Open Reply to Justice Department: RE: FDA/Monsanto (NutraSweet) - Mass Poisoning of the American public and 100 countries of the world with aspartame (NutraSweet). (Long) Time For Justice (fwd)

Betty Martini betty at noel.pd.org
Wed Dec 3 18:06:25 EST 1997

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Subject: Open Reply to Justice Department: RE:  FDA/Monsanto (NutraSweet) - Mass Poisoning of the American public and 100 countries of the world with aspartame (NutraSweet). (Long)  Time For Justice

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To:  Attorney General Janet Reno
     Attention:  Eugene M. Thirolf, Director
                 Office of Consumer Litigation, Civil Division

Thank you, Mr. Thirolf,
               for your November 13 corrospondance in which you state: 

     "FDA is charged by Congress to protect the public health by
      prohibiting the manufacture and distribution of unapproved drugs.
      The Department of Justice has responsibility for prosecution of
      criminal and civil cases arising under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic
      Act, Title 21, United States Code Section 331. Cases are referred to
      the Department generally through FDA's Chief counsel after FDA has
      conducted an investigation" 

In this instance FDA is the problem, as that agency has approved the known
poison aspartame [NutraSweet, Equal] for use as a general sweetener.  For
16 years FDA denied approval, partly because one aspartame breakdown
chemical is diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent that triggered brain
tumors in rats it was tested on. 

   FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill on January 10, 1977 addressed a 33
page letter to U.S. Attorney Sam Skinner that a grand jury investigate
Searle for "apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic
Act, 21 U.S.C. 331, [the law you refered to above] and the False Reports
to Government Act, 18 U.S.C. 1001, for "their willful and knowing failure to
make reports to the Food and Drug Administration required by the Act 21
U.S.C. 355, and for concealing material facts and making false statements
in reports of animal studies conducted to establish the safety of

  FDA called special attention to studies of the effects of NutraSweet on
monkeys and hamsters, which died or had seizures in the tests. These
reports Searle submitted to FDA, and they were fraudulent.( Searle was
bought by Monsanto in l985.  It was an open and shut case, so Searle's
lawyers hired the U.S. Prosecutors, Skinner and Conlon, and the case died
when the statute of limitations ran out a few months later.  The Godfather
hired the district attorney! 

  For years FDA flatly refused to approve this deadly poison.  When the
Reagan administration came in Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed as FDA
Commissioner to do the deadly deed. A Public Board of Inquiry was set up
which did not approve aspartame, so Hayes simply overruled the PBI and
approved it anyway. Then Hayes, while under investigation for conflicts-
of-interest hired on as a consultant to NutraSweet's PR firm, Burson
Marstellar.  Score another one for the Godfather!  But of course, you know
this already.  

  Hundreds of NutraSweet users began to complain of horrific symptoms: 
blindness, comas, headaches, memory failure, an entire spectrum of
neuropathological reactions; so the Communicable Disease Center was asked
to investigate.  The November 1984 report reviewed 231 of 592 cases and
catalogued grave reactions: aggressive behavior, disorientation,
hyperactivity, extreme numbness, excitability, memory loss, loss of depth
perception, liver impairment, cardiac arrest, seizures, suicidal
tendencies, severe mood swings and DEATH!

  The evidence was damning, but then the Spin Doctors took over. Few will
read the whole report, they'll just look over the summary written by
Frederick Trowbridge. It's a coverup that completely contradicts the data: 
   "Information based on data as described in the report, indicated a wide
    variety of complaints that are generally of a MILD NATURE.'

Mild cardiac arrest, Mild grand mal seizures, Mild epilepsy, Mild suicidal
tendencies and Mild death!  I'm sure the victims were glad to learn it was
nothing serious!

We're putting the entire 146 page CDC report on the web for the world to
see. CDC is part of the Department of Health and Human Services - the FDA! 
Trowbridge's job was to whitewash evidence and protect the Monsanto/FDA
incestuous relationship. FDA is simply Monsanto's branch office in

The l977 FDA 76 page Bressler Report is a key document.  It was the
culmination of a priority investigation at G. D. Searle's laboratory in
Skokie, Illinois.  It compared the raw and summary data of a 115 week oral
tumorgenicity rat study, against Searle's FDA submission.  Jerome
Bressler, the team leader, found missing raw data, errors and
discrepancies in available data, exclusions of animals, organ masses and
enlarged and atrophied organs.  In every respect Searle's work was found
wanting.  FDA's Bureau of Foods ignored the Bressler Report. 
     The complete 76 page document is displayed on the DORway web site.
Searle's fraudulent reports on these studies precipitated federal
prosecution. Consider FDA toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross' testimony in the
Congressional Record:  "They lied and didn't submit the real nature of
their observations ... and they did other terrible things, for instance
animals would develop tumors while they were under study.  Well they would
remove these tumors from the animals." [without reporting them  1985b
page S10826]  By hiding their eyes FDA is complicit in the fraud and
equally guilty for little packets of poison on 100 million American

       Consider "Pivotal" Study  SC-18862 
 52 week oral toxicity infant monkey study (SC-18862).  This study orally
dosed aspartame to seven infant Rhesus monkeys for 52 weeks, in work
conducted at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center at Madison, Wisc. 
The work was reported in l977. All medium and high dose monkeys exhibited
brain seizures, starting about seven months into the experiment.  One
monkey died.  I don't understand how 6 out of 7 monkeys having a grand mal
seizures proves safety!! But then again neither do I understand seizures,
liver failure, and cardiac arrest, being classed as MILD!

