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PRESENTING: MARY NASH STODDARD - Co-Founder of the massive international anti-aspartame movement in the mid 1980's, following the brain tumor death of her forty two year old husband, Mike. Ms. Stoddard suffered a life threatening aspartame-related blood disorder in 1985, whereupon, The NutraSweet Co. offered her an all-expense paid vacation for two anywhere in the world, if she would agree to be tested by their doctors. She declined, with the blessing of her doctor, and the rest is history. She has conducted multi-national lecture tours and is a popular visiting professor at colleges, universities and medical schools. "Deadly Deception - Story of Aspartame" is a toxicology sourcebook, edited by Ms. Stoddard, documenting the harmful effects of the world's most toxic artificial sweetener. The companion one hour "Deadly Deception" video is further documentation - taped at a prestigious scientific conference. Stoddard's efforts, over more than two decades, led to the present rejection of the sweetener by many of the food and beverage giants of industry, as they rush to distance themselves from the liabilities associated with use of a neuro-toxic substance in their products. She has testified in court as an Expert Medical Witness and like her counterpart, Erin Brokovitch, helped with a number of lawsuits on behalf of consumers. Her powerful message has reached millions around the world through the airwaves on radio and television, in print and through popular personal appearances. Honors, Awards, Societies: • Expert Medical Witness [1992-present] * Guest Presenter Gulf War Veterans Annual Conference - [Las Vegas 1999] * Visiting Professor: U. T. Southwestern Medical School [1997] * Visiting Professor: American University School of Journalism [1999] * Visiting Professor: University of North Texas at Denton Dept. of Science [1990 and 2005] • Visiting Professor: University of Houston Bioneers Conference [2006] * Invited speaker: Hebrew Univ. Jerusalem - [1997] * Keynote speech: Mexican Government's Annual Conference on Sweeteners [1999] * Appointed Judge - State of Texas [1977-1984] * Broadcast Journalist - [1965-present] * President's Council on Food Safety - [1998-1999] * International Lecture Tours - [1996-present] * Testimony Senate Committee Hearing on Safety of Aspartame - Washington [1987] * Panelist at National News Conference Announcing Dr. John Olney's Brain Tumor/Aspartame Connection - Washington D.C. [1998] * Inducted Member Texas Radio Hall of Fame [2002-present] Representative of the Texas Rice Growers Association [Miss Rice] Board member: Irving Symphony Orchestra Board Member: Irving Community Theater Founding Board Member Radio Station KNON [public radio], Dallas Charter member City of Dallas Citizens Safety Committee Board Member Dallas Mayor’s Fee Task Force Vice President Operation Get Involved, [liaison committee of the D.P.D.] Board member Dallas Homeowners League President Save Open Space Texas Steering Committee Presidential Election Award for Public Service - Mexican Government State of Texas Board of Adjustment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


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Mary Nash Stoddard

Sunday, May 22, 2016


"Today we acknowledge the work of outstanding scientist, Dr. John Olney, and his published findings regarding the possible association between aspartame and a dramatic rise in the incidence of Brain Tumors. My distinguished colleagues and I each bring forward a different piece of the aspartame puzzle. Our Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Pilot Hotline's contribution is international in scope and relates to our decade of work on the issue of what effects aspartame consumption may have on the health of the average person using it. 

My name is: Mary Nash Stoddard. Today I speak as the Founder of the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network. Our organization consists of thousands of concerned consumers and has links to health care professionals and scientists around the world. It was founded in 1987, based on my personal experience with a child. As the parents in the movie, "Lorenzo's Oil", I searched to find the truth. Because my background was in media, not in science, I conducted my search as an investigative reporter might. And, also because I am the widow of a wonderful husband who was diagnosed with Brain Cancer Oct. 9, 1984 and died three months later in 1985 at age 42. I learned that along with finding "the truth" connecting Brain Cancers with Aspartame consumption, came a compelling sense of responsibility to share it with others. Therefore, I've worked daily, on a voluntary basis, with individuals seeking help for their serious health problems. The adverse reaction reports pour in to our Dallas office via mail, email and telephone from all over the world. Many people report symptoms that mimic common diseases of our time which seem to have reached epidemic proportions since the advent of Aspartame, such as: MS; Lupus; Epilepsy; Chronic Fatigue; Lyme Disease; Alzheimer's; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Graves Disease; Post Polio Syndrome; Fibromyalgia, etc. Even Gulf War Syndrome, which I seemed to suffer from in 1985, while consuming Aspartame. I had all the reported symptoms. All these conditions usually diminish or completely disappear when Aspartame sweeteners (better known in the U.S. as NutraSweet and Equal) are eliminated from the diet for a period of 2-4 weeks. Extremely disturbing, and pertinent today, are reports of severe neurological symptoms. These include: aggression, suicidal depressions, aberrant behaviors, unexplained sleep disorders and extreme mood swings. 

We are here today to discuss the Brain Tumor issue. Yes, ACSN has reports of Brain Tumors in our files. One from an airline pilot - a heavy user of the sweetener - who suffered a rare form of Brain Tumor. After neurosurgery, he has lost the use of one hand and "flies a desk" for the airline. 

Another, amazingly, came from a public liaison officer with the FDA (who did not wish to be identified for obvious reasons). Her daughter developed a Brain Tumor during a concentrated period of heavy dieting to fit into a tight wedding dress. She was left unable to perform as a concert pianist, and her life wilI never again be the same. She was using lots of Aspartame sugarfree products to help her lose weight.

In November, 1987, I was invited to give testimony to Senator Metzenbaum's Committee, holding their third hearing on the safety of Aspartame. While in Washington, I met Major Michael Collings, an outstanding F-16 pilot in the Air Force. During a private conversation, he asked, "Why did you start a consumer group? Do you know what you're up against?" And, finally, "Are you crazy?" (Or words to that effect.) I answered "No." to the last question, and told him I wanted to help other parents understand what aspartame can do to children. He said, "Don't stop there. Help us too. Pilots are losing their careers and maybe even their lives because we are not being told the truth." (Major Collings had just lost his medical certificate after suffering a grand mal seizure as my child had done.) 

James Turner and I met with Chief Deputy Flight Surgeon, Dr. Jon Jordan at his Washington FAA Headquarters, presenting our concerns and looking for solutions for pilots. One of the answers was to establish a pilot hotline for the purpose of taking adverse reactions confidentially. The FAA, we were told, could not recall a drug or go against FDA findings that it was safe enough to approve in 1981. Since then, based on our work, the US Air Force published two warnings in their official Flying Safety magazine in 1992. We believe the flying public and pilots have a right to know we have collected several reports of grand mal seizures in the cockpit in flight on commercial airlines. 

Based on a review of thousands of case histories in our files, we have concluded aspartame is indeed harming people and destroying lives. Whether we use it or not, each of us suffers economically. In skyrocketing health care costs and higher insurance premiums, from loss of productivity in the workplace and compensations for disabilities, sometimes caused by Aspartame. 

As is well-documented now, a defensive tobacco industry has stacks of studies that prove "scientifically" how their product cannot be implicated as the cause of: heart attacks, strokes, cancers and deaths. Now, a multi-billion dollar artificial sweetener industry does the same. Aspartame symptoms (such as those from smoking) do not show up in short term testing. These are parallel issues. Our message has been referred to in print as "alarmist" by both Dr. Robert Moser, NutraSweet's senior medical advisor and Rich Nelson, head of public relations. That's their job. Our job is proving them wrong. They also referred to me as a "Nice lady, but very misguided!" in another interview. 

