Ritalin-Aspartame-Chromosome Damage -
Killing Kids For Money From Dr. Betty Martini,
What they should know about
the aspartame connection:
1. Before the approval of
aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful, E951, Canderel) there was no epidemic of
Ritalin use or epidemic of learning disorders and behavioral problems. Renowned
neuroscientist, Dr. John Olney, predicted what would happen to the brains of our
children if aspartame was approved, especially in combination with MSG. He
founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity when he did studies on
aspartic acid, (40% of aspartame) and found it caused lesions in the brains of
mice. Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin, that stimulates the neurons of the brain
to death causing brain damage. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., wrote the
book on it, "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills". www.russellblaylockmd.com Dr.
Olney's report to the Board of Inquiry of the FDA explaining what would happen
to the brains of our kids can be gotten on CD from Bob Flint, Mission Possible
Maine, firstname.lastname@example.org It also has the Board of Inquiry report of the FDA
that revoked approval of aspartame. Learn how it finally got approved by seeing
the film Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, www.docworkers.com. On the film
Washington Attorney James Turner explains how Don Rumsfeld then CEO of G. D.
Searle Co. called in his markers to get approval of a deadly neurotoxic drug
masquerading as an additive. Mr. Turner along with Dr. John Olney tried to
2. Aspartame interacts with
all anti-depressants and psychiatric medication including Ritalin, of course.
Our children are medicated instead of educated. And aspartame triggers
behavioral and psychiatric problems to begin with. The 50% phenylalanine as an
isolate is neurotoxic and goes directly into the brain lowering the seizure
threshold and depleting serotonin. Lowered serotonin triggers manic depression
or bipolar, suicidal tendencies, mood swings, panic attacks - all types of
behavioral and psychiatric problems. Aspartame knows no age. Time Magazine ran
an article some years ago with bipolar on the cover. An epidemic of children
have bipolar and why does this point to aspartame? Because children don't get
bipolar, its an adult disease. Psychiatrist and medical director of the Safe
Harbor Behavioral Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ralph Walton, M.D. has
been concerned about the bipolar and aspartame connection for years and actually
did a study on aspartame which can be found on http://www.wnho.net He was
concerned if aspartame triggers depression what will it do to those already
compromised with these types of problems. Monsanto who owned NutraSweet at the
time told Dr. Walton they would supply the aspartame but changed their mind
because they could not control the study, no doubt. In the study one subject
suffered a retinal detachment while another had conjunctival bleeding. Many from
the compromised group said they felt they were being poisoned. The institution
stopped the study. Read Dr. Walton's research on scientific peer reviewed
studies and funding. 92% of independent, unbiased research showed the problems,
yet industry "controlled and financed studies" always said it was safe. This was
discussed on 60 Minutes by Dr. Walton when Dr. Olney made world news about the
aspartame/brain tumor association in l996. We are now taking aspartame brain
tumor cases from New York, Madison County, Illinois, New Jersey and Mississippi
for litigation. Aspartame breaks down to a brain tumor agent, diketopiperazine.
You have only to read the Secret Trade Information, last paragraph on
http://www.dorway.com to know the manufacturer knew it would do this and wanted
it approved anyway. They mentioned they had to consider almost conversion to DKP
and if they told the FDA they wouldn't get it approved. To check this out in
humans Searle sacrificed people in poor villages in 6 countries. The studies
showed that aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system, and hardens
the synovial fluids, according the horrific joint pain aspartame victims suffer.
Some developed brain tumors and others seizures. Searle did not publish the
findings but we have the sworn affidavit from the translator.
3. The July 2005 First For
Women has the issue of aspartame and anxiety and irritability on the cover as an
alert. On page 24 and 25 Dr. Walton is quoted as saying: "Just a sip of diet
soda can bring on symptoms like headaches, sluggishness, anxiety, depression and
irritability" .... Lorena Murray, our Mission Possible Hickory, N.C. is being
interviewed and she can be seen in the movie, Sweet Misery. What the article
didn't go into is that Lorena used aspartame during pregnancy and has aspartame
affected children with learning and behavioral problems. This neurotoxin almost
destroyed her life and family.
4. How can aspartame destroy
families? Because of damage of the hypothalamus and mitochondria this neurotoxin
triggers male sexual dysfunction and ruins female response. Being an endocrine
disrupting drug it stimulates prolactin, changes the menses and causes
infertility. This is discussed in detail in the medical text, Aspartame Disease:
An Ignored Epidemic, by H. J. Roberts, M.D., www.sunsentpress.com or 1 800 827
7991 There is also a report by biochemist, Dr. Madelon Price, who worked with
Dr. John Olney for 30 years, and it can be found on http://www.dorway.com A
Japanese Study some years ago also showed aspartame can cause infertility in the
male, and the DNA damage. If a woman gets off aspartame and does get pregnant
aspartame is an abortifacient, the reason for so many miscarriages. It is also a
teratogen and triggers birth defects and mental retardation. And even if a live
child is born it may have heinously damaged DNA for generations to come.
