From the September 2001 Idaho Observer:

M.D. declares aspartame disease global plague

Aspartame-like Neotame coming soon to a store near you

By The Idaho Observer

Mission Possible editor Betty Martini, who processes the world's most cutting edge information regarding the toxic artificial sweetener aspartame, reports that H.J. Roberts, M.D., has declared aspartame disease a global epidemic upon publishing the 1,023-page medical text, “Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic.”

The declaration comes at a time when the government of New Zealand has just approved the manufacture and sale of aspartame clone neotame.

Aspartame is commonly used as a dietary sweetener in over-the-counter beverages such as Pedialyte and soft drinks. It has been proven to break down into formaldehyde and methanol, both of which are known neurotoxins, at ambient temperatures. Scientists believe that cumulative levels of aspartame are responsible for a list of over 200 ailments that range from headaches, nausea, motor dysfunction, irritability, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease, obesity and death.

“As we are faced with one of the largest plagues in world history, the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council (ANZFA) approves the more potent aspartame clone, Neotame,” said Martini.

ANZFA spokeswoman Fiona Hodges ( explained that, “This sweetener offers a viable alternative for people with the genetic disease phenylketonuria as it does not break down to phenylalaine.”

According to Martini, “The formula for Neotame [which is available at the Mission Possible website at:] proves phenylalanine is one of the ingredients.”

In a discussion with Dr. Jeffrey Bada, a peptide chemist who has written on aspartame, he said that to produce neotame, they had simply scrambled the formula but it has the same deadly breakdown products as aspartame.

“Monsanto has now sold the rights to Neotame to Childs but Monsanto Communications Director, Nancy Nevin wrote some years ago: 'Compositionally it [neotame] begins with aspartame, but a simple enhancement to the dipeptide base of aspartame uniquely and markedly changes its sweetness. It is 40 times sweeter than aspartame,'” Martini reported.

Dr. H. J. Roberts wrote to the Dockets Management Branch of the FDA on 3/3/98 saying: “The timing and self-serving corporate interests of this petition are suggested by the fact the patent on aspartame expired several years ago.”

Dr. Roberts has reviewed studies for both aspartame and neotame. He found that those studies funded by Monsanto to “prove” the marketplace safety of those synthetic sweeteners were skewed and lacking scientific merit. Conversely, non-biased studies and field experience prove his theory that such products are linked to global epidemics of a variety of serious chronic illnesses.

Monsanto has a long history of being able to get FDA approval for demonstrably unsafe and/or toxic products. Bovine Growth Hormone and genetically engineered foods come to mind. It has been reported that the FDA recently obtained patent rights to terminator gene technology primarily developed by Monsanto.

Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, can be found at or by calling (800) 814-9800.
More info on aspartame can be found at:
The Aspartame Toxicity Center can be found at:
Aspartame Support Group is at:

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