As Founder and Executive Director of the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network, I speak for literally thousands of consumers around the world who urge the FDA to call an immediate moratorium on the sale of the chemical sweetener, Aspartame. In the words of our late friend and former FDA Toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, "We no longer have dead laboratory animals. We have live victims." -- Hon. Mary Nash Stoddard/author Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame (Odenwald Press 1998)"


Hon. Mary Nash Stoddard (ret)
Co-Founder Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Pilot Hotline (1987-present)

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Mary Nash Stoddard

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Aspartame Consumer Safety Network Fact Sheet

 80% of all consumer complaints to the FDA are aspartame related
 [5 deaths registered prior to 1987]

 "Aspartame/Neotame - the most dangerous substances in our food supply today." - Mary Nash Stoddard
 [Founder ACSN & Pilot Hotline]

 Illegal Operations and
 FDA Approval

 FDA approved aspartame [NutraSweet/Equal/Canderal] a new, bio-genetically engineered molecule in 1974, following a spate of criminal acts committed by G.D. Searle pharmaceutical employees and contractors. That approval was rescinded before aspartame got to market, because it was revealed a component of aspartame [diketopiperazine] causes brain tumors. Tests were "falsified." Second approval occurred in 1981 under President Reagan's new FDA Director, Dr. Arthur H. Hayes. In 1983, Hayes' office approved the new molecule for aqueous solution [soft drinks, etc.] and three months later, Dr. Hayes left government, went to work for the NutraSweet public relations firm, Burson Marsteller for $1,000 a day. Dr. Hayes craftily dodges all media requests for interviews on the topic. In fact, many government officials connected with this issue have defected - going to work for the industry whose products they were entrusted to approve or reject.

In the laboratory, aspartame produced

 • Brain Tumors
 • Breast Tumors
 • Uterine Tumors
 • Pancreatic Tumors
 • Seizures
 • Deaths

 These went unreported, as did the deaths and seizures of other animals in the original tests. Tumors were removed then animals put back in test as tumor free, animals who died were brought back to life on paper when results officially submitted by G.D. Searle pharmaceutical to FDA.

Aspartame changes DNA:
In tests, the third generation of pups born to animals fed aspartic acid [component of aspartame] were born:
 1) Morbidly obese and
 2) Sexually Dysfunctional
 Components of aspartame and its breakdown products can adversely affect the brains and central nervous systems of children and adults who consume it.

"When you harm the brain, you harm the very expression of one's self." - Peter Breggin, M.D. [Psychiatrist - Bethesda, MD]

Reported psychological symptoms:

 • Suicidal Depressions
 • Panic Attacks and Anxiety [PAD] - Manias
 • Sleep Disorders
 • Severe Mood Disorders [rages, mood swings]
 • Brain Chemical Imbalance
 • Brain Wave Malfunctions [shows up in EEGs]
 • Personality Disorders
 • Hallucinations
 • Aberrant Behaviors

Medicine In Our Food?

Aspartame Components & Breakdown Products

Phenylalanine 50% - Lowers the seizure threshold. Causes mental retardation in some. Blocks production of serotonin [key neurotransmitter which controls: Moods / Sleep Patterns / Satiety ] Cultured in e-coli bacteria in the lab.

Aspartic Acid40% - Caused lesions or holes in the brains of lab animals. Neuroexcitatory [excites brain cells to death] amino acid. Causes motor-neuronal disorders in studies.

Methanol 10% - Also known as "methyl alcohol", "moonshine", "Sterno." Damages the liver and eye. Two teaspoons can be lethal to humans. [Not processed the same in humans and animals, so lab tests do not show full impact of toxicity] Breaks down into formaldehyde [embalming fluid] and formic acid [venom in insect stings] at temperatures exceeding 86 degrees Fahrenheit. [Body temperature is 98.6 F] Implicated in birth defects and fetal alcohol syndrome in newborn infants. As a constituent of other foods in nature, it is found in combination with ethyl alcohol, which counteracts or neutralizes the toxic affects of methanol as it is metabolized by the body. There is no ethyl alcohol in aspartame, therefore methanol in aspartame is in "free form" and is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. For every molecule of aspartame, there is a molecule of methanol released. Classic signs of methanol poisoning include: lethargy, confusion, leg cramps, back pain, severe headache, abdominal pain, slurred speech, fainting, visual loss/blindness, labored breathing.

 Diketopiperazine[DKP] - Caused brain tumors in laboratory tests. Thirteen out of 320 lab animals developed brain tumors in testing. Aspartame breakdown products cross the blood brain barrier to damage the brain.

 Aspartame is known to exacerbate or trigger onset of the following medical conditions:

 • Epilepsy
 • Parkinson's
 • Alzheimer's
 • Multiple Sclerosis
 • Chronic Fatigue Syn.
 • Lymphoma
 • Fibromyalgia / Eosinophilia Myalgia
 • Mental Retardation / Birth Defects
 • Diabetes / Hypoglycemia
 • Graves Disease
 • Heart Disease
 • Lung Disease
 • Liver Disease
 • Kidney Disease
 • Brain Tumors [astrocytoma/glioblastoma]
 • Pancreatic Disease
 • Kidney / Adrenal Disease
 • Arthritis
 • Blindness
 • Tinnitus
 • PMS
 • Carpal Tunnel
 • Lyme Disease
 • Muniere's Disease
 • Other: Rare / Hard to diagnose disorders

 [Aspartame has been called a "systemic" toxin - which means it may virtually adversely affect the function of every organ of the body. The effects are "cumulative" and do not show up in short term testing.]

Aspartame and the Media:
 1990, The Guardian [London newspaper] was sued for publishing headline story - "NutraSweet Faked Tests to Get Sweetener Approved." Later settled out of court. NutraSweet sent intimidating press releases to all U.S. media warning they were suing.

 Documented instances are on record where the manufacturers of aspartame, threatened to sue and/or withdraw advertising dollars, from media. Health care professionals, scientists and medical schools have been "bribed" or intimidated into silence.

 Aspartame and Flying Safety:
Many military, general aviation and commercial airline pilots have lost medical certification to fly based on seizures which occurred while they were ingesting aspartame. Grand mal seizures have been reported in flight in the cockpits of commercial airliners. A pilots' hotline in Dallas,TX was established by ACSN, in 1988 for the anonymous reporting of adverse reactions and safety-of-flight incidents. USAF Flying Safety magazine published warnings re: aspartame use by pilots. Pilot's publications around the globe have warned readers. The FAA will not send out an official memo - because the FDA refuses to recall aspartame as a safety hazard to consumers. Is aspartame the unacknowledged "terrorist" in every cockpit on every flight?


 ACSN co-founders Turner & Stoddard have both qualified in court as medical Expert Witnesses. Many consumer lawsuits have been dropped or settled out of court since the mid-eighties. The Washington D.C. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against the FDA by James Turner, Esq. Aspartame is illegal because it violated The Delaney Clause, which states no substance can be approved that is shown to cause cancer.

 In 1995, a stealth law crept across the land, which made it illegal to say anything disparaging about a perishable food product - example: yogurt sweetened with aspartame. Oprah was later sued under this law. [Agriculture Defamation Act]

 In 1985, G.D. Searle and NutraSweet Co. became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Monsanto chemical company in St. Louis. Controversial Supreme Court Judge, Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney.

 Monsanto sold their sweetener divisions to current owner, the J.W. Childs Partnership.

 1998, Monsanto applied for FDA approval for a monster molecule, "based on the aspartame formula" with one addition: 3-dimethylbutyl [listed on EPA's most hazardous chemical list]. Thus, Neotame becomes 13,000 times sweeter than sugar.

 July 5, 2002 - Neotame, Monsanto's super bio-manipulated molecule [newest fake sweetener] was approved by FDA over formally registered objections of the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and others. Long term effects on humans are unknown.

 Aspartame is in over-the-counter drugs like: Tums, Pepsid AC, Metamucil, Alka Seltzer Plus, tooth whiteners, breath mints/strips and more.

