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Warning Phenylketonurics: Contains L-Phenylalanine

Have you ever noticed this on your product labels – WARNING: The amino acid L-phenylalanine should not be used by pregnant women or by those who suffer anxiety attacks or those who have high blood pressure or with pre-existing pigmented melanoma (form of cancer), or people with phenylketonuria (PKU). The amino acid DL-phenylalanine should be used with caution if you are pregnant or diabetic, if you have high blood pressure or suffer anxiety attacks.

If you have read this, do you really know what it means? Do you put the item back on the shelf, or do you simply shrug your shoulders, put this bunch- of- chemistry- text out of your mind, and decide to buy the product anyway?

To work your way around the meaning of this ominous label on your food, let’s start at the beginning. The dangers of aspartame poisoning have been a well-guarded secret since the 1970s. The research and history of aspartame proving it is a cause of illness and toxic reactions in the human body is conclusive. Aspartame is a dangerous chemical food additive, and its use during pregnancy and by children is one of the greatest modern tragedies in human history. But if you are Phenylketonuric (PKU), you need to be especially cautious to avoid aspartame and its sugar-twin, neotame, so you must pay attention to these labels. (For more information about the history of aspartame, visit Aspartame History Highlights. Be sure to read the previous article in this newsletter pertaining to neotame .

Aspartame is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sugar and contains about four calories per gram. It’s synthesized from the two amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, which are bonded by methanol. Aspartame breaks down easily and loses its sweetness when heated, and the methanol breaks free inside your body.

Neotame is the most potent sweetener marketed today and is 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. Neotame is basically a modified version of aspartame, and contains all the same elements found in aspartame plus a couple more thrown in so it can qualify for a new patent. The ingredients in neotame are the amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, plus two organic groups, one known as a methyl ester group and the other as a neohexyl group. (Aspartame’s patent expired in the early 1990s.) Joined together, these components equal 8,000 teaspoons of sugar. Aspartame on steroids, you think.

One of the most deadly reactions to aspartame is by those with Phenylketonuria (PKU); and this is the reason the warning label is placed (or should be placed) on anything containing aspartame.

So, what is Phenylketonuria (PKU)?

PKU has not been studied enough, in my opinion, especially its relationship to aspartame. To date, scientists have determined that it is a genetic inborn error of metabolism that is detectable during the first days of life with appropriate blood testing (newborn screening by pricking the baby’s heal for a blood sample). The absence or deficiency of certain enzymes responsible for processing the essential amino acid phenylalanine is the primary characteristic of PKU in human beings. With normal enzymatic activity, the body converts phenylalanine to the amino acid tyrosine, which is then utilized by the body. However, when the phenylalanine hydroxylase enzyme is absent or deficient, phenylalanine abnormally accumulates in the blood and becomes toxic, typically lethal, to brain tissue.

Without treatment, most infants with PKU develop mental retardation. Those with untreated PKU may also develop additional neurologic symptoms as time goes on.

To prevent mental retardation and future deterioration, treatment for PKU consists of a carefully controlled and restricted diet started during the first days or weeks of life. Most experts suggest that a restricted diet should be life long, and I absolutely agree. More importantly, the avoidance of any food, drink, medication, and even lip gloss that contain aspartame should be a primary concern for anyone with PKU and for those who carry the gene. A carefully maintained diet can prevent further mental degradation, as well as progressive neurological, behavioral and dermatological problems. It is generally believed that keeping blood phenylalanine levels in the range of 2-6mg/dl is safe, especially during infancy and early childhood. Frequent blood monitoring is typically done to monitor for this goal.

But bottom line – the avoidance of aspartame that has been saturating the American food and medical supply for 20 years, and now neotame, which is NOT labeled in food, drink, or medications, is the biggest threat to those with PKU or concerned about it. And research concerning this inherited, recessive trait IS NOT KEEPING UP in America. Too little is being done about PKU.

Yes, PKU is believed to be an inherited, autosomal recessive trait. In other words, both parents must be carriers of the gene in order for their infant to be at risk of having PKU. When both carriers conceive a child, there is a one in four or 25% chance during each pregnancy that the baby will have PKU. It is estimated that PKU occurs in one in 15,000 newborns in the United States. The incidence varies in other parts of the world.

This is not a mainstream concern, but it should be, especially now that neotame is on the market – hidden, without warning!.

Beyond PKU, scientists have proven that aspartame alters brain function and prompts behavior changes in all humans. Many people have reported the following side effects from aspartame (taken from the 1992 FDA list of complaints filed against NutraSweet):

  • Fibromyalgia syndrome and fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Multiple sclerosis symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual problems
  • Weight gain

According to research scientist Russell Blaylock, M.D. a current review of recent scientific studies has disclosed a connection between aspartame and multiple sclerosis (MS). In 1996, according to Blaylock, it was shown that the lesions produced in the myelin sheath of axons in cases of multiple sclerosis were related to excitatory receptors on primary brain cells, called oligodendroglia. Recent studies have now confirmed what was suspected–the loss of myelin sheath on the nerve fibers characteristic of MS are due to the death of these oligodendroglial cells at the site of lesions (called plaques). Further, these studies show that the death of these important cells is a result of excessive exposure to excitotoxins at the site of the lesions. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, a chemical that enters the brain and activates the brain cells until they “burn out.” Brain cell death occurs. Memory loss and Alzheimer’s on are the rise; coincidence, you think?

Aspartame’s blueprint (and now neotame’s) is deadly. The design of aspartame seems simple, but what a complicated structure aspartame really is. Two isolated amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, are fused together by a third component, methanol. Methanol bonds the two amino acids, but when released at a mere eighty-six degrees Fahrenheit, the methanol becomes a poisonous free radical, breaking down into formic acid and formaldehyde (a main ingredient of embalming fluid). Methanol is proven to be a dangerous neurotoxin, a known carcinogen that causes retinal damage in the eye, interferes with DNA replication and causes birth defects.

Aspartic acid makes up forty percent of aspartame. Aspartic acid is a neuroexcitor, which means it negatively affects the central nervous system. Under excessive conditions, aspartic acid can cause endocrine (hormone) disorders and vision problems. Hyperactivity is stimulated by aspartic acid, so aspartame is not recommended for ADD/ADHD conditions and should be avoided during pregnancy .

Adverse reactions to aspartic acid are:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Vision problems
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Depression
  • Asthma/chest tightness

The second isolated amino acid in aspartame’s chemical blueprint is phenylalanine, fifty percent of aspartame. Too much phenylalanine in the diet causes:

  • Seizures
  • Elevated blood plasma
  • Negative effects during pregnancy that could result in retardation
  • Increased PMS symptoms due to the blockage of serotonin
  • Insomnia
  • Severe mood swings

But don’t despair – there are plenty of safe alternatives to keep life “sweet.” Remember nothing is without consequence, but natural is always a better choice. All of the following alternatives should be eaten in moderation, as most can impact blood sugar levels. It is best to use any type of sweetener, even the all-natural ones, sparingly, if at all. with the optimal choice being to savor the natural flavors in your food and resist the urge to add any extra sweetness.

Natural sweetener choices:

  1. Barley Malt
  2. Brown Rice Syrup
  3. Date Sugar
  4. Honey (raw unpasteurized honey is best)
  5. Maple Syrup and Sugar
  6. Molasses
  7. Sorghum
  8. Stevia
  9. Sucanat

If you purchase these alternative natural sweetener choices, make sure you buy the original forms of the sweetener and not any adulterated, manufactured forms that are diluted, replete with artificial fillers and food colorings. Read your labels!

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El Portal de Orihuela Costa – The Gate to Orihuela Costa

Fortunately the parish priest, Don Joaquin Carlos Carlos, had the foresight to organise a canopy for the mass and foundation stone laying last Sunday, 27 September 2009. As the thunder and lighting and heavy down pour of torrential rain continued for several hours in the morning, people were anxious about the event. Then the rain stopped, the bishop of Alicante and his representative in Orihuela arrived, followed soon after by the architect, quantity surveyor and representative of the constructor, Jost, having arrived with other dignitaries, the mass started on time, on dry seats.

As is usual in Spain the mass was introduced by a member of the parish, Myriam Profiti, as the occasion for laying the foundation stone of an ecumenical temple at which all Christian religious people could worship. The mass was said by Bishop Rafael, his representative, the parish priest and five other priests, including one from England who read the gospel. An orthodox priest came as soon as his own duties were completed. The timing of the event precluded many other clergy attending, as they had done the year before at the launch of the ecumenical temple. However there were a number of other Christian faiths in the congregation.

After mass, which included both Spanish and English readers, the foundation stone was laid by the bishop. The construction company had levelled the ground used for the chairs and canopy area but the rough ground and the rain made it a muddy experience for those who flocked to see the bishop laying the stone.

It was pointed out that this land had been donated to the community for worship as it would fulfil a need particularly in this area of Alicante. There was then the signing and a number of priests and dignitaries mounted the stairs to put their signatures on it. Stefan, Foreign Residents officer translated the mayor speech in to English and German.

After another Spanish hymn, led by Tony Sessolo, the commercial catering company staff swung into action; stacking chairs, helped by many and bringing out the tables and the refreshments. These were excellent, including ham, cold meats, tortie, pastries, cheeses, olives with both wine and soft drinks.

Every chair was filled with about ten to fifteen people standing at the back beyond the canopy with brollies aloft. It was estimated that over three hundred attended. For another hour people mingled and chatted and re-established relationships.

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Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Increase Human Lifespan To 120 Years

November 30, 2015

Medical researchers say that the drug metformin, used for treating type 2 diabetes, could become the world s first anti-aging drug that enables adults to live well beyond 120 years. According to experts, the drug could extend healthy life and lifespan, and stave off illnesses associated with aging, such as Alzheimer s and Parkinson s disease.

Scientists believe that metformin, the world s most widely-used diabetes drug, is a good candidate for an anti-aging drug because tests conducted using animals demonstrated the ability of the drug to slow down the aging process.

Metformin, which suppresses glucose production in the liver and increases sensitivity to insulin, has been used for more than six decades to treat type 2 diabetes and is considered a safe drug for humans.

Recent tests. which show that metformin prolongs the lifespan and health of certain species of worms and strains of laboratory mice, have sparked interest in the drug as a possible anti-aging drug.

A series of tests, conducted by a team of Belgian researchers on a species of roundworms, C. elegans. found that metformin prolonged the lives of the roundworms by making them age more slowly and keeping them healthier for longer.

Other trials found that it also prolongs the healthy life and lifespan of certain strains of mice.

Metformin Hydrochloride Could Become The World s First Anti-Aging Drug [Image via User Ash/Public Domain ] Experts at Cardiff University in the U.K. also pointed to anecdotal evidence that human patients treated with metformin for diabetes live longer than expected, often longer than people without diabetes. The anecdotal evidence is paradoxical because diabetes normally shortens lifespan, as sufferers have a heightened susceptibility to cardiovascular diseases and kidney complications.

Based on results of tests on animals, scientists believe metformin could also make humans live beyond 120 years.

Researchers plan to conduct the first clinical trials of the project, dubbed Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME), next year to see whether results obtained in animals can also be replicated in humans. Researchers are hopeful of a major breakthrough in the decades-long search for an anti-aging drug.

The study, to be conducted in the U.S. will involve 3,000 adults aged 70- to 80-years-old, with known risk of cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases that cause cognitive impairment, and people who already have one or a combination of the conditions.

The individuals will be placed on the drug and monitored to see if it exerts significant preventive effect on the disease conditions, or whether it affects the progress of the conditions and overall lifespan of participants.

A Diabetes Patient Gives Herself An Injection Of Insulin [Photo By Reed Saxon/AP] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval for trials to proceed.

The scientific implications of success of the trials are profound. If the results obtained in animals tests are successfully replicated in humans, it means that 70-year-olds who have been on anti-aging therapy with metformin could have the same biological age, health, and vigor as healthy people in their 50s.

It means that aging could soon be seen as a disorder that can be treated with drugs that delay aging-related diseases, and slow down the processes of aging itself.

Researchers hope that success of trials with metformin could spur funding of aging research and trials with other potential anti-aging drugs.

Although researchers believe there are other drugs that could be more effective than metformin for delaying aging, they are focusing on metformin because it has been shown to be a safe drug for humans after six decades of use for controlling type 2 diabetes.

Metformin s proven safety makes it a very attractive candidate for the first drug to be used in clinical trials in humans and for seeking approval of the first anti-aging drug by FDA.

Professor Gordon Lithgow, aging expert at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, California, and lead researcher in the study, said, If you target an ageing process and you slow down ageing then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of aging as well. That s revolutionary. That s never happened before.

Ball-And-Stick Model Of Metformin Molecule, C4H11N5 [Image via Ben Mills/Public Domain ] I have been doing research into ageing for 25 years and the idea that we would be talking about clinical trial in humans for an anti-ageing drug would have been thought inconceivable, he continued. But there is every reason to believe it is possible. The future is taking the biology that we ve developed and applying it to humans.

Researchers believe that metformin works by boosting availability of oxygen to body cells. This boosts the vigor of cells and prolongs their lifespan.

The potential impact of the success of metformin trials on life expectancy is best put into perspective by considering official statistics which show that average life expectancy in the U.S. in 2012 was 78.8 years, a new record.

Life expectancy for men was 76.4 years, and for females 81.2 years. Life expectancy for girls born today in the U.K. is 82.8 years, and for boys 78.8 years.

There are currently two major categories of theories aging. The first assumes that aging is due to pre-programming of DNA to follow a lifespan timetable. This theory is based on the observation that different living organisms have different spans of life cycle. Some researchers have pointed to the influence of telomere length on life expectancy.

People with longer telomeres have longer life expectancy because the telomeres at the end of the DNA help to protect the coding sequences of the human genome against damage.

Other theories emphasize the cumulative impact of damage due to environmental and physiological factors that cause wear and tear and build up damaging toxins in the system.

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We encourage all of our portfolio companies to measure their churn rates by cohort. It is very revealing.

I saw this tweet by Liad this morning that shows startup churn by cohort.

No Cake Walk.
Not for Entrepreneurs.
Nor for Investors. pic.twitter.com/pRCLD3dfRy

I don t know the source, but the data is sobering.

Some of the churn is companies getting sold. Some of the churn is companies getting profitable. But most of the churn is companies failing.

We have looked at our portfolio this way and our portfolio has performed much better than this. Some of that is selection. Some of that is support. And some of that is tenacity of the founders .

But, as Liad says in his tweet, startups are no cake walk.

Yesterday the SEC issued a report of investigation finding that DAO Tokens are securities under U.S. law. This report sent shock waves across the crypto sector leading to roughly 10% declines in the major cryptocurrencies. I must have received a dozen or more emails from people saying that ICOs are over.

I don t think ICOs are over. I think regulatory clarity is going to be good for the crypto sector long term and while this report does not give us total regulatory clarity, it does give us some very valuable insights into what the SEC is thinking about tokens.

Specifically, we now know that:

  1. The Howey test is the regulatory framework through which to evaluate whether a token is a security.
  2. A token that return profits to holders will be considered a security.

We likely know a lot more regarding jurisdictional issues and what the SEC is going to regulate and what they are not. But I will leave it to the lawyers and other SEC watchers to weigh in on that. I am not a professional and don t want to pretend to be.

At USV, we have been urging our portfolio companies and others in the crypto sector to get good legal advice before embarking on an ICO, investing in ICOs, and more. That legal advice, given as far back as several years ago, more or less anticipated much of what was in this report.

You could see this coming if you did your homework. None of this is surprising to me and to most of the folks in the crypto sector who have sought legal counsel on these matters.

In fact, if you look at all of the regulatory actions that have been taken in the US over the life of cryptocurrencies, you will see that it has mostly been straightforward application of existing laws, on AML, KYC, taxes, securities, etc. Almost all of this could be, and in many cases, was anticipated by those who took the time to consider what the regulators might do and would do.

None of this means that the crypto sector in the US (or elsewhere) won t be harmed by bad regulations. That has always been a big risk to the sector and remains one. Regulators must be careful to do no harm , here in the US and elsewhere. To date, I would say they have done a good job on that. I encourage them to continue that track record.

But mostly I would encourage all entrepreneurs, investors, and others who are actively participating in the crypto sector to get good legal advice before doing anything significant. The regulators are watching. Closely. So know the rules and play by them.

In the summer of 2008, I attended the SeedCamp in London and the winner of that class was a company called Zemanta. out of Ljubljana Slovenia. I was taken with everything about Zemanta; a small team (three founders), out of a place that I had never been to and had barely heard of, winning the SeedCamp with a really smart blogging tool that I just had to have on my blog.

USV invested in a seed round that summer that was led by the SeedCamp folks and Eden Ventures. Zemanta was USV s first European investment. Today, we have ten out of sixty-seven active portfolio companies (

15%) based in Europe.

