GLOBAL RELEASE   - ASPARTAME TOXICITY Forwarded by Diana Buckland by request of Dr. Betty Martini

PLEASE NOTE: This matter is regarding ABC Australia NOT  ABC America

Original Message
From: Dr. Betty Martini
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 1:03 PM
Subject: To ABC about Dr. Karl's propaganda attempting to convince Australians the aspartame toxicity issue is a hoax

I am  writing because ABC says that they will stand behind Dr. Karl and this is regardless of the fact that not only is his information untrue but can easily be proven to be false.  First of all, obviously I know if I have lectured for the World Environmental Conference.  My invitation to speak is on  The full story is there as well under Update World Environmental Conference.

This came about because a post I had written to a group of neurosurgeons was picked up by a Nancy Markle.  She changed the title and put her name on it.  A global networker by the name of Shoshanna Allison saw it and because her husband was a victim (lupus, seizures, mood swings, etc.) placed  it on 450 global networks to warn the world.  Her efforts saved so many thousands of people that four support groups were set up for the sick and disabled.  Today Aspartame Detoxification Centers are in the
US, Canada and Brazil.

As a Legal Department, I don't have to tell you the power of the Pharmaceutical Industry.  They get what they want because they have a bottomless checkbook (chequebook).   In the case of aspartame, it was beyond not just being safe, the FDA actually wanted the original manufacturer to be indicted for fraud.  Both U.S. Prosecutors, Sam Skinner and William Conlon, hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired.  Let's face it, when the District Attorney goes to work for the Godfather, expect acquittal.  The Bressler Report, the FDA Audit, on explains some of the things that Searle did.  Understand, if you have a deadly chemical poison and you're trying to do studies to show safety, it can't be done unless the studies are fixed.  Aspartame breaks down to a brain tumor agent, DKP, so when the rats developed brain tumors Searle would excise the tumors, then put the rats back in the study.
When they died they would resurrect them on paper as the report points out. I spoke with Jerome Bressler and thanked him for his report at which point he told me that the studies were so bad that when the FDA retyped his report they left out 20% of the worst part he had written.  He also told this to Doctors H. J. Roberts, and neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock.  Dr. Roberts had his Congressman demand the information from the FDA but they refused.

Originally Dr. John Olney, one of the most renowned neuroscientists on the planet today, did studies on aspartic acid (l970) which is 40% of aspartame and found it caused lesions in the brains of mice.  He founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity.  Dr. Blaylock wrote the book on it, Excitotoxins:  The Taste That Kills,  An excitotoxin is a product that literally stimulates the neurons of the brain to death causing brain damage of varying degrees.  Dr. Olney with the help of James Turner, Attorney in Washington, D.C. attempted to prevent the approval of this deadly neurotoxin.

The FDA refused to allow aspartame on the market for 16 years.  But Don Rumsfeld, now Secretary of Defense, was CEO of Searle and said he would call in his markers and get it approved regardless of the fact the FDA said it was not safe and caused braintumors.  I might mention it also triggered mammary, uterine, testicular, pancreatic and thyroid tumors, for starters.  The FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because without a shadow of a doubt aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer.  The Delaney Amendment forbids placing  anything in food you know will cause cancer.


The other FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, told Congress all studies on aspartame were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out.  It was like trying to do studies on arsenic and show it to be safe and they couldn't do it.  In fact, aspartame is a chemical hypersensitization agent and interacts with vaccines and other toxins.
The FDA's own report shows 92 documented symptoms triggered by aspartame from 4 types of seizures to coma and death.  Dr. Blaylock has a lecture on  where he says to  understand that the reactions to aspartame are not allergic reactions – but  toxic like arsenic and cyanide.

Don Rumsfeld was on President Reagan's transition team.  The day he took office he appointed Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner to approve aspartame.  But Reagan knew it would take about 30 days to get Hayes to the FDA and in the meantime the current FDA Commissioner could put an end to aspartame.  So talk about political clout - Reagan wrote an executive order making the current FDA Commissioner powerless to do anything about aspartame.  When Hayes got to the FDA he over-ruled the Board of Inquiry of the best scientists the FDA had to offer who said aspartame is not safe, caused brain tumors and the petition is revoked.  That's how aspartame got on the market.  Now if you want proof of this and you want to hear it right out of the mouth of Attorney James Turner all you have to do is get a copy of the movie just released on aspartame, Sweet Misery:  A Poisoned World.  You can get a copy from  It is getting rave reviews and has already been shown in over 10 countries of the world.  In fact, its being marketed in
Australia.  It's not going to go away and Sound and Fury are now doing a sequel.  Other movies are also in the making.  This is one of the greatest scandals in US History.  Nobody has ever said it better than Dr. James Bowen who told the FDA years ago that aspartame is mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70+ countries of the world.  You can read his letter to the FDA on labeling on     Searle was afraid they couldn't get it around the world if anyone knew about the FDA wanting them indicted for fraud.  So they got it approved in England by making a business deal with a Professor Paul Turner in the regulatory agency there.   Parliament had a big blow out but did not rescind the order.  The story was in the Guardian.  Then Searle was able to rubberstamp it around the world.  Letters have been written to ANZFA for years, especially by Dr. H. J. Roberts and they just disregard them.
Like our FDA today they are nothing more than the handmaiden of the pharmaceutical industry.  No matter how much evidence you give them they do nothing.

In Dr. H. J. Roberts first book on aspartame, Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe?  He quoted his first press release where he stated if something wasn't done then we would have a global plague on our hands in five or ten years.  It didn't take that long for Dr. Roberts to declare Aspartame Disease to be a global plague and publish the 1038 page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic,

At the World Environmental Conference, Dr. Clarice Gaylord of the EPA said:  "We have an epidemic of MS and lupus and cannot identify the toxin."  I said: "I'm Betty Martini of  Mission Possible Intl, and I'm here to lecture on MS and lupus and identify the toxin as NutraSweet/Aspartame."  These diseases are completely documented in the medical text as well as in Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., and his new book, Health & Nutrition Secrets To Save Your Life,

Just recently Dr. Blaylock released a press release on the MS and Aspartame Connection complete with research.  Go to and clic on aspartame.  How serious is it?  Basically what he is saying is that a good deal of the population who have been using aspartame for years have subclinical MS and if not warned can have full blown disease.  And what is ABC doing - telling the people of Australia, its all a hoax.  I realize ABC in Australia is in no way affiliated with ABC TV here in the States and is the national, government-funded public broadcaster in Australia.  But this doesn't say very  much for truth from Australia ABC.

This is why aspartame is so deadly.  It is a molecule composed of three components, 40% aspartic acid (an excitotoxin), a methyl ester which immediately becomes methanol (10%), a neurotoxin, and 50% phenylalanine, as an isolate a neurotoxin that goes directly into the brain, lowering the seizure threshold and depleting serotonin.  Aspartame breaks down to a witches brew of toxins including diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent.

James Bowen, M.D. is a victim of aspartame with Lou Gehrigs and has explained how the destruction works.  Aspartic acid, the excitotoxic component of aspartame does not cross the blood brain barrier but is secreted into the cerebral spinal fluid by the choroid plexus located in the ventricles of the brain.  There, in the brain's lower area and upper terminus of the spinal cord is where Lou Gehrigs, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis damage is most prominent.  These critical locations bathed in the toxin as it removes from the blood.  From the third to fourth ventricle there is a narrow canal called sylvian aqueduct which fills with this secretion and washes the roof of the hypothalamus.  This accounts for the damage to the hypothalamus.

Dr. Madelon Price, Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology in Psychiatry, and biochemist who worked with Dr. Olney for 30 years recently mentioned that although aspartic acid does not cross the blood brain barrier, that many people have compromised blood brain barriers.  She said very important to her, is that healthy people are at risk because certain areas of the brain, small organs that abut the ventricles of  the brain, lack blood brain barrier protection.  These are the circumventricular organs (CVO) of the brain.  The 3 principle ones are:

(1)  the area postrema, located on the floor of the 4th ventricle, which controls vomiting.
(2)  the subfornical organ which hangs from the roof of the juncture of the 1st and 2nd ventricles, which controls thirst and
(3)  the median eminence/arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus, located on the floor of the 3rd ventricle, which controls the flow of many hormones.  She said this is the most important area and the one that got she and Dr. Olney involved in the aspartame issue in the first place.
The capillaries that run through these organs are fenestrated - they have areas of thinning in their walls  (fenestre = window in French).  Most capillary walls are very tight and aspartate can only cross their walls by an energy dependent pumping mechanism.  But aspartate can freely enter the CVO through the permeable fenestra in the walls of the CVO capillaries.  Releasing factors which control the release of growth hormone, all the sex hormones (follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone and prolactin), thyroid hormone and corticotropin among others are controlled by this area of the brain.

Dr. Price mentioned the shrunken testes in experimental rats and also said it is well known that women  who  ingest a lot of aspartame, stop menstruating and cannot get pregnant.  The baby animals that she and Dr. Olney injected or fed aspartate grew up to be obese and infertile adults.  That is because this area of the brain was affected.

As to methanol it converts to formaldehyde and formic acid and causes metabolic acidosis.  Dr. H. J. Roberts says the chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction.  Methanol is classified as a narcotic.  In the worst case scenario, a body builder and athlete, Charles Fleming was highly addicted to diet drinks and other aspartame products.  When he died they saw the methanol poisoning and thought his wife poisoned him.  This sweet Sunday School teacher who helped the homeless was sentenced to 50 years in prison, and is in the movie, Sweet Misery.  Several aspartame experts have looked at the autopsy and written affidavits that Fleming died of aspartame.

You may have heard about so many athletes dropping dead.  The ones we have investigated were using aspartame.  Dr. Bowen explained aspartame and sudden death in great detail. He says that aspartame and methyl alcohol poisoning are noted for damaging myocardium and the specialized form of myocardium called the cardiac conduction system.  This kind of damage leads to susceptibility to arrhythmias.  The aspartame and methyl alcohol poisoning causes immense damage to the mitochondria (life of the cell) and to MtDNA which perpetrates the mitochondria damage.  The myocardium and cardiac conduction system never get to rest.  They are constantly at work pumping blood, therefore they are very highly concentrated in mitochondria to accommodate the metabolic needs of this tremendous work load.  Therefore, mitochondria damage is more highly reflected in the heart.  Damaged mitochondria produce increased amounts of free radicals and other abnormal metabolites that produce arrhythmias.  Moreover, the person using NutraSweet may have a markedly decreased intake of mineral and vitamin co-enzyme factors which also sensitizes the heart to arrhythmias.  It appears with athletes exercise is the last straw.  You have unusual demands on the cardiorespiratory system.

Dr. Blaylock says that magnesium protects the brain and heart from excitotoxins.  When an athlete runs he depletes magnesium.  Its the last straw. The phenylalanine in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin.  Lowered serotonin triggers manic depression, mood swings, insomnia, suicidal tendencies, paranoia, hallucinations, etc. Psychiatric and behavioral problems are epidemic.  In fact, President Bush now wants everyone in this country checked for mental illness.  Congress has admitted that US children are poisoned and have given the National Institutes of Health 2.7 billion to find out the culprit.  See my letter to NIH and their letter also  on  click on aspartame.  This is the site of the World Natural Health Organization.

Dr. Roberts in Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic says:  "Increased brain phenylalanine can elevate norepinephrine levels becoming clinically manifest as hypertension.  A comparable phenomenon has been demonstrated in spontaneously hypertensive rats.  Another plausible mechanism involves increased phenylalanine metabolites, especially dopamine, in the presence of excess insulin.  Tourian (l985) demonstrated that insulin potentiates the synthesis of phenylalanine hydroxylase in tissue cultures.
He also says:  "The documentation of essential hypertension in an insulin-resistant state associated with hyperinsulinemia (Ferrannini l987) but independent of obesity, is germane because many aspartame reactors have reactive hypoglycemia.  Furthermore, phenylalanine increases insulin release.  In the face of continued hyperinsulinemia, the down regulation of insulin receptors (and ensuing decreased insulin actin) the increased reabsorption of sodium and sympathetic stimulation can exaggerate hypertension."

Dr. Roberts in the l980's was selected as the best doctor in the United States by a medical organization.  He is Board Certified and Recertified in Internal Medicine, a diabetic specialist.  He says that aspartame can precipitate diabetes, stimulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, can cause diabetics to go into convulsions and even interacts with insulin.

What aspartame has done to the family is a crime.  If someone does get pregnant Dr. Bowen points out that aspartame is an abortifacient and also a teratogen (causes birth defects).  And if a live child is born he says aspartame may have heinously damaged DNA for generations to come.  DNA damage was proven on the Trocho Study in l998, and also showed that the formaldehyde accumulates in the cells with most toxicity in the liver but substantial amounts in the kidneys, adipose tissue (reason for obesity -
fat cells), retina and brain.  Aspartame also ruins female response and trigger male sexual dysfunction.

Dr. John Olney told the Board of Inquiry of the FDA concerning children, and they agreed with him, "I conclude that despite Searle's persistent tendency to AVOID PERFORMING EXPERIMENTS OF APPROPRIATE DESIGN to clarify the safety of the aspartate moiety of aspartame under "use" conditions, the few items of relevant evidence they have generated since l974 serve to reinforce my position that aspartame, together with glutamate, does pose  significant risk of destroying neurons in childrens' brains and exerting  adverse influence on neuroendocrine systems.  Certainly the studies performed, thus far, do not even begin to refute, disprove or rule out the brain damage and neuroendocrine risks I have defined and documented with extensive evidence, nor do they demonstrate that there is an adequate safety margin for the use of aspartame (plus Glu) in childrens' foods.  Searle has failed, therefore, to establish the safety of their product for use in childrens' foods."

And so the best scientists the FDA had to offer revoked the petition for aspartame.  And if Don Rumsfeld hadn't called in his markers and Reagan hadn't appointed Hayes to get it approved anyway by over-ruling the FDA Board, millions would not have perished from the fatal diseases and tumors triggered by this neurotoxin, and our children wouldn't be poisoned.  As Dr. Blaylock says in Excitotoxins, even if a child survives his mother using aspartame during pregnancy, by the time he reaches puberty you will probably see behavioral problems.  Aspartame reduces IQ, triggers ADD, autism, ADHD and other horrors.

When studies are not fixed by Industry it's very easy to show how quickly aspartame poisons.  Dr. Baret in the Dominican Republic changed the diet of 360 children by changing milk for aspartame laced juice, detailed in Dr. Roberts medical text.  All these children  immediately demonstrated inability to concentrate, hyperactivity and such.  Knowing that the only change made was adding aspartame to the diet he removed it.  In four days all the children went back to normal.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to prove how deadly aspartame is, which is why the FDA and the manufacturer has tried to prevent independent studies.  If you read the UPI investigation on  you will see that Searle even threatened Dr. Richard Wurtman at MIT if he did studies on aspartame and seizures, his research funds would be rejected, and they were.  ILSE is their front group that supplies research funds to universities who co-operate.  Research is negotiable.  MIT now gets research funds but Dr. Wurtman no longer speaks out about aspartame.

