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February 2003

Publisher: Dr. Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D., CN
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It's time for February's Healthy Newsletter. Staying abreast of
important health issues is paramount to securing future health and wellness. I encourage you to send me any health questions you may have; I really enjoy the Q&A section.

To your health!
Dr. Janet Starr Hull


=> FAT: The Right Fat Will Make You Thin
=> FDA Approves Modified Version of Aspartame: Neotame
=> Did You Know?
=> Q & A with Dr. Hull
=> Safety Alerts/Government Recalls


Sweet Poison is a must-read for anyone consuming food
or drinks containing aspartame. It will open your eyes to
what you're putting into your body and may save your life
or the life of someone you love. Don't pick up another
diet drink without reading about the "sweet poison."
Click the link below to read more about Sweet Poison:


A quick search on the web shows approximately 2,400,000 listings for 'weight loss'. Most people want to know how to lose weight fast and easy. Gaining weight more than likely took some time, so losing it will, too. And get-thin-quick schemes are never long-term; your weight more than likely will come back.

Weight loss drugs and chemical food additives like aspartame and diet pills shut down the body's natural processes, resulting in an artificial weight loss that's temporary. As soon as you get off the weight loss program and chemical weight loss products, the weight creeps back on - slowly but surely.

A person's body weight is a reflection of their lifestyle.
Whatever eating and exercise program you adopt for weight loss, it should be a lifetime habit in order to have permanent results.

Fats and sugars are important for body function. Natural sugar fuels our bodies and fat keeps us lubricated - the right kind of fat, that is. Conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) are the right kind of fats for a healthy and permanent weight loss. According to research by Dr. David Williams, CLAs are anti-fats that burn-up other fats. CLAs are known more commonly as EFAs, essential fatty acids. Older literature, in fact, refers to them as vitamin F.

EFAs are found in beef, lamb, turkey, and some milk products. Human bodies don't produce enough EFAs to suffice our needs, so we must depend on a healthy diet to have adequate amounts to convert fat into energy. Without sufficient EFAs, fat is stored in the cells. Grass fed beef and natural milks contain more CLA/EFA opposed to cattle fed grain in feedlots and over-processed, diluted milks. If you cannot find a whole food's source for essential fatty acids, you can supplement with CLAs and EFAs. Make sure you purchase a quality essential fatty acid, though, so you get more bang for your buck and lose weight healthily.

To lose weight, omega 3 EFAs are the most affective. Scientists classify essential fatty acids into two types, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, depending on their chemical composition. Technically, the omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acids found mainly in flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybeans, walnuts, hemp seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables, cold-water fish, including salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel and cod. Cod liver oil is a popular nutritional supplement for omega-3 EFAs.

Omega-6 fatty acids (CLAs) are more common in the American diet than the omega-3 EFAs. These include linoleic acid, which is found in safflower, olive, almond, sunflower, hemp, soybean, walnut, pumpkin, sesame, and flaxseed oils, and evening primrose oil.

A good source for information on essential fatty acids:


October 2002, the FDA approved Neotame, a modified version of aspartame. Neotame may prove more troublesome than aspartame as it is suspected of causing similar health problems, learning and behavioral problems with more potency.

Neotame has gone from Monsanto Chemical Company (original patent holder) to The NutraSweet Company to J.W. Childs Partnership to Pharmacia to Pfizer.

Neotame contains all the dangerous elements of aspartame and more: the two original amino acids found in aspartame L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, and two organic functional groups: one a methyl ester group (methanol) and the other a neohexyl group. Joined together, these components form sweetness 13,000 times sweeter
than sugar, equaling 8,000 teaspoons of sugar. Like aspartame, it is a very potent and dangerous compound.

First petitioned in 1997, Neotame was approved in 2002 as safe for chewing gum, carbonated soft drinks, refrigerated and non-refrigerated ready-to-drink beverages, frozen desserts and novelties, puddings and fillings, yogurt products, baked goods, and candies.

Phenylalanine and aspartic acid are essential amino acids found in foods, but there is a big difference between natural amino acids found in combination and man-made laboratory replicas split into isolated form. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid enable our neurotransmitters to function normally, and our bodies are designed to handle 'normal' amounts of these amino acids. Nevertheless, when
we take in large amounts of them, the delicate balance in our bodies is disrupted and they become toxic to the nervous system. Both phenylalanine and aspartic acid interfere with the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that drives many important functions in a normal body, such as enabling us to concentrate and learn. Serotonin is also a calming agent, and a person deficient in serotonin is prone to behave violently.

Neotame appears to be the 'next generation' of aspartame problems plaguing people today. Now, the aspartame issue continues 13,000 times more dangerously.


* The supplement MSM is a form of sulfur, which will help your body remove heavy metals, such as Mercury. The herb Cilantro will help mobilize Mercury out of body tissues, too. A good form of Cilantro is a tincture available through Dragon River (505-583-2348).

* Lemons, limes, and grapefruits are not acidic fruits but are highly alkaline. Eating these fruits will keep your body pH on the alkaline side, which prevents diseased environments.

* Alcoholic drinks may aggravate asthma due to sensitivity to the alcohol itself, and also due to the many non-alcoholic components, which determine the flavor and character of the drinks such as sulfites and histamine.

* Adequate protein AND calcium intake together act synergistically to reduce bone loss and have improved hip fracture healing and lessen the recurrence of hip fractures. Natural unprocessed calcium sources are the best, such as dolomite and coral calcium, and have an uptake as high as 86% opposed to manufactured calcium.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: Possible MS

Q: I had been using Aspartame by drinking Diet drinks and chewing the sugar-free gums. All I had as a possible health problem was arm and neck pain and I complained enough to the doctor which in turn created me to have an MRI of the brain. The MRI came back very abnormal and then I had a Spinal Tap which some of the fluids were elevated to show possible MS. The early stages they say. May I ask does the Aspartame cause the lesions on the brain? PLEASE RESPOND???? I am desperate to get a second opinion and learn that I may not have this disease!!

A: YES!! Dr. John Olney from Washington School of Medicine proved over and over that aspartame put holes (lesions) in the brains of his lab mice. Aspartame is connected with MS symptoms, also.

Get off ALL aspartame and read your labels carefully as it is in products not labeled as sugar-free, such as the new Juicy Fruit gums. Follow my detox program to remove all the toxins and restore your health with vitamins - be careful here, too, as some vitamins are junky. Get good health food brands. And NO isolated amino acids such as L-Phenylalanine. They will create a reaction, also.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you. Russell Blaylock has a book EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS. His book and my book should help you with the proper info on this. Try to locate Dr. John Olney's work on the internet.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: Flavored Water

Q: I have read your article on aspartame, phenylalanine and
phenylketonuria. Now my question is that I have a diabetic friend who drinks flavored water that has these things in it. Am I thinking right that it is unhealthy for an individual with diabetes and heart problems to be drinking anything with these ingredients in them??? Should he be told that it is unsafe to drink anything with these products in them?? I would appreciate if you would let me know because I feel that it is very unsafe to drink even though it says sodium free, calorie free and caffeine free. Please help me out.

A: You are correct. Anything and everything that has aspartame is dangerous, especially for a diabetic. What's wrong with regular water? Americans are forgetting how to eat and drink the way we were intended to, and all the fancy additives that make life 'sweeter' are killing us. Your friend will discover he may have an addiction to sugary things, and if he gets off the processed fake foods and returns to a raw and natural, chemical-free diet, he will require less insulin and it won't spike and swing day to day. He needs to exercise, too.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: How Do I Detox?

Q: Due to a friend informing me about aspartame I went on the internet to try to find a way to detoxify my body. At the moment the only way to do this I'm aware of is drinking water. Symptoms - Headaches, flickering lights in my eyes, depression, inability to sleep, tired, lethargic, body aches, numbness in hands. Just an overall feeling of being ill. I would like to know if there is something more I should be doing. If you could put me in contact with a local physician I would appreciate it.

A: Go to the section of the website DETOX INFO and click on the headers on the top for DETOX PROCESS. This will tell you the vitamins to take to cleanse your body of toxins. If you can't find the clay, that's OK, but you should be able to order it off the net. Get the other products at your local health food store and begin right away.

Stop using ALL aspartame, and read labels carefully as it is hidden in products NOT sugar-free, too.

Call your best health food store to see if they can recommend a homeopath or nutritional doctor in your area. Just getting off aspartame may improve these symptoms, though.

Janet Hull


McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals Has Recalled Children's Tylenol
Reason: Defective container; product packaged with incorrect dosing cups marked with metric measurements rather than with U.S. standard measurements.
Distribution: Nationwide.


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Has Recalled Motion Lamps
Reason: Wires near the light's socket can become exposed, posing a risk of electric shock or electrocution to consumers.
Distribution: Nationwide.


Sun Rise Industrial and Raleigh America Have Recalled Bicycles
Reason: The frames on these bicycles can break, which can cause riders to lose control and crash.
Distribution: Nationwide.


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