Midweek Cuckoo: Betty Martini

In the late 90s, a chain letter penned by a woman named Nancy Markle began to appear in people’s inboxes, and on usenet sites, warning any who would listen of the terrible danger posed by a chemical we all consume to some degree or another. The email listed multiple health problems caused or aggrevated by this chemical, including:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Lupus
  • Blindness
  • Gulf War Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Brain Tumours
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Spasms
  • Shooting pains
  • Numbness in the legs
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Joint Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Seizures
  • Obesity
  • Manic depression

“My God!” you exclaim, “what a horrific substance! Surely we could improve the health of millions and millions of people if we could cut this substance from our diets! Tell us what it is!”

My good people, the substance which causes this host of troubles is none other than aspartame. That’s right, the artificial sweetner in your diet pepsi is the cause of nearly every sickness known to man. It does this by converting to formaldehyde (a chemical Nancy compares to cyanide in its toxicity) at 86 degrees F, which we all know is below body temperature, thereby poisoning anyone who ingests it!

If this seems at all implausible to you, then you may have a modicum of sense. Just as there is no one substance that will cure all diseases, no magical panacea, there is also no one substance that causes all diseases. Anyone claiming that one chemical can cause the above list of medical complaints should not be taken seriously. Another red flag is raised when the email claims that the reason aspartame hasn’t been banned yet is because the Evil Aspartame Overlords are paying off every scientists, university and government health authority in the entire world to keep it a secret.

This is the point when you smile and nod and back away from the crazy person.

Here are a few facts to set the record straight: aspartame has been proven by study after study to be safe for the vast majority of consumers; the exception is in the case of phenylketonuerics, who cannot metabolise it (hence the warning ‘contains phenylalanine’); aspartame does not cause Multiple Sclerosis (as stated by several MS organizations who are certainly not in the pockets of the evil aspartame overlords); aspartame is safe for use by diabetics (as stated by several diabetic organizations also not in the pockets of the EAOs); the vast majority of anti-aspartame proof takes the form of unconfirmed anecdotes; aspartame consumption has been shown to cause headaches in a very small percentage of the population but then again so has caffeine; snopes.com lists the contents of the Markle Email as an urban legend; so does About.com.

So where does Betty Martini fit into all of this? Well, it is a point of contention as to whether the ‘Nancy Markle’ who supposedly wrote the article featured in the email even exists. It’s widely accepted that the article was actually a talk presented by one Betty Martini at a conference. Whether Nancy Markle was someone in the audience who saw fit to transcribe the talk and present the work as her own, or whether she was a pseudonym adopted by Martini, is unknown. What is not contested is that the sentiment and statements made are Martini’s.

So who is this woman who has seen fit to warn the world of the dangers of aspartame? A medical doctor perhaps? Betty claims in her bio that she worked in the medical field for 22 years, but also says that she had 3 children instead of a doctor’s degree (but doesn’t say what, if any, qualification she does have). It seems she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was cured by a miracle herb. This may have been the start of Betty’s road from responsible medical worker to outright kook, and the FDA’s banning of the supposed cure certainly turned her against them permanently. Then in 1993 Betty was investigating the cause of a friend’s severe neurological problems, and diagnosed him with aspartame disease (remember, Betty is not a doctor). She promptly founded an organization known as Mission Possible International, commited to removing the aspartame from our food. It doesn’t seem like they’ve had much success so far.

It’s funny in some ways that the anti-aspartame movement distances themselves from her, yet embrace Nancy Markle. From website nancymarkle.com comes the following opposing statements (on the same page):

Nancy Markle, where are you? If you ever show up, please check in with us! It was the much-criticized Nancy Markle Letter that led a lot of people to aspartame awareness, and most of them are very grateful for that.

DISCLAIMER: The owners of the website, The Aspartame Victims Support Group, do not endorse any statements made by Betty Martini. Niether do we discount them on the the grounds that she might have disseminated them. We are not associated with her, and we will be re-doing this website in the future to clearly reflect that. We are aware that she has certain alleged credibility problems, and we do not want our efforts to be tied to the negative publicity that she has received.

