ATLANTA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) April 12, 2005 -- Consumer rights advocacy group
Mission Possible is leading a campaign to fill a product liability lawsuit with
New York and New Jersey residents whose brain tumors may be linked to the consumption
of the artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful, etc.).
"Neither congressional hearings or repeated petitions calling for a ban
have stopped aspartame manufacturers from exposing the public to this sweet
poison. In fact, aspartame producers are reporting increased sales and boasting
the marketplace addition of 'neotame,' a new aspartame product," explained
Mission Possible International Founder Betty Martini.
For 16 years, the FDA resisted pressure to approve aspartame due to safety
studies linking the artificial sweetener to numerous adverse reactions, including
the development of brain tumors in animal studies. In 1977, FDA investigator
Jerome Bressler released a report describing how, in clinical studies submitted
to the FDA, Searle removed aspartame-induced brain tumors that developed in
lab rats and placed them back into the study. If the rats died, Bressler reported,
Searle would resurrect them on paper.
In a personal conversation with Martini and prominent aspartame experts, Doctors
H. J. Roberts and Russell Blaylock he admitted the studies were so bad FDA removed
20% of the most damaging data of his report.
Three years after Donald Rumsfeld became CEO of Searle, aspartame was approved
for use in dry goods. To find out how he accomplished this feat, click into
the new movie, “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” and hear the words
of renowned Washington Consumer Attorney James Turner as he speaks about President
Reagan's Executive Order: http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages/Rumsfeld2.html
Since its 1981 approval, the FDA has published a list of 92 symptoms of aspartame
poisoning, which includes headaches, vision loss including blindness, seizures,
neurological problems, cardiovascular problems and death. The FDA admits adverse
reactions to aspartame comprise about 80 percent of consumer complaints it receives
each year. Martini has been networking victims, scientists, and physicians under
an umbrella of scientific data and published medical literature that has been
growing since Mission Possible formed in 1992.
Having exhausted her executive and administrative remedies regarding the removal
of aspartame from the marketplace, Martini is convinced that, "Litigation
is the only way to spare consumers the misery of aspartame poisoning."
Martini's reasoning is supported in the outcomes of recent product liability
controversies. It was class action lawsuits -- not government agency intervention
-- that forced the epidemic of Vioxx-induced heart attacks out into the open
where the FDA had to take administrative action, banning sales of the dangerous
pain relief drug. Information from the experts and in medical texts show aspartame
is actually a neurotoxic drug that interacts with other drugs and vaccinations.
The story of how aspartame was discovered and approved by the FDA has been
pieced together over the years through documents obtained by Mission Possible.
That aspartame overcame FDA neurotoxicity concerns and is now found in over
7,000 commonly consumed foods, beverages and medical preparations is a case
study of how power politics trumps science and public safety in the product
In one set of documents, aspartame producer G.D. Searle used poor people from
six third-world countries as test subjects for a study conducted in 1983/84.
The data shows that, over the 18-month duration of the study, some of the subjects
developed brain tumors; others began to experience seizures. In one case, a
pregnant woman spontaneously aborted, began hemorrhaging and then disappeared
from the study.
The study showed that the numbers of people whose brains and central nervous
systems are adversely affected by aspartame are statistically significant enough
to warrant a review of its status as an FDA-approved artificial sweetener. But
the FDA was not provided with the results of the Searle study nor was it allowed
to review the clinical data.
A study was done at Kings College in England by Dr. Peter Nunn in 1999 on aspartame
and brain tumors. Monsanto insisted that aspartame could not cause brain tumors
because it doesn't get in the blood stream even though Martini says industry's
own studies shows it does and released this information in a report, which can
be read at http://www.rense.com/health3/asptumor.htm.
In the result of this study it said: "Interestingly, when we exposed human
brain tumour 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." This was exactly
what the famed neuroscientist Dr. John Olney said when he made world news in
l996 over the aspartame/brain tumor association.
Monsanto, the maker of the controversial bovine growth hormone that has been
linked to the development of cancer in humans and cattle, bought Searle (and
the rights to produce aspartame) in 1985. They sold in l999 to other companies.
The prevalence of brain tumors in the U.S. has been increasing steadily since
the early 1980s. Today, about 70 percent of adults and 40 percent of children
are regular consumers of products that contain aspartame.
"There is not one shred of evidence to suggest that aspartame is safe.
Yet, our files are overflowing with studies and reports proving that aspartame
is a not a food additive but a neurotoxic drug that breaks down to a brain tumor
agent, DKP. And now, 25 years later, we have epidemic proportions of people
developing brain tumors and a full spectrum of other neurological disorders,"
Aspartame's road to marketplace approval and its effect on public health is
extremely well documented. The aspartame story has been described in the 1,038-page
medical text "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" by H.J. Roberts,
MD. (http://www.sunsentpress.com). Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon
Russell Blaylock, M.D., also describes these problems. http://www.russellblaylockmd.com
Former aspartame-induced multiple-sclerosis sufferer Cori Brackett traveled
over 7,000 miles to interview physicians, scientists, attorneys and FDA investigators
about aspartame neurotoxicity and how then former (and now current) Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used his political muscle to achieve aspartame's FDA
approval. The result is the powerful video documentary "Sweet Misery: A
Poisoned World" (www.soundandfuryproductions.com).
The largest collection of aspartame-related studies, reports and case histories
available anywhere in the world can be found online at http://www.dorway.com,
the Mission Possible website. Aspartame Toxicity Center is http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
New York and New Jersey residents who believe they may qualify as a plaintiff
in a product liability lawsuit against aspartame producers are encouraged to
contact Mission Possible at (770) 242-2599. To qualify, one must be able to
establish themselves as an aspartame consumer prior to developing a brain tumor
and fall within the three-year statute of limitations.
Dr. Betty Martini
Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097