Antwoord van Betty Martini [Mission Possible] aan Minister Borst

To: Dr. E. Borst-Eilers

Dear Doctor Eilers:

I'm responding to your letter to Ed Gunneweg, Mission Possible Holland.

First of all, Mission Possible International is a worldwide volunteer force in 50 States in the United States and 22 countries of the world warning all consumers off aspartame. Obviously, if this were a safe product, physicians, scientists, volunteers and organizations would not be devoting their time to acknowledging a global plague of Aspartame Disease.

In fact, there are 26,000 web sites on the Internet warning of the dangers and 5 Aspartame Detoxification Centers in the United States to help the victims. There are also four support groups on line and 800 pages on that prints out to over 10,000 printed pages including government documents and a river of information from physicians.

As to your remarks about labeling, yes there must be a warning for phenylketonurics, those who cannot metabolize phenylalanine on the label. But in reality the 50% phenylalanine that floods the brains and lowers the seizure threshold effects anyone who uses it. There have already been three congressional hearings because of the outrage of consumers being poisoned, and Dr. Richard Wurtman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, testified before Congress that as an isolate the phenylalanine goes directly into the brain. Its a neurotoxin, a poison that attacks brain cells. It also depletes serotonin which triggers manic depression, mood swings, suicidal tendencies, paranoia, insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety, etc.

You say, "concerning the alleged dangers to the consumption of aspartame, I can inform you that aspartame and the possible breakdown products were examined in great detail on possible harmfulness at the scientific committee for foods of the European Union, with the result that consumption of aspartame for the allowed applications is safe." There is no way for this to be true since aspartame is a chemical poison and cannot be proven safe. In fact, in English you will see the summation of the Board of Inquiry telling the FDA of the United States NOT TO APPROVE IT because IT HAD NOT BEEN PROVEN SAFE, and causes brain tumors. The way it got approved in the United States was simply political. In fact, the FDA asked for the indictment of the original manufacturer but Searle (original manufacturer) was so powerful that both United States Prosecutors hired on to the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. Still the FDA would not approve it for 16 years at which time Searle hired Don Rumsfeld (now Secretary of Defense) who said he would call in his markers and get it approved even though the FDA would not do it. This is documented in the 8 month investigation by United Press International and on the web site.

No FDA Commissioner would approve aspartame so when President Reagan took office he appointed Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes to do this deadly deed. That is when the Board of Inquiry was set up and they told Dr. Hayes he simply could not approve it - read this summation on web. Dr. Hayes then over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer and has refused to talk to the press ever since.

On original studies aspartame triggered brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, thyroid and pancreatic tumors, and even grand mal seizures. Secondly, an additive by law must be inert or non-reactive. As you see, aspartame is not an additive and it was against the law to approve. Dr. Hayes simply served ABOVE THE LAW to criminally approve a poison for human consumption. Aspartame is a neurotoxic drug that interacts with just about every drug used to treat the problems it triggers. This is completely documented in the new medical text Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by world expert H. J. Roberts, M.D., or It is 8 1/2 by 11, 1038 pages of diseases and symptoms triggered by this deadly, deadly chemical poison masquerading as an additive.

Secondly, FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because without a shadow of a doubt it can trigger brain tumors, and is a matter of public record. The Delaney Amendment forbid putting anything in food that was known to cause cancer. Dr. Gross ended by saying: "And if the FDA violates the law who is left to protect the public?" So here is the FDA toxicologist who was on site telling Congress the FDA violated the law to approve aspartame. It was never, never proven safe. In fact, three congressional hearings were held because of the outrage of the public being poisoned, going blind, having seizures, suffering Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, etc. Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill to put a moratorium on aspartame and have the National Institutes of Health do independent studies based on the problems being seen in the population such as interaction with drugs, what it does to the fetus (triggers birth defects ), behavioral problems, seizures, etc. But by this time, Monsanto had bought Searle and they could not allow anyone to do independent studies or they would find out just how deadly aspartame is. So they paid off Senators like Orrin Hatch to do a hatchet job. Because of politics the bill never got out of committee.

By l986 so many people were going blind and having seizures that the Community Nutrition Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame but they refused. They have great loyalty to Monsanto, and as Ed Horton, Editor of the Lancet (one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world) wrote in May, the FDA receives money from industry and endangers the lives of the people.

No other country in the world would have approved aspartame had they known that the FDA originally wanted them indicted for fraud and what the pharmaceutical had done. So the way Searle got it approved in the UK was with a personal business deal. Searle had Professor Paul Turner with the Regulatory Agency approve aspartame without anyone knowing. It would be nice to know how much they paid him. When Parliament found out they had a big blow out but did not rescind the order. The story was written in the Guardian newspaper in England.

Once Searle got aspartame approved in another country all they had to do was rubber stamp it around the world. There were no studies done in the UK.

Industry has their ways of fixing studies to say aspartame is safe but you can always find the flaws and how they did it. For instance, Monsanto did the Rowan Study to try and lie to the public that aspartame does not cause seizures. However, what they did was use 18 people and give 16 anti-seizure medication so they wouldn't have a seizure. And they only gave them one capsule of aspartame for a one day study. They go to great lengths to try and say aspartame is safe. This is why in l996 when Dr. John Olney made world news on the aspartame/brain tumor issue, Dr. Ralph Walton joined him on 60 Minutes to discuss peer reviewed research. He showed that only industry's studies to defend their product ever said aspartame was safe and that 92% of independent, unbiased studies all showed problems with aspartame. He further stated that if you eliminated one pro-industry review and 6 studies that the FDA had something to do with because of the controversy, then 100% of independent studies showed problems with aspartame. So, if 100% of independent, unbiased studies show problems then how company industry's studies didn't show the problems?

Searle actually did studies on aspartame in South America to see just how much damage it would do to humans. They actually sacrificed people in poor villages that wouldn't be missed and gave them aspartame for 18 months. Some of the people died, others sustained seizures and got brain tumors. The studies showed that aspartame destroys the brain, and the central nervous system, and even hardens the synovial fluids which accounts for the agonizing pain that aspartame victims suffer. Usually this is diagnosed as fibromyalgia. Searle simply did not publish the studies because it showed aspartame to be a killer. The affidavit of the translator is on the web site.

Searle did not care how many people aspartame would kill. In fact, you can go to this web site and read the secret trade information released in congressional hearings and you will see in the last paragraph they said they had to consider complete conversion of DKP and if they told the FDA they would not approve it. DKP or diketopiperazine, is the brain tumor agent that triggered brain tumors in rats in original studies. So here is a pharmaceutical company who is so criminal that they knew aspartame would give the public brain tumors and didn't care how many suffered or died from these tumors. This is despicable!!! Even some babies are born with brain tumors and the FDA of the United States and its manufacturer doesn't even have the decency to put a warning for pregnant women. They know if they do that aspartame cannot be an additive which it is not, and they will show themselves guilty of this heinous crime. James Bowen, M.D. told the FDA that aspartame is "mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70+ countries of the world". His letter is also on web. The FDA rather than being concerned about the public went to see Dr. Bowen to tell him they were only concerned that he wrote the letter. In other words there was no concern whatsoever of poisoning the public. Dr. Bowen should know as he is a victim of Aspartame Disease and suffers with Lou Gehrig symptoms from it.

There is no humanly way on earth to prove a chemical poison to be safe. The manufacturer has paid off Congress and funded the professional organizations to use their propaganda and says its safe. In other words, there are some organizations willing to pimp poison for a price, and that's what they do. You can't say they don't know because physicians have written them for years about giving out this misinformation.

You can rubber stamp approval around the world, but I challenge you to show me an independent, unbiased study where industry had nothing to do with it, that showed safety. It just doesn't happen.

There have just been in the last month two more studies done on aspartame, one in Norway which showed aspartame destroys the brain, particularly in the area of learning, and one by the University of Florida that shows when you eliminate aspartame and MSG the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome disappear. There has also been a study showing aspartame triggers memory loss and the Trocho Study shows that the formaldehyde converted from the wood alcohol or methanol in aspartame accumulates in the cells and damages DNA. Most of the toxicity was in the liver but substantial amounts in the kidneys, adipose tissue, retina and brain. So not only are consumers being embalmed but when you destroy DNA you can destroy the human race. And a lot of damage has already been done. See Sperm Warfare, Aspartame and the Fire ant by James Bowen, M.D. as he explains how it damages the mitochondria of the cells and how it has been reported now that healthy sperm is now 85% DNA damaged.

Aspartame is also a chemical hypersensitization agent which means it sensitizes people to any toxin and they even react to genetically engineered foods. Aspartame also interacts with vaccines such as Anthrax given to the troops in the Persian Gulf because it triggers this polychemical sensitivity syndrome. It created what has become to be known Desert Storm Syndrome, and the symptoms of it are identical to that of aspartame. Troops were drinking the diet drinks cooking in the 120 degree Arabian sun which were then formaldehyde cocktails.

Can it get any worse, yes - aspartame also triggers sudden death. I just answered an article in the Telegraph in the UK questioning why children with minor seizures are dropping dead. Dr. Bowen explained: "Sudden death during seizures is almost always due to cardiac standstill due to cardiac arrhythmias. There are several ways this is due to aspartame damage. Aspartame and methyl alcohol poisoning are noted for damaging the 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 cause immense damage to the mitochondria and to MIDNA which perpetuates 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. So mitochondrial 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 sensitize the heart to arrhythmias. Seizures always put unusual demands on the cardiorespiratory system and seizures due to NutraSweet occur more frequently and in spite of otherwise adequate anti seizure medication. Also, aspartame creates unusual medical toxicity from the anti-seizure medication. It should be no surprise then that people are dropping dead from this aspect of aspartame toxicity." James Bowen, M.D.

You can also read the articles on having to do with sudden death from aspartame.

Aspartame and MSG and Other Excitotoxins and the Hypothalamus by Russell Blaylock, M.D., neurosurgeon, author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills,

Aspartame and Cardiac and chest Problems, H. J. Roberts, M.D.

The reason that aspartame is so dangerous is it is a molecule composed of three components are of which are neurotoxic, aspartic acid, 40%, a methyl ester which becomes methanol or wood alcohol, 10 % (and then converts to formaldehyde and formic acid and causes metabolic acidosis) and phenylalanine, 50%. It then breaks down to a witches brew of toxins including diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent. It was the famed Dr. John Olney who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity who did the studies on aspartic acid in l970 and found that it caused lesions in the brains of mice. He told Searle but Searle did not tell the FDA until after it was approved. We will soon have this study scanned on to the web site. Methanol is classified as a narcotic and aspartame is an additive drug. This is the reason we have support groups on line. Victims go through terrible withdrawal. I explained the 50% phenylalanine which is neurotoxic and goes directly into the brain.

There is no safe dose and finally in Congress the FDA Commissioner was forced to admit that the allowable daily dose was set for rats and not humans. This is also a matter of public record and is discussed in books. When you say the real intake for aspartame is far under the fixed ADI it simply is not so. There is no safe dose of a poison, and that is the reason the ADI was set for rats. Rats can tolerate methanol more than man.

As to children, to give them a neurotoxin at any dose is an absolute crime against humanity. Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock goes into great detail about the developing brain of children and the effect of aspartate (40% of aspartame) and glutamate. In fact, he says on page 71: "It has been proposed that exposure to excitotoxins (such as glutamate and aspartate) during fetal life may cause alterations in brain development that could later result in such serious brain disorders as autism, learning disorders, hyperactive behavioral and possibly schizophrenia." He goes on to discuss how behavioral problems show up later in life and that complex learning skills would not be evident until the child started school and was exposed to math and reading. Until that time the child would be considered to be normal.

Dr. Blaylock also says: "It is known from experiments that the final effect produced by exposure to excess excitotoxins depends on the timing of the exposure to the toxin. This is because the development of the nervous system goes through a normal sequence of developmental events. The final effect of the exposure depends on what part of the nervous system is undergoing development at the time of exposure."

I would suggest that you translate these reports from to understand the full extent of the damage of aspartame to the child:

Aspartame Murders Infants by James Bowen, M.D. Aspartame and Pregnancy and Small Children by H. J. Roberts, M.D. Testimony before congress by Louis Elsas, M.D., Pediatric Professor, Emory University, Genetics They're Poisoning Our Kids, the testimony of 7 physicians on what aspartame does to the brains of children,

Do not tell me about the FDA's report of adverse reactions. They receive so many reports they simply don't report them. They never reported any from Mission Possible International and in Congress it was admitted they were trying to get rid of them by forwarding them to the AIDS Hotline. When the FDA wanted to grant blanket approval of aspartame they had to show a decrease in reactions. The way they did this was tell people they were not taking complaints. Then they said they had to change their bookkeeping system which would require them to throw away aspartame complaints. That's about as corrupt as you can get. As I said before, its all a matter of public record. It is the policy of the manufacturer all these years to simply lie and deny and the FDA has learned this policy well.

If you read the background of the approval process in the United States you would be horrified. In one of Dr. H. J. Roberts earlier books, Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe?, Charles Press, he has a chapter titled "The Myth of The Most Thoroughly Tested Additive in History". And on page 243 he gives as one of the shortcomings, "The failure to challenge the manufacturer's contract with Universities Associated for Research and Education in Pathology (UAREP). This private group was engaged to determine the factual accuracy of prior aspartame - BUT with the stipulation that UAREP "shall not express an opinion" regarding either the design or safety significance of these studies, nor make recommendations about the safety of aspartame for human use. " So the point being if you don't want somebody to give the facts, just have them sworn to silence. And how much did the manufacturer pay for their silence? A half a million dollars!!!!!!!!

So you see when the manufacturer has a big checkbook and lots of power they can get anybody to say its safe. And if they won't say its safe just pay them to be quiet.

You say that Mr. Gunneweg said that since l987 there is an extensive use of sweeteners. He is correct. In fact, in the United States 2/3rds of the population is using aspartame. We are swamped with epidemics. Diabetes has become epidemic with a 70% increase, but remember aspartame can precipitate diabetes, keeps blood sugar out of control, destroys the optic nerve, and can cause diabetics to go into convulsions. It also interacts with insulin. So we have epidemics of diseases and we have people dropping dead.

You say, "It must be taken vastly in legal grounds that since l987 also a number of new artificial sweeteners have been used, which lead to a stabilization or even a reduction of use of the separate substances." No, that is not true. It is true there have been more sweeteners approved such as Splenda (has a chlorinated base like DDT and can cause auto immune disease) and Asculfame Potassium (caused leukemia and cancer in original studies) but what industry is doing is mixing the sweeteners together. Furthermore, in l996 the FDA granted blanket approval of aspartame to be used like sugar, this deadly drug, and its being hidden in artificial and natural flavors, restaurant food, prescription drugs, over-the counter drugs, etc. And when I lectured in the UK in the year 2000 they were using aspartame in so many things it was horrifying. In fact, because there were no studies in the UK and they were not told about the FDA wanting Searle indicted, they think aspartame is something good. In some of their products like Bubbleee for children there is no food at all just aspartame, a bunch of sweeteners, citric acid and blue dye. They even threw in sugar for good measure. No wonder kids all over the UK have ADD just like in the United States.

You say: "Finally, I inform you that the so-called ADI for aspartame (40 mg/kg body weight/day) by the Mr. Gunneweg in his letter, from toxicological point of view is the maximum intake to be, which relates to the properties, and not the use of the substance." Understand as Dr. James Bowen told the FDA: "Every known metabolite of aspartame is of marked or questionable toxicity and patently unsafe for human use. " That says it all. Alex Constantine in NutraPoison on web, says aspartame was actually listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress. There is no safe dose of a poison. Dr. Bowen further told the FDA ... "the only responsible action would be to immediately take aspartame off the market, fully disclose its toxicities, offer full compensation to the injured, public and criminally prosecute anyone who participated in the fraudulent placement of aspartame on the marketplace. This includes those who work so diligently to keep it on the market as well."

Because of aspartame disease we are now faced with what may be one of the largest plagues in world history. In fact, excitotoxins have so destroyed the immune system of consumers that Dr. Blaylock says they could not sustain chemical warfare and has recently published a booklet to survive bioterrorism. You will see it on

In Dr. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, it discusses aspartame triggered brain tumors, seizures, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, birth defects, male sexual dysfunction, infertility, MS symptoms, lupus, Desert Storm Syndrome and even drug interaction. Consider that aspartame interacts with antidepressants and cardiac Rx. It interacts with insulin and medication to treat seizures, as well as L-dopa used in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. Read the legal implications of poisoning the human race.

People all over the world are fighting the issue. Some years ago a journalist in Austria even filed suit against the government for allowing it in the country. There is no way to find aspartame safe. It is impossible. You should begin the recall in Holland out of concern for the people. I can only apologize for the FDA of our country who have disgracefully turned their back on the people. Even in the UK they are now probing this sweetener. Read the experts books and medical reports and government records. Much has been made available to you on web and more will be added.

In Dr. Roberts medical text he quotes William Lloyd Garrison, and I end with his words:

"I will be harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice. I am in earnest. I will not equivocate. I will not excuse. I will not retreat not a single inch, and I will be heard."

Respectfully, Mrs. Betty Martini, Founder Mission Possible International 9270 River Club Parkway Duluth, Georgia 30097

Today we are taking case histories for class action. It is my opinion, in the end, aspartame disease will go down in history as the greatest scandal in United States history, the mass poisoning of the American public and 100 countries of the world