H. J. ROBERTS, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
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DIPLOMATE, AMERICAN BOARD OF
INTERNAL MEDICINE (RECERTIFIED)
MEDIA RELEASE--SEPTEMBER 22, 1998
THE DEPOSITION OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
NONPOLITICAL COMMENTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS
I viewed the released deposition of President Clinton for a Grand Jury on August 17, 1998 as a concerned and objective citizen. Initially, there was no intent of expressing a professional opinion. Several aspects impressed me.
- There was repeated reference by the President to his memory ("My memory is not clear"; "I don't remember when I said it"; I was struggling to remember them"). This contrasted with his assertion, "I have been blessed with a good memory."
- Persons at the White House apparently expressed concern over gaps in his memory during recent years
- The President repeatedly drank Diet Coke® during the deposition, and has been observed drinking aspartame (NutraSweet®)-containing cola for years.
The aspartame issue is highly relevant. For over a decade, I have encountered and extensively researched a condition affecting millions that I named Aspartame Disease. Its manifestations are detailed in more than a score of professional articles and three books. The profound effects on brain function are emphasized especially marked confusion and memory loss. Specifically, my own database of 1200 aspartame reactors includes 376 (31%) with these as major complaints. Many were young business and professional persons, drivers, pilots and air traffic controllers who sought consultation because they feared the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Fortunately, their confusion, impaired memory, headaches, depression, and aberrant behavior, personality changes and related features improved or disappeared within several weeks after abstaining from aspartame products in most instances.
These opinions and suggestions are pertinent. First, the use of mind-altering drugs can influence the testimony of persons taking them. (Aspartame was originally intended as a drug to treat peptic ulcer.) Second, I believe that President Clinton's physician should advise him to avoid ALL aspartame products, including gum--at least on a trial basis.
Third, aspartame products ought to be declared an "imminent public health threat, " and removed from the market as I have repeatedly urged the FDA and members of Congress. In the present context, I believe that aspartame may be accelerating Alzheimer's disease! The clinical and scientific evidence appears in my book, Defense Against Alzheimer's Disease: A Rational Blueprint For Prevention (Sunshine Sentinel Press; (1 800-814-9800)
My medical and scientific credentials are noted in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care, and The Best Doctors in the U.S.
H. J. Roberts, M.D., F. A. C. P., F.C.C.P.
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