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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Drug Company Committed Illegal Acts to Get Aspartame Approved by FDA:

The FDA task force observed laboratory methods at Searle from April 25 to August 4, l977.  The Bressler Report (named for team leader Jerome Bressler), identified major discrepancies including "substantial differences between gross observation on pathology sheets when compared with those submitted to the FDA" in a rat toxicology test of aspartame.
   (FDA, Bressler Report, Investigation of Searle Laboratories, 8/7/77)  According to the Bressler Report, one rat even appeared to have been resurrected.
It stated: "Observed records indicated that animal A23LM was alive at week 88, dead from week 92 to week 104, alive at week 108, and dead at week 112."
Sloppy Laboratory Practices by G.D.Searle applicant:  The actual meal fed to the rats was also in question.  Raymond Schroeder, a former Searle employee, said in an FDA interview on July 13, l977 that "the particles of DKP were large enough to allow the rats to discriminate between the DKP and the basal diet."  Dr. John Olney, psychiatrist, neuropathologist and professor at Washington University in St. Louis, found: 12 brain tumors in 320 dosed rats and none in 120 control rats when he examined FDA files on aspartame animal studies in l978.  Olney advised that the high number of brain tumors was unusual. Olney voiced another concern based on his research.  He showed that when glutamate and aspartic acid are ingested together each agent augments the neurotoxic effects of the other.     Olney, along with consumer attorney James Turner,(co-founder of Aspartame Consumer Safety Network), initiated court action over aspartame.  In a l986 interview Turner said he had battled approval of aspartame  15 years. Because, "It is hurting people".  
  The late Dr. M. Adrian Gross, an FDA toxicologist, in sworn testimony, against aspartame in the August 1, l985 Congressional Record.  Gross, who took part in on site investigations at G.D.Searle laboratories, said the studies carried out by Searle to show the safety of aspartame were "to a large extent unreliable."  He said "at least one of those studies has established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this .. is of extremely high significance."  (Congressional Record SID835:131 Aug 1, l985)  Gross also testified that because aspartame is capable of producing brain tumors and brain cancer, FDA should not have been able to set an allowable daily intake (ADI) of the substance at any level.  He said at least one of Searle's tests "has established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance... In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that has been established way beyond any reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)?"  The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods.  In his concluding testimony Gross asked, "Given the (cancer causing potential of aspartame) how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it?  Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law?  And if the FDA elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?"

(submitted by Aspartame Consumer Safety Network Co-Founder, 
Journalist; Talk Show Host, Mary Nash Stoddard, whose husband was diagnosed with Brain Cancer on Oct. 9, 1984 and died Jan. 5, 1985, at age 42, leaving behind a widow and 3 children. Mary has met personally with each of the researchers mentioned in this 
article, on many occasions. Stoddard co-founded ACSN and Pilot Hotline (1987) and gave sworn testimony at the Nov. 3, 1987 Sen. Hearing on The Safety of Aspartame.

The Hon. Mary Nash Stoddard, was a member of the Panel of Ex-
perts at the Washington D.C. National Press Conference called to 
announce Dr. John Olney's findings on the connection between 
Aspartame consumption and the dramatic 10% rise in Brain Tumor
cases since 1982, the first year Aspartame appeared in retail sales.
After researching Aspartame literature in 1987, at U.T. Southwest-ern Medical School Library for many months, with her doctor and a neuropharmacologist researcher friend. She edited/published the 
first Toxicology Sourcebook on the sweetener: Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame (Odenwald Press 1998). On March 12, 1992, 
Stoddard, a former appointed judge for the State of Texas, was off-icially qualified in courtroom proceedings in Lansing, Michigan, 
as an Expert Medical Witness on Aspartame Sweeteners. Since 
that time, Stoddard has appeared as a keynote speaker in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, where she received a special award for her 
research, from the Government of Mexico, after giving the Key-
note Address, at their national Conference on Sweeteners in 
Pto. Vallarta, in 1998.
Stoddard, with an impressive background in Broadcasting and 
Journalism, has helped produce television news segments for 
60-Minutes, both here and in Australia and an hour long 
Documentary, in which she and James Turner, Esq. are featured, 
for French TV, in 2011. She has participated in over a dozen 
Aspartame related court cases and written articles for a law journalas well as cover stories for Extraordinary Science magazine of TheNikolai Tesla Society, articles in Flying Journals around the world and Low Carb Monthly magazine for the late Dr. Robert Atkins 
Diet. In the late nineties, she was the Spokesperson for 
AIM, International in the US and Canada. 

In 1998, Stoddard was a member of the U.S. President's Select 
Committee on Food Safety, which also included representatives 
from: US FDA (Food and Drug Administration), USDA 
(US Department of Agriculture); EPA (US Environmental 
Protection Agency); CSPI (Center for Science in the Public 
Interest) and others.

The Hon. Mary Nash Stoddard has collected thousands of adverse 
reactions to the sweetener Aspartame, many of which have been 
turned in to the FDA for their Adverse Reaction Monitoring 
System (ARMS).reports, including many from brain tumor patients or their spouses. These include pilots and others. 
Stoddard is quick to remind us, her battle is with the FDA, as team Turner and Stoddard fight for recall and retesting as a drug, for 

And, it all began when her beloved husband, Mike, succumbed to Brain Cancer in 1985 and her research at one of the nation's top 
Medical Schools, showing how Aspartame caused Brain Tumors inthe laboratory. In 1998, in a career-defining moment, Stoddard wasa paid Guest Lecturer at that same prestigious Medical School, as 
the first ever layperson to teach the class.

Recent (2011-2012) Radio Interviews w/Mary S.: