Q and A with Dr. Hull

To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull
Subject: Aspartame and pregnancy

Q: In 1991 I had miscarried a daughter at 20 weeks. The pregnancy had progressed normally, no indication whatsoever of problems. An autopsy was done, but nothing conclusive was discovered.

I drank at least one diet Coke daily throughout the 4 months, unaware of aspartame's harmful effects. Have you come across any direct relationship between aspartame consumption and pregnancy?

A: In Sweet Poison, I write about a research scientist at SUNY University in New York who testified before congress defending her laboratory research results of fetal damage, retardation, dead fetuses, and the like as a result of aspartame used during pregnancy. No doubt, there is evidence to support danger to the fetus. There is more information in Sweet Poison that will answer your questions. I think you will benefit from the read.

I hope this helps, and I'm sorry about your miscarriage. Sadly, I wonder how many women have experienced this. Have you had children since?

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To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull
Subject: Gained weight with aspartame

Q: I found Diet Coke addictive and progressed to 125 to 200 ounces of consumption a day. Gained 120 lbs, severe edema, numbness in right hand, pain in legs, hips, and back fatigue, shortness of breath

Doctors cannot diagnose and cure, but I stopped aspartame consumption 10/25/02 and symptoms are improving.

A: Good for you - you discovered something most doctors don't know!! If you have a chance to read my book, you will discover I had similar symptoms. They stopped rather quickly considering how much aspartame you consumed once you look back at it. Symptoms quickly disappear after you stop putting the poison back into your body.

Detox your body of the poisons and restore your depleted nutrients and your health should restore rather quickly, as you are already observing from simply being off all aspartame.

Good luck with this, and watch out for hidden aspartame in foods not even labeled sugar-free. I'm happy for your discovery. Keep it up and you'll see exactly how the toxic effects of aspartame have stressed your health.

Hope this helps.

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To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull
Subject: FMS and aspartame

Q: I have fibromyalgia and never feel very good, but this summer I started having dizzy spells and migraine headaches, which is very unusual for me. I'm a believer in finding the source of the problem and removing it, rather than medicating, so I started to do some research. I found a link between migraine headaches and aspartame (which I had never heard of). I do not drink diet drinks but I had started chewing sugarless gum for the first time this summer. I immediately eliminated the gum, and both the dizzy spells and headaches went away. I researched further and discovered the horrors of MSG and other food preservatives and am now working hard to eliminate all of these. I still feel I need a hair sample and to detox, but I'm not sure where to get started. Will my regular doctor do a hair sample, and will she understand how to read the results, or should I go to someone else?

A: You sound very intuitive to your body's needs and to the cause and effects of disease symptoms. Check all your processed foods for hidden aspartame (and other food chemicals), as it is in medicines, cereals, gums, mints, ice creams, and many foods not labeled sugar-free.

You can ask your doctor if he does hair testing and/or if he can interpret one. Many traditional doctors admit don't know what they are, and many don't give them much credence. But, they'll agree they work for drug testing and forensic medicine.

I can perform the testing for you if you can't find anyone else. I hope you have a chance to read my book the 10 Steps To Detoxification, as it will enlighten you in many ways. Toxins are, indeed, at the root of FMA symptoms.

I'm glad your health is returning. Wishing you good health always, and stay away from the sweet poison.

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To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull
Subject: Aspartame and diabetes

Q: My husband, Donald Fox needs to know if his pains down his arms, chest and shortness of breath could be attributed to Aspartame Poisoning? He had an echocardiogram and CAT scan with normal findings...How can a regular doctor test for this? He stopped drinking Diet coke yesterday and no reoccurrence of his symptoms today. Please know that he also is diabetic and disabled. Please furnish as much info as you can to us.

A: Thank you writing. Whenever health symptoms are strong enough to go to a doctor, yet nothing shows up on traditional tests, it is assuredly a reaction to environmental or food chemicals that your body cannot excrete. You must begin to scrutinize all the chemicals he has been exposed to. If he uses aspartame, I would start there. I would expect his condition is worsening due to aspartame, if not at the root of the problems.

Once intake of this neurotoxin is removed, most symptoms will decrease. He is already in a weaker health state because of his diabetes, so I encourage NO aspartame in foods, drinks, powered form, etc. Read all your food labels, too, as it is hidden in foods NOT sugar-free. He should actually avoid ALL food chemicals and diet sweeteners.

Digestive enzymes and proper vitamins will help restore his depleted nutrients. Fats and refined-carbs are just as dangerous for him as white sugar and diet chemicals. He must return to drinking mostly water and a whole foods diet.

Hope this helps. Stay away from aspartame and Equal® and see if his symptoms disappear. Then you'll know you are headed in the right direction.

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To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull
Subject: Detox from aspartame

Q: I was using aspartame, but right now NO. I have just found out about the aspartame effects and am working on detoxing, I am trying to start a list of effects or complications when detoxing from Aspartame. I have been trying for 3 days now, and I know that it can take up to 60 days to clean it all out of my system.

Are there any specific things I can do or need to know about - vitamins, herbs, etc. - that will help?

A: Glad to hear you are off aspartame. It is nasty stuff when you know the truth. Go to the detox section of my Website, as I have listed all the vitamins that will remove the toxins from your body, tissues and bloodstream. If you have specific questions, let me know. The toxins can be out of your body in one month to six weeks.

Good luck and good health.

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To: Dr. Janet Starr Hull
Subject: Aspartame and lesions

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 caused me to have an MRI of the brain. The MRI came back very abnormal. 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, aspartame causes lesions in the brain and nerve damage. I have written about the research proving this in Sweet Poison and think you will benefit from reading the book. It will answer so many of your questions. You can find it at your local library or off Amazon.

I would suspect your use of aspartame and Equal have something to do with this. I am sorry you have to go through this, especially with so little information to go on. But the answers are out there - you just have to find them yourself. Let me know if you can get a copy of my book, and we'll take it from there...

Wishing you well.

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