A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Phenylketonuria
I had a question the other day about phenylketonuria.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inherited error of metabolism caused by a deficiency of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase, which is responsible for processing the essential amino acid phenylalanine.
Lack of the enzyme causes a buildup of phenylalanine in your body, which over time can lead to mental retardation, organ damage, abnormal posture, and in some cases, severely compromised pregnancy.
Symptoms in affected infants include drowsiness, lethargy, difficulty feeding, and light eyes, as well as light pigmentation in skin and hair.
A rash similar to eczema may develop.
If left untreated, PKU can develop into severe mental retardation, and also can cause neurological symptoms like seizures, hyperactivity, clumsy walking, unusual posture, aggressive behavior, or psychiatric disturbances.
Fortunately, the problem can be found through blood tests within the first days of life.
Screening for PKU is a part of routine testing for newborns in the United States.
If treated properly with a carefully controlled, phenylalanine-restricted diet, mental retardation can be prevented.
Among the things people with PKU absolutely cannot consume are things containing the artificial sweetener aspartame (found in Equal, NutraSweet, and many processed food products), which has as one of its components the amino acid phenylalanine.
To deal with phenylketonuria it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich, fresh, RAW fruits and veggies (preferably organic); consider fresh juicing.
*Consider hair analysis to determine heavy metal toxicity.
*Support digestion, liver and colon; consider liver and/or colon cleanse; ensure daily (2x) bowel movements.
*Maintain exercise regimen and relaxation techniques.
*Keep brain active; engage in mental activities.
*Increase oxygen; deep breathing exercises, yoga, etc.
*Consider orthomolecular (high dose vitamin) treatment under guidance of qualified practitioner.
*Consider energy medicine, mind/body/spirit techniques.
*Decrease any and all toxic exposures as they can harm brain cells and function.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate the condition.
*Decrease toxic cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
*Decrease indoor and outdoor environmental pollutants/sensitivities.
*Decrease toxins/heavy metals exposure (workplace, hobbies, etc.); avoid aluminum-containing items.
*Decrease hydrogenated and/or trans fat containing products.
*Decrease “lifeless” processed, instant, fast, junk, packaged foods.
*Decrease sugar, white flour products, sweets, etc.
*Decrease chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides in foods.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners.
*Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine.
*Research effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF); cell phones, computers, wireless devices, etc.
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