Aspartame: FDA Approved Deadly Neurotoxin

by Arthur M. Evangelista, a former FDA Investigator

Open Statement concerning the artificial sweetener, Aspartame:

I am a former investigator who worked with the US Food and Drug Administration: This is what I have to say about Aspartame and the people who brought it to our tables. As a former FDA investigator, I was charged with overseeing two major projects for the FDA. These concerned Pesticides and Chemicals in Foods and Illegal Drug Tissue Residues in Animals (including milk related issues). I worked closely with the sister Federal and State agencies, oversaw contracts, I was a coordinator and lead investigator on projects involving EPA and USDA. The FDA, in the mid-70’s to mid-90’s was not a large organization, having an annual budget no greater than a medium-sized hospital by 1995.

The problems with aspartame include not only the biochemical nature of this toxin but also it sheds light on the political nature of the players involved. 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 neurotoxic. Its 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.

The methanol then breaks down into formaldehyde-formic acid components, which denatures/mutates the DNA: a known scientific fact. The subsequent result from this interaction and from isolates of genetically modified amino acids, 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. I have seen first hand the effects on symptoms when individuals have abstained from ingesting the artificial sweetener, aspartame. Make no bones about it, aspartame is a major factor in many symptomologies due to its effects upon brain chemistry.


Coming from a family and relatives of physicians, I know only too well that 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 sub chronic), rather than retain a close-minded approach to the available data. This just boggles my mind when those, who are supposed to know better; choose 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; not to mention, all the people made ill and killed in the process of ‘ignorant medicine’ e.g. a doctor has sold his skills and MD diploma to industrial chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical firms or even to governmental associations!! Money is money…right, Doc? Prior to the approval of aspartame, the FDA sent two specialized teams to G.D. Searle and found a ghastly 95% level of misdirected testing; concealed tests, collusion between corporate and their company-funded research; inappropriate ante-mortem issues; withholding of material facts; alterations of records: lying to investigators, lost records, no records; falsification of reports, bribery, poor test methodology or design… et 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. The actual report are displayed on Unfortunately, many ethics in the law were also violated during this time period, by the various government departments in the USA. This was further corrupted by politicians involved with corporate constituents who in turn affected the regulatory process in favor of these constituents. Another name for this, of course, is ‘bribery’.


This was nothing less than full-blown collusion. The ‘revolving door’ at the 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 surrounding their drug processing and issues involved with aspartame. Some, with a hidden agenda of promised secret money or better jobs, actively hindered the investigation into G. D. Searle’s laboratory practices. It is obvious when you see the records and numbers and where those jobs were. 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 corporate positions and lucrative incomes, including former FDA Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes, who was about to be brought up on ethics and misconduct charges!

The whole process was (is still) rotten throughout. The various dependent research completed on aspartame proves this (in part, a chemical warfare agent) is a neurotoxin. It is unlike any other compound on the market. Each of its three components are toxic. 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. Not even a skeptic, like my brother (a chief microbiologist) could ignore the factual evidence of aspartame’s neuro-toxicity when presented with the evidence. 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; you would have to be brain dead.

To still 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. There is rampant corruption in these processes and it behooves all educated, law enforcement and scientific-minded individuals to look at the entire picture to piece together one of the biggest travesties in public health history. The common thread which ties everything together is; the strong political influences, 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.


As an investigator, I found this hard to believe at first, that so many factors have come together to collude in such a way, to allow aspartame into our food supply. Regardless of how I initially felt about it, the evidence is factual ….it happened. Now we have to do something about it, because it is nothing less than MASS MURDER. Additionally and historically, many recalled products, including FDA regulated products, were once thought safe. DDT was once thought to be safe, remember? History of the regulatory problems, fraud, deceit and scientific corruption with various drug products would serve you well to remember here. Regulatory problems and corruption resulting in mass-illness or deaths with various prescription drugs and drug-tissue residues in foods (antibiotics) which was known by the FDA since the mid 80’s, perpetuating further our problems with antibiotic resistant germs.

Remember Agent Orange? How long did it take the US 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 whose lives were ruined, were even given the acknowledgment that there was a problem. The Gulf War Veterans were in the same boat for a while. Maybe someone will pay attention to their plight. Many policies, I found out, were not made to protect the public health, but rather, to provide leverage at appropriation time before Congress and to protect the industry and their political government.

This is especially true when they were paid for their ‘services’ by the pharmaceutical or chemical industries. This is what I call ‘social cancer’. 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 ‘show’ and for funding. It was the folks in Rockville and Washington who made the final decisions on how to play most of these issues out. Unfortunately for us, it was not to favor the public health processes. The entire process reeks of political and corporate influence. Many mainstream media newscasts and reports have exposed this problem.


There are regulatory or enforcement agencies that have questionably close ties with industry, aside from an unethical revolving door. These ties are even illegal in some aspects and compromise an agency’s ability to regulate. It compromises not only the integrity of the agency, but the information being disseminated, as well. Everything becomes suspect. Then the spin-doctors are called into action.


So tell me then, why do government agencies support and make policies around industrial concerns, like pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing firms? The answer is easy: Money and/or power! Why aren’t government agencies remaining impartial? Somebody has a little influence, that is why and, this influence is not in the public’s best interest. Follow the money trail. The truth has been difficult to come by. Investigators, lay people, teachers, educators, regulators and whistleblowers 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 ‘healable’ issues) would rather people did not find out about its effects on brain chemistry.

Giving doctors the benefit of the doubt, if they do not consider aspartame poisoning as a cause for concern or instigator of symptoms, they are simply not very good investigators. Then maybe the doctor should try carpentry or other non-patient related work. In truth, doctors have a business. This is a subset of business treatment practices that is making money based on the introduction of a poisonous product. I also found out that the large government health association and many other so-called health groups, have received substantial money, contributions, or stipends from industry regarding their products.


This includes certain public health associations – the very people who are supposed to be helping the public, who for legal reasons cannot be named here, they like many others, diabolically support aspartame and the money it has made them. They are businesses… and business goes before public health. Look at any health association and check out the list of their contributors and tell me what you see.


Regarding aspartame, I have written articles about this substance, they explained the processes that allowed aspartame into the marketplace, through various reports and information uncovered whilst I was with the agency and afterwards, with the help of other investigators and agency data. Much of this information is available for review, you can draw your own conclusions.

Open your mind. Know that the government-corporate issues have shocked us before, to our collective dismay. I urge you to consider all the factors; … the political, physiological and regulatory processes which created the mistaken and unfortunate acceptance of this toxin in our food supply. This information is not ‘what I think’ nor how I feel…

…It is a fact, that ASPARTAME SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN APPROVED based on the information submitted to the FDA, including the information that was not submitted. It is a fact that politics and those with ‘hidden agendas’ illegally affected the regulatory processes, misused and abused their authority, to bring to market this toxic food additive.

If you drink aspartame and have experienced health problems, then cease your consumption of it (and its cousin MSG) for 60 days and see if your symptoms disappear. You have nothing to lose. If you do not follow this simple experiment for 60 days, you could lose your life. Additionally, educate yourselves. It is your body, your health and your life.


For further information see the following websites: Experts on Aspartame, government records, UPI and CDC investigations, books by physicians, protest of National Soft Drink Assn, Class Action, support groups, etc.

Aspartame Toxicity Center


Books by H. J. Roberts, M.D. including Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, medical text on global plague

Ana Janag Russell Blaylock, MD, neurosurgeon, book, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills on aspartame and MSG and his new book on how to get well, Health & Nutrition Secrets To Save Your Life.

Note from Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible International

( – 770 242-2599), global unpaid volunteer force warning the world off aspartame:


The European Parliament has voted to reexamine aspartame. They will also examine Stevia which got outlawed for no reason except to keep consumers using the toxin aspartame. There are at least 500 studies on Stevia showig safety and you can contact the Stevita Company in Dallas, Texas, Oscar Rodes ([email protected]). The actual consumption by humans without a single report of undesired side effects over a long period of time (30 years in Japan, 15 years in Brazil in the extract form, and centuries in Paraguay and Brazil in the leaf form) demonstrates that the product is safe for its intended use – that is as a sweetener. It is the salvation of diabetics as it helps in the metabolism of sugar whereas aspartame can precipitate diabetes, keeps blood sugar out of control, destroys the optic nerve, can cause diabetics to go into convulsions and even interacts with insulin. It is particularly pushed on diabetics. It has caused an epidemic of diabetes and obesity, as it is a drug that makes you crave carbohydrates so you gain weight. See protest of National Soft Drink Association on and Aspartame Makes You Fatter by Sandra Cabot, MD Also read Aspartame and Diabetes and Hypoglycemia by diabetic specialist H. J. Roberts, MD

No drug is safe on the market as long as aspartame exists as it interacts with just about every drug used to treat the problems it causes completely outlined in a chapter on drug interaction in Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by Roberts. One out of four are having drug interactions! Two-thirds of the population in America and 40% of our children are using this deadly chemical poison that interacts with drugs and as a chemical hypersensitization agent interacts with vaccines, other toxins and unsafe additives. I have filed a Citizens Petition with the FDA based on the fact their records show aspartame to be deadly and yet they lie to the public. They have been told not to send their FDA propaganda rag, the FDA Consumer or a packet of Federal Registers. The law requires they answer in six months. It has been 10 months and they have not answered. To read the entire Board of Inquiry report of the FDA saying not to approve aspartame and the famed Dr. John Olney’s paper to the Board of Inquiry telling them what would happen to the brains of our children go to Mission Possible Maine. They supply special equipment to read the original documents.

Please contact Betty Martini, [email protected] (770 242-2599) if you have suffered brain tumors, seizures or blindness or eye deterioration from aspartame for class action.

I leave you with the profound words of James Bowen, MD, who has Lou Gehrig’s from aspartame in his paper Aspartame Murders Infants, Violates Federal Domestic Genocide Law: “Aspartame is sold as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel, Benevia, E951, etc., and is in thousands of foods and diet drinks. At every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys, beginning with the gleam in Mom and Pop’s eyes. It ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this, aspartame disrupts fetal development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born, aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future generations.”

Is NutraSweet a Neurotoxin? You bet your aspartame! It’s only appropriate use is as a rat killer and to kill fire ants.

Author: Arthur M. Evangelista