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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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stoddard's POV: Taken From Keynote Speech by ACSN Founder Sept. 8, 2005 at Nutrition Conference in Detroit MI

Sun. Aug. 18 2002 11:46 PM ET

Hotline gets warnings about pilots and aspartame
Jennifer Tryon, CTV Food Specialist

Over the past eight years, sporadic warnings from consumer groups have appeared in Canadian aviation magazines, suggesting airline pilots call a hotline. There, they can confidentially report problems they've been having from eating or drinking the artificial sweetener aspartame.

"We've had hundreds and maybe thousands of calls that are pilot-related," said Mary Nash Stoddard, who has answered the Aspartame Pilots Hotline for more than a decade from her home in Dallas, Texas.

Stoddard is the founder of the Aspartame Consumers Safety Network, a group she founded when her daughter had a seizure after ingesting aspartame.

CTV News discovered the hotline number in a Health Canada Access to Information request. It was buried in a document submitted to Health Canada in 1995, warning health officials about the risks pilots may be under by consuming aspartame. The document warned of more than 90 symptoms that could be attributed to aspartame. More disturbingly, it also warned that pilots could suffer grand mal seizures in the cockpit after consuming the artificial sweetener.

In a letter obtained by CTV News, one Transport Canada doctor blames aspartame for a former Air Canada pilot’s grand mal seizure. The doctor fought his own department to have the pilot's licence reinstated. The doctor states: "Since his grounding, [the pilot] has eliminated foods containing aspartame... He has not experienced any further episodes of vision disturbances..."

One former Air Canada pilot told CTV News he saw memos on a bulletin board suggesting pilots not consume diet drinks. There was no scientific proof attached, just a warning.

So why aspartame and why pilots?

Some believe it's a coincidence. But others, such as Stoddard, say the amino acids that make up the sweetener, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, cause a reaction in the brain at high altitudes. The reaction can lead to hypoxia, also called "the bends," and sometimes seizure.

Aspartame is made up of two amino acids that form methanol ester, which becomes the substance known as Nutrasweet or Equal. It's 180 times sweeter than sugar and safe for diabetics. Repeated studies have found it to be safe.

Pilots are typically health-conscious and often choose to drink diet drinks to stay hydrated in the air and keep their weight down. Many say the reports on aspartame have been anecdotal in nature. The hundreds who call Stoddard's hotline every year are considered to be misdiagnosing themselves or part of a radical online movement to ban aspartame.

But Hanes Dunn, a former U.S. Air Force and Continental Airlines pilot, now living in Texas City, Texas, believes aspartame cost him his career. In 1990, he suffered a grand mal seizure which resulted in automatic termination of his flying status. Dunn says he's not epileptic and only has seizures when he ingests foods containing the sweetener.

"I've never had an abnormal EEG [brain scan]," says Dunn who, until he started using diet drinks to lose weight, boasted a clean bill of health. "I can't prove it one way or another. But all I know is that all my problems started once I started using diet drinks that were sweetened with aspartame."

Dunn says he believes that, ironically, the diet drinks he drank to keep his weight down to ensure he didn't lose his pilot's licence ended up costing him his licence.

"What I feel like I did was, basically, I committed occupational suicide," Dunn says.

Dunn says being grounded cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, and contributed to his divorce. He says he now refuses to ingest aspartame of any kind and often has to carefully read labels on some foods and drink to ensure it's not in them.

Dunn is just one pilot CTV News found who had suffered seizures and attributed them to aspartame use. Two former Air Canada pilots wouldn't talk on the record. One said it was because he was still flying and didn't want to jeopardize his licence. But Dunn wanted to talk about the problems he's had with the sweetener.

Dunn took part in a clinical test to gauge his reaction to aspartame. He ingested 12 cans of diet cola and was seizure-free. However, he did break out in a rash.

Health Canada is firm in its decision that aspartame is safe in average amounts. Some studies show it would take 16 cans of diet cola for aspartame to become harmful.

John Salminen, Health Canada chief of the Chemical Health Hazards Division, said: "We don't rule out the possibility that there are individuals who cannot tolerate aspartame, I mean that is a possibility."

