The subtitle of a 1997 medical report I wrote, "A Presidential Affliction Reconsidered" (Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients May 1997, pp.86-88) has now assumed dramatic relevance in the case of President George W. Bush.
This also applies to my recent text, "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" (Sunshine Sentinel Press; www.sunsentpress.com). It elaborates on the profound medical and brain ravages of a chemical (aspartame) being consumed by over two-thirds of a weight-conscious population as "diet" sodas and other "diet" products, and the reasons for its striking neurotoxicity. Indeed, my data base of victims so afflicted exceeds 1400!
I submit this bold non-political assertion as a concerned citizen who has become increasingly fearful of our nation's future because of various disconcerting aspects of the President's behavior, decisions and vulnerability to self-serving ideologues. They suggest, in my professional opinion, that he may be suffering from aspartame disease. He is known to consume a popular diet cola to which some allege he is addicted ... a condition I have described and elaborated upon in scores of patients.
A number of clinical features that have been documented by other observers are pertinent in this context. They include problems with speech and memory, episodic neurologic symptoms, inflexibility, irritability, and heart rate/rhythm disturbances for which he is apparently wearing a defibrillator (the rectangular box noted under his coat in a presidential debate) -- despite being declared to be "in superb condition."
Hopefully, I am mistaken. But faced with a dense veil of secrecy by White House and political operatives, I offer a constructive suggestion as a credentialed and corporate-neutral physician: the President ought to avoid all aspartame products that may be causing or contributing to his challenged competency...at least on a one-month trial. In the aftermath of ecologic, military and economic decisions that have outraged many nations against the United States, "fiscal madness" that is depleting our wealth and resources, and threats to fundamental programs such as Social Security, I do not consider this inappropriate or partisan nitpicking.
H. J. Roberts, M.D., FACP, FCCP
West Palm Beach, Florida
Comment By Dr. Betty Martini:
Dr. Roberts has written six books and scores of papers on Aspartame Disease and testified before Congress. He is a world expert and his 1038 page medical text on Aspartame Disease can be gotten from 1 800 827 7991. His information on Aspartame and Hyperthyroidism is also published in "Useful Insights For Diagnosis, Treatment and Public Health."
Dr. Roberts can be seen in the new movie, "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" about aspartame. (For information go to: http://www.wnho.net/sweet_misery_movie.htm) Washington attorney, James Turner, explains in this movie how Donald Rumsfeld called in his markers to get this toxin approved even though the FDA not only would not approve it, but wanted the original manufacturer, Searle, indicted for fraud. Both US Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. Rumsfeld was on President Reagan's transition team and the day after he took office appointed Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner to approve it. Reagan knew it would take at least 30 days to get Hayes to the FDA so he wrote an executive order making the current FDA Commissioner powerless. A Board of Inquiry of the finest scientists the FDA had said to revoke the petition. Hayes over-ruled the BOI and then went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer and has refused to talk to the press ever since. Don't miss this movie.