To the Editor
It is my firm opinion that the consumption of Aspartame has various
adverse health effects, at least to the majority of people who use
products containing this chemical.
I began using aspartame in the early 1980s, mainly in Diet Coke
and coffee. In 1986 I began having mysterious auras, strange smell
sensations that medical doctors could not explain. In 1987 at the
age of 48, I was the only pilot on a twin-engine prop-jet powered
aircraft on a charter flight far out over Alaska's Bering Sea, suddenly
and without warning I collapsed unconscious. When I recovered about
10 minutes later the now pilot-less aircraft and fallen over two
miles and by now was just a few hundred feet above the ocean. Was
that a miracle or what? In searching the history of commercial aviation
we find no instance where a pilot had survived a similar event.
I was diagnosed as having had a seizure of undetermined cause.
I had consumed five aspartame-sweetened drinks that day, including
a can of diet soft drink one hour before the event. The FAA revoked
my airman medical certificate; this resulted in the immediate and
permanent loss of a successful and adventurous 25-year career as
a commercial pilot, first in my native Australia then in the USA
Much extensive medical testing followed. Several EEG tests during
the first year after the seizure were somewhat abnormal; other than
the auras these were the only negative findings. (All this while
still using Aspartame) Since then I have had many CAT, MRI's, EEG
and PET scans- all unremarkable. I am currently being monitored
for a "seizure disorder now in remission."
Why am I so sure that aspartame was the major factor that triggered
this event? I was put on seizure medicine, the auras continued.
(By now the doctors told me that these auras were a result of seizure
activity in the brain) About one year later I became aware of the
Aspartame Consumer Safety Network (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and was told by the founder Mrs. Mary Stoddard, about a connection
between aspartame and seizures. When I discontinued using Aspartame
the auras ceased.
Still being skeptical, after several months I began using aspartame
and within a few weeks the auras returned. I repeated this pattern
several times; the results became predictable and consistent. To
me this was proof positive. I could switch the seizure activity
on and off ! This was all the evidence that I needed. I have not
experienced any auras or seizures since I stopped using aspartame
11 years ago. I will ever be grateful for the help I received from
Was I permanently injured? Yes, very much so. Devastated both financially
and emotionally, I sought help from a counselor who diagnosed me
with severe depression. I am now enjoying life much more as I get
my self back on track and find healing for that chapter of my life.
Nothing, however can fully replace what I have lost. Additionally
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1998. At first little
more then a nuisance it has now progress to a serious disability.
In addition to the many scientific findings, I consider myself
living walking proof of the serious and some times life-threatening
consequences of consuming aspartame.
Thank you for printing James Gilleland's letter about chemtrails.
Chemtrails are a dark reality of which many people are as yet unaware.
Leading researchers and reporters on this phenomenon are routinely
rebuffed by national and local agencies, including the FAA and the
EPA. After Clifford Carnicom's continued efforts to alert the EPA
on this matter, the agency so far responds that it is "unaware
of the existence of chemtrails." I called the FAA in Seattle
and was routed first to the Public Relations Department and then
to the University of Washington's weather department. No one it
seems at the FAA is willing to discuss chemtrails. Perhaps if more
citizens call them and/or our political representatives, we can
have more effect.
To that end and to inform more people about this danger in our
skies, I am producing two cable access programs on chemtrails. Mr.
Gilliland will appear in my first program and Mr. Carnicom in the
second, along with Nancy Newell, Energy Policy Coordinator for the
local chapter of the Sierra Club. I do not have the times allotted
yet, but your readers can find out program times by going to www.pcatv.org
and clicking on producer's name, Courtney Scott or program title,
"Poisoned Skies, Tracking the Chemtrail Mystery."
I think it is time for spiritually minded people everywhere to
start paying attention to what is going on right above us, almost
daily now for the last few years. Steam vapor from airplanes does
not explain the massive spraying of our skies without our permission.
The core issue is informed consent. For those who may not know,
American citizens have been used as biological guinea pigs at least
once before in the 1950's. You can read about it in the book "Clouds
of Secrecy" by Leonard A. Cole.
2639 NE Clackamas
Portland, OR 97232
To the Editor
I am lucky to have a job at a window, so I can see the outside
while I work. For many years now I have been watching the skies.
The stories about the so-called chemtrails really puzzle me. The
more I look into the matter, the more my puzzlement grows.
One can fairly well predict the contrails by the looks of the air
up there. If the sky is a crisp, dark blue, there are usually only
short contrails that quickly fade, if they form at all. These are
caused by the moisture in the engine exhaust. If the air "up
there" is hazy, almost forming clouds, the contrails are persistent
and spread, on some days eventually covering the sky. Depending
on the moisture, I have seen all types of contrails, from the immediately
fading ones to the sky-covering persistent ones. I don't see a sharp
distinction between two different kinds, but rather a continuous
With respect to "chemtrails," I have these questions:
Why is the appearance of "chemtrails" always linked to
somewhat hazy air at the altitude where planes fly?
Why don't we ever see "chemtrails" in crisp, blue skies?
If "chemtrails" were real, where would "they"
get all these tankers? We're talking thousands upon thousands of
planes here! The military is big, but nothing compared to civil
aviation. Where would all these tankers take off and land? I'm sure
that every military airfield is being watched by people who would
like to document the "chemtrail" tankers. Nowhere on the
web did I see a picture of a "chemtrail tanker" taking
off or landing. They are always shown at altitude and always look
suspiciously like passenger planes. If "they" would use
tankers masquerading as civilian planes from regular airports, do
you believe that such a gargantuan operation could be kept secret?
Why do we see the "chemtrails" spreading up there, but
we never see the "stuff" coming down? This would be a
I believe the contrails haven't changed, just the awareness of
them. As for the peripheral claims about biological effects, I believe
this is similar to when children spread scary stories. You hear
a scary story, and to make it more believable, you embellish it
just a little. Then someone else hears it, takes all that you say
for the truth and then ever so slightly embellishes it some more.
Please don't take me as an apologist for abuses by industry or
the government. But there are many real things going on that could
be described as evil, such as growth hormones in milk, aspartame,
HAARP, low frequency active sonar, that we don't have to invent
something like the "chemtrails."
William W. Pfeifer