Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Replace muesli bars with this healthy alternative!

Sulphite Awareness Month - post 4.
Replace muesli bars with this healthy alternative!

In today's video you will discover my favourite recipe for muesli bars. They are great for kids lunches or for a snack on the go...

What did you think of the previous video salicylates and the sulphite connection?
Did you learn anything or am I wasting my time?

Please leave your comments below and PLEASE, PLEASE share on facebook, it's the least you could do to support me, I have given you a lot!

Paul :)

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Salicylates and the Sulphite Connection!

Sulphite Awareness Month - post 3.
Salicylates and the Sulphite Connection!

In today's video you will discover a very important piece to the allergy puzzle. If you have ever had stomach or digestive problems, asthma, skin rashes and behavioural problems then this video will change your life...

Enjoy the video...

"affiliate support friends"

Food Intolerance Network.
Provide support and information related to failsafe eating (free of additives, low in salicylates, amines and flavour enhancers) for children and adult's health, behaviour and learning.


Links for salicylate foods and what to avoid.

The Failsafe Diet Explained – explains how to avoid salicylates, very comprehensive.

References for salicylates and the sulphite connection.

Poor sulphoxidation ability in patients with food sensitivity.
Scadding GK, Ayesh R, Brostoff J, Mitchell SC, Waring RH, Smith RL.

Sulphation deficit in "low-functioning" autistic children: a pilot study.
Alberti A, Pirrone P, Elia M, Waring RH, Romano C.

Sulphoxidation status in rheumatoid arthritis.
E A Murphy, R Madhok, H A Capell, R Waring, and J A Hunter.

Oxidative Stress Is Responsible for Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Induction by Salicylate in Liver Mitochondria.

Mitochondrial disease and Autism.

Mitochondrial disorders in NSAIDs-induced small bowel injury.
Watanabe T, Tanigawa T, Nadatani Y, Otani K, Machida H, Okazaki H, Yamagami H, Watanabe K, Tominaga K, Fujiwara Y, Arakawa.

Small intestinal injury caused by NSAIDs/aspirin: finding new from old.
Arakawa T, Watanabe T, Tanigawa T, Tominaga K, Otani K, Nadatani Y, Fujiwara Y.

Hope you enjoyed the video. Be sure to leave your comments below I love reading your opinions.

REMEMBER - share with your friends!

To living a healthy life.

Paul Barratt-Hassett
Author of The Sulphite Connection. A Hidden Pandemic Revealed! Finally, an answer to why we are sick.

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Sulphite Connection - Identify "hidden" sulphites on labelling!

Sulphite Awareness Month - post 2.
The Sulphite Connection - Identify "hidden" sulphites on labelling!
The Sulphite Awareness Month - everything is free for the month of AUGUST 2013!

Discover how to identify hidden and undeclared sulphites on labelling. You will discover the key foods that contain undeclared sulphites and learn why this happens.

Hope you enjoyed the video. Be sure to leave your comments below I love reading your opinions.

REMEMBER - share with your friends!

To living a healthy life.

Paul Barratt-Hassett
Author of The Sulphite Connection. A Hidden Pandemic Revealed! Finally, an answer to why we are sick.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A collapsed lung, severe chronic sinusitis, fresh fruit and the sulphite connection!

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Sulphite Awareness Month - post 1.

A collapsed lung, severe chronic sinusitis, fresh fruit and the sulphite connection!


Imagine starting a new job and suddenly falling sick with unexplained allergies and illness that almost kills you? Well believe it or not this is what happened to Mandy!


Mandy, like many of us, is a health conscious individual that is into healthy eating, in fact she is a proclaimed raw foodist and in this situation it nearly killed her.


Luckily, thanks to her intuition, Mandy discovered that her fresh fruit was adulterated with sulphites and was making her sick.