Friday, August 5, 2016


Toxicity reactions to aspartame will be divided into three types:    1.  Acute toxicity reactions occuring within 48 hours of ingestion of      an aspartame-containing product.    2.  Chronic toxicity effects occuring anywhere from several days of      use to appearing a number of years (i.e., 1-20+ years) after the      beginning of aspartame use.    3.  Potential toxicity effects that would be nearly impossible for      the user to recognize the link to aspartame.    In an epidemiological survey which appeared in the Journal of  Applied Nutrition (Roberts 1988), 551 persons who have  reported toxicity effects from aspartame ingestion were  surveyed.  The adverse effects found cover a subset of reported  acute and chronic toxicity effects from aspartame.  What follows is a listing of the adverse health effects  which were found.    -------------------                                                  # of                                                  people  (%)  Eye  - Decreased vision and/or other eye problems     140   (25%)      (blurring, "bright flashes," tunnel vision)  - Pain (or or both eyes)                          51    (9%)  - Decreased tears, trouble with contact lens,     46    (8%)      or both  - Blindness (one or both eyes)                    14    (3%)    Ear  - Tinnitus ("ringing," "buzzing")                 73   (13%)  - Severe intolerance for noise                    47    (9%)  - Marked impairment of hearing                    25    (5%)    Neurologic  - Headaches                                      249   (45%)  - Dizziness, unsteadiness, or both               217   (39%)  - Confusion, memory loss, or both                157   (29%)  - Severe drowsiness and sleepiness                93   (17%)  - Paresthesias ("pins and needles," "tingling")   82   (15%)      or numbness of the limbs  - Convulsions (grand mal epileptic attacks)       80   (15%)  - Petit mal attacks and "absences"                18    (3%)  - Severe slurring of speech                       64   (12%)  - Severe tremors                                  51    (9%)  - Severe "hyperactivity" and "restless legs"      43    (8%)  - Atypical facial pain                            38    (7%)    Psychologic-Psychiatric  - Severe depression                              139   (25%)  - "Extreme irritability"                         125   (23%)  - "Severe anixiety attacks"                      105   (19%)  - "Marked personality changes"                    88   (16%)  - Recent "severe insomnia"                        76   (14%)  - "Severe aggravation of phobias"                 41    (7%)    Chest  - Palpitations, tachycardia (rapid heart action), 88   (16%)      of both  - "Shortness of breath"                           54   (10%)  - Atypical chest pain                             44    (8%)  - Recent hypertension (high blood pressure)       34    (6%)    Gastrointestinal  - Nausea                                          79   (14%)  - Diarrhea                                        70   (13%)      Associated gross blood in the stools (12)  - Abdominal pain                                  70   (13%)  - Pain on swallowing                              28    (5%)    Skin and Allergies  - Severe itching without a rash                   44    (8%)  - Severe lip and mouth reactions                  29    (5%)  - Urticaria (hives)                               25    (5%)  - Other eruptions                                 48    (9%)  - Aggravation of respiratory allergies            10    (2%)    Endocrine and Metabolic  - Problems with diabetes:  loss of control;       60   (11%)      precipitation of clinical diabetes;      aggravation or simulation of diabetic      complications  - Menstrual changes                               45    (6%)      Severe reduction or cessation of periods (22)  - Paradoxic weight gain                           34    (5%)  - Marked weight loss                              26    (6%)  - Marked thinning or loss of the hair             32    (6%)  - Aggravated hypoglycemia (low blood sugar        25    (5%)      attacks)    Other  - Frequency of voiding (day and night), burning   69   (13%)      on urination (dysuria), or both  - Excessive thirst                                65   (12%)  - Severe joint pains                              58   (11%)  - "Bloat"                                         57   (10%)  - Fluid retention and leg swelling                20    (4%)  - Increased susceptibility to infection            7    (1%)    -------------------    There are other clinical reports in the scientific literature of  aspartame-caused toxicity reactions including Blumenthal (1997),  Drake (1986), Johns (1986), Lipton (1989), McCauliffe (1991),  Novick (1985), Watts (1991), Walton (1986, 1988), and Wurtman  (1985).    Many pilots appear to be particularly susceptible to the effects of  aspartame ingestion.  They have reported numerous serious toxicity  effects including grand mal seizures in the cockpit (Stoddard 1995).  Nearly 1,000 cases of pilot reactions have been reported to the  Aspartame Consumer Safety Network Pilot Hotline (Stoddard 1995).  This susceptibility may be related to ingesting methanol at altitude  as suggested in a letter from Dr. Phil Moskal, Professor of  Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Pathology, Chairman of the Department  of Pathology, Director of Public Health Laboratories (Moskal 1990),  or it may simply be that some pilots tend to ingest large quantities  of aspartame during a flight.  Whatever the case, numerous warnings  about aspartame dangers have appeared in piloting journals including  The Aviation Consumer (1988), Aviation Medical Bulletin (1988),  Pacific Flyer (1988), CAA General Aviation (1989), Aviation Safety  Digest (1989), General Aviation News (1989), Plane & Pilot (1990),  Canadian General Aviation News (1990), National Business Aircraft  Association Digest (NBAA Digest 1993), International Council of  Air Shows (ICAS 1995), and the Pacific Flyer (1995).  Both the U.S.  Air Force's magazine "Flying Safety" and the U.S. Navy's magazine,  "Navy Physiology" published articles warning about the many dangers  of aspartame including the cumlative deliterious effects of methanol  and the greater likelihood of birth defects. The articles note that  the ingestion of aspartame may make pilots more susceptible to  seizures and vertigo (US Air Force 1992).    Countless other toxicity effects have been reported to the FDA (DHHS  1995), other independent organizations (Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Pilot Hotline since 1987 - Stoddard 1995), and independent scientists (e.g., 80 cases of  seizures were reported to Dr. Richard Wurtman, Food (1986).    Frequently, aspartame toxicity is misdiagnosed as a specific disease.  This has yet to be reported in the scientific literature, yet it has  been reported countless times to independent organizations and  scientists (Aspartame Consumer Safety Network & Pilot Hotline - Stoddard 1995).  In other cases,  it has been reported that chronic aspartame ingestion has triggered  or worsened certain chronic illnesses.  Nearly 100% of the time, the  patient and physician assume that these worsening conditions are  simply a normal progression of the illness.  Sometimes that may be  the case, but many times it is chronic aspartame poisoning.    According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse  effects of aspartame, the following list contains a selection  of chronic illnesses which may be caused or worsened by the chronic,  long-term ingestion of aspartame. (Stoddard 1995)*:         Brain tumors               Multiple sclerosis       Epilepsy                   Chronic faigue syndrome       Parkinson's Disease        Alzheimer's       Mental retardation         Lymphoma       Birth defects              Fibromyalgia       Diabetes                   Arthritis (including Rheumatoid)       Chemical Sensitivities     Attention Deficit Disorder         *Note: In some cases such as MS, the severe symptoms              mimic the illness or exacerbate the illness,              but do not cause the disease.    Also, please note that this is an incomplete list.  Clearly,  ingestion of a very slow poison (as discussed in other FAQs) is not  beneficial to anyone who has a chronic illness.    Finally, potential toxicity effects from aspartame including brain  cancer (as seen in pre-approval research) and effects on fetal brain  and nervous system development will be discussed in other FAQs.    How often are such effects seen?    Until recently, approximately 90% of aspartame sales were in the  United States (Monsanto 1994).  Other countries are now being inundated  with aspartame, but it will be some time until they begin to feel the  full effects of aspartame toxicity on the general population.  Since the  U.S. has some history of significant use, we will limit the discussion  to the frequency of effects in the U.S.    There have been well over 7,000 aspartame toxicity reactions officially  received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 1982 (after  aspartame was first approved) until 1995 (DHHS 1993, DHHS 1995).  From this figure, we can estimate the number of actual toxicity  reactions observed.    FDA officials believe that as little as 1% of the serious  adverse drug reactions are reported to the FDA (Kessler  1993).  Using a reported rate of 1%, we would estimate that there  have been 700,000 recognized aspartame toxicity reactions in the U.S.  since 1982.  However, there are a number of significant adjustments  that must be made before we can accept this estimate.    1.  Most physicians are aware of the Adverse Reaction      Monitoring System (ARMS) and are encouraged by the FDA      to report serious adverse drug reactions (Kessler 1993).      