-  An Historical Review of Aspartame & FDA  -


written by:   Arthur M. Evangelista,  

                    Dir. of Operations,

                    former FDA investigator

                    April 26, 2002

As a former FDA investigator, I was also charged with overseeing two major projects for FDA. These concerned Pesticides and Chemicals in Foods, and Illegal Drug Tissue Residues in Animals (including milk related issues). Other work included product tampering issues, consumer complaints, medical and health fraud, interstate product adulterations and misbranding issues under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the federal Anit-Tampering Act, and 18U.S.Code.


I worked closely with sister federal/state agencies, oversaw federal and state contracts, and was coordinator and lead investigator on projects involving EPA and USDA.


However, I did undertake an issue with Monsanto in the early '90's. I did this without notifying my supervisor, due to government ties with the Monsanto Chemical Co. After gathering appropriate field evidence, I solicited the help of an EPA colleague in Washington, DC. I asked him to help me pressure Monsanto to change one of its pesticide labels that had been causing multiple over-tolerance pesticide violations on certain crops it was used on. Together, in a concerted operation, we both charged Mosanto with these violations. Can you imagine getting strong enforcement letters from both FDA and EPA at the same time ?


In under 30 days, Monsanto had provided us with all the data, and performed the requested changes to their pesticide label. This goes to show the public what can happen on the public's behalf, when government works the correct way: Protection of the public health ! The way it was intended.


I notified my supervisor and the Investigations Officers, after the fact, when I was confident that the FDA would not stop my investigative actions. Later, the FDA was forced to acknowledge my investigative excellence on this issue, when there was a "hint" that this information might go public.


The problems with aspartame, includes not only the biochemical nature of this toxin, but also sheds light on the political nature of the players involved and the changes in regulatory policies and regulations resulting from corporate-government ties and the politicians closely associated with these ties.


What I can tell you, regarding toxicology, histology, and biochemistry, is that aspartame is highly neurotoxic. It’s components easily transcend the blood-brain barrier, interfering with normal nerve cell function. This affects the glutathione and calcium mechanisms in place, destroying nerve cell integrity

and causing brain lesions, lower intelligence levels, and compromised human (and animal) physiological and biological systems resulting in injury and death.


Aspartame contains methyl alcohol – the kind that makes you go blind. The methanol, then breaks down into formaldehyde-formic acid components, which denaturizes/mutates the DNA, a known scientific fact.


The subsequent result from this interaction, and from isolates of genetically modified amino acids and the methanol, is nerve cell necrosis, and subsequent organ system degradation.


The hypothalamus alone, the major controller for much of the endocrine system, is at especially high risk to these effects...thereby, affecting many other organ systems. This is why we have such an array of symptoms.


I have seen first-hand the effects on symptoms when individuals have abstained from ingesting the artificial sweetener, aspartame. Make no bones about it, that aspartame is a major factor in many symptomatic injuries and illnesses, due to its effects upon brain chemistry.


Coming from a family of physicians and health professionals, if there was even a chance that something was wrong with a patient, a truly committed physician would thoroughly investigate any etiology (or cause) regarding an illness (both chronic and subchronic), rather than retain a close-minded approach to available data.


Unfortunately, the majority of physicians have chosen (or are forced) to adhere to the organized rhetoric of industry-backed misinformation, without giving the true scientific facts an opportunity to sink in. At the least, consider the possibilities.


I guarantee, the truth will then become self-evident !  The biggest lie told, is one of self-deceit or denial, considering all the people made ill or killed in the process of “ignorant medicine”. Then there is the doctor who has sold his skills and M.D. diploma to industrial chemical manufacturers or pharmaceutical firms, and even the National Soft Drink Association !! Money is money...right, Doc ?


Prior to the approval of aspartame, the FDA sent two specialized teams to G.D. Searle, and found an ghastly 90% level of mis-directed testing, concealed tests, collusion between corporate and their company-funded research, inappropriate antemortum issues, withholding of material facts, alteration of records, lying to investigators, lost records, no records, falsification of reports, bribery, poor test methodology or al.


FDA investigators Brodsky and Bressler, both seasoned federal investigators, each led investigative teams to review Searle’s lab practices. These practices at Searle were despicable, and should have been thrown out. This is a fact.


Unfortunately, many ethics laws were also violated during this time period, by DHHS/PHS/FDA. This malfeasance was furthered by corrupted politicians involved with corporate constituents; who in turn affected the regulatory process in favor of these constituents. Another name for it, of course, is bribery.