I was so touched by her story that it inspired me to do all I could to create awareness about sulphites so I came up with the idea of “Sulphite Awareness Month” and have decided to give away my book for free. Go here to claim your copy now


I asked if Mandy would be kind enough to share her story to alert others who might be in a simular situation. Here is her story in her own words.


My Sulphite Experience

I was employed as a security officer for a large organisation and in August 2012. I was posted to a remote location north of Perth, Western Australia, along with over 5000 other workers.


I am mostly a raw foodist so the food on offer for me was quite limited. Whole fruit was apples everyday, oranges most days and bananas occasionally. The other fruit options (rockmelon, honeydew melon pineapple and sometimes orange) and salad options (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, carrot, capsicum and cucumber) are prepared by a catering company.


I did an initial 3 weeks as my first swing and by about mid way through I was suffering with allergy symptoms that were causing some distress. I was due to fly to Peru on the 12th September and would be away from work for 3 weeks. On the morning of the 12th my friend urged me to go to the Dr for a script for something to relive my symptoms so as my holiday was not ruined.


I went to a local Dr down the road (not my usual GP - you need to plan a couple of weeks ahead to get into that practice!), who diagnosed allergic rhinitis and prescribed some steroid sprays for my nose and lungs. I was ok on my holiday and the drugs helped but I did not get ‘cured’


Three weeks later I went back to work, having finished the drugs. The symptoms returned and seemed to get worse. Excessive mucus production with wheezing and sneezing were the main symptoms. I went to the local medic in early October with difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness and nasal congestion and walked away with a handful of steroid treatments.


After finishing these my symptoms returned even worse than before. More frequent and more severe. I went to my own GP later that month. She told me that I was worse because I wasn’t using the nasal spray properly. More steroid sprays. I may have had my first course or oral steroids from this appointment.


After all these drugs where finished I was worse again. I filled the repeats and carried on with the drugs. By the end of the year they weren’t helping much and I was beginning to become quite debilitated. Symptoms included itchy wet ears, pressure in the ears, feeling of being off balance as well as the coughing, wheezing and excessive and continual mucus production.


In February I attended a course in Perth during my R&R week. By the end of that week I could hardly breathe although I did not have any wheezing to speak of. I could barely walk any distance and decided to go back to the Dr as I was due to fly back to work on the Monday.


I was lucky to get the last appointment in my practice for the Saturday although it was not with my Dr. I begged for help in finding out what was wrong. I said I couldn’t just keep getting steroids. I was getting sicker and sicker and needed to find out why. He was very sympathetic, ordered a chest xray and sinus scan, gave me more steroids and a few days off work.  I returned to the practice a few days later with the results. Diagnosis was a collapsed right middle lung and severe chronic sinusitis and I was given the rest of my swing off and a referral to an ENT (ear nose throat) specialist.


I made an appointment with the specialist for early April and wondered how I was going to survive til then. I went back to work at the end of February and proceeded to get steadily worse. I had a few more courses of oral steroids and was taking huge amounts of sprays and antihistamine everyday.


These were giving minimal relief at best but at least it was something. By now I was taking 3 large boxes of tissues to work and buying another 3 during my 2 week swing. I was a perpetual mucus producing machine and was expelling constantly from my lungs and nose. I was exhausted. I lost my appetite, sense of taste and smell and wasn’t getting much sleep.


I went to the specialist in April who told me I needed surgery on my nose and sinuses. I would have had the surgery that day if it was offered I was so sick and desperate by now. The specialist told me the surgery would relive the symptoms and that my problem was caused by allergies. He didn’t offer to help find out what those allergies were tho. I would have to wait 11 weeks for surgery and I devastated. I just did not know how I would last that long and decided I would have to just take it one day at a time.


My next R&R two weeks later I was really sick. My symptoms were now extreme. I felt that I was almost anaphylactic on a couple of occasions. I was having what I called ‘sinus events’ where I was severely affected for up to 12 hours with coughing, wheezing, fully blocked nose, mucus that I could not blow out, excessive heat radiating from my nose across my face and heart palpitations.


