By H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
(c)2004 by H. J. Roberts, M.D.

Posted 28 June 2004

Aspartame disease is being increasingly encountered in medical practice. (1-4) Over two-thirds of the population currently consumes the chemical aspartame, most commonly, as "diet" sodas and "sugar-free" products. I have detailed the serious neurological, psychiatric, metabolic, endocrine allergic and addictive aspects of this affliction. (1-5)

The widespread consumption of popular aspartame products that can be absorbed from the mouth and oropharynx should be cause for concern. They include gum, mouthwashes, chewable drugs and vitamins, and rectangular "mouth-freshener" strips placed on the tongue. Sugar-free mints are recommended for low-carbohydrate dieters who experience bad breath.

The prompt and predicable recurrence of symptoms (e.g., headache, dizziness, seizures, confusion, visual features, joint pain) on initial exposure or rechallenge to aspartame in this manner has been impressive. These issues are relevant.

Persons at high risk for aspartame reactions ought to be warned against using these products. They include pregnant women, children and patients with seizures, migraine, diabetes, hypoglycemia and weight disorders.


  1. Roberts HJ Reactions attributed to aspartame containing producs: 551 cases. J appl Nutr l988; 40:86-94.
  2. Robert HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is It Safe? Philadelphia, The Charles Press, l989.
  3. Roberts HJ, Sweet'ner Dearest: Bittersweet Vignettes About Aspartame (NutraSweet) West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, l992.
  4. Robert HJ, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, West Palm Beach, Sunshine Sentinel Press, 2001.
  5. Roberts HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet) addiction. Townsend Letter for Doctors 2000: 198 (January): 52-57.

H. J. Roberts, MD FACP
Palm Beach Institute For Medical Research
P. O. Box 17799
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416 USA

Note from Dr. Betty Martini:

Please note we have notified Wrigley for years about the information Dr. Roberts has reported for this published article. Rather than remove aspartame from their gum they have now put this toxin in almost all their gums, and mixed with other unsafe sweeteners like acesulfame potassium (caused cancer and leukemia in original studies) and sucralose or Splenda which has a chlorinated base like DDT and can cause autoimmune disease. ( (click on aspartame) and ).

We have also notified Pfizer maker of the Listerine Strips since they came out that consumers were reporting seizures including kids, along with other adverse reactions on the FDA list of 92 symptoms. They won't even answer my emails anymore.

Wrigley's and Pfizer have now been sued over poisoning the public with Aspartame. Go to and right on the front page you will see the information on those companies sued so far for having aspartame in their products with full knowledge.

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