And yet the also state on their site that “a whole lot of people, tens of thousands, perhaps even millions by now, have found out the truth about aspartame thanks to the so-called “Nancy Markle Letter”, a piece really written by Betty Martini.”

So they treat her like two different people when it suits their ends to be distanced from her disproved rantings, but still note that it is the same person. What we have here is a classic case of kookdom: a woman who began a career in the medical field, was sucked into woo woo medicine during a time when she was obviously desperate and vulnerable, and who has declared war on the very establishment she once diligently served.

See here the mark of kookdom: the long list of complaints, the single cure, the cries of conspiracy, the use of pseudonyms to maintain a semblance of legitimacy, the medium of the email chain letter. Learn these marks well, for you will know the kook by his actions.

19 Responses to “Midweek Cuckoo: Betty Martini”

  1. Again this proves that reading your blog is the highlight of my internet browsing.

    Your definition of kookiness makes it that much easier to spot the regular quacks. For example ‘scientists’ who support creationism is usually the persons that was spurned by the scientific community.

    Thanks for your blog!

  2. wow! thanks, glad i could entertain or even, heaven forbid, inform🙂

  3. I was searching the internet for an article to link to on my own website, MSMaze, because I have received this warning about aspartame via email for the millionth time. I was diagnosed with MS in 2004 and have had endless warnings from well-meaning friends. I’ve tried to explain that this is urban legend, to no avail.

    Apparently, MS victims rise from their wheelchairs just by giving up aspartame. Oh, were it that simple! Email does have a huge impact on people, much like newspapers…surely they wouldn’t say it if it were not true!

    Thanks for a great article. With your permission, I will link to your post.

  4. Aspartame and MS

    Dozens of times since being diagnosed with MS in 2004, I have received email warnings about the artificial sweetener aspartame. Mostly it is sent by well-meaning folks who want to enlighten me.
    The emails speak of several illnesses, including MS. Th…

  5. 13 mainstream research studies in 24 months showing aspartame toxicity, also 3 relevant studies on methanol and formaldehyde: Murray 2007.10.01
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/1464

    Aspartame toxicity was shown in thirteen detailed mainstream research studies in 24 months in work by expert teams in South Africa, England, Italy, Greece, Hungary, and Mexico.

    Very little has been publicized in mass print and broadcast media.

    Also highly relevant are a study in South Korea that finds levels of methanol similar to those from aspartame drinks cause the hangovers from alcohol drinks, a study in China on Alzheimer’s type damage in nerve cells from low dose formaldehyde, and an IARC review by 25 experts that determines formaldehyde to be a human carcinogen.

  6. that list is the best you can do? One paper is just a ‘discussion’ with no actual clinical results, one has nothing to do with aspartame at all, one is a piece from the UK Daily Mail (yes, that highly respected scientific journal), one just finds on the basis of a rabbit study that people with blood clotting disorders may want to avoid aspartame (they’re also told the avoid things like supplemental vitamin E and fish oil, perhaps we should ban those too).

    The collection of studies that found increased cancer in rats was followed up as a direct result by the NCI doing a study in humans that involved half a million people that found zero correlation between aspartame and cancer. The cancer study cites those papers, so I find it interesting that you neglect to point that out. Either you haven’t bothered to do much research, or you’re very selective about which studies you list.

    Your articles on methanol and formaldehyde are non sequitars. The idea that methanol and formaldehyde can build up in the human body to toxic levels from the ingestion of artifically sweetened drinks is an urban legend. It has been shown that these substances do not build up and are properly metabolised. In fact, fruit juice can contain up to six times as much methanol naturally as diet sodas do… are you going to advocate we stop drinking fruit juice now too? Get real.