 Diabetes and Aspartame / Neotame:

 Diabetics are most insidiously harmed , because they are told aspartame is their "life line" to good health, when, in fact, just the opposite is true. Remember, aspartame caused pancreatic tumors in the lab. A diabetic may see the real life effects of aspartame on blood sugar by performing this simple test with a finger-stick test kit:

 • Confirm blood sugar levels to be well within normal limits. If they are, then continue. Drink 2-3 cans [or the bottled equivalent] of Diet Soda containing aspartame, without stopping. Then, begin to retest for blood sugar level readings approximately one hour later. In this way, the adverse effects on blood sugar levels may be proven. This test is NOT recommended for anyone except individuals who already drink more than 2 diet drinks per day.

 The American Diabetic Association and The American Dietetic Association [Registered Dietitians] have been "bought out" by the sweetener manufacturers. [ACSN has proof!]

 Parents the FDA does not protect
 your children. 
 Greed and avarice have made government officials, industry and mainstream science, turn a deaf ear to the truth. Children are at least 4 times more susceptible to aspartame toxicity because of the developing central nervous system. Read labels. If it says:"phenylalanine" don't buy it. Insist your child's pediatric medical records contain this warning - "Never prescribe any medications containing phenylalanine [always present in aspartame and neotame]." Aspartame is a multi-billion dollar a year industry in more than 7,000 food products, chewing gums, children's antibiotics and meds, children's vitamins and pain medications for kids. In the lab, aspartame caused tragic birth defects.

Action Agenda:

 • Copy and distribute this Fact Sheet to everyone.
 • Post this brochure on the Internet.
 • Tell everyone about this problem.
 • Ask the next 5 people you see using aspartame if they have had any of the symptoms.
 • Get off the substance for a period of 4-6 weeks to see your physical and mental condition improve.
 • If you have sought medical treatment for any of these symptoms and you are/were an aspartame user - have your doctor enter into your official medical record that you believe aspartame may have caused some or all of your symptoms and that you are ceasing use of the sweetener and want to be "monitored" by your health care team as you get better. Very important.
 • Join over 10,000 concerned consumer members of Aspartame Consumer Safety Networkworldwide who are fighting this battle to educate the consuming public about artificial sweeteners that masquerade as "natural."
 • Take all aspartame products back to the store and exchange them for healthy "real" food. This sends a message back to the manufacturer that we will no longer tolerate neurotoxins in our foods and children's items. Register a powerful complaint where it counts.
 • Write letters to the FDA and food manufacturers who use aspartame. Copy the editor of your local newspaper, stating your displeasure about the conspiracy of silence and illicit cover up of the facts by government and industry.
 The tobacco industry got away with it far too long. Let us learn a lesson from that and vow to not repeat mistakes that let them get away with it. The "real villains" in today's society are those who poison our food supply and that of our children - for profit.
 Published by:
Aspartame Consumer Safety Network
 Mary Nash Stoddard, Founder and President
Blog: Stoddards POV
Twitter: marystod
Facebook: Mary Nash Stoddard
Google: Mary_Nash_Stoddard
Aspartame Video Collection: The Organic View Radio Show
 Books / Videos [send a $30 donation per item ordered to ACSN at above address] :

• Deadly Deception Story of Aspartameby Mary Nash Stoddard [Food Safety Expert/ Consultant] - 200 pg. compilation of research studies from peer reviewed medical journals and others, documenting the deadly effects. Lists children's meds - addresses flying safety.
 • Deadly Deception - 90-Minute Book on Audio Cassette tapes
• Excitotoxins The Taste That Killsby Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. - A respected Neurologist/ Neurosurgeon's excellent review of aspartame toxicity
• Cooking With Stevia by James Kirkland - gives conversion charts and lots of great recipes

Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame Video - One hour lecture at a Science Symposium by founder of anti-aspartame consumer movement.

 The world owes Dr. John Olney, of Washington University Medical School of Psychiatry, in Saint Louis, MO, a huge debt of gratitude. This soft spoken scientist and researcher , with James Turner, Esq., first uncovered the shocking unreported research study results on aspartame, tucked away in a dismal warehouse. Dr. Olney, the world expert on amino acids, cares more about the truth than popularity with his peers and government officials. We salute Dr. Olney for his efforts and sacrifices on our behalf.


Mary Nash Stoddard