisoned him. She was the one who called the police. She was sentenced to 20 and 30 years concurrently and lingers in a cold prison cell in Virginia because the manufacturers of aspartame murdered her husband. Doctors' affidavits say Charles Fleming died from aspartame. Yet another victim from this neurodegenerative artificial sweetener, perhaps the cruelest story of them all!

Free the citizens of New Mexico from this deadly poison!

Dr. Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible International, 9270 River Club
Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097 770 242-2599
Aspartame Toxicity Center,

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Dear Madam Chair, Gay Dillingham and Honorable Members of the New Mexico
Environmental Improvement Board:

September 15, 2005

Clifford Stroud, Vice Chair
Dolores Herrera
Harold Tso
Soren Peters
Greg Green
Ken Marsh

Barbara Claire, EIB Administrator,
New Mexico Department of Environment
1190 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502

I'm the founder of Mission Possible International, a global volunteer force with operations in 50 states and over 30 countries of the world warning all consumers off aspartame. The FDA is well known for approving poisons but in this case they not only didn't want to approve it but also tried to have the original manufacturer indicted for fraud. You can read the FDA audit, the Bressler Report on I personally spoke with Jerome Bressler as did world experts on aspartame, H. J. Roberts, M.D., and neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. He said studies on aspartame were so bad when it was retyped the FDA omitted the worst 20%. It is hard to imagine it is any worse than we know, but even when Dr. H.J. Roberts asked his congressman to get the omitted part released the FDA refused, as they are now on the side of the manufacturer. Originally, they were heroes in trying to keep it off the market, but both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team instead of indicting Searle and the statute of limitations expired.

In the end aspartame was approved by politics rather than science as exposed in the aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, There have been three congressional hearings trying to have it banned and several Citizens' Petitions including my own which the FDA won't even answer, serving above the law, because it's based on lying, and the lies are in the government records I quote. There is no way to answer it without banning it based on all laws that are violated with this product.

It violated the adulteration statute and couldn't have been approved through legal standards which is why the necessity for politics. How much more proof than the Trocho Study in Barcelona, which shows the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol accumulates in the cells and damages DNA. In the medical text by H. J. Roberts, M.D., Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, there is actually a page on pre-embalming. Dr. Russell Blaylock has a lecture on in which he says the reactions from aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide.

James Bowen, M.D. of Hawaii wrote this in a letter to the FDA:

"This is mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70 countries of the world. Every known metabolite of aspartame is of marked or questionable toxicity and patent unsafe for human use. Methyl alcohol is metabolized to nascent formaldehyde in the eye, nervous system and other metabolically active organs. It immediately attacks and denatures the tissue structure proteins in which it is metabolized to nascent formaldehyde. This stimulates specific organ and subcellular autoimmunity that seems to be a preponderant source of the bad, experiences reported by NutraSweet victims. Aspartic acid is a neuroexcitotoxin present in damaging amounts, in its own right, at the ADI for aspartame. Simple logic tells one that it will vastly increase the metabolism of methyl alcohol to formaldehyde."

"This corresponds well with the symptomalogies often experienced, such as Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), bulbar palsies, neurohormonal disorders. The diketopiperazine issue remains totally unresolved and dangerous."

Dr. Bowen makes the profound statement: "There is the issue of the approval of aspartame for market, which has violated every principle of responsible science and responsible government." Dr. Bowen himself is a victim and has Lou Gehrig's disease.

I have reviewed the New Mexico statutes on adulteration and poisonous substances. The New Mexico Food Act (25-2-1 to 25-2-19 and 25-2-20 NMSA 1978) allows appropriate proceedings to be initiated in proper courts.

According to the Statute text, (A-1) a food shall be deemed to be adulterated if it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health or (2) if it bears or contains any added poisonous or added deleterious substance which is unsafe or (3) a decomposed substance or otherwise unfit for food.

Aspartame is probably the best example of an adulterated and poisonous substance, and not only should be banned but also should never have been approved. The protest of the National Soft Drink Assn (name changed to American Beverage now) is part of the congressional record proving aspartame violated the federal adulteration law and was illegally added. By admission of NSDA.

Section 402 of 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". This is the same as the New Mexico statute and gives your state the right to ban aspartame. The NSDA in this protest against aspartame approval in 1983 recorded this, as found in the Congressional Record of May 7, 1985, 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

Searle the original manufacturer went out of their way to use the wrong type of testing because they knew it could not pass the regulations. 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."

Aspartic acid, which is 40% of aspartame by molecular weight, is an excitotoxin, a product that stimulates the neurons of the brain to death (Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D.,) and was tested by renowned neuroscientist John Olney, M.D., in 1970 and found to cause lesions in the brains of mice. This is why Dr. Olney tried to prevent approval. Searle went out of their way to make sure it was not detected as the protest admits:

"The inappropriateness of using TLC as a principal analytical method is compounded by the fact that the values of aspartame degradation products being measured are close to the limits of detection of the method. Thus, the values purportedly obtained by the TLC method cannot be considered to be very precise. Finally, an important decomposition product of aspartame, aspartic acid cannot be detected at all using TLC."

The NSDA recorded other attempts at cover-up and said there were at least six significant deficiencies in the analyses undertaken to identify and quantify aspartame and DKP in soft drinks. DKP or diketopiperazine is broken down from the entire molecule and is a brain tumor agent. They said:

"The standards for use of HPLC to detect aspartame and DKP were prepared in buffered aqueous solutions. A far better technique would have been to prepare the standards using beverage matrices would have reduced the danger of interfering compounds co eluting with the compound of interest." It is also of interest that they said: "Searle analyzed only single bottles at any given time and temperature. This aspect of the study design fails to account for anticipated bottle-to-bottle variations. Single bottle analytical data cannot, under any circumstances, amount to a comprehensive and reliable characterization of the decomposition products of an additive with a well-known instability problem."

This would be a good time to say a child could do better because a child did. Twelve-year-old Jennifer Cohen decided in 1997 to find out why her grandmother almost died from aspartame. She put 7 cans of Diet Coke in the fridge, 7 cans in her room at room temperature (about 69 degrees and 7 cans in a BOEKEL incubator and set the temperature at 104 degrees Fahrenheit and left them there for 10 weeks. Winston Laboratory in Ridgefield, New Jersey did the testing.

Even the Diet Coke in the fridge had broken down to formaldehyde and DKP. This study, which is on, was published in Food Chemical News.

Later, Ryan Tholen, a 5th grader in 2002, repeated this experiment. Braun Intertec Lab in Edina, Minn. did the testing with similar results.

Did Searle know what they were doing? They are experts. The Chicago Sun Times on July 24, 2002 published an article about Triangle Laboratories of Durham, N.C. The Company had developed RapidScreen, a test based on high-resolution gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, proving rapid and reasonable analysis of products submitted by food producers. Joseph D. Morales is quoted as saying: "At some point, the weight of the evidence is going to tip people to the side of true concern about the quality and safety levels of the food supply."

Morales is former corporate controller of G. D. Searle and former executive vice president and chief operating office of the NutraSweet Co. As one reader commented, "I guess people change their stories, depending on the source of the money that fills their pockets."

The entire protest of the NSDA can be read at:

In the summary of the basis for objection the NSDA said: "The present record does not contain data which demonstrate that the use of aspartame in soft drinks will not result in the adulteration of the beverages under section 402 (a) (3) of the FDC Act 21 U.S.C. 342 (a) (3) which provides that a food is adulterated if it contains, in whole or in part "... a decomposed substance or if it is otherwise unfit for food."

Indeed, the present record strongly suggests that the rapid degradation of aspartame in soft drinks and the consequent loss of sweetness may well result, under certain actual time and temperature conditions in products that would be adulterated under section 402. Without data that demonstrate that aspartame sweetened beverages will not be adulterated under section 402 (a) (3). Searle has not met its burden of proof under section 409 (c) (3) (B) of the FDC Act 21 USC 348 (c) (3) (B)

What New Mexico needs to know is it decomposes and adulterates making this an open and shut case. It's admitted it breaks down at 86 degrees or moderate temperature in their protest. They say in "Factual Basis for Objection Two" that "The marked and rapid decomposition of aspartame is soft drinks under temperatures known to prevail is apparent from data in the present record and discussed above in these objections. Those data show that it is reasonable to expect aspartame to decompose in soft drinks sufficiently rapidly under current handling and distribution procedures to adversely affect product quality and taste. It is well established under section 402 (a) (3) that a food that contains a decomposed substance (i.e. the decomposition products of aspartame which Searle's data show can readily exceed the quantity of aspartame in a short time) - especially where the decomposition has adversely affected product quality or made the product unpalatable - is adulterated and subject to seizure. It is quite clear that FDA WOULD CONSIDER BEVERAGES WHICH HAD LOST SUBSTANTIAL SWEETNESS BECAUSE OF ASPARTAME DECOMPOSITION AND WHICH WERE THEREFORE NOT PALATABLE TO BE ADULTERATED UNDER SECTION 402 (a) (3)."

How much clearer can it be made aspartame decomposes and adulterates food in violation of both State and Federal law? Was it intentional by the manufacturer? Even during congressional hearings with release of the secret trade information (Document 31, 12/28/70) - Food and Drug Sweetener Strategy, it is obvious psycho manipulation was intended. The last paragraph reads:

"With the spoon-for-spoon, we have no way of estimating maximum likely abuse and hence need to utilize data based on almost complete conversion to DKP. If we include this use in the original FAP, we stand a good chance of ending up with nothing in the short run and nothing in the long run whereas the other approach would give us something in the short run and, quite likely as much as we would ever get in the long run."

This admission of almost complete conversion to DKP shows they knew the molecule would break down to this brain tumor agent. They knew the gun was loaded. It is no wonder that one of the reasons the FDA wanted them indicted for fraud was that they were excising the brain tumors from the rats and putting them back in the study. Then when they died they resurrected them on paper. In July the result of the Italian Study on aspartame also showed malignant brain tumors as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Eur. J. Oncol., Vol 10, n. 2, pp.00- 00, 2005 - Aspartame Induces Lymphomas and Leukaemias in rats

So how did aspartame get approved? Certainly not by science but by politics of the CEO of Searle who said he would "call in his markers" and get it approved. On Reagan's transition team he got President Reagan to appoint an FDA Commissioner who would approve it, which he did the day after he took office. Fearful that it would take 30 days to get him there, Reagan wrote an executive order making the current FDA Commissioner powerless to do anything about aspartame until he got there. This is exposed in the aspartame documentary Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World,

A Board of Inquiry was set up of the finest scientists the FDA had to offer who revoked the petition for approval based on the fact aspartame had never been proven safe and triggered brain tumors. Dr. Hayes over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and approved aspartame for dry goods. Again, even a child would know if you put Equal in hot coffee it would break down. At that time, the FDA was saying aspartame could not be heated.

On Oct 15, 1982 G. D. Searle petitioned the FDA for approval to use aspartame in soft drinks. Acting FDA Commissioner, Mark Novitch approved aspartame for use in carbonated beverages and carbonated beverage syrup bases (Federal Register 1983). FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes was out of town the day the approval was signed, but he worked closely with Mark Novitch on this issue (Gordon 1987, page 499 of US Senate 1987). Ignoring the FDA's own safety standards, they more than doubled the Acceptable Daily Intake of aspartame from 20 mg/kg to 50 mg/kg (Mezenbaum l985).