Finally in l996 when Dr. Olney made world news on the aspartame and brain tumor issue, he was on 60 Minutes (also in Australia and stronger).  Dr. Ralph Walton joined him showing research on scientific peer reviewed studies and funding.  92% of independent, scientific independent studies showed the problems aspartame causes, and if you removed 6 studies the FDA had something to do with since they now are now the handmaiden of the pharmaceutical industry, plus one pro-industry summary, 100% of independent studies show problems with aspartame.  What does say to industry funded and controlled studies saying aspartame is safe? 


 Like FDA toxicologist Jacqueline Verrett told Congress, all studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out. I've gone to great length to provide a good part of the story of aspartame and let you know that with it on the market, no drug is safe.  Aspartame interacts with just about every drug used to treat the problems it causes as outlined in the medical text.  I'm the messenger, founder of an unpaid global volunteer force with operations in 50 states and over 22 countries of the world educating the public on the deadly affects of aspartame, the information from world experts.  And what does ABC do - try to make out like its all a hoax, and aspartame is safe as rain.  Information is a matter of public record and cannot be denied.

Are advertising funds more important that the lives of the people of
Australia?  Since every bit of information can be checked out, and wasn't, how come ABC wants to lie to the public?  Currently suits have been filed against 14 large companies for poisoning the public with aspartame such as Coke, Slimfast, Pepsi, Pfizer, Wrigleys and Atria.  I'm also working with class action attorneys and attorneys call often who are interested in investigating.  Four support groups help the sick and disabled. Aspartame Detoxification Centers continue to increase.  More and more movies are being made to get the information to the public.  Even in Sweet Misery, Turner admits that Searle even did studies in Dr. Olney's lab showing brain damage and didn't even turn them over to the FDA.  They cared not about how many brain diseases their toxin would poison and how much pain, suffering and death they would cause.  A quarter of a million web sites warn the  public do not use aspartame. explains aspartame has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG.  Their records show how the glutamate industry used aspartame as the placebo for a quarter of a century in studies with MSG to make the public believe that MSG reacted no differently  than the placebo, when in fact, both are excitotoxins.  Searle even used people in poor villages in South America to feed aspartame and give them brain tumors and seizures, and show that aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system.  Then they didn't publish the studies.  Some of those people died.  The pregnant woman lost her baby.  We have the affidavit from the translator.

Today the aspartame industry provides fake, frauds and front groups to mislead the public.  Dr. Stephen Barrett of quackbusters, one of the most well known for false and misleading information on web has just been charged with racketeering.  The public has had enough.

Now ABC had a choice.  I expected  a full apology and the truth to be told  to the Australian people.  My email sent to you on the 7th September, 2004 was ignored – I informed you in that email that if I did not receive a full apology and the truth to be told within  5 days (that is by the 12th September)  after receipt of my email, that this information  will be placed on the world-wide web.  The Australian  people will find out either way.  In the end this letter may get to more people in Australia than ABC does.  Be assured the aspartame industry and their bottomless checkbook (chequebook)  and influence is not worth the life of even one child, much less the mass poisoning of the world.  Enough is enough.  All the facts are a matter of public record, and I would be happy to give you the phone numbers and emails of the physicians for verification of the facts.

Dr. Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible Intl, 9270 River Club
Duluth, Georgia 30097  770 242-2599   and

Aspartame Toxicity Center,


Sweet Misery:  A Poisoned World

Filmed in-person interviews with Doctors, Lawyers, people with aspartame related health problems, advocates and many others.  The film Sweet Misery reveals one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence in the history of the industrial revolution.  The toxic long-term effects of aspartame are often dismissed as a “hoax” by the sweetener industry and at least 5 other internet websites.  The real footwork however, unravels something less comforting than a mere “hoax”.  Sweet Misery is a documentary  released by Sound and Fury Productions.


by Diana Buckland  Global Recognition Campaign/Multiple Chemical  

Sensitivity/chemically induced illnesses, diseases & injury affecting civilians & military personnel