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Interview with Dr. Betty Martini


When I set out to research, and then give up, artificial sweeteners, Dr. Betty Martini, an expert on and advocate against artificial sweeteners, helped me immensely. To read our e-mails three days into my detox, click here. To visit her website, click here.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get involved in Aspartame research? What is your background on the topic?

I’ve spent my life in the medical field and created the first health delivery system in the US with 5 emergency medical clinics and 200 physicians working for me.  When my husband retired he sold his company and said we would now see the world.  Then a friend of ours was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and appeared to be dying.  If you got near him his arms and legs would kick out.  One thing I knew you don’t get diagnosed one day and die soon after.  As it happened a doctor was visiting us and asked if I knew aspartame was a deadly chemical poison and that the methanol converted to formaldehyde.  I said I heard about it but hadn’t done a lot of research.  I asked Dick was he using it and he shook his head yes.  I then asked to be referred to the world expert on aspartame,  Dr. H. J. Roberts, who said:  “He’s probably drinking a Diet Coke with his L-dopa!”!  Indeed he was and when he stopped all the reactions stopped and he was fine.

I read Dr. Roberts first book and found out that aspartame triggers seizures, mimics and precipitates MS, and all kinds of diseases and cancer.  What’s more, aspartame interacts with drugs and vaccines which means for 70% of the population using it, death could occur from interaction.  I began warning people off of it to see such things as seizures, MS, headache, joint pain, memory loss, etc. simply disappear.  I asked Dr. Roberts were we talking about a global plague and he said yes.

My husband is a minister, we’re  Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The reason my husband had his own company is that Witness ministers are not paid, “You received free so give free”.  My husband realized that we couldn’t “love our neighbors as ourselves” if we had this knowledge and didn’t warn the world.  So he allowed me to use his retirement funds to fund Mission Possible World Health International.  It was either using our funds to see the world or save hundreds of thousands of people.  Today we have operations in 43 countries and all work free.

I’ve been doing the work now for over 20 years.  Dr. Roberts went on to write the 1000 page medical text which is dedicated to me, “Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic” (which can be found via ). We know a lot more about aspartame after almost 100 per cent of independent, scientific peer reviewed research have shown the problems it causes.  Alex Constantine wrote the article:  “NutraPoison” showing that aspartame at one time was listed with the pentagon in an inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to Congress.  Instead of killing the enemy they found out its addictive, a cash cow, and decided to poison the human race.  In 2005, the prestigious Ecologist also wrote an article explaining that it started out as a biochemical warfare weapon.  Both of these articles are on, (aspartame news) and on    Dr. Roberts and also neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. wrote articles on how aspartame is causing sudden cardiac death, a reason so many athletes have dropped dead (

You get embalmed at no extra cost as the Trocho study shows the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA.  When you damage DNA you can destroy humanity.  We are now seeing the effect of the DNA damage.  Dr. Bill Deagle said the European Environmental Association, his organization and the Dallas Clinic met in 2010 and said that due to aspartame (also MSG, fluoride and degradation) that by the year 2013 that no child would be born in the western world without some version of autism.

2. What exactly is in aspartame? How is that dangerous?

Aspartame is a molecule composed of three ingredients, a methyl ester, 10% by weight, which immediately becomes free methyl alcohol, converts to formaldehyde and formic acid and causes metabolic acidosis, aspartic acid, 40%, an excitotoxin (product that stimulates the neurons of the brain to death causing brain damage) and phenylalanine, 50%, which also as an isolate is a neurotoxin, floods the brain, lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin triggering psychiatric and behavioral problems and interacting with all antidepressants.  The molecule breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent.  It is not an additive but an addictive, excitoneurotoxic, carcinogenic, genetically engineered drug that damages the mitochondria or powerhouse of the cell and interacts with drugs and vaccines.

Consider that aspartame is genetically engineered.  Here is what Dr. Bill Deagle said:

“Most people when asked how Aspartame is made do not have the first step of understanding. While an E.R. doctor and primary care physician in Augusta, GA in 1987 and 1988, I was told a number of interesting facts about the adjacent Aspartame factory. Bacteria with genes inserted generate a sludge which is centrifuged to remove the aspartame and many hundreds of contaminant organic and amino acids are present. We were told not to report illness or worker’s compensation issues for fear of being fired by the hospital, now the Augusta Regional Medical Center. Many of their employees presented with psychiatric, neuropathy conditions, chronic fatigue and organic cases of loss of cognitive function. This powder from the dried sludge was then transported for packaging in factories elsewhere in the US, before sale as Equal and now the myriad of names of this neurotoxin.”

Dr. Deagle said they get the E. Coli from the sanitation department.  So consider what you are eating.  It goes from the toilet to the sanitation department to the manufacturer to your diet pop and over 14,000 other products containing aspartame. Now you know why so many people call it “nasty aspartame”.

