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about his book The Sulphite Connection. A Hidden Pandemic
revealed! Finally, an answer to why we are sick.
Hidden food chemicals are
causing a global pandemic, says author
June xx, 2011 (MMD Newswire) - - Sulfites – those infamous
additives used to make food last longer and look fresher – are
ubiquitous in our food supply and environment, and they’re making
millions of us miserable and causing some of us to get very sick.
So says Australian author, researcher, and certified natural
therapist Paul Barratt-Hassett, who believes sulfites and other
food additives have created “a global pandemic” of symptoms,
syndromes, illnesses, and even some deaths. Barratt-Hassett, who
says he healed himself of a debilitating long-term health
condition simply by removing sulfites from his diet, is on a
mission to inform people about this oft-hidden menace. In the
process, he also hopes to influence food labeling laws and other
industry practices so consumers can make more informed choices.
Earlier this year he published a book, “The Sulphite Connection,”
in which he tells his own dramatic story and shares his extensive
research and eye-opening revelations about the problems sulfites
cause, and the culpability of the food industry.
Q1: In your book
you talk about healing Fibromyalgia overnight. What is the
condition and how did the elimination sulphites make such a
A: I was first diagnosed with
Fibromyalgia back in 1990 and have lived with the condition all of
my adult life. It is best characterised as a syndrome where pain
occurs in the muscles and surrounding structures, accompanied with
severe fatigue, and exhaustion that is NOT abated by rest or
In the year 2010, 20 years after I was diagnosed, I accidentally
discovered sulphites were hidden and undeclared in
our food. After researching what foods and food ingredients were
adulterated with sulphites, I removed them from my diet and
instantly all my symptoms disappeared. I was literally healed
Q2: How does a
person know if sulphites are affecting their health?
A: That is a great question and
one that can set the scene for many arguments about cause and
effect, but here is my argument that I have written about in my
book The Sulphite Connection: sulphites are making everyone
sick, to what extent is the question.
There is numerous links to scientific studies, news articles, and
academic papers supporting my case, that sulphites are toxic and
have no place in our food chain. Symptoms include Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS,
allergies, asthma, bedwetting, bloating, brain fog, cancer,
Candida infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, diabetes,
depression, ear infections, Fibromyalgia, glue ear, heart
palpitation, hay fever, indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS), immune deficiencies, joint pain, lethargy, muscle
weakness/loss, nose bleeds, skin conditions, teeth pain, and sore
gums, vaginitis (yeast infection). and more.
The key to remember here is this: remove ALL sulphites from your
diet, body, and your environment for one month and then you will
know for sure if sulphites are to blame – it is a pretty safe bet
that they are causing you harm.
Q3: How do sulphites
get to be in our food and why?
A: Sulphites are a preservative
and are most commonly used to preserve dried fruit, meats, and
wine, but they are much more than that and they are used as a
processing aid that assists with the production and increased
shelf-life of maize-based products like glucose syrup.
I also believe that sulphites are highly addictive because of a
term called allergy addiction, which is similar to that of smoking
cigarettes. When a smoker first smokes he feels light headed,
nauseous, watering and stinging of the eyes and they cough and
splutter. With persistence, their symptoms ease and they become
addicted. When smokers try to quit, many suffer similar symptoms
during the withdrawal process and will fail as they immediately
feel better when they resume smoking again.
Sulphites enter our food chain
through food additives, food chemicals, the use of animal feed and
medications, and through pesticide use in agriculture.
They also extend the shelf life of the product and get people
addicted to the food containing them.
Q4: What type of
foods contain sulphites, how do people avoid them?
A: Sadly there are too many to
mention here, but in my book The Sulphite Connection, I
cover them all in great detail. I can tell you they are rampant
and wide spread throughout the entire food chain.
For starters, any food which contains glucose syrup, maize starch,
corn flour, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or any processed corn
ingredient has sulphites in it, even if the labelling says
This is an absolute with one exception and that is
certified organic, but even other ingredients that are NOT
organic can make up part of the final product, so be very careful.
Sulphites are in more than food. They are in cosmetics, fake tans,
clones, perfumes, water supplies, including bottled water,
stationary supplies, medications, antibiotics, animal food and
medications, and agriculture chemicals like pesticides.
are sulphites not regulated and labelled correctly.
A: They are regulated and they
are labelled, although ONLY in levels above 10 parts per million.
Levels UNDER 10 parts per million are NOT required to be labelled.
Furthermore, there is a 5% rule that applies to any food additive
under a "technical function" ruling. In the case of sulphites used
as a preserving agent, if the makeup of an end product does NOT
exceed 5% of the "preserving function" of sulphites, then it does
not need to be labelled.
You could say it is the preservative you can use when you are
You talk about in your book that as a consumer you can not find
out what is really in the food we consume, can you share your
experience with that?
A: It started out as a simple
exercise. I thought to myself, "I wonder if I could contact my
local grower and find out what chemicals were sprayed on his
apples that I buy from the local supermarket".
...Then all hell broke loose.
This was a massive task and
emotions ran hot. I spoke to my local grower, I emailed Australian
Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and the Victorian
Department of Primary Industry and no one could or maybe WOULD
tell me what chemicals were being sprayed on my apples.
Finally after a number of emails
my local grower finally agreed to meet with me. I did eventually
find out from him a number of chemicals he used on his apples
(including endosulfan) but if he was telling me the whole
truth I will never know.
This is a very, very serious
For example, if you consume a
garden salad which consists produce from your local supermarket
that includes tomatoes from china, lettuce from brazil and carrots
from Australia and have an allergic reaction to it, there is no
doctor or regulatory body in the world that can tell you
exactly which food or food chemical you just reacted too.
There is NO accountability
for chemical manufactures.
They just use science to bullshit
everybody and hide behind lawyers saying, "prove it". No one can
do anything from a legal perspective unless they are billionaires
and have 10years of spare time, we have all seen what Monsanto has
done demonstrating my very point.
Ultimately like many hundreds of
thousands of people from all over the world who have mild to
severe allergic reactions to food additives and food chemicals
there is very little that can be done to change these ridiculous
food laws that have come about through corporate corruption.
Competition and Consumer Commission) CASE AGAINST
CARMAN'S FINE FOODS.
Carman's Fine Foods is an
Australian company that manufactures muesli and muesli bars. Their
products are available in supermarkets and health food stores
throughout Australia. Carman's muesli is supplied to Qantas for
inclusion in an onboard flight meal.
Carman's labelling of their
muesli bars used to claim "NO Preservatives", when, in fact, they
contained sulphites. As a result, I submitted a claim to the ACCC
alerting them to this and won the case. Carman's changed their
labelling to avoid prosecution.
Full details of the case
including all communication between me Carman's and the ACCC can
be downloaded by clicking on pdf image.