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Betty Martini betty at noel.pd.org
Thu Jun 19 14:53:02 EST 1997

Andrew, in case you haven't seen this press release this will help you to
understand the association of the FDA and Monsanto.


Press Release   Betty Martini 770 242-2599

Dr. Virginia Weldon, VP for Public Policy at Monsanto Chemical is a "top
candidate" to become Commissioner of the FDA, reported the St. Louis Post
Dispatch Tuesday, 5/20 FDA approved Monsanto's NutraSweet, Equal and
bovine growth hormone, Posilac, which are under mounting international
medical and consumer criticism as toxic substances. NutraSweet and Equal
are Monsanto brands of the neurotoxin aspartame. The original developer of
NutraSweet was Searle which was acquired by Monsanto in l985. 

 "If Weldon gets the appointment Monsanto will have its former Vice
President empowered to bless dozens of new Monsanto bioengineered
chemicals and sweeteners.  NutraSweet 2000 is slated for approval in l998
according to 4/21/97 Chemical & Engineering News. Is it Monsanto's mission
to have their Dr. Weldon become FDA Commissioner to approve it?  "These
job swaps by FDA officials are a well oiled revolving door that doesn't
even squeak, it just stinks", says Betty Martini, founder of Mission
Possible.  "Think of the FDA as Monsanto's Washington branch office." 

Monsanto researcher Margaret Miller who worked on the bovine growth
hormone, transferred to FDA and got the job of reviewing her own research.
Miller increased the antibiotic protocol for milk to permit an increase of
10,000 percent.  Cows treated with rBST require more antibiotics because
of rampant udder infections.  Monsanto attorney Michael Taylor was hired
to an FDA post where he could oversee the approval process.  Martini calls
these events "The Monsanto march on Washington."

In l977 Justice Department attorneys Sam Skinner and William Conlon were
assigned to prosecute Searle for submitting fraudulent tests on NutraSweet.
They switched sides to join the defense lawyers and the case died when the
statute of limitations expired.  On 2/7/86 the Wall Street Journal
reported the probe of these two ex-U.S. Prosecutors  by Senate

Former FDA Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes who approved NutraSweet and
ignored the contrary recommendations of his own Task Force became a
consultant to Searle's public relations firm, Burston Marsteller.  Hayes
was being investigated for accepting gratuities when he quit.

David Kessler, the FDA Commissioner who recently retired when questioned
for padding his expense account, gave blanket approval to NutraSweet even
though it has an allowable daily intake, without public notification in
June.  He has protected Monsanto by ignoring the FDA register of 10,000
complaints and their published list of 92 reactions to aspartame from coma
and blindness to seizures and death.  Kessler consistently protected
Monsanto by refusing to require chemical breakdown tests of the drug.  The
original work was just done by 11 year old Jennifer Cohen for a school
science project as reported in the Food Chemical News, May 5.  She stored
 cans of Diet Coke in a refrigerator for 10 weeks which broke down and
released formaldehyde and diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent.  The cola
was analyzed by Winston Laboratories in Ridgefield, New Jersey (201
-440-0022). According to the Food Chemical News the FDA said they knew it
all along. 

On June 2, l995 H. J. Roberts, M.D. wrote Newt Gingrich and said: "..
Congress must review this threat at a new open hearing (aspartame
disease), and second, it should declare aspartame products to be an
"imminent public health hazard" and withdraw them from the market"..
He wrote on the association of brain tumors with aspartame in a peer
reviewed report in the Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Vol 4, Number
4, Winter 1991.  John W. Olney, M.D. made world news when he announced the
increase in brain tumors (of the variety the rats developed
in original studies) and questioned the link to aspartame in Nov. 96 in
the J. Neuropath Exp. Neurol. Vol 55, No. 11.  As reported by Dr. Frank
Walton on 60 Minutes, Dec 29, of 90 independent studies not funded by the
manufacturer, 83 showed problems with aspartame.  Dr. Virginia Weldon 
appeared on the show to defend NutraSweet against charges in the Nov issue
of the Journal of Neurology linking it to brain tumors.

Mission Possible has demanded FDA recall of aspartame on the basis that a
pivotal study of aspartame, SC 18862, produced grand mal seizures in 6 of
7 infant monkeys.  One died.  Mrs. Martini says: "I fail to see how grand
mal seizures prove safety!  The FDA report of symptoms list 4 different
types of seizures in the public."  Acting FDA Commissioner Michael
Friedman has ignored the demand. 

James Turner, Washington based attorney, explained on 60 Minutes that the
original studies on aspartame never proved safety and were not replicated.
The late FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress that aspartame
violated the Delaney Amendment because it triggered brain tumors,
astrocytomas (first stage of the deadly glioblastoma now said to be
rampant in the population).  The Bressler Report exposed mammary, uterine
and ovarian tumors.  Rats listed as dead appeared alive later in the

Now comes a translator giving a notarized statement that Searle had
replicated the studies on humans in other countries and that she and a
Mexican physician translated them.  Even though the studies were short in
duration, not over 18 months, she says subjects began dropping out with
astrocytomas and seizures. This confirms the link of brain tumors to
aspartame continually warned by Roberts and Olney. She says the studies
were done on poor people in villages of South America and that the people
were told aspartame was made from papaya.  Aspartame is a molecule
composed of three components:  aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol.
Methanol, a severe metabolic poison, converts to formaldehyde and formic
acid and causes metabolic acidosis.  Phenylalanine and aspartic acid when
isolated from the other amino acids in protein go past the blood brain
barrier and deteriorate the neurons of the brain causing brain damage of
varying degrees, according to H. J. Roberts, M.D., and neurosurgeon,
Russell Blaylock, M.D.  Phenylalanine breaks down into DKP, the brain
tumor agent. Conversion to DKP was admitted on secret trade information
discussed in Congress.

Dr. Virginia Weldon is a pediatrician, and Pediatric Professor, Dr. Louis
Elsas (Emory/Genetics) testified before Congress in l987 that aspartame is
a neurotoxin and teratogen (triggers birth defects!).  If she becomes the
new FDA Commissioner will history repeat itself? "It's the same song in
the same saloon with new nudes," says Martini.  "Their corruption is
exposed for all to see.  Play it again, Sam!"

Contact:  Betty Martini, Mission Possible Worldwide, 770 242-2599

Request is made that this press release be added to web pages and
forwarded to press in every state of this country, and every country of
the world. President Clinton and Congress should be immediately notified.
Secret trade information, translator's statement and Cohen's report
available to press.

For more information on aspartame email:    betty at pd.org
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                          1. Take the 60-day No Aspartame Test and
  Mission Possible                send us your case history.
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 Duluth, GA 30155  USA       with Monsanto's NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful
                                  or Benevia or NatraTaste
VISIT  http://www.dorway.com/possible.html  Get links to 29 other sites.
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