FDA's own toxicologist, the late Dr. Adrian Gross, who took part in on-site investigations at Searle, said the studies carried out by Searle to show the safety of aspartame were "to a large extent unreliable". He said "at least one of those studies has established "beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this... is of extremely high significance." Gross also testified that because aspartame was capable of producing brain tumors and brain cancer, FDA should not have been able to set an allowable daily intake of the substance at ANY LEVEL. Congressional Record SID835:131 (8/1/85).

It was obvious even then that aspartame is a carcinogen, which was recently established again by the Italian Study. So Dr. Gross asked "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. So 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?"

So how was aspartame approved? By violating the law. Since this time after making this public rather than operating within the law they repealed the Delaney Amendment. There were actually 2 FDA toxicologists and Dr. Jacqueline Everett also testified before Congress. She said the studies used to approve aspartame were a "disaster" and "should have been thrown out." This was on Nov 3, 1987, U.S. Senate. And even at that time, 6 years after approval she concluded the data in the study was worthless, and the safety of aspartame and its breakdown products have therefore not been determined. She emphasized aspartame exists in the marketplace without basic toxicity information. And she said there are no data to assess the interactions with DKP, excess phenylalanine, other aspartame metabolites, additives, drugs or other chemicals. Today we know that aspartame interacts with all drugs and vaccines, and there is a report about it on There is also a chapter on this in Dr. Robert's medical text.

The FDA's own report admits to 92 documented symptoms triggered by aspartame from four types of seizures to coma and death. As to it being unsafe Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, is 1038 pages of symptoms and diseases completely documented triggered by this deadly neurotoxin - Dr. H.J. Roberts, the author, not only testified before Congress but took care of the victims in the trenches of medical practice for two decades. He testified in his first press conference that if something wasn't done then in 5 or 10 years we would have a global plague on our hands, so this ignored FDA approved epidemic has been declared by Dr. Roberts himself in the title of his medical text.

Under NMSA Statute 25 - 2 - 10, aspartame violates:

(1) contains a poisonous and deleterious substance which renders it injurious to health.
(2) contains a poisonous and deleterious substance which is unsafe.
(3) consists of a decomposed substance and unfit for food
(4) injurious to health
(6) a poisonous and deleterious substance rendering the contents injurious to health

(3) inferiority has been concealed
(4) substance reducing quality

(C) contains alcohol (actually a methyl ester, which immediately converts to deadly methanol or wood alcohol, which converts to formaldehyde and formic acid and causes metabolic acidosis.

Methanol is classified as a narcotic (Louis, R. J. Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, Eighth Edition, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold (l992), pp. 2251-2252.

Continued Violations: 25-2-13 Promulgating regulations governing the addition of any poisonous or deleterious substances in food (1982). Aspartame is unsafe and adulterated.

In Statute 25-2-15 Authority to promulgate regulations for the efficient enforcement of the New Mexico Food Act is vested in your Board. Therefore, the EIB has the right to ban aspartame as should have been done in the beginning by the FDA!

Also many federal court decisions, particularly a recent one in Minnesota by Federal Judge James Rosenbaum, (Rosenbaum Hatch Pfizer Minnesota) have affirmed the right of a state to protect its citizen's health, despite corporate claims of being protected by the FDA approval of their products and that nothing in the act which created the FDA was intended to preempt any state tort law or consumer protection statute or certainly the statutory powers given to the New Mexico EIB in statutes and in the New Mexico Administrative Code.

There is the necessity for a rule change to identify aspartame as a neurotoxin as identified during congressional records and various medical texts and physician reports, and to further refine the definition of adulterant to include neurotoxic effects. This is not only well within your powers, but in fact long over due service to all New Mexico consumers who are ingesting this product with no way of knowing its proven neurotoxic effects.

After taking the case histories for 14 years and lecturing in other countries the cries of the public are devastating. I remember Kelli Motluck who lost her life to aspartame brain tumors and left a grieving husband and child who would never know her mother. She cried, "I want to live, I want to live, I want to live but if I die I plead with you to tell the world the manufacturer of aspartame has murdered me." We must stop the corporate destruction of innocent men, women and children. Remember when you damage DNA you can destroy humanity, and this has been proven by scientific study.

Aspartame destroys families at large. It is an endocrine disrupting drug, stimulates prolactin, changes menses and causes infertility. Many go through life never knowing why they can't conceive. And if they get off the toxin it's an abortifacient and teratogen (triggers birth defects and mental retardation) and if a live child is born it may have heinously damaged the DNA for generations to come.

From the first gleam in the husband's eye, it triggers male sexual dysfunction from damage to the hypothalamus of the brain and mitochondria of the cell, and ruins female response. The phenylalanine in aspartame depletes serotonin triggering behavioral and psychiatric problems. A study in Japan also shows aspartame causes infertility in men as well.

Be assured that all information is fully documented both legally and medically, and government documents are available to prove any point. Physicians are now setting up aspartame detoxification centers in the US and other countries. Pauline Harding, M.D., as an example, has one in Chicago. The next film to be released is titled Sweet Remedy and it interviews physicians on how to help those afflicted by aspartame the world over.

Aspartame is marketed as a diet product with the aspartame industry knowing full well it triggers obesity. Even in the protest of the NSDA it says: "Aspartame has been demonstrated to inhibit the carbohydrate-induced synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin (Wurtman affidavit). Serotonin blunts the sensation of craving carbohydrates and thus is part of the body's feedback system that helps limit consumption of carbohydrate to appropriate levels. Its inhibition by aspartame could lead to the anomalous result of a diet product causing increased consumption of carbohydrates." Senate, 5/7/85: S5511

Recently, this was confirmed by an epidemiological study by Sharon Fowler of the University of Texas with 8 years data linking diet drinks to obesity. Aspartame also can precipitate diabetes, simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve and interacts with insulin. For years news reports have questioned what has caused the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Just more deception from the aspartame industry!

If anyone disagrees with the banning of aspartame, it will only be the manufacturers or their front group Calorie Control Council, which is here in Atlanta under four different names including the Kellen Company. Their lies are a violation of every principle of morality and decency. Dr. Russell Blaylock exposed them to the Miami Herald on

Please take the time to read this letter by Dr. Blaylock.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599 and
Aspartame Toxicity Center,

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See also:

Aspartame: Ajinomoto And The 'Knowledge Gap'

Scientists are calling for an urgent reevaluation of the artificial sweetener aspartame
The ingredient, commonly found in sugar-free beverages and candies, has been shown to cause cancer in rats, according to a new study in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Our study has shown that aspartame is a multi-potential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are also evident at a daily dose of 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg), notably less than the current acceptable daily intake for humans," the authors write.


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Thursday December 1 2005
updated on Thursday December 16 2010

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Readers' Comments

some people are so sad... that a diet coke makes them happy.... while the world once again wastes its time thinking that david and goliath are real... people sit telling themselves they are pieces of shit. have a coke and a smile.

Posted by: joe jones on December 2, 2005 09:50 PM


Just think of the fallout in terms of sickness and medical costs associated with ASPARTAME and THIMEROSOL in vaccines. There is overwhelming evidence that both are extrememly dangerous yet are still in use. Why? So the companies can make hundreds of millions, if not billions in profit while we the taxpayer pick up the pieces in terms of skyrocketing medical costs and welfare in the form of disability for people who were allowed to be poisoned. Yup, America at work. Do you really think this is a government for the people or for the corporations?

Posted by: Ted on December 2, 2005 10:44 PM


A letter regarding aspartame from Spice Williams Crosby to the Governor and Attorney General of New Mexico - forwarded by Betty Martini:

Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005
To: "Activist"
From: "Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum."
Subject: From Spice Williams Crosby to Gov Richardson on banning aspartame

November 28, 2005

The Honorable Patricia Madrid,
Attorney General of New Mexico
The Honorable Stuart Bluestone, Deputy Attorney
General of New Mexico
2nd Floor, The Bataan Building
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

The Honorable Bill Richardson,
Governor of New Mexico
4th Floor, The Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico 875 01
Attention: David Contarino, Chief of Staff

Re: Aspartame

Dear Honorable Bill Richardson & Patricia Madrid,

I am not a resident of you state, however, I did work in New Mexico during the 70's for close to 7 years and fell in love with the terrene I call, "God's country!" What New Mexico has is what no other state has and that is our very roots in American culture, the Native American Indian. A reminder of what America was and what our great fore fathers wanted us to become. People who stand for peace, justice and equality for all. Unfortunately, we have become a nation of people who now don't believe in America because of our politically un-American system that has rapped our trust.

It's amazing to me that some people still think the FDA protects the public against dangerous drugs. If this is so, why are there over 740,000 people killed each year due to medical experiences involving FDA approved drugs? According to JAMA, number 3 of the 5 top killers is Medical Malpractice involving drugs. The pharmaceutical industry did $182 billion in drug sales worldwide, but it cost approximately $183 billion to treat adverse reactions from all of those drugs. 20% of all the people who see an allopath will suffer an iatrogenic (doctor induced) injury and 16% of all people who die in the hospital are determined by autopsy to have died of something other than their admission diagnosis.
American Medical News stated that 28% of the people admitted to hospitals are there because they have suffered an adverse reaction to prescribed drugs. In this year, 2005, over 70% of the population uses Aspartame with known contraindications with all drugs and vaccines.

May 11, 1999 WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Hoping to decrease the 100,000 patient deaths caused by medication side effects each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to improve patient safety.

The FDA has come under fire from consumer groups who say five drug recalls since September 1997 show the agency may have approved drugs too quickly or without adequate testing.

The mission of the FDA is to protect the safety and wholesomeness of food. The agency's scientists test samples to see if any substances, such as pesticide residues, are present in unacceptable amounts. If contaminants are identified, FDA takes corrective action.

Why then has an EPA report found that 95% of human exposure to dioxin, a known carcinogen, comes from consuming red meat, fish, chicken, dairy products and eggs. And that the FDA Total Diet Study shows 82 industrial chemical and pesticide residues were detected in Ground Beef, representing eleven formulations?

It is very well known that the AMA for many years abused its position of power by selling its "approval" seal to advertisers whose products were unsafe and unhealthy. It was all about money. Competing products that contained virtually the same ingredients would be found on both the AMA's "approved" and "disapproved" lists at the same time, the only distinction between them being whether a particular manufacturer advertised in the Journal of the AMA. Phillip Morris was the AMA Journal's biggest advertiser in the 1940's, which made it impossible for any doctor who preached that "smoking was bad for you" to stay in good standing with Dr Morris Fishbein, president of the AMA up until 1949.

Today, the FDA regulates over one trillion dollars worth of products, which account for 25 cents of every dollar spent annually by American consumers. Hmmm, where was the FDA when 65% to 99% of US cattle were given hormones to speed up and enhance their growth? This action perpetrated estrogenic and androgenic burdens on humans that unquestionably cause cancer. Puerto Rico in the 1980's was suddenly dealing with an epidemic level of premature puberty in eight year-old children due to the high estrogen levels in chicken and pork. DES (diethylstilbestrol) found its way into our animals, and in 1980, there were shocking reports of children experiencing hormonal imbalances at two and three years of age. The United States banned DES in 1979, but that didn't stop 49 drug distributors from continuing to use it. By 1983, DES was still being used illegally by American cattle ranchers in 318 feedlots in 20 states. Dimetridazole, ipronidazole and carbodox, all known human carcinogens, are still used in livestock. And the government still has not approved 90% of the nearly 30,000 animal drugs now in use.

