Posted: 05 May 2008
This is a letter published with the permission of Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder of Mission Possible International to Hawaii Senate Health Chair, Sen. David Ige, who although signed the Hawaii Senate Resolution asking FDA to rescind approval for aspartame, ended up in fact never scheduling it for the obligatory hearing in his Senate Health Committee, thus killing the Resolution that he had signed with ten other Senate Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs!
From: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum., Bettym19@mindspring.com
Mon, Apr 28, 2008 6:00 pm
Subject: To Senator David Ige Regarding Your Refusal To Set Up Committee Meeting On Hawaii Senate Resolution SCR 191 On Aspartame
April 28, 2008
Dear Senator Ige:
The Senate Resolution, SCR 191, regarding aspartame, was so damning, you felt it had to be a hoax, and requested references which were immediately sent. Even this short resolution as damning as it was about this deadly addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with virtually all drugs and vaccines could not convey every horrible fact.
Many years ago I met a woman who had met one of the three scientists who had worked on the project. He was known to travel telling people to avoid NutraSweet at all costs because it should never have been approved. He was also on the Phil Donahue show back in the early l980's explaining how aspartame is a seizure triggering drug, and anti-seizure medication won't work. He had pleaded with Searle not to approve this deadly drug and finally left in disgust. I was very concerned with the fact the woman said that he was elderly and admitted he might not live to see the day when people would just be dropping dead in the streets from aspartame. Today that is happening.
So many athletes have dropped dead that Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, http://www.russellblaylockmd.com wrote a warning. Here is that Athlete Alert: http://www.wnho.net/aspartame_msg_scd.htm Dr. H. J. Roberts who wrote the 1000 page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com likewise wrote a paper on Aspartame and Sudden Death: http://www.wnho.net/aspartame_and_arrhythmias.htm Here's one I wrote as well to the FDA: http://www.wnho.net/openlettertofda.htm Some years ago two European Parliamentarians petitioned the World Health Organization because they couldn't understand why people were dropping dead for no reason. They suggested it should be called sudden death syndrome so it could be tracked. Even young student athletes in schools are dropping dead.
Do not think that Searle who originally made this poison doesn't know how deadly aspartame is. First of all, pharmaceutical and chemical companies are known to do studies out of the country to find out how damaging products are they are concerned about. In the case of aspartame Searle did studies in six countries sacrificing people in poor villages who wouldn't be missed. An affidavit from the translator explained how aspartame destroyed the brain and central nervous system. She said subjects in 18 months got brain tumors and had all types of seizures, and aspartame hardened the synovial fluids. The pregnant woman lost her baby, hemorrhaged and then disappeared. Some died.
Searle was very good at telling people that aspartame is the most studied product and 200 studies have been done showing safety. What Searle didn't say was that in these studies they couldn't prove safety so they committed fraud, and they got caught. Here is the Bressler Report or FDA audit which explained how Searle was filtering out neoplasms, and they were even excising brain tumors from the rats, putting them back in the study and then resurrecting them on paper. The report found that 98 of the 196 animals died during one of Searle's studies and weren't autopsied under later dates, in some cases over one year after they died.
Records for approximately 30 animals showed substantial differences between original observations on pathology sheets and the observations on pathology sheets submitted to the FDA. There were numerous other inconsistencies and errors noted. A mass, a uterine polyp and ovarian neoplasms were found in animals but not reported or diagnosed in Searle's reports. The FDA investigators found dose-related uterine polyps in 15% of 34 animals. Interestingly I called Jerome Bressler when he retired from the FDA and thanked him for being honest and telling the public the truth. He told me that it was a lot worse than what I had read in the FDA audit because the FDA had retyped his report and it was so damning, they left out the worst 20%, two mice studies. Doctors H. J. Roberts and Russell Blaylock also spoke with Jerome Bressler and were told the same thing so Dr. Roberts asked his Congressman to get the omitted part of the report. The FDA refused the congressman saying it was confidential. I recently wrote a FOIA report for it and was told it was confidential. When I said that this audit was a matter of public record all of a sudden it became destroyed. http://www.mpwhi.com/fda_gate.htm
On January 10, l977 in a 33 page letter, FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill recommended to US Attorney Sam Skinner that a grand jury investigate Searle for "apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 USC 331 (e) and the False Reports to the Government Act 18 USC 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 (i), and for concealing material facts and making false statements in reports of animal studies conducted to establish the safety of aspartame." Instead of indicting Searle, Sam Skinner hired on with the defense team. So U.S. Prosecutor William Conlon was asked to take over. He, too, hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. http://www.mpwhi.com/drug_testing_falsified.htm
The FDA at that time had absolutely no intention of allowing aspartame on the market. Here are some remarks made at the FDA Task Force:
"At the heart of FDA's regulatory process is its ability to rely upon the integrity of the basic safety data submitted by sponsors of regulated products. Our investigation clearly demonstrates that, in the case of G D Searle Company, we have no basis for such reliance now."
