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Diet Soda and Lobbyists Clouded Vision of Hawaii Senate Health Chair? Aspartame Resolution Unscheduled and Thus Dies!

By Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum., Founder, Mission Possible International  Posted by Stephen Fox (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 4 pages)   No comments
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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!

What inexplicable behaviour! Was it lobbyists from Monsanto, Coke, and Ajinomoto who got to him? Or was it his own addiction to Diet Sodas?


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, wrote a warning. Here is that Athlete Alert: Dr. H. J. Roberts who wrote the 1000 page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, likewise wrote a paper on Aspartame and Sudden Death: Here's one I wrote as well to the FDA: 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.

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


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.

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.

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