The FDA list 92 symptoms including death from aspartame. In a nutshell it destroys the immune system, central nervous system, the brain and the optic nerve, and ravages every organ in the body.  When you damage the mitochondria it causes you to get old.  Dr. James Bowen said his black hair turned to gray in 6 weeks.  He has ALS from aspartame.  It can precipitate the neurodegenerative diseases, those many times people normally get in old age like Alzheimers and Parkinson’s.

The free methyl alcohol is classified as a narcotic, causes chronic methanol poisoning, affects the dopamine system of the brain, and causes addiction.  Some people have said its harder to get off aspartame than cocaine.  This is why we have an Aspartame Information List on  which acts as a support group.  Many times people go through withdrawal symptoms for at least two weeks.

Aspartame has caused many epidemics like the obesity epidemic because it makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight.  It has caused the diabetic epidemic because not only can it precipitate diabetes but it simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and interacts with insulin.  The free methyl alcohol is causing diabetics to lose limbs.

3. What if I only have a little a day? What are the amounts that will begin to be dangerous?

There is no such thing as a safe dose.  Aspartame is cumulative.  The formaldehyde is embalming living issue.  It turns your tissues to plastic. Experts say detoxification is needed.  One lady who never used aspartame was given a piece of sugarfree gum with the poison and had a grand mal tissue.  So even one dose can be deadly in my opinion, based on what I’ve seen for over 20 years.  Furthermore, most having used this poison are now chemically hypersensitive for life.

 4. If it’s so harmful, how could all of this have passed by the FDA? How is it still on the market?

It didn’t really pass the FDA.  Probably the first time in history that the FDA tried to have the manufacturer indicted for fraud.  However, G. D. Searle was so powerful both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. So FDA revoked the petition for approval.  G. D. Searle hired Don Rumsfeld to get it on the market, and he did through political chicanery.  He said he would call in his markers and accomplish this feat.  Reagan owed him a favor and he paid off.  After he was elected he had the FDA Commissioner, Jere Goyan, fired in the middle of the night by someone from the Reagan Transition team.  He knew it would take 30 days to get somebody to the FDA as the new Commissioner so he wrote an executive order making the FDA powerless to sign the revoked petition into law.  The new Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and got aspartame marketed.  There were three congressional hearings as people were poisoned and suffered from MS, seizures, headaches, lupus and 91 symptoms plus death.  Nothing was done because  Monsanto had brought  G. D. Searle by this time and paid people in Congress.  The bill which would have put a moratorium on aspartame and had NIH do independent studies on the problems being seen in the population never got out of committee.

Over the years many have petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame.  My petition is from 2002 and the law says it must be answered  within 180 days.  They have ignored it and written they have more important things to do.  An imminent health hazard amendment was sent to them in 2007, and the law requires it be answered in a week or ten days.  They have ignored it too.  They called about it a couple of years later because they said Obama wanted all 2007 correspondence answered.  I told them people were sick and dying all over the world and they told me “so what, we have to depopulate”.  They got upset when I said the imminent health hazard had to be answered in writing.  They said it wouldn’t happen.   I call the FDA to Fatal  Drugs Allowed folks.

5. What can I expect if I get off aspartame?

You can expect symptoms you may experience to disappear.  People for instance who have had such things as aspartame-induced  MS  have told me even their lesions have  even disappeared as they walk out of wheelchairs.  Consumers who have suffered seizures have said their seizures stopped on abstaining from aspartame.  There is nothing we can do about the chemical hypersensitization.  One has to read labels and make sure they never use it again because if they accidently get some later many have suffered severe reactions including anaphylactic shock.  In the movie, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, Cheryl Kemptner even told the hospital about the chemical hypersensitization.  They gave her aspartame anyway and she became a code blue and she had to be resuscitated to save her life.

6. As you know, I’ve been in close contact with you as I weaned off of my excessive diet mountain dew habit. It started with massive headaches, fatigue, and cravings, and then moved into a few days of crying and depression. Once those storms passed, I had days of feeling better than I ever had, and days of feeling more cravings and headaches. Just as you predicted, within about 2 weeks I’ve started to feel much better, and I can honestly say I have the clearest head and the steadiest moods I’ve ever had. My energy is phenomenal, and I’m sleeping much better. Now as I move into this new, healthier lifestyle, are there any “natural” sweeteners you do recommend?

Yes, “Just Like Sugar”.  While as you will see from this movie it was  made because of me I have no financial association.  I have to remain unbiased.  Dr. Russell Blaylock asked for it to be analyzed and wrote three times in the  Blaylock Wellness Association:  “Finally a safe sweetener”.  They have received many awards for finally a safe sweetener.  As you may have found out most gums contain aspartame and even Splenda and acesulfame potassium, other unsafe sweeteners.  They are now making safe gum.  They have also  made hot chocolate with only pure dark chocolate and organic vanilla bean.  Some companies use 76 chemicals.  One thing you can be assured of with Just Like Sugar – they only use organic food, NO ADDITIVES!  I’m delighted that now people have a safe sweetener.  Their web site is  You can put in your zip code and find out where it is sold in your city or you can buy it on line.