- Dear Betty,
- As you know, I have a background as a U.S. Department
of Justice Attorney, and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney under William
S. Sessions, who later became the Director of the FBI. I am privileged
to have my biography published in "Who's Who in The World", "In
America", "In American Law", "In The South & Southwest",
"In Industry & Finance", and "Among Top Executives".
Over the last 30 years I have owned and/or been General Counsel for several
oil companies, securities companies, and investment banking firms.
- For the last 10 years I have served as founder, President
and CEO of one of the larger lawfirms in the eighth largest city in America,
which does casualty, products liability, and medical and legal malpractice
defense for some of the largest insurance companies, Fortune 500 Corporations,
and trucking companies in America. I served for three years on the Federal
Licensing Committee for the Western District of Texas, and was President
of the San Antonio Chapter of The Federal Bar Association when it was named
the Outstanding Chapter in the World in two categories: Outstanding Programs,
and Membership Growth.
- As you also know, due to my heavy ingestion of aspartame
(NutraSweet & Equal) in my food and Diet Drinks - mainly Diet Cokes
(thinking I was "prudently and wisely watching my weight and health"),
over the years since the FDA allowed it to be placed in foods and drinks,
I developed a brain tumor (pituitary adenoma), which has required two life
threatening surgeries, and daily radiation therapy for two months. The
reasons for my belief that aspartame caused my brain tumor will become
apparent as you read on.
- The combination of all of this has severely disabled
my ability to perform executive functions and to "input" and
thus "recall" facts, to the point that I was finally forced to
retire from the practice of law in January of 2000,at the age of 55. Now,
unless something is written down, and I'm looking at it, I cannot recall
it. Not the thing for an attorney to have! I now have to carry a detailed
planner with all sorts of back-up systems to keep a schedule of even the
simplest things. However, I am grateful to be alive, and not among those
who have not survived "Aspartame Disease".
- Short term memory loss, or more accurately in my case,"memory
input deficit", is one of the known and classic symptoms of aspartame
disease, and one of the known residual effects of radiation therapy that
my treating radiologist warned me would most probably occur after the treatments,
which were concluded over 3 years ago. A medical evaluation was recently
done, and the opinion of the evaluating doctor was that "due to the
long period of time since the initial surgery and radialtion therapy, it
is improbable that a spontaneous recovery will occur." I am scheduled
to have an MRI within the next few days to determine whether the brain
tumor (2.4 cm in size) has regenerated since the last surgery. I still
am in the shadow of "Aspartame Disease".
- Since December l996, when I saw an expose on aspartame
(NutraSweet & Equal) on the television program, "60 Minutes",
I have researched the dangers and symptoms of aspartame, primarily through
your website, and the website <http://www.dorway.comwww.dorway.com,
through independent reading and through your daily information updates
to your website and others, and your aspartame case history reports. I
have personally found an increasing number of people who have had brain
tumors and surgeries either themselves and/or in their family and/or circle
of friends and acquaintances.
- The "60 Minutes" television program in December
of l996 pointed out that the alarming rise in brain tumors in the United
States was in direct proportion to the rise in the use of aspartame in
the United States since aspartame was allowed to be introduced into foods
and beverages by the FDA around l981. After viewing that program, I have
not touched a food product or diet drink containing aspartame! Prior to
that I drank a huge number of Diet Cokes daily, and sweetened most all
my foods and beverages with it.
- Below is a Narrative Report of facts which I believe
not only strongly support, but prove the fact, that in the words of the
late Dr. M. Adrian Gross,a former senior FDA toxicologist, "beyond
a shadow of a doubt, aspartame causes brain tumors (and cancer)".
You will recognize many of the statements in the summary, because they
came largely from sources that you yourself have researched and frequently
quoted, and are found in The Congressional Record, and in medical reports
quoted and found on the website <http://www.dorway.comwww.dorway.com,
and in several of the books on the subject by world renowned medical doctors,
who have thoroughly researched this subject. As the time honored Latin
Legal Doctrine states:
- "Res Ipsa Loquitor" - "The Thing Speaks
- Ed Johnson, J.D. Atty.(Retired) 210-492-2299
- "Aspartame (aka "Nutrasweet" & "Equal")
Causes Brain Tumors ...Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt." --The Late Dr.
M. Adrian Gross, PhD., former Senior FDA Toxicologist)
- As Recorded in The Congressional Record, August 1, l985
- The late Dr. M. Adrian Gross, former senior FDA toxicologist,
stated in his testimony before Congress, "Beyond a shadow of a doubt,
aspartame triggers brain tumors" and, "therefore, by allowing
aspartame to be placed on the market, the FDA has violated the Delaney
Amendment". In fact, his last words to Congress were: "And if
the FDA violates its own law, who is left to protect the public?"
These words have been repeated hundreds of times in numerous publications
and talks. Read Dr. Adrian Gross' letters to Senator Metzenbaum on <http://www.dorway.comwww.dorway.com,
listing all the brain tumors caused by aspartame. Read the "Bressler
Report", and the FDA's own internal audit on aspartame and the 92
adverse medical symptoms caused by aspartame, on <http://www.dorway.comhttp://www.dorway.com
- The testimony of the late Dr. M. Adrian Gross, former
senior FDA toxicologist, may be found at <http://www.dorway.comwww.dorway.com
as recorded in The Congressional Record (SID835:August 1, l985). Dr. Gross,
who took part in on-site investigations at Searle laboratories, said the
studies carried out by Searle to show the safety of aspartame were "to
a large extent unreliable." He said: "at least one of those
studies has established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is
capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this
... is of extremely high significance." Congressional Record SID835:
131 August 1, l985
- Dr.Gross also testified that because aspartame was capable
of producing brain tumors and brain cancer, the FDA should not have been
able to set an allowable daily intake of the substance at any level.