5. Has it been proven that
aspartame causes these problems in children. Absolutely! Go to the Safe Harbor
web site and read Miracle in Wisconsin . The ADD folks sponsored a program for
the worst school in Wisconsin. All vending and soda pop machines were removed
and the children were given nutritional food. At the end of the program this was
the best school in Wisconsin with zero learning and behavioral problems. In
September the ADD people, Feingold, banned aspartame.
Normally nobody would do a
study on aspartame and children because after a quarter of a century we know
without a shadow of a doubt how this aspartame destroys brains. In fact, some
years ago a Norway University did a study and found aspartame destroys the
brain, especially in the area of learning. However, a study was accidently done
in children by Dr. Baret of the Dominican Republic. Knowing that small children
drinking milk could trigger diabetes, Dr. Baret changed their diet to replace
milk with aspartame laced juice. It affected immediately almost all 360 children
with anxiety, irritability, etc. Knowing the only thing he did was add aspartame
to their diet he called. He then removed the aspartame laced juice and within 4
days all the children went back to normal. More information about this is in Dr.
Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic.
6. Has DNA damage been proven?
Beyond a shadow of a doubt. Dr. Russell Blaylock discussed the Trocho Study done
in l998 in Barcelona to the Minneapolis Neuropathy Association in l999. He said:
"A recent study by Trocho, Pardo and co-workers, have demonstrated that
following aspartame ingestion, significant amounts of formaldehyde accumulate in
the tissues. Formaldehyde is known to bind strongly to proteins and nucleic
acids, forming adducts that are extremely difficult to eliminate through normal
"In this study, they
demonstrated that labeled methanol ( as formaldehyde) accumulated in high
concentrations in the liver (50%) and in lower, but substantial, concenetrations
in the kidney, adipose tissue, brain and retina. Within the cell, they found
large amounts located within the DNA. It was interesting to note that these
doses were lower than that used in toxicity studies. Previous studies have shown
that very high doses of aspartame may not cause acute symptomalogy. This study
indicates the damage may necessitate longer periods of time to manifest itself
and that the eventual effects can be quite deleterious."
Having spoken to many people
in the media who have tried to interview the researchers in Barcelona, I can
tell you they won't be doing more studies on aspartame and they won't talk. They
have been threatened. This is one of the damning scientific peer reviewed
studies done on aspartame. When you damage DNA you can destroy humanity.
7. Why do not all physicians
and consumers known the above information? Because of the most wicked
propaganda. There are many front groups on the Internet like the Calorie Control
Council who had the audacity to write the Miami Herald and with full knowledge
push aspartame on pregnant women. See Dr. Blaylock's letter to the Miami Herald
on http://www.wnho.net click on aspartame. Does the Miami Herald know aspartame
is a deadly neurotoxin? Absolutely. They picked up propaganda from another front
group two years earlier. They were written by physicians like Dr. Roberts and
overwhelmed with aspartame victims testimonies. And since the front group was
writing about me I sent them proof they were wrong. This had to do with
lecturing for the World Environmental Conference and I even sent them my
invitation to speak. In both cases the Miami Herald printed none of the letters
nor did they write a retraction . They refused to tell me which reporter
published the propaganda. Obviously since they were writing about me in the
first place they should have contacted me, so intent was made clear. And while
they said they would publish they did not showing they did not want the public
to have the real facts. Shame on the Miami Herald. One caller reported a woman
reading the propaganda in the Miami Herald got back on aspartame, had a grand
mal seizure and died. Professional organizations also push the manufacturer's
propaganda because they receive their funding. You could write a book on the
propaganda mills and the lobbyists. Dr. Louis Elsas, Pediatric Professor,
Genetics, testified before Congress about what aspartame and birth defects. His
excellent testimony is on http://www.dorway.com and http://www.wnho.net
8. What you can do to help
save the children. What is most important at the present time is that the
Alabama Board of Education on July 12 will vote on a health plan for the Alabama
schools to deal with obesity. And there are some that want to allow caffeinated
diet drinks in the schools for 2005/06 school year. Keep in mind it's the diet
drinks that cause obesity because of the aspartame and a new study has proven
Also read Dr. Sandra Cabot's
paper on http://www.dorway.com Aspartame Makes You Fatter and Dr. Ralph Walton's
paper on Aspartame and Depression and Obesity. It also can precipitate diabetes,
simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy and interacts with
insulin as diabetic specialist H. J. Roberts, M.D., discusses in his medical
text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic. The soft drink industry in Alabama
is lobbying hard. We need everyone's help to stop them. Read the recent article
below about lobbying:
The Junk Food Lobby Wins
By Michele Simon,
AlterNet. Posted June 17, 2005.
