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Web Savvy -- General Guide: Sweet Poison

A multi-page tutorial on evaluating web sites, for beginners and those who think they know.

Janet Starr Hull

Janet Starr Hull wants to convince you that the diet sweetener, aspartame, is poison, but what are her qualifications?

Color photograph of Janet Hull
Aspartame kills.

To learn about the author, Dr. Janet Hull, click the About link at the top of the page. This page shows that Janet wanted to be a musician, but later became an environmental engineer, specializing in industrial waste spills. She has no medical training, but did cure her hyperthyroidism by detoxing from aspartame.

On an older website, Janet claims she has a degree in nutrition, but does not state what institution granted her this degree or when she earned it (See the Google link below for more details). She also sells hair anaylsis on her web site, and a Google search reveals that she works as an adjunct professor of biological and environmental science of environmental science at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas.

Janet Hull wanted to be a musician.

Qualifications like these raise a red flag. Unless you are writing about fringe, medical movements, Janet Hull is probably NOT a reliable author for your research.