Mission Possible Intl
Before reading this article
everyone should hear James Turner, Atty, explain how Don Rumsfeld called in his markers to get aspartame, a deadly chemical
poison approved when the FDA said no:
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A Politically-Induced Biochemical
Disaster Of Global Proportions
Among the many ironies of our modern world is that Gerald
Ford awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom-America,s highest civilian honor-to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on January
19, 1977. Just a few weeks later on March 8, Rumsfeld became the CEO of G.D. Searle to take point on a mission to force the
Food and Drug Administration to approve for human consumption a known carcinogen and neurotoxic poison.
Today some 9,000 commonly consumed products are laced with this weapon of mass misery and millions of people live with chronic
illnesses linked to the artificial sweetener aspartame. It is our belief at The Idaho Observer that if some guy named Parkinson
can have a disease named after him, then Donald Rumsfeld ought to have his own disease, too. Hence the term Rumsfeld disease
By Don Harkins
The Idaho Observer
Today, Donald Rumsfeld is known throughout
the world as the zealous U.S. Secretary of Defense who is waging a global "war on terror" in search of "terrorists" and "weapons
of mass destruction." Most people, however, are not aware that Rumsfeld himself unleashed a chemical weapon of mass destruction
upon the world in 1981-and it,s still out there destroying people all over the world. That "WMD" is aspartame and it has been
scientifically and anecdotally linked to millions of chronic illnesses and deaths.
The evidence shows that, with full
knowledge of aspartame,s neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity, Rumsfeld, as the CEO of G.D.
Searle, Co., "called in his
markers" to achieve U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the artificial sweetener aspartame, better known
by its trade name "NutraSweet."
Consumer advocate attorney Jim Turner, who was instrumental in the 1969 banning of
cyclamate in the U.S. for its link to various forms of cancer, met with representatives of aspartame approval petitioner Searle
in 1974. The main topic of discussion was neuroscientist Dr. John Olney,s 1971 study which showed that aspartic acid caused
lesions in the brains of infant mice. According to Turner, arguably the world,s foremost authority on aspartame,s dubious
legal history, Rumsfeld was apparently hired by Searle for one specific purpose: To obtain FDA approval for aspartame.
Martini is the director of Mission Possible, a worldwide consumer advocacy organization formed in 1992 as a voice for those
demanding that the FDA reverse its approval of aspartame and order its removal from foods, beverages and medical preparations.
Martini is even more bold in her charges against Rumsfeld. Martini believes the Washington insider, former three-term U.S.
Rep. From Illinois (1962-1968), secretary of defense (1975-1977) and executive assistant to President Gerald Ford, was hired
by Searle because, "He was willing to get a deadly chemical poison, aspartame, approved for human consumption"
In December, 1965 Searle chemist James Schlatter discovered aspartame while
working on an ulcer drug. The substance, comprised of 50 percent synthetic phenylalanine, 40 percent synthetic aspartic acid
and 10 percent methanol, was about 200 times sweeter than sugar by weight and had no calories. By spring, 1967, Searle began
conducting safety trials in preparation for petitioning the FDA for product approval.
Soon after the trials began,
lab animals (monkeys and mice) began experiencing adverse effects ranging from brain lesions and tumors to seizures and death.
Yet Searle petitioned the FDA for aspartame approval in February, 1973. According to Turner, Searle provided the FDA with
over 100 studies claiming they proved aspartame was "safe." Independent analyses of these studies, however, proves conclusively
that aspartame is actually a dangerous, neurotoxic, carcinogenic and highly-addictive drug.
Trusting Searle,s promise
that aspartame was safe, the FDA approved the limited use of aspartame in dry goods on July 26, 1974. Turner and Dr. Olney
formally objected to the approval. Their petition triggered an FDA investigation of Searle,s lab practices which proved that
Searle had provided the FDA with inaccurate conclusions resulting from manipulated data derived from poorly-designed studies.
The FDA reversed its decision to approve aspartame in dry goods.
On January 10, 1977, the FDA formally requested that
the U.S. Department of Justice convene a federal grand jury to determine if Searle should be criminally indicted for "concealing
material facts and making false statements" with regard to its petition for aspartame approval.
Among the many charges
FDA investigators made about Searle,s shoddy lab practices was how rats that developed tumors would undergo surgical removal
of the tumors and then be placed back into the study as if nothing had happened to them.
The grand jury investigation
was led by U.S. Attorney Samuel Skinner. In July 1, 1977, while the investigation was being conducted, Skinner left the Justice
Department and took a job with Sidley & Austin-the law firm representing Searle. The statute of limitations eventually
ran out and the grand jury disbanded without reaching any conclusions regarding Searle and its lab practices.
this controversy, Rumsfeld was hired as Searle CEO on March 8, 1977 and immediately began cleaning house. Rumsfeld, who had
no previous business executive experience before becoming CEO of Searle, reorganized several departments in the company and
fired many of its high-level managers, replacing them with other politically-connected Washington, D.C., insiders.
the controversies deepened and the evidence proving the poisonous nature of his company,s product continued to accumulate,
Rumsfeld and his team continued to push for FDA approval of aspartame.
A team of FDA investigators headed by Jerome
Bressler attempted to block Rumsfeld, et. al, by publishing what has become known as the "Bressler Report" on August 1, 1977.
The report cited several instances where Searle intentionally mislead the FDA in its petition for marketplace approval of
aspartame. The FDA then formed a public board of inquiry (PBOI) in 1979 to rule on the myriad safety issues surrounding aspartame.
By this time, FDA investigators and independent scientists had exhaustively reviewed the Searle studies and additional
studies had been conducted. There was no doubt, based upon objective analyses of evidence that had accumulated for over a
decade, that aspartame was deathly poisonous to lab animals and caused a statistically significant number of them to develop
On September 30, 1980, the PBOI concluded that aspartame should not be approved pending further investigation
of its link to the formation of brain tumors and that the FDA "has not been presented with proof of reasonable certainty that
aspartame is safe for use as a food additive."
was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan,s transition team. This
team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., to be the new FDA commissioner. Dr. Hayes, a pharmacologist, had no previous
experience with food additives before being appointed director of the FDA. He, like Rumsfeld, did, however, have experience
with chemical warfare studies while connected to the Department of Defense. According to The Washington Post, Hayes was, "one
of a number of doctors who conducted drugs tests for the Army on volunteers.to determine the effect of a mind-disorienting
drug called CAR 301,060," at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
The Post further explained why Hayes was the perfect choice to
politically force the approval of aspartame: "According to a declassified 1976 report prepared by the Army Inspector General,
Hayes had planned a research study to develop the mind-altering CAR 301,060 as a crowd control agent."
detailing Hayes activities beginning in 1972, further indicated that Hayes was involved in similar biochemical mind control
research studies until being named FDA director.
One of Hayes, first official acts as FDA chief was to approve the
use of aspartame as an artificial sweetener in dry goods July 18, 1981. In order to accomplish this feat, Hayes had to overlook
the scuttled grand jury investigation of Searle, overcome the Bressler Report, ignore the PBOI,s recommendations and pretend
aspartame did not chronically sicken and kill thousands of lab animals. Hayes, left his post at the FDA in November, 1983,
amid accusations that he was accepting corporate gifts for political favors. Just before leaving office in scandal, Hayes
approved the use of aspartame in beverages. According to The Post, Hayes, next job was in the private sector where he served
as a high-paid senior medical advisor for Searle,s public relations firm.
Within weeks of aspartame,s approval for use in beverages, cans of diet sodas and other sweet drinks were on the market.
To help sell Americans on using the artificial sweetener, intense advertising campaigns began programming the public to believe
that sugar has lots of calories; calories make us fat and NutraSweet has no calories-therefore it won,t make us fat.
upon this almost universally-accepted oversimplification of biochemical reality, aspartame has enjoyed 22 years of marketplace
success and is now in an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 commonly-consumed products in at least 100 countries. When Searle was absorbed
by Monsanto in 1985, Rumsfeld reportedly received a $12 million bonus.
Not surprisingly, the same adverse reactions
seen in lab animals in the 60s and 70s are now being seen in the general population. In his first book on aspartame (1990),
Dr. H.J. Roberts stated that in five or 10 years we would have a worldwide plague on our hands if we do not remove aspartame
from our food supply. With the printing of "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic (2001), Dr. Roberts declared that the world
is, indeed, plagued by a global epidemic of symptoms associated with aspartame use.
* Aspartame is
being identified by a growing number of researchers and physicians as an underlying cause of chronic ill health in America
and other countries throughout the world.
* It interacts with other substances such as pharmaceutical
drugs to produce adverse reactions.
* All metabolites of aspartame (formaldehyde, methanol, diketopiperazine
and formic acid) are toxic to the human body and are especially toxic to the brain.
* Aspartame comprises
over 80 percent of consumer complaints filed with the FDA.
* The FDA has generated a list of 92 symptoms
associated with aspartame consumption that include nausea, dizziness, irritability, insanity, blindness, deafness, weight
gain and death.
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that 500,000 people each year
simply "drop dead" for no apparent reason from what it labels "sudden cardiac death."
among all ages (especially the elderly) and learning disabilities among children, in the U.S. and abroad, have been skyrocketing
As of today, the number of scientific and studies showing that aspartame is, indeed, an underlying cause
of chronic physical and mental illness and death out number studies proving its safety by at least 400 to zero. Proof of this
fact can also be determined by what happens in many cases when people stop using aspartame: Their chronic symptoms disappear.
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom by President Gerald Ford-the highest civilian honor in America-on January 19, 1977. A few months later, Rumsfeld
became the CEO of Searle to secure political approval for a product that science had proven to be a highly-addictive neurotoxic
drug that causes chronic ill health, brain tumors and death. The evidence indicates that FDA approval for aspartame was a
high-level political priority undoubtedly connected to its capacity to adversely effect the minds and bodies of those consuming
Because Rumsfeld placed politics above public health and safety, hundreds of millions of people throughout the
world cannot think clearly and suffer from a variety of chronic illnesses. It is, therefore, fitting that symptoms associated
with aspartame use be known as "Rumsfeld,s disease."
Caption: The search of a suitable picture
of Donald Rumsfeld turned up this image from Portland Indy Media. Though it may seem satirical, is it? What goes through the
mind of a man who knowingly poisons his own people?
End of Article
Note from Betty Martini:
Only yesterday in national news we learned diet and low calorie pop will be left in schools which will poison our
children. As an example, Coke Zero has aspartame. Aspartame is a chemical hypersensitization agent because it is a neurotoxic
drug/chemical poison. It not only interacts with all drugs but all vaccines and other toxins and unsafe sweeteners like Splenda,
a chlorocarbon poison. So our children don't have a chance. Only a few weeks ago an epidemiological study by Sharon Fowler
at the University of Texas based on 8 years data links diet drinks with obesity. Aspartame also can precipitate diabetes,
simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, destroys the optic nerve and interacts with insulin.
July a 3 year Italian study was released by the European Foundation for Oncology and Environmental Sciences which revealed
it causes leukemia, lymphoma and malignant brain tumors. Their July 14 05 report declares: "The results demonstrate ... that
aspartame is a carcinogenic agent." How many mothers knowing this would want their children drinking an addictive carcinogenic
agent. Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol which causes chronic methanol poisoning. This affects the dopamine system of
the brain and causes addiction. Now understand why the pop companies want this poison in your schools which causes Rumsfeld
Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., one of the world's leading authorities on aspartame neurotoxicity, extensively
reviewed the Soffritti report. "This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers (l998), which also found
the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and that this damage was cumulative. The type
of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. These two studies strongly indicate that drinking a single diet
cola sweetened with aspartame every day could significantly increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia."
Blaylock said further "This study should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products. This was a
carefully done study which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias
in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame."
the animals exposed to aspartame developed malignant brain tumors and we are now taking aspartame brain tumor cases for litigation
in New York, New Jersey, Madison County,Illinois and Mississippi. Simply contact me at Bettym19@mindspring.com
Dr. Blaylock also said "They found that even lower doses
of aspartame could cause these malignancies, yet the higher the dose, the more cancers that were seen. Since aspartame can
increase obesity and may even cause the metabolic syndrome that affects 48 million Americans, there is no reason to ever consume
this product. At the least, it should be immediately banned from all schools."
Any mother reading this article with
children in school should immediately take this to their principal, children's teacher and PTA along with the movie, Sweet
Misery, and demand that all products with aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful, E951/Canderel/Benevia, etc.) and especially
pop with this poison be removed - period, no if's, no and's and no but's. And Board of Educations should also remove the lobbyists
and those who would offer money to keep poisoned pop in schools. How much is the brain of your child worth. Remember this
is the cause of the epidemic of ADD, ADHD, autism, Tourettes, and behavioral problems.
For documentation of this read
the experts books:
Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic
H. J. Roberts, M.D.
or 1 800 827 7991
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
and Health & Nutrition Secrets
By neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D.
Web sites: http://www.wnho.net and http://www.dorway.com Aspartame Toxicity Center, http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame
Aspartame Information List, http://www.wnho.net Get involved
Rumsfeld Disease may become one of the largest
plagues in world history. The list of horrors is unending. Thanks to despicable and greedy Big Pharma/Codex, in England supplements
from industry now contain aspartame. Diane Fleming still remains in a prison in Virginia because methanol was found on her
husband's autopsy and they thought she poisoned him even though she passed their lie detector test. Doctors affidavits state
he died from aspartame which causes methanol poisoning. Athletes like Fleming are dying because aspartame damages the cardiac
conduction system and causes sudden death, although his was not sudden.
Enough is enough. Eradicate Rumsfeld Disease
from our schools and from our planet.
Don Harkins of the Idaho Observer has given permission to have this republished.
To help the effort the Idaho Observer - www.idaho-observer.com publishes 24 page booklets for distribution on Rumsfeld Disease
called the Artificially Sweetened Times. Distribute them throughout your schools, offices and churches to help eradicate Rumsfeld
Disease. And if you think the pop companies didn't know the gum was loaded be sure to read the protest of the National Soft
Drink Assn. on www.dorway.com
Dr. Betty Martini, Founder
Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway,
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869
Sick From Aspartame?
Meet Donald Rumsfeld.
Aspartame was passed despite FDA scientists' disapproval by a significant force in politics: Donald Rumsfeld.
When we started the documentary, "Sweet Misery", we did not know that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was the CEO
of Searle at the time aspartame was approved. Not until our first interview with Dr. Jim Bowen.
According to a G.D. Searle's salesperson, Patty WoodAllott, Donald Rumsfeld stated "he would call in all his markers and
that no matter what, he would see to it that aspartame be approved this year."
This interview with consumer attorney Jim Turner reveals how Donald Rumsfeld "called in his markers" as part of Reagan's transition
team in 1981. Here is why G.D. Searle felt compelled to reapply for aspartame's approval one day after Reagan's inauguration.
This is despite rejection of aspartame over brain tumors.
After 7000 miles, and 25 hours of footage, "Sweet Misery" will reveal one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate
negligence in the history of the industrial revolution.
The toxic long-term effects of aspartame are often dismissed as a "hoax" by the sweetener industry and at least five other
internet websites. The real footwork, however, unravels something less comforting than a mere "Hoax."
"Sweet Misery" is the working title of a documentary released by Sound and Fury in June of 2004. Our primary investigation
includes interviews with doctors, lawyers, people who have had health probems which they associate with aspartame usage, advocates,
and many others.
"Aspartame is inherently, markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media"
is a quote from the congressional record in 1985, and yet it was approved for use in soft drinks and other beverages.
Is there credible evidence if you look beyond the smokescreen of corporate medicine? The primary research
and interviews have been quite disturbing.
Dr. Woodrow C. Monte wrote: "Methanol [one of the breakdown products of
aspartame] has no therapeutic properties and is considered only as a toxicant. The ingestion of two teaspoons is considered
lethal in humans" (Monte, Woodrow, "Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health", Journal of Applied Nutrition, Vol. 36, Number
1, 1984, p. 44).
Though it can hardly be considered good fortune to have an immediate reaction to aspartame, at least
you are spared the potential long-term ticking time-bomb of a large array of neurological illnesses. These include, but are
not limited to Brain Cancer, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Graves Disease, Chronic Fatigue, MS and Epilepsy.
documentary is now available.
Visit our catalog to order Sweet Misery.
Documentary Hits Home:
In November of 2001, Cori Brackett, co-owner of Sound and Fury Productions, was in the process of doing research on Eugenics
and the absurd idea of "Perfect People" advocated by such seemingly diverse folks as Darwiniasts and Hitler, when she began
to experience a tingling sensation in her hands and feet.
At the time, she was unaware of any controversy surrounding
artificial sweeteners and had been a heavy consumer of diet soda. Around then, she read an article about aspartame being connected
to many health problems and quit using products like diet soda - which contain aspartame.
However, the tingling stubbornly
continued, eventually convincing her to seek medical advice. Her doctor ordered an MRI of her brain which resulted in the
diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
At first, she was horrified as her condition quickly progressed to the point that
she had double vision, slurred speech, and weak limbs forcing her to use a wheelchair. Through dietary changes and a host
of therapies, her condition improved and continues to do so to this day.
This rather extreme experience caused her
to go on a journey across country, seeking answers. The result of this quest is the documentary, "Sweet Misery" and the upcoming
collection of poems called "Through the Shadows".
As Cori says, "I never asked for any of this, but since it happened,
I feel compelled to share with others. I only want to help people in any way that I can. I ask for full disclosure from companies,
so that everyone has a true understanding of what they purchase and consume".
Sweet Misery news (8/19/05):THE SEQUEL
"Sweet Remedy: The World Reacts" is a documentary of personal, legal and political struggles in the face of an adulterated
food supply. In "Sweet Misery", Cori Brackett surmises, " the institutions designed to protect our food supply have failed
What's next? "Sweet Remedy" is a candid look at people across the country working to improve our food supply and to heal
and detoxify those already poisoned.
While aspartame was the centerpiece case study in "Sweet Misery", inadequate food safety requirements give birth to numerous
problems. We identify these dangers and examine the disparity between what authorities might present as "truth" and what evidence
Includes Dr. Russell Blaylock, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Jim Turner, ESQ, Dr. Michael Ruff, Dr. Candace Pert, Noam Chomsky, Sheldon
Rampart, Jeffrey Smith, Jack Samuels, Dr. Janet Starr Hull, Mary Nash Stoddard, Spice Williams Crosby, Bob Wall, Larry Hagman,
David Getoff, Howard Glasser, Sally Fallon, Robert Scott Bell, Arthur Evangelista, Betty Martini, and many more.
Currently in post production. Check back for a release date.
THROUGH THE SHADOWS (7/18/05)
What prompted Cori Brackett to make "Sweet Misery"?
An award-winning, published poet with an MFA in Creative Writing, Cori tells this story in "Through the Shadows", a spoken-word
recording accompanied by a written book. Readers/Listeners will learn how Cori connected her illness with aspartame and how
she slowly recovered from complete immobility.
In this scathing indictment of allopathic medicine, "Through The Shadows" is a rare, vivid glimpse into a life affected
not just by one poison, but by a root philosophy that has ruined so many lives.
While speaking to her past, Cori lays before us the very early discoveries of a world not quite right and sets light to
the grotesque manifestation this world has become.
Although "Through The Shadows" removes what alienates the sick from the healthy, readers are left with a reflection of
joy and hope as illness subsides with a reconnection to nature.
Look for the notice this August to order "Through The Shadows".
SWEET REMEDY UPDATE (4/29/05)
Our third trip on behalf of the sequel included an interview with Mary Nash Stoddard, Founder and President of the Aspartame
Consumer Safety Network and Dr. Candace Pert, Pharmacologist and author of "Molecules of Emotion". Mary Nash Stoddard will
provide us insight into the events that directly followed FDA Director Dr. Arthur Hull
Haye's passage of aspartame for use in Soft Drinks in 1983, despite FDA scientists concern for potential brain tumors.
Both Mary Nash Stoddard and consumer attorney Jim Turner began the early uphill battle to warn the public of this dangerous
A specialist in chemical neuroanatomy, Dr. Candace Pert will provide us some insight into the potential of the mind as
a powerful instrument for healing. Dr. Pert has a world-wide reputation as a pioneer in the field of neuropeptide and receptor
pharmacology and actively recommends all to see "Sweet Misery".
Citizen Action in the U.K!
Kim and Peter Dixon held the evening at St Thomas More Church Hall to portray the dangers of a sweetener, called aspartame,
through the film "Sweet Misery — A Poisoned World." Lern More
This work is designed to remove what alienates the sick from the healthy and encourage those who may be reacting to their
SWEET REMEDY: THE WORLD REACTS
The second trip on behalf of our sequel included crucial interviews with consumer attorney Jim Turner, Esq., and Professor
On our return we were met with a very pleasant surprise. Dr. Joseph Mercola added an outstanding review of "Sweet Misery" along with an interview with Cori Brackett.
A pattern in peer-reviewed studies links aspartame to MS. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon, wrote in
a recent article a connection that affirms Cori's suspicion.
Sound and Fury would like to welcome our distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Health Australasia LTD.
Sound and Fury would also like to welcome our newest U.S. distributor, Mercola .com. Visit them for the published interview. Cori describes her bouts with mainstream medicine and the complexities of making
a movie like "Sweet Misery". They will debut our newest authored version of the DVD with Extras from Dr. Russell Blaylock
and Dr. H.J. Roberts.
"As important if not more than Fahrenheit 911" Erskine Overnight
"A Definitive and Pioneering film" Carl Sims, Namaste
"It is the best collection of scientific and medical data, interviews with victims and medical specialists on the subject
of aspartame I have ever seen."
-Duncan Roads, Nexus Magazine
"It was one of the best DVDs I have seen on health and I highly recommend and endorse this movie." Dr. Joseph Mercola,
Sound and Fury would like to welcome Namaste Publishing as our disributor of "Sweet Misery" to England. "Sweet Misery" appears on the cover of the current issue of Namaste, a U.K.
quarterly magazine also available in Barnes and Noble, B. Daltons and other leading stores in the U.S.A. and Canada.
See the Trailer for Sweet Misery
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