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Aspartame: Ajinomoto And The 'Knowledge Gap'


Japan-based multinational chemical giant Ajinomoto, manufacturer of the controversial sweetener aspartame, has recently hired lawyers to stop hearings scheduled by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board into the safety of its sweetener.

Aspartame, based on two amino acids combined with methanol, shows many inconsistencies in its history, such as approval by political pressure rather than by science, but the most mind boggling aspect by far is the knowledge gap that has built up between those paying attention and the health authorities that review the science and can't find anything wrong with it. There is plenty of information out there, which points to aspartame causing leukemia, brain tumors and neurotoxicity, but for some mysterious reason the evidence is completely ignored by health authorities and most academics.

A point in case is a message Christopher Howell of the Florida Atlantic University wrote to Norma Vera, an activist and friend of Betty Martini, the lady who has made it her life's work to fill in the knowledge gap around the artificial sweetener. Howell wrote:



Phenylketonurics (people with a genetic disorder that does not allow them to properly metabolize & eliminate the ESSENTIAL amino acid phenylalanine) are at risk. These people MUST ALSO LIMIT their intake of proteins such as fish, meats and other products rich in the amino acid phenylalanine. By law all babies are screened shortly after birth to determine if they have the defective gene, otherwise metal [sic] retardation can set in if diet is not controlled. Adult phenylketurics [sic] may experience headaches, etc. if they consume foods containing phenylalanine. Normal people are NOT at risk from ASPARATAME.

As with any food or supplement, moderation should be considered and any excesses avoided.

It is quite true that phenylketonurics cannot tolerate the phenilalanine that is part of aspartame, but that is far from the real problem with the sweetener. Betty Martini's reply to Mr Howell gives a good idea of that abysmal gap between the science "on the ground" that actually looks at people's problems and the science of academia which is beholden to the economic interests that profit from the sweetener.

To see how far apart the two realities are, contrast Betty's account of the facts and the documents she refers to with Ajinomoto's insistence that hearings hould not be held and with the following statement on its website:

We, Ajinomoto Group, continually strive to promote a healthy and vibrant society with global corporate citizenship activities focusing on "Nutrition and Health".

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Betty Martini's reply to Christopher Howell:

Dear Mr. Howell: I'm afraid you're the one who didn't check the facts. Even Dr. Louis Elsas, Pediatric Professor, Genetics, testified before Congress that aspartame is a neurotoxin and teratogen.

Let me make it easy for you: New study shows it causes all types of cancer and is a multipotential carcinogen.

Aspartame manufacturers should join the liar's club: Aspartame Makers Tell A Whopper!

Aspartame Makers In A Tizzy:

In this post is quoted Dr. Elsas before Congress declaring aspartame a neurotoxin:

However, it is also pointed out to be a neurotoxin and why in the 1038 page medical text on the global plague of Aspartame Disease by H. J. Roerts, M.D. Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, or 1 800 827 7991

It is also discussed as a neurotoxin in this book about aspartame: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., Mentioned also in Health & Nutrition Secrets To Save Your Life also by Dr. Blaylock.

There are many who take money to defend the manufacturers like the professional organizations even though they have full knowledge of its toxicity. Many organizations and those who rely on research funds from ILSE (made up of aspartame manufacturers or companies who use it like Coke) also lie about aspartame. Here is a letter answering Tufts who has been lying for years:

Are you from one of these universities?

In September, the Ecologist, one of the most prestigious magazines in Europe did a 19 page cover story on aspartame and its history. Enjoy!

Aspartame also violates state and federal statues on adulteration:

Be sure to see the aspartame documentary: Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, See the world's leading experts on aspartame give you the facts the manufacturers have been trying to cover up for two decades.

Aspartame is also a leading factor in why athletes are now dropping dead: Russell Blaylock, M.D.

