He passed away on January 26 and was buried on January 31st with full military honors, a veteran of WWII.
There was another war Jerome fought that still drags on. He battled to prevent approval of the deadly addictive excitoneurotoxic, genetically engineered, carcinogenic drug aspartame. (NutraSweet/AminoSweet/Spoonful/Naturtaste/Canderel/E951 among other aliases). This chemical was developed by the troubled G. D. Searle Co., which was swamped by lawsuits from women injured by its intrauterine device. Broke Searle hired Don Rumsfeld to fix the problem and get aspartame on the market to bring in some cash. Honest FDA Commissioner Jeri Goyan refused FDA approval because of its toxicity and was about to sign the order banning aspartame. Rumsfeld had the political clout, was on Ronald Reganís transition team, so the night after Reagan was inaugurated Goyan was fired and a new bought-and-paid-for- Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, could take over. Reagan wrote an executive order making FDA powerless to do anything on aspartame, to keep Dr. Goyan from signing the revoked petition into law. Linda Hart who became Mrs. Goyan, was with him when the 3:00 AM termination call from the Reagan team came in according to her letter to me. http://www.rense.com/general79/aspar.htm Hayes overruled the Board of Inquiry Report and approved aspartame. http://www.mpwhi.com/fda_petition1.doc He then took a ten year consultant contract with NutraSweet PR outfit.
Approved by politics because it never could be approved by science G. D. Searle had survived the FDAís demand for indictment. Their defense team hired US Prosecutors, Sam Skinner and William Conlon. When the district attorney hires on with the godfather expect acquittal. She the whole story in the aspartame documentary Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages/rumsfeld.html
Jerome Bressler belonged to the old FDA who tried so hard to keep the chemical poison aspartame off the market. When Jerome retired from FDA I called to thank him for the Bressler Report. He let me know immediately that the worst 20%, two mice studies, had been removed by FDA. He was very disturbed that the FDA had deleted these studies and told me the public had the right to know. He asked me to find them, because they were so important. It was obvious from his conversation how worried he was that the public is consuming this poison, and had no idea what these studies had shown. The new FDA today, since Hayes had taken over, tells the public its safe and hides and seals important documents that would warn us aspartame is deadly. Jerome told me how hard it was to live with the fact that the public was consuming a poison and had no way to get the truth. For this reason I notified Dr. H. J. Roberts and Dr. Russell Blaylock so they would know as well, and they called and verified. Dr. Roberts tried to get these missing documents through his senator but FDA refused to release them.
That was about 8 years ago. Mr. Bressler lived in Chicago and Lane Shore, Mission Possible Chicago contacted him. They had many conversations and became friends. Lane felt like Jerome did that it was vital to get all the data because of epidemics of this poison, especially since in his own family he had lost 8 from aspartame. One relative used aspartame during pregnancy, had twins and one died. The other was hanging on to life at the time of birth but did survive. Lane said the one thing Jerome told him that stood out was that he told his family and close friends not to touch this stuff, but there was no way to warn the public. Jerome also spoke of times when he was denied access to certain material. He became angry and threatened to get a court order.
In Chicago Lane and I went to see Jerome. Over and over again Jerome said you have to get those studies. Lane had with him the Bressler Report and Jerome said, "is Collins name on the report?" When Lane said no, he said, "then you don't have a complete report!" Dr. Thomas F. X. Collins was a lead scientist and his name had been stricken evidently so he couldn't be contacted. I know that Lane called Dr. Collins and spoke to his wife but she said there was no way he would speak out.
Lane asked Jerome to help get aspartame off the market, saying, "It started in Illinois and it should end in Illinois!" Jerome agreed and said the best way was to get an investigation by the Chicago Tribune. I mentioned this to a friend. Jack Samuels, who told me to call Monica Eng, a reporter with the Tribune who had done an excellent article on MSG.
The next time I was in Chicago it was for a health expo and Lane and I went to see Jerome again. While Jerome said again the Chicago Tribune should do the investigation he didn't want to be interviewed. Monica Eng said for her paper to do an investigation she had to have an interview. . He wanted the Chicago Tribune to do an investigation but didnít want to be interviewed. Jerome had not been interviewed for years and told us with some humor about the time one media representative had left an apple pie at the front door with a note saying all they wanted to do was ask some questions. Dr. Russell Blaylock was speaking at the expo and Monica Eng came to hear him. I had asked Dr. Blaylock if he would call on Jerome and he said he would just as soon as he could make time while he was there. We were hopeful that Dr. Blaylock could get Jerome to agree to the interview. As it turned out, Monica suggested that we go see him that night and we did. A friend, Diane Murphy, Mission Possible Illinois, also went with us.
Of interest is that Jerome told us it was Dr. Adrian Gross, scientist and toxicologist, with the FDA who decided to put his name on the report saying, "Here's your claim to fame." Indeed, Dr. Gross was right. The 76 page report remains a key document against aspartame and was the culmination of a priority investigation of G. D. Searle's laboratory in Skokie, Illinois. Barbara Mullarkey, a reporter and health activist, said it compared all the available raw and summary data of a 115 week oral tumorgenicity rat study, against the manufacturer's FDA submission. Barbara said that before the Bressler Report was handed over to her the FDA blanked out some of the attached charts and memos, as if they were some sort of state secrets. I remember when Dave Rietz and I started his web site, www.dorway.com and added this report. He said there was definitely something missing and it must be very important. Dave in the end lost his life to aspartame.
Monica Eng taped about a two hour conversation with Jerome. He changed his mind about an interview after he met her. She has a very professional manner, very charming and attractive. It was obvious he was enjoying the visit and actually smiling from his bed. He began to reminisce about the years of battling Searle. At the end Monica asked if she could come back again as his friend and he agreed.
While the Editors at the Chicago Tribune had promised Monica she could do the investigation if she got an interview they changed their mind. They said they would start the investigation when we could obtain the two studies Bressler mentioned. It was a slick way of getting out of doing the story. Then a strange thing happened. Lane received a call from a man saying he worked for the Tribune. He appeared hostile and said to Lane, "I don't even think you know Jerome Bressler!" When I told Monica about the call she said it was odd since nobody knew about this but her.
Lane worked tirelessly looking for the studies. Finally Dr. Madelon Price, a biochemist, who worked with Dr. John Olney until her retirement found them. The studies were teratology and showed aspartame causes birth defects. In another document that was missing from the records recently received indeed there was this statement. http://www.mpwhi.com/thomas_f_x_collins_file.pdf So the FDA has known for 30 years that aspartame causes birth defects and have covered it up.
ďThe European Environmental Association has projected that with the rise of autism caused by toxic foods like Aspartame, MSG, Fluoride, and environmental degradation, by 2013 no one will be born in the Western World that does not to some degree have autism. Our board of AAEM, American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Dr. William Rae, director of the Dallas Environmental Clinic agreed in open discussion at the October 2010 annual meeting." This was quoted by Bill Deagle, M.D. This could have been avoided if the FDA had done their job and warned the public, and taken it off the market. Think of all these children all over the world with birth defects that could have been avoided. Aspartame is also an abortifacient so think of the hundreds of thousands or more that have been lost. According to Dr. James Bowen this is genocide and comes under Title 18 of the domestic genocide code: http://www.rense.com/general/asp.htm Dr. John Olney in his report to the Board of Inquiry let the FDA know that birth defects are a given and in combination with MSG could harm the brains of the unborn even more. http://www.wnho.net/dr_olney1.doc In fact, FDA had told Dr. Olney babies and children would never get aspartame. Again, this was the old FDA. Today anything goes.
Recently in a Paris meeting, Dr. Morando Soffritti discussed his last study showing aspartame causes liver and lung cancer, and his others showing aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen causing everything from leukemia and lymphoma to kidney cancer. He said that at least aspartame should be removed from children's drugs. Nobody seems to care and many of the SIDS deaths could be aspartame related.
Lane Shore was very happy the day he handed over the missing studies to Monica Eng of the Chicago Tribune. Finally an investigation from the beginning was going to be done as Jerome Bressler had asked. We were shocked when the editors flipped again and said the story could not be done. This time they agreed when a new study was done they would publish. When Dr. Soffritti published his last study on aspartame and liver and lung cancer they backed down again. http://www.mpwhi.com/new_study_shows_aspartame_causes_cancer.htm What is the relationship of this newspaper with the aspartame producers? The public has the right to know but not if a big time corporate poison is killing them!
Through the tireless efforts of Lane Shore we have received abundant more damning records. It was a happy day for Lane Shore to hand over to Jerome Bressler his report with the missing studies, and Dr. Thomas Collins' name restored. Lane and Jerome talked often and Lane constantly went to see him. He probably would have died 6 months ago if it hadn't been for Lane. He walked in and found Jerome gasping for breath because the respiratory tube had fallen out, and got the nurse just in time.
Iím happy that at least before Jerome died that he received his report in full. For those who havenít seen it: http://www.mpwhi.com/fda_hid_research_that_damned_aspartame.htm
Aspartame causing birth defects and cancer has been known from the beginning. As soon as aspartame got on the market so many complaints came into FDA they started referring them to the AIDS Hotline. Senator Howard Metzenbaum was able to get congressional hearings in 1985. Dr. Adrian Gross, FDA toxicologist and scientist testified that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because of the brain tumors and brain cancer, and that FDA should not have been able to even set an ADI, allowable daily intake. His last words will never be forgotten, "If the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public." FDA toxicologist, Dr. Jacqueline Verrett testified in 1987 that even then aspartame had not been proven safe. It had been on the market 6 years with complaints pouring into the FDA. She said that all studies were built on a foundation of sand and should be thrown out. Her testimony and Dr. Gross' testimony can be found on http://www.mpwhi.com
Ten years ago H. J. Roberts, M.D. wrote the 1000 page medical text with hundreds of case histories on the plague, "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic": http://www.sunsentpress.com Many call Aspartame Disease Rumsfeld Plague for when Rumsfeld called in his markersĒ to get it on the market he knew he was condemning the population to disability and death. Russell Blaylock, M.D. wrote about aspartame in "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills", http://www.russellblaylockmd.com In 1996 60 Minutes did an expose when Dr. Olney made world news on the aspartame and brain tumor issue. At that time Dr. Ralph Walton did research on aspartame and funding and showed that 92% of independent studies shows the problems aspartame causes, and he said if you eliminate 6 studies the FDA had something to do with and one pro-aspartame summary 100 % of independent studies shows the problems. Searle couldnít get the studies to show safety before approval and the aspartame industry canít do it now as independent study after independent study continues to show the problems that are causing disability and death to the population. Only studies funded or controlled by industry ever said it was safe, and these are not acceptable. History shows the cover-up.
The word is out now so Ajinomoto has changed the name of aspartame to AminoSweet. Be warned. They are also trying to get Advantame approved, another aspartame product. Will the FDA do it to us again? Probably. Already a more potent form of aspartame called Neotame has been approved. No longer can anyone eat processed food with safety, with aspartame many times hidden in artificial and natural flavors. Stuart Pape from the National Yogurt Association has petitioned the FDA to allow aspartame in yogurt and dairy products without labeling. The FDA has yet to respond on whether this was allowed.
The world should honor Jerome Bressler; a modest man who said credit should be given to the lead scientist, Dr. Collins. He said it was a team effort, not just his. He did not seek praise or fame, but wanted the FDA to do its job and remove a poison from the market and save the people. Even in a nursing home he tried to stop people from using it. It bothered him for three decades and it's hoped that in his memory mainstream media will finally come forth and warn the public, and tell corporations enough is enough.
Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
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Aspartame Toxicity Center: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame