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Tag: migraines

Hiding Aspartame in Milk Products

Just when you  thought you were doing a good job in choosing natural products and avoiding adding chemicals to your body, along comes the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) to petition the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow them to add Aspartame and other “non-nutritive sweeteners” to milk products without identifying them as so “enhanced.”Aspartame in milk products

These guys want to add Aspartame, a collection of chemicals used as a sugar substitute, to the flavored milks offered in school lunchrooms without labeling the milk as “low-calorie” or “sugar-free”. They believe that labeling that touts “lower calorie” or “sugar-free” will hinder the marketing of these flavored milk boxes to kids.

Since the flavored milks already say “low-fat” on the individual-size boxes, I think this is a specious claim designed to help push through their bigger agenda, which is to be able to add Aspartame to dairy products such as sour cream, half-and-half, yogurt, heavy cream, evaporated milk, dry nonfat milk… 17 dairy products in all, without prominent labeling indicating that this is an adulterated food.

You’ll reach for a quart of “milk”, but what you’ll really be getting is “milk with added Aspartame.”

Without going into why Aspartame is bad for you and what kinds of symptoms someone with Aspartame sensitivity might experience upon exposure (seizures, migraines, chronic fatigue, skin issues, Multiple Sclerosis-like symptoms, etc.), let’s think about living in a country where any normal-looking milk product you purchase at a store or  ingest at a restaurant could likely contain Aspartame. Get sour cream on your baked potato, and you’re getting Aspartame. A latte at Starbucks? Aspartame. A cup of Boston clam chowder? Aspartame. Not to mention all of the normal routes that you’re already getting Aspartame through: diet sodas, chewing gum, bottled salad dressings, and on and on. All of that Aspartame really adds up in your system.

In case you didn’t know, too: Aspartame is a GMO.

What infuriates me perhaps most of all about this insidious method of boosting corporate profits, is that it takes away our freedom and ability to choose for ourselves what we want to put into our own bodies and gives it to chemical companies.

There has been a lively debate about this over at The Healthy Home Economist, with a few chemists piping up in the comments to claim that the chemicals in Aspartame are just as good for you as real food.

If you think we deserve to have Aspartame-enhanced foods, feel free to leave you comment for the FDA on how you feel about the petition to add Aspartame to milk products without distinguishing them as such. You’ll see the Comment link at the top right of the page.

Could Your Migraines Be From What You’re Eating?

I’m very excited to share a testimonial from my client who ended her lifelong migraines by doing the MRT food sensitivity testing together with LEAP dietary management protocols. She is a smart, successful, 29-year old attorney, but without the MRT test results it would have been almost impossible to deduce that one of her main sensitivities is the additive fructose, as in High Fructose Corn Syrup. Here’s her LEAP story:

I was diagnosed with migraines at the age of 13 and have been suffering with them for over 16 years. It has been a long a tumultuous journey in discovering the root cause of my migraines. I became fed up with the lack of answers from doctors who just wanted to prescribe medication to me rather than discover the cause of the migraines. My journey led me to eliminating many daily activities as well as food. I am a very active and healthy person by nature, but I began suffering from a migraine every other day. Work suffered, social activities suffered, everyday was an anxiety roller coaster riddled with worry of the next migraine. After continuous research, I discovered hypersensitivity testing and the options available to me to finally discover the root cause of my migraines. I found Elizabeth’s website during my research and contacted her immediately. She was extremely prompt and informative and was genuinely interested in helping me with discovering the root of my problems. Needless to say with her help and counseling I was able to discover the root cause and avoid the foods triggering the migraines all together. At the time of this writing I have been migraine free for over a month and my quality of life has drastically improved. Thank you Elizabeth!  ~Abby H., New York

It is amazing how many chronic conditions can be helped by switching to a customized anti-inflammatory diet! If there’s inflammation where it shouldn’t be at the root of your distress, then an anti-inflammatory diet will help. Let’s just rattle off a few inflammatory-based issues that are helped by simply changing your diet: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes,… and on and on. So many of our modern health issues can be traced back to unwanted inflammation. I’ve even had success working with a Parkinson’s patient who, after changing his diet, was able to regain motor skills and memory.

Wanna see a few more stories of people who’ve used this scientific protocol to personalize their diets and are now feeling better?

Contact me to schedule a free consultation to see if a customized anti-inflammatory diet would work for you.

    Got Some Magnesium with Your Calcium?

    I loved reading Dr. Christiane Northrup’s post on the importance of getting enough magnesium in your body.

    She points out that while most doctors recommend women get more calcium in their body to keep their bones strong, they neglect to mention that without magnesium the calcium won’t be absorbed.

    A magnesium deficiency might look like constipation, infertility, migraines, muscle cramps, or a whole host of other signs and symptoms.

    Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., author of The Magnesium Miracle (Ballantine Books, 2007), reports that these (and other) conditions are also associated with magnesium deficiency: blood clots, bowel disease, cystitis, depression, detoxification, diabetes, fatigue, hypoglycemia, insomnia, kidney disease, kidney stones, musculoskeletal conditions, osteoporosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, and even tooth decay. Dr. Dean also reports that she’s seen magnesium improve patients’ PMS, painful periods, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. She’s also seen it increase their sexual pleasure!

    My favorite ways to supplement magnesium include snacking on nuts and adding Epsom Salts to the bathtub to absorb it through the skin.