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September 2003

Publisher: Dr. Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D., CN
By subscription only.


This month's Healthy Newsletter is a little late, but my webmaster
has been out of town for two weeks, and I now have a renewed
appreciation for all he does. Welcome back, Andy, and thanks for
getting September's Healthy Newsletter out so quickly upon your
Enjoy the turn of the seasons as Autumn has arrived. Time to
prepare for soups and healthy Fall eating. Wishing you the best.
To your health!
Dr. Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D., CN


=> Why Detox Checklist
=> Driver's License Safety Tip
=> Saliva Testing: Personal Hormone Profile
=> Did You Know?
=> Q & A with Dr. Hull
=> This Month's Healthy Recipe
=> Safety Alerts/Government Recalls


Aspartame Dangers Revealed

10 Steps To Detoxification

Hair Analysis Program


Just like dusting your furniture and cleaning your bathrooms, the
human body needs to be cleaned, too. Especially if you have a diet
that includes hydrogenated fats and oils, refined white sugar and
white flour, diet food products, or exposure to any of the 14,000
food chemicals within American processed foods and medications.

Here is a checklist of symptoms to signal it may be time for a
reliable "body cleaning" followed by a detoxification program:

* Do you experience fatigue or low energy levels?

* Do you experience brain fog, lack of concentration and /or poor

* Do you crave or eat sugar?

* Do you have less than two bowel movements per day?

* Do you feel sleepy after meals, bloated or gassy?

* Do you experience indigestion/acid reflux after eating?

* Are you overweight?

* Do you exercise at least every other day?

* Do you experience recurring yeast infections, jock itch, or
foot fungus?

* Do you have arthritic aches and pains or stiffness?

* Do you take prescription medications, sedatives or stimulants?

* Do you experience frequent headaches?

* Do you live with or near polluted air, water or other environmental

* Do you have bad breath or excessive body odor?

* Do you experience depression or mood swings?

* Do you have food allergies or skin problems?

* Are you showing signs of premature aging?

* Do you eat fast food, fatty foods, pre-prepared foods or fried
foods more than three times a week?

* Do you drink processed coffees and colas during the day?

* Do you smoke cigarettes every day?

If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, it may be
time for that detoxification program you've been putting off - after
you've cleaned the house, that is!


In Texas, my home state, the Texas Driver's License has a phone
number on the back just above the bar code on the lower left side:
1-800-525-5555. (It's VERY SMALL PRINT but it is there.)

Something all Texans should know - especially since this number
has received very little publicity - the number can be called for
emergency assistance on the highway if you have trouble while in
your car outside any city limits.

A tow truck or other service can be sent to you if needed. This
service is state operated and paid by your tax dollars. If you
are ever stranded, just call the number and help is on the way.
A state trooper will also be sent to make sure all is well.

For drivers in other states, check the back of your driver's license
or call your state highway patrol to inquire if you have the same
protection in your state.


Human saliva is one of the most accurate measurements of human
hormone levels.

Hormones circulating in the saliva represent the hormones that are
actually available to the body's tissues and cells. Only five percent
of the hormone levels circulating in the bloodstream are available
to the tissues and cells. So, the water' stores are the most effective
vehicles in which the tissues have access to hormones, primarily
because hormones are sticky' and have less resistance in a matrix
of water opposed to cursing through the bloodstream. Plus, every
cell in the human body is immersed in a pool of water.

Hormones are at the control center of just about every aspect of
human life. They offset mood fluctuations and support the feeling of
well-being. Hormones regulate fertilization and growth, determination
of sex and development, they control birth, daily life, and the process
of aging.

Hormones are naturally secreted by the body to maintain physical
changes, hair growth and breast development for females during
puberty, to regulate daily blood sugar levels, body temperature,
sleep patterns, and general physique. So as you can see, hormones
affect nearly every aspect of the human body for both males and
females, and hormone imbalances and their decline are an intrigal
part of aging.

