EU Calls For Investigation Of Aspartame And Stevia

by Betty Martini

The European Parliament has adopted resolutions to make sure that foodstuffs and drinks consumed in the EU are safe. It has called for an investigation of aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Canderel, E951, Spoonful, Benevia, etc.)

A document from the European Parliament says that “the use of aspartame increases the exposure to its metabolites methanol/formaldehyde and phenylalanine, and is reported to
provoke headaches, nausea and allergic reactions, especially in the case of vulnerable persons. Its widespread use should therefore be re-evaluated by the Commission and the relevant scientific committees, taking into account all available data and respecting the precautionary principle. A historical evaluation is required as there seems to be evidence that original studies did not prove the safety of aspartame.”

There is also a call for proposals to improve the labeling of products containing aspartame and Parliament wants the new directive to be implemented in the Member States within a year. They are concerned about a lack of warning labels for pregnant women and children’s health.

Rightly so, since aspartame is an abortifacient and a teratogen. It also stimulates prolactin. It is an endocrine disrupting chemical. It changes the menses triggering infertility. Then if the consumer is off aspartame and gets pregnant she may lose the baby if she gets back on it.

James Bowen, M.D. in ‘Aspartame Murders Infants’ ( says: “At every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys, beginning with the gleam in Mom and Pop’s eyes: It ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this aspartame disrupts fetal development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born, aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future generations.”

The manufacturer and the FDA have steadfastly refused to put a warning on aspartame even though they have full knowledge of how it can destroy the fetus or trigger birth defects. Louis Elsas, M.D., Pediatric Prof, Emory University (Genetics) testified before Congress on this issue. A paper by H. J. Roberts, M.D. admitted that even a man consuming aspartame at conception can cause birth defects in his own child.

Why does the FDA refuse these warnings? The law requires that an additive be inert or non-reactive. Admitting that aspartame can destroy the fetus or inflict horrendous birth defects show that aspartame is not an additive but a deadly neurotoxic drug. It interacts with just about every drug used to treat the problems it causes.

The allergies mentioned by the European Parliament are related to the fact that aspartame is a chemical hypersensitization agent. Hence those who have used this deadly toxin have interactions with vaccines, toxins, GM foods and other unsafe so-called additives. These may include sucralose (Splenda) which has a chlorinated base like DDT and can cause auto-immune disease and acesulfame potassium (which triggered cancer and leukemia in original studies). Parliament has called for a review of sucralose and aspartame-acesulfame salt use within three years as well.

Russell Blaylock, M.D., author of ‘Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills’, says in a lecture found at that the reactions to aspartame are not allergic but toxic like arsenic and cyanide. In his new book ‘Health and Nutrition Secrets To Save Your Life’ he says all it takes is one diet drink to cause significant DNA damage. Dr. Blaylock is a neurosurgeon and specialist in bioterrorism.

John Olney, M.D., who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, and who did the studies on aspartic acid (40% of aspartame), testified to the Board of Inquiry of the FDA. He explained what would happen to the brains of children if aspartame was approved, and the Board agreed not to approve aspartame. This report and the entire Board of Inquiry report stated that aspartame is not safe, and can be read here at, (Mission Possible, Maine).

There is no reason for aspartame to be on the market. It may be sweet, but it is a sweet poison. Alex Constantine in ‘Nutrapoison’ (on states that aspartame was listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress. It also has a synergistic effect with such things as MSG, another excitotoxin (, fluoride and RBGH. It is not a diet product, it is a drug that makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight.

Aspartame Disease has been declared a global plague by world expert H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P.,F.C.C.P. He has treated aspartame victims in the trenches of medical practice for 20 years. In the l980’s a medical publication selected Dr. Roberts as the best doctor in the US. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in The World and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. As a diabetic specialist he realized aspartame was a toxin when his diabetic patients began going blind, becoming confused, and when their blood sugar would not stay under control. He says in a position paper on aspartame and hypoglycemia that aspartame can precipitate diabetes and even interacts with insulin.

Dr. H. J. Roberts has now provided to the world a medical text on this plague titled ‘Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic’. It was written for consumers as well as physicians. Because the FDA and the manufacturers have lied to the public, the hands of well meaning physicians have been tied. They are unable to correlate the vast epidemics aspartame has triggered with this toxin, and thus patients cannot be treated with all the facts. The entire story of how a chemical poison was marketed for human consumption is in this medical text, as well as chapters on drug interaction, detoxification, and tips for physicians. There is also a discussion on all of the epidemics and symptoms of aspartame poisoning, along with explanations of how aspartame triggers these problems.

Over the past 20 years it has been proven that aspartame breaks down to diketopiperazine (a brain tumor agent). It destroys the central nervous system, mimics MS and causes Lou Gehrig symptoms. The FDA lists on their report 92 documented symptoms triggered by this aspartame.

This brings us to the Gulf War Illness. The US government has been told repeatedly that aspartame breaks down at 86 degrees. Gulf War Veterans say that diet drinks stayed on pallets under desert conditions for as long as 8 weeks at a time, and that the troops drank them all day long. Their problems are identical to Aspartame Disease and match the FDA report of symptoms triggered by this toxin. A study on Desert Storm Syndrome also showed Lou Gehrig symptoms.

G.D. Searle & Co. (original developers of aspartame) did studies on this drug in South America (never published), experimenting on people in poor villages. Some died, some developed brain tumors and others seizures. These studies showed that aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system, and even hardens the synovial fluids causing agonizing joint pain, many times diagnosed as fibromyalgia.