I also had a very strong taste of acetone in my mouth during these events. I would blow and blow and occasionally would blow out a small ball of mucus that was extremely hot and would expel with great force. It gave relief for a few seconds but then all heat and pressure would build again. My ears would by screeching and the pressure there was huge. I couldn’t hear properly. The itchiness in my ears would drive me crazy. And I would be sweating like I was in a sauna.


While lying in bed on yet another course of oral steroids and feeling nearly dead I started to consider what I could possibly be allergic to. The only allergies I had ever had were to Pethadine - a pain relief drug, and Amoxyl – an antibiotic.


Then I recalled a conversation I had with a chef at work in the early hours of one morning. He was sitting in a smoking area near one of the kitchens so I sat down for a chat. We just casually discussed his job and the food available at this work place. He told me never to eat the fresh prepared food that came up from Perth. He told me it was covered in ‘crap’ and was really bad for us. After I recalled that, I suddenly saw the correlation between when I would consume the pineapple rockmelon preparation and the more severe of my reaction – ie the ’events’. I realised on the days I chose the tinned fruit options my symptoms were less severe.


Worse, as I had lost my appetite I would often only eat a small amount of this fruit thinking that I had to eat something, never realising I was eating the very thing that was making me sick!


I also remembered that often I would experience a bubbling or fizzing in my mouth when eating that fruit. I had discussed this with colleagues who reported similar and also odd tastes. I immediately grabbed my ipad and began researching preservatives used in fresh fruit and vegetables.


That’s when I discovered sulphites.


I decided to eliminate all the fresh food at work the following week and see if that made any difference. It was tough as I am mostly a raw foodist and sometimes I gagged on the cooked food. I also ceased all medication I was taking and kept a meticulous diary of what I ate, what time I ate it and what reaction, if any I had.

Well I didn’t have another allergic reaction but I continued to expel huge and disgusting quantities of mucus.


The mucus production began to reduce with in a couple of days and steadily and continually lessened over two weeks to practically nothing, and what there was completely colourless. My fitness began to improve and I could now walk 5 flights of stairs. At the beginning of that fortnight I couldn’t manage one.


I was now sleeping all night and that was a great relief. Clearly something in the raw food  - likely to be sulphites, had caused an extreme and severe allergic reaction that came close to killing me.


I saw my Dr who was sceptical about my diagnosis and thought it was a ‘coincidence’ and that I was recovering because of the last course of oral steroids. I saw the work Dr who pretty much said the same and suggested it may be something else but couldn’t offer an example of the ‘something.’


I took a sample of the fruit back to Perth with me, hoping to get it tested to see what was in it. I had my sample tested and got the attached results back;





The sample submitted consisted of a plastic tub containing pieces of fruit in juice. No original packaging or date code information was included. The fruit comprised of pineapple, orange and rockmelon pieces. The sample tested positive for the following - Chlorine <0.1 mg/I, Sulphur Dioxide <5 mg/kg.




The project managing company fobbed me off for 6 weeks until I finally sent an email telling them how wrong it was that they were ignoring me. They then emailed the info attached.




The freshness of fruit and vegetables is maintained by temperature and pH control according to industry standards and guidelines. Commonly used industry methods are employed – chilled chlorinated water with a concentration of around 100 parts per million (ppm) is used to kill pathogenic organisms and sodium metabisulphite solution (less than 50ppm) is used to wash potatoes and prevent blackening and discolouration.


Residues of either product dissipates quite readily. All fruit and vegetables are prepared following strict Food Safe/HACCP principles are subject to monitoring by industry.




I am grateful I discovered the cause before I had the gruesome surgery. Ironically when I saw specialist for my pre op appointment on June 20th and told him what had happened he didn’t bat an eye lid and told me that he was also allergic to sulphites!!


Surgery cancelled. Advice – “keep away from sulphites and you shouldn’t have to see me again”. I am horrified that I could have had that surgery ($6,000) gone back to work and fallen straight back into the allergy roundabout.


