Nutritional Information

Now that you know aspartame is harmful, how do you restore your health from the damage aspartame has caused? Itís hard to fight what you canít see, and even harder to convince your doctor that aspartame is indeed the source of your health problems.

There are basic steps to take when restoring needed nutrients at the root of wellness, but remember that good nutrition CAN reclaim good health, even for diabetics and people with permanent health issues.

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Nutrition Information :
Aspartame Detoxifcation:

Follow my basic nutritional program and you will be on your way to independence and control of your life.

Clinical Experiences

As a nutritionist, over ninety percent of my clients experience some form of health problem associated with aspartame: weight gain, hair loss, severe medical ailments, eating disorders, mental disorders, fatigue. Some readily eliminate aspartame from their diets and their symptoms quickly disappear. But, many are addicted to aspartame and are unable to withdraw from diet products without suffering severe headaches, cramping, nausea and diarrhea. They require a withdrawal program similar to those for alcohol and drugs.

The clinical nutritional work I do today is the direct result of all I experienced during my reaction to aspartame. I have learned that withdrawal from aspartame not only requires exceptional nutritional counseling, but significant emotional support, as well.

The Basic Steps:

The basic steps to good nutrition are initially the same:

  • Read food labels and avoid all aspartame. Aspartame is in over five-thousand NutraSweet products. That's a lot of labels to read. Presently, aspartame is found in countless products without the familiar NutraSweet swirl. Since The NutraSweet Company's patent expired in the early 1990s, generic aspartame can be found anywhere.
  • Drink bottled water. Water is the most important life-giving substance in the body, and one the body desperately depends on. For those of you who have a diet drink in your hand all day at work, shame on you! You're drinking far too many colas and not enough water. Carry bottled water around instead. On the average, a human eliminates eight cups of water a day. Put back into your body what you give up. Iced tea, diet drinks, coffee or powdered punch don't count as a water source. Pure water is what the body must have to properly flush toxins from your system.
  • Get a mineral hair analysis. Vitamin and mineral levels inside your body register in the hair fibers. Toxins also show up in the hair. I recommend everyone have at least one hair analysis in their lifetime. A blood test identifies your blood type; a hair analysis shows what's inside the body. It reveals what vitamins and minerals you need, and possibly what toxins have accumulated within the tissues. Toxins stimulate allergies and can cause disease.
  • Eat raw. If there's only time to grab quick food, keep lots of fresh vegetables, natural, dry cheeses, whole-grain crackers, pickles, natural yogurts, Tofu, fruits and nuts, bottled water and fresh juice on hand. You may have to shop more often because the 'real stuff' spoils more quickly, but that's because it's loaded with enzymes and live nutrients - nutrients that do something for your health. Raw, steamed, natural, and fresh! A nutritious quick meal. Plus, eat all you want. It's hard to gain weight eating only natural foods.
  • Think of your food plate as a 'pie.' Seventy-five percent of that pie should be raw or steamed every meal. These 'fundamental' foods provide all the digestive enzymes the body needs, as well as the vitamins and minerals required to trigger the digestive chain reaction.
  • Lay out a variety of fresh snacks after school or work. Apples, oranges, raw nuts in the shell. Eat big meals early in the day. At night, your body processes what's left-over. Try not to eat heavy food past five or six o'clock in the evening. For an evening snack, pop popcorn in cold-pressed seed oil with a little natural butter and sea-salt or drink a fruit smoothie.
  • Maintain good digestion. Manufactured foods inhibit proper digestion. Supplement with a digestive enzyme rich in betaine hydrochloride, papaya, a raw lemon, or a rich red wine to aid digestion. Proper digestion is critical to good health. Digestion is where 'eating right and good health' begins. If you have stomach problems, you can support the stomach lining by eating raw cabbage at least three times a week to keep the stomach lining thick and healthy.
  • Eat natural foods as opposed to manufactured, chemical foods. Natural foods supply fuel needed to stay healthy, to keep your body moving, and to stay mentally alert. Food converts to raw energy. All food passes through the same set of reactions, whether it's processed, fast food or a raw, organic carrot. WHAT the food provides is the issue. Is your food rich in natural nutrients or is it full of chemical fillers and toxic by-products designed to 'fake' out the body so you won't gain weight? Natural or fake, you decide.
  • Exercise! Move your body everyday. It doesn't matter what you do, just do something. Your body will depend on the consistency, and that's good. Exercise is a good way to replace bad habits, too. If you want to quit smoking, let's say, replace the habit with exercise. Find what type of exercise you will adopt permanently into your life, and never quit. Biking around the neighborhood after work, walking around the block before the day begins, swimming ten laps every day, rowing while you watch the evening news, whatever - your body will depend on it.
  • Avoid fake foods. Vitamin and mineral rich foods are what I refer to as natural foods. They are mandatory to maintain good health. Fat-free, sugar-free doesn't provide 'natural.' When your food doesn't offer natural vitamins, your body has to supply them. When these supplies are depleted, you must replenish them. Not in fast food lines, not with diet colas, never with fake food substitutes, but with natural foods. Only with vitamin and mineral rich foods can you sustain a good supply of the 'parts that keep the machinery going.
  • Use saccharin before Equal® if you must use an artificial sweetener. Many doctors, dentists, dietitians, and consumers support the relative safety of saccharin. Ultimately, I recommend using stevia or unprocessed sugar over saccharin. Remember, use natural products instead of artificial ones.