Aspartame is also a hazard to the aviation industry where many pilots are users of anti-seizure medication. Aspartame is a seizure-triggering drug that interacts with anti-seizure drugs. Five American Airline pilots who were heavy users of aspartame have perished, one in flight. Two have had strokes.

The Federal Aviation Administration claims that as Aspartame is approved by the FDA, there is nothing they can do. Could they at least warn the pilots? In a 52 week oral toxicity study, 7 infant moneys were fed aspartame. 5 had grand mal seizures and 1 died. The FDA report lists 4 types of seizures triggered by this neurotoxin. Further, aspartame damages the cardiac system and causes sudden death. It triggers an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with all cardiac medication. Should this information be made available to the aviation industry and their regular customers?

Now there are once again troops in the Gulf, and they are already sick again. I see them chewing gum and wonder if it has aspartame, in this fashion going directly to the brain. They are using breath mints and I wonder if these too have aspartame. I’m checking to see if the pop companies again sent diet drinks knowing what happened last time. And then there is all this post stress reported among the troops. Remember that aspartame also depletes serotonin. This triggers manic depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies, insomnia, etc.

One aspartame brain tumor victim told me when she was in a support group in San Antonio there were 70 Gulf War Veterans there with brain tumors. And while there are all sorts of toxins in Iraq, understand that aspartame destroys the immune system and many might not be affected except for aspartame. Dr. Blaylock wrote a brochure on how to survive bioterrorism. He told me consumers could not sustain chemical warfare because excitotoxins have destroyed the immune system. And, of course, aspartame interacts with all toxins.

I’ve lectured in the UK twice and seen the diseases and symptoms that mirror those in the US from aspartame. This last summer I was locked up by UK Immigration for 3 1/2 hours. They wanted to know how many people would find out about the dangers of aspartame if they allowed me into England. They confiscated all of my books and materials on aspartame although in the end they gave them back. Who was responsible for this? Industry is very powerful, I ask if you now might be affected by their propaganda and their power?

The EU has the ability to undo what was done when the UK approved aspartame. You can ban it from Europe – the result would be like falling dominos around the world. Don’t let one more baby die before it breathes the breath of life! I am happy to address Parliament if you so desire and answer any questions.

All the records of the FDA showing aspartame to be a poison are available in England for any members of Parliament wanting to see them. Some of these records are on In America there are already Aspartame Detoxification Centers to help victims.

I flew to Belgium and gave these FDA records that the EU had never seen to Miguel-Angel Granero-Rosell (EU Health & Consumer Protection Directorate) and Peter Wagstaffe (Consumer Policy and Consumer Health Protection). I feared they would side with industry, but told them repeatedly that they had to care. Unfortunately they put out their report leaving out the most damning reports like those by Dr. Roberts.

I showed them the medical text about the size of the New York phone directory. I showed them the flawed studies and what industry has done, like when Monsanto tried to show aspartame doesn’t trigger seizures. (In the Rowan study they secretly gave 16 of the 18 subjects anti-seizure medication, and then only gave them one capsule of aspartame for a one day study, tantamount to smelling the bottle.) But they sided with industry and we have a 59 page report in rebuttal showing what they did.

I asked them why they outlawed Stevia and was told there were no studies showing safety. (Stevia is a herb which has been used in Brazil for thousands of years, especially to aid diabetics because it helps in the metabolism of sugar.) I told them we have about 500 studies showing safety – where did they want them sent? No answer. They didn’t want them available.

Stevia was outlawed in Europe through nothing more than hearsay. I did receive a call from England from someone claiming to have worked with Monsanto. He said they were responsible.

Aspartame was marketed by G.D. Searle & Co. and then sold to Monsanto in l985. It has now been sold to Ajinomoto in Europe, Childs in Boston, Merisant (investment firm, Monsanto managers) and Michael Dell’s investment firm. We are now taking case histories for class action starting with the brain tumors, seizures, eye deterioration and blindness.

I filed a Citizens Petition with the FDA for recall before I left America for England. The law requires six months to answer. It has now been ten months. It was based on the fact that their own records show aspartame to be a chemical poison, and that the public has been lied to about safety.

Their own FDA toxicologist told Congress that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because it can cause brain tumors and brain cancer. (The Delaney Amendment forbid putting anything in food you know will cause cancer.) It also triggered mammary, uterine, ovarian, thyroid, pancreatic and testicular tumors. His last words to Congress were “And if the FDA violates its own law, who is left to protect the public?”

He also mentioned that an allowable daily dose of aspartame could not be set. You cannot set an ADI of safety of poison.

The other FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, told Congress that all [pro-aspartame] studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out. Be sure you read my letter to Ajinomoto on web the who have lied to the public and what really happened during the approval process. They refused to answer the letter.

This is the reason for Mission Possible Intl, a global unpaid volunteer force warning the world off this poison.

For more information you can contact the author of this article as below.

Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible International, 9270 River Club Parkway, Duluth, Georgia, USA, 770 242-2599,

Four support groups on line. Aspartame Toxicity Center,

This article is prepared in the spirit of freedom of information. It is not designed as a source of medical advice. It does not contain claims on behalf of any therapeutic product.

The information herein provided has been thoroughly researched and the authors trust in good faith the reliability of the source material listed at the end of this article.

It is recommended that you obtain a personalized consultation from a competent health professional before embarking on any natural or pharmaceutical therapy.

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