    The reason nothing has been publicized in mass print and broadcast media is because there is no controversy and no surprise here. Your list is meaningless. Aspartame is still safe for human consumption. Boring.

  7. Philippe Trottier Says:

    Moonflake, I just read this post of yours a few minutes ago and found it interesting. When I first read it, you hadn’t replied to Rich Murray yet, I refreshed, and there it was! I hope that he reads your counter-arguments, but he probably won’t. If you google “rich murray” “also highly relevant” (a fairly unique phrase in association with his name), you’ll get a bunch of posts by the same guy with near identical content. I think he just searches the net every few hours for aspartame-related stories and posts the same canned response to all of them.

  8. Mandy: thanks for the linkage🙂 and i’m glad i could offer a little clarity on the subject. Another excellent source of information is always the FDA itself. Of course, it seems the lunatic fringe have followed you here, but then again that’s why the tagline to this blog warns that the comments may contain nuts!

    Philippe: happy to oblige. It’s sort of sad that someone seems to have elevated the perpeutation of an urgan legend to the status of his life’s mission. Mr. Murray has even been spamming the FDA with his list. I can’t help but feel a little sorry for him.

  9. Moonflake: Rich Murray sent me the same information, but rather than post in on my site, he sent me an email. I looked over the information he presented and was trying to figure out my response — then I checked in on you again and found that your reply to him says it all. You certainly have a way with words!

  10. Thanks! The thing about lists like Rich Murray’s is that it’s the perfect example of confirmation bias. He sees what he wants to see in the results, not the actual results, and he dismisses any studies that find differently without ever looking at them. He has made his mind up and is looking for research that fits his preconceived notions, rather than reading the research with a view to making his mind up.

    This is a classic symptom of the woo brigade’s misuse of scientific information – they’ll take the handful of studies that could be misinterpretted by a layman to mean what they want it to mean, and they’ll completely ignore the thousands of studies that find otherwise. Artificial sweetners are among the most well tested food groups for safety in the world. That he has only managed to find 13 papers that he could misconstrue to his ends, out of nearly 100 years of global research on the topic… that sort of says all there is to say on the subject!

  11. Karen Abernathy Says:

    I can understand your concerns about Betty Martini and her lack of credentials. However, in her article she also mentions a board-certified neurosurgeon and author named Russell Blaylock. I Googled him and saw no entries attempting to debunk him or his theories on aspartame. Do you care to shoot him down, too?

  12. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE USED ASPARTAME
    By Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D.
    (c) 2003
    Web Site: http://www.russellblaylockmd.com
    http://www.wnho.net/wtdaspartame.htm

    Dr. H. J. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An
    Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com http://www.mpwhi.com/heath_ledger.htm
    There is also an aspartame documentary
    Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World,
    http://www.soundandfury.tv
    you can also see it on google video

    The study also found that diet soda consumption was linked to these elevated risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, echoing the findings of a study published in July.

    “When we found that diet soda promoted risk we were surprised,” said Dr. Lyn Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota.
    http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&storyid=2008-01-23T003235Z_01_N22536594_RTRUKOC_0_US-HEART-MEAT.xml

    I guess you don’t get the poison cup from the FDA. Dr. Henry Kissinger, who wrote: “Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World…
    do you think they stop at the US?

    where have you been with all the posion drugs that the FDA has allowed for public consumption.
    and now they are puttin it in childrens vitamins and in over 5000 products. wonder why the population is so ill? the medical profession makes money on ill people.

    use stevia you can grow your own.

    Investigative Aspartame report never shown beyond the local FOX network affiliate that produced it in Washington DC. Do your family and friends a favor and pass this on.

    http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/

    http://holisticmed.com/aspartame/adverse.txt

  13. Strange Tactics To Kill
    Hawaii Aspartame Bill
    By Stephen Fox
    2-19-8

    Consumer Protection efforts to ban Aspartame/Methanol/Formaldehyde as an artificial sweetener in Hawaii have run into curious tactics by lobbyists compounded by indifference and inertia on the part of the key legislators. The House Bill was “deferred” on the last day it could be properly heard and voted on by the House Health Committee, at the discretion of the Chairman, Dr. Josh Green, M.D., an emergency room physician who may someday recognize the epidemiological proportions of the vast “emergency” resulting from the neurodegenerative effects from aspartame.