The junk-food industry's
lobbyists are working hard to make sure sodas, candy and fast food are cheap and
plentiful in the nation's schools. Tools
More stories by Michele Simon
On Tuesday, Connecticut
Governor Jodi Rell vetoed what would have been the nation's strongest
school-based nutrition law. With one stroke of the pen, she put to rest an
extremely contentious three-year battle to rid Connecticut schools of soda and
Similar scenarios are being
played out in state capitals all over the nation, where high-paid lobbyists of
multi-national corporations such as Coca-Cola are swooping in to foil the
efforts of local nutrition advocates, educators. With rising rates of childhood
obesity and diabetes, state legislatures have become a major battleground over
the sale of junk food in public schools.
Ironically, the most common
argument made against such bills is that schools should maintain "local control"
over nutrition policy. But Governor Rell's reasoning is hard to swallow. She
invoked the word "local" no fewer than 16 times in her 3-page veto message.
However, many school policies are made at the state and even national level.
Perhaps the governor has heard of President Bush's "No Child Left Behind"
But Rell is not alone. All
over the country, politicians deep in the pockets of the junk food lobby are
using the excuse of "local control" to defend their indefensible positions on
school nutrition. Trouble is that local school districts are lured by the
much-needed cash generated by soda and junk food sales. Yet, as many parents are
realizing, no amount of money can justify sacrificing children's health.
Same Story Elsewhere
Recent examples of similar
corporate influence include how in March, the Kentucky state legislature passed
a compromise bill that bans soda only in elementary schools. Kentucky nutrition
advocates were worn down after battling Coca-Cola lobbyists for four years.
Allowing companies to continue to sell soda in middle and high schools was the
only way the bill could possibly pass.
Also, Arizona passed a law in
April that bans the sale of soft drinks and candy during the school day, but
only in kindergarten through eighth grade. The provision that would have
extended the ban to high schools was added and removed from the bill several
times, but ultimately, the junk food lobby got its way.
And in May, a strong piece of
legislation was completely gutted in Oregon thanks to corporate lobbying. The
bill would have banned carbonated soft drinks, candy, and fried pastry products
in schools. But the law that passed calls only for schools to have "wellness
policies." The Oregon Soft Drink Association donated $91,000 in campaign
contributions to state politicians last fall. Three key lawmakers--members of
the education committee--received $2,000 each.
High-powered Lobbying Tactics
The showdown in Connecticut
involved an eight-hour House debate in which lawmakers engaged in such stall
tactics as relating memories of being deprived of candy as a child. (Who cares
and why is this is a basis for policymaking?) The original bill would have
allowed only water, juice, and milk to be sold during the school day, but a
compromise reached at the end of the marathon session allowed diet soda and
sports drinks to be sold in high schools. Then the bill had to go back to the
Senate, where it had already passed. But this time, lawmakers there attempted to
delay the process by adding no fewer than 10 unrelated amendments, such as
requiring smoke detectors in school bathrooms.
And in a particularly
underhanded move, while the bill awaited the governor' s signature, a sign
mysteriously appeared on the inside of a high school vending machine that read
"Let the state know how you feel about the state getting into your lunch
program", followed by Governor Rell's e-mail and phone number. The sign was not
approved by the school, as is required for all public postings.
To do its bidding, Coca-Cola
hired Patrick Sullivan, of Sullivan & LeShane, which the Hartford Courant
has called "the most influential lobbying firm in the state." For his services,
Sullivan is paid $80,000 annually by Coca- Cola 's New York division, plus an
additional $7,350 a month by its New England subsidiary.
What Connecticut Governor Rell
failed to mention in her veto message was her own possible conflict of interest:
The other co-founder of this lobbying firm, Patricia LeShane, has served as the
governor's campaign advisor.
Proposals to rid schools of
unhealthy food and beverages are currently pending in several other states where
similar battles are being fought. For example, in California, nutrition
advocates are back asking lawmakers to get soda out of high schools, which were
exempted from a measure passed two years ago thanks to soda industry lobbying.
How many years must go by and how many precious resources must be spent on
accomplishing what should be common sense policy? And when will politicians
begin to show real leadership by placing the health of our children above
Michele Simon, a public-health
attorney who teaches health policy at UC Hastings College of the Law, is
director of the Center for Informed Food Choices, a nonprofit in Oakland, Calif.
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The Idaho Observer publishes
the Artificially Sweetened Times, 24 page booklets to distribute to friends and
families on aspartame. The front page is titled "What Is Happening To Our
Children". You can get your copies from www.idaho-observer.com You can
distribute to PTA's and schools to alert parents and teachers.
