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July 5 2001 I turned 59 July 3, and got a wonderful, long-anticipated
gift from H.J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.:
"Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic". I will be studying this
very helpful comprehensive review carefully, and composing summary
posts on almost all of the 34 chapters, to explore this immense
tapestry of data, observations, conclusions, and questions, making it
easier for potential readers to decide whether to pay the price,
$ 85.00 postpaid. The size of a Santa Fe phone book, the 1038
pages are 8.5X11, and appear to be composed in HTML. I will
quote various passages, and give comments. Roberts' style is
throughout lucid, dignified, high-minded, plain-spoken, direct,
calm, succinct, and often shows a dry wit.
[Comments or corrections by Rich Murray are in these brackets.]
p 7 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Several added points deserve clarification for critical readers.
ITEM 1: I wrote this book myself. (The term "authentic" comes from
a Greek word meaning "one who does things with his own hands.")
There were no collaborators, "ghost writers," or editors.
p 8 Corporate Neutrality:
I take pride in my corporate neutrality. No grants or salary were
received for this effort, which originated in clinical practice.
p 27 EVOLVING DOUBTS: "GOING PUBLIC'
Like most physicians, the author had no reason to doubt the
scientific basis for its safety when aspartame was approved by
the FDA [in July, 1981]. My attitude changed, however, after
repeatedly encountering serious reactions in my patients
(Section 2) that seemed justifiably linked to use of such
These doubts increased after learning by mid-1986 that over
10,000 consumers had sent complaints to the FDA, the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the manufacturer,
interested investigators, and consumer organizations.
p 28 More On the Author's Background:
The reader is entitled to specifics about the author's interest and
At the time my observations on aspartame disease first evolved,
I was a primary-care internist, medical consultant, and
director of a corporate-neutral medical research organization.
Patients with a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic
difficulties were seen, generally after having consulted with a
number of physicians and clinics. The unique role stemmed from
having authored many scientific articles and books. The first,
"Difficult Diagnosis: A Guide to the Interpretation of Obscure
Illness (W.B. Saunders Company, 1958), has been used by
more than 60,000 physicians in the United States.
In the mid-1980s, I became aware of subtle changes and
challenges pertaining to both the diagnosis and management
of patients whose difficulties later could be related directly
to the use of aspartame products.
A 16-year-old girl (Case III-2) had recurrent seizures that
baffled several neurologists. Her convulsions stopped after
avaoiding aspartame products. An attack was then reproduced
within three hours following rechallenge with one small serving
of an aspartame pudding."
[This paragraph epitomizes the 1200 case reports that are the
foundation of this text.]
These insights led to routinely inquiring of "problem patients"
about aspartame consumption. Their prompt improvement
following abstinence indicated an evolving public health
problem... at least within the context of my practice.
Numerous persons having "mysterious ailments" came to
realize that they were afflicted with aspartame disease when
striking improvement occurred after stopping such products.
Virtually every day became a learning experience as I
delved into the numerous facets of aspartame disease.
[This indicates that a single doctor who inquires about
aspartame use by all his own clients is likely to find many
cases a week of aspartame disease, and this in turn is
evidence for a huge degree of prevalence. Skeptical
professionals have an opportunity to confirm or refute
this in their own clinical practice. I will gladly post any
observations, and critical reviews, pro or con, sent to me,
on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/messages ]
p 31 On July 30, 1986, I presented my data on 100
aspartame reactors at a press conference in West Palm Beach...
I delivered my first scientific report on 360 aspartame reactors
to the Section on Medicine of the Southern Medical Association
on November 10, 1986. The first article on 496 aspartame
reactors appeared in the January 1987 edition of "On Call",
official publication of the Palm Beach County Medical Society.
The flood of calls and letters from grate aspartame "victims" and
their families dispelled my earlier misgivingts about "going
public." A husband wrote, "Without someone publishing this
information that was so helpful to me, my wife could have died
from illness due to this cause."
p 6 I have engaged in independent patient-based clinical research
involving various realms for more than four decades. They
include pesticides (notably pentachlorophenol), products
contaminated with toxic metals, arbitrary severe caloric
restriction, megadoses of vitamin E, antistatic clothes softeners,
fluoridation of water, and even vasectomy. I repeatedly
stressed two pertinent issues. First, a long time may be
required to identify the hazards of new products and
medical interventions, particularly drugs and industial chemicals.
Second, it may take even longer for these risks to be
acknowledged by physicians and public health officials.
Rich Murray: Roberts:
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M.I.T. (physics and history, BA, 1964), Boston U. Graduate School
(psychology, MA, 1967): As a concerned layman, I want to clarify the
aspartame toxicity debate.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/messages for 658 posts
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/657 45K post
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/658 20K post
Rich Murray: Smith: fibromyalgia & aspartame & MSG 6.27.1 rmforall
Excellent 5-page review by H.J. Roberts in "Townsend Letter",
Jan 2000, "Aspartame (NutraSweet) Addiction"
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1038 page text "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic"
published May 30 2001 $ 85.00 postpaid data from 1200 cases
http://www.aspartameispoison.com/contents.html 34 chapters