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FDA Refuses To Ban Diet
Soda Sweetener Aspartame

From Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum

FDA Rejects Ban On Diet Soda Sweetener Aspartame  - True Facts Below. (Martini)

Share us on: By Jeff Overley Law 360 New York 10/27/2014

On October 24,2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration again rejected calls to ban the deadly chemical sweetener aspartame. FDA found no evidence the widely used diet soda additive causes cancer, and shot down two citizen petitions urging it recall the ingredient and revoke FDA regulations allowing its use in food.

Aspartame is sold as NutraSweet and Equal and in Europe as E951. It is an addictive ingredient in commonly in "Diet Coke" and Pepsi. .

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Who said aspartame causes cancer?  The FDA themselves!  In the 8/1/1985 Congressional Record FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress "that at least one of G.D.Searle's studies has established
beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance. 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?"

The Delaney Amendment made it illegal to allow any residue of cancer-causing chemicals in foods. Dr Gross concluded: ”Given the cancer-causing potential of aspartame, 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 elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?"
Congressional Record SID835:131 (8/1/85)

So, the FDA violated the law! Dr. Morando Soffritti of the Ramazzini Institute performed three multi-year award winning aspartame studies on thousands of rats, and all showed aspartame is a "multipotential carcinogen." When the first study was released in 2005, neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. reviewed it and declared:

"The new study released in the European Journal of Oncology by Morando Soffritti and co-workers should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a carefully done study, which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame.

"This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers, which also found the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and that this damage was accumulative. The type of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. Along with this most recent study, this means that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame every day could increase ones risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia."

Next a Harvard study said to be "the strongest and longest." verified aspartame causes cancer. But as soon as they released this statement Harvard turned around and apologized saying it was "weak science."  Guess who bullied/bribed Harvard? But it was too late, Harvard had already released the information, the cat was out of the bag.

ith all this evidence why believe the lies of the FDA?  It was Dr. Adrian Gross, lead  FDA scientist  and toxicologist  who originally asked that G. D. Searle be indicted for fraud but both US Prosecutors Sam Skinner and William Conlon hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired.  FDA set up a Board of Inquiry who revoked the petition for approval and you can read the entire 50 pages on my web site, Note their main concern was the brain tumors and brain cancer.  Aspartame breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent, so how can the FDA say it doesn't cause cancer besides the fact they already admitted it does.  One of the reasons Dr. Adrian Gross wanted them indicted is because as the rats developed brain tumors G. D. Searle would remove the tumors and put the rats back in the study and if they died Searle would resurrect them on paper. 

 Obviously Searle would never sign up humans for a study of aspartame and cancer where it could be known. So their studies were done in 6 other countries in l983/84 where they sacrificed people in poor villages but refused to publish the fatal results. In a notarized affidavit the translator, Norma Vera said: "There was the recurring description of tumors, astrocytomas and gliomas."  Searle never published these results, then closed up their Florida office and went back to Illinois.  In 1985 Searle sold NutraSweet to Monsanto. 

The Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Volume 4, Winter 1991 article Does Aspartame cause Human Brain Cancer Dr. H. J. Roberts said:

"The increasing frequency of primary brain lymphoma of B cell derivation - including reticulum cell sarcoma, microglioma and histiocytic lymphoma - also requires explanation because this subset was previously rare. Eby et al all reported a nearly threefold rise in its incidence among immunologically normal persons in the l982-l84 SEER data, which they could not explain..."

Dr. Roberts also said that "Hockberg and Miller reported a tripling of incidence of this tumor in non-immuno suppressed persons during the 5 year interval between l980 and l984."

In l996 Dr. John Olney made world news over the Aspartame brain tumor association. Increasing Brain Tumor Rates: Is There a Link to Aspartame? J. Neuropath Exp Neurol, Vol 55, Nov & Dec issues. Dr. Olney discusses the aspartame molecule acquires mutagenic activity when nitrosated and this provides a clue to a possible mechanism by which aspartame could cause brain tumors. He says: "Nitrosation of aspartame or its diketopiperazine breakdown product could result in a nitrosourea-like molecule, and nitrosoureas are THE MOST EFFECTIVE AGENTS KNOWN for producing MALIGNANT BRAIN TUMORS in experimental animals. Some nitrosoureas have broad spectrum carcinogenicity and can induce cancer in both the CNS and several other organs, but other members of this family, particularly alkylated nitrosoureas are organo-specific for the CNS. These agents can act by a direct and relatively rapid mechanism to induce brain tumors, when administered systemically to adult rats. In addition, they are particularly potent in acting by a delayed mechanism involving in utero exposure of the fetus and resulting in a high incidence of malignant brain tumors which do not manifest until adulthood. The malignant tumors induced by either the direct or delayed mechanism are not typically of the childhood type (i.e. medulloblastoma) but rather are predominantly adult tumors (e. g. astrocytomas, glioblastomas, mixed gliomas, oligo-dendrogliomas). Thus, it may be significant that the recent surge in human brain tumor rates involved these various adult types of tumors, whereas childhood medulloblastoma was the singular tumor type that showed no increase."

Neurochemist Dr. Peter Nunn and Geoffrey Pilkington did a study at Kings College around 2000  having to do with aspartame and brain tumors which is as yet unpublished. We were able to get a piece of stationery from this study which had this statement: "When we exposed human brain tumor cells to nitrosated DKP the cells became more motile and their rate of proliferation was significantly elevated. While it is somewhat early to speculate, it is possible that the aspartame breakdown product may be capable of enhancing the rate of malignant progression of pre-existing (and possibly clinically silent, undiagnosed) tumours in the brain."  Because I published the statement I believe the study was never published.

This agrees with Dr. John Olney who founded the field of neuroscience called Excitotoxicity and tried to prevent aspartame's approval with Attorney James Turner.   He is one of the most renowned neuroscientists in the world. His CV can be read on

Going back to the original FDA investigation there was a Task Force  headed by Dr. Adrian  Gross. 

The original test results presented to FDA for aspartame approval were doctored to conceal the rat cancers the poison caused according to examining FDA scientists in an FDA Task Force Report which found deceits such as:

    1. "Excising masses (removing tumors) from live animals in some cases without histologic examination of the masses, in others without reporting them to the FDA." (Schmidt 1976c, page 4 of US Senate l976b). Searle's representatives, when caught and questioned about these actions, stated that "these masses were in the head and neck areas and prevented the animals from feeding." (Buzzard l976a) [In other words, the cancers were so big they choked the animals.]

    2. G. D. Searle told the FDA 12 lots of DKP were manufactured and tested in one study, yet only seven batches were actually made. (Gross l985, page S10835) Diketopiperazine is a brain tumor agent which breaks down from the aspartame molecule.

    1. In the aspartame (DKP) 115 week rat study the written observations of the pathology report was changed by the supervising pathologist, Dr. Rudolph Stejskal even though he was not physically present during the autopsies and could not have verified the observations of the pathologist who did perform the autopsies. The pathologist who did perform some of the autopsies had no formal training for such procedures. (Gross l985, page S10837 of Congressional Record 1985b)

    1. "Contrary to protocol, slides were not prepared of the (unusual lesions from the aspartame (DKP) study tissue for microscopic examination..." (Gross l985, page S10837 of Congressional Record l985b)

FDA Toxicologist and Task Force member, Dr Adrian Gross stated (Wilson l985): "They (G.D. Searle) lied and they didn't submit the real nature of their observations because had they done that it is more likely that a great number of these studies would have been rejected simply for adequacy. What Searle did, they took great pains to camouflage these shortcomings of the study. As I say filter and just present to the FDA what they wished the FDA to know and they did other terrible things for instance animals would develop tumors while they were under study. Well they would remove these tumors from the animals."

An FDA Toxicologist explained why their experiments were invalidated: "It is highly unlikely the FDA Investigative teams found all of the problems with G. D. Searle's studies. G. D. Searle seemed so intent on covering up their misconduct, that it is quite likely that they were able to hide many of the problems from the FDA.