My life has been changed in a big way. I am now very sensitive to anything containing sulphites and have mild to moderate reactions taking around 24 hours to recover from. (Thank goodness no serious ‘events’ since I stopped consuming the fruit products provided at work). Worse is the undeclared sulphites which are also in over the counter medications, and I have to take great care in what I choose to eat and drink.


(I still haven’t recovered my sense of taste or smell)




Blocked nose, Running nose, Excessive mucus production, Continuous mucus production, Extreme pressure across bridge of nose radiating outward. Tenderness across bridge of nose radiating outward, Heat across bridge of nose radiating outward, Feeling of pressure and swelling inside face behind eyes and nose, Feeling of extreme heat inside face behind eyes and nose, Redness across cheeks, Loss of sense of taste, Loss of sense of smell, Squealing, popping screeching in ears, Extreme itchiness in ears, High pressure in ears, Muffled hearing, Constant wetness in ears, Loss of balance, Tilting over one side –mostly left side, Walking over to one side - mostly left, Coughing–(and associated incontinence), Wheezing, Unable to breath - heavy feeling in lungs, Breathlessness, Difficulty breathing, Itchy neck, Deflated right lung, Severe sinus ‘events’ - lasting up to 12 hours, Strong ‘taste’ of acetone during ‘events’, Loss of appetite, Heart palpitations, Fatigue, Loss of sleep, Loss of fitness, Loss of strength, Loss of stamina, Extreme dry mouth, Excessive sweating, Dehydration, Disrupted menstrual cycles, Unable to socialize, Embarrassment, Thrush, Split nails after April course of Prednisilone, Insomnia during April course of Prednisilone (2-3 hrs sleep per night).


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Whoa, what did you think about that story? How many people do you think are sick because of undeclared and hidden sulphites in food like glucose syrup and high fructose corn syrup and maize starch etc, and have no idea what is causing it?


Leave your comments below, share with me what you think, I am interested to know.


Also remember to let your friends know that everything is free (including my book) for the sulphite awareness month during August only!


Next time I will be posting a video on "how to" read labeling and revealing how wide spread sulphite adulteration has become...



Paul J


Sunday, 10 July 2011

20,000 times sweeter than sucrose and you pee radioactive urine. Anyone want some?

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more (so many words pop in my head here like ridiculous, retarded, chemical, spastic, unnatural, toxic), just to name a few, here comes Advantame.

Before we get to radioactive pee, let me ask why in the world would you need something 20,000 times sweeter than fructose? Our taste buds are already blown out and totally addictive to sweet sickly foods, just say “no” to a child that wants a lolly and watch the tantrums go on and on and on.

Don’t have kids, open you eyes and ears next time you go to a supermarket there is always plenty to watch and get entertained there.

This sweetener (if you could call it that – it seems that a toxic radioactive substance now classifies as a food this day and age) is a real beauty. It causes a whole range of side effects but don’t worry it tastes yum and FSANZ have given it the all OK after running it through their through and stringent tests to make absolute sure it poses no health risk.

Here are some of the highlights:
“The mid-dose subject reported a headache. An upper respiratory tract infection was noted in one high-dose subject, with high-dose subjects experiencing either headache or dizziness”.

Nice, can’t wait to taste it!

“A total of 8 adverse events involving 5 subjects were reported. The majority (7) of these events were classified as mild, with one classified as moderate. The mild events included general disorders and administration site conditions (1), injury, poisoning and procedural complications (5) and musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders (1). The single moderate event was a GIT disorder”.

There were only 6 subjects in the study, that 90% showing adverse reactions!

Yet the conclusion was… “A single dose of Advantame was well tolerated”.