You can also show the movie,
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, www.docworkers.com at PTA meetings and at
lectures in school systems.
Remember that aspartame
interacts with vaccines and is a chemical hypersensitivity agent. So when
children get off aspartame on to such things as Splenda which is a chlorcarbon
poison they can react. Dr. Blaylock's book Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
brings out even when a life child is born of an aspartame user and appears
normal, by the time they reach puberty you can see the problems especially
Unfortunately, Dr. John
Olney's prophecy has been fulfilled. Help save the children. Read below: Report
of Ritalin Risks Prompts a Federal Study.
Dr. Betty Martini, Founder,
Mission Possible International, 9270 River Club Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 770
242-2599 http://www.wnho.net and http://www.dorway.com Aspartame Toxicity
New York Times July 1, 2005
Report of Ritalin Risks
Prompts a Federal Study
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 30
- Federal health officials said Thursday that they were looking into a
suggestion by a small Texas study that Ritalin and other stimulant drugs given
to children might increase their risk of cancer later in life.
A team of experts from the
Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the
Environmental Protection Agency went to Texas on May 23 to examine the methods
used by the researchers, who found damage to the chromosomes of 12 children who
took Ritalin for three months.
Ritalin, which entered the
market in 1955, has been used for decades to treat children for attention or
Dr. David Jacobson-Kram of the
Office of New Drugs at the food and drug agency said that the study, by
researchers at the University of Texas and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, had
flaws in its methodology but that its results could not be dismissed. Drugs that
are known to cause cancer cause similar chromosomal changes, Dr. Jacobson-Kram
But other scientists cautioned
that the study was far too small and its finding far too preliminary to cause
alarm. The study did not include a comparison group of children who had not
taken Ritalin. And federal officials said there was no reason for children
currently taking Ritalin or other stimulants to stop taking them.
Dr. Lawrence Greenhill of
Columbia University, an expert on Ritalin and other stimulant drugs used for
children, questioned why the government was devoting so many resources to
following up on the study's findings. Dr. Greenhill, like many other academic
researchers, serves as a consultant for companies that make the drugs.
Several research teams are
trying to reproduce the study on a larger scale, using better controls. And
federal officials are examining millions of health records to determine if
children who took Ritalin decades ago now have higher rates of cancer. The drug
agency has also asked the makers of Ritalin-like stimulants to provide it with
any information about their drugs' effects on chromosomes.
"I would say that if these
data are reproducible, then that would be very concerning," Dr. Jacobson-Kram
He added that it would be at
least a year before the results of those studies were known.
It is unclear, Dr.
Jacobson-Kram said, how Ritalin might damage chromosomes.
"There's no obvious mechanism
by which these drugs should be doing this," he said. "And there is nothing about
them by which they clue us that they are DNA damaging."
About 29 million prescriptions
were written last year in the United States for Ritalin and similar drugs to
treat attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, 23 million of them for
children. The drugs are among the most widely prescribed medicines in the world.
Controversy has long
surrounded their use, however, with critics saying that the medications are
greatly over prescribed.
Dr. Jacobson-Kram made his
presentation before an F.D.A. advisory committee called to examine the most
recent reports of adverse events among children taking Concerta, a long-acting
form of Ritalin. The committee found nothing new or unusual about the reports,
which included cases of children who had become psychotic and others who had
developed heart problems.
The drug agency said no
committee members had conflicts of interest that would prevent them from
evaluating the drug's safety in an independent manner.
F.D.A. officials told the
committee that the agency planned to change Concerta's label to make the risks
of such side effects clearer. Among the mental side effects reported among
children taking Concerta were hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, psychotic
behaviors and aggression.
"It's not that this is
something new or that this is something that's happening at a higher incidence
than before," Dr. Paul Andreason, a psychiatrist who is part of the agency's
division of neuropharmacologic drug products, told the committee.
But, Dr. Andreason said,
descriptions of these problems in the labels of Concerta, Ritalin and similar
stimulants are often written in technical language. So the F.D.A. has decided
that descriptions of the drugs' potential side effects must be stated more
clearly, he said.
Still, agency officials and
several committee members said they were not convinced that Concerta caused
mental problems like hallucinations and psychosis. Rather, the children taking
the drug may also suffer from other mental disorders.
"The agency believes that it
is not yet possible to determine whether these events, especially the more
serious ones, are causally associated with these treatments," said Dr. Dianne
Murphy, director of the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics at the drug agency.
The most common side effects
of Ritalin, Concerta and similar drugs are appetite suppression, headaches,
abdominal pain and sleep disturbances. Children who take these drugs chronically
often weigh less and are shorter in stature as a