Aspartame, NutraSweet

Dangers and Possible Side Effects

In February of 1994, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a list of 92 adverse reactions attributed to aspartame, as reported to the FDA. They included migraines, tinnitus, blurred vision, slurred speech, tremors, hyperactivity, insomnia and joint pain.

Subject: Lancet Aspartame Discussion Group:
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 16:49:53 -0400
From: Betty Martini
To: Stephen Marsden

Answering Dr. Paul Spiers who defended his last study on aspartame
(Independent study showed problems, Monsanto funded study showed safety – which do you believe?)

In order to understand why many do not take Dr. Spiers last study seriously on aspartame one has to know the whole story. Dr. Paul Spiers and Dr. Richard Wurtman of MIT have worked together for years. Aspartame was manufactured by Searle and Monsanto bought them in l985. Dr. Wurtman at one time was a Searle consultant but quit his job and became a vocal NutraSweet opponent. He told Gregory Gordon who did an 8 month investigation on aspartame for United Press International in l987 that he had been contacted by more than 200 persons who suspected they suffered seizures as a result of NutraSweet use. A pivotal study used in the approval of NutraSweet was SC 18862 “A 52 Week Oral Toxicity Infant Monkey Study”. Seven monkeys were fed aspartame, 5 had grand mal seizures and 1 died. This study was used to show safety!

Dr. Wurtman wanted to do more studies and told Gregory Gordon “Dr. Gerald Gaull, a Searle vice president, visited his laboratory in l985 and threatened to veto funding by International Life Sciences Institute, the Washington-based tax-exempt foundation, for his planned study into whether NutraSweet changes brain chemistry, lowering some humans’ seizure threshold.” Gaull did not deny the threat and Dr. Wurtman did not receive the research funds.

Barbara Metzler whose daughter’s case is in Dr. H. J. Roberts first book on aspartame “Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe? (Charles Press) just wrote and said: “It was interesting to read Spiers letter, especially in view of the fact that about 15 years ago, my daughter spent 3 days with the doctors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Clinical Research Center (CRC) to determine if she had temporal lobe epilepsy or aspartame toxicity. Guess what? They told her that she didn’t have temporal lobe epilepsy. She stopped drinking her usual 2 cans of diet soda a day, and all of her problems vanished.” Who did her daughter see? One of the physicians was Dr. Spiers. Barbara Metzler still has the letter from Dr. Wurtman written before her trip to CRC – that said her problems could quite possibly be from aspartame. She was taken there after she was diagnosed as having temporal lobe epilepsy by a neurologist in Pennsylvania. Her daughter also developed personality changes with the use of aspartame which also disappeared when she abstained from the toxin.

What has happened since this time? Dr. Richard Wurtman and Dr. Paul Spiers no longer give interviews on the dangers of aspartame. And they no longer worry about research funds that were denied Dr. Wurtman when he wanted to do studies on aspartame and seizures. In fact, this study by Dr. Spiers was funded by Monsanto Chemical Company.

Betty Martini, Mission Possible International

A new medical text on this world plague is about to be released. Statements in the United Press International investigation really put the issue in prospective:

“Drs Louis Elsas of Emory University and William Pardridge of the UCLA Medical School charged that the diet food and drink industry has engaged in a “whitewash” by rejecting health concerns, manipulating research studies and wining and dining scientific critics.”

“These and other researchers describe a world of subtle, high-stakes strategy in which the availability of corporate funds and the design of research protocols may have influenced the course of a multibillion – dollar industry and potentially affected the safety of millions of people.”

“Elsas who publicly assailed NutraSweet in l985, said he was put off for a year before ILSI rejected his proposal without stating a reason.”

“While denying funding for these aspartame skeptics, the company (G. D. Searle/NutraSweet Co.) and ILSI have financed researchers with whom they have long-running relationships. A number of industry-funded scientists acknowledged that company and ILSI officials originated ideas for their studies or participated in the research design. These studies generally have reported the sweetener is safe.”

“In the summer of l985, the firm flew Wurtman, Elsas, Matalon, Pardridge, several of their wives and other NutraSweet critics to a two day meeting at a luxurious home in Northeast harbor, Maine. An afternoon was spent on a yacht, participants said. “This was industry wooing the concerned to shut up.” Elsas said.”

“Dr. Richard Wurtman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology neuroscientist, says heavy NutraSweet consumption may so flood the bloodstream with phenylalanine that other essential amino acids are blocked from reaching the brain, causing chemical changes that can affect behavior and lower the threshold at which many suffer epileptic seizures.”

“Dr. Sidney Wolfe, executive director of the Washington-based Health Research Group said, “The thing that’s really worrisome is that it clearly affects brain metabolism in animals, and anyone who disputes that is irresponsible.”

“Dr. Richard Matalon of the University of Illinois has reported that heavy consumption of NutraSweet’s main component – the amino acid phenylalanine – may cause neurological problems such as loss of memory and concentration.”

“Dr. William Pardridge of the UCLA Medical School, who also has done phenylalanine research, said he most fears the sweetener’s effect on children, who, he says, “are more likely to approach the FDA’s acceptable daily intake level of 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.”

Betty Martini, Mission Possible International 770 242-2599

Attention: Nutrasweet Users, Please read if you Suffer from Diabetes, MS or Lupus!!!


Article written by Betty Martini

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on ASPARTAME: Marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’ In the keynote address by the EPA, they announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they did not understand what toxin was using this to be rampant across the United States.

I explained I was there to lecture on exactly that subject. When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME coverts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.) The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus, people were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is.

In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually drink three to four 12 oz. cans of them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by ASPARTAME, the victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes life threatening.

When we get people off the aspartame, those with systemic lupus usually become asymptotic. Unfortunately, we cannot reverse this disease. On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We have seen cases where their vision has returned and even their hearing has returned. This also applies to cases of tinnitus.

During a lecture I said “If you are using ASPARTAME [NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.] and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss, you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!” People were jumping up during the lecture saying, “I’ve got this. Is it reversible?” It is rampant. Some of the speakers at my lecture even were suffering from these symptoms. In one lecture attended by the Ambassador of Uganda, he told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame! He continued by saying that one of the industry leader’s son could no longer walk due in part to product usage! We have a very serious problem.

Even a stranger came up to Dr. Espisto, (one of my speakers) and myself and said, “Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS?” During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke drinkers, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence. Here is the problem. There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was originally included as a sweetener in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail.

Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!

At the time of this first hearing, people were going blind. The methanol in the Aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic – DEADLY POISONS!!! Unfortunately, it just takes longer to quietly kill, but it is killing people and causing all kinds of neurological problems. Aspartame changes the brain’s chemistry. It is the reason for severe seizures. This drug changes the dopamine level in the brain. Imagine what this drug does to patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

The author, Betty Martini, can be reached at 770-242-2599.