Aspartame and brain tumors, Part 3, FDA Report

Betty Martini betty at
Fri Mar 7 18:28:20 EST 1997

You've now read Dr. Olney's report, and some information from the
Congressional Record on the original studies.  Mission Possible collects
the histories from the victims of aspartame.  In a nutshell aspartame
destroys the central nervous system, the brain, the optic nerve and
triggers an irregular heart rhythm; and as Richard Wilson once said who
lost his wife to NutraSweet - it ravages every organ in the body. 
This is the reality of aspartame.  

Because aspartame was classified as an additive instead of a drug, which
it is, it requires no safety monitoring.  The Congressional Record even
mentions that the FDA was sending complaints to the AIDS Hotline.  In
l984 the Center for Disease Control was asked to do an investigation of
the complaints.  They reviewed 213 of 592 cases of aspartame complaints.
Ages of the complainants ranged from four months to 77 years; 77% were
between the ages of 21 and 60 years, 75% were female and 94% were white.
Twenty-eight percent reported repeated episodes of symptoms and 26 people
experienced identical symptoms.  Some of the reported symptoms included:
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 CDC recommended future investigations of aspartame investigate
the neurological and behavioral problems, and focus on symptoms such as
headaches, mood alterations and behavioral changes.  

Would you say these are serious problems?  Yet, Frederick L. Trowbridge
added an executive summary to the report which conflicted with the
information in the report.  He stated: "Currently available information,
based on data with limitations as described in the report, indicated a
wide variety of complaints that are generally of a mild nature.  Although
it may be that certain individuals have an unusual sensitivity to the
product, these data do not provide evidence for the existence of serious,
widespread, adverse health consequences to the use of aspartame."

Why would they do this?  CDC is part of the Department of Health and Human
Services, FDA!  When you call the CDC for this report they only send you
the summary.  I told them I had seen the report and there was no way they
would keep it from me.  It was sent to me when I filed under Freedom of
Information.  It is the most damning report ever written on aspartame.  

And these problems continue in the population.  Histories continue to
flood in from victims who have suffered seizures, vision loss and
blindness, mood swings, miscarriages, birth defects in their children,
loss of equilibrium and MS symptoms, depression, chronic fatigue, memory
loss, etc.  These reports the FDA calls anecdotal were once considered
clinical observation.  And as we get the victims off aspartame their
symptoms disappear within 4 to 6 weeks, if warned in time.  Some have

Here is the FDA report of 92 documented symptoms including death, also
acquired through Freedom of Information.  The FDA says they list blindness
under vision loss (the component methanol converts to formaldehyde and
formic acid in the retina of the eye).  

Headaches, dizziness or problem with balance, change in mood quality or
level, vomiting and nausea, abdominal pain and cramps, change in vision,
diarrhea, seizures and convulsions, memory loss, fatigue, weakness, other
neurological, rash, sleep problems, hives, change in heart rate, itching,
change in sensation (numbness, tingling), grand mal seizures, local
swelling, change in activity level, difficulty breathing, oral sensory
changes, change in menstrual pattern, other skin, other, localized pain
and tenderness, other urogenital, change in body temperature, difficulty
swallowing, other metabolic, joint and bone pain, speech impairment, other
gastrointestinal, chest pain, other musculo-skeletal, fainting, sore
throat, other cardiovascular, change in taste, difficulty with urination,
other respiratory, edema, change in hearing, abdominal swelling, change in
saliva output, change in urine volume, change in perspiration pattern, eye
irritation, unspecified, muscle tremors, petit mal, change in appetite,
change in body weight, nocturnal, change in thirst or water intake,
unconsciousness and coma, wheezing, constipation, other extremity pain,
problems with bleeding, unsteady gait, coughing, blood glucose disorders,
blood pressure changes, changes in skin and nail coloration, change in
hair or nails, excessive phlegm production, sinus problems, simple partial
seizures, hallucinations, lumps present, shortness of breath on exertion,
evidence of blood in stool or vomit, dysmenorrhea, dental problems, change
in smell, DEATH, other blood and lymphatic, eczema, complex partial
seizures, swollen lymph nodes, hematuria, shortness of breath due to
position, difficulties with pregnancy, (children only) developmental
retardation, change in breast size or tenderness, anemia, change in sexual
function, shock, conjunctivitis, dilating eyes, febrile

Should an additive cause these kind of symptoms?  Pilots are reporting
grand mal seizures in the cockpits of commercial airliners from aspartame,
chest palpitations, tachycardia, vision loss, etc.  FLYING SAFETY,
Journal of the U.S. Air Force and NAVY PHYSIOLOGY, Journal of the U.S.
Navy, have written in their journals warning all pilots off aspartame. 

Doctors if you are seeing neurological symptoms you can't explain and your
patient is on aspartame get him off and see for yourself what this deadly
neurotoxin is doing to the human race.  At the Conference of the American
College of Physicians which I attended with Dr. H. J. Roberts the first
thing neurology professors said was: "Where are the seizures coming from?"
The phenylalanine in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold of the brain.  
Why is this product so deadly?  Aspartame is a molecule composed of 3
components:  aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol.  Once ingested the
methanol, wood alcohol, converts into formaldehyde and formic acid (ant
sting poison).  Both aspartic acid and l-phenylalanine are also neurotoxic
because they are isolated from the other amino acids in protein and go
past the blood brain barrier and deteriorate the neurons of the brain. The
phenylalanine in aspartame is genetically engineered.

We ask all to write to the FDA and complain:  Food & Drug Administration,
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857

Dr. Roberts position papers on aspartame and diabetes, aspartame or MS?,
aspartame and the eye, aspartame and equilibrium, aspartame and pregnancy,
aspartame and cardiac problems are in Mission Possible files -

Mission Possible activists the world over are warning the public and
attempting to get this toxin off the market.  People are still hurting!

Betty Martini
Mission Possible
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