Betty Martini betty at
Fri Sep 8 15:21:03 EST 1995

Dear Bill:  I have all the research you could want.  In fact, Mark Gold 
just did 250 pages worth and emailed it to me.  Showed all the ways they 
went out of their way not to pick up methanol damage, all the statements 
from the Congressional Record.  But everything is put together so its 
easy to understand.  Because its so lengthy I won't forward it to you 
unless you request it, and then I think we probably have 30 or 40 pages 
we can email of case histories taken off the net.

As Mark explains about some of the original tests.  They measure methanol 
levels at the wrong time.  Sometimes they measure it after 24 hours when 
they very well know that it would have all been converted to formaldehyde 
and formic acid or eliminated through the breath or urine.

A more devious trick they use is to use a testing procedure that can 
only measure hugh spikes in the plasma methanol levels.  The test they 
use was designed in 1969 and probably outdated even then.  When 
environmental researchers test for methanol levels in the blood from 
environmental exposure, they use tests that reach levels 15 times lower 
than what NutraSweet researchers used.

If you read the Congressional Record, the part that carries the protest 
of the National Soft Drink Assn., you find they used the wrong test that 
would not even pick up aspartic acid when the right one was available, 
the wrong solution, didn't test for breakdown products (a witches brew - 
even the phenylalanine breaks down into DKP, a brain tumor agent) and 
didn't test for temperature elevation (at 86 degrees aspartame liberates 
methanol in the can).  

I have rooms of documentation.  Dr. Roberts report on brain tumors has
been pre-reviewed (Does Aspartame Cause Human Brain Cancer?  Journal of
Advancement in Medicine, Volume 4, Number 4, Winter 1991).  Dr. Walton
tried to do a study on humans and NutraSweet would not even sell him the
aspartame - they knew what would happen.  (Adverse REactions to Aspartame:
Double-Blind Challenge in Patients from a Vulnerable Pop ulation, Society
of Biological Psychiatry (1993). Dr. Walton had to stop the study because
the patients complained of being poisoned.  He said some started bleeding 
from their eyes and got retinal detachments.  The methanol converts to 
formaldehyde in the retina! 

Dr. Louis Elsas, (Professor of Pediatrics at Emory)  told Congress on 
November 3, 1987:  

" I have spent 25 years in the biomedical sciences trying to prevent 
mental retardation and birth defects caused by excess phenylalanine.  And 
therein lies my basic concern, that aspartame is in fact a well-known 
neurotoxin and teratogen which, in some as yet undefined dose, will both 
reversibly in the adult and irreversibly in the developing child or fetal 
brain, produce adverse effects.  Aspartame is increasing in our world 
food supply without, I feel, appropriate prior investigation of its 
adverse effects on human brain function or appropriate surveillance at 
the present time."

He went on to tell how phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta and 
causes mental retardation.  OB doctors in Chicago told a friend they warn 
all pregnant women off aspartame but some won't listen and give birth to 
babies with brain tumors, and some of the little babies have strokes".  
In the meantime, the NutraSweet Company tells you it is safe for pregnant 
women.  It is absolutely criminal.

The National Child Development Assn. called me and said learning 
difficulties in this country are at 50%.  I sent them a packet and they 
said they made 10,000 copies and sent it to all their offices.  

Dr. Walton Monte (Aspartame:  Methanol and the Public Health - Journal of 
Applied Nutrition, Volume 36, Number 1, 1984) really goes into the 
effects on the eyes in detail and also quotes Dr. Wurtman.  He says: "Dr. 
Richard Wurtman, Professor of Neuroendocrine Regulation at the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented data to the FDA 
demonstrating that in humans the feeding of a carbohydrate with aspartame 
significantly enhances aspartame's positive effect on plasma and brain 
phenylalanine and tyrosine levels (48 Federal Register at 31379).  There 
are sound scientific reasons to believe that increasing the brain levels 
of these large neutral amino acids could affect the synthesis of 
neurotransmitters and in turn affect bodily functions controlled by the 
autonomic nervous system (e.g. blood pressure).  The proven ability of 
aspartame to inhibit the glucose-induced release of serotonin within the 
brain may also affect behaviors, such as satiety and sleep."

Dr. Monte says further: "Methanol has no therapeutic properties and is 
considered only as a toxicant.  The ingestion of two teaspoonfuls is 
considered lethal in humans."

Now if you were to call the NutraSweet Company and tell them you know 
about the methanol they will tell you there is more methanol in oranges.  
Yet they, of course, know better.  Dr. Monte explains it well: "Ethanol, 
the classic antidote for methanol toxicity, is found in natural food 
sources of methanol at concentrations 5 to 500,000 times that of the 
toxin.  Ethanol inhibits metabolism of methanol and allows the body time 
for clearance of the toxin through the lungs and kidneys."  Now you know 
that they know that but this is their excuse and the FDA gives you the same

If you're interested in the research done by a neurologist you can 
contact Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon in California.  He wrote 
EXCITOTOXINS; THE TASTE THAT KILLS and says on the back cover that: "The 
ingredients in NutraSweet literally stimulate the neurons of the brain to 
death causing brain damage of varying degrees."  He also says that 
NutraSweet triggers diabetes!  Its quite a technical book and you can get 
it from Health Press 1 800-643-2665.

You have to remember in lab animals that aspartame caused brain tumors - 
and malignant mammary tumors and ovarian tumors - and a host of other things.
All these young kids living on Diet Coke and getting brain tumors is 
terrible.  A woman called me last night who works in a hospice about this 
because you understand why there were so many.  She also wondered why 
women, age 30!!!!! are getting Alzheimers.

Dr. Roberts (diabetic specialist - but also member of the American 
Academy of Neurology) said when aspartame was put on the market that he 
noticed a difference in his diabetic patients and MS patients - they 
presented with memory loss and confusion and severe vision problems.
Dr. Roberts has done 30 years research in Alzheimers and just published a 
book about his research called DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMERS DISEASE ( 1 
800- 814-9800).  He came to Atlanta for a seminar on this and explained 
how the two amino acids in aspartame that are neurotoxic (phenylalanine 
and aspartic acid) without the other amino acids in protein go past the 
blood brain barrier and deteriorate the neurons of the brain.  You know 
this is the cause of Alzheimers which is a 20th century disease!  There 
are now 4 million victims in the U.S. and its now the 4th leading cause 
of death in adults.  There are 250,000 new cases each year and 100,000 

Bill, I would get rid of your diet drinks!  NutraSweet is a chemical 
poison and in the book Prescription for Healing by Bach its listed under 
C for just that!  

Also Dr. Harry Waisman did a study for Searle on the effects of aspartame 
on primates (Monsanto bought Searle in l985).  Seven infant monkeys were 
fed the chemical in milk.  One died after 300 days, 5 other had Grand Mal 
seizures. Searle deleted these findings when they submitted his study to 
the FDA!  The best way to understand NutraSweet is to think of it as a 
minute dose of nerve gas that eradicates brain and nerve functions!

They just kept sacrificing monkeys and then they realized that methanol 
is a human specific poison so they started using rats!  In the Bressler 
Study when some of the rats died Searle resurrected them back on paper.  
This is the reason that Merrill of the FDA asked U.S. Sam Skinner to 
indict Searle.  Instead he went to work for Sidley & Austin, Searle's law 
firm that was defending the case, as did the U.S. Attorney after him 
(Conlon).  This is the greatest scandal in U.S. History if you had time 
to read all the facts.  They knew this was poison!!!!

Dr. William Pardridge (University of California at Los Angeles) and Dr. 
Wurtman testified before a Senate Committee on the Labor and Human 
Resources, urging that labeling requirements for Aspartame be amended to 
include quantity.  Children might suffer brain damage from excessive 
intake of aspartame.  Aspartame consumed at the same time as 
carbohydrates would have double the effect on the brain as aspartame alone!

