I Never Knew Phenylalanine Was Part Of Aspartame
Q: I’m starting to get concerned … I never knew that phenylalanine was part of ASPARTAME … you see I’m a distributor for a Nutritional Company in Dallas, TX, and it’s in the products that we sell.
About 4 years ago I joined the company because they have a beverage drink that I loved … I thought that it contained only sugar, but it did caution on the ingredients that it had phenylalanine … I never knew what that was.
The drink kicked in my brain, and I loved it … then about 2 years later, they took out the sugar and replaced it with SUCRALOSE (found in Splenda®). which I did complain about.
I tried to stop using the drink, but thought, ‘Oh well. I will just deal with the change.” Now I think I’m aware of changes in my brain activity, and other new snd strange reactions.
Then I started to research what phenylalanine was all about and WOW, Holy Cow !!! What I learned was disturbing.
I want to stop using the drink altogether. I think I have the will power to stop now, but I would like to know what else to do to protect myself, since I’ve used this drink for some 4 years … please write back … thanks.
A: Yes, phenylalanine is 50% of ASPARTAME, and this is way too much for a human to consume at one time. Phenylalanine is one of the essential 8 amino acids necessary for energy and brain health, but manufactured forms are not healthy and they are NOT natural. Phenylalanine should be consumed in finite doses, and just like any other amino acid, it is used as fuel for your brain.
You are getting an amino acid overload.
Adding the side-effects of sucralose to the side-effects of aspartame is a double whammy. Obviously, your body is reacting to the two sets of toxins.
Americans make the mistake of eating too many isolated amino acids. We are over-doing a good thing.
Isolated aminos are primarily used in manufacturing as a passport into the brain. Because the brain will accept amino acids as food, other chemicals are attached to them in manufacturing for brain entry, such as medications the brain would not normally accept.
So, we have abused a natural transport system and are now very ill because of it. Go to this page on my website for some of the aspartame reactions that too much phenylalanine can create: http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html
As a physically fit individual, you should feed your body only what is natural – forget the fake gimmicks and artificial foods. You’re too healthy for that!! Avoid ALL food chemicals and watch your health improve quickly.
Wishing you well.
10 -Year Old’s Baldness
I am hoping you can help me. I have a daughter who will be 10 years old in September. To the average person, one would say that my daughter has beautiful hair and she does, but I have noticed, being a beautician, my daughter is and has been losing her hair for about a year and a half.
Female pattern baldness runs in my family – in my grandmother, mother, and myself, but I feel this is kind of young for a child to be going through.
She has routine blood work done with her school physical. She was very sick and on a lot of antibiotics for about a year before her tonsils were taken out, but this is still a continuing thing.
May I please have your thoughts on this and if a hair sample can pinpoint this cause?
Thanking you in advance.
A: I agree that this is a concern. She’s too young at 10 to be having post-puberty problems, but it sounds as if it may be an early hormone related issue.
Keep all food chemicals out of her diet, and make sure she is not under stress that she may not be sharing with you. Has she experienced any trauma as of late? Bullying at school? Has her behavior changed any?
A multi-vitamin from the health food store would be helpful five days a week, and curb the soft drinks and sugary-foods. And NO aspartame or other diet sweeteners, for sure.
Liquid sea kelp is very good for the growth hormones and thyroid, and is a natural and harmless supplement for a child her age. Get this in a liquid form at your local health store.
Put her on liquid acidophilus on an empty stomach upon waking, This will re-balance her intestines after taking the antibiotics. Start this five times a week, and then wean back to every other day for the next few months.
You may want to reintroduce the acidophilus when she starts puberty as a precaution.
A hair analysis is always helpful when mysteries like this prevail. And you’ll really dig it being a beautician.
pH And Infertility
Q: Dear Dr. Hull,
I have been trying to discover if there could be a connection between pH balance and unexplained infertility. My physician has not been able to assist me with this question, nor have any of my physicians been able to diagnose the reason for my infertility.
I never thought about pH until recently reading an article about pH balance and diet. I am almost 42 and realize that time is running out, and think that this would be worth investigating.
Any information you may have on the subject would be greatly appreciated.
A: Many issues may be going on.
You may have some toxins deposited within the uterine area that can block egg/sperm connection. Your pH can make a difference if you’re too acidic in the blood, as well.
Firstly, buy some pH test strips from the drug store, pet store, or pool supply, and test your urine and saliva every morning upon waking and each night before bed for 10 days.
Normal human water pH is between 6.4 and 6.6. It is different for your blood.
Nutritional clays, green drinks like Barley Greens, and a vegetarian diet can increase your body pH. You can also buy pH drops at the health food store. A good company is AEROBIC 7® offers a pH alkaline drop. Test your pH before you buy any of these products, though.
If you are too acidic, 6.2 or lower, this creates an environment for disease, and if the doctors can’t find anything, you may have some fungus or yeast in your system. It wouldn’t hurt to do a parasite cleanse and a Candida cleanse for various microbes coating your vaginal area.
You can find information on Candida and the Candida Diet on the Internet. Good books are out on this, too. It’s a good program to follow to get more alkaline.
Disease grows in acid, so it’s healthy to keep your system more alkaline. Also, clays and calcium in the form of dolomite or coral calcium are alkaline. Alkaline foods are fresh veggies, grains, and some fruits like grapefruit.
Coffee, colas, concentrated fruit juices are acidic, as well as heavy meats and fats that are hard to digest. And NO diet products.
Keep sugar to a minimum, but no fake sugars and lower all food chemicals.
Watch your fats, too. Simply eat raw and fresh as much as possible.
All the best,
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