In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame
is a matter that had been established way beyond any reasonable doubt,
one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to
invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food,
Drug and Cosmetic Act?" As I sat next to a former FDA investigator
in Houston, Texas, as a guest on the ABC owned Channel 13, on the Top Rated
"Debra Duncan Show", the host asked that very question of him.
His reply was: "Money! There are billions of dollars in revenues at
stake in the sale of aspartame, and the people who sell it are making many
billions of dollars."
- So, as usual, it's all about money and greed, over the
lives of the innocent who are sick and dying, so that a few rich "cancer-mongers"
can and have become even richer. And the irony of it is that, as in my
case, the innocent think they are "improving their health" by
drinking diet drinks and sweetning their foods (unknowingly) with the deadly
cancer and tumor producing neurotoxin, aspartame (NutraSweet & Equal)
which causes brain tumors and cancer.
- The manufacturer of Nutrasweet (Searle) admitted in their
own internal reports (see <http://www.dorway.comwww.dorway.com for the
full report), as published in The Congressional Record at SID835:131, that
"they had to consider complete conversion to DKP". In fact,
they said "if they told the FDA this fact, the FDA wouldn't approve
aspartame". "DKP" is diketopiperazine, the brain tumor
agent. Sounds like the tobacco fraud all over again, doesn't it? But this
time, it's the drug industry, and it's big. When the class actions hit,
and they will, I predict that they will rival the tobacco litigation we
have seen in the past few years.
- The aspartame manufacturer (now Monsanto, which bought
aspartame from Searle) has a a lot of political influence, and when the
FDA Director refused to allow aspartame on the market, he was replaced
by one who would, and did, although the FDA had previously asked the U.S.
Department of Justice to investigate the manufacturer (Searle) for fraud
and deceit in concealing tests and results which showed that aspartame
caused brain tumors, cancer, grand mal seizures, and a total of 92 adverse
medical and physical symptoms, including blindness and death. The U.S.
Attorney who was asked to investigate Searle, failed to do so, but accepted
a position with the Monsanto Corporation's (which purchased the rights
to aspartame) defense firm, and the statute of limitations expired. He
was aware of the approaching deadline. This is all a matter of record,
and can be found on the website <http://www.dorway.comwww.dorway.com.
- The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues
of cancer causing chemicals in foods. In his concluding testimony Dr.
Gross asked, "Given the (cancer causing potential of aspartame, aka"
NutraSweet" & "Equal") how would the FDA justify its
position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an
allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect
not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus
a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the
law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional
Record SID835: 131 August 1, l985 .
- All the documents showing brain tumors, of course, are
on <http://www.dorway.comwww.dorway.com including Dr. Olney's update
and Dr. H.J. Robert's (selected "The Best Doctor in the United States"
in the 1980's) peer reviewed paper on aspartame and brain tumors. Dr.
Roberts once told Betty Martini, founder of Mission Possible International
that brain lymphoma was once very rare but since aspartame was introduced,
it is projected to be the third most common brain tumor. The rats used
in aspartame studies developed astrocytomas and pituitary adenomas . A
five stage astrocytoma is a glioblastoma, the rapidly spreading malignant
brain tumor that is escalating in the population.
- In December, l996, "60 Minutes" aired an expose
on aspartame, and stated that research shows that the recent high rise
in brain tumors in the United States is in direct proportion to the introduction
of aspartame ("Nutrasweet" and "Equal") on the market,
and the rise in its use by American consumers in food and drinks since
the FDA allowed it's introduction into food and drinks in l981.
- We need to warn the public about the established reports
and public records on the dangers of the deadly neurotoxin "aspartame",
and that aspartame (aka "Nutrasweet" and "Equal" breaks
down to a brain tumor agent, diketopiperazine ("DKP").
- James Bowen, M.D. wrote in an article entitled "Aspartame
Murders Infants": "As it breaks down, aspartame creates "DKP",
diketopiperazine, and with the intact aspartame molecule you have the two
greatest brain tumor carcinogens discovered by science thus far responsible
for the massive brain tumor epidemic we now witness. The methylated aspartyl
radicals, such as the N-methylD aspartyl radical et al, are recognized
as causative of about every known neurodegenerative disease."
- John Olney, M.D., who is one of the most famous neuroscientists
in the world today, and who founded the field of neuroscience known as
"excitotoxicity", agrees with H.J.Roberts, M.D., who wrote the
peer reviewed research on http://www.dorway.com
on aspartame and brain tumors. Dr. H.J.Roberts in the 80's was selected
as "The Best Doctor In the United States".
- In the often referenced book, "Excitotoxins - The
Taste That Kills", Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., discusses
the brain tumor and aspartame connection. He frequently is heard and seen
over radio and TV, warning the world of the dangerous neurotoxin, aspartame.
Dr. Blaylock is highly respected in the field of neurosurgery as one of
the best, and his book is highly recommended reading. It is available on
- In his book, at page 214, Dr. Russell Blaylock makes
this statemet: "It is estimated that over 100 million people drink
aspartame sweetened drinks, including a large percentage of children.
In my opinion, aspartame should be banned from foods and drinks until
this issue has been properly studied by independent researchers in the
- Yes, "The Thing Speaks For Itself" "Res
Ipsa Loquitor" Ed Johnson, J.D. Atty. Tel 210-492-2299 Fax210-492-602
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