Talking about scandal, don't bother to call Dr. Wurtman at MIT - he 
changed sides and became a consultant for NutraSweet!  He testified in 
1985 when NutraSweet was in maybe 300 or 400 products.  There was 
testimony in l987 when it was probably in 600 products.  Joyce Wilson was 
there pleading they take this off the market so that others would not go 
blind from it like herself.  Her husband Richard wrote in April, l994 in 
a local Atlanta paper:

"Aspartame killed my wife.  No words can express the agony and horror 
sweet Joyce endured.  This poison destroyed her brain, ravaged all her 
organs and blinded her.  She died at age 46 in 1991. ....The makers of 
this poison considered her death an acceptable cost of business.  I'm a 
man without a wife because the NutraSweet Company is a business without a 

When Joyce died she had the symptoms of MS which in reality was methanol 
toxicity mimicing MS (which started out this whole discussion).  And she 
was just like an Alzheimer's patient with no memory.  But as long as she 
could speak and think she tried to warn the world.  We dedicated a day to 
Joyce when we exposed the American Diabetic Assn. for taking money from 
Monsanto and endorsing this for diabetics when it is hazardous to their 
health - and they know it.  Would could be any worse than wood alcohol 
for a diabetic?  Dr. Roberts has been a member of the ADA for almost 40 
years and they even refused to publish his abstract of 650 diabetic 
aspartame reactors.  It was published in Clinical Research Vol. 36, No. 
3, 1988  489 A

I explained to Suzanne Laird, the lady who works for the hospice the 
symptoms of methanol toxicity, and what we are seeing in the general public.
Loss of equilibrium, vision loss, confusion, headaches, vertigo, 
dizziness, joint pain, fatigue, insomnia, depression, etc.  Her reply was:
"But I have all those symptoms and no one has been able to tell me why.  
Now doctors think I have MS?"  As the conversation wore on she explained 
she had 6 friends under the age of 29 who were Diet Coke drinkers who 
have been diagnosed with MS!!!!!!!!  I would give up your Diet Pepsi!

I assure you when we get these women off NutraSweet within two or three 
months all their symptoms will disappear.  I do it constantly.  I have 
her number if you don't believe and would like to talk to her!!!!!!

There are so many seizures today from aspartame that a Worldwide Pilot 
Hotline has been set up just to take the complaints.  Over 700 pilots 
have already called, many of them because of having grand mal seizures in 
the cockpits of commercial airliners!  Some complain of the vision 
problems caused by aspartame.  Dr. Monte in his paper discussed how it 
causes tunnel vision.  You may remember that the American Airliner that
fell out of the sky in December was due to pilot error - tunnel vision.  
Did all those people die because the pilot was drinking diet soda?

Dr. James B. Hays (Brownwood, Texas) (Clinical Experience with Aspartame) 
has taken care of some of the pilots who have seizures.  And he writes:
"Aspartame is a significant hazard to transportation safety.  Various 
physicians in the Federal Aviation Administration are aware of this 
situation, but they are bureaucratically linked to the Food and Drug 
Administration who have the charge to approve food additives and drugs. ....
In summary, ten case histories were reviewed with various neurological 
and other symptoms other than headaches.  A simple clinical test to 
establish Aspartame as the cause of suspect symptoms is proposed."

Why doesn't the FAA help us.  Because Sam Skinner who did not indict 
Searle became Secretary of Transportation over the FAA!!!!  Mission 
Possible flies packets around the world to Air Traffic Controls to warn 
the pilots.  It's pretty bad when consumers have to do the work that 
Government should be doing.  

Dr. Roberts and I attended the Conference of the American College of 
Physicians and one neurology professor said:  "Please someone tell us 
where all these seizures are coming from."  I told them and then another 
physician, a pilot said he even knew a friend who flew commercially who 
keeps having grand mal seizures in the cockpits and he felt he should be 

I'll be glad to forward you more information if you want it and the 
warning flyer we distribute worldwide.  We are a volunteer force in 50 
states sending a worldwide alert to the world.  Dr. James Bowen told the 
FDA this was mass poisoning of the American people and more than 70 
countries of the world (now 90) - and many of them also pleading for help.

When there were congressional hearings aspartame was only in a few hundred 
products but now its in 5000 products and climbing!

Anyone who wants more information can email for instructions to the 
auto-responder and I have other posts.

         Betty Martini    Operation Mission Possible (one of three 
worldwide organizations warning the world about aspartame)

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