How can we trust the FDA when they continue to allow dangerous drugs into our food supply? Products like Aspartame have over 92 adverse reactions, including death, and over 10,000 complaints registered. I find it interesting that several board of inquiries were overruled by Dr Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr. who ended up leaving his appointed FDA position for greener pastures as a consultant with a subsidiary of the GD Searle Company, manufacturers of aspartame! The FDA also apparently feels that it's in our best interest to allow the Monsanto Corporation to market rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), a genetically engineered hormone that is injected into dairy cows to increase their production of milk. According to "The Politics of Cancer, Revisited," by Dr. Samuel Epstein, M.D. published in 1998 by East Ridge Press, it is directly linked to breast, colon and prostate cancer.

I don't need to go into all the lies, deceit and political involvement of these approval process on Aspartame for I know you've had all the documents handed to you by the leaders of this anti-aspartame movement. But what I do want you to realize is that you are both in a position to take our America back! You can stand up to these corporations, associations and government agencies that have become nothing more than organized crime institutions that are considered legal by our un-American levels of government.

How many people have to die until someone will stand up and say, "NO MORE!" I'd like to point out how the FDA's faster and more lenient approach helped allow pharmaceutical companies and food corporations to market new products. Products that proved to be fatal.

- In February, 2000, FDA administrators dismissed one of its medical officers' emphatic warnings and approved Lotronex, a drug for treating irritable bowel syndrome. Lotronex has been linked to five deaths, the removal of a patient's colon and other bowel surgeries. It was pulled off the market on Nov. 28, 2000.

- The diet pill Redux, approved in April 1996 despite an advisory committee's vote against it, was withdrawn in September 1997 after heart-valve damage was detected in patients put on the drug. The FDA later received reports identifying Redux as a suspect in 123 deaths.

- The antibiotic Raxar was approved in November 1997 in the face of evidence that it may have caused several fatal heart-rhythm disruptions in clinical studies. FDA officials chose to exclude any mention of the deaths from the drug's label. The maker of the pill withdrew it in October 1999. Raxar was cited as a suspect in the deaths of 13 patients.

- The blood pressure medication Posicor was approved in June 1997 despite findings by FDA specialists that it might fatally disrupt heart rhythm and interact with certain other drugs, posing potentially severe risk. Posicor was withdrawn one year later; reports cited it as a suspect in 100 deaths.

- The painkiller Duract was approved in July 1997 after FDA medical officers warned repeatedly of the drug's liver toxicity. Senior officials sided with the manufacturer in softening the label's warning of the liver threat. The drug was withdrawn 11 months later. By late 1998, the FDA had received voluntary reports citing Duract as a suspect in 68 deaths, including 17 that involved liver failure.

- The diabetes drug Rezulin was approved in January 1997 over a medical officer's detailed opposition and was withdrawn this March after the agency had linked 91 liver failures to the pill. Reports cite Rezulin as a suspect in 391 deaths

- The nighttime heartburn drug Propulsid was approved in 1993 despite evidence that it caused heart-rhythm disorders. The officials who approved the drug failed to consult the agency's own cardiac specialists about the signs of danger. The drug was taken out of pharmacies in July after scores of confirmed heart-rhythm deaths. Overall, Propulsid has been cited as a suspect in 302 deaths. The FDA's handling of Propulsid put children at risk. The agency never warned doctors not to administer the drug to infants or other children even though eight youngsters given Propulsid in clinical studies had died. Pediatricians prescribed it widely for infants afflicted with gastric reflux, a common digestive disorder. Parents and their doctors had no way of knowing that the FDA, in August 1996, had
found Propulsid to be "not approvable" for children.

So you see, how can we trust the FDA to tell us that Aspartame was approved as a completely safe sweetener? They also said Fen-Phen - fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine, Baycol, Vioxx were safe. And if you do your research, you'll find the FDA approved of the polio vaccine in 1960, knowing that it housed the Simian Virus 40 that Dr. Bernice Eddy, a federal employee tested extracts from the monkey kidney cells used to make polio vaccine. She discovered the SV40 was a cancer-causing agent. The FDA was reluctant to act on reports of SV-40 knowing that the contamination was detected in the rhesus monkey kidney cells used to make and injected into 98 million innocent people. The SV-40 has been detected in human brain tumors, e.g. Bergsagel et al. New England Journal of Medicine 326: 988-993, 1992. SV-40 has also been detected in a high proportion of human mesotheliomas (Carbone et al. Oncogene 9: 1781-1790, 1994); and in bone tumors called osteogenic sarcomas (Carbone et al. Oncogene 1996). And now ... the FDA says Aspartame is safe because all the manufacturers, from G.D. Searle to Ajiinomoto of Japan, say it is.

With all this information you both have received on this toxic chemical, can you honestly say you would want you mother, father, children, grandchildren and there after to consume this stuff? I'm a healthcare practitioner with Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Holistic Nutrition and spent over 20 years nutritionally counseling folks that have been sent home to die or with no hope for help from our medical community. The minute I find out they have been a user of aspartame and remove that substance from their lives, they begin to lose all the know symptoms that have been registered with the FDA for years. You don't need to be a Harvard genius to put those pieces together.

I believe God blesses you both and that you are in the position you are today to help, change for the better and assist your state to achieve high levels of growth with health. But remember the rippling effect, for your decision will possibly be the first ripple to help bring our America back. Please do the right thing. Don't let the big pharmaceutical companies and corporations control our lives by manipulating your truths.

"In a perfect world...
Everyone would be full of love.
Everyday would have blue skies.
Every country's bird would be a white dove.
And Corporate America would tell no lies."

Thank you and may God help us all....

Spice Williams-Crosby, BSc, MFS, CFT

Posted by: Sepp on December 3, 2005 10:12 AM


Friday, December 02, 2005 -
The battle against soft-drink manufacturers heats up as suits against Coca Cola, on behalf of children, are filed by Richard Daynard, a Massachusetts law professor who has a reputation as a consultant on successful tobacco-related class actions lawsuits. Daynard's participation is no accident; reports have it that his participation is part "of a broad effort by both private attorneys and nonprofit groups to sue Coca-Cola and other soft drink companies."

Posted by: Sepp on December 3, 2005 11:07 AM


So let's stop buying aspartame!
Why do we need the government to ban it?
There is a name for people who expect the government to protect them: LOSERS!

Posted by: Richard Carpenter on December 3, 2005 03:54 PM


I disagree Richard. Yes, we should stop buying aspartame. But we Should also expect the government to do its job. If the government doesn't serve the people, then what is it's puporse? We have been lied to, misled, poisoned, enslaved and experimented on by our government.

Am I naive because I think that's unjust? Unfortunately, not enough people care so little or nothing is ever accomplished. Hopefully, when enough people are affected by our government's abusive misdirection and mistreatment we will see some action, instead of a bunch of complainees complaing about it.

Posted by: Bj on December 3, 2005 07:45 PM


The problem with the FDA is that it was created, and is expected to provide TRUTHFUL information regarding food and drugs. By approving aspartame for food use, economics, advertising and other effects have the result of removing all diet drinks, etc., containing other sweeteners from the market.

Saccharin is certainly much safer, yet it no longer exists in diet drinks. Splenda is another questionable substance, though aspartame is certainly better documented for toxicity.

It is important to vote with our wallets, and to spread this information to everyone we know. If you live in New Mexico, please let ALL of your lawmakers and political friends know your opinion. Give them the link to this article and print a copy for each of them.

Let aspartame be available to those who insist on it from the internet or a chemical supply house. Leave the food alone!


Posted by: Mike on December 4, 2005 07:33 PM


There is hope on the aspartame front in New Mexico.

Posted by: Stephen Fox on January 7, 2006 06:43 PM


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