OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ AND THE WORLD: COKE ZERO
To the Honorable Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela
from Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Dear President Chavez:
Congratulations for the ban on Coke Zero! Your courage is admirable. It was reported on June 15th that a bill here in the US puts soft drinks under FDA control. The report said more than 350,000 people die every year from soft drink related diseases, according to government figures. However, there is a great deal more than this who die from aspartame pop. As Dr. Maria Alemany said to me after doing the Trocho Study in Barcelona, "Aspartame can kill 200 million people."
During the floor debate of the bill several senators remarked upon the fact that Venezuela recently banned the sale of Coke Zero. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts commented that was more progressive on the subject than we are. I was happy to hear that soda vending machines will be banned in all schools, hospitals and public buildings. Children under 18 will be prohibited from purchasing soft drinks, unless accompanied by an adult.
The news exploded about you banning Coke Zero here in the US. The phones started ringing with gleeful remarks that because of aspartame the President of Venezuela is removing this product from the country. The "comment" section of articles began to burst with expressions of joy and expound on the dangers of this toxin (Equal, E951,NutraSweet, Benevia, Canderel, Spoonful, etc.). Indeed, when you mention health problems in the same breath you discuss a product with this poison there is no question as to what it is.
Then came questions like, "why not ban all products in the country that contain aspartame", after all today this toxin is probably in 10,000 food and drugs. There are millions of hits on google exclaiming the health hazards of using this genetically engineered, addictive, excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug masquerading as an additive.
One editor's note was that the FDA themselves listed 92 documented symptoms of aspartame from four types of seizures to coma and death. We have it on web. Also, this toxin damages the mitochondria so it interacts with drugs and vaccines. Here in the US they even add aspartame to the very drugs used to treat the problems it causes. To make matters worse aspartame is blended with acesulfame potassium which caused cancer and leukemia in original studies. I read the pathetic rebuttal by Coke that the ingredients were safe. They seem to have forgotten the protest of the National Soft Drink Association, now American Beverage, against aspartame:
Coke and Pepsi were the two top members.
Some people think politics underlined the decision, but no one would have guessed cyclamates because its not labeled on the container. Indeed, if it was found by analysis its another grievance against industry for adding ingredients that are not labeled. The public is entitled to know what they are consuming. Cyclamates was banned because of cancer.
So if the concern is cancer then you definitely don't want aspartame in your country. The molecule even breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent that triggered brain tumors in original studies.
Note what the FDA toxicologist told Congress:
Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist who asked that Searle be indicted for fraud 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)
The cancer issue was known early on by the FDA and the Bressler Report, FDA audit, discussed the fraud, like excising brain tumors from rats, putting them back in the study, and then resurrecting them on paper when they died. They were filtering out neoplasms and anything else they didn't want the FDA to know about. Unfortunately both US Prosecutors Sam Skinner and William Conlon hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. Then the FDA Board of Inquiry revoked the petition for aspartame. This is when Don Rumsfeld stepped in who was CEO of Searle at the time, and said he would call in his markers and get aspartame approved anyway.