INDEX - HEALTH ID# 0810-01



POSTED: 15 FEBRUARY 2008 - 8:00am HST

Hawaii Aspartame Bill Killed For 2008

image above: some of the many products containing neurotoxin Aspartame

by Stephen Fox on 14 February 2008 in The Santa Fe Sun News

Rep. Josh Green, M.D. and Committee "Defer" Bill

Rather than bring this House bill to ban aspartame to a vote in his Health Committee in the Hawaii House, which is what he said he would do only last Friday in the prior meeting of his committee, Chairman Josh Green M.D. today, Wednesday, "deferred at the discretion of the Chair" the bill carried by Rep. Mele Carroll to ban Aspartame. This shoots that particular bill down for this session. There still is a Senate Bill, but with more than 3000 bills to consider, the Senate Bill to ban aspartame has yet to be scheduled for its hearing.

So much for consumer protection in Hawaii House. It didn't even come to a vote in the committee, but a few members spoke seriously of putting together a Resolution for this session in Honolulu. Resolutions have no legal "teeth" in them, but they could be strong, as strong as the legislators themselves, like directly asking the FDA Commissioner to rescind the approval of Aspartame immediately, or at least to improve the accuracy of the labeling, and even to ask the Department of Health in Hawaii to take in complaints of patients and families of those who have actually died from aspartame/methanol/diketopiperazine poisoning, and then report back to the Legislature next year.

By then, of course, President Obama will have appointed a new FDA Commissioner, so those who feel strongly should be writing to him and the chap from Arizona, Mr.McCain. Consumer protection should be part of the agenda and choices in the 2008 Presidential Debates.

If the Resolution crafted by the Hawaii Representatives only asks the usual kind of thing, for the Department of Health to "review the literature," or some other such pusillanimous mousey feeble intention, this would be a waste of Legislative time and paper, since the Department of Health Director, Dr. Fukino, has already indicated that she is completely in accordance with the phoney FDA approval for aspartame. Besides, the medical testimony and letters sent to the House Health Committee members include all but tone of the top medical experts in the world on the subject of aspartame's proven neurodegenerative effects. To me, it seems that the Hawaii DOH is not willing nor capable of doing much more than pulling down corporate-sponsored aspartame information from their corporate websites, which will tell you that this deadly poison is as "harmless as mother's milk" or "just like salt and pepper," the kind of jive the corporate lobbyists spout to legislators when their boards of directors begin to get a little worried.

All that will happen really is that more people in Hawaii will drink or consume aspartame and get migraines, brain tumors, Multiple Sclerosis, worse cases of diabetes than were ever imaginable, seizures, and others of the 92 symptoms attributed to aspartame by the FDA itself, and Hawaii will just observe an increase the death-by-aspartame body count; a real resolution would set up a repository for victim testimony in Honolulu all year round.

So far, only a few legislators in Hawaii or New Mexico or even Washington D.C. have given these neurotoxic carcinogenic poison manufacturers anything to worry about at all, since most of the legislators don't seem too worried about anything either (what's a little neurotoxic carcinogen too worry about, anyway?) or very ambitious about consumer protection ideals in the first place. I had respectful and sincere high hopes for Dr. Green's abilities for recognizing the medical realities of this neurotoxin's effects, since it is found in 7000 food products and even in hundreds of children's medications, despite it turning into methanol and formaldehyde in the child's or the adult's stomach and liver. Green is an Emergency Room Physician so would it be too much to ask him to recognize the epidemiological proportions of aspartame's damage, and that in fact, because of it, Health Care is in a real state of prolonged emergency.

Thus, my faith in his medical degree and the fact that he is the only physician in the Hawaii Legislature were perhaps misplaced. We will see what the Resolution has to say.

In the meantime, my advice to Hawaiians: please protect yourself and your family and quit drinking and consuming products that contain aspartame, even though the manufacturers in Japan, the Board of Directors of Ajinomoto (world's largest manufacturer of both Aspartame and another neurotoxic food additive, MSG), the Coca Cola distributors, the Wrigley's Gum Board of Directors, the President of Merisant, manufacturer of Equal, and all of the people poisoning themselves with more diet sodas and more sugarless gum, are most certainly very happy and grateful with the work today by Josh Green, M.D., Chairman of the Hawaii House HealthCommittee. Maybe someday this will dawn on him and the rest of the committee, but for the past, present and near future victims of aspartame poisoning in Hawaii, it will be too late.

Mahalo (Thank you) to the Hawaii Reporter for sharing so many victims' stories and physicians' letters with your readers: this on-line paper is the only true outlet for Truth in Hawaii, and I appreciate Editor Malia Zimmerman's help immensely, as well as the work of all of the activists in Hawaii, and on the mainland, especially the many physicians who took the time to write and send in their testimonials. All of this will save a few lives in Hawaii.



POSTED: 23 JANUARY 2008 9:30am HST

Hawaii Moves To Ban Aspartame
(NutraSweet, Equal, Etc.)

image above: Diet Coke (sweetened with NutraSweet) promo graphic

from Dr. Betty Martini on 23 January 2008

Senate Bill 2506 introduced by Senator Kalani English, and also signed by Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland, as well as House Bill 2580 sponsored by Representative Millie Carroll will move to ban aspartame from the State of Hawaii.

Efforts continue to ban this deadly excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that is addicting the public and triggering so many symptoms and diseases from MS and lupus and seizures to Parkinson's, diabetes and obesity and even blindness and death. An aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, explains how Don Rumsfeld got this marketed when the FDA said no. Masquerading as an additive it's a deadly drug that interacts with other drugs and vaccines.

No one can forget the gallant efforts of Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino who sponsored the Senate bill to ban aspartame in New Mexico. One picture that remains in my mind is addressing the Senate with Senators sipping Diet Coke. Dr. Ken Stoller said "It's hard to believe we are going to get anywhere with you drinking this but consider the children." Aspartame is a teratogen triggering birth defects and mental retardation, reducing IQ, and triggering all types of behavioral and psychiatric problems.

Stephen Fox of Santa Fe, Managing Editor of the Santa Fe Sun News and prime New Mexico moving force behind the legislature efforts to ban aspartame, commented on the great consumer progress implicit in these two bills in Hawaii:

"This is wonderful news coming from Hawaii; the Legislators and their bill drafters saw the merit in keeping almost all of the same language from the 2006 and 2007 New Mexico bills, especially regarding the states' rights and their obligation to protect citizens health, which are not "preempted" by massive failures at the FDA.

"These New Mexico bills were overwhelmed and eviscerated in New Mexico by some of the most vicious corporate lobbyists I have ever encountered, representing Ajinomoto of Japan, the world's largest aspartame and MSG manufacturer, as well as their duped American corporate henchmen/colleagues who use massive amounts of Aspartame, like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Altria/Kraft Corporate services, and others. The same lobbyists will show up in Honolulu, make no mistake...

"These corporations have everything to lose if such bills advance and ultimately lead to the inevitable product liability and personal injury suits from those damaged by aspartame, which number in the hundreds of millions, despite their cooperate serving propaganda and lies.

"My profoundest appreciation goes to the Hawaii activists who brought up these imperative issues, and to the Legislators who see the merit and need to protect the health of all Hawaiians, no matter what duplicity is perpetuated by the top brass and corporate lackeys at the FDA."

47 Members of the UK Parliament have asked for a ban and efforts in New Zealand continue with a circulating petition for ban.

Aspartame was never proven safe. Here is the Board of Inquiry Report of the FDA that revoked the petition for approval:

In the US a petition has been filed with the FDA to ban aspartame based on an imminent health hazard. Twelve toxicologists wrote the FDA Commissioner in June asking for a ban having to do with the Ramazzini Studies showing aspartame to be a multipotential carcinogen.

We thank Hawaii for their efforts at safeguarding the people of that state and standby to help in anyway possible. SB 2506 is listed below for review.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible International (warning the world off aspartame)
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599,
Aspartame Toxicity Center,
Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic
, H. J. Roberts, M.D.
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills,, Russell Blaylock, M.D.
Stephen Fox can be reached at
Timetable of Aspartame:


Artificial Sweetener; Aspartame; Ban; Food

Bans the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame in food products.

S.B. NO. 2506


relating to food.


SECTION 1. The legislature finds it is imperative for the public health, safety and welfare to declare that aspartame and its derivative compounds, in all of their trade names, are poisonous and deleterious food additives due to their neurotoxic and carcinogenic metabolites.

The legislature finds that federal authorities have not intended to or expressed an intention to occupy and preempt areas of concern regarding the prohibition of toxic, neurotoxic, carcinogenic, poisonous or deleterious food additives, and therefore the legislature may prohibit the sale of products containing aspartame and its derivative compounds in order to protect and ensure the public health, safety and welfare.

SECTION 2. Section 328-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:
""Aspartame" means the artificial sweetener with the technical name L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester."

SECTION 3. Section 328-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"'328-6 Prohibited acts. The following acts and the causing thereof within the State by any person are prohibited:

(1) The manufacture, sale, delivery, holding, or offering for sale of any food, drug, device, or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded;

(2) The adulteration or misbranding of any food, drug, device, or cosmetic;

(3) The receipt in commerce of any food, drug, device, or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded, and the delivery or proffered delivery thereof for pay or otherwise;

(4) The sale, delivery for sale, holding for sale, or offering for sale of any article in violation of section 328-11, 328-12, or 328-17;

(5) The dissemination of any false advertisement;

(6) The refusal to permit entry or inspection, or to permit the taking of a sample, as authorized by sections 328-22 and 328-23 to 328-27, or to permit access to or copying of any record as authorized by section 328-23;

(7) The giving of a guaranty or undertaking which guaranty or undertaking is false, except by a person who relied on a guaranty or undertaking to the same effect signed by, and containing the name and address of the person residing in the State from whom the person received in good faith the food, drug, device, or cosmetic;

(8) The removal or disposal of a detained or embargoed article in violation of sections 328-25 to 328-27;

(9) The alteration, mutilation, destruction, obliteration, or removal of the whole or any part of the labeling of, or the doing of any other act with respect to a food, drug, device, or cosmetic, if the act is done while the article is held for sale and results in the article being adulterated or misbranded;

(10) Forging, counterfeiting, simulating, or falsely representing, or without proper authority using any mark, stamp, tag, label, or other identification device authorized or required by rules adopted under this part or regulations adopted under the Federal Act;

(11) The use, on the labeling of any drug or in any advertisement relating to the drug, of any representation or suggestion that an application with respect to the
drug is effective under section 328-17, or that the drug complies with that section;

(12) The use by any person to the person's own advantage, or revealing other than to the department of health or to the courts when relevant in any judicial proceeding under this part, any information acquired under authority of section 328-11, 328-12, 328-17, or 328-23, concerning any method or process which as a trade secret is entitled to protection;

(13) In the case of a prescription drug distributed or offered for sale in this State, the failure of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor thereof to maintain for transmittal, or to transmit, to any practitioner who makes written request for information as to the drug, true and correct copies of all printed matter which is required to be included in any package in which that drug is distributed or sold, or such other printed matter as is approved under the Federal Act. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to exempt any person from any labeling requirement imposed by or under other provisions of this part;

(14A) Placing or causing to be placed upon any drug or device or container thereof, with intent to defraud, the trade name or other identifying mark, or imprint of another or any likeness of any of the foregoing; or

(14B) Selling, dispensing, disposing of, or causing to be sold, dispensed, or disposed of, or concealing or keeping in possession, control, or custody, with intent to sell, dispense, or dispose of, any drug, device, or any container thereof, with knowledge that the trade name or other identifying mark or imprint of another or any likeness of any of the foregoing has been placed thereon in a manner prohibited by subparagraph (A); or

(14C) Making, selling, disposing of, or causing to be made, sold, or disposed of, or keeping in possession, control, or custody, or concealing, with intent to defraud, any punch, die, plate, or other thing designed to print, imprint, or reproduce that trade name or other identifying mark or imprint of another or any likeness of any of the foregoing upon any drug, device, or container thereof;

(15) Except as provided in part VI and section 461-1, dispensing or causing to be dispensed a different drug or brand of drug in place of the drug or brand of drug ordered or prescribed without express permission in each case of the person ordering or prescribing;

(16) The distribution in commerce of a consumer commodity as defined in this part, if such commodity is contained in a package, or if there is affixed to that commodity a label, which does not conform to this part and of rules adopted under authority of this part; provided that this prohibition shall not apply to persons engaged in business as wholesale or retail distributors of consumer commodities except to the extent that such persons:

(A) Are engaged in the packaging or labeling of such commodities; or
(B) Prescribe or specify by any means the manner in which such commodities are packaged or labeled;

(17) The selling or dispensing in restaurants, soda fountains, drive-ins, lunch wagons, or similar public eating establishments of imitation milk and imitation milk products in place of fresh milk and fresh milk products respectively; of liquid or dry products which simulate cream but do not comply with content requirements for cream in place of cream; of non-dairy frozen desserts which do not comply with content requirements for dairy frozen desserts in place of dairy frozen desserts; and of any other imitation food or one made in semblance of a genuine food in place of such genuine food, unless the consumer is notified by either proper labeling or conspicuous posted signs or conspicuous notices on menu cards and advertisements informing of such substitution, to include but not limited to the substitution of imitation milk in milk shake and malted milk drinks;

(18) Wilfully and falsely representing or using any devices, substances, methods, or treatment as effective in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or alleviation of cancer. This paragraph shall not apply to any person who depends exclusively upon prayer for healing in accordance with teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization, nor to a person who practices such teachings;

(19) The selling or offering for sale at any food facility which serves or sells over the counter directly to the consumer an unlabeled or unpackaged food that is a confectionery which contains alcohol in excess of one-half of one per cent by weight unless the consumer is notified of that fact by either proper labeling or conspicuous posted signs or conspicuous notices on menu cards and advertisements;

(20) The sale to a person below the age of twenty-one years of any food which is a confectionery which contains alcohol in excess of one-half of one per cent by weight[.];

(21) After December 31, 2008, the manufacture, sale or delivery or holding or offering for sale of any food containing any amount of aspartame and its derivative compounds in any of their trade names."

SECTION 4. This section shall not apply to the sale, delivery, holding, or offering for sale of any food product containing aspartame prior to January 1, 2009.

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.


see also:
Island Breath: The Dangers of Aspartame 8/1/06