There are several hundred different types of hormones. One group we
hear about most often is the steroid hormones, which are all derived
from cholesterol. The steroid family of hormones can be broken down
into four major categories:

1. the estrogens (DHEA, testosterone, androstenedione)
2. progesterone
3. glucocorticoids (cortisol, cortisone)
4. mineralcorticoids (aldosterone)

If a male or female is on cholesterol medication, their hormones may
be altered as well. It is important to monitor hormone levels while
on these types of medications, and balance them with natural hormonal
methods if necessary.

I highly recommend having a saliva hormone profile test performed if
you have concerns about hormonal imbalances, high cholesterol, hair
loss, or loss of libido. There are numerous lab kits available at
your local health food store, and a search on the net is a good way
to research the saliva hormone profile testing. I like the way
BODYBALANCE prints their results for the male and female hormone
analysis as it's user friendly and easy to read. Their contact numbers
are 828-285-2235, http://www.bodybalance.com, email: bodybalance@gsdi.com.

In future newsletters, I will focus on the importance of each one of
the body's hormones, their implications in health and wellness, and ways
to stay hormonally balanced, naturally.


* People with low levels of vitamin C in the blood are more likely
to become infected with Helicobacter pylori, bacteria that can cause
peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. High levels of vitamin C may prevent
peptic ulcers, which are sores in the lining of the stomach or upper
portion of the small intestine, and stomach cancer.

* Take a low dose of pure niacin, 50 mg. to 100 mg., when you have a
headache. Pure niacin works better than any manufactured pain reliever,
and it's healthy and natural.

* Recovering alcoholics have a higher risk of becoming addicted to
diet colas due to the methanol, wood alcohol, content in aspartame.

* Many allergens can be eliminated using digestive enzymes opposed
to allergy medicines because the enzymes digest the protein in the
allergens that cause allergic reactions, especially seasonal allergies
and mold.

* It's recommended to take digestive enzymes AFTER a meal so to
encourage the stomach's natural enzymes to produce more efficiently
on their own. If the meal is high in fat, processed sugars, or added
chemicals, extra enzymes may be required to assist the body in
assimilating unwanted food additives.

* An aspirin-a-day doesn't prevent stroke or heart attack. Used best
for emergency response situations for immediate relief of heart attacks,
long-term use of aspirin robs the body of the heart-nutrient magnesium
and thins the lining of the stomach.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: shop for another doc

Q: I had a doctor's appt. last week and was disappointed in my diagnosis.
I went to see if my doctor could do a hormone test for me so to take me off
my birth control pill, but I should have known that I would be encouraged
to stay on the pill if I didn't see anything abnormal. I was given a
year's prescription for a refill and told that it's not harmful unless
I'm aware of any side effects.

I wanted him to do a blood test or at least let the lab know to do so
(I've been reading "Eat Right for Your Blood Type") so I could find
out what type of blood I have. I figured why not? My doctor pleasantly
recommended a new book for me to read and said that the one I was reading
wasn't worth it.

I let him know that I was no longer using aspartame in my diet to the
best of my knowledge (I come across things every once in a while that
I don't realize contain aspartame) and I felt this should improve my
health. I let him know of certain yogurts, Diet Coke, etc. that have
aspartame in them. He said he drinks diet cola all the time. This is
when I knew he is a doctor with his own opinion and probably wouldn't
listen to me.

I enjoyed your book & have recommended it to many people. I wanted
to let you know that I appreciate the time and advice you've given
to me so freely and you're not even my assigned HMO doctor. Thank
you for your time.