On Jan 10, l977 in a 33 page letter, FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill recommended to U.S. Attorney Sam Skinner that a grand jury investigate Searle for "apparent violations of the Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 331 (e), and the False Reports to the Government Act, 18 U.S.C. 1001, for 'their willful and knowing failure to make reports to the Food and Drug Administration required by the Act, 21 U.S.C. 355 (i), and for concealing material facts and making false statements in reports of animal studies conducted to establish the safety of aspartame.'" The FDA called special attention to studies investigating the effect of NutraSweet on monkeys and hamsters.

Since everything was all a matter of public record the manufacturer was in deep, er, difficulty, and had to creatively avoid an indictment. Both U.S. Prosecutors, Sam Skinner and William Conlon were hired by the defense lawyers, Sidley and Austin, and the statute of limitations expired. When the district attorney gets a job with the godfather, expect acquittal. Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, another FDA toxicologist also testified to Congress.  Here is her  testimony  in 1987  after aspartame approval  and she admits aspartame remains on the market without ever being proven safe. In Dr. Verrett's book, "Eating May Be Dangerous To Your Health" she admits until consumers push FDA to the wall no changes will be made and it should be closed down and a more consumer oriented agency should be set up.  The FDA for years has lied and denied. 

Dr. Bill Deagle in a conversation with me on his radio show:
"Aspartame because of its ubiquitous nature in food is
more dangerous than depleted uranium."

Dr. Deagle also has repeatedly said to me and written:
"I called Dr John Olney while the director of Neuropathology of Washington State Medical School, when applying for a Neuropathology Residency to do research on Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Cancers, as well as other motor disorders... Dr Olney said after introduction and receipt of my application...

"Dr Bill Deagle, I have been doing research on Aspartame for the FDA. I found that identical changes in scanning electron microscopy of brains of laboratory animals exposed to this peptide, as the early changes in brain cancer, such as Multicentric Astroglliomas. I predict at 10 to 20 % increase in brain cancers, and other neurological diseases such as ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, dementias, and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as peripheral neuropathy and cardiac conduction bundle abnormalities." I said, "Wow, when the FDA has your preliminary data, what are they saying?" Dr Olney said," I don't know what their response will be but there is no doubt that this neurotoxin, and genotoxin should never be approved." I was amazed that my questions on a Neuropatholgy Residency turned so quickly to his work on Aspartame. He seemed unimpressed that his data and findings would be accepted by the FDA and PTB. I was in shock, that public health, fetal development, brain aging and disease take a back seat to Big GenoPharma, makers of the most dangerous GMO food, Aspartame.

"Report on the Genesis of Aspartame from E.Coli with a cassette of genes in an unstable plasmid.:

When working with employees of the Augusta Georgia aspartame plant as a physician in Georgia in 1987 and 1988, I received a briefing by the plant communications director to physicians at the Augusta Regional Hospital. We were told not to report to media any unusual illnesses including neuropathy, organic brain diseases, transverse myelitis, cardiac conduction problems or cancers for employees we would see in our practices or the emergency department. Then, I was given a plant production report verbally about the E.Coli was genetically engineered to make the peptide by a high velocity gene gun coated with Gold ions as a genetically non-connected unstable plasmid of genes to make this peptide. Centrifuges would take the E.Coli peptide slurry and separate by multiple stages the final tripeptide. The said that had take precautions to make sure the E.Coli would not come in contact with workers or leave the plant by accident or in product they produced. Plasmids can survive extreme environments, but stable outside the cell in the extracellular space and can enter gut bacteria or host of any mammals or other host, then producing uncontrolled production of this Glutamate agonist neurotoxin. Having worked under Dr Robert Brown PhD in the early 70s, who was a bioweaponeer at US facilities, I was aware that proper precautions were in no way present at the Aspartame Peptide GMO E.Coli facility in Georgia in 1987 and 1988."
Dr Bill Deagle MD AAEM ACAM A4M

So why is aspartame even on the market since the FDA revoked the petition for approval.  Because G. D. Searle hired Don Rumsfeld to see that it was approved, and G. D. Searle filed suit when the FDA Commissioner, Dr. Jere Goyan, was about to sign the revoked petition into law.  Rumsfeld said he would call in his markers and get it on the market and this is also in the congressional record on my web site, President Reagan owed Rumsfeld a favor and the day after he took office someone from the Transition Team called Dr. Goyan at 3:00 AM and fired him.  His wife who was not married to him at the time was with him and told me about it and sent me a letter. 