"We have noted that Searle has not submitted all the facts of experiments to FDA, retaining unto itself the unpermitted option of filtering, interpreting, and not submitting information which we would consider material to the safety evaluation of the product .... Finally, we have found instance of irrelevant or unproductive animal research where experiments have been poorly conceived, carelessly executed, or inaccurately analyzed or reported."
"Some of our findings suggest an attitude of disregard for FDA's mission of protection of the public health by selectively reporting the results of studies in a manner which allay the concerns of question of an FDA reviewer." "Unreliability in Searle's animal research does not imply, however, that its animal studies have provided no useful information on the safety of its products. Poorly controlled experiments containing random errors blur the differences between treated and control animals and increase the difficulty of discriminating between the two populations to detect a product induced effect. A positive finding of toxicity in the test animals in a poorly controlled study provides a reasonable lower bound on the true toxicity of the substance. The agency must be tree to conclude that the results from such a study, while admittedly imprecise as to incidence or severity of the untoward effect, cannot be overlooked in arriving at a decision concerning the toxic potential of the product."
It would be very easy to give you another 50 pages of the horrors of original aspartame studies. You simply can't take a deadly chemical poison and have it show safety. It can't be done. Searle got caught constantly.
For instance in the aspartame (DKP) 115 week rat study the written observations of the pathology report was changed by the supervising pathologist, Dr. Rudolph Stejskal even though he was not physically present during the autopsies and could not have verified the observations of the pathology who did perform the autopsies. The pathologist who did perform some of the autopsies had no formal training for such procedures. (Gross l985, page S10837 of Congressional Record l985b). You could go from study to study and show the fraud. For instance in the aspartame 46 week hamster study, blood samples reported in the submission to FDA as 26 week values (for certain specified animals) were found by investigators as being, in fact, values for different animals which were bled at the 38th week. Many of the animals for which these values were reported (to the FDA) were dead at the 38th week." (Gross 1985, page S10838 of congressional record l985b).
There were "clerical or arithmetic errors which resulted in reports of few tumors." (Schmidt 1976c, page 27 of US Senate l976b). G. D. Searle "delayed the reporting of alarming findings." (Schmidt 1976c, page 27 of US Senate 1976b).
Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist who was on site really summed it up when he said:
"They ( G.. D. Searle) lied and they didn't submit the real nature of their observations because had they done that it is more than likely that a great number of these studies would have been rejected simply for adequacy. What Searle did, they took great pains to camouflage these shortcomings of the study. As I say filter and just present to the FDA what they wished the FDA to know 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." Wilson l985
FDA lead investigator and Task Force Team Leader, Phillip Brodsky described the 1975 FDA Task Force members as some of the most experienced drug investigators. He went on to state that he had never seen anything as bas as G. D. Searle's studies (Graves 1984, page S5499 of Congressional Record l985a).
Dr. Marvin Legator, professor and director of environmental toxicology at the University of Texas and the pioneer of mutagenicity testing at the FDA from 1962 to 1972 was asked by Common Cause Magazine to review the FDA investigation results of G. D. Searle's tests (Graves 1984, page S5498 of Congressional Record 1985a):
"All tests were scientifically irresponsible and disgraceful. I'm just shocked that that kind of sloppy work would even be sent to FDA, and that the FDA administrators accepted it. There is no reason why these tests couldn't have been carried out correctly. It's not that we are talking about some great scientific breakthrough in methodology."
Senator Edward Kennedy at the April 8, 1976 hearings before the Senate Subcommittee on Labor and Public Welfare stated (Kennedy l976): "The extensive nature of the almost unbelievable range of abuses discovered by the FDA on several major Searle products is profoundly disturbing."
Senator Ige, this is what we know: no doubt a lot was hidden. In fact, Dr. Adrian Gross said the deliberate misconduct and lies invalidated all their experiments for these reasons:
So FDA revoked the petition for approval. Here is that report. http://www.mpwhi.com/fda_petition1.doc
Before the FDA Commissioner, Dr. Jere Goyan could sign this into law, the next day Searle filed suit. Don Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, hired to get them out of trouble. He said he would call in his markers and get aspartame on the market anyway. What were those markers? President Reagan had told Rumsfeld he would nominate him for Vice President but instead nominated Bush. Rumsfeld said Reagan owed him a favor and Reagan paid it. Rumsfeld was on Reagan's transition team and the day after President Reagan took office he appointed Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner to over-rule the Board of Inquiry. Knowing it would take 30 days to get him there he wrote an executive order making the FDA powerless to do anything about aspartame. This executive order is suppose to be a matter of public record but today has been stricken. Someone from the Reagan Transition Team called FDA Commissioner, Dr. Jere Goyan at 3:00 AM in the morning and fired him. Here is the actual letter from Dr. Goyan's wife who at the time was with him when he received the call. Notice she mentions that executive order. http://www.mpwhi.com/letter_about_goyan.pdf
Dr. Goyan died just a few months ago.
Back during those days the FDA was the hero. A former Searle employee once wrote an article titled: "What Happened To the Old FDA?" Her question was answered by the Philadelphia Inquirer on 11/22/87: The New FDA: Good Medicine for Drug Firms: http://www.mpwhi.com/the_new_fda.htm This is when as the article points out the FDA stopped operating in an adversary role and became a friend of the drug industry. This is the FDA under Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes who was put there specifically to put one of the most deadly drugs on the market to mass poison the American Public and today over 100 countries of the world. Rumors fly on what they had on Hayes to get him to do this deadly deed. When he over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and put aspartame on the market he has refused to speak to the press ever since.
In l983 the National Soft Drink Association protested that aspartame not be approved in carbonated beverages even mentioning the law that makes it illegal to market a product that is adulterated. They had concluded that aspartame is not safe in carbonated beverages. http://www.mpwhi.com/open_letter_dick_adamson.htm
On July 8, l983 Acing Commissioner of the FDA, Mark Novitch, approved NutraSweet for use in carbonated beverages and carbonated beverage syrup bases, even though levels of aspartame remaining in beverages stored eight weeks at 68 degrees F were between 84% and 89% of the original amount. "Lost" aspartame degrades to DKP (a brain tumor agent), methanol, a severe metabolic poison, aspartic acid, an excitotoxin, and phenylalanine, as an isolate a neurotoxin that lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin triggering psychiatric and behavioral problems. Aspartame interacts with all antidepressants.
I personally called Mark Novitch recently and asked him about what he did. It seems Mr. Novitch, who did this under the direction of Arthur Hull Hayes, had a bad case of amnesia. He said it was so long ago he just couldn't remember anything on the issue. That was certainly a convenient loss of memory. Memory loss is #9 on the FDA list of 92 documented symptoms from aspartame from four types of seizures to coma and death.
Amid allegations of using General Foods jet and other things, Dr. Hayes resigned and went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer on a ten year contract for $1000.00 a day. What does an FDA Commissioner do for a PR agency? Send postcards home from Bermuda. One article said he was there about 15 days. Quite a reward for putting a deadly poison on the market and mass poisoning the world so Searle could get rich. Immediately people started complaining and Senator Howard Metzenbaum tried for congressional hearings. They were not heard until 1985 because of Senator Orrin Hatch who was given money from Monsanto who bought Searle that year.
There were actually three congressional hearings because of the outrage of the public on being poisoned. It was triggering seizures, MS and all sorts of neurodegenerative diseases. One pilot who testified said his plane started going down when he passed out over the sea on aspartame, but woke up in time to land it. Mission Possible Aviation was started when a plane crashed on aspartame, and the pilot came to Atlanta and asked me for help. Here is Dr. Blaylock's pilot alert: http://www.mpwhi.com/pilot_aspartame_alert.htm Notice he mentions again this problem of sudden death. Six American Airline pilots died who used aspartame including one in flight, who passed out and never woke up.
Many scientists as well as victims testified and it was admitted that the FDA was so overcome with complaints they were sending them to the AIDS Hotline. Senator Metzenbaum wrote a bill to do independent studies by the National Institute of Health having to do with the problems being seen in the population. This included seizures, drug interaction, behavioral problems and what it does to the fetus.
Dr. Louis Elsas testified and said: .... I am a pediatrician, a Professor of Pediatrics at Emory, and 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. You remember those sloppy studies by Searle. So what about reproduction studies in teratology to find out what aspartame would do to the fetus? Here is what was discussed in Congress.
"It is significant to note that the Searle employee responsible for reviewing most of the reproduction studies had only one year of prior experience, working on population dynamics of cotton trial rabbits while employed by Illinois Wildlife Service. In order to prepare him for this title of 'Senior Research Assistant in Teratology' (fetal damage) Searle bought him books to read on the subject and also sent him to a meeting of the Teratology Society. This qualified him to submit 18 of the initial tests to the FDA, in addition to training an assistant and 2 technicians. He certainly must have kept them busy because Searle claimed that 329 teratology examinations were conducted in just 2 days. He estimated that he himself examined about 30 fetuses a day, but officials for the Center for Food and Applied Nutrition could never determine how that was possible." Graves 1984, page S5500 of Congressional Record l985a).
Since aspartame was approved autism has gone through the roof. One woman who used Diet Coke with aspartame through 3 pregnancies has 3 autistic children. Another woman said she stopped using aspartame once pregnant but said her physician at Emory said it built up in her system. She has one autistic child and one with ADD. Today between learning problems and behavioral and psychiatric problems because of this poison our children are medicated instead of educated. A Parents Magazine article in September 1999 said the normal for children today is abnormal.
Senator Metzenbaum in his bill also asked that a moratorium be put on aspartame. The bill never got out of Congress. One physician who testified said Senator Orrin Hatch was a hypocrite and prevented anything from happening. Congress is supposed to be there for the good of the people and obviously doing independent studies on aspartame couldn't hurt anybody but the manufacturer. Nobody in Congress cared about the people since nothing was done during all three congressional hearings with physicians, scientists and victims speaking out on the deadly effects of this drug. Only Monsanto benefited who paid Orrin Hatch and others and made sure happened.
Both FDA toxicologists Dr. Adrian Gross and Dr. Jacqueline Verrett who were on site and saw what happened in original studies spoke out against the FDA who is today, Big Pharma's Washington Branch Office.
On August 1, l985 the FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress at least one of Searle's studies "has established beyond ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance. ... In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established WAY BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?"
The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods. In his concluding testimony Gross asked, "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 intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131 (August 1, l985)
Dr. Jacqueline Verrett told Congress she belied the original aspartame studies were "built on a foundation of sand". She testified in front of a U.S. Senate hearing in 1987 that flawed tests conducted by Searle - used as the basis of FDA approval were a "disaster" and should have been "thrown out". She said she believed the studies left many unanswered questions about possible birth defects and the safety of aspartame. Verrett said the team was instructed not to be concerned with, or comment upon, the overall validity of the study. She said a subsequent review discarded or ignored the problems and deficiencies outlined by her team's original report. She said, "serious departures from acceptable toxicological protocols, which her investigative team noted in the reevaluation of these studies were also discounted. She warned that any of the improper practices would compromise and negate a safety study of food additive. Verrett concluded the data in the study was worthless, and the safety of aspartame and its breakdown products have therefore not been determined.
She emphasized that aspartame exists in the marketplace without basic toxicity information. She said there are no data to assess the interactions with DKP, excess phenylalanine, other aspartame metabolites, additives, drugs or other chemicals. In her testimony, Verrett elaborated on DKP problems, including significant increases of uterine polyps and changes in blood cholesterol. Senator Metzenbaum, chairman of the hearing when Verrett testified, asked her if she disagreed with FDA's position that tests for aspartame safety were credible. Verrett succinctly said she disagreed.
So even in 1987, 6 years after approval, aspartame had still not been proven safe. In fact, in l986 the Community Nutritional Institute in Washington, D.C. petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame because so many people were having seizures and going blind from the free methyl alcohol. The FDA refused. Remember today the FDA is part of Big Pharma. When those responsible to solve the problem ARE the problem its a disgrace and an abomination.
As people continued to have seizures and other problems Monsanto would fund studies to show safety. Here are examples of scientific abuse in aspartame seizure studies: http://www.dorway.com/wurtman2.html
Because its impossible to show safety of a poison like aspartame, Dr. Ralph Walton did research on scientific peer reviewed studies and funding. This showed that 92% of independent studies showed the problems and only those funded and controlled by the manufacturer ever said they were safe. In fact, Dr. Walton says if you eliminate 6 studies that the FDA had something to do with because of their obvious siding with industry now, and one pro-industry summary, that 100% of independent scientific peer reviewed studies showed the problems aspartame causes. This proves if the aspartame industry keeps their checkbook and influence out of it, there is no way to get aspartame to show safety. Here is that research by Dr. Walton: http://www.dorway.com/peerrev.html
FDA has betrayed the public trust. Today it has ignored 100 independent scientific peer reviewed studies including the Trocho Study, which showed that aspartame embalms living tissue and damages DNA. When you damage DNA you can destroy humanity. Dr. Alemany who sent testimony to Hawaii told me personally in Barcelona that aspartame could kill 200 million people. The NutraSweet people when this study was done tried to assassinate his character. Funding was immediately reduced. There is a company called ILSI who gives funding with members like Monsanto, Searle, Coke, Pepsi, etc., (that is: as long as you're willing to say this poison is safe). FDA has also ignored a petition for ban for 6 years even though the law requires they answer it in 180 days. Why haven't they answered it, because the facts in the petition are from their own records and how do you disagree with that. An imminent health hazard petition must be answered within a couple of weeks. I sent this in October. They have ignored that too.
My Senator told me if you want to ban aspartame is has to go through the local legislature. First we tried New Mexico. The Capital was saturated with lobbyists and front groups like Calorie Control Council who even push aspartame on pregnant women. Some of the Senators I testified too sat there sipping Diet Coke.
Aspartame is addictive, the free methyl alcohol, classified as a narcotic causes chronic methanol poisoning. This affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes addiction. I happened to ask Dr. Bill Deagle one day why addicts on aspartame were not rational. He said because aspartame affects the frontal lobe so it's like talking to someone who has had a lobotomy.
Aspartame changes brain chemistry and users many times can look at the documents that show the devastating studies and the horrors aspartame caused, and insist its safe. It goes beyond dumbing down the public. I've heard many of the experts say today the mental hospitals are full of patients who are simply aspartame victims.
Aspartame is pushed on diabetics when, in fact, it can precipitate the disease, simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and even interacts with insulin. Look at the epidemic of diabetes in Hawaii. The aspartame manufacturers fund the American Diabetes Assn and professional organizations in general. Look at Hawaii's epidemic of suicide. The phenylalanine in aspartame depletes serotonin triggering suicidal tendencies, bipolar, panic attacks, hallucinations, etc.
Rep Josh Green, M.D. has the 1000 page medical text of the horrors that aspartame triggers. It would take volumes to go over the many symptoms and diseases. Just think of it, Senator Ige - planes crashing, mental hospitals full of aspartame victims, lives destroyed, diabetics dying, and people everywhere getting cancer. The prestigious Ramazzini Studies showed aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen even in small amounts, and passed on to other generations.
Well Hawaii had its chance, didn't it, but lets just talk about you for a moment, Senator. I've called you time and time again. It's as if your assistant, Joyce, has been told to tell all people you're in and out of committee meetings. You never return a call no matter how many times calls are made, if its about aspartame. Even Dr. Deagle called and you know he is almost in Hawaii now, and you didn't even have the decency to return his call. Joyce has the habit of asking anyone who is not from Hawaii just what they are doing about aspartame wherever they are from and why they are concerned about this state. Is this what you told her to say?
The reason I'm getting on your case because you signed the resolution and then decided it showed aspartame to be so deadly you had to have references. When given the references so you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt its all true, you did not set up the committee meeting, and the original bill was deferred. Neither have you answered any of my letters, not one, even though I took the time to give you what you asked for.
So now I want to know who got to you? Was it aspartame lobbyists, Coke or even Roz Baker who was deleting testimonies without reading them? She was a previous lobbyist.
Or Senator is it because you use the poison and want to continue your habit? As I write this letter, Dr. Deagle is on his way to Hawaii for a press conference we are hoping will be held. What will you say to him when he gets there on the last day of the legislature? Or will you ignore him too like you have ignored everybody else.
Neither did Codex ban aspartame even though there were great efforts. This means instead of 6000 products it could be in 100,000 products. Aspartame can destroy the human race, and the world you leave for your children and your grandchildren. The only hope is for the states that ban it, and you turned away from your responsibility to the people of Hawaii. Every time somebody drops dead or gets cancer from aspartame in Hawaii, remember: it didn't have to be that way. You had the opportunity to stop it there and save the Hawaiian people from this poison. You wouldn't even schedule the hearing! I'm disappointed and ashamed of you, Senator.
There have been many heroes who gave their all like the experts who have alerted the public for years. Attorney James Turner worked with world renowned Dr. John Olney to prevent approval. Dr. Olney's 49 page report to the FDA gave the prophecy of how aspartame if approved would destroy the brains of our children. Here is that report: http://www.wnho.net/dr_olney1.doc The FDA agreed and revoked the petition for approval, and then Rumsfeld got it on the market. Unfortunately, the prophecy has now been fulfilled.
What will you do now, Senator, as the legislature comes to an end, and the hope with it to save the Hawaiian people from this poison? Your assistant Joyce wanted to know why people from other parts of the world cared about Hawaii. Because Senator, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves and care about all people. It would have been commendable if you had cared as much as people calling from around the world.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
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Aspartame Toxiocity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame