Too Sweet or Not To Sweet
that is the question!


Extracts from,
Jean Hudon, Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator and
Betty Martini:

Food Safety File #8: The Sweet That Kills: Aspartame Morphing into Neotame: June 12, 2000

.... As most of you probably know, Aspartame is a deadly sweetening substance that has been approved in 1981 by the FDA despite the opposition of its own scientists - and then it was swiftly approved all over the world and now hundreds of millions of people ingest it everyday in their food and beverages, unknowingly poisoning themselves and their children and gradually triggering a whole series of debilitating diseases, some of which end up killing a growing number of men, women and children.


Of course, aspartame is not the only threat lurking in our food supply: genetically engineered plants and animals, toxic chemicals used in agriculture and by the food processing industry, unlabelled irradiation of a growing number of food products to make them stay "fresh" longer, water fluoridation, trace residues of deadly chemicals such as PCBs, dioxin and DDT, radioactive contamination from all the "accidental" nuclear plant releases, accumulated radioactive waste and all military use of radioactive material (including uranium-enriched ammunitions massively used in the Gulf and Kosovo wars) ALL finding their way into what we eat, drink and breathe....


No wonder why so many people now turn in throngs to buying (or growing!) organic food and bottled water (which may also be contaminated by chemicals leaching from the plastic bottle itself!).

Yet amidst this cacophony of threats .... aspartame really stands out both because it is so ubiquitous (it is used - with or without a written notice on the product label - in at least 5000 food products -- more than 9000 worldwide according to some estimates) and because so many people are still unaware of the risks they and their children incur when they ingest food containing this treacherous sweetener - which was accidentally discovered to be so sweet to our taste buds when a lab scientist researching it as a potential chemical weapon licked his fingers on which traces of the powdery compound were left.


So, in short, aspartame stinks and those who can still think otherwise after reading the following article are probably too much in denial to be able to actually face the consequences of admitting that they have poisoned themselves and their own children for years with aspartame - not to mention the rest of the pollution and contamination issues listed above...

Now the real question is: "What will it take to tear that Aspartame Wall of Indifference down and ban forever this neurotoxic chemical from our food supply?"...

For more info on aspartame, see references at end of page:

Betty Martini: Mission-Possible-USA@altavista.netDate: Thu, 08 Jun 2000.

....... Monsanto who made Neotame told a reporter in England that since aspartame was already approved they did not have to get FDA's approval. And a neighbor who built the Augusta, Georgia NutraSweet plant did say the original manufacturer was marketing aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal) before it was ever approved, and that it was a deadly poison, which of course, we knew. I had the formula analyzed by a peptide chemist who told me that with neotame they had just scrambled the formula but that it had the identical deadly breakdown products.

When I lectured for the World Environmental Conference and wrote a post about it to a neurological list, it was published on Nancy Markle's name although I don't know who she is. A global net worker by the name of Shoshanna Allison saw it and because her ex-husband had developed lupus from aspartame she put it on 450 global networks knowing if she could alert world perhaps she could stop it from happening to others. It had shattered her marriage as her husband developed the usual mood swings and ballooned up in weight as formaldehyde, a breakdown product of the wood alcohol, accumulated in his cells. Indeed, after a year and a half it has continued to make world news. They can't put out the fire because people on aspartame seeing their symptoms got off of it and when their symptoms disappeared they knew what ruined their health and shattered their lives, and forwarded on the post to thousands more. They saw the symptoms in their friends and relatives and warned them as well. It was obvious what H. J. Roberts, M.D., has said repeatedly, that aspartame is a disease because the symptoms are predictable and there is a pattern, and that aspartame disease is now a world plague. His 700 page medical text on this world epidemic will probably be published by Fall. I spoke with him yesterday.

Because the world found out that aspartame is a deadly poison, Monsanto has had to realize attorneys are getting in line. As one said: "Tobacco will pale next to aspartame." So they sold the Nutratanic. They also know that if aspartame is recalled the world will wake up well from the 92 symptoms on the FDA report and more, and the many diseases it triggers if they are not already fatal. On a small scale this once happened. Return to Eden, an organic market in Atlanta took our material and published a 16 page brochure titled Killer Kola. It was distributed free to 15,000 people. A couple of months later the owner, Wendy Purcell, called and said: "You'll never guess what is happening!" I said: "I already know, a great percentage of the people who read that brochure got off of aspartame and were shocked to find out that medical problems that could not be diagnosed disappeared. My address is not even in the brochure and the victims are coming to my house. One lady (Lee Fullerton) burst into tears in my arms and said, "I am almost totally blind like Joyce Wilson in the brochure. Please help me so I can live and help warn others." In l986 the Community Nutrition Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame because hundreds were going blind from the wood alcohol in aspartame. Unfortunately, the FDA is very loyal to Monsanto Chemical Company who bought NutraSweet from Searle in l985, and they refused to do so. Asking the FDA to tell Monsanto to recall aspartame is like asking Romeo to give up Juliette. The revolving door at the FDA has gotten so bad I told Dr. Michael Friedman when Monsanto hired him in June, they should build a bridge to take care of the traffic. We sent case histories consistently to Dr. Friedman which he never published in the report of complaints and he defended Monsanto on 60 Minutes when the famed James Olney, M.D., made world news in l996 over the brain tumor/aspartame connection. Aspartame breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent. Indeed, they rewarded Michael for his protection even though it was the FDA themselves who refused to approve aspartame for 16 years because aspartame triggers brain tumors (astrocytomas, pituitary adenomas, etc.) and did in original studies as well as mammary, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic and testicular tumors. I had demanded a warning for cancer on aspartame by the FDA as they had one on saccharin. But rather than have concern for the consumer public dying of cancer and adding this warning, they took the warning off saccharin. The 26 questions asked of the FDA and submitted for us by then Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, still remain unanswered. The FDA simply refuses to answer those questions because it exposes the horrible crime that was committed by them in the approval of a neurotoxin for human consumption - genocide. The Trocho study performed in Spain showed not only does the formaldehyde accumulate in the cells but damages DNA. When you mess with chromosomes you can destroy a species. Indeed, James Bowen, M.D. wrote a paper Aspartame Murders Infants in violation of the Federal Domestic Genocide Law, Title 18 which is now on He says that the toxic mechanisms of aspartame are:

  1. Abortifacient Abortion causation
  2. Terotogen Birth Defect production
  3. Adjuvant Forms antigenic tissue, triggering immunologic attack, fetal wastage
  4. Chelation Chelates metals, promotes heavy metal poisoning.

He lists some of aspartame toxic agents as methyl alcohol, diketopiperazine, phenylalanine, formaldehyde, aspartic acid and formic acid. Dr. Bowen is the one who wrote the FDA some years ago (document on and told the FDA that aspartame is mass poisoning of the American consumer public and more than 70+ countries of the world. Today he admits he has Lou Gehrigs disease from aspartame.Being a neurotoxin aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful, etc.) triggers many neurodegenerative diseases. Many ask how can aspartame trigger so many symptoms (92 by the FDA's own report) and so many diseases. In a nutshell aspartame destroys the central nervous system and mimics MS, can precipitate Parkinson's (and changes the dopamine level of the brain), destroys the brain, the optic nerve and immune system, and ravages every organ in the body. One of the more serious problems the consumer public is not aware of is aspartame damages the hypothalamus and causes sudden death syndrome. I just received by Federal Express the case history of Kathy Fulford. Kathy, who used 48 packets of Equal a week, had a great deal of the symptoms on the FDA report and was beginning to black out, once almost hitting a car head on. Exclaiming she was dying her friend put her symptoms in the computer and came up with the web site. Off aspartame her symptoms disappeared. This is why industry yells misinformation on the Internet, they know they are being exposed and have hid this deadly secret, (the hidden epidemic) for years as death certificates only listed the problems and diseases triggered by aspartame such as seizures, brain tumors, misdiagnosed MS, Parkinson's, etc. Monsanto has funded the trade organizations like the American Dietetics Association, their media flacks, and the American Diabetes Association and writes their material. Kathy Fulford's neighbor was a Diet Coke addict and also was experiencing these blackouts. Unfortunately when they found her after her last, she was dead. Another heavy user was a pilot on American Airlines who had one of these blackouts in flight and died. The other pilot landed the plane. American was petitioned to remove Equal from the planes by Captain Fred Fox. They refused, after which 5 American Airline Pilots who were heavy users died of problems commonly known to be triggered by aspartame such as seizures and brain tumors. Another had a stroke.

Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. said in his paper on pilots on the Aviation page on "One of the intriguing associations with excitotoxins of all types is the occurrence of sudden death. For example, we know that one of the primary sites of action of these excitatory substances is the hypothalamus and that sudden cardiac death can be induced by stimulating the hypothalamus. It is entirely possible that excitotoxic stimulation of these hypothalamic centers could also lead to cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. Hypothalamus stimulation has also been shown to produce an ECG pattern exactly like that of myocardial infarction. Combinations of excitotoxins, such as aspartic acid and glutamate, greatly increased the risk. "

I have warned the FDA repeatedly they not dare approve Neotame. Here's what's behind it. When Monsanto sold the Nutratanic they also sold the rights to Neotame which has not been approved in this country. A press release from Chicago dated May 30 said: "Monsanto Co. announced that it had sold the last of its sweetener businesses and the NutraSweet brand name for $440 million, to an investor group that includes former Monsanto managers. The former unit, which sells bulk sweetener to beverage and food companies such as Coca Cola Co., will be called NutraSweet Co. and be based in Chicago, said Nick Rosa, chief executive of the new company. Monsanto divested a related business, which sells Equal sweetener to consumers, in March. Monsanto, the farm chemicals company that merged with Pharmacia & Upjohn to become Pharmacia Corp., has said it will use the money from the sale of these businesses to reduce its debt. ........The sweetener business sold today was acquired in a leveraged buyout, said Rosa, a former Monsanto senior vice president. Boston-based investment firm J. W. Childs Associates provided the bulk of the funding through the J.W. Childs Equity Partners II fund, Rosa said. Neotame is 40 times sweeter than aspartame, the generic name for NutraSweet, and 8000 times sweeter than sugar, Rosa said. The company hopes to get regulatory approval for neotame later this year, he said. Also today, Monsanto announced that it had sold its equity interest in two European sweetener joint ventures, NutraSweet AG and Euro-Aspartame SA, to Tokyo-based food and chemical maker Ajinomoto Co. for $67 million. Peapack, New Jersey based Pharmacia shares fell 1 1/4 to 50 1/2 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. ......."

If Monsanto sold the rights to Neotame to this GROUP THAT INCLUDES FORMER MONSANTO MANAGERS, then have they made a deal with the FDA to get Neotame approved for this launch of Neotame they propose later in the year? Is this sale a straw man? Would the FDA with knowledge of three congressional hearings because of the outrage of the public being poisoned, their own audit (Bressler Report on ), thousands of case histories on aspartame sent for years along with damning letters and their own refusal to approve aspartame for 16 years because they know it triggers brain tumors, still approve Neotame? James Bowen, M.D., says its already on the market unapproved in some products. I asked the FDA but received no answer. How can this group of Monsanto managers be so assured it will be approved later in the year?

In Dr. Blaylock's note on pilots he also said. "It must be recognized that pilots would also be frequently exposed to other excitotoxins, such as MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, etc., that have a synergistic effect that greatly increases the likelihood of an adverse reaction." Can one but imagine the synergistic effect of aspartame, neotame, MSG, RBGH, fluoride and other FDA approved horrors! ( See Dr. Blaylock's paper Neurotoxic Interaction of MSG, Aspartame and Other Toxins on ). over the world would wake up well as those almost 15,000 people who read the Killer Kola brochure published by Return to Eden. .... Neotame is a more potent aspartame. If this is approved by FDA we ask for immediate indictment by the Justice Department for malfeasance, and the doors of the FDA be forever closed in favor of an agency of those known to have concern for the consumer public. They are already guilty of Title 18, Section 1001, of distributing misleading information aspartame is a safe additive when in reality it is a neurotoxin that originally had a drug application withdrawn to market as an additive with no safety monitoring. It also changes brain chemistry and interacts with drugs and was granted blanket approval to be used like sugar by Dr. David Kessler of the FDA in l996 who had full knowledge that aspartame was a neurotoxin. He then left the FDA for Yale amid accusations that he padded his expense account. Who got him his job? After receiving thousands of complaints how could he do this deadly deed?

How did they get this approved in Spain? Spain was probably the last to outlaw aspartame and may not have known as much about its deadly effects although it was in Barcelona that the Trocho study was performed. Some countries say they have little information on aspartame except for Monsanto's propaganda.

As I said in the beginning, they can't put out the fire and people everywhere are finding out that aspartame is a chemical poison. I am particularly interested that the Mayo Clinic put propaganda on their web site that its a hoax and that a woman (myself) thinks it triggers obesity, MS, etc. Yes, I wrote the Mayo Clinic and quoted the Congressional Record where Dr. Wurtman in an affidavit admitted aspartame makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight and yet is being marketed as a diet product. You see, it is a drug. I also sent them Dr. H. J. Roberts position paper Multiple Sclerosis or Aspartame Disease? So while I had documented everything they questioned from eminent physicians they kept up the misleading information on web. Then Jane Brody of the New York Times wrote about it still trying to convince the public not to believe the facts on aspartame. ....

Betty Martini Fri, 09 Jun 2000


Aspartame was approved in l981. You may be remembering l986 because that's when the Community Nutrition Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame because even then hundreds were going blind. Also, the story from Searle is that they were developing an ulcer drug when they found out it was sweet. Alex Constantine is the one in NutraPoison who said that aspartame was listed with the Pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress. When I asked on the ban genetic engineering list some years ago had anyone seen it in the congressional record someone said they did around l970 but I don't have any paperwork on it. I've also been told that the components of aspartame were used in Nazi Germany although not developed as aspartame, of course. So finally I asked Dr. Roberts what he knew about it and he said they found out it was sweet in l965 but it had been developed at an earlier date. There is another reporter who did a radio program on aspartame titled: Aspartame: Weapons of War, and she says it is a biochemical warfare weapon. One thing we do know for sure, is that is exactly how it works on the body. And Dr. James Bowen said some of the troops in the Gulf might not have reacted to such things as nitrogen gas if they had not been first poisoned by aspartame and become sensitized. It's called polychemical sensitivity syndrome. I have the tape on aspartame as a weapon of war someplace. But the official story from Searle, as if they would tell the truth, is that they were developing an ulcer drug at that time. I just don't buy it. Either buy it definitely had a drug application first and later was withdrawn to market it as an additive so it would require no safety monitoring.

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Risks of taking aspartame revealed in UK newspaper and much much more (01/19/2000)
Aspartame was only able to be approved because the FDA violated the law (01/19/2000)
AspartameGate: About the bribery and corruption of the FDA and U.S. politicians and the mass poisoning of hundreds of millions of innocent children, men and women (01/21/2000)
More about the FDA and GMOs (01/24/2000)
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Food Safety Files 6: The most revealing compilation about Monsanto (02/02/2000)
Food Safety Files 7: More aspartame horror stories (02/29/2000)
Miscellaneous Subjects: News of what happened on Earth Day + Revelation of a Miracle + Male Sexual Dysfunction Triggered by Aspartame (04/24/2000)
In the Archives secion from 1999 you will also find many more documents on aspartame:
Aspartame - The Sweet Chemical That May Kill You
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Neotame: A poison even more potent than Aspartame
Aspartame Awareness Day

"If we believe we can win, we will. The belief that you will win without fail summons all your strength, even that which is normally latent, making your triumph a reality."- William Hazlett (1778-1830)

by Jean Hudon, Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator and
Betty Martini:

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