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How to use free form amino acids properly; some real clues to their use in mental illness and addiction
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How to use free form amino acids properly; some real clues to their use in mental illness and addiction

Dear Curezone:

For the past few days I have been looking at what is on the Internet in regard to the use of free form amino acids to treat various disorders and addictions.

Although various search engines show differing results, and using more than one search engine might further help a person that has any particular condition shown, I thought that I would list at least one search engine result in this blog.

The following is what a Yahoo search engine returned for a number of illness and addiction situations:

1. amino acids Depression returned about 3,770,000 results.;_ylt=A0geu7DgJK5IAhwAehdXNyoA?fr2=sg-gac&sado=...

2. amino acids anxiety returned about 2,890,000 results.

3. amino acids bipolar disorder returned about 649,000 results.

4. amino acids schizophrenia returned about 848,000 results.

5. amino acids autism returned about 1,060,000 results.;_ylt=A0geu7sOIK5IPxUA2VVXNyoA?p=amino+acids+au...

6. amino acids panic disorder returned about 383,000 results.;_ylt=A0geu996IK5I8McA7mpXNyoA?p=amino+acids+pa...

7. amino acids alcoholism returned about 950,000 results.

8. amino acids cocaine addiction returned about 291,000 results.

9. amino acids heroin addiction returned about 410,000 results.

10. amino acids benzodiazepine addiction returned about 132,000 results.;_ylt=A0geu5BAIa5IFiUAyKFXNyoA?p=amino+acids+be...

11. amino acids marijuana addiction returned about 195,000 results.

12. amino acids fibromyalgia returned about 1,760,000 results.

In looking over all of the linking searches above, I do see a lot of products for sale, many of which are both more costly and much weaker in their formulations vs. what I have been doing in regard to free form amino acid use for over eight years (and what my son Willy has been doing for the past four years).

In the above searches, I also see a lot of IV amino acid use suggested for various addictions, when the oral administration of free form amino acids is just as effective (when done properly) and much less expensive. Not only are orally administered free form amino acids much less expensive, they don't require the services of a doctor, as IV free form amino acids do.

Unfortunately, in looking over the linking searches reflected above, although it is clear that amino acid use is now linked with so many conditions and is being used to treat such, I still don't see any real solid empowering information for other persons to use in regard to how to properly apply free form amino acids to themselves.

In reviewing what is on the net, I do not see any "dose up slowly while monitoring amino acid affect in yourself, and make adjustments accordingly". This is a general rule that broadly applies to almost any free form amino acid use, whether it be individual amino acids, or broad based ones.

In reviewing what is on the net, I also do not see any mention of daily balanced broad based amino acid dosages in the 15 gram, 25 gram, 35 gram, and/or 50 gram range, despite the fact that for over eight years I have realized the common need for dosages this substantial in many persons that suffer from serious illness or addiction.

Regarding my experiences with amino acids, etc.:

As early as February 2000, I was commonly taking 50 grams a day of broad based free form amino acids daily with profound positive effect. (Fifty grams equates to one hundred 500 mg. capsules.) I have taken such dosages daily for both weeks and months at a time since then... always with profound positive effect. I have also stopped and started taking such (and similar) dosages over the years to see what I could learn, or because I was simply "temporarily out of dough" to afford such. (I have learned a great deal from taking over 100,000 capsules of free form amino acids over the years, both when I was taking them, and when I had to stop for whatever reason.)

I was actually amazed at how well my son Willy (and others) have responded to taking only about 15 grams of "adequately balanced broad free form amino acids" a day, as is in Willy's baggie. (Fifteen grams of free form amino acids equates to only about two eggs worth of protein, as an egg is about seven grams worth. However, I could not tell Willy to just eat two more eggs a day, as he and I are both allergic to eggs.)

Some persons admittedly may need more or less than fifteen grams of balanced broad based free form amino acids a day to heal, but only they can truly find this out, by "dosing up (or down) slowly while monitoring amino acid affect in themselves, and making adjustments accordingly". I do consider ten to twelve grams or so of balanced broad based amino acids (taken with adequate nutrient cofactors) as being "the very low end of the probable adequate therapeutic dosage range" for all but very young children perhaps (these parameters can easily be worked out).

Possibly the fact that there are so many essential nutrient cofactors in Willy's baggie helps with balanced broad based free form amino acid utilization in some way... as there is always "whatever other nutrients are needed" for amino acids to work well. And perhaps Adelle Davis was right in this regard, when she postulated almost four decades ago that the best healing approach was "to take the entire nutrient range all at once".

Incidentally, I have never had a conventional doctor or psychiatrist in my entire life even mention the role of amino acids in human health. Isn't this odd? What is going on here? especially in light of the fact that amino acids represent about 70% of the functional chemistry of the body of an average human being, once the water is taken out. And what is still going on here today? as conventional doctors and psychiatrists still don't hardly EVER mention amino acids to their patients, despite overwhelming evidence on the Internet that their use is indicated in so many illnesses and cases of addiction.

I will always remember the day in the fall of 1997 when I went to my psychiatrist and brought in both the medication he had been prescribing me for about a year and a half (Klonopin) and the various bottles of inhibitory amino acids I had been using for a few months in its place. (These were tryptophan, taurine, GABA, and glycine. I later added histidine to my inhibitory amino acid regime.) I said "Doctor, what would you do if you were me? Both of these put me to sