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December 2002

Publisher: Dr. Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN
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Thank you for your interest in my newsletter. Every
article I share with you will contain interesting
information to stay abreast of important health issues. I
encourage you to send me any health questions you may
have, and I have included a section on the latest
government recalls you should know about.

To your health!
Dr. Janet Starr Hull


=> Keeping your Thyroid Gland Healthy
=> Can we really trust medical research?
=> MSG is as dangerous as aspartame
=> Q and A with Dr. Janet Starr Hull
=> Monthly SafetyAlerts/Government Recalls


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Is Your Thyroid Out of Balance?

For many years, thyroid problems have been downplayed
and misunderstood. When I was diagnosed with Grave's
Disease in 1991, the diagnosis was rare at that time.
Today, Grave's Disease is common and occurring more in
men than ever before in human history.

What Does the Thyroid Do?

Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland wrapped
around the windpipe and located behind and below the
Adam's Apple. The thyroid produces several hormones, of
which two are primary: T3 and T4. These hormones help
oxygen get into cells and make your thyroid the master
gland of metabolism.

How You Can Keep Your Thyroid Gland Healthy

As I wrote in SWEET POISON, I restored my thyroid by
removing all chemicals from my diet, drinking plenty of
bottled water, and supplementing with the specific
vitamins and nutrients determined by a hair analysis.
It is important to improve the quality of the fluids you
drink and the foods you eat daily. Eliminate sodas
(especially diet sodas), fruit juices from concentrate, and
too much iced tea. Replace refined and processed foods
with whole grains and raw sugars, such as Succanat.
Modify the foods that convert to sugar quickly, causing
your body to make too much insulin which can distress
your thyroid and adrenal glands. Focus on raw and
natural food sources for your daily diet.


Medical studies are commonly sponsored by private
industries such as drug companies. Ideally, the sponsor is
a silent partner meant to pay for and back the study while
keeping their hands clean of the study itself. However, in
a recent survey of 108 U.S. medical schools, it was found
that many contracts between the schools and their
industry sponsors were not adequately safeguarded,
which leaves sponsors free to get their hands dirty.
Guidelines meant to protect the independence of
researchers from their sponsors were revised last year
due to concern over this issue. However, these guidelines
are often not followed or are completely missing from
medical study contracts. It is not uncommon for studies
to be conducted without an independent member to
monitor a financial sponsor's role, and it is not a
requirement that the study be published. This means that
valuable information, including negative results that could
potentially harm a sponsor, may never be reported.
The survey points out an urgent need to revamp the
process of contracting in medical research studies.
The New England Journal of Medicine October 24,


Most people are aware that MSG is something that is wise
to avoid due to its negative health effects. Most are not
aware that MSG, a sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic
acid and a form of glutamate, is used as a flavor
enhancer in a variety of foods prepared in restaurants
and by food processors. Most infant formulas have a high
percentage of MSG. It is as important to avoid MSG as it
is to avoid aspartame.

Controversy surrounding the food additive MSG
(monosodium glutamate) was re-ignited when a Japanese
researcher suggested that consuming too much of the
ingredient could make you go blind. The researchers
found that rats fed diets high in MSG suffered vision loss
and had thinner retinas than those in the control group.
Glutamate, a group of chemicals that includes MSG, is an
amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter.

MSG is only one of several forms of free glutamate used
in foods. This list names some of the most common
hidden sources of MSG:

These ingredients ALWAYS contain MSG:
Glutamic acid
Monosodium glutamate
Textured protein
Hydrolyzed protein
Monopotassium glutamate
Calcium caseinate
Sodium caseinate
Yeast extract
Yeast food
Autolyzed yeast

MSG Links:
Leading Edge Research On-Line Data

Health Press - Health Information You Can Trust

Holistic Healing Web Page


To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull <jshull@sweetpoison.com>
Subject: pH

I was told by a aromatherapist (who would of thought)
that she felt my body was acidic. I didn't think to much
of it until I tested my urine and my ph came up as 8.0.
What does this mean exactly and how is it corrected?

8.0 is very alkaline, not acidic. Body pH reads differently
from water pH (which averages 7.0) as it should average
6.4 - lower is too acidic and higher is alkaline. Test your
pH first thing every morning and last thing before bed for
ten days. Buy pH strips from the pharmacy or pool
supply store. Put one drop of urine on the strip and
watch the colors change. Keep the readings on a chart,
and then see what's going on. If you are too alkaline,
you need to adjust your diet to increase acidity.

Hardening of the arteries, kidney stones, gall stones, etc.
begin to crystallize and deposit if too alkaline. Are you
drinking enough water?

To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull <jshull@sweetpoison.com>
Subject: hair analysis-10 year old

I am hoping you can help me. I have a daughter who will
be 10 years old in September. To the average person
one would say my daughter has beautiful hair and she
does, but I have noticed, being a beautician, my daughter
is and has been losing her hair for about a year and a
half. Female pattern baldness runs in my family, my
grandmother, mother, and myself, but I feel this is kind
of young for a child to be going through. She does have
routine blood work done with a school physical. She was
very sick and on alot of antibiotic for about a year before
her tonsils were taken out, but this is still a continuing
thing. May I please have your thoughts on this and if a
hair sample can give pinpoint this cause.

Thanking you in advance.

I agree that this is of concern. It's too young at ten to be
having post-puberty problems, but it sounds as if it may
be an early hormone related issue. Keep all food
chemicals out of her diet, and make sure she is not under
some stress she may not be sharing with you. Has she
experienced any trauma as of late? Has her behavior
changed any?

A multi-vitamin from the health food store would be
helpful five days a week, and curb the soft drinks and
sugary-foods. No aspartame, for sure. Liquid sea kelp is
very good for the growth hormones and is natural and
harmless. Get that at your local health store, too.
A hair analysis is always helpful when mysteries like this


SafetyAlerts/Government Recalls
December 6, 2002
Swiss-American Has Recalled Prima Della Imported
Danish Havarti

St. Louis, MO (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Swiss-American, Inc. has
recalled cut pieces of Prima Della Imported Danish
Havarti Plain with a sell by date of March 12, 2003,
because it has the potential to be contaminated with
listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause
serious and sometimes fatal infections in your children,
frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune
systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only
short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe
headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and
diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and
stillbirths among pregnant women.

Cut Prima Della Imported Danish Havarti Plain was
distributed through Wal-Mart grocery stores in the
continental United States.

There have been three illnesses reported to date, but
none have been confirmed.

Consumers who have purchased cut Prima Della Imported
Danish Havarti Plain with this sell-by-date are urged to
return same to place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may call Swiss-American, Inc.
at 1-800-325-8150.


SafetyAlerts/Government Recalls
December 6, 2002

Campbell's Soup Company Has Recalled Campbell's
Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

(SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
has released the following information.

Misbranding - Clam Chowder distributed in cans labeled
as Campbell's Mushroom Soup.


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