The seed investment in Zemanta led to a nine year journey with Bostjan and Andraz. who founded Zemanta along with Ales .

The blogging tool is amazing. It recommends links and images in real time as you type into your blogging tool. I still have it running in my WordPress web application. It looks like this right now.

Zemanta sold the blogging tool to a company called Sovrn a while ago and refocused on the native advertising market. They understood how to place related content into a content feed as well as anyone and they decided to focus the company on that. Bostjan and Andraz recruited Todd to lead the new business opportunity. Over the course of the last three years, Zemanta DSP has become the leading buying tool for native advertising.

And the largest company in the native advertising market, Outbrain. became their largest customer. So a few months ago, Outbrain asked the Zemanta founders to join their team and help build some important new technology for Outbrain. After haggling for a few minutes, the deal was sealed and Outbrain now has an office and a team in Ljubljana.

Like every investment, Zemanta taught me a few important things. I learned how to work with founders from a different part of the world, I learned that Ljubljana is a lovely little city with wonderful cafes and restaurants along a gorgeous river, I learned that you can keep a company alive for almost a decade on less than five million dollars if you have a crack team of product managers, data scientists, and software engineers in a place that most people don t know about, and I learned that tenacity wins, always.

I am pleased that Zemanta has found a home inside a larger company with a bigger opportunity, I am pleased that Ljubljana has a startup success it can point to, and I am pleased that USV is now a shareholder in Outbrain, an investment I mistakenly passed on a decade ago. But mostly I am pleased that Bostjan and Andraz, with a lot of help from Todd, were able to go all the way, from startup to exit, never losing that which makes them special. That s a big win in my book.

I posted last week about the debate between the SegWit2x Bitcoin update and the threat of a soft fork.

Since then a number of important things have happened.

BIP91 locked in on Thursday and and yesterday BIP91 enforcement was activated.

That means that SegWit is now active on the Bitcoin network.

This is a big deal because the most contentious protocol change in the history of Bitcoin, the introduction of SegWit, has finally happened.

The SegWit2x road map is not complete yet, as the next step will be to introduce a block size increase.

Jeff Garzik. who has been leading the SegWit2x implementation, has a good interview up on Coindesk explaining all of this and more.

Bitcoin has a lot of great things about it. As Jeff says in the interview, it is by far the most secure blockchain. But it s developer community has had a hard time finding consensus and moving forward together.

SegWit2x is an opportunity for that to change. And I am encouraged by that.



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When you have two sofas or any larger seating arrangement, a big coffee table might seem like the obvious solution. But also consider a pair of matching coffee tables. They will keep the focus off one large piece of furniture and let your eye move around the room more easily. One classic coffee table size is 48 by 24 inches, so you can plan on that when thinking about your furniture arrangement.

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Showpieces. Sometimes a coffee center is better suited to stand out, rather than hide in your cabinetry. This coffee center’s unusual shape is a reaction to the other dynamic shapes in the kitchen. Have you done it? We’d love to see your take on the coffee center. Please post a photo in the Comments!

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If you don’t want the coffee table to be the focus of the room, choose one with a glass top and a finish that blends with others in the room, as in this example. This will keep the eye interested in all the items in the room, not just one layer of the design .

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Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Helgerson designed nearly all the furniture in the house. The owners love having parties and entertaining, and urged Helgerson to make a sturdy coffee table that could withstand the daily wear and tear of life with young ones — and the occasional dance party. “They told me that nearly every gathering ends with guests dancing on the table,” she says.

While you can buy these new, you’re sure to find something even more characterful at a garage sale or op shop for a fraction of the price. TIP: When shopping around, keep in mind the size of the trunk. It’s crucial that it sits at a comfortable height, similar to that of a typical coffee table, so you’re not forced to stretch your abs in order to get to the chips (though, that’s not necessarily bad for your waistline).

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

The vase can then be filled with inexpensive white blossoms, colorful tulips, a votive candle or nothing at all, for a look that is truly effortless. TELL US How have you styled your coffee table at home? Show off your design talents by uploading a photo in the Comments below.

AgathaO House of Design interior decoration design

The Majestic Vertical Garden Hotel is a 285-room inner-city property in Adelaide, South Australia. Agatha O House of Design has been involved in working collaboratively with the developer and architect to create the original concept, and interior, architectural and spatial design and planning. Magnificent cascading gardens on the outer walls are a feature of the hotel, which i. More