Ajinomoto, Aspartame and Brain Tumors: A Recipe for Death: This is the Material Safety Data Sheet. If you read this and still want to consume it - Bon Appetite! You might even want to engage in the Formaldehyde Olympics:

Last two studies on aspartame. The one on cancer was peer reviewed by 7 world experts:

Aspartame destroys complete families. At every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys beginning with the gleam in Mom and Pop's eyes. It ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. It damages the mitochondria of the cell and hypothalamus of the brain. Some women dream of a family they never have because aspartame is an endocrine disrupting drug and stimulates prolactin. It changes the menses and causes infertility. Then if they get off aspartame and get pregnant, it disrupt fetal development by aborting it or inducing birth defects. And if a live child is born aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future generations. What it has done to babies and children these over two decades is a horror story. Maybe you would enjoy reading this post:

How aspartame causes behavioral problems in children:

And here is a Citizens Petition for ban of aspartame. The law states that the FDA must answer is in 180 days. In June it will be four years. They say they have more important to do. In reality they can't answer because of the government records and the lies. But then the FDA has always served above the law. They have the bottomless checkbooks of Big Pharma and their influence to protect them, because this is who they gave their loyalty to, and one cannot serve two masters. They sacrificed safe food and drugs for the people to help Big Pharma gain more power. You see they go to the FDA to become bureaucrats so they can retire as plutocrats. They have no concern about the global plague of aspartame disease or how many die. Why should they care about the millions of babies murdered in their mother's womb because aspartame manufacturers refuse to allow a warning for pregnant women that aspartame triggers birth defects and is a teratogen and neurotoxin. After all the law states that an additive must be inert and if they put a warning on aspartame they will be found guilty of approving a drug as an additive.

And aspartame manufacturers are so powerful they even influence the media to write absurd editorials:

And the aspartame manufactures have front groups like the Calorie Control Council who with full knowledge pushes aspartame on pregnant women so they will lose their babies or have birth defects:

Shall I go on, Mr. Howell? I've been researching aspartame for 14 years. I am surprised with 2 million sites on the Internet warning consumers off aspartame, an Aspartame Toxicity Center,, aspartame detoxification clinics, stacks of medical books on its toxicity, and operations like Mission Possible International, a global volunteer force to alert the world aspartame is a neurotoxin, you couldn't find any information before making such a statement to Norma Vera. In case you wonder who she is, she is the lady who translated the studies along with a Mexican physician, done in South and Central America by the original manufacturer, Searle. They sacrificed people in poor villages and some of them got brain tumors, others suffered seizures. The studies showed that aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system and hardens the synovial fluids.

Searle did not publish the studies which, of course, is a crime, but instead shut down their Florida office, sent the physician back to Mexico and sold the company to Monsanto in 1985. Aspartame manufacturers never publish studies showing how deadly their product is, but instead became pros on how to fix them since a chemical poison will never show safety.

I'll give you one example to show you how it's done. One of the studies that was pivotal in the approval of aspartame was a 52 week oral toxicity study on 7 infant monkeys. Five had grand mal seizures and one died. Searle simply had them do it another way to try and get out of it. But it's very well known that aspartame is a seizure triggering drug, and interacts with anti-seizure medication - all medication and vaccines. It damages the mitochondria of the cells and it's a chemical hypersensitization agent which triggers polychemical sensitivity syndrome.

The FDA report of 92 symptoms on shows four different types of seizures triggered by aspartame admitted by the FDA themselves. So Monsanto who bought Searle in 1985 decided they would do studies to show safety and put the minds of the people at rest.

So here's how it's done. We'll take a hopelessly flawed double-blind study funded by Monsanto, the Rowen study of 1995.

They were so afraid somebody would have a seizure they actually had 16 of the 18 subjects taking anti-seizure medication during the study. They knew that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, (CDC 1984) showed that most seizures linked to aspartame do not begin to appear until after 3 or more months of real world aspartame (i.e., non-encapsulated). So they did a one day study and put the subjects on anti-seizure medication to be sure they could get a safe study.

The aspartame was given in capsules so that instead of spiking the plasma phenylalanine level and significantly changing the phenylalanine/LNAA ratio the phenylalanine was absorbed very slowly -- more like what happens when ingesting food (Stegink 1987). These researchers discussed in detail the issue of plasma phenylalanine and LNAA levels. It was particularly absurd that they gave the aspartame in capsules even though they cited industry research (Burns 1990) which proves capsule administration of aspartame
eliminates the spike in plasma phenylalanine levels! Simply stated, the researchers were pretending to test the hypothesis that phenylalanine/LNAA ratio changes would cause seizures, but they knowingly administered aspartame in a way that eliminated the possibility of a large change in plasma phenylalanine levels and phenylalanine/LNAA ratios.

Capsule administration of aspartame slows the absorption of methanol and may reduce its toxicity somewhat similar to the way ingestion of food with methanol may slightly reduce its toxicity (Posner 1975). Capsule administration of aspartame also eliminates the quick absorption of the excitotoxin, aspartic acid (Stegink 1987). When aspartic acid is absorbed quickly, it can be excitotoxic (Blaylock 1994, Olney 1980) especially in conjunction with formaldehyde derived from methanol.

This study consisted of ONLY ONE SINGLE DOSE of aspartame ingestion. Its sort of tantamount to smelling the bottle!

The results of this study only apply to people who ingest a single dose of encapsulated aspartame while taking anti-seizure medication. Not only is this study worthless, but key information was not put in the abstract, namely, the fact the subjects were on anti-seizure medication and that the aspartame was given in capsules.

Mark Gold of the Aspartame Toxicity Center has taken many of the manufacturer's studies and disclosed what they had to do to show safety from aspartame. In fact, Dr. Ralph Walton did an independent study on aspartame and Monsanto knowing they could not control the study even refused to sell him the aspartame. Indeed, after one man had a retinal detachment (the methanol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and formic acid in the retina of the eye and destroys the optic nerve) and lost his vision in that eye and another had conjunctival bleeding, as well as others reporting they were being poisoned, the institution stopped the study. Point in question - You CANNOT do a study on the chemical poison aspartame and show safety. Poisons just don't show safety - period. Dr. Walton's study is on

Also, in 1996 when Dr. John Olney made world news on the aspartame/brain tumor association, Dr. Walton joined him on 60 Minutes with his research on scientific peer reviewed studies and funding showing 92% of independent scientific peer reviewed studies revealed the problems aspartame causes. He also stated if you removed 6 studies the FDA had something to do with, now that they were loyal to the manufacturer, and one pro-industry summary, 100% of independent, scientific peer reviewed studies show the
problems that aspartame causes. Read this research on

So if 100% of independent studies showed the problems than what does that say about industry controlled and funded studies saying aspartame is safe? And why do the manufacturers threaten researchers who do these independent studies. As an example, Dr. Richard Wurtman of the Brain Department of MIT testified before Congress on how dangerous this drug is. He also decided to do studies on aspartame and seizures and was threatened by the VP of Searle that if he did his research funds would be rejected - they were. Today Dr. Wurtman refuses to speak out about aspartame but MIT is getting funding again. However, he couldn't destroy the paper trail on how deadly aspartame is. He even edited "Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function" Birkhauser. On checking he has had this book now removed from MIT but you probably can still get a used copy. And many of his reports are on our web sites telling the dangers.

Gregory Gordon who did the 8 month investigation on aspartame when he was with UPI (on part I - part II) also wrote the article "FDA Resisted Proposals To Test Aspartame" when he was working with the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1996. So now the manufacturer had the FDA helping them prevent independent studies from being done.

One little hint on how to avoid incorrect information on aspartame. Stay away from aspartame front groups and the manufacturers who I've shown you are experts on lying. Don't rely on the Fatal Drugs Allowed folks. Richard Horton, Editor of the Prestigious Lancet said the FDA takes money from industry and endangers the lives of the people. Aspartame manufacturers have done their homework and have made loyal handmaidens of regulatory agencies and even the great Center for Disease Control. Go to their web site and read the summary of their investigation on aspartame. It will tell you that there were only mild findings which contradicts the actual CDC damning investigation. If you would like to read it, the entire 146 pages here it is: I really don't understand how they can call seizures, cardiac arrest, mood alteration, liver problems and death mild findings. In fact, I can tell you I have never seen a mild case of death.

You may even think that the pop companies put aspartame in their drinks not realizing aspartame violated the federal statutes on adulteration and would poison the world. Actually they knew the gun was loaded. Here is their confession from the 1985 Senate Congressional Record. Indeed, confession is good for the soul.

As you see, we've put the government records on the Internet so nobody will be able to say they can't get the truth that aspartame is a deadly neurotoxin. In fact, if you would like a copy of the original Board of Inquiry report of the FDA revoking the petition to approve aspartame, and the famed Dr. John Olney's testimony to the Board of Inquiry on what aspartame would do to the brains of our children (prophecy fulfilled), as well as the congressional records simply email Bob Flint, Mission Possible Maine,, and he will send you a CD of them for some meager little price like $10.00. It will save you hundreds getting them from a medical library. And the Board of Inquiry report and Dr. Olney's report you couldn't even get from Freedom of Information. They FDA doesn't allow it, remember they serve above the law.

In fact, on you can even read the Bressler Report, the FDA audit, of some of their shenanigans trying to make a chemical poison prove safety in studies. They simply couldn't do it.

In a conversation with Mr. Bressler thanking him for his report he told me the studies were a lot worse than reported in his FDA Audit. He said when they retyped it they removed 20% which was the worst. He didn't tell me who was behind it but also said to look for two mouse studies and a cover letter and I would find out how bad it was. I did tell Dr. H. J. Roberts and Dr. Russell Blaylock who also called Mr. Bressler and was told the same. So Dr. Roberts asked his congressman to get the missing records. The FDA sent his congressman a letter stating the information was confidential and they would not release it. That is against the law, of course, but if the FDA released the information they would be found guilty of altering reports. The FDA sent Dr. Roberts congressman a letter stating the information was simply confidential. Yes, so confidential filled with aspartame manufacturer's crimes they couldn't allow the public to read them and know the FDA and aspartame makers are poisoning the world.

I would suggest, Mr. Howell, before you make such a foolish statement such as "aspartame is not a neurotoxin" you do your homework. And yes, they do a test on newborns to see if they are phenylketonuric but in the meantime if the mother of the baby used aspartame during pregnancy, the baby is probably now mentally retarded. A little late wouldn't you think. In fact, Dr. James Bowen, once told me that aspartame can actually cause PKU.

And remember that aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol which is classified as a narcotic. It causes chronic methanol poisoning and affects the dopamine system of the brain, causing addiction. You can read Dr. Roberts paper on it on This is also the reason that people go blind on aspartame - the methanol converts to formaldehyde and formic acid in the retina of the eye and destroys the optic nerve. And in the movie you will see a sweet Sunday School teacher, Diane Fleming, in a cold prison in Virginia. Her athletic husband, Charles died from aspartame, as doctor's affidavits report from reading the autopsy. But the police saw the methanol poisoning and thought his wife poisoned him, even though they admitted her lie detector test proved she didn't. And she called the police not realizing aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. Maybe you would like to sign the petition to free her .

My husband once made the profound statement: "You will always find the truth if you're willing to accept the facts no matter what the facts say." Here are the facts, Mr. Howell. I hope you will no longer spread false information on aspartame as it can stumble others. In fact, if you want to help the effort you can contact the Idaho Observer, and purchase some of their 24 page booklets on aspartame for distribution called the Artificially Sweetened Times. At this time of the year people are having parties and serving all types of refreshments with the chemical poison aspartame. And many people chose this time of year to write letters to their family and friends. Save a life today. I find them almost as inexpensive as copying warning flyers, and never leave home without them. And be sure to show those you want to save the movie, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. Remember the Trocho Study has shown that not only does aspartame embalm but damages DNA. When you damage DNA you can destroy humanity.

Notice I'm also sending a copy to the FDA, because they "know" these are the facts.

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

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