Then President Reagan wrote an Executive Order making the FDA powerless to do anything about aspartame until he could appoint a new commissioner which he knew would take about 30 days.  It was Arthur Hull Hayes who has now died, a friend of Rumsfeld who had worked at the Defense Department.  He then over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and put aspartame on the market letting loose the hounds of disability and death on an unsuspecting public. 

Congressional hearings were not heard until 1985 because Senator Orrin Hatch who received money from Monsanto wouldn't allow it.  People were going blind, getting brain tumors, suffering from MS, lupus, seizures and a host of diseases and were outraged,.  Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote a bill to have independent studies done by NIH regarding what aspartame does to the fetus, behavioral problems in  children, seizures and interaction with drugs.   Monsanto couldn't have that and senators were given money.  The bill never got out of committee.  Congress failed the people because of influence and money,.

When Jerome Bressler, compliance officer, who authored the famous Bressler Report retired I called him and thanked him.  While I didn't know him personally at the time he immediately told me, "Betty, didn't you realize something was removed from my report?"  I told him yes I had noticed.  Then he told me it was information on two studies the public didn't know about that were dreadful and very important and pleaded with me to find them, as important as the fact that aspartame causes cancer.  He said he had a hard time living with it knowing the public had no idea what aspartame could do to them.  Not wanting to be the only one who knew this I told Dr. H. J. Roberts and Dr. Russell Blaylock who also called Jerome Bressler. Dr. Roberts wrote his congressman who wrote the FDA for the studies. The FDA wrote and said they were confidential.  Indeed!


I became friends with Jerome Bressler as did Lane Shore, Mission Possible Chicago, who lost 8 members of his family from aspartame and is a victim himself.  It took 8 years to finally get them with the help of Dr. Madelon Price who went through thousands of Dr. Olney's records. They were teratology studies and they showed neural tube defects - autism, spina bifida, cleft palate, etc.  So with no pregnancy warning women the world over have been using this teratogen (causes birth defects) and giving birth to babies with autism and all kinds of horrible birth defects.  Someone should ask St. Jude Hospital how many babies are born with brain tumors because they see so many children with cancer. 

I returned these records to the Bressler Report: Then Lane Shore went to see Jerome at his nursing home and gave them his report with the missing records.  It was his idea that the Chicago Tribune should do the story.  It was never done although Monica Eng, reporter, Lane Shore, Diane Murphy, Mission Possible Illinois and I listened to Jerome  for 2 hours telling  about G. D. Searle one evening,.   He told how he  and Dr. Adrian Gross would go to G. .D. Searle and they would lock the doors and try to prevent  entrance. Dr. Gross would yell, "open the door or we are going for a court order".   The studies on aspartame were a horror story.  As long as Jerome Bressler was able to get around he would go to the cafeteria and if he saw someone drinking diet soda he would say, "please don't drink that - its poison,."  Then he died, the last of the heroic FDA employees who tried to prevent this addictive, excitoneurotoxic, carcinogenic, genetically engineered drug, teratogen and adjuvant from being consumed by humans. FDA gets over half its funds from Big Pharma, has given its loyalty to corporations, betraying public trust.

Once I added this information to the Bressler Report the FDA knew it was over.  They couldn't lie anymore about it and released 4 more studies they wouldn't release before to Dr. Woodrow Monte who wrote the incredible book,
"While Science Sleeps:  A Sweetener Kills".  You can read the last chapter free on is web site, that goes into aspartame and autism.   Dr. Deagle says its too late now.  Children all over the world suffer from autism, other birth defects, ADD and ADHD, etc.  Today our children are medicated instead of educated, and aspartame interacts with all antidepressants.  See the Report For Schools on In Dr. Monte's book he tells how the FDA made a deal with G. D. Searle never to allow the public to see the teratology studies.  For this crime alone the FDA should be closed down.  Congress needs to makeup for not allowing the studies to be done by NIH years ago and  put a moratorium on aspartame.

