By Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Mission Possible International
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Posted: 13 June 2013

From: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.,
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:47:58 -0400
Subject: "The Goal is to Keep Children Seizure Free" - It's the Aspartame Issue!

This is in response to the article entitled, “With Epilepsy Treatment, The Goal Is To Keep Kids Seizure-Free”, which may be found at:

Some years ago I attended the American College of Physicians with the late world expert on aspartame, Dr. H. J. Roberts. In the Neurology workshop the professor said: "Can anyone tell me why people all over this country are having seizures for no reason." Dr. Roberts said, "Tell them Betty!" I explained to the professor that aspartame is in thousands of products and the 50% phenylalanine lowers the seizure threshold. Even pilots are having seizures in the cockpits of commercial airliners." The professor said, "But I thought that was in the rare case of Phenylketonuria." "No Professor, in all people". A physician raised his hand and said, "Professor, she's right. I'm a pilot and a physician. I have a friend who flies commercially and has seizures and we're going to have to report him." Today we have Mission Possible Aviation which I founded after a pilot crashed his plane on aspartame: FAA said they can't do anything because FDA approved this neurotoxin.

When the manufacturers of aspartame and the FDA lie to physicians it ties their hands. Now let's show you how really bad it gets. Aspartame interacts with anti-seizure medication so the patient can't be helped. In Dr. Roberts medical text, "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic", there is a chapter on drug interaction. You see aspartame damages the mitochondria or powerhouse of the cell and interacts with drugs and vaccines.

So what do they do with children who just can't get well? Sometimes they use the Ketogenic diet and they use Ketocal. When I checked some years ago it contained aspartame. I made such a fuss about it I decided to check and see if they had taken it out. They have and what did they replace it with? Sucralose! When Marianne Lamar's husband used Splenda and had a grand mal seizure she called the manufacturer who first told her it didn't cause seizures. She gave them such a hard time they finally admitted "well okay, yes Splenda causes seizures and migraines". She asked them why they don't make that known and was told because there are so few cases. Well, of course, how can you associate Splenda with seizures when its kept a dark secret that it causes them. So Ketocal is now advertised as aspartame-free but it contains Sucralose. Dr. Morando Soffritti did a study on sucralose and found it also causes cancer so like aspartame violates the Delaney Amendment and is illegally on the market.

I was talking to a wonderful, brilliant neurologist here in Atlanta, Dr. Ramon Sanchez, who remembers the aspartame wars in the beginning and knows it causes seizures. He told me about a patient who had so many seizures he finally put her in the hospital. He said he tried every anti-seizure medication in the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) and nothing worked. Of course, it won't - it aspartame interacts with anti-seizure medication. When Dr. Sanchez went to the hospital he found a case of Diet Coke under the bed and questioned the patient who was addicted to it. He got her off but she went crazy so he put her in a mental institution. Aspartame triggers psychiatric and behavioral problems as well. He had her released a couple of weeks later - no more mental problems and no more seizures.

Dr. Ralph Walton wrote: "Two years after aspartame was introduced onto the market I first became aware of the negative impact of this artificial sweetener on the central nervous system. I had been treating a then 54 year old woman with imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant, because of recurrent major depressive episodes. Previous psychoanalytically based therapy had proven ineffective, but she responded dramatically to 150mg of imipramine per day. She had done well for 11 years on this medication, but was then suddenly hospitalized with a grand-mal seizure and subsequent manic episode.

"One could postulate that she was bipolar, and the antidepressant had triggered the mania - but she had been on the same medication for a total of 11 years, and for the previous 5 years at the same 150mg per day dose. Neither the seizure nor her mania was consistent with what we know about the clinical course of bipolar disorder or epilepsy. Careful history revealed that the only change in her life was a recent decision to switch from the sugar which she had always used to sweeten her iced tea to a newly marketed product with aspartame.

"Since aspartame can alter the balance of certain neurotransmitters which we believe are involved in mood disorders and can, in my opinion, alter the seizure threshold, I advised my patient to avoid all aspartame products. She did so, and had no further seizures, no further manic or depressive episodes. I discontinued the lithium carbonate which I had started when I mistakenly concluded that she had a bipolar disorder, reinstated her imipramine and she has continued to do well.

"After this case report was published in the medical literature, many patients with unexplained seizures or treatment resistant psychiatric problems were referred to me. I became increasingly convinced that aspartame could both trigger seizure activity and mimic or exacerbate a variety of psychiatric disorders". Dr. Walton did a study on aspartame and the reactions were so severe the institution stopped the study.

Dr. Russell Blaylock in "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills", wrote about aspartame and seizures: He said: "In 1985 Dr. Richard J. Wurtman reported three such cases in the journal Lancet. One case involved a forty two year old secretary who developed a seizure following a practice of drinking seven liters of NutraSweet containing beverages per day. She had no previous history of seizures. The second case was a twenty-seven-year-old computer programmer who had a single grand mal seizure after drinking 4 to 5 glasses of "Crystal Light" containing NutraSweet. It is interesting that this patient also experienced "twitching, trembling, jerking, and hyperventilation." What makes this interesting is that it resembles the "wet dog shades" seen when dogs are given large doses of the excitotoxin kainate. The last case was a thirty-six year-old professor who drank one liter of ice tea sweetened with NutraSweet everyday. After several days of this practice he developed a grand mal seizure."

Dr. Wurtman wanted to do studies on aspartame and seizures and was threatened by the VP of G. D. Searle, the original manufacturer, if he did his research funds would be rejected. They were. Read it in the UPI Investigation, 8 months, by Gregory Gordon:

Mrs. Barbara Metzler, Mission Possible New Jersey, wrote Dr. Wurtman in 1986. She said: -- "I have a 22 year old daughter who was only recently diagnosed as having temporal lobe epilepsy. -- Her behavior has been more and more bewildering for approximately two years. My mother's intuition told me that something was amiss. I hammered at her relentlessly by phone. Finally, and nearly too late, she announced that she has been experiencing bizarre symptoms with increasing frequently. --- After pondering her revelation for several days, it suddenly occurred to me that aspartame could have triggered her seizures since I develop severe migraine attacks immediately after drinking beverages sweetened with NutraSweet."

Barbara's daughter was having seizures, going blind from the methanol in aspartame and had a complete personality change. Her daughter, Julia, is an uncommonly brilliant girl with the possibility of a magnificent future at the time. When she was in high school, she won a Telluride Association Scholarship. She competed with more than one million students from the entire US for this honor.

Dr. Wurtman wrote Barbara back on April 29, 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and said: "Dear Mrs. Metzler: Thank you for writing to us about your daughter's condition that may very well be associated with NutraSweet. We are very anxious to collect information on people like your daughter and would be very grateful if you would provide us with the information requested on the attached form letter. Either Dr. Donald Schomer, my neurologist colleague, or I will be back in touch with you as soon as we receive this information. Cordially yours, Richard J. Wurtman, M.D." To make a long story short Barbara's daughter got off aspartame/NutraSweet/Equal/Canderel, etc. and the seizures disappeared, her eyesight was restored and her personality went back to normal.

Dr. Richard Wurtman, was at one-time a Searle consultant, then resigned to become a critic of NutraSweet. He said he had been contacted by more than 200 people who suspected their seizures resulted from the toxin. He said it was enough for FDA to remove aspartame from the marketplace. Today he has aspartame lockjaw, and will not speak out about aspartame but MIT gets research funds. His paper trail is enormous. Don't fail to read "Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function" edited by Dr. Wurtman (Birkhauser).

Has it been proven aspartame triggers seizures. Sure it has by the manufacturer's own study. A 52 week oral toxicity study on aspartame with 7 infant monkeys showed 5 had grand mal seizures and 1 died. Searle used it as pivotal in the approval of this deadly addictive, excitoneurotoxic, carcinogenic, genetically engineered drug and adjuvant. In the beginning the FDA were heros, first trying to having G. D. Searle indicted for fraud but both US Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. So they revoked the petition for approval. Meanwhile G. D. Searle hired Don Rumsfeld to get it on the market and Searle filed suit at the time the FDA Board of Inquiry revoked the petition. Rumsfeld said he would call in his markers and get it on the market. He was on President Reagan's transition team and the day after Reagan took office he had someone from the team call FDA Commissioner Jere Goyan who would have signed the petition into law at 3:00 AM and fired him. Then he wrote an executive order making the FDA powerless to do anything on aspartame or sign the petition until he could get a new commissioner there. He appointed Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, a friend of Rumsfeld who then over-ruled the revoked the petition for approval.

Today the FDA is simply Big Pharma's Washington Branch Office. I call them the Fatal Drugs Allowed folks,. Even when I filed an amendment to a citizen's petition for ban based on an imminent health hazard in 2007 they have refused to answer. They wrote they had more important things to do. You're suppose to answer in a week or ten days by law but the FDA serves above the law.

Look at the FDA's own report of 92 documented symptoms on aspartame and you'll see four types of seizures listed:

The aspartic acid in aspartame is an excitotoxin, a product that literally stimulates the neurons of the brain to death causing brain injury. Call it the sister to MSG, another excitotoxin. Actually, all three components trigger seizures in aspartame as Dr. James Bowen has discussed. MSG has a synergistic and additive effect with aspartame. Jack Samuels some years ago filed suit against the FDA on this issue and labeling. Let me show you how friendly the FDA is with the glutamate people.

In l993 Jack Samuels, President of the Truth in Labeling Campaign ( a href=> ), was reviewing FDA docket files relating to an FDA study on the safety of amino acids in supplements. In the files, he found a letter dated March 22, l991, from Andrew G. Ebert, PhD, Chairman, International Glutamate Technical Committee, glutamate industry organization where Ebert admitted that aspartame had been used since at least l978 in test and placebo materials that his organization provided to scientists who study the safety of MSG.

A review of studies conducted with the above-referenced test material clearly indicates that some subjects reacted to both MSG test material and placebo material. Scientists conducting such studies concluded that since subjects reacted to both MSG and placebos, their reactions were not from MSG. Even though such logic is highly questionable, we now know that subjects reacted to placebos because of the presence of aspartame, an additive that causes MSG-type responses in MSG-sensitive people. Because of the disclosure of the use of aspartame in placebo material by Jack Samuels, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, in its July l995 report on the safety of MSG in food, concluded that the use of aspartame in placebo materials was inappropriate.

If you want to read more about this get the new book, "The Man Who Sued The FDA" by Adrienne Samuels. Unfortunately, Jack Samuels died. Many of the things used in the hospital had MSG and probably killed him. He could go into anaphylactic shock if he got MSG. See his web site,

So how can the manufacturer and their paid flacks do studies on aspartame and seizures and it not show the problems. Read Seems like there should be a law against these types of studies to cover up the problems.

It was James Turner, Attorney, and the famed John Olney, M.D. who tried to prevent approval of aspartame. You must get the aspartame documentary "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World", You can google the clip, "Sick on Aspartame, Meet Don Rumsfeld" where James Turner explains approval: Turner says Dr. Olney got so sick of Searle's shenanigans he insisted they do studies in his laboratory so he could oversee them. Sure enough aspartame destroyed the brains of the rodents so he thought it could never get approved. However, Searle never told the FDA!

How heinous a crime can the approval of aspartame be? The FDA made a deal with G. D. Searle to seal all studies and records on aspartame and birth defects so the public would never know the FDA said aspartame caused birth defects. It caused neural tube birth defects which as Dr. Monte says in his book "While Science Sleeps" is often a grotesquely disfiguring malformation of the infant that encompasses a spectrum of disorders ranging from cleft palate, through spina bifida, to the always fatal presentations of horrifically deformed skulls with exposed or missing brains. It has caused an epidemic of autism. Read the last chapter: This is the best book there is on the methanol in aspartame. Even tells how Dr. Monte's house was blown up with him in it.

Children don't have a chance these days. In the movie, "Sweet Remedy" the ADD people were interviewed and said before the approval of aspartame the terms ADD and ADHD were hardly used. Read the "Report for Schools" on the banner on my web site, Feingold, the ADD people wrote an excellent report.

Now to add insult to injury the dairy people have petitioned the FDA to allow aspartame in 17 dairy products removing labeling like "chocolate milk, reduced calories" which would identify the product as having aspartame or artificial sweeteners to simply "chocolate milk". Aspartame requires a PKU warning by law. Consider if someone who has gotten off aspartame doesn't realize its in a dairy product and uses it. Many are chemically hypersensitive for life and it could cause their death. In "Sweet Misery" you will see a woman who told the hospital she was chemically hypersensitive to aspartame and couldn't have it. A dietitian gave her Crystal Lite and she became a Code Blue and they had to resuscitate her to save her life.

In an interview with Dr. James Bowen, some years ago he stated: ?The FDA has made aspartame a self-validating compound, meaning that since they have released it to market generally recognized as safe, it must be held blameless. Therefore, their own studies which show horrendous toxicity must be held invalid.? Dr. Bowen who says aspartame triggered his Lou Gehrig’s Disease, toxic cardiopathy, and severe depression, not to mention changing his hair from rich, dark brown to total silver gray in six weeks wrote the FDA several years ago telling them that aspartame was a mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70 other countries. Their only response to this, says Dr. Bowen, was to send an FDA investigator to his office after he collected 30 other cases for them. This investigator told Dr. Bowen, ?We don't like what you’re doing, and we want you to stop.? He told me she repeatedly refused to accept the 30 cases of aspartame poisoning he collected. Whereupon he said to her, ?Did you come here to intimidate me, or did you come here to review the case reports, as you say you have?? He says she merely glared at him and refused to take the reports until he repeatedly pressured her to do so, and nobody has seen those reports since.

Special warning for diabetics: Aspartame can precipitate diabetes, simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions, and even interacts with insulin. The free methyl alcohol causes diabetics to lose limbs. Jeanette Soto, Mission Possible Brookville, Florida who wrote ?Blinded Sight? when her husband lost his sight from aspartame was unable to get her father-in-law, diabetic off aspartame because of the addiction. The free methyl alcohol is classified as a narcotic. It causes chronic methanol poisoning which affects the dopamine system of the brain and causes the addiction. When Jeanette’s father-in-law, Santiago Echiverria died it had to be a closed casket, the formaldehyde from the free methyl alcohol was oozing out of his skin.

As Dr. James Bowen’s paper “Aspartame Murders infants” explained, the poison violates the Federal Genocide Law. Toxic mechanisms the doctor listed include:

Teratogen, it produces birth defects
Adjuvant, it forms antigenic tissue triggering immunologic attack
Fetal Wastage
Chelation, promotes heavy metal poisoning.

Dr. Bowen said further: "Aspartame, sold as NutraSweet, AminoSweet, E951 and Equal, is in thousands of foods and diet drinks, as well as drugs. At every point in the fertility process APM destroys, beginning with the gleam in Mom and Pop's eyes: it ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this, aspartame disrupts fetal development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future generations.

So here we are in 2013 with a global epidemic of autism. Dr. Bill Deagle said:"The European Environmental Association has projected that with the rise of autism caused by toxic foods like Aspartame, MSG, Fluoride, and environmental degradation, by 2013 no one will be born in the Western World that does not to some degree have autism. Our board of AAEM, American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Dr. William Rae, director of the Dallas Environmental Clinic agreed in open discussion at the October 2010 annual meeting".

In 1999 Parents Magazine featured the article What's Happening to Our Children that said almost every family is involved.

To answer Parents Magazine, the aspartame industry used their power to get this deadly chemical poison on the market that was listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress They have used their power to keep it on the market all because of profit, addiction and greed. Dr. Maria Alemany in Barcelona did the Trocho study on aspartame and showed that it embalmed living tissue and damages DNA. When I met this courageous and brilliant professor he said, "Betty, aspartame will kill 200 million people." The aspartame industry tried to assassinate his character for exposing the truth to the world.

Robin Goodwin, Mission Possible Falklands, petitioned for a ban of aspartame but didn't want to wait years. He wrote all 3,000 citizens warning them. His wife suffered an aspartame brain tumor and his daughter had seizures for 18 years, which ceased when she abstained. In early April, 2006, he told me aspartame-containing products were now rotting on the store shelves there. Aspartame Disease is now a global plague and children are suffering the world over. If we don't get aspartame banned by Codex it could be used in countries where it is not even approved.

If you value your baby's or child's life you now must be sure they will never get aspartame. A safe sweetener is "Just Like Sugar", Spread the word. Email me for the "Aspartame Resource Guide" -

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

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