Physicians are not encouraged by the FDA to report aspartame      toxicity reactions to the FDA (Food 1995).  The lay      public is generally unaware of ARMS and much less likely to      report adverse reactions to the FDA.  Therefore, this would      lower the estimated reporting rate below 1%.  Let us make a      small adjustment and estimate a 0.88% reporting rate.    2.  It was pointed out by James Turner, Esq. in a letter to the then      FDA Commissioner Frank Young that no program to monitor aspartame      toxicity reactions was created until February 1984, two years after      aspartame approval began (Turner 1984).  This would probably add at      least 1,200 reported reactions (probably much more), so that we      should use 8,200 toxicity reaction reports.  In addition, a      Freedom of Information act request determined that the regional      FDA offices had been told that only "serious" complaints should      be forwarded to the FDA headquarters (Turner 1984).  "Serious"      complaints were complaints where the illness was severe enough      to require the attention of a physician.  Since this happened      between 1984 (when the monitoring system began) and 1985, we can      estimate an additional 300 toxicity reactions would have been      reported for a total of 8,500.    3.  In 1987, it was brought out at U.S. Congressional Hearings that      the FDA had been transferring aspartame toxicity reaction calls      to the AIDS Hotline (Stoddard 1987).  In addition, it was reported      by James Turner, Esq. of Community Nutrition Institute (CNI) that      there were numerous cases of people calling the FDA to report      toxicity reaction and they were told that there was no connection      between aspartame and adverse reactions and no other information was      taken by the FDA.  While this may not effect the reporting rate      after the start of 1988, it would significantly effect the reporting      rate before that time.  Let us make another small adjustment and      estimate a 0.78% reporting rate.    4.  Perhaps the biggest reduction in the reporting rate comes from      the fact that Commissioner Kessler's estimated 1% reporting rate      for adverse drug reactions involves only "serious" adverse      reactions.  The rate for reporting *all* drug reactions (if such      reporting were done) would almost certainly be no more than 0.5%.      Therefore, if we cut our current estimated reporting rate of      0.78% in half, the estimated reporting rate for *all* toxicity      reactions to aspartame (including serious or mild) would be no      more than 0.39%.    During the first couple of years that aspartame was on the market,  there was publicity that would likely have increased the reporting  rate.  However, since the FDA did not have a monitoring system in  place until February 1984, the estimated increased number of reports  will not be that much.  I will reduce the number of reports by 1,000  to 7,500 to take this into account.                         ****************  We now have approximately 7,500 reports at an estimated reporting  rate of 0.39%.  This totals approximately 1.9 million *recognized*  aspartame toxicity reactions in the U.S. between 1982 and 1995.  These reactions run anywhere from mild to very serious illnesses.                       ****************    It is very important to understand, however, that 1.9 million  represents only those toxicity reactions that have been discovered by  users and/or healthcare practitioners.  Quite often, I encounter case  histories where people suffered for long time and did not make the  connection.  For example:       "I have suffered from Migraines for years. As soon as I gave up      Nutrasweet my migraines disappeared. All those Cat Scans,      MRI's...for nothing."       "Since I last wrote my brother has been off nutrasweet since      then.  My brother's lupus type symptoms completely went      away. My brother has been a physician for over 10 years      .. his doctor (a specialist) who has been treating him has      seen the significant difference and wants to write a research      paper on this .. my brothers physician has now started      prescribing getting off nutrasweet for his other patients."    Therefore, I believe that in addition to the estimated 1.9 million  people in the U.S. who have recognized aspartame toxicity reactions  in themselves (from serious to mild), there are many times that  number who are suffering from some of the symptoms mentioned above  and that they do not recognize that chronic aspartame use is the  cause or at least a contributing factor.  I would estimate that *at  least* 7.6 million others are suffering from some symptoms related to  aspartame use (many mild symptoms, but many serious ones as well) and  do not recognize the connection.    In addition to the estimated 1.9 million recognized reactions and 7.6  million unrecognized reactions in the U.S., it is very important to  note that aspartame has been used in significant amounts in the U.S.  for a relatively short time.  A U.S. Department of Agriculture  report noted that it wasn't until approximately 1987 that aspartame  was used in significant amounts in the U.S. (USDA 1988).  Therefore,  aspartame had been used for only nine (9) years in signficant amounts  through 1995.  When one considers that the damage from aspartame is  often silent and cumulative (much like chain-smoking cigarettes), one  can see how a couple of generations of aspartame use might be  disasterous!    The FDA and NutraSweet have claimed that the number of reported  adverse reactions have declined substantially since the mid-  1980s (Pauli 1995, Butchko 1994).  In addition, the FDA recently  claimed that the number of reported toxicity reactions for 1995 was  only 11 (WSJ 1996)!  It is important to realize that during the  mid-1970s the FDA was investigating wrong-doings of the aspartame  manufacturer and stated the facts exactly as they found them:         "[The manufacturer] lied and didn't submit the        real nature of their observations because had they        done that it is more than likely a great number        of these studies would have been rejected simply        for inadequacy. Searle took great        pains to camouflage these shortcomings of the        study. As I say filter and just present to the        FDA what they wished the FDA to know and they did        other terrible things for instance animals would        develop tumors while they were under study. Well        they would remove these tumors from the animals."        [FDA Toxicologist and Task Force member, Dr. Adrian        Gross (Wilson 1985)]    During the late 1970s and early 1980s, a number of key government and  FDA officials left their jobs to work with companies related to the  aspartame industry (GAO 1986).  This included key FDA officials such  as the head of the FDA Bureau of Foods becoming a Vice President of  the National Drink Association and the FDA Commissioner becoming a  high-paid consultant for the manufacturer's PR firm, Burson  Marsteller (Gordon 1987).  After this period of time, there was no  scientific evidence and no amount of serious toxicity reports that  could get the FDA to seriously consider funding independent,  properly-conducted (e.g., chronic exposure) research.  That  appearance of the FDA being under the total control of the  manufacturer, Monsanto, continues to this day.    I include these comments about the FDA to demonstrate why no  independent scientist familiar with the aspartame issue takes  statements from the FDA such as "11 reported reactions in 1995"  seriously.  There are many people, including myself who have received  that many toxicity reaction reports in a single day during 1995.  The reality is that independent organizations have noted that  aspartame toxicity reaction reports given to them have *increased*  every year since the late 1980s (Stoddard 1995).  It is also  important to note that in mid-1995, the FDA admited that it had  stopped recording aspartame toxicity reactions (Food 1995).  That  may have something to do with why the numbers that the FDA reported  to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ 1996) were so small!      References Cited in Toxicology Sourcebook Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame - 
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"NutraSweet - Health and Safety Concerns"
Stoddard, Mary Nash, 1987. Testimony Senate Hearing 100-567, pg. 428-429
Hearing before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate - One Hundredth Congress - First Session on: Examining The Health and Safety Concerns of NutraSweet (Aspartame). November 3, 1987 
(Information for this article was provided courtesy Mary Nash Stoddard, Founder Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Pilot Hotline - author of toxicology sourcebook: Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame (Odenwald Press 1998)


Formal Portrait from TX_Radio_Hall_of_Fame Induction Ceremony Program, Nov. 2013 for the 1st Named Award ever given by TRHoF, honoring the First Lady of Dallas Radio. The "SAMMY" is now given each year at the annual Awards Banquet, to a woman who has made significant contributions in the field of Radio Broadcasting. I am honored to be the 1st recipient of this named-award and to be able to recognize those great women who followed me, after 1965, the year I went on the air from Midnight to Dawn on KVIL Radio, as KVIL's Girl-Named-SAM. This November, I will see another woman in Broadcasting receive this Award. It's both humbling and a great responsibility I never took lightly, being the First. Thank you TRHoF. I am forever grateful. "Breaking The Broadcasting Glass Ceiling wasn't easy, but was very much worth the effort!" Mary "SAM" Stoddard aka Mary Nash Stoddard Award-Winning Journalist