By Dr. Betty Martini
Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Telephone: 770-242-2599
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13 July 2004

Food Standards Agency (United Kingdom):

Dear Mr. Knight:

Surely you understand that after 20 years on the market if we don't understand the horrors caused by aspartame, than science is in bad shape. How long do you think it took to find out what Thalidomide caused. That's why in one article aspartame was called the Thalidomide of the 90's.

First of all, aspartame is a neurotoxic drug and the European Union completely sold out. How do I know? Because I was there. Yes, the aspartame industry is very powerful. When I came to England to lecture immigration asked me to follow them. They didn't ask my name, they knew who I was. They immediately confiscated every paper and book I had on aspartame by world experts. They wanted to know if they allowed me in England how many people would find out about the dangers of aspartame. They also wanted to know how many people were present at the lectures when I was in England before and how many would attend any lectures then. But they were between a rock and a hard place because if they sent me back to America then I would have been front page news in England. They eventually gave me the literature back when a physician told them to, as he was a victim of aspartame himself, a diabetic.

I flew to Brussels with full knowledge that the European Union would no doubt sell out because they are no different than our FDA, the handmaiden of the pharmaceutical industry. The first thing I showed them was the huge 1038 page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by world expert H. J. Roberts, M.D. who even originally testified in Congress and who treated aspartame victims in the trenches of medical practice for two decades. I doubt you'll be even interested enough to get the text because the Food Standards has lied about aspartame all these years just as the FDA has. I am not saying that you personally know how deadly this neurotoxic drug is but I'm saying Food Standards in general knows. Some of your people were at one of my lectures some years ago the first time I was in England. I even held up the FDA Board of Inquiry report, the last word the FDA said, that aspartame was not safe and caused brain tumors, and the petition for approval is revoked. I believe Soroush has a copy and I'm sure Food Standards has been given a copy just as I gave a copy to the European Union. Aspartame was approved when Arthur Hull Hayes over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and then went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer. How did it happen? The FDA first tried to indict Searle for fraud but both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. No FDA Commissioner would allow aspartame on the market for 16 years and their last word was to revoke the petition for approval.

But Don Rumsfeld was on President Reagan's transition team and the day after he took office he appointed Arthur Hull Hayes to approve it. But he knew it might take awhile for him to take office. So what did President Reagan do? He wrote an executive order to make the current FDA Commissioner powerless to do anything about aspartame until Hayes got there to take office. And who were the people there who knew about all this. It was the famed neuroscientist who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, Dr. John Olney and James Turner, a Washington DC attorney who tried to prevent approval.

Would it make any difference if some of the world experts and James Turner were sitting in your office and telling you what I'm telling you? How would you get them all together. No problem, a very courageous woman has done it for you. Her name Cori Brackett, co-owner of Sound and Fury Productions. She just made a movie of these people telling the world the truth. And why did she do it. Cori Brackett is an aspartame victim. For 12 years I've been taking the case histories of these victims and most of them using it for years have MS symptoms. Number 2 on the FDA list of 92 documented symptoms triggered by aspartame is dizziness. Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. They slur their words, have the usual numbness, and neurological findings. Cori drank diet soda for years and was diagnosed with MS. She gained a lot of weight as aspartame has caused an epidemic of obesity (neurotoxic drug that makes you crave carbohydrates - see protest of National Soft Drink Association on, part of congressional record), and she was found to have one of the largest lesions in the brain. She was also seen at the Mayo Clinic.

But Cori decided to take responsibility for her own health and did her own research. On she saw the position MS or Aspartame Disease by Dr. H. J. Roberts and Dr. Blaylock's information on it, and she got off aspartame. She also walked out of her wheelchair, and lost weight. The lesion has all but disappeared. But being well off aspartame was just not enough for Cori Brackett. She wanted nobody to suffer what she suffered and made the movie Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. It was payback time. Now there is no place for the manufacturers of this deadly poison to run. The movie stars these experts and James Turner telling the world about the political clout, not science that caused a deadly chemical poison to be marketed for human consumption. The Idaho Observer now calls the global plague - Rumsfeld Disease. On top of Fahrenheit 911 in theatres all over this country, there is also no place for Rumsfeld to run. He has caused exactly what Dr. James Bowen told the FDA, the mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70 plus countries of the world. Read his report on Click on aspartame.

It was James Turner who explained how aspartame got approved there. Searle knew if England knew that the FDA wanted them indicted for fraud it would not get approved. They couldn't allow this to be known. So Searle made a business deal with Paul Turner in your regulatory agency to approve it without anybody knowing. No research was done in the UK. Parliament had a big blow out but did not rescind the order. The Guardian wrote an article about it that I have. When I was in England I spoke with someone from your agency about Paul Turner and they told me he was dead, they thought of liver cancer. Must have used the stuff! In original studies aspartame triggered brain, mammary, uterine, ovarian, testicular, pancreatic and thyroid tumors - for starters. It is a Class A Carcinogen! Reminds me of what Dr. James Bowen said about somebody else who died who was involved in pushing this toxin - "Good riddance to bad rubbish"! If he had been alive and I had found him you can be sure I would have given him a piece of my mind for bringing this plague to the UK.

However, once approved there Searle could say "well, its been approved in the US and the UK" as they did on TV, and then it got stamped around the world with all the propaganda with it.

Also in the movie you will hear Mr. James Turner, Atty, explain that Dr. John Olney who did the studies on aspartic acid (40% of aspartame and an excitotoxin) which showed lesions in the brains of mice, insisted on Searle replicate studies in his lab. They did and they showed that aspartame causes brain damage. But, Searle never gave those studies to the FDA. The aspartame industry never releases this type of research. What they do is threaten researchers or pay them, so they can get what they want. Read the UPI investigation on and you'll see where Dr. Richard Wurtman admitted to reporter Greg Gordon that Searle threatened if he did studies on aspartame and seizures his research funds would be rejected and they were. So now MIT gets research funds and Dr. Wurtman no longer speaks out on aspartame. But what a paper trail he left including a book. And where do these places like MIT get their research funds? From ILSE and the money comes from places like Coke, Searle, Pepsi, Monsanto, etc. That's the way they play the game. As one man who worked for Monsanto said after they sent him to work for Searle for awhile "I left disgusted, they research is negotiable." You know what that means "how much they pay for what they want"! And we have found a lot of prostitutes in this world with their hand out. That's why Dr. Ralph Walton did a research paper on scientific peer reviewed research and funding and showed that 92 per cent of independent scientific peer reviewed research showed the problems we find with aspartame. and if you left out one pro-industry review and 6 studies the FDA had something to do with because they are now only loyal to industry, 100 % of independent scientific peer reviewed research shows the aspartame problems. So how can industry studies say aspartame is safe?

That's what the meeting with the European Union was all about. I gave them Dr. Walton's report which you can find on I also gave them the flawed studies by industry like the Rowan study. Monsanto was so afraid that the people would have seizures on aspartame they gave them anti-seizure medication and only one capsule of aspartame for a one day study, sort of tantamount to sniffing the bottle. I gave them the damning research which they left out, but the used the flawed research I showed them was not valid. And who was on the committee, people from industry. They didn't even look at some of their own research. It was like they were making it up as they went along. So the whole European Union report is nothing but a report to stumble the people into believing this deadly poison is a safe additive. And if you want proof, all you have to do is go to and click on aspartame. You will see Mark Gold's outstanding rebuttal to this absurd and untruthful report by the European Union. And I left with Felicity Mawson, Mission Possible UK, copies of what was given to the EU and she was with me so she can testify they had the real facts and didn't use them. I'm also sending them a copy of this report.

The FDA lies too and two years ago in June I wrote a Citizens Petition to the FDA for ban of aspartame based on the fact that we have their records showing aspartame to be a poison, a drug that interacts with other drugs (meaning now no drug is safe on the market) and a chemical hypersensitization agent which means aspartame interacts with vaccines, and other unsafe sweeteners like Splenda/sucralose and acesulfame potassium, as well as toxins, and they lie to the public. Many of the victims on four support groups complain about reacting to genetically engineered food. The law is the FDA must answer within 180 days, but the FDA serves above the law and they still haven't answered over two years later. They can't, they know they have been lying, and they also know this is probably one of the greatest scandals in United States History. We have their records. Even Jerome Bressler who wrote the famous FDA audit, the Bressler Report, that has always given the aspartame industry indigestion, told me the studies were so bad that when the FDA had the report retyped they left out the worst 20%. He also told that to Doctors H. J. Roberts and Russell Blaylock. There are no secrets in the world, Mr. Knight. It's over now. With this movie the world will know finally the real facts on aspartame and how the FDA of our country and other federal regulatory agencies around the world including the European Union have consistently lied for years. The cemeteries are full of the victims. Read on for Dr. Blaylock's paper. It will have his web site for his books. So if you're interested in truth you'll get the movie and the medical texts and start telling the truth to the people of the UK. You'll get in touch with Felicity Mawson and look over the records ( which are the original documents and the ones I gave the European Union. In fact, she may have already left some in your office because she met with the Food Standards.

Unfortunately, I have found that people employed for these regulatory agencies are only loyal to their paycheck and the pharmaceutical and chemical industry and care less for safe food and drugs, and consumer health. There is only one way to prove me wrong, and that is by getting these records if you don't already have them and start telling the truth. Those I have mentioned are getting a copy of this note by blind copy including those I met with, with the European Union, and our FDA who won't answer anything. They are so guilty that when Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House, one of the most powerful positions, and asked the FDA to answer the 24 questions we now have on they refused. They knew to answer them honestly would remove aspartame from the market. In a court of law in the US its called Taking the Fifth, and they have been doing it for two decades.

Ordering information for the movie is in the press release below and we have now have a distributor for the UK.

Incidentally, someone from one of the Mission Possible Scotland operations told me they were glad to find out about aspartame because they were beginning to believe that one out of five in Scotland had MS. While that is an exaggeration, of course, at least I hope so, new research has even proven why aspartame mimics and can precipitate Multiple Sclerosis. In fact, pasted in below is Dr. Russell Blaylock's recent press release on the connection with references to this new research. You see, Mr. Knight, there are no secrets in the world. In the end it all comes out. You will note that people on aspartame for years have subclinical MS and if not warned will have full blown disease. That's your business, as it is the FDA's, but both of you have failed in your jobs, you do not warn on aspartame, you lie about it. That's why there are Mission Possible operations to alert the world.

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

Aspartame Toxicity Center:

Recently, much controversy has surrounded a claim that aspartame may produce an MS-like syndrome. A current review of recent peer-reviewed scientific studies have disclosed a pathophysiological mechanism to explain this connection. As far back as 1996 it was shown that the lesions produced in the myelin sheath of axons in cases of multiple sclerosis were related to excitatory receptors on the primary cells involved called oligodendroglia. Recent studies have now confirmed what was suspected back then. The loss of myelin sheath on the nerve fibers characteristic of the disease are due to the death of these oligodendroglial cells at the site of the lesions (called plaques). Further, these studies have shown that the death of these important cells is as a result of excessive exposure to excitotoxins at the site of the lesions.

Normally, most of these excitotoxins are secreted from microglial immune cells in the central nervous system. This not only destroys these myelin-producing cells it also breaks down the blood-brain barrier (BBB), allowing excitotoxins in the blood stream to enter the site of damage. Aspartame contains the excitotoxin aspartate as 40% of its molecular structure. Numerous studies have shown that consuming aspartame can significantly elevate the excitotoxin level in the blood. There is a common situation during which the excitotoxin exposure is even greater. When aspartate (as aspartame) is combined in the diet with monosodium glutamate (MSG) blood levels are several fold higher than normal. With the BBB damaged, as in MS, these excitotoxins can freely enter the site of injury,greatly magnifying the damage. So, we see that dietary excitotoxins, such as aspartame and MSG, can greatly magnify the damage produced in multiple sclerosis. Likewise, excitotoxins have been shown to breakdown the BBB as well.

Of equal concern is observation that we know that about 10% of the population (based on autopsy studies of elderly) have MS lesions without ever developing the full blown disease, a condition called benign MS. A diet high in excitotoxins, such as aspartame, can convert this benign, subclinical condition into full-blown clinical MS. The amount of excitotoxins consumed in the average American diet is considerable, as shown by several studies. In addition, the toxin methanol is also in the aspartame molecule. Methanol is a axon poison. Combined toxicity of the aspartate and the methanol adds up to considerable brain toxicity and can convert benign, subclinical MS into full-blown MS. Once the MS becomes full-blown, further consumption of excitotoxins magnifies the toxicity, increasing disability and death.

Recent studies have also shown that even single exposures to these food-based excitotoxins can produce prolonged worsening of neurological lesions. In addition, it has been demonstrated that autoimmune reactions (as occurs with MS) greatly magnifies the toxicity of aspartate and glutamate (the excitotoxins). We also know liquid forms of excitotoxins are significantly more toxic because of rapid absorption and higher blood levels. In the face of this connection between excitotoxicity and the pathophysiology of MS, it would be ludicrous to allow further use of this excitotoxin containing sweetener..


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It is now known the cause for the destruction of the myelin in the lesions is overactivation of the microglia in the region of the myelin. An enzyme that converts glutamine to glutamate called glutaminase increases tremendously, thereby greatly increasing excitotoxicity. Mercury also activates microglia, even in subtoxic doses.

Any dietary excitotoxin can activate the microglia, thereby greatly aggravating the injury. This includes the aspartate in aspartame. The methanol adds to this toxicity as well. Now, the secret to treatment appears to be shutting down, or at least calming down, the microglia. It has been found that the antibiotic minocycline powerfully shuts down the microglia. I tried this treatment on a friend of mine who just came down with fulmanant MS. He was confined to a wheelchair. I had him placed on minocycline and now, just a few weeks later, he is walking.

The good news is that other things also calm the microglia-the most potent are: silymarin, curcumin and ibuprophen. Phosphatidylcholine helps re-myelinate the nerve sheaths that are damaged, as does B12, B6, B1, vitamin D, folate, vitamin C, natural vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) and L-carnitine. DHA plays a major role in repairing the myelin sheath. Vitamin D may even prevent MS, but it acts as an immune modulator, preventing further damage - the dose is 2000 IU a day. Magnesium, as magnesium malate, is needed in a dose of 500 mg 2X a day. They must avoid all excitotoxins, even natural ones in foods-such as soy, red meats, nuts, mushrooms and tomatoes. Avoid all fluoride and especially all vaccinations since these either inhibit antioxidant enzymes or triggers harmful immune reactions.

Dr. Blaylock is a recently retired board-certified neurosurgeon with more than twenty six years experience. He is a recently retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi. Author of thirty scientific papers on various medical subjects, chapters in three medical textbooks and a booklet on multiple sclerosis, he recently completed a booklet on bioterrorism and is the author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health & Nutrition Secrets to Save Your Life, and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients. ( He serves on the editorial staff of The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, and acts as a medical advisor to the American Nutraceutical Association. His excellent newsletter can be gotten at He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Note from Dr. Betty Martini:

Cori Brackett, co-owner of Sound and Fury Productions, an MS victim diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic, had a huge lesion in the brain. Cori was a user of the neurotoxic drug Aspartame, marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, E951, Canderel, Benevia, etc. Off the poison, she too walked out of her wheelchair; the lesion disappeared. Because of what she had endured from aspartame disease she felt a moral obligation to warn others, especially with 70% of the population and 40% of our children using this deadly toxin. Cori Brackett traveled 7000 miles and with 25 hours of footage produced the movie, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. She says it reveals one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence in the history of the industrial revolution. On this date it is being released to the world. You will get to see the famed Dr. Blaylock and other aspartame experts, as well as hear the horror story of the victims. See Diane Fleming who is wilting in a Virginia prison because her athlete husband died of aspartame. She was sentenced to 50 years for the crime committed by the manufacturer who had the malice to market a poison.

Dont miss this film. Contact Cori Brackett at or 520-624-9710.

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

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