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Catastrophe! More FDA Lies about Advantame/Aspartame as “Harmless”!
(Dr. Adrian Gross of the FDA in 1987 Decried Aspartame A Time Bomb Waiting to G Off, Corporate Studies as “Worthless” Yet FDA in 2017 tells the completely corporate-protecting opposite story,especially about the concentrated Advantame)
Correspondence Between Betty Martini of Mission Possible International to Dr. Joseph Thomas at the FDA
To: “Thomas, Joseph”
From: “Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum.”
Dear Dr. Thomas,
Thank you for getting back to me. It’s because of reading some of what you have on your web page on Advantame that I have so many questions. Here is what Ajinomoto wrote: “Advantame is also FEMA GRAS approved (FEMA #: 4716) as an artificial flavor. The flavors of Dairy drinks, Frozen Desserts, Beverages, and Chewing Gum can be enhanced with low levels of Advantame.” So I want to know exactly when Advantame is not labeled.
This is just another aspartame product. Since the dangers of aspartame have now reached critical mass its the intention of the manufacturers to keep selling it somehow. Some worries are things like this enhancement of dairy drinks they mention. Aspartame is required by law to have a PKU warning for phenylketonurics who can’t metabolize phenylalanine and Advantame is half aspartame. Yet your web site says there will be no PKU warning. It doesn’t matter how much is used, especially since as Dr. James Bowen has said, “aspartame causes Phenylketonuria itself.” Also its cumulative. Read the Trocho Study http://www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_and_preembalming.htmThis shows the formaldehyde embalms living tissue and damages DNA. You ignore all the “independent” peer reviewed studies. This study alone should remove aspartame from the market. As brought out in Dr. Woodrow Monte’s book, “While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills”, www.whilesciencesleeps.com the tissues are turned to plastic. On this web site you can read the last chapter on aspartame and autism, and the deal between G. D. Searle and FDA to seal the teratology studies so the public wouldn’t find out aspartame caused neural tube defects, spina bifida and cleft palate for starters. How could the FDA commit such a demonic act? Even Dr. John Olney who tried to prevent approval wrote in his report to the FDA Board of Inquiry that birth defects are a given. The FDA agreed with Dr. Olney and told him even though Rumsfeld got it marketed they would see to it that no child ever used it. Famous last words! Since the FDA finally released 4 of those original studies to Dr. Monte after I added what FDA sealed back to the Bressler Report the FDA cannot say aspartame doesn’t cause birth defects. So where is the pregnancy warning on Advantame?
Dr. Richard Wurtman at MIT wrote: “Possible Neurologic Effects of Aspartame, a widely used food additive”: He said in the abstract: The artificial sweetener aspartame (L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanyl-methyl ester), is consumed, primarily in beverages, by a very large number of Americans, causing significant elevations in plasma and, probably, brain phenylalanine levels. Anecdotal reports suggest that some people suffer neurologic or behavioral reactions in association with aspartame consumption. Since phenylalanine can be neurotoxic and can affect the synthesis of inhibitory monoamine neurotransmitters, the phenylalanine in aspartame could conceiveably mediate neurologic effects. If mice are given aspartame in doses that elevate plasma phenylalanine levels more than those of tyrosine (which probably occurs after any aspartame dose in humans), the frequency of seizures following the administration of an epileptogenic drug, pentylenetetrazole, is enhanced. This effect is simulated by equimolar phenylalanine and blocked by concurrent administration of valine, which blocks phenylalanine’s entry into the brain. Aspartame also potentiates the induction of seizures by inhaled fluorothyl or by electroconvulsive shock. Perhaps regulations concerning the sale of food additives should be modified to require the reporting of adverse reactions and the continuing conduct of mandated safety research.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1474447/
After Dr. Wurtman had received 80 cases of seizures from aspartame he said it was enough to have it removed from the market. The phenylalanine always has affected all consumers, not just phenylketonurics. Removing the PKU warning is inexcusable. Dr. Wurtman’s medical text is “Dietary Phenylalanine and Brain Function” – Richard J. Wurtman and Eva Ritter-Walker
Industry knows about the warnings so The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed a petition with FDA to allow aspartame in milk and 17 other dairy products unlabeled. This is against the law but instead of telling Big Dairy they wouldn’t permit it FDA states its a way to get them to drink their milk. (Dr. David Hattan). In other words the children are warned not to use anything low fat or with aspartame so they won’t be harmed by the poison and the FDA sacrifices them for the profit of Big Dairy. I remember when this came out I was in Chicago visiting Jerome Bressler. I was sitting on his bed in a nursing home showing him the paperwork and he said, “Betty, the FDA can’t allow this, it’s absolutely against the law.” I said, “Jerome, they sealed the two mouse studies and the cover letter, in your Bressler Report so the public wouldn’t know aspartame causes birth defects, one of the most hideous crimes in FDA history, why would you think they would change now?” He just hung his head and said, “no protection of the public”. Even before he became bedridden he told people in the nursing home “don’t drink diet pop, its poison”!