    Dr. Green regrettably chose to set an absurdly high hurdle of wanting to hear from 400 physicians and scientists to counter the few letters he got from the Soft Beverage Association of Hawaii and the grocers, plus unwritten comments by a few lobbyists from Coca Cola, Ajinomoto (the Japanese manufacturer), Monsanto’s man in Honolulu, and then, the worst of all opponents, who should have been strongly supportive from the beginning, if she knew as much about aspartame as the average reader of Rense.com. I refer to Department of Health Director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, who based her “expert testimony” on an Ajinomoto paid for aspartame toxicology report from Toxicology magazine. The DOH Director missed the boat entirely….

    Sen. Kalani English’s bill, Senate Bill 2506, remains Hawaii’s only hope to get rid of this poisonous food additive, whose approval was pushed through the FDA in 1981 by Searle CEO at that time, Donald Rumsfeld, one of the darkest deals in the FDA’s history. This bill is cosponsored by Suzanne Chun- Oakland, but it will come to naught if the bill hasn’t been heard when the deadline comes (Feb. 26) for bills to be reported out of committee. On the surface at the beginning of the session, the prognosis was great for this bill: both co-sponsors are committee chairs, and the bill only has one committee referral, which means usually that it wouldn’t get bogged down by 3 or 4 assignments, which accomplish only one thing: to run out the clock. It still could get a DO-Pass by this Health Committee and then head to the Senate floor for a full Senate vote.

    However, the same lobbyists are at work; they get paid to kill bills, something like hired guns in the Wild West got paid to kill people. They don’t want it to be debated on the Senate Floor; that would be disastrous for these malevolent corporations, much as cockroaches don’t like it and scurry away when you turn on the light. The bill has yet to be scheduled, although the activists in Hawaii and two on the mainland ( me and Dr. Betty Martini, Founder of Mission Possible International) have unleashed a massive effort to get activists, victims, physicians, and others, to write, fax, email, and telephone in to the top Leadership in the Hawaii Senate, to ask them to not let this bill die such an ignominious death by not having been scheduled yet by Majority Floor Leader and Health Committee Chairman, Senator David Ige.

    In the foreground of this battle is the obvious ignorance of symptoms caused by aspartame. How many Hawaiians drink a diet coke or chew sugarless gum, get a migraine head ache, and don’t attribute it to the actual cause, the methanol/formaldehyde/diketopiperazine coursing through their veins, arteries, and capillaries? How few of these Hawaiians might actually complain to the Director of the Department of Health? Or in the largest context of testimony, letters, or conversation with their state legislators? Very few.

    So I can’t blame the legislators for being under informed about their constituents afflictions caused by aspartame. I do blame them for not watching the magnificent DVD on Aspartame by Cori Brackett, Sweet Misery, which most of them were given very early in the legislative session. I know they are so busy, but if someone gives you a DVD at their own expense, a compelling medical documentary by a former victim of aspartame poisoning, who had been given less than a year to live, due to the huge lesions at the base of her brain and had been diagnosed with advanced Multiple Sclerosis, wouldn’t you take an hour and watch, especially if you knew that you would have to vote on legislation to ban in it your state?

    Many legislators in New Mexico, where bills carried by New Mexico State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino over two years in row were eviscerated by lobbyists: these legislators quickly capitulated to corporate theories advanced by the lobbyists from Coca Cola and Ajinomoto, theories that they had no power, right, obligation, or even any business to so much as question an FDA approved product, the specious theory that all such concerns are completely pre-empted by Federal authority. In other words, Congress created the FDA in 1937 and therefore, all of its pronouncements have the strength of an act of Congress.

