- Dear Oprah,
- Today, you interviewed Michael Fox, a former Diet Pepsi
spokesman. Informants say he is addicted to it. Indeed, how could Michael
Fox develop Parkinson's at the age of 30, an old man's disease? But
(NutraSweet/Equal, etc.) can precipitate Parkinson's and as a neurotoxic
drug even interacts with L-dopa. And then there was Millie and Morton
Kondracke with Millie also developing Parkinson's at an age too young for
the disease. In fact, it was mentioned that her child has a learning
and aspartame is a large trigger of ADD. Did she use it during pregnancy.
A recent study in Norway has shown that aspartame destroys the brain,
especially in the areas of learning. This certainly accounts for the
epidemic of Attention Deficit Disease. Denise developed Multiple
at age 34, the last lady you interviewed yesterday. Below is a recent study
of someone who was told she had MS but note the results when she abstained
- What is the common denominator in these folks, and three
others who worked with Michael Fox and also developed Parkinson's Disease?
You're looking for a neurotoxin/excitotoxin. An excitotoxin is a product
that literally stimulates the neurons of the brain to death causing brain
damage of varying degrees. It was the famed Dr. John Olney who founded
the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity. He did studies on
acid, 40% of aspartame, and found it caused lesions in the brains of mice.
It is an excitotoxin. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., wrote the
book on it, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills. He discusses
Disease at length.
- Dr. Blaylock gives several points on the disease.
He says "Parkinson's Disease is a disorder whose cause appears from
substantial evidence, to be related to excitotoxicity. These toxins
the cells in the brain central to this disease. Excitotoxins cause these
brain cells to generate enormous amounts of free radicals. This is true
of MSG and aspartic acid (aspartame).There is substantial circumstantial
evidence that dietary excitotoxins, including aspartame, can aggravate
these destructive changes in the Parkinson's brain. The additional toxins
- DKP, aspartate, methanol, formaldehyde and formic acid - add to this
injury. Recent evidence demonstrates that the aspartame product,
- accumulates within cells and damages protein and DNA. "
- Aspartame is being used by 2/3rds of the population today
and 40% of our children, and is a deadly neurotoxic drug. It interacts
with just about every drug used to treat the symptoms and diseases it
How could the FDA allow this? Here is information from former FDA
Arthur Evangelista on how the FDA is suppose to handle investigation of
- Subject: FDA Toxicolgy Draft
on Food Additives Toxicological Principles For Safety Assessment of Direct
Food Additives and Color Additives Used in Foods Redbook II DRAFT 1993
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied
- This document...is intended to provide guidance regarding
criteria used for safety assessment of direct food additives and color
additives used in food...... Chapter V: pg. 149
- A. Introduction
- "The Agency (FDA) recognizes that information about
metabolism and pharmacokinetics, neurotoxicity, and immunotoxicity are
significant endpoints in assessing the safety of direct food additives
and color additives used in food...."
- 1. Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics "FDA believes
that data from studies on absorption, distribution, metabolism, and
of chemicals can provide insight into mechanisms of toxicity and are
in the design and evaluation of results from other toxicity studies. Such
studies should be provided for all direct food additives and color
used in foods that are assigned to Concern Levels II or III.
- Recommendation for obtaining data on the metabolism and
pharmacokinetics of these substances are presented in this document. In
general, the agency recommends that this information be obtained before
subchronic and chronic toxicity tests are begun."
- C. Neurotoxicity Studies
paragraph 3: "Until recently, neurotoxicity was equated with
involving frank neuropathological lesions or overt neurological
such as seizure, paralysis or tremor." Examples of chemically induced
neuropathy in humans (for example, from exposure to lead, organic mercury,
hexane, carbon disulfide, and tri-ortho-cresylphosphate) emphasize the
need for assessing the neurotoxic potential of chemicals to which humans
may be exposed. Although neuropathy is appropriately recognized as a
of neurotoxicity, it is now clear that there are numerous other signs of
nervous system toxicity. Motor incoordination, sensory deficits, learning
and memory dysfunctions, changes in emotion and altered states of arousal
are also recognized as indices of neurotoxicity. Continued reliance on
neuropathy as the primary criterion of neurotoxicity is overly simplistic
and may significantly underestimate the neurotoxic potential of a chemical
in adult or developing organisms."
- paragraph 8: "Because
of the impact that nervous system toxicity can have on human health,
the neurotoxic potential of a chemical proposed for use in food or color
additive should be an essential element in that chemical's toxicological
- Commentary by Arthur
Former FDA Investigator
- The written words of this text, serving as a guide to
Food and Drug Regulatory Policies, is noble, and scientifically
one exception. The FDA has disregarded its own rulings, guidelines, and
policies for protecting the public health, and has, instead, become
with industry at such a level, which basically renders this well written
draft, totally useless. Although, FDA is not alone in disregarding its
policies in favor of politics and corporate influences, is has,
created a corrupted system of public health regulations which has served
to only exacerbate the complications of chemical additives in foods, and
collaborate with industry for their profits and market gains.
- In fact, Aspartame (aka: Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful,
Canderal, Benevia, et al) a neurotoxin by nature, is extremely damaging
to the central nervous system, and subsequent neural-dependent systems
like endocrine and liver functions. That the very fact aspartame is in
our food supply, implies an un-regulatory agency which better serves the
industry that it was supposed to be regulating.
- Anyone thinking about how the United States government,
and political muscle has assisted firms, like G.D. Searle, Monsanto, and
other agri-chemical companies nationally and internationally, has got to
ask, Why ? Since when do government agencies actively support and promote
private industry on such a high level ?
- The reason is due to the political nature of these
and their very close association to government agencies and political
In fact, many of these firms are run with former or active members of
and vise-versa, when employees "leave" the firm, and join the
regulatory or political agendas of our government, as federal workers.
We have a cancer in our society, and this is the cause of the
the wolf is watching the sheep ". And, as in the function of FDA,
this does not work; nor will it ever work. It is not only impractical,
but ludicrous. Enforcement of industry, can not come from close association
or within industry. It is not possible to objectively enforce regulations
when collaboration exists between government agencies and corporations.
It also does not help when corporations can infuse large amounts of PAC,
soft-money contributions, and other types of graft or bribery for
who in turn, affect the regulatory policies through actions in
- As a former FDA official, I have personally witnessed
watering down of public-benefit policies, only to render them ineffective.
I have witnessed reports being altered, statements changed, and lies told,
regarding investigations and regulation applications. This is a corrupted
system of public health, and the cancer is in the policy makers and
of corporate money flowing to the White House.
- Arthur Evangelista
- April 4, 2002
- "If we are to guard against ignorance and remain
free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed."
-- Thomas Jefferson
- Unfortunately, Oprah, those responsible to solve the
problem ARE the problem!
- In a conversation with Dr. James Bowen after your show
he said: "The aspartame molecule is a highly synergized combination
of neurotoxins. The first of these is wood alcohol or methanol. For over
a century this molecule, in and of itself, has been known to cause
all the degenerative changes from chronic alcoholism. In addition, any
exposure to this, even in trace amounts is noted to result in dementia,
insanity, blindness, retinal deterioration, degenerative disease of
every system of the body and various autoimmune disorders and is often
fatal. Methanol is noted as the number one chemical that causes autoimmune
disorders of the pancreas and myelin sheath.
- The FDA rules do not allow any methanol to be
into foods. Moreover, any chemical containing any amount of methanol must
have a poison label displayed prominently on it with a skull and crossbones
prominently displayed and the words "warning poisonous, contains
methyl alcohol, do not drink, get on skin or inhale vapors. Warning:
Cannot be made non poisonous." The synergism between methanol and
the other poisonous elements in NutraSweet end up producing an alcohol
poisoning, about 20,000 times as potent as regular old sipping alcohol,
ethanol. In the digestive tract aspartame is broken down into about ten
other poisons, so normally would not be absorbed as the entire intact
from the digestive tract. Not everybody has efficient digestion and may
get some directly from the digestive tract. Moreover, some forms its
diketopiperazine both in the can and in the digestive tract. This
form, which is the most toxic form of aspartame, is absorbed intact
from the digestive tract.
- Also, in some amount, perhaps 1 milligram or so,
is absorbed directly through the mouth while drinking a glass of pop.
This is called buccal absorption. The poisonous potential of the aspartame
molecule is so great, that even this small amount of aspartame is a
poisoning. People who have been sensitized from aspartame poisoning will
often react in a matter of a few seconds when they first start using some
inadvertently. This demonstrates the potency of the very small amount
absorbed buccally. The aspartic acid component of the molecule is a
amino acid excitotoxin. The phenylalanine isolate poisoning from the
renders 3 damages to the brain. One is the PKU effect, the second is
of the brain by virtue of competitive inhibition at the blood brain barrier
and third, by direct amino acid dynamics at enzymes sites it biochemically
suppresses the formation of serotonin and dopamine. The summation of these
ill effects results in a lot of people who get MS and Parkinson Disease
directly from aspartame exposure. It has been my personal experience that
people afflicted with neurologic disorders such as MS, Parkinson's disease
and Lou Gehrigs will markedly deteriorate if they start and use aspartame.
Stopping it almost always results in improvement. However, because of
aspartame induced chemical hypersensitivity disease they are likely to
have flares in response to numerous other chemical exposures that would
otherwise seem trivial. Please see articles on http://www.dorway.com
I wrote on "sperm warfare" and "punditry and Palsies",
and I do have one on chemical hypersensitivity. Many others get these
directly from the metabolic poisoning and the autoimmune damages inflicted
by aspartame. The fact NutraSweet radically depresses dopamine levels
and dopamine production in the brain means from that biochemical
alone that its use will nullify the action of anti-Parkinson medications.
James Bowen, M.D. "
- Three congressional hearings and continued outcry and
outrage from the public has done nothing to convince the FDA they must
be concerned with safe food and drugs instead of loyalty to industry and
its funds. Ed Horton of the Lancet said in an article in May that the
FDA takes money from industry and endangers the lives of the public. So
as would be expected with this neurotoxic drug in an estimated 9000
and climbing, we are now faced with what may be one of the largest plagues
in world history, already declared by H. J. Roberts, M.D. who in l984 was
selected as the Best Doctor in the US. He has also provided a medical
text for consumers and physicians titled Aspartame Disease: An Ignored
or 1 800 814 - 9800.
- No one will be able to put this medical text down as
you read about the FDA, legal, corporate and bureaucratic obstacles,
health care professionals, flawed research, historical misgivings about
aspartame, bureaucratic, political and corporate complexities and the real
story of how Searle/Monsanto got away with mass poisoning consumers in
at least 100 countries of the world. There are so many symptoms and
in this 1038 page book, 8 1/2 by 11, triggered by aspartame, that a review
by the Journal of Neurosurgery said it was like reading the PDR of adverse
- Dr. Roberts goes in depth about aspartame and Parkinson's
Disease. Under Pathophysiologic Considerations he says the
for essential tremor has been localized among serotonin-activated neurons
in the inferior olivary nucleus (Longo l985). The bilaterally increased
glucose metabolism therein, demonstrated by position-emission topographic
(PET) studies in patients with essential tremor (Boecker l998) probably
renders these areas more vulnerable to the metabolic effects of aspartame.
- He says: "The alteration of serotonin and dopamine
concentrations in the brain by phenylalanine and aspartame are reviewed
in Chapter XXIII but the following observations are germane:
- * The enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase converts
to tyrosine. Tyrosine is first transformed into dihydroxyphenylalanine
(levodopa), and then to dopamine.
- * The two dopamine receptor subtypes (D1 and D2) exert
synergistic effects on the firing rates of basal ganglia neurons (Walter
- * The importance of dopaminergic pathways in severe
tremor is further suggested by the effectiveness of levodopa in treating
both parkinsonism and "restless legs" (von Scheele l986).
- * There is a reduction of brain dopamine in the presence
of high concentrations of phenylalanine (Congressional Record-Senate l985b,
p. S 10846).
- * Chronic exposure to excess phenylalanine and aspartic
acid can decrease the levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters
several regions of the brain. These changes, presumably compensatory
mechanisms, may disturb important diurnal variations associated with
and the light/dark cycle.
- * An ad by G. D. Searle & Company in the Journal
of the American Medical Association (Dec 16, l986) implied that excess
activity of these excitatory amino acids could cause nerve cell destruction
resembling the changes in degenerative disorders of the nervous
- Dr. Roberts also says in this medical text:
information concerning the prevalence, clinical features and deranged
of parkinsonism suggest other possible adverse effects by aspartame. They
may involve presynaptic dopamine deficiency, and alteration of the fine
balance between dopaminergic and cholinergic systems within the brain.
(An overbalance by the cholinergic system exists in parkinsonism.)
- * The incidence of parkinsonism among younger persons
has increased in recent years.
- * There is greater awareness that patients with
disease and dementia may manifest some of the "specific" symptoms
(such as aphasia and visuospacial disturbances) present in Alzheimer's
disease (Chui l986, Roberts l995b).
- * Several authorities believe parkinsonism can be caused
by environmental toxins that damage the substantia nigra, leading to
(the premature and selective destruction) of functionally related neurons
(Calne l986). As a case in point, this disorder has occurred in young
drug users exposed to illicit neurotoxic drugs, especially
(MPTP) and its metabolic product l-methyl-4-phenylpyridine (MPP).
- * A comparable interrelationship is the amyotropic
sclerosis-parkinsonism complex in Guam caused by ingesting one or several
alanine-derived amino acids (Spencer l987). Such damage may remain
for several years or decades."
- Dr. Roberts goes on to say that other biochemical
- * Aspartame can interfere with dopamine release in the
brain. (Chapter XXIII).
- * Whereas the intraperitoneal administration of
to rats in doses from 200-500 mg/kg increases basal dopamine release, the
administration of 100 mg/kg reduces dopamine release (During l987).
- * The methyl alcohol derived from aspartame (Chapter
XXI) probably plays a role. McLean et al (l980) reported parkinsonism
and other neurological abnormalities in two patients with methanol
Methyl alcohol appears to cause parkinsonism through postsynaptic
perhaps by interfering with dopamine reuptake at nerve terminals.
- * Symmetrical necrosis and hemorrhage of the putamen
have been found in a number of patients with methanol intoxication.
- And so, Oprah, the experts have spoken. I believe if
you would check with the other two victims you had on your show as well
as the three other victims of Parkinson's Disease who once were on a show
with Michael Fox, you might just find they are all aspartame users. I
believe this to be the common denominator. I give you the challenge to
find out. Well call it Oprah's Epidemiological Study!
- You will find my original press release on Michael Fox
on http://www.dorway.com and I
the issue on probably 70 international radio programs. There was great
response from people wanting to help Michael Fox, and most doctors who
called suggested the use of glyconutrients. I would be surprised if some
pharmaceutical company made a magic pill as a cure, especially with this
neurotoxin still on the market and even being hidden in such things as
artificial and natural flavors.
- So many would like to help Michael Fox as well as the
millions of other suffers of neurodegenerative diseases, that could be
triggered by this deadly neurotoxin. And we are now taking case histories
for class action starting with brain tumors, seizures, eye deterioration
and blindness triggered by aspartame. An investigation could be the
of help for millions. And remember, Oprah they are now trying to get
these model emergency bills where they can mandate vaccines, and aspartame
as a chemical hypersensitization agent interacts with these as well, and
can cause an even greater explosion of neurodegenerative diseases. And
remember vaccines can trigger autism and aspartame triggers autism. We
must protect our children.
- Read below my signature of a recent case of someone
with MS who got off aspartame. Imagine this happening throughout the
- All my best,
- Betty Martini Founder
- Mission Possible International
- 9270 River Club Parkway
- Duluth, Georgia 30097
- 770 242-2599
- From: Carnie1
- Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2002 21:18:08 EST
- Subject: i am so thankful
- Multiple Sclerosis or Aspartame Disease
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hello Betty....
- Here I am just another victim of the diet soda
- In October of 2001, my sister became very ill...she had
joint pain, stomach spasms, headaches, blurred vision, slurred speech,
memory loss etc....she started going to the doctors. Because of her stomach
spasms, they diagnosed her with crones disease, and she had no symptoms
of it, but they felt they had to label her. She could barely walk, and
great depression set in, her menstral cycle was way off and she often felt
dizzy. She is a correction officer in Cleveland Ohio, and a single
took everything she had in her to keep her job.
- Barely able to get out of bed, in early March 2002, she
felt she was dying, and decided to put her home, life insurance, and
of her younger children in her older daughters name. She wanted one last
ho-oray, so she planned a trip down to Florida, (knowing she'd be going
in a wheelchair). She was due to arrive in Orlando on March 22, 2002 -
on Friday March 15,2002 she was scheduled for a biopsy at the hospital
in which her daughter took her too.
- At this time the doctors had her on a cocktail of 24
different prescription medications, including, steroids, oxycotin, volume
and so on.
- So, on Tuesday March 19,2002 I called my sister to see
how things went at the biopsy, she told me they ruled out crones disease,
and said they told her she had MS.....then it clicked...my friend had sent
me an email on nutrasweet thing, and I asked my sister if she drank diet
soda. She told me she did drink diet Pepsi....and while I was on the phone
with her, she was getting ready to crack one open. I told her to stop
the diet soda and any other stuff with aspartame in it....
- She called me the next day....32 hours later....she was
crying... I thought "OH NO", what happened? ...but she was
with joy...she was walking again...her stomach stopped having spasms....she
said she felt much much better...and has not had one diet soda in 32
thought WOW...this is unreal....she took the email to her doctors that
day...he was amazed at her recovery, gave her a big hug, and informed her
that he was going to contact all his MS patients to find out their diet.
I live in FL, so when my sister got her on March 22,2002, we went
she didn't need a wheel chair.....
- Thank you so much for saving my sister's life.....
- God Bless all of you.... Marcy Nolan