I find this frightening. It is scary to think this and thousands of other chemicals tested “on their own” are getting into our food chain because they DON”T cause a pandemic, but we are already in a pandemic, you just can’t prove it via the courts so they just keep on coming and coming and coming…

Radioactive urine:
You have read that correctly, don’t believe me go read it for your self here on the FSANZ website

Not only do you get “glow in the dark urine” at night radioactivity was detected in the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines and bladder. This reminds me of a Simpsons episode where Mr Burns was walking through the forest at night glowing like an alien.


Oh, it’s good for diabetics too.

The jingle:
Ad-van-ta-m-e, I have it for breakfast, I have it with tea, anything sweet makes a good recipe, Ad-van-ta-m-e.

Disclaimer: Please understand there is a lot of sarcasm in this article. It is NOT advice, nor a recommendation for people to consume Advantame. Please do your own research before changing or modifying your diet.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

It's official Channel Ten News on Monday Night

Hi Folks,

Just a quick one today. It is official my story about sulphites hidden and undeclared in foods will be aired this coming Monday the 4th July on Channel Ten News. It will be on between 5pm and 6:30pm.

I know it will definitely on in Brisbane, it should go national but that is up to each state to decide.

So tune into Channel Ten and tell your friends to do the same as it will be a great story.

Until next time,
To living a healthy life,

Paul Barratt-Hassett
Author of The Sulphite Connection. A Hidden Pandemic Revealed! Finally, an answer to why we are sick.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

The making of The sulphite connection on Channel Ten News.

Hi folks,

I now have subscribers from all over the world. Hello to all of you beautiful entities in all your wonderful parts of the world.

Today I have a video post (if I can get it to work). It is my journey up to Brisbane and back to do an interview with Channel Ten News.

It was great fun; I did an interview with Channel Ten reporter Chloe. Then I did a cooking piece in the kitchen along with a dietitian named Julie you can view her website here

Before you view the video blog I wanted to share with you this email I received today from a lady in the UK. I receive many of these types of emails and to stress a point with you, it is not uncommon for many people to be in the same boat.

Julie (the dietician above) mentioned that sulphite sensitivity is currently about 1% of the population be stresses that it may be more likely 5%. I wish I was asked that question because I would have that figure more like 30%. A big difference yes, but no one have ever bothered to actually do the research and with a HUGE amount of people eating sulphites unknowingly (due to hidden and undeclared sulphites) I think that 30% is being conservative.

1 in 5 now have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) related problems, Asthma affects 1 in 10 Australians and Ritalin to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) is one of the fastest growing drugs in Australia today. Sulphites play a HUGE part with all these conditions. Something for you to think about anyway.

********************EMAIL BEGIN*****************************
Hi Paul

Thanks for your very prompt reply - its midnight here in the UK and I forgot that it would be around midday for you! I have now received the email which gives me access to the first chapter and have downloaded it, thanks very much.

I have had a long running sensitivity to sulphites for over 35 years, and despite trying my best to avoid them (now I know what causes my symptoms), I still feel unwell with symptoms on most days. I am therefore hoping that your book will let me identify those 'hidden' sulphites that I am still being affected by, so thank you very much for your research on this, and well done for making yourself well again - something I dream of!

There must be many thousands of people out there who are unaware of the effect that sulphites are having on their health. My experience of trying to involve the medical profession in the UK is that they are simply not interested. In all the time I have had this allergy I have never been able to get a doctor to help me, or even confirm my allergy with a test.. When it first started at the age of 16 and my mother took me to our GP he said I was perfectly alright and should see a psychiatrist if I carried on insisting I wasn't! For years I suffered in silence having no idea what was causing my symptoms. I feel quite angry that food companies are so reckless with our health.

Best wishes and good luck with your book.

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Remember you are NOT alone. If you feel unwell and have some of the symptoms related to sulphite consumption – listed here , take heart it can be resolved and you will get better.

Here is the video blog. I hope you enjoy. (Duration approx 2 minutes).

To living a healthy life.

Paul Barratt-Hassett
Author of The Sulphite Connection. A Hidden Pandemic Revealed! Finally, an answer to why we are sick.