Open Letter by Dr. Betty Martini
To Legislators: Corroborating references for Senate Concurrent Resolution 191, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
To Honorable Senator David Ige and the Honorable Lorraine Inouye, Co-chairs, Joint Health/Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and Members of the Committee
Dear Senator Ige, Senator Inouye, and Members of the Committee:
It has come to my attention that you want references to the resolution to corroborate all of the "whereases" in the resolution. I'm very happy to give you these, and you will find them in caps below the comments. I will also fax you some of the documents. Had you asked earlier, at any time in the prior 25 days, we would have been able to gladly send you this background information.
Please feel free to ask for any additional information you would like to have. I trust that by this time, you have taken the time to watch Sweet Misery, submitted by Adrian Chang as part of his official testimony on the prior Senate bill by Kalani English, concerning a statutory ban, the bill you decided to defer, which resulted in this vital resolution.
This documentary contains comments and footage of the top physicians in the world on this subject, as well as of James Turner, Atty, explaining how aspartame was marketed after originally the FDA said no. This was through the political chicanery of Don Rumsfeld. Here is the clip from the film where James Turner explains:
Also, Dr. Bill Deagle has recently written a new report on aspartame which you can access from his web site:
If you click on more information at the bottom there are probably 50 pages of references. When the committee meeting is set up there is opportunity for video conference with Dr. Deagle and other world experts.
To make sure you have seen MP Roger Williams' report from Britain on 47 members of Parliament who signed for a ban here is his material: "UK Parliamentary Information Management Services [PIMS ] Early Day Motion EDM 1517
TOXIC PROPERTIES OF ASPARTAME 30.01.2006 January 30, 2006
That this House expresses deep concern over the numerous independent toxicological studies and thousands of subjective reports attesting to the toxic effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame on human health; notes that aspartame, once patented as a biochemical warfare agent, is the synthetically produced methyl ester of a dipeptide which is readily broken down in the gut to release methanol; further notes that in naturally occurring foodstuff methanol is either not released into the body or present together with natural defence mechanisms that mitigate its toxic effects; recognises that methanol is a well known poison and is further converted into formaldehyde, a class A carcinogen according to the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer; accepts that severe
health concerns occur from the gradual accumulation of formaldehyde in the body which cannot be excreted and that further research has shown that long term low level exposure to formaldehyde induces leukaemia and nasopharyngeal cancer in humans; acknowledges that of the 166 studies conducted on aspartame safety deemed relevant to humans, 92 per cent. of independently sponsored studies identified one or more problems with aspartame's safety whereas industry-sponsored studies found unanimously in favour of aspartame's safety; and urges the Government to abide by the precautionary principle and make use of Statutes 13 and 16 of the 1990 Food Safety Act to remove aspartame from the permitted list of additives on the UK