    This is absurd. Lawyers and states continually challenge and argue over federal preemption questions: there is definitely always a grey area for disagreement. The Hawaii bill, like the New Mexico bill, states “it is the sense of this legislature” that such authority is not entirely pre-empted by the Fed, and that therefore states have the right to exercise their power to protect the health of their citizens. Reasonable conclusion, eh? However, not reasonable at all if you work for Coca Cola, Monsanto, Kraft, Pepsi, Ajinomoto of Japan, etc. Such an idea is tantamount to treason for them; it challenges their right to continue to pile up obscene profits from aspartame, public health or individual health questions be damned!

    So their lobbyists lean on a Senator like David Ige, who actually drinks diet sodas himself, I have been told, and it becomes very easy for him to do nothing, to schedule other bills but not this one, and to defer, deflect, and deny its passage, based on the House Health Committee not passing it, thanks to infinite medical wisdom of Dr. Josh Green.

    One Hawaii activist wrote these Senators and Representatives and asked them to prepare their own apology to the people of Hawaii for taking little or no action. Meetings will continue; press coverage may dwindle but gradually the word gets out via the Internet and concerned principled Hawaiians with huge emailing lists; a radio show here or there; an article in small papers; word of mouth, etc. So it is not at all hopeless for the 2009 legislative session.

    Senator Ige’s staff asked me: “What do you care about what happens in Hawaii?” I answered that I care about what happens to everyone, especially those afflicted with entirely avoidable illnesses resulting from diet sodas, sugarless gum, or dumping Equal into their coffee.” (Heating aspartame to 175 degrees transforms it into diketopiperazine, a proven cause of brain tumors, recognized by toxicologists and oncologists all over the world).

    In a larger sense, though, Hawaii is a perfect test situation for such legislation. If the Island’s health authorities cannot control what comes to its shores as imported food products in order to protect its citizens, then the corporations do indeed rule our nation entirely, exercising their control through their FDA apparatchiks. So would also be Alaska, since such a large percentage of its food products are imported from the Lower 48. But in Alaska, with such a Republican majority, it is difficult and almost impossible to speak of aspartame’s regulatory history, its having been forced through the FDA by Donald Rumsfeld, when he was CEO of G.D.Searle, back in 1981; as part of the Reagan Transition Team, he was able to arrange the appointment of Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner, who then immediately overturned 15 years of prior FDA objections, based on obvious neurotoxicity, and issued an order approving aspartame.

    Hawaii, with its 80% Democrat legislature, is better ground for such illuminating education; compound that by the major destruction of the sugar cane agriculture and refining on most of the islands by the advent of artificial sweeteners, and you might conclude that such legislation could be passed, even if not one of the legislators is genuinely concerned about Health or about Children, which of course, they all profess to be deeply concerned about. We presented medical testimonial letters from all but one of the top aspartame physicians in the world to the House Health Committee; the effect was minimal. We sent copies to all of the major newspapers and most of the minor one is Hawaii; the effect was minimal.

    Unfortunately, the newspapers have been as slow as organic Jamaican molasses to cover these questions. The deputy legislative columnist for the largest, The Honolulu Advertiser, just a few days ago wrote that everything was safe about aspartame because the Department of Agriculture continued to approve it? Department of Agriculture? Please….if the capitol correspondents and the proofreaders at the largest paper in Hawaii missed that error, what hope would there ever be to educate Hawaiians through that newspaper, let alone get a bill passed that would require a serious level of medical and neurotoxicological comprehension.

    Fortunately, there is the Hawaii Reporter, an entirely online publication in Honolulu, which carried extensive articles by physicians, victims, and activists. It is published by a really fine editor, Malia Zimmerman, who has had her own share of legislative battles, especially with the former Governor of Hawaii, Ben Cayetano. The papers on Molokai have carried articles about their particularly active inhabitants; Senator Kalani English and Representative Mele Carroll, the House bill sponsor, represent Molokai in the Legislature, and the Molokai Dispatch has published a long article on the frightening history of aspartame.