A: Wow, what do you say to that? I am amazed at the medical doctors
who remain closed minded about aspartame and the effects of food chemicals
and toxic metals as a cause of disease syndromes. Any good scientist
is open-minded, so why aren't most doctors? I have no answers for
anyone like your doctor who isn't interested in sharing what others
have discovered that may better their lives and their health. I
suggest you shop for another doc.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: burning in my throat

Q: For the past year I have been seeing my doctor about a burning
sensation in my throat, sometimes on my tongue and the roof of my
mouth. I have had several tests to rule out acid reflux, and I had a
throat cat scan. Everything was normal. Then someone told me about
aspartame. I have a light yogurt everyday, plus 3-5 Equals a day. Can
this be caused by aspartame? My doctor has no answers.

A: When the doctors have no answers for what they cannot see, I am
convinced it is simply a reaction to an outside (including food) stimulus
the body is not accepting happily. This is good your doctor hasn't seen
anything because it means there is no physical damage yet. That is
really good!

The aspartame in all forms is toxic, and the Equal is very strong. I
have noticed through my research that people who use Equal have more
severe health reactions than those who use only foods with aspartame.
I surmise you are having a toxic reaction to the aspartame, and if you
stop all use, restore any damage done, and return to a natural diet,
this burning should stop. Pitch the blue stuff!

Get on some good detox nutrients, and take a natural multi-vitamin
to help recover quicker.

The medical community seems to be falling behind on the cause and
effect of disease. They have forgotten that medicine's roots are
in natural medicine. Avoid all unnatural chemicals in foods, the
environment, and in medicines and your body will thank you for it.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: birth control

Q: I just recently stopped drinking Diet Coke, using yogurt (non-fat)
and Equal, but am still going through any other products that may contain
these so I can rid myself of the aspartame.

I was curious what you had to say on taking birth control. I have been
taking it since I was 17 and I will be 27 in another month and I am
looking for an alternative. I was prescribed this due to my irregularty
at a young age. If you can offer any helpful suggestions I would appreciate
your time. Thank You.

A: I see this happening more and more these days - young women
starting at 16-17 years old using aspartame for many years and having
trouble with their periods since an early age. Since aspartame causes
testes and mammary gland tumors in rats, I suspect it effects the ovaries,
especially starting aspartame when you were still so young. Many women,
including myself, had problems with their periods WHILE using aspartame.
It all goes away when the aspartame stops. Your hormone levels are probably
off balance and have been from a very young, developmental age. You can
get a saliva hormone test done to test your levels and know for sure.
Go to www.allvia.com for info on saliva tests, or inquire at your local
health food store.

I'd stop all aspartame, especially the blue stuff, and detox your body
in the case your hormones are out of balance, plus this will help return
your hormone balance naturally. I think the fertility tests you can buy
to see if you've ovulated are also the best natural method of birth
control around.

Wishing you well.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: hormone testing

Q: I went to the website you recommended for hormone saliva testing.
I saw several different saliva tests so I wanted to know if you recommend
one that you're familiar with. Also, do you have a website for a fertility
test? I made an appointment with my doctor to get my blood work done in
the meantime, too. I look forward to reading your book Sweet Poison that
I am planning to order tonight. I appreciate your time.

A: I believe the test you want on the website http://www.allviahealth.com/
is called the 'Personal Hormone Profile' testing for the three primary
hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in the saliva. If they
also show DHEA levels, I recommend this be done, also. I know you can
purchase the kit at any good health food store. And the fertility test
is available at the drug store or Walmart-type stores. The newer kits
are really advanced, and work for both birth control (it's not marketed for
that) as well as pregnancy - same thing, though - either go for it or
dodge it, right? Tells you when changes are taking place one way or another.

Does this help? Let me know.


To: jshull@sweetpoison.com
Subject: sugarless gum

Q. My primary concern is with the chewing gum that contains phenylalanine,
how dangerous is this to me and to what degree? I chew a lot of gum
during college classes. As of last week I have stopped chewing the new
Wrigley's gum and will be returning the brand new 10 pack to the store I
purchased it from. I had been suffering from severe dizzy spells, almost
to the point of losing consciousness, not realizing that it was from chewing
the gum, of which I chewed at least three or four packs a day! And do you
know, you can barely find the old Dentyne, (talk about conspiracy).

I just want you to know how deeply I appreciate you prompt response.
And I want you to know that I am spreading the word! I just informed
one of the college professors about the dangers of aspartame contained
in the flavored water he drinks, and he was shocked, thinking he was
drinking more healthily! I will also share with him the information
regarding your web site.

Again thanks and I wish you success in your endeavors, as you continue
to warn the public about this travesty. I support you Dr Hull.
A: It is dangerous, no doubt, as you are slowly poisoning yourself
as you chew. When you chew gum, the enzymes in the saliva take the
chemicals in the gum matrix and immediately assimilate those chemicals
into the body. Plus, you chew for a longer period of time than when
eating, and you chew constantly throughout the day. So, in essence,
you are getting more aspartame than you should throughout each day. Go
back to Dentyne, the old-fashioned kind. And read gum labels, as aspartame
is in gums not labeled sugar-free, like the new Wrigley's, as you have

Stay away from any aspartame - the methanol isn't worth it!

To Your Health,
Janet Hull

Asparagus-Avocado Soup

This great soup Is rich In zinc and has a nice tomato flavor.

18 stalks asparagus
1 avocado
5-6 large tomatoes
1 cup fresh parsley
3-5 sun dried tomatoes (bottled in olive oil)
1/4 cup dried onion
4 cloves fresh garlic
1 red bell pepper
Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste
1-2 tsp Spice Hunter's Herbes de Provence (if available)
2 tsp. dill
2 lemons or limes, cut in thin slices

Trim and dice the tips from the asparagus and set aside for a garnish.
In a food processor, blend the asparagus and tomatoes, parsley, dried
tomatoes, spices, garlic, onion and red bell pepper. Then blend the
avocado until soup is smooth and creamy. Warm in an electric skillet
and garnish with lemon or lime slices on top, or serve cold. Season
with Bragg's to taste. Sprinkle diced asparagus tips on top as
garnish, just before serving.

Serves 3-5.


Nebraska Firm Has Recalled Beef Products
Reason: Because they are incorrectly labeled.
Distribution: Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Tennessee
and Minnesota.
Wisconsin Firm Has Recalled Beef Products
Reason: Because they are incorrectly labeled.
Distribution: Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and
Illinois Firm Has Recalled Pork Egg Rolls
Reason: Contains an undeclared ingredient, Sodium Bisulfite, a known
Distribution: Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
UWATEC Has Recalled Smart Dive Computers
Reason: The computer's alert signal system may not work properly.
Distribution: Nationwide.
De Bon Sales Has Recalled Cigarette Lighters
Reason: The novelty lighters are not equipped with child-resistant
Distribution: Texas
DesignPac Has Recalled Lamp Oil
Reason: The bottles of paraffin oil in these sets do not have the
child-resistant closures required by federal law.
Distribution: Nationwide.
Hamilton Beach and Proctor-Silex Have Recalled Slow Cookers
Reason: The handles on the base of the slow cookers can break.
Distribution: Nationwide.
Midwest Has Recalled Toad Lawn Sprinklers
Reason: The increased water pressure can cause the toad to explode,
posing the risk of injury to anyone nearby.
Distribution: Nationwide.
California Firm Has Recalled Chicken Products
Reason: Chicken products that have entered the country improperly.
Distribution: Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon,
Texas, Utah and Washington.
Conceptual Marketing & Development Has Recalled Weed Cutting
Attachment Blades
Reason: The blades can break off and hit consumers causing severe
impact and laceration injuries.
Distribution: Nationwide.
Baltic Star Food Has Recalled Processed Fish
Reason: This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum
Distribution: Richmond Hill, New York.
Indumar Seafood Has Recalled Caribe Brand Fresh Crab Meat
Reason: Because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
Distribution: Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.


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