So now we have Ajinomoto saying Advantame can be used to flavor dairy drinks. Will it be labeled or used unlawfully like aspartame? First lets get this out of the way. Aspartame was never proven safe and you know it. (“Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI7_8FDzuJE). Here in this hour and a half documentary Attorney James Turner explains how aspartame was marketed because of the political chicanery of Don Rumsfeld.
FDA chief scientist Dr. Adrian Gross in the aspartame investigation as well as the FDA toxicologist, Jacqueline Verrett, testified against the FDA to the Senate. On 8/1/1985 Dr. Gross told the Senate aspartame was on the market illegally, that it violated the Delaney Amendment because it causes cancer, and the FDA should not even be able to set an ADI. His last words will never be forgotten “And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public?” In l987 Dr. Jacqueline Verrett, a toxicologist and member of the Bressler Task Force, testified before a US Senate hearing. She described the discrepancies found in the Searle tests of aspartame as ‘serious departures from acceptable toxicological protocols.’ “It is unthinkable,” she said, ‘that any reputable toxicologist giving a complete, objective evaluation of the data resulting from such a study could conclude anything other than that the study was uninterpretable and worthless and should be repeated.’ “On the crucial question itself: ‘It would appear that the safety of aspartame and its breakdown products has still not been satisfactorily determined, since many of the flaws cited in these three studies were also present in all of the other studies submitted by Searle.”
These two scientists were the main ones in the investigation of aspartame. It was Dr. Gross who asked for the indictment of fraud but as you know both US Prosecutors Sam Skinner and William Conlon hired on with the defense department and the statute of limitations expired. Dr. Jacqueline Verrett is testifying in 1987 and aspartame was approved in 1981, so she is saying its on the market and it still hasn’t been proven safe. Who else would you get accurate information from other than those who were there at the beginning at FDA and testified on the original studies? Unfortunately www.dorway.com was hacked because it had so many of FDA’s own records but I have all the originals and below my signature I’m listing two letters from Dr. Gross on the studies, where he agrees with Dr. Verrett and even goes further saying aspartame is a “Time Bomb”. It exploded on the market with victims screaming from the symptoms and diseases triggered or precipitated by aspartame, you know the ones you call anecdotes. The power of the aspartame industry even prevented the bill for a moratorium and independent studies being done on what was said to be seen in the population like behavioral problems in children, what it does to the fetus, seizures and drug interactions. It was even admitted in Congress that the FDA was so swamped in complaints they started referring them to the AIDS hotline.
You said when I brought up all the original records that these had already been addressed. Who did FDA address them to? Certainly I got no response. The FDA did not even reply to my petition to ban for 14 years, you know the one that is suppose to be answered in 180 days. Then neither Dr. Ken Stoller who also wrote for a ban, or myself got the letter. We only saw it because the National Law Review published it.
The old FDA tried to protect the public. The new FDA is when President Reagan wrote an executive order preventing the FDA from signing the revoked petition for approval of aspartame into law and appointed Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes as Commissioner to over-rule the Board of Inquiry. All he had to do was add another person to create a tie, and then break the tie by over-ruling the Board. When Don Rumsfeld said he would call in his markers and get aspartame approved this is how he did it. Hayes reward was going to work for Burson Marsteller, the PR company of the manufacturer for $1000.00 a day on a ten year contract. According to one article Hayes was only there about 15 days. Reward for Don Rumsfeld? He got twelve million when G. D. Searle sold to Monsanto.
The point of all this is if aspartame was never proven safe than how can you put Advantame on the market, especially since FDA has admitted they have been swamped with complaints for years. Also, rather than go into why Advantame has not been proven safe, all the unpublished studies, none long term, and the problems they had excuses for like the rabbits appeared to be particularly sensitive to Advantame with female deaths reported , decreased ovarian weights and also miscarriage, I’ll just add the report: http://gefree.org.nz/assets/A1034.doc This is from GE Free New Zealand and is the most indepth I’ve seen. There was everything from congestion of the lungs in males to enlarged livers in male mice.
As to 144 pages of regulations, that has been the problem with FDA, they don’t adhere to their own regulations, or the Delaney Amendment would have stopped approval of aspartame. Another modus operandi of the FDA is to postpone. The colors have been proven to be carcinogenic like brilliant blue and one article says FDA has put off doing anything about it 29 times, and its an old article. FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett even wrote a book about it, “Eating May Be Hazardous to Your Health.”
You make regulations and don’t enforce them. Take for instance, the regulation on adulteration and aspartame is adulterated. In the protest of the National Soft Drink Association reported to FDA in 1983 they said to FDA: “Aspartame is inherently, markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media. In a liquid, such as a soft drink, aspartame will degrade as a function of temperature and pH. Higher temperatures and more acidic liquids increase the rate of degradation.” The NSDA also knew the use of such an unstable chemical sweetener is illegal and said under Section 402 of
the FDC Act 21 U.S.C. 342: “a food is adulterated if it contains in whole or in part . . . a decomposed substance of it is otherwise unfit for food.” This report became part of the Congressional Record in l985. FDA ignored that aspartame violated the adulteration regulation. Winston Food Laboratories in testing Diet Coke that had been refrigerated several years ago found that it had already broken down to diketopiperazine, the brain tumor agent. (Robert Cohen). It was even published in the Food Chemical News. It didn’t mean a thing to FDA who operates above the law. It travels by Hazmat Placard like other poisons. It, therefore, violates Interstate Commerce laws that say an adulterated product for sale cannot be shipped by IC.
Advantame is called a flavor enhancer like Senomyx. FDA allowed Senomyx to be labeled under artificial flavors. Neotame is in pork unlabeled. How much of the population do you believe knows about this. Aspartame is so poisonous that it causes chemical hypersensitization. Victims carry epipens. I’m a victim of it myself because aspartame is being put in so many generic drugs and all gastrointestinal generics have it according to one physician who checked. It violently interacts with pain medication and I stopped breathing three times when these aspartame generic drugs were given to me. It was a good thing I was in the hospital. I also had urticaria from head to toe which aspartame triggers. Will Advantame also be labeled under artificial flavors. All ingredients of a product should be on the label. When is the last time FDA went after a product that has undeclared aspartame like in Mars bars. They told me it was under artificial flavors. Just how much of the public do you believe knows that even though they could go into anaphylactic shock?
In an article about a new device that picks up poisons and unsafe food it says they found aspartame undeclared in juice and soda pop. So what assurances do we have about Advantame. Aspartame, Equal, Neotame and Advantame need to be banned. If you find more excuses to keep a poison on the market for human consumption, not adding a pregnancy warning is unconscionable. You will see the teratology information added back to the Bressler Report: http://www.mpwhi.com/complete_bressler_report.pdf It was FDA scientist Dr. Thomas Collins who wrote aspartame causes birth defects on one of the forms. I explained that to Dr. Collins wife who said: “He won’t speak to anybody about it, no matter who calls.”
So they got to him but its in his handwriting and in the material added back,
Under my signature read on the letters from FDA scientist and aspartame investigator, Dr. Adrian Gross. Long as they might be he explains the studies were worthless and is a time bomb. They remind me of the affidavit given to me from Jana Marie who shredded the studies for G. D. Searle in an affidavit. She said: “Here’s what was going on. The copies were being sent to France, then I was shredding them, too and the originals were being shredded. They were about the new product not yet on the market, EQUAL. They were the lab results from the tested rats and other animals. The results were outrageous. This stuff killed everything it touched.
“I overheard a conversation on the second day by the “boss” and the girls who was telling me what to do. She told him what I was doing and that I was also doing the faxing to France. He was livid and started screaming at her, “What if she reads some of this stuff?” she told him I was too stupid to know what I was reading, even if I did.
“What she didn’t know was that I was a doctor’s daughter, that I had 3 years of college and I was extremely intellegent. Nor did she know that all during my father’s college years when he was in charge of the animal lab at his college, he would take me to help give the rats their injections. I knew what I was reading.” So I’m waiting to be addressed on the fact that all the studies proved aspartame was never proven safe and triggered everything from cancer to seizures.
When you receive a medical text (“Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic” by H. J. Roberts, M.D., www.amazon.com) that gives the mechanisms by which aspartame triggers or precipitates disease, drug interactions and all the other scientific information, and you tell me there is no science or mechanisms in it, I know the aspartame industry wrote the letter for you. It takes real arrogance to lie to that extent.
Now tell me with aspartame never being proven safe and almost 100% of independent studies showing the problems why its still on the market and how you could approve Advantame. Why no pregnancy warning? Since the FDA wanted G. D. Searle indicted for fraud, and they were unable to prove it safe, industry studies are not acceptable. If it couldn’t be proven safe then it can’t be proven safe now.
The food additive regulation for Advantame is found under Title 21 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) 172.803 [https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=1&SID=a0505d0802ae61d9d4e60618dd82f43e&ty=HTML&h=L&mc=true&r=SECTION&n=se21.3.172_1803 ].
Advantame must be declared by name in the list of ingredients on food products per 21 CFR 101.4 (a)(1) [https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=a3559e23b5b7103ee17cf8e20c5ae3ab&mc=true&node=pt21.2.101&rgn=div5#se21.2.101_1100 ].
Additional information on artificial sweeteners can be found at the following links as well:
I hope this answers your question, however please let me know if you require any clarification.
Joseph M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Consumer Safety Officer
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Food Additive Safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com, www.wnho.net, Aspartame Toxic
Dr. Betty Martini for over 20 years is the founder of the worldwide volunteer force, Mission Possible World Health International, which is committed to removing aspartame from our food supply. She has an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for (more…)
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