    A few TV newscasters, like Sabrina Hall and Dick Allgire, have done extensive stories. Allgire’s was a very compelling personal story of ghastly migraines and cluster headaches which stopped when he stopped drinking diet sodas, a story which was posted on rense.com, and was then picked up and posted on many mainland medical sites.

    The other papers, like the Star Bulletin, Honolulu’s second largest, or the other dailies and weeklies on Maui, Kauai, or the big island, Hawaii/Hilo, have published nothing about the legislation, as far as we know. The University of Hawaii paper or the Brigham Young paper: not a word. You might think that some aspiring biochemistry student or professor of physiology would write about it? Not a word.

    Efforts to contact and obtain the support of medical professors at the University of Hawaii Medical School largely failed, even though the obvious impact on Native Hawaiians with an inclination towards diabetes should have at least piqued their medical curiosity. But not a word, except from one physiology professor who ridiculed all of the medical articles we sent to all of them as flawed, terrible, anecdotal, etc., until he finally admitted that he was hooked on diet sodas himself.

    TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THIS SENATE BILL: IF YOU WANT TO HELP BY MAKING 4 PHONE CALLS AND/OR SENDING 4 EMAILS TO HONOLULU, PLEASE DO SO! AND THEN SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, AND FAMILY!

    Please put these names and numbers out to the lists as soon as possible: ask everyone, especially victims and physicians, to please make 4 phone calls to the top Senate leaders in Hawaii as soon as possible….this is absolutely our last chance to get this done!!!

    If Health Committee Chairman and Majority Floor Leader David Ige doesn’t schedule the hearing for the bill in the next 48 hours, Senate Bill 2506, it dies, killed by the clock. We can’t let them do this!

    Senator Ige is among the top four; the other three are here too:

    Senator Colleen Hanabusa
    President of Hawaii Senate
    phone: 808-586-7793; Fax 808-586-7797
    Email senhanabusa@Capitol.hawaii.gov
    ————————————-
    Senator Donna Mercado Kim
    Vice President phone 808-587-7200; fax 808-587-7205
    E-mail senkim@Capitol.hawaii.gov
    ————————————-

    Sen. Gary Hooser, Majority Leader, Hawaii Senate, # if you aren’t from
    Kauai:
    Phone 808-586-6030; Fax 808-586-6031

    From Kauai, toll free 274-3141 + 66030

    E-mail senhooser@Capitol.hawaii.gov

    ____________________________________

    Senator David Ige Majority Floor Leader phone 808-586-6230; fax 808-586-6231 E-mail sendige@Capitol.hawaii.gov

    Thank you, very much. Even if we win or if we fail in Hawaii, please take the time to talk with your own state legislators and ask them to introduce a bill in your state’s legislature, and please talk with your state’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and ask them to support at least creating a repository for victim and physician information, so that there is at least a statistical and factual basis for future legislative consideration.

    Please take the time to write to the 3 Presidential candidates and ask them to agree to appoint a vigorous and consumer protection oriented new FDA Commissioner after November, which may be our best chance to get this done, especially if we can get the rampant control of the FDA by corporations into a real debatable campaign issue.

    Otherwise, all that will happen is that the body count from aspartame poisoning will continue to increase and small children will be doomed to neurodegenerative illnesses like brain tumors, MS, Lou Gehrig’s, etc., plus childhood diabetes, just because their parents were too stupid to believe anything more complex than the specious nonsense that “the FDA is there to protect us.”

    Respectfully,

    Stephen Fox
    Managing Editor, Santa Fe Sun News
    Founder, New Millennium Fine Art
    stephen@santafefineart.com

  14. From: “Stephen Fox”
    To: TESTIMONY@CAPITOL.HAWAII.GOV
    Subject: NM Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Sponsor of Aspartame bill
    writes support letter to Hawaii Senate Health Committee Members,SB
    2506, 2/25; 1:15, Room 16

    NM Senate sponsor of Aspartame bill writes support letter to Hawaii Senate
    Health Committee 02/22/08

    Dear Chairman Ige, Vice Chair Fukunaga, Senator Baker, Senator Menor, and
    Senator Whalen:

    As a fellow legislator and member of the New Mexico State Senate, I
    write to you now to say that I support your efforts to ban aspartame. I am
    concerned that there is incontrovertible medical evidence that ingesting
    aspartame, which includes methanol and formaldehyde, is doing entirely
    avoidable, terrible, medical damage, particularly in causing
    neurodegenerative illnesses. An ordinary precautionary principle would
    strongly indicate that it should be off the market until proven completely
    safe, and not just by studies paid for by industry supporters.

    Unfortunately, the FDA has shown no interest in rescinding its
    approval thus far. Hawaii, though, is in a strong position to limit or
    entirely prevent it from being imported in products coming from the U.S.
    mainland and foreign countries. Please do not give in to the corporate
    lobbyists theories of federal pre-emption; they were advanced by
    corporations in New Mexicos legislature in 2006 and in 2007 and succeeded in
    killing the bills which I carried.

    I hope you will give your bill a do pass in your Health Committee.
    This will also send a very strong message to the FDA Commissioner that
    corporate theories and corporate misrepresentations are not going to prevail
    in Honolulu, even if they have temporarily succeeded in Santa Fe!

    Thank you for your time and consideration, and please let me know if you have
    any questions.

    Truly,

    Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino
    505 250-1280

  15. Thanks for including such great articles and letters, some of which are mine! Someday the detractors need to be informed that this ostensibly specious list of 92 symptoms attributed to aspartame came from the FDA’s own records, from approval in 1981 til 1995, when they stopped compiling these lists. Gradually, everyone, including the harshest critics and cynics, the most stalwart of corporate lawyers, and that world’s second oldest profession, the lobbyists will realize that aspartame is like asbestos, DDT, leaded gas, cigarettes, etc.
    Until the bodies pile up and the lawsuits pile up, they will say that aspartame is “safe” and quote “studies” paid for by the world’s largest manufacturer, Ajinomoto. Then they will run off and champion some other ghastly form of biochemical mayhem.
    Critics should stop drinking diet cokes for a month, and then they might see the world more accurately!

  16. http://www.mpwhi.com/new_report_at_neurology_conference.htm

    This report has information from aspartame experts H. J. Roberts, M.D., and neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., on the Aspartame MS connection. Also see http://www.dorway.com/nomarkle.html

    MS victim Cori Brackett made the movie, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, http://www.soundandfury.tv She walked out of her wheelchair off aspartame, and the huge lesion all but disappeared 8 months later. You will see the physicians in this movie as well as myself, http://www.soundandfury.tv

  17. A. Herring Says:

    You need to check your research again….all the studies you reference are funding by the company that produces Aspartame and the government. Of course they will always have studies that put Aspartame in a good light….Aspartame has formaldehyde in it…and anybody who thinks it’s okay to injest something with formaldehyde in it is well just plain stupid…man there’s a ton of research that shows Aspartame is dangerous to your health…and that list of medical conditions that it CAN cause will differ from person to person…why is it that most of the people I know who drink diet soda always get headaches and then wonder why….WAKE UP educate yourself….geez.

  18. Just hit this site for the first time,where is the medical infro you are saying is out there for you statement of sate. Show thet reports, back up your statemensts. Paint .paint paint a picture you want people to see,really a poor site

  19. J. Naumann Says:

    I was reading some of the comments above. I wonder who in their right mind would have trust in anything that Monsanto creates is going to be good for you. This company of mad scientists gave us GMO foods and hormones fed to livestock that affect our bodies in some way. Anyone who would assume that our brains are immune from these man made products, would also think they are good for us too.

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