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Aspartame - Murder by Methanol
Hazardous Fact Sheet on Methanol

From Betty Martini


Here is the Hazardous Fact Sheet on Methanol:

Aspartame has a methyl ester which immediately becomes free methyl alcohol, When it is converted to formaldehyde, it is a Class A carcinogen.  There is 10% of aspartame’s weight is methyl alcohol.     The medical text on methanol in aspartame is "While Science Sleeps:  A Sweetener Kills" by Dr. Woodrow Monte,

With the global epidemic of "Aspartame Disease," I believe everyone should read this book to understand the far ranging epidemics we are seeing.   Dr. Monte went so far as to take the aspartame issue to the Supreme Court, which declined to hear it having to do with the blindness and seizures. 

On page 77, Monte puts for a case everyone should read:

"MURDER BY METHANOL:  I was asked by individuals directly involved in the case of the death of a young man who was killed by methanol to review the details of that case.  I have served as an expert witness on a number of food related deaths and have always donated my time on the side of the plaintiff.  This was my first time on the side of the defense, but the circumstances were such that I could not in good conscience refuse.  In this case the man's wife was accused of murdering by adding methanol-containing car windshield cleaning fluid to his favorite re-hydration drink.  She claimed that the deadly dose of methanol actually came from the consumption of diet soda over an extended period of time. 

I will only reveal the details of the victim's dying, as that is all that is pertinent here.  As I write this, I have before me the 16 pages of hospital and pathological reports that constitute the details of the last two days of this healthy, non-smoking, athletic young man's life.  The evening of day one he presented himself to the emergency room of a well-equipped modern US hospital complaining of a recent history of nausea without vomiting, shortness of breath, and change of mental status.  He was classified by the physician on duty as being mildly to moderately confused.  Blood tests showed his blood was highly acidic (acidosis).  He was immediately put under hemodialysis.

"Additional blood tests returned 5 hours after admission indicted that on admission his blood contained the equivalent of a dose of 58 grams of pure methanol.  An ethanol drip directly into his vein was begun to counteract the methanol.  The hospital took further precaution to prevent any additional conversion of methanol to formaldehyde by administering Fomepizole, which is -MP or 4 methylpyraxole, a competitive inhibitor of ADH that is now gaining favor for use instead of ethanol in methanol poisoning.  Concurrently, a CAT scan was performed on his brain that showed nothing unusual and, in particular, none of the hemorrhaging associated with high doses of methanol poisoning, specifically, "no necrosis of the putamens was seen."

"The next morning he fell into a deep coma from which he did not recover.  His respiration was seriously affected and a tube had to be placed into his lungs to assist breathing.  That afternoon his respiration ceased and his life was maintained by mechanical means.  At that time another CAT scan was performed and reported considerable brain edema, hemorrhaging and other intracranial damage reminiscent of methanol poisoning.  I quote the radiologist report:

"Comparison is made with the previous examination of June 12.  Bilateral large basal gangliar hemorrhages have developed measuring 5 x 3 cm. on the right and 5.2 cm. on the left.  There is compression of the ventricles and there is 8mm. right to left shift of the septum pellucidum.  There is blood within the temporal horns and left occipital horn.  There is edema and there is compression of the cisterns around the brain stem consistent with transtentorial herniation and uncal herniation.  Cerebellar edema is also noted."  That evening he went progressively downhill into a deeply comatose state and died, two days after admission.

"Here we have a case of a very large dose of methanol killing a healthy individual in 48 hours.  The autopsy report and testing while the patient was alive showed clearly that the liver was working well throughout the course, never showing the signs of injury that one would expect if it were responding negative to formaldehyde or formate.  This is the normal response to acute methanol poisoning.  Historically, it is the down-and-out alcoholic that succumbs to accidental methanol poisoning.  Their lifetime of alcoholism presents a liver at autopsy as profoundly unhealthy, probably more a reflection of a lifetime of poor diet and incessant binging. 

"This man died from both the respiratory and the immune response of formaldehyde.  The formaldehyde produced within his brain tagged sufficient protein to elicit a delayed immune response (edema), which was severe enough to squeeze his brain like an orange against the rough bottom of his skull.  It took only 24 hours during treatment for the development of all the visible damage noted in the CAT scan and subsequent autopsy.  The fact that no signs were found of edema brain damage just before the dialysis began is key. Dialysis quickly removed any formic acid, along with most of the methanol.  For the brain to suffer such a considerable insult during dialysis and ethanol treatment makes sense only if it was a delayed response to formaldehyde produced in the brain prior to hospital admission. 

"Respiratory failure, which is indicative of considerable formaldehyde production, was one of the reasons he sought help at the local hospital. His inability to catch his breath and his loss of stamina were keys to his physical complaints.  These symptoms preceded visualization of any physical brain damage by his first CAT scan.  In my discussion of respiration, I go into detail about the work done at Yale using levels of formaldehyde to stop respiration.  These levels reflect methanol doses similar to those apparently administered to this patient.

"This tragic death ends our discussion of acute methanol poisoning.  It is my contention that the study of chronic methanol poisoning would best be undertaken by studying the major diseases of civilization, which constitute the end result of the interaction of environmental methanol poisoning, endogenous ethanol and an individual's genetic constitution."

In doing some research on chronic methanol poisoning here are two cases: Abstract

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Med Hypotheses. 1984 Jan;13(1):63-75.

Chronic methanol poisoning with the clinical and pathologic-anatomical features of multiple sclerosis.

Henzi H.


The details of two cases of chronic methanol poisoning are presented. Both patients initially developed clinical symptoms of multiple sclerosis: visual disturbances, intention tremor, reduced abdominal reflexes, impaired coordination and difficulties with walking.

After the exposure to methanol had ceased, the multiple sclerosis symptoms persisted in patient 1 but disappeared gradually in patient 2 (patient 2 had a history of excessive alcohol consumption, which is a critical fact in this discussion). Ultimately autopsies confirmed this picture: histological examination of patient 1 revealed plaques in the spinal cord, in the stem and in the proximity of the lower horn of one lateral ventricle, whereas no localized demyelination could be found in patient 2.

The results are discussed in connection with the theory ("Methanol Hypothesis") that under certain circumstances multiple sclerosis itself is induced by formaldehyde stemming from the metabolism of methanol. PMID:  6708848

The reason I bring this out is because after taking case histories of aspartame victims for almost three decades, the one thing we see over and over again associated with this toxin is multiple sclerosis.  Many of the victims with that diagnosis walked away from the disease and at times out of wheelchairs simply by abstaining from aspartame. 

Dr. Monte also made a video on Aspartame and Multiple Sclerosis. 

When I lectured for the World Environmental Conference Dr. Clarice Gaylord of the EPA announced, "We have an epidemic of MS and lupus and cannot identify the toxin."  I said, "I'm Betty Martini and I'm here to lecture on MS and lupus and identify the toxin as NutraSweet."  I wrote about it when a group of neurologists were discussing the issue.   Nancy Markle took the post I wrote and added her name, disorganizing the email.  It became viral and when I was identified as the writer I started getting calls from all over the world, especially aspartame victims with MS, so many getting well simply by abstaining from aspartame.

Perhaps the most renown of the aspartame MS victims is documentary filmmaker, Cori Brackett, who was in a wheelchair for years and hardly able to talk or walk.  She had one of the largest lesions ever diagnosed in an MS victim. 

She stopped with the diet beverages and her lesion shrunk drastically. She called me and exclaimed: "A movie needs to be made about this!"  I said, "Tell me about it!"  Her reply was "I own the film company." 

Eight months off aspartame the huge lesion all but disappeared, I met Cori when she came to Atlanta to make my part of "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World."  Everyone should see this film.  The MS people funded by the aspartame industry to this day have refused to let MS victims know to abstain from aspartame to save them from this misery.

This is Dr. Russell Blaylock's paper on the MS and aspartame connection:

He is author of "Excitotoxins:  The Taste That Kills", and other books.  Dr. H. J. Roberts wrote the 1000 page medical text:  "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic," and MS is on the front cover. 

This is another case of a woman who died from methanol poisoning from aspartame:

I spoke to her several times before she died and she said the police were outside her door and she heard them say when she died they were going after her husband. 

An attorney in New York kept scratching his head when a man was accused of poisoning his wife with methanol, despite the fact that there was no methanol anyone, including the detectives, could find.  Finally he put in the search engine: Murder by Methanol, and called me because he saw another case I was working on.  It turned out this Mrs. Kovac was using aspartame because it said "diet" in order to lose weight, but instead, she kept gaining.  (No doubt aspartame has caused this epidemic of obesity because it makes you crave carbohydrates)   Then she decided to use nothing but aspartame products and then subsequently died of methanol poisoning.

Just today a new article came in about Health Canada: 

It states: "Two in five Canadian adults live with a common chronic disease like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, and two-thirds of Canadian adults are overweight or obese." 

They just haven't put it together nor figured it out across the border in Canada.  Aspartame can trigger or precipitate all of these diseases as outlined in the medical texts and scientific peer reviewed studies.   

On the back cover of Dr. Monte's book he wrote: "The introduction of aspartame into the food supply of the United States began in the summer of 1981. Since that time, the incidence of Alzheimer’s deaths has increased 100-fold (10,000%).  Autism has, with no explanation, increased 25 times (2500%).  Autoimmune diseases have reached epidemic proportions, with Lupus (SLE) up 300%, and Multiple Sclerosis, Type II Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis are all headed out of control.  Cancers, the hallmark of formaldehyde exposure, have exploded.  Skin cancer has shot up over 400%, liver cancer has tripled, kidney cancer has doubled, and breast cancer is up 50%.  The list goes on....."

Further Dr. Monte writing about his book:

" this explains to the average person the fascinating process by which methanol, a poison hidden in aspartame and some other foods, is converted to formaldehyde at the very locations in the human body where these diseases originate, revealing, for the first time, the exact details of the probable cause of each.  It is a cautionary tale of the legacy of the danger of a poisonous food additive and the failure of a government corrupted by greed, to safeguard the health and welfare of its people." 

I am quoting many of the experts who have written these books have devoted their lives to alerting the public that we are being mass- poisoned by aspartame.  Even I almost died from it when it was put in some generic prescriptions unbeknownst to me and I stopped breathing three times.

Because they are adding aspartame to so many prescriptions, I have created a form for the public to take to the hospital so what happened to me won't happen to them! This is it:

Nobody knows all of this better than the FDA, which initially tried to have G. D. Searle indicted for fraud and next revoked the petition for approval, that aspartame is mass poisoning the people. 

Today, aspartame disease is often called "Rumsfeld's Plague" because Donald Rumsfeld announced that he would "call in his markers" to get it on the market after the FDA voted to ban it, by political means, rather than scientific or medical.  

Here is the actual FDA Board of Inquiry which revoked the petition for approval, and this is both very damning and illuminating reading:

Notice what the FDA said in this 50 page document is aspartame couldn't be proven safe and that it caused brain tumors.  The molecule breaks down to among other things diketopiperazine, a brain tumor causing agent.  FDA also knew (and continues to know) that almost 100 per cent of independent scientific peer reviewed studies show the problems aspartame causes.

Even the Trocho Study showed the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA.  This research study was conducted by Dr. M. Alemany in Barcelona. 

The aspartame industry tried to assassinate his character because he did the study, and the FDA did what they always do when studies show aspartame horrors ­ they simply ignore it. 

FDA's Dr. Adrian Gross, who headed the investigation into aspartame’s multiple harming effects, told the Senate on 8/1/85 that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because it caused cancer, and asked: “If the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?”

Dr. Morando Soffritti did three studies on aspartame showing it to be a multipotential carcinogen.  He said there was so much formaldehyde that it turned the rats’ hair yellow.  The FDA rejected the study, while Dr. Soffritti received a prestigious award for his studies only given twice in history.

So when the FDA tells the public aspartame is safe, do, please, remind them that they spent about fifteen years trying to keep it off the market! One member of the Illinois legislature from Chicago told a colleague of mine that if a copy of the Board of Inquiry Report revoking the petition for approval were sent to every Governor in the US, something would definitely get done.  Please do your part by sending a copy to your state Governor.

The next time you see someone crack open a diet pop, give them this report on Death by Methanol poisoning, or tell them about it, and ask them if they think it is really worth it to risk their health so haphazardly!

Play it forward. Here is the FDA's own report admitting to 92 symptoms from the poison aspartame including death:

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum., Founder
Mission Possible World Health Intl
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