The whole story is told in the aspartame documentary, "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World"  and you can get a copy from the producer Cori Brackett at   Here is a clip with Attorney Jim Turner discussing Rumsfeld - Dr. H. J. Roberts who wrote the 1000 page medical text, "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" explains why today it is a disease.  It is often called "Rumsfeld's Plague" because he is responsible for it being on the market when even the FDA would not have approved it.  Arthur Hull Hayes left the FDA under a cloud of improprieties and went to work for the PR firm of the manufacturer at a $1000.00 a day on a ten year contract - quite a reward.  One article says he was never there but about 15 days.  When Monsanto bought G. .D. Searle Rumsfeld got 12 million!  He caused one of the greatest plagues in human history.  Dr. M. Alemany who did the Trocho Study showed the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA.  When I was in Barcelona he told me aspartame would murder 200 million people! 

To show you the influence and power, in 1986 the Community Nutrition Institute and Attorney James Turner tried to have  aspartame  banned because it was causing so many seizures and so much blindness from the free methyl alcohol. .  It was taken all the way to the Supreme Court in Chicago where  a judge turned it down.  Who got to him since most know methyl alcohol blinds. Remember prohibition where thousands went blind or died from wood alcohol? The FDA at that time was ready to take it off the shelves because I have a note from someone who was at the FDA meeting.

I filed a petition for ban in 2002 which by law was suppose to be answered in 180 days but FDA serves above the law.  They wrote me they had more important things to do.  In 2007 I filed an amendment for a imminent health hazard which is suppose to be answered in a week or ten days.  I got the same letter but in 2009 I received a call from an agent in the FDA by the name of Delaney.  He said "it's not going to happen".  I said, "I lecture all over the world and people are sick and dying everywhere." He said, "So what, we have to depopulate".  So much for the FDA caring about the health of the public. 

Why doesn't the FDA want to ban aspartame?  The news is all over the world and even the NutraSweet Company in Augusta says they will not make it anymore after the end of the year. So many millions now know aspartame is poison and the profits keep going down. If you don't buy it, they can't sell it. The reason the FDA doesn't want to ban aspartame is because they have now approved another aspartame product 20,000 times stronger, Advantame.  They would also have to ban Neotame, a stronger version.  They know class actions would now begin.

What needs to be done now?  First of all, Dr. Ralph Walton is doing a birth defect study and anyone who has given birth since 1984  should complete the form on, second banner and email to Dr. Walton at   It will only take 5 minutes and we need thousands.  Every single one is important.  Second, there are other  G. D. Searle cancer studies we can't get.  Anyone who can get me these studies they are very important:   experimental identification of the studies on mice reported in the final report by Hazleton Laboratories Inc. and submitted to Searle Laboratory on 9/6 1974: PTn .984H73:SC18862 and Project n. 700-260.SC19192.I

It must be remembered that the aspartame industry has strong ties with regulatory agencies around the world. Look at the reviews by the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA. Because aspartame couldn't be proven safe in original studies and the FDA wanted them indicted for fraud we know you can't ever consider industry studies or those financed or controlled by them. You must consider scientific peer reviewed research that is independent and unbiased by researchers truly looking for truth all over the world. In the last review by EFSA almost 100% of independent scientific peer reviewed showed the problems, so EFSA said a great many were unreliable and pronounced aspartame safe. Newspaper articles said over half the committee had conflicts of interest. The head of the committee, Dr. Herman Koeter, resigned putting out a statement that EFSA was pressured by industry to highjack science. Consumers reading these type reviews are lied to and believe aspartame is safe to their detriment and many times demise to the symptoms and diseases triggered or precipitated by this deadly chemical poison once listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress. (Ecologist, 2005).

The FDA, Fatal Drugs Allowed folks, who hid the facts should be prosecuted for lying to the public and must ban aspartame because it violates the Delaney Amendment and is illegally on the market. It is also adulterated. Their own records give the facts. Romania banned aspartame because it causes cancer.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599

Here are the medical books that are important to get a lot of the facts: "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" by H. J. Roberts, M.D.,, "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills" and "Health and Nutrition Secrets to Save Your Life" by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., and "While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills" by Dr. Woodrow Monte,

Email me from the web site, if you want the Aspartame Resource Guide.


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