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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: The Pickle Press (September 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977184307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977184309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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By Joseph G. Mitzen on October 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
From one review:

"The addition of chlorine, a known poison is one of the most unpalatable aspects of this sweetener opines Dr. Hull. Pointing out differences between chlorine occurring naturally with the man made version in sucralose, she leaves no stone unturned in explaining the potential harmful effects of ingesting a compound containing man made chlorine."

There's no such thing as "man-made" chlorine. Chlorine is an element.

From another review:

"Splenda is chlorine-based, the same as the basis of DDT."

Picture, if you will, two highly dangerous substances: first, the metallic element sodium, so violently reactive it ignites when exposed to air. The second: chlorine, a deadly gas. Put the two together, add a little energy, and POOF! What do you get? Sodium chloride, or common table salt, not only not poisonous, but a necessity of life.

Hull's argument that Splenda is unsafe because of its reliance on chlorine betrays a lack of understanding of high school chemistry. However, this isn't surprising: "Dr." Hull obtained her "Doctorate" from "Clayton College Of Natural Health", a distance learning college that is only accredited by, in their website's own words, "the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board. These are private, professional associations that offer accreditation in naturopathy and other areas of natural health. Both are private accrediting associations designed to meet the needs of non-traditional education and are not affiliated with any government agency." In short, it's not recognized by any educational accreditation organization.
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This book and others like it posit that in the case of Splenda, the government is colluding with big industry to put an unsafe product on the market to line the pockets of manufacturers and politicians. That may well be true but it's funny to say that and ignore what's obvious to anyone who's studied the ag industry in the US:

1) The sugar industry in the US is huge. It receives a subsidy that costs US taxpayers/consumers approximately $2 billion annually (see the Cato Institute report, "A Sweet Deal for the Sugar Industry"). This subsidy--like many of the other farm subsidies--was originally intended to help small farmers but now (acc. to the GAO) goes primarily to large, corporate farms. To make sure this subsidy stays sacrosanct, the sugar industry dolls out hefty sums of money every campaign cycle. (For a more detailed description of the sugar industry's campaign donations, visit the Open Secrets website.)

2) The sugar industry is taking a big hit as more people learn about the dangers of a high-sugar diet and the Splenda craze hits full swing

3) The sugar industry is fighting back with a PR blitz to improve its image with consumers (a la the tobacco industry and the oil companies) at the same time it is attacking the image of its competitors and fighting health experts: "In a legendary battle two years ago, the industry tried without success to stop the World Health Organization from recommending people consume no more than 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugars." (Quoted in the Sacramento Bee article from July '05).

4) Books like Dr. Hull's come out with scary but scientifically-questionable claims about sugar's chief competitor

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Buy this book and be afraid... nothing is safe. This book is supposed to be about Splenda - unsafe according to the author, safe according to regulators worldwide - but more than half of the book is what she wrote about Aspartame (I know because I read the other book). What a rip off!!

Now I'm no scientist but I know that these ingredients are completely different but not so according to the writer. But then she makes loads of wacky connections in this book so one big one makes little difference.

This book contains less than 50 pages about Splenda (sorry 89 if you include the Splenda product list!) and then repeats a load of articles about other things that are all available on the internet.

Wish I hadn't wasted my money.
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I am a very health concious person who pays close attention to what I ingest at all times. This book is absolutely horrible and filled with critical misunderstandings. I have never read anything so abviously trying to fit an agenda(Dr. Hulls book sales I think) in my entire life. Any science she actually quotes is taken out of context completely. She uses examples that quote results from experiments using more splenda in a small animal than a human will consume in a lifetime. From the information I read after this book, Splenda has completed 20 years worth of experiments and for the most part, except in HUGE quantities, it has been determined safe to use. Why and what she is trying to accomplish is a mystery to me, but I feel safer about eating Splenda after reading this junk. I suggest if you do read this book to at least look at other sources for your information so you get the whole picture. I would save my $20 though...
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