Aspartame, artificial sweetener – a risk to your health

The carcinogenic, neurotoxic sugar alternative aspartame has been implicated in many serious illnesses and the NZ Food Safety Authority is putting its head in the sand over this issue.

Concerned? You should be.

Read these two great articles published in Organic NZ, which we have made available for free on our website:

From Organic NZ, March/April 2008
Sweet poison – What the Safe Food Campaign doesn’t like about aspartame, by Alison White

From Organic NZ Jan/Feb 2013
The dangers of aspartame, by Kyra Xavia

Learn more from the Safe Food Campaign –

This is not a new issue

In 1997 the President of the Soil & Health Association wrote to Wrigley Company (NZ) Ltd about the Association’s concern over aspartame...

August 6th, 1997

Mr Richard Dodds
Managing Director
Wrigley Company (NZ) Ltd
45 Banks Rd
Mt Wellington

Dear Mr Dodds,

Re: Aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal, etc.) in your products

You will undoubtedly be aware of the growing dispute over the use of aspartame/Nutrasweet, the artificial sweetener at present in use in some of your products. You should be particularly aware of the warnings that have been published in a large number of aviation industry journals over the past decade against use of aspartame-containing products (including chewing gum) by long-haul pilots.

We are presently engaged in debate with the Australia New Zealand Food Authority over the issue and in particular the shoddy science displayed in their position statement to consumers, “Aspartame”, dated June this year.

So far, in relation to your own product range containing Aspartame, we have merely drawn public attention to its availability. Generally speaking we leave the food additive debate to other consumer groups, our brief being mainly issues pertaining to the agricultural end of food production and the health issues involved, but as aspartame – from our review of the scientific debate over the past 15 years in particular – clearly involves some very critical health issues, we have inevitably become involved in the issue of its increased use in various consumer products.

It is quite clear to me as an occasional consumer of your products, family supermarket shopping person and former marketing/business journalist that Wrigleys have a large degree of consumer brand loyalty to their products which could be damaged if Wrigleys continue to take the adamant stand they are presently taking over the inclusion of aspartame in their products.

I recognise that policy decisions over ingredients probably have to be made at an international management level in your company, but in view of the growing backlash from informed consumers against those incorporating aspartame in their product range, it would be unfortunate to see the Wrigley name become associated with the sort of image problems surrounding McDonald’s, for example, in the wake of the notorious McLibel trial, where McDonald’s obdurate stand over an issue they could never win left them with considerable egg on the corporate face.

I would therefore suggest that you use your influence on company policy to have aspartame use in your products more fully investigated with a view to eliminating it altogether. A well-publicised withdrawal from use of the product emphasising Wrigleys traditional values would certainly benefit the company in the long term and prevent it from being caught up in the growing negative debate over aspartame which is beginning to erupt in the medical press.

I enclose a copy of a letter directed to your colleague in the UK, Mr. Adrian Piotrowski, by Betty Martini, which reasonably fully covers the main points of information regarding aspartame use.
As you will be aware, such issues, though slow to emerge, have a way of outrunning the damage control efforts of even the best public relations and litigation counsels.

Yours sincerely,
Chris Wheeler
President, Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc

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Copy of letter from Betty Martini

Mr. Adrian Piotrowski
The Wrigley Company Ltd.

Re: Aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal, etc.) in your products

Dear Mr. Piotrowski:

While I am sending you this letter snail mail with a packet of information I am writing it on the Internet so that copies of it can go to the Boycott Quartery and Mission Possible operations throughout the world, journalists, attorneys, etc.

Mr. Piotrowski, I want to say at the outset that I don’t have much patience with Wrigley because you have been warned in the past about the neurotoxin, aspartame, and have ignored the warnings. Aspartame is a deadly neurotoxin, and it is particularly dangerous. World expert on aspartame, Dr. H. J. Roberts, explains that gum has small molecules, its like nitroglycerin, it goes from the saliva straight to the brain. Probably one of the reason that so many people suffer migraines that chew gum with aspartame. Also, Dr. Roberts has just written a position paper on headaches and aspartame, which is the #1 complaint to the FDA, in their report of 92 documented symptoms from coma and seizures to blindness and DEATH!

Also, as Mr. Brewer brought out to you children chew gum. Therefore, you HAVE TO TAKE IT OUT ANYWAY. The European Union has just banned aspartame to be put in any food that infants use. Directive 96/83/EC extends the scope of application of Directive 94/35/EC to dietary foodstuffs, prohibits the use of sweeteners in food for infants and sets new maximum usable doses in foodstuffs: OJ L 48, l997.

And we are in the process of trying to get every last speck of this poison banned from planet earth, and have send a demand to the FDA for recall from the worldwide market.

And if you think that a piece of gum is not enough to harm you, think again. Some years ago the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy closed down for 48 hours because of “unexplained accidents”, and immediately warned all pilots off aspartame in their journals. Here is the one from the Air Force Journal, Flying Safety, in May, 1992. Notice what it says about gum:

“In pregnancy the effects of aspartame can be passed directly on to the fetus, even in very small doses. Some people have suffered aspartame related disorders with doses as small as that carried in a single stick of chewing gum. This could mean a pilot who drinks diet sodas is moe susceptible to flicker vertigo or to flicker-induced epileptic activity. It also means that all pilots are potential victims of sudden memory loss, dizziness during instrument flight and gradual loss of vision.”

I hope you got the point! And I don’t ever want you to tell anyone you don’t have the evidence that aspartame is a deadly neurotoxin. I’m sending it in this packet. You will notice there are letters from the late Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist, who tried to prevent the approval of this poison, to Senator Metzenbaum. He outlines what the original studies showed – astrocytoma brain tumors, seizures, cancers and other medical horrors. Aspartame was never, never proven safe! It was proven to be unsafe! We do have to apologize for the FDA of the U.S. They have caused great embarrassment and shame on this country for poisoning the world. Dr. James Bowen gave them a statement some years ago explaining that aspartame is mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70 countries of the world – now 100.

A Board of Inquiry of the FDA said not to approve it. Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes OVER-RULED that board and approved it anyway, and then went to work for Burson Marstellar, the PR firm of the manufacturer recently exposed in the book TOXIC SLUDE IS GOOD FOR YOU! The best way to under NutraSweet is to think of it as a minute dose of nerve gas that eradicates brain and nerve functions.

Also, on Hardcopy on Dec 31 two pilots were interviewed, Haynes Dunn who use to fly for Continental until he had a grand mal seizure from aspartame with a plane full of passengers and another pilot who simply blacked out on aspasrtame. Aspartame is a deadly hazard to aviation but the FAA hasn’t been able to do anything because the FDA won’t. The reason they won’t is because of their strong loyalty to Monsanto Chemical Company and the fact that they themselves are responsible for this approval that should never have occurred.

Senator Metzenbaum even told Dr. Kessler, past FDA Commissioner, that they should reopen the case because it should not have been approved. Instead of doing that he gave aspartame blanket approval in June, l996 showing through his actions his ultimate loyalty to Monsanto. Then he resigned while being investigated for padding expenses.

A copy of this is going to Attorney General Janet Reno, as has other communications including the recall with the words of Dr. James Bowen who said: “..the only responsible action would be to immediately take aspartame off the market, fully disclose its toxicities, offer full compensation to the injured, public and criminally prosecute anyone who participated in the fradulent placement of aspartame on the marketplace. That includes those who work so diligently to keep it on the market as well.” The indictment should be for genocide.

You may have seen the recent Reuters press release about the fact that the vets were poisoned by a neurotoxin to the brain. Yes, indeed, diet soda was sent to the Persian Gulf where it sat as long as 8 weeks on pallets in the Arabian sun of 120 degrees. At 86 degrees aspartame liberates methanol in the can. Methanol converts to formaldehyde and then formic acid (ant sting poison). The troops dined daily on formaldehyde cocktails. Aspartic acid and phenylalanine are two amino acids in aspartame that are neurotoxic when isolated from the other amino acids in protein. They go beyond the blood brain barrier and deteriorate the neurons of the brain causing brain damage of varying degrees. Also enclosed is an experiment done by Jennifer Cohen on Diet Coke. You will see the results from a food laboratory admitting that aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde and DKP even in the fridge!

Dr. Louis Elsas, Pediatric Professor at Emory University, Genetics, testified before Congress in l987 that aspartame is a neurotoxin and teratogen (triggers birth defects). The phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta and causes mental retardation if the baby survives at all. I’m sending you this testimony so you can’t ever say you didn’t know.

You say in your letter to Mr. Brewer: “We consider all the ingredients in our products very carefully before they are included, and are happy with the safety of aspartame.” You couldn’t have considered aspartame very carefully because you didn’t do the research. Otherwise, you would have known that aspartame is a neurotoxin – you would have seem the Congressional Record, and you would have reviewed the studies. In fact, within a week we are putting the Bressler Study on the web page, address below my signature. Read about all the cancers and other medical problems. You didn’t read the RAO study where 6 out of 7 monkeys had grand mal seizures on aspartame, a pivotal study that approved it. The 7th monkey died. Now seizures are rampant in the population!

Also, on web you’ll read the secret trade information that was discussed in Congress that shows you the manufacturer knew before it was ever marketed that a breakdown product of aspartame (of phenylalanine) is diketopiperazine a brain tumor agent!!!! And, indeed, it triggered astrocytomas in lab animals. Dr. Roberts peer reviewed journal on aspartame and brain tumors is also enclosed with this secret trade information. Dr. John Olney, world famous researcher exposed this to the world about a year ago when these rare brain tumors the rats suffered started increasing in the population. His reports are also enclosed.

Read these letters from Dr. Gross very carefully. Read every horror aspartame caused in the original studies and then you tell me this is the most tested additive in history. Its not an additive, its a drug with biologic effects. It interacts with other drugs including monoamine oxidase inhibitors, alpha-methyl-dopa and L-dihydroxphenylalanine. The phenylalanine in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin. Researchers say lowered serotonin is responsible for manic depression, mood swings, anxiety attacks, suicidal tendencies, etc., etc.

You’ve got the evidence in hand. You have two choices, loyalty and concern for the health and welfare of the consumer, or loyalty to Monsanto. I would suggest you advise us before the Boycott quartery goes to press.

This letter is being distributed the world over. We will send a follow-up with your response.


Mrs. Betty Martini
Founder Mission Possible International (warning the world off the deadly poison,aspartame)
Mission Possible
5950-H State Bridge Rd.
Suite 215, Duluth, GA 30155

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