Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
Telephone: 770-242-2599
E-Mail: BettyM19@mindspring.com

Posted: 22 December 2008

From: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum., Bettym19@mindspring.com
To: dohweb@health.state.ny.us
To: Richard F. Daines, M.D., Commissioner of Health, copy to Governor David Paterson
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 12:39:29 -0500
Subject: Urgent Need: Aspartame Death Tax

Dear Doctor Daines:

My email box has been swamped with comments on Governor Paterson's proposed obesity tax on non-diet sodas. How well it is known "If you want to get fat NutraSweet is where its at", and "If it says diet, don't buy it." It is aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet, E951, Spoonful, NutraTaste, Canderel, Benevia, and anything else they can think to call it) as in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi that has caused a global epidemic of obesity, as well as an epidemic of diabetes. Aspartame can precipitate diabetes, aggravates and simulates diabetic retinopathy, destroys the optic nerve from the free methyl alcohol, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and even interacts with insulin. Aspartame is also very addictive because the free methyl alcohol causes chronic methanol poisoning which is classified as a narcotic. This effects the dopamine system of the brain and causes addiction. Here is Dr. H. J. Roberts article on aspartame addiction in Townsend Letter for Doctors: http://www.dorway.com/tldaddic.html

I flew to Barcelona to talk to the researcher of the Trocho Study which proved aspartame embalms living tissue and damages DNA. When you damage DNA you can destroy humanity. Here is the Trocho Study: http://www.mpwhi.com/formaldehyde_from_aspartame.pdf He told me at the time that aspartame would kill 200 million. I told him it already had.

The good Governor's money troubles are over for New York. What he urgently needs is an Aspartame Death Tax in New York. I though about $1 million per consumer paid for by the manufacturers. The State of New York would get $500,000 and the family of the deceased would get $500,000. That way the family of the deceased would have money for burial, funds for lost income from the deceased to raise the children, and to pay off medical bills which may be in the hundred of thousands. You see the aspartame manufacturers lie to the public and fund the professional organizations to push their poison and defend it. So physicians have no way of knowing how to treat aspartame disease or correlate all the fatal diseases with this addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug that interacts with virtually all drugs and vaccines because of damage to the mitochondria. That's why Dr. Roberts wrote the 1000 page medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, http://www.sunsentpress.com Dr. Roberts is a diabetic specialist and took care of aspartame victims in the trenches of medical practice from the time it was marketed until he retired.

Some of the ways aspartame kills. Here are two reports from Doctors H. J. Roberts and Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon on sudden cardiac death from aspartame. This is why so many athletes are dropping dead. http://www.wnho.net/aspartame_msg_scd.htm and http://www.wnho.net/aspartame_and_arrhythmias.htm To say this in brief, aspartame triggers an irregular heart rhythm and interacts with all cardiac medication, damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death. Don't forget they are already pre-embalmed compliments of the aspartame manufacturers. European Parliamentarians several years petitioned WHO to call it sudden death syndrome so they could figure out why so many people are simply dropping dead. Here is Dr. Blaylock's Aspartame Pilot Alert which also goes into sudden death: http://www.mpwhi.com/pilot_aspartame_alert.htm

Aspartame is also an abortifacient and violates Title 18 of the Domestic Genocide law: http://www.wnho.net/aspartame_murders_infants.htm Now here is really where the Governor and rake in the dough for New York. Some women have lost as many as 8 babies who have used aspartame. I take particular offense at murdering babies, so I think the manufacturer should in this case pay $2 million for each baby lost. Don't worry about the manufacturers checkbooks, they are bottomless. Don't forget aspartame is addictive. It's like having cocaine or heroin on the market. That's why we have an Aspartame Information List to help the victims through withdrawal and detoxification. Here is Dr. Blaylock's program: What to Do If You Have Used Aspartame: http://www.wnho.net/wtdaspartame.htm There are also Aspartame Detoxification Centers to take care of the sick and dying.

Aspartame is also a teratogen causing birth defects and mental retardation. Today Autism is 1 in 10 worldwide. They need to pay up on this. One woman used Diet coke through three pregnancies and has 3 autistic children. She and her husband have to work two jobs so there will be a trust fund to take care of these children after they are gone. That's not fair, the manufacturer should pay up again, another $2 million per autistic child. Don't forget aspartame interacts with the vaccines so they don't have a chance.

New York will be rich and I haven't even got started well. Oh, as to obesity, of course its being caused by aspartame. Here is a report on it:

ASPARTAME MAKES YOU FATTER! Mission Possible Australia

I have been a medical doctor for over 25 years and have clinical and research interests in the liver and metabolism. I have authored several best selling health books including the "Liver Cleansing Diet", "The Body Shaping Diet", "Don't Let Your Hormones Ruin Your Life", "Women's Health", "Menopause and Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy" and I lecture internationally on these subjects. I have been consulted by thousands of patients with weight problems, hormonal imbalances, fatty liver, sluggish metabolism and chronic ill health. I have been an advocate and practitioner of nutritional methods of healing for 30 years. I regularly appear on national television and broadcast on many radio stations to educate people about the importance of a healthy liver in achieving good health and weight control!

In the interests of public health I am making a position statement concerning the use of the artificial sweetener called aspartame and sold most commonly under the names of NutraSweet and Equal. One must ask, "why do millions of people ingest a toxic chemical like aspartame everyday"? To me it appears ridiculous and I believe that it is because people have been brainwashed into thinking aspartame will keep their weight down and is good for health. It also shows me that we have lost touch with our own natural senses and instincts.

After having been consulted by thousands of overweight people suffering with problems concerning the liver and/or metabolism I can assure you that aspartame will not help you in any way, indeed it will help you to gain unwanted weight. This has been my experience, and there are logical reasons to explain the fattening and bloating effects of aspartame. When you ingest the toxic chemical aspartame it is absorbed from the intestines and passes immediately to the LIVER where it is taken inside the liver via the liver filter. The liver then breaks down or metabolizes aspartame to its toxic components - phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. This process requires a lot of energy from the liver which means there will be less energy remaining in the liver cells. This means the liver cells will have less energy for fat burning and metabolism, which will result in fat storing. Excess fat may build up inside the liver cells causing "fatty liver" and when this starts to occur it is extremely difficult to lose weight. In my vast experience any time that you overload the liver you will increase the tendency to gain weight easily.

Aspartame also causes weight gain by other mechanisms -Causes unstable blood sugar levels, which increases the appetite and causes cravings for sweets/sugar. Thus it is particularly toxic for those with diabetes or epilepsy. Causes fluid retention giving the body a puffy and bloated appearance. This makes people look fatter than they are and increases cellulite. To discover more about the liver look up my web site - http://www.liverdoctor.com , and to learn more about natural sugars that are better for the liver and weight, read my books "The Liver Cleansing Diet" and "Boost Your Energy". To order see your book store, or call Ten Speed Press or call 1-888-75-Liver


Also with regard to obesity and aspartame, the Trocho Study in Barcelona in l998 showed that the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol accumulates in the cells and damages DNA with most toxicity in the liver but substantial toxicity in the adipose tissue or fat cells. Further a recent epidemiological study by Sharon Fowler at the University of Texas in 2005 linked diet drinks with obesity.

In the Congressional Record, Senate, S - 5511, May 7, l985, and part of the protest of the National Soft Drink Assn, now American Beverage, is this Statement:

"Aspartame has been demonstrated to inhibit the carbohydrate-induced synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin (Wurtman affidavit). Serotonin blunts the sensation of craving carbohydrates and this is part of the body's feedback system that helps limit consumption of carbohydrate to appropriate levels. Its inhibition by aspartame could lead to the anomalous result of a diet product causing increased consumption of carbohydrates."

So as far as product liability is concerned you have companies marketing an addictive excitoneurotoxic carcinogenic drug to the population as a sugarfree diet product knowing full well this is causing obesity. They also know that aspartame is addictive and that the methanol component is classified as a narcotic. Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol causing chronic methanol poisoning. This affects the dopamine system of the brain causing the addiction.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
E-Mail: BettyM19@mindspring.com

Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame

Now if you read the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by Dr. Roberts and Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by Dr. Blaylock you will also understand how aspartame is triggering neurodegenerative diseases. The molecule breaks down to diketopiperazine, a brain tumor agent and in the secret trade information revealed in Congress, Searle admitted in the last paragraph that they had to consider complete conversion to DKP, the brain tumor agent, and if they told the FDA they wouldn't get it approved. So you see the manufacturers have always known the gun was loaded and they are the responsible people for the obesity and death.

Here is an admission by the FDA to Congress that it has always been known aspartame causes cancer and violates the Delaney Amendment which forbids putting anything in food you know will cause cancer.

On August 1, l985 the FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress at least one of Searle's studies "has established beyond ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance. ... In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established WAY BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?" The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods. In his concluding testimony Gross asked, "Given the cancer causing potential of aspartame how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131 (August 1, l985)

The Ramazzini Study in 2005 proved that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen and confirmed what the FDA knew all along. It was peer reviewed by 7 world experts. The second Ramazzini has now been accepted for peer review and shows it only takes a small amount to cause cancer and if a mother uses it during pregnancy and the baby survives it can be passed on. I could probably go on for another 50 pages on the problems that aspartame triggers like, for instance, Gulf War Illness: http://www.wnho.net/aspartameandgulfwar.htm Don't forget blindness as the free methyl alcohol converts to formaldehyde and formic acid in the retina of the eye and destroys the optic nerve.

In fact, the more I think about it, this idea should be adopted by Congress and this country can get rid of the national debt. There are all kinds of possibilities.

One other thing leaders of the free world need to get off of Diet Coke. President Clinton uses it, but Hillary got off. I faxed the Report For Schools to her six offices and I think she found out she didn't want to use something to destroy her brain: http://www.mpwhi.com/report_on_aspartame_and_children.htm President Bush also uses it and unfortunately Obama was seen drinking a Diet Coke! This country will never get out of trouble until they stop using it.

The New York Times did ask the FDA why they didn't ban it. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=2224448 Notice they said they didn't want to hurt the finances of the manufacturer!! They get the lunacy award. It's okay for the aspartame manufacturers to destroy the human race but don't bother their checkbook. Even the FDA originally tried to have the manufacturer indicted but both US Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. Then they revoked the petition for approval, but I told you the manufacturers have money and influence. Don Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle and through political chicanery got aspartame markets. From the aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, http://www.soundandfury.tv here is how he did it: http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages/rumsfeld2.html

Governor Paterson, I'm sending you a copy of this through your web site and hope you get it. If you have any more financial problems for New York just give me a call and I'll tell you more about aspartame and ways to collect from the manufacturers instead of the consumers. Consider they have been misled. Putting Diet in front of Coke or Pepsi has caused consumers to think they would lose weight or prevent weight gain. Because they were lied to it's not their fault it made them fat. So I think Coke and Pepsi ought to help pay. They knew the gun was loaded right from the beginning: http://www.mpwhi.com/open_letter_dick_adamson.htm Incidentally, attorneys in New York are taking aspartame brain tumor cases for New York and New Jersey!

Check out sudden death in New York from aspartame and soon New York will be debt free. Be sure to include the SIDS deaths from aspartame like this one: http://www.wnho.net/sweetened_horror_story.htm

Incidentally, I have to give credit where its due. The idea of an aspartame death tax was in a forum. I've just elaborated. See below. One other suggestion, after you have paid off all New York debt, kindly ban aspartame from your state and save the people. They deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Here is the text of the resolution we are using for states who already want aspartame banned. This one will be reintroduced in Hawaii this legislature.

Text of Senate Resolution:

Requesting the Department of Health and the National Academy of Sciences to review existing reports and studies related to Aspartame, and Requesting the United States Food and Drug Administration to Rescind Approval for United States Markets, carried by Hawaii Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland

Whereas, aspartame was originally developed as a drug to treat peptic ulcers; and Whereas, manufacturers state that aspartame is made up of forty per cent aspartic acid, fifty percent phenylalanine, and ten per cent methanol; and

Whereas, aspartic acid is a nonessential amino acid that is used by the body to initiate apoptosis or cell death in aging cells, and that excess aspartic acid from aspartame consumption causes apoptosis in health cells that can destroy healthy tissue, especially in the brain; and

Whereas, phenylalanine is an essential amino acid found naturally in protein but when isolated becomes neurotoxic, lowers the seizure threshold, depletes serotonin triggering psychiatric and behavioral problems, and interacts with depressants and other drugs; and

Whereas, methanol is a severe metabolic poison classified as a narcotic that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, and can embalm living tissue and damage DNA; and Whereas, in 1974, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame as an artificial sweetener, but asked its manufacturer Searle to hold back from selling it on the market until further tests could be made with regards to its safety; and

Whereas, scientific data revealed that there was a problem with aspartame safety date and the United States Food and Drug Administration withdrew its approval; and

Whereas, in 1975, the United States Food and Drug Administration initiated an investigation into Searles laboratory practices and discovered fraud in scientific experiments as well as manipulated data giving favorable results proving aspartame to be safe; and

Whereas, the results of this investigation are included in what is called The Bressler Report by Jerome Bressler; and Whereas, in 1980, Dr. John Olney submitted scientific data to a United States Food and Drug Administration Public Board of Inquiry showing that aspartic acid, the excitotoxic ingredient in aspartame, caused holes in the brains of mice; and

Whereas, Dr. John Olney stated that it warranted special emphasis that excitotoxins act by an acute but silent mechanism, requiring only a single exposure for CVO neurons to be quietly destroyed, that clearly Searle failed to establish the safety of their product, aspartame, for use in children's food, and that all age comparative data support the following conclusions: (1) orally administered excitotoxins destroy CVO neurons at any age; (2) immature animals are most vulnerable; and (3) the toxic threshold increases only gradually between birth and adulthood; and Whereas, in 1980, the Public Board of Inquiry unanimously voted against aspartame approval, but was overruled by a new United States Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, against the advice of Food and Drug Administration scientific personnel and advisers; and Whereas, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame use in sodas, despite the fact that the National Soft Drink Association argued vehemently against aspartame in these quotes from their protest:

(1) The present record does not contain date which demonstrate that the use of APM in soft drinks will not result in the adulteration of the beverages under Section 402(a)(3) of the FDC Act 21 U.S.S. 342 (a)(3), which provides that a food is adulterated if it contains, in whole or in part, a decomposed substance or it is otherwise unfit for food);
(2) An important decomposition product of aspartame, aspartic acid, cannot be detected at all using TLC;
(3)G.D. Searle and Company has not demonstrated to a reasonable certainty that the use of aspartame in soft drinks, without quantitative limitations, will not adversely affect human health as a result of the changes such use is likely to cause in brain chemistry and under certain reasonably anticipated conditions of use; and
(4) Specifically, Searle has not met its burdens under section 409. To demonstrate that aspartame is safe and functional for use in soft drinks. Collectively, the extensive deficiencies in the stability studies conducted by Searle to demonstrate that aspartame and its degradation products are safe in soft drinks intended to be sold in the United States, render those studies inadequate and unreliable. Senate Congressional Record, May 7, 1985, S5507-5511: and

Whereas, the United States Food and Drug Administration has compiled a list of ninety-two symptoms attributed to aspartame consumption including four types of seizures, coma, and death; and

Whereas, the Ramazzini Studies by the European Foundation for Oncology in Italy conducted exhaustive studies over three years with thousands of rats, and proved aspartame to be multipotential carcinogen, thus confirming the United States Food and Drug Administrations original findings; and

Whereas, the United States Food and Drug Administration admitted that aspartame caused cancer over two decades ago when the Administrations toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress at least one of Searles studies has established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it is of extremely high significance. In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established way beyond any reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney amendment to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act? Given the cancer causing potential of aspartame, how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or safe level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a tolerance for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public? Congressional Record, August 1, 1985, SID835: 131: and

Whereas , aspartame is linked to sudden death, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and many neurodegenerative diseases, as cited in may medical texts, most notably: Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by H.J. Roberts, M.D., and Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, By Russell Blaylock, M.D., and

Whereas, on November 3, 1987, Dr. Louis Elsas told Congress: I am a pediatrician, a Professor of Pediatrics at Emory and Have spent twenty-five years in the biomedical sciences, trying to prevent mental retardation and birth defect caused by excess phenylalanine, and therein lies my basic concern, that aspartame is in fact a well known neurotoxin and teratogen which, in some as yet undefined dose, will irreversibly in the developing child or fetal brain, produce adverse effects: and

Whereas, there are tens of thousands of case histories and anecdotal accounts from victims of aspartame poisoning who have come forward to make their case histories known; now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-Fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Health is requested to create, within their existing budget, an evidentiary repository accessible to the public for patients and physicians to submit of the next year their cases involving victims of aspartame poisoning; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Health is requested to report to the Legislature on the status of the evidentiary repository during periodic interim meetings with the Chairs of the Hawaii State Senate Committees on Health and Human Services and Public Housing, the House of Representatives Committees on Health and Human Services and Housing, and the state Attorney General; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Health is requested to review all existing reports, studies, experiments, and related literature on aspartame, including clinical studies, differentiating each study by its funding source, and submit a report to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2008 Regular Session; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Nation Academy of Sciences is requested to review all existing reports, studies, experiments, and related literature on aspartame, including clinical studies, differentiating each study by its funding source, and that, if funding is required to undertake this extended evaluation, that the appropriate funding be sought from various foundations and from Congress; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that given the enormous amount of evidence that has been compiled concerning the neurodegenerative harm it can cause, that the United States Food and Drug Administration is requested to rescind approval of aspartame immediately on a phase-out basis over six months to one year; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the members of Hawaii's Congressional Delegation, the Commissioner of the Untied States Food and Drug Administration, the Executive Director of the National Academy of Sciences, the Director of Health, the Director of Human Services, the Attorney General, and the Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.


Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
E-Mail: BettyM19@mindspring.com

Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame


Think of how much toxic waste we could rid of. You see, aspartame is genetically engineered. Dr. Bill Deagle explains:

"Most people when asked how Aspartame is made do not have the first step of understanding. While an E.R. doctor and primary care physician in Augusta, GA in 1987 and 1988, I was told a number of interesting facts about the adjacent Aspartame factory. Bacteria with genes inserted generate a sludge which is centrifuged to remove the aspartame and many hundreds of contaminant organic and amino acids are present. We were told not to report illness or worker's compensation issues for fear of being fired by the hospital, now the Augusta Regional Medical Center. Many of their employees presented with psychiatric, neuropathy conditions, chronic fatigue and organic cases of loss of cognitive function. This powder from the dried sludge was then transported for packaging in factories elsewhere in the US, before sale as Equal and now the myriad of names of this neurotoxin." Bill Deagle, M.D., 888-212-8871

All my best,

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
E-Mail: BettyM19@mindspring.com

Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame

Governor Paterson proposes 'Obesity Tax,' a tax on non-diet sodas
Sunday, December 14th 2008, 11:37 PM

ALBANY - A can of Coke could soon cost New Yorkers more than just calories. Gov. Paterson, as part of a $121 billion budget to be unveiled Tuesday, will propose an "obesity tax" of about 15% on nondiet drinks.

This means a Diet Coke might sell for a $1 - even as the same size bottle of its calorie-rich alter ego would go for $1.15.

Paterson's budget also calls for a 3% cut in education spending, a $620-a-year tuition hike at SUNY and a $600 increase at CUNY - and about $3.5 billion in health care cuts, a source said. The Democratic governor will not call for a broad-based income tax boost, but he will push to restore the sales tax on clothing and footwear.

The drastic belt-tightening comes as lawmakers struggle to close a $15 billion deficit this year and next.

"It's painful to make these decisions," Paterson said Sunday.

State employees again will be asked to forgo their 3% raises next year and defer five days' pay until they leave their jobs, the source said. In all, Paterson will propose about $9 billion in cuts, $4 billion in new taxes and fees, and $1.5 billion in nonrecurring revenue, a second source said. The so-called obesity tax would generate an estimated $404 million a year. Milk, juice, diet soda and bottled water would be exempt from the tax.

"I'll just buy less," said Victor Lopez, 55, of Manhattan, as he drank a Coke at a midtown Subway store.

"I don't like to buy Diet Coke," said Amaury Garcia, 16, who works at a flower shop in Penn Station. "I'll just not buy any sodas if it goes up."

Public health advocates welcomed news of the tax, saying it would help the fight against childhood obesity.

"Raising the price of this liquid candy will put children and teens on a path to a healthier diet," said Elie Ward of the American Academy of Pediatrics of New York State.

The Paterson administration also announced steps yesterday to expand the state's social services net, including a 30% increase in welfare payments over three years starting January 2010, increased money for food banks and expanded access to the state's Family Health Plus program. Paterson also hopes to make it easier for people to enroll in Medicaid by eliminating face-to-face interviews and fingerprinting requirements.

'Obesity Tax'? No!

-Cola NEW YORK GOVERNOR David Paterson this week proposed to impose a new tax on the purchase of non-diet sodas.
Levy on sugary drinks an example of too-big government

Before you add a new tax, prove diet sodas are safe

To the Editor:

Are you kidding me? Can this government prove diet soda is safe?

I get a bad taste in from any diet product. Associates who worked for soda companies explain there may be hidden problems with artificial sweeteners. Anybody remember saccharine? Didn't that cause cancer?

If my fearless state leader wants to help, end the wasted millions from Empire Zone tax-credit abuses. Eliminate programs or agencies that abuse the original intent of their own creation. The state Thruway was supposed to be paid for already, yet it continues to charge more and cost money to run.

Taxes and fees are great, to a point. But aren't New Yorkers already taxed enough? Florida is sure looking good right now - and not just for the sun!

Mike Zmudosky
East Syracuse

How about proposing a 'death tax' on Aspartame?

To the Editor:

Before Gov. David Paterson's proposal to tax non-diet soda goes any further, I hope he proposes a "death tax" on diet soda.

A few years ago, I developed ventricular tachycardia from drinking Diet Pepsi. I was a large consumer of the stuff. I knew drinking Diet Pepsi was bad for me, but I was addicted. I had no pain associated with the tachycardia. It felt like my heart was in a spasm for six seconds, and that I wasn't going to make it. The cardiologist told me to stay away from caffeine.

Even after switching to non-caffeinated Diet Pepsi, I experienced the tachycardia. Feeling scared and hopeless, I did some research on the Internet under "Ventricular Tachycardia and Diet Pepsi."

I was in absolute shock. You see, I was being poisoned by Aspartame (the artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi). I also was experiencing other complex symptoms, such as joint pain and hearing loss. My arms would feel like rubber at night during sleep.

I have learned there are 92 other health-related symptoms, from vision loss to seizures and sudden death. Wonderful books on Aspartame include "Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills." An excellent Web site - www.dorway.com - tells more.

Aspartame is in everything from chewing gum to light ice cream. I hope I can educate just one other person about this government-approved, carcinogenic, neurotoxic, synthetic sweetener.

Donia Mrozek
Onondaga Hill