What can you do about aspartame?

Set an example by changing your diet.

  • Tell everyone you know.
  • Talk to the schools and day care centers. Offer to speak at parent-teachers meetings.
  • Contact your local, state, and Federal government representatives.
  • If you see someone with a diet drink, ask if they have had any of the typical aspartame symptoms.
  • Spread the word at your work.
  • Distribute the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Pilot's Hotline number: 1-800-969-6050 or 1-214-563-4268.
  • Tell your doctor about the scientific research available.
  • Register a complaint with the FDA, the FAA, the NutraSweet Kelco Company.
  • Return all food products with aspartame, opened or unopened, to your grocer. Tell him/her the products make you sick. The grocer can return them to the manufacturer for a store refund. The manufacturer should get the message. So, will the grocer.
  • Spread the word on computer networks.
  • Publish articles in newsletters at your church, place of work, or neighborhood association.
  • Set a personal example for health and wellness.

Become aware of all unnecessary chemicals hidden in your foods. Be a food detective. Purify your diet as much as possible, and try to enjoy natural eating. Drink more purified water than any other beverage. Cut back on artificial food substitutes. Get back to the basics of eating and exercise regularly.

Nutrition fact about Phenylalanine:

The 1976 Groliers encyclopedia states cancer cannot live without phenylalanine. Aspartame contains 50% phenylalanine.

Phenylalanine is one of the essential amino acids found in proteins, but I am one of the believers that amino acids should be eaten in combination, not isolated form. Nature provides amino acids in combination, only man isolates them for processing purposes.

Phenylalanine is found naturally in foods such as eggs, milk, bananas, and meat. If you are PKU or sensitive to phenylalanine, you will react to the phenylalanine in aspartame. You many want to get a blood test to check for this condition. Over the past 20 years, humans have become more aware of PKU reactions because human beings began using isolated phenylalanine to the degree it is harmful to some individuals. My suggestion would be to research PKU and phenylalanine extensively. Phenylalanine can be very harmful to diabetics.

Read all food labels and avoid anything with isolated amino acids. You want to buy products with at least eight amino acids in combination.

CSPI REPORTS Food Additives to Avoid (listed alphabetically)

Acesulfame K

Known commercially as Sunette or Sweet One, acesulfame is a sugar substitute sold in packet or tablet form, in chewing gum, dry mixes for beverages, instant coffee and tea, gelatin desserts, puddings and non-dairy creamers. Tests show that the additive causes cancer in animals, which means it may increase cancer in humans. Avoid acesulfame K and products containing it. Your sweet tooth isn't worth it.

Artificial colorings

The great bulk of artificial colorings used in food are synthetic dyes. For decades synthetic food dyes have been suspected of being toxic or carcinogenic and many have been banned. Whenever possible, choose foods without dyes. They're mostly used in foods of questionable nutritional worth anyway. Natural ingredients should provide all the color your food needs.

Aspartame

This sugar substitute, sold commercially as Equal and NutraSweet, was hailed as the savior for dieters who for decades had put up with saccharine's unpleasant after taste. There are quite a few problems with aspartame. The first is phenylketonuria (PKU). One out of 20,000 babies is born without the ability to metabolize phenylalanine, one of the two amino acids in aspartame. Toxic levels of this substance in the blood can result in mental retardation. Beyond PKU several scientists believe that aspartame might cause altered brain function and behavior changes in consumers. And many people (though a minuscule fraction) have reported dizziness, headaches, epileptic-like seizures, and menstrual problems after ingesting aspartame.

Avoid aspartame if you are pregnant, suffer from PKU, or think that you experience side affects from using it. If you consume more than a couple of servings a day consider cutting back. And, to be on the safe side, don't give aspartame to infants.

BHA & BHT

These two closely related chemicals are added to oil-containing foods to prevent oxidation and retard rancidity. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, consider BHA to be possibly carcinogenic to humans, and the State of California has listed it as a carcinogen. Some studies show the same cancer causing possibilities for BHT.

BHT and BHA are totally unnecessary. To avoid them read the label. Because of the possibility that BHT and BHA might cause cancer, both should be phased out of our food supply. To play it safe, phase them out of your diet.

Caffeine

Caffeine is found naturally in tea, coffee, and cocoa. It is also added to many soft drinks. It is one of the few drugs -- a stimulant -- added to foods. Caffeine promotes stomach-acid secretion (possibly increasing the symptoms of peptic ulcers), temporarily raises blood pressure, and dialates some blood vessels while constricting others. Excessive caffeine intake results in "caffeinism," with symptoms ranging from nervousness to insomnia. These problems also affect children who drink between 2 to 7 cans of soda a day. Caffeine may also interfere with reproduction and affect developing fetuses. Experiments on lab animals link caffeine to birth defects such as cleft palates, missing fingers and toes, and skull malformations.

Caffeine is mildly addictive, which is why some people experience headaches when they stop drinking it. While small amounts of caffeine don't pose a problem for everyone, avoid it if you are trying to become or are pregnant. And try to keep caffeine out of you child's diet.

Note: Caffeine can be ingested in cases of severe migraine headaches to quickly relieve pain due to its dilating effects.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Early in this century a Japanese chemist identified MSG as the substance in certain seasonings that added to the flavor of protein-containing foods. Unfortunately, too much MSG can lead to headaches, tightness in the chest, and a burning sensation in the forearms an the back of the neck. If you think you are sensitive to MSG, look at ingredient listings. Also, avoid hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or HVP, which may contain MSG.

Nitrite and Nitrate

Sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate are two closely related chemicals used for centuries to preserve meat. While nitrate itself is harmless, it is readily converted to nitrite. When nitrite combines with compounds called secondary amines, it forms nitrosamines, extremely powerful cancer-causing chemicals. The chemical reaction occurs most readily at the high temperatures of frying. Nitrite has long been suspected as being a cause of stomach cancer. Look for nitrite-free processed meats -- some of which are frozen, refrigeration reduces the need for nitrites -- at some health food and grocery stores. But regardless of the presence of nitrite or nitrosamines, the

high-fat, high-sodium content of most processed meats should be enough to discourage you from choosing them. And don't cook with bacon drippings.

Olestra

Olestra, the fake fat recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is both dangerous and unnecessary. Olestra was approved over the objection of dozens of leading scientists.

The additive may be fat-free but it has a fatal side-effect: it attaches to valuable nutrients and flushes them out of the body. Some of these nutrients -- called carotenoids -- appear to protect us from such diseases as lung cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. The Harvard School of Public Health states that "the long-term consumption of olestra snack foods might therefore result in several thousand unnecessary deaths each year from lung and ,prostate cancers and heart disease, and hundreds of additional cases of blindness in the elderly due to macular degeneration. Besides contributing to disease, olestra causes diarrhea and other serious gastrointestinal problems, even at low doses."

FDA certified olestra despite the fact that there are safe low-fat snacks already on the market. There is no evidence to show that olestra will have any significant effect on reducing obesity in America.

Despite being approved as safe by the FDA, all snacks containing olestra must carry a warning label (similar to one found on cigarettes) that states:

This Product Contains Olestra. Olestra may cause abdominal cramping and loose stools. Olestra inhibits the absorption of some vitamins and other nutrients. Vitamins A, D, E, and K have been added.

CSPI advises consumers to avoid all olestra foods, and urges major food manufacturers not to make olestra-containing products.

Potassium Bromate

This additive has long been used to increase the volume of bread and to produce bread with a fine crumb (the non-crust part of bread) structure. Most bromate rapidly breaks down to form innocuous bromide. However, bromate itself causes cancer in animals. The tiny amounts of bromate that may remain in bread pose a small risk to consumers. Bromate has been banned virtually worldwide except in Japan and the United States. It is rarely used in California because a cancer warning is required on the label.

Sulfites

Sulfites are a class of chemicals that can keep cut fruits and vegetables looking fresh. They also prevent discoloration in apricots, raisins, and other dried fruits; control "black spot" in freshly caught shrimp; and prevent discoloration, bacterial growth, and fermentation in wine. Until the early 80's they were considered safe, but CSPI found six scientific studies proving that sulfites could provoke sometimes severe allergic reactions. CSPI and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified at least a dozen fatalities linked to sulfites. All of the deaths occurred among asthmatics. In 1985 Congress finally forced FDA to ban sulfites from most fruits and vegetables. Especially if you have asthma, be sure to consider whether your attacks might be related to sulfites. The ban does not cover fresh-cut potatoes, dried fruits, and wine.

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