This was nothing less than full-blown collusion. The “revolving door” at FDA, is very much a reality. Former corporate officials, who began working for the Food and Drug Administration (and vice versa), were very cavalier about issues uncovered at Searle regarding their drug processing, and about aspartame.


A conspiracy between Donald Rumsfeld, Congress, the FDA, and university-purchased researched was all geared for the unlawful approval of the neurotoxin, Aspartame.


Some bribery consisted of a hidden agenda of promised secret money or better industry jobs, which actively hindered the investigation into G.D. Searle’s laboratory practices. When you see the personnel records, and salary numbers, and where those jobs were located, this conspiracy becomes painfully obvious.


These are a matter of public and Congressional record. Subsequently, many former FDA officials, due to their “favorable influences” with regulatory enforcement and rulings, were in fact, rewarded with lucrative corporate positions and handsome incomes.


This included the former FDA commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, who was about to be brought up on ethics and misconduct charges.


The whole process is corrupted, throughout. The various independent research completed on aspartame proves that, in part, aspartame was considered a chem-warfare agent, and is a powerful neurotoxin which interacts with, and interferes with, other prescription drug compounds and medications. It is unlike any other food additive compound on the market. Each of its three components are toxic in their own right, potentiating aspartame’s neurotoxicity.


The only people I have met or communicated with, who have steadfastly refused to look at this picture for what it is, have been found to have other agendas, other than the truth, including those specialists referencing government or industry (mis) information, without further investigation.


Being a skeptic is one thing, but to deny the evidence, the motives, and the pieces of a rather complex and sordid puzzle with common denominators is ludicrous; would have to be brain-dead and drinking fluoridated water.


To adhere to the narrow focus of the corporate spin-doctors and corporate-backed rhetoric from federal regulators, means that you have clearly chosen to purposefully close your mind to the evidence, and/or you are operating with a pro-industry (hidden) agenda. Since the government is a major employer, no wonder the opposition makes it seem like disparity develops of any scientific findings not in line with pharmaceutical or biochemical interests of the military, industrial, congressional complex.


There is rampant and dangerous corruption throughout these politico-corporate processes, and it behooves all education, law enforcement, and scientific-minded individuals and specialists to look at the entire picture, to piece together one of the biggest travesties in public health history. One of many malicious insults to the world’s populations.


The common thread which ties this together is the strong political agenda and influences, and the monumental amounts of money used to purchase the souls of those who have placed greed above common sense, public health, and the trust of public office. This goes all the way to the top, and many have begun figuring out.


As an investigator, I found this hard to believe at first, that so many factors have come together, and to collude in such a way, as to allow aspartame (and other toxins) purposefully and with criminal intent into our food or water supply.


Regardless of how I initially felt about it, the evidence is factual.... it happened.  Now we have to do something about it, because these issues reflect nothing less than mass murder.


Additionally and historically, many recalled products, including FDA regulated products, were once thought safe. DDT was once thought safe, remember ?


History of regulatory problems, fraud, deceit, and scientific corruption with various drug products would serve you well to remember here; Vinyl Chloride conspiracy was one, in which Bill Moyers had publicly exposed this on Public Television.


Regulatory problems and corruption resulting in mass-illness or deaths occurred with: Prozac; Tomoxifen; the pesticide, sulfonylurea;  Halcion; Rezulin; Redux; Dow Chemical; drug-tissue residues in foods (antibiotics) which was known by FDA since the mid-80’s , perpetuating further our problem with antibiotic resistant germs, to mention just a few.


Remember Agent Orange ? How long did it take for the U.S. government to even acknowledge that there was a problem with spraying a dioxin compound all over the Asian forests during Vietnam ?  Monsanto never said a word during this period; no chemical manufacturer did.


It was years before the veterans who gave their lives, or who’s lives were ruined, were even given the acknowledgement that there was a problem.


As another example, let’s look at the Gulf War vets, who are in the same situation with deliberate use of unlawful depleted uranium munitions, and the callous destruction of U.S. bio-chemical weapons sold to Iraq just before the start of the war. This was done to prevent the evidence of so-called weapons of mass destruction of exposing the U.S. government’s conspiracy of selling illegal arms to Saddam Hussein, a CIA asset.


Many policies, especially in FDA / USDA, as I came to find out, was not to protect the public health, but rather, to provide leverage at appropriations time before Congress, to protect the pharmaceutical and chemical cartel’s industry and their political connections, and to serve the depopulation agenda of those the White House.


This is what I call “severe government cancer”, and is very similar to organized crime influences throughout our political process and failing justice system. Simply, it is a criminal enterprise created by corruption and depraved indifference for the public good at every level of government.