The consumer public has complained since the approval of aspartame in
l981.  Senator Orrin Hatch said no to congressional hearings but SEnator
Howard Metzenbaum called for Congressional Hearings and he authored a bill
that would have put a moratorium on aspartame, and a warning for pregnant
women and infants.  It would have required independent studies by NIH
since the original studies were the target of an indictment for fraud that
was never carried out. Due to heavy Monsanto lobbying the bill never got
out of committee, and so the babies were sacrificed as their mothers
consumed this deadly neurotoxin never realizing it could abort or cause
birth defects to their unborn child. 

Searle/Monsanto and the FDA have always resisted having studies
replicated .  Why?  Could it be that they had already done
them and knew what they would show?! A translator has given me
a notarized affidavit, admits Searle replicated these studies on
humans in South America and  she and a doctor translated them.  She
says she has had to live with the fact that the studies exposed how deadly
the drug is as subjects left the studies developing seizures and
brain tumors, and other horrific problems, two people dying under
mysterious circumstances.  The doctor who helped her translate was fired.
And there have been other informants about unpublished studies.  No wonder
studies have been resisted.  They have been done proving aspartame is a
deadly, deadly poison, and the largest study has been done on consumers
in 100 countries of the world as they go blind, get Alzheimers, have
seizures and other horrific maladies.  Aspartame destroys the brain, the
central nervous system, the optic nerve, and ravages every organ in the

According to a UPI investigation by Greg Gordon, Dr. Wurtman at MIT was
actually threatened by Searle when he wanted to do studies on humans, and
said Searle did not deny it.  Quoting from the investigation: "Wurtman,
who quit his job as a Searle consultant and became a vocal nutraSweret
proponent, said he had been contacated by more than 200 persons who
suspect they suffered seizures as a result of NutraSweet use.  He said Dr.
Gerald Gaull, a SEarle Vice President, visited his laboratory in l985 and
threatened to veto funding by ILSI, the Washington based tax-exempt
foundation, for his planned study into whether NutraSweet changes brain
chemistry, lowering some humans' seizure thresholds.  Gaull said "there's
no way" Searle, with one of 12 votes on the ILSI panel, could veto a grant
decision, but he did not deny making the threat. ILSI ultimately turned
away Wurtman on grounds that Searle already had arranged for seizure
studies at Yale University and New York's MOunt Sinai Hospital, studies
that have drawn criticism because human volunteers were given aspartame
only once or twice. "  Dr. Wurtman has been on both sides.

Cynthia Crossen who wrote The Tained Truth said: "The road to hell was
paved with the flood of corporate research dollars that eagerly filled
gaps left by slashed government research funding."  The noted critic A. J.
Liebling once acidly observed that "Freedom of the press belongs only to
those who own one." To shorten lets put it this way:  "When you pay you
get your way!"  When NutraSweet funded a study on birth defects the
findings were disastrous.  So they withdrew their funding and Dr.
Diana-Dow Edwards had to pay for it.  Then neither NutraSweet or the FDA
would accept the findings.   On 60 Minutes last year Dr. Ralph Walton said
of the 90 "independent studies" 83 showed problems with aspartame!!

When Dr. Walton did a study himself NutraSweet refused to sell him the
aspartame!!!  Could it be they knew what to expect? He purchased
analytically certified USP grade aspartame from a distributor. The
Institutional Review Board terminated the project because of the frequency
and severity of psychiatric, neurologic, eye and other side effects..
 In l986 the Community Nutrition Institute in Washington petitioned the
FDA to ban aspartame because people were going blind. But the FDA again
evidenced themselves on the side of the manufacturer.  How many cases of
blindness, retinal detachments, could have been saved if the FDA had
concern for the consumer public instead of the handmaiden of the
pharmaceutical and chemical industry.  

In speaking with Senataor Metzenbaum now with a consumer organization in
Washington, he mentioned he told Dr. Kessler the case on aspartame should
be reopened because it never should have been approved. Did just once the
FDA show any kind of concern for the health and welfare of the people?
No, without public notification Dr. David Kessler allowed blanket approval
of this deadly neurotoxin, so this drug with biologic effects, could be
used like sugar.  Then he jumped ship amid allegations that he padded his
expense account.    

How did Monsanto get away with it?  They "fund" trade organizations and
write their material for them. The public service commissioner cannot take
money from power companies he regulatues but Monsanto is allowed to write
checks to anyone who will help endorse their poison.  The FDA has been
told over and over and over again how dangerous this poison is, and they
have gone to such limits to coverup that they even referred complaints to
the Aids Hotline, as discussed in Congressional Hearings.
 	In a statement many years ago Dr. James Bowen told the FDA aspartame was
mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70 countries of the
world. Dr. Bowen himself had been poisoned by it. and began slurring his
words, methanol toxicity.  Dr. Bowen told the FDA about aspartame: "There
is the issue of the approval of aspartame for market, which has violated
every principle of responsible science and responsible government. 
Everyone responsible for this hearing should at least completely review
the approval process and the comments of the participants and observers
who have so excellently elucidated all the malfeasance for public record
such as Dr. Adrian Gross and many many others (all on the public record". 
He said:  "Every known metabolite of aspartame is of marked or
questionable toxicity and patently unsafe for human use.  Methyl alcohol
is metabolized to nascent formaldehyde in the eye, nervous sytem and other
metabolically active organs.  It immediately attacks and denatures the
tissue setructurew proteins in which it is metabolized to nascent

The late FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross who tried to prevent approval
of aspartame told Congress that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment
because it had been proven to trigger brain tumors. Its all a matter of
public record.  His last words to Congress were: "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 intakee or 'safe' level of it?  Is that position in effect not
equilvalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a

So, there, Mr. Thirolf, is the crime.  The FDA violated its own law and
betrayed the people's trust in approvaling a deadly poison for human
consumption.  And while they refused to approve aspartame for so many
years  because of the brain tumor issue, then they switched sides.  Dr.
John Olney, a renown researcher made world news last year when he
disclosed in a journal that now the same brain tumors the rats sustained
are now escalating in the population.  The FDA immediately went to
Monsanto's defense - no aspartame couldn't trigger brain tumors!  

Now we have a chemical holocaust throughout the world.  Aspartame is now a
disease and the plague is getting worse.  Dr. Roberts has just authored a
The St. Louis Post Dispatch on 5/20/97 reported Dr. Virginia Weldon, VP
for Public Policy at Monsanto as a top candidate to become Commissioner of
the FDA!! If this happens Monsanto can then use the FDA address of their
Washington Branch Office!!

Dr. Bowen further told the FDA: "Watching FDA officials walk through the
"revolving doors" and be further rewarded by being promoted to other
positions of high public responsibility is clear evidence of a government
out of control.  For this reason, I am opposed to labeling aspartame
content of food and drinks.  To do so would imply that the government is
taking some sort of responsible action.. when the only responsible action
would be to immediately take aspartame off the market, fully disclose its
toxicities, offer full compensation to the injured, public and criminally
persecute anyone who participated in the fradulent placement of aspartame
on the marketplace.  This includes those who work so diligently to keep it
on the market as well."..

And the complaints continue to flood in. Seizures are so rampant that
we have reports of people sipping diet soda and losing control of their
car, to wake up in the hospital.  Pilots are having grand mal seizures in
the cockpits of commercial airliners japardizing the lives of flight crew
and passengers.  Haynes Dunn who flew for continental told his story
on Hardcopy when he had a grand mal seizure.  Another pilot told how he
blacked out on aspartame.  If they had both been on the same plane at the
same time would anyone have survived? And the FAA says they can't do
anything about this because the FDA says its safe. How could such a thing
be allowed? You might as well hand a pilot a handful of neurotoxin pills
and a slug of methanol because there is no difference if he uses
aspartame. You cannot play Russian Roulette with the lives of passengers
and crew. 

Think about it - Mission Possible operations are around  the
world to do only one thing - warn consumers that aspartame is a neurotoxin
and avoid use.  Nobody is paid  - just a humanitarian effort to save lives
and educate .   They say where there is smoke there
is fire.  This is an out-of-control blazing conflagation.  Cases continue
to pour in of the Classic Case of Aspartame Disease.  These people are
suffering from grand mal seizures, agonizing pains in their legs, vision
loss, memory loss, chronic fatigue, panic attacks, fibromyalgia,
depression, inability to make a decision, heart palpitations, tachycardia,
joint pain, etc. central nervous system dysfunction and the rest of the 92
documented symptoms on the FDA Report.  

The coverup is over.  The world now knows, and the world wants justice.
The graveyards are filled with the victims of Monsanto/FDA.

So,  Mr. Thirolf, you see we're talking about being above the law and
betrayal of the public trust.  As evidenced by public record those there
to solve the problem are the problem.   This is the gravest charge in the
history of humanity.  We charge the FDA and Monsanto with GENOCIDE!

Betty Martini
Mission Possible International
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