Many systems for protecting the public health are (were) less than effective... making very little difference on public health issues.


Much of it was for “public show” (a facade), and as I said, for funding. This directly benefits the politicians and the pharmaceutical firms.


The accompanying media spin is simply Nazi-like propaganda, revisited in the 21st Century. A brain-numbing assault upon the public that is rife with deceptions, misinformation, and the withholding of publicly needed honest information. This is a criminal act, as it violates the 1st Amendment.


I could tell you about several programs that I have personal knowledge of that did not, or inherently, could not work. Plus, it was the FDA Political Appointees in Rockville and Washington which made the final decisions on how, when, or where to play most of these investigative issues out. Unfortunately for us, it was not to favor or protect our public health processes, as we are led to believe (like sheep to slaughter).

The entire process reeks of political and corporate influences. Some honest, but scarce, mainstream media newscasts and reports have exposed various points of this problem, including company-fund university or industry-funded research activities and conflicts of interest. But these are usually, and quickly removed from public view.


The FDA (USDA, EPA, and other regulatory or enforcement agencies) have unlawfully close ties with industry, aside from the unethical and morally reprehensible revolving door. These ties are even illegal at some levels and compromises an agency’s ability to regulate for the public good.


It compromises, not only the integrity of the agency, but the information being disseminated, as well. Everything becomes suspect. Then the corporate and political spin-doctors are called into action to further cloud the minds of the unsuspecting public.


So, tell me then, why do government agencies support and make policy around industrial concerns, like pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing firms ?  They do it for Wall Street, Banks, and other major influential firms. That is NOT the government's job...  they are there to do the people's will. PERIOD.


The answer is simple: Money,  power, and control !! Why aren’t the government  agencies remaining impartial ??  Money, control, and power have a corrupting influence, that’s why... and this influence is not in the public’s best interest. Follow the money trail and decipher their criminal agenda.


The truth has been difficult to come by, yet many, many investigators, lay people, teachers, educators, regulators, and whistle-blowers have, piece by piece, put this highly complex puzzle together, and now see this issue for what it is. The evidence is there. Unfortunately, I have found that many physicians, including those who can make substantial incomes from treating the effects of the neurotoxin, aspartame, (and other medically curable issues) would rather people not find out about its effects on brain chemistry.


Giving doctors the benefit of the doubt, if he does not consider aspartame poisoning as a cause for concern or as an instigator of symptoms, he is, simply, not a very good investigator. In truth, doctors have a business. This is a sub-set of business treatment practices that is making money based upon the introduction of a poisonous products, I am sorry to say.


I also found out that the AMA, and many other so-called health groups, have received substantial monies, contributions, or stipends from Monsanto and other biochemical firms regarding their products, especially aspartame.


This includes the very people who are supposed to be helping the public... like the Diabetic Association, Dietetic Association, and many others who diabolically support aspartame, considering the money it has made them through this endorsement. They are businesses.... and business before public health. Look at their list of contributors, and tell me what you see ?




Regarding aspartame, I wrote articles about this substance. These were about the processes allowing aspartame into the marketplace, through various reports and information uncovered while with the agency, and afterwards, with the help of other investigators and agency data. Much of this information
is available for can draw your own conclusions.


Open your mind. Know that the government-corporate issues have shocked us before, to our collective dismay. They are not beyond seriously hurting or killing us, the public, for their own self-serving interests. Also, much of this data has been collected through Senate sub-committee hearings.


Unfortunately here, many politicians forego their moral obligations, and only answer to their “financial backers”, which is usually the wealthier industries, not the people.


Barack Obama will not make any difference. The only way this criminal conspiracy and enterprise can be stopped, is by a well informed public who acts to, not only bring those culpable to justice, but also to prevent this from ever occurring again. This takes due diligence on our part as citizens. We, the American population, must act responsibly through keen oversight of our government’s actions and operations.


I urge you to consider all the factors; ...the political, physiological, and regulatory processes, which created the intentional and unfortunate insertion of this toxin, aspartame, into our food supply.


It is a fact, that aspartame should not have been approved based on the scientific information submitted to the FDA, including the information that was withheld.


It is a fact, that politics, and the criminal elements with “hidden agendas” illegally affected the regulatory processes, misused and abused their authority, and brought to market a toxic food additive, among a myriad of other issues.


If you drink aspartame, and have experienced health problems, then cease your consumption of aspartame (and its cousin, MSG), and see if your symptoms disappear. You have nothing to lose. If you do not take this simple experiment for 60 days, you could lose your health, or your life.



Educate yourselves. Its your body, your health, your life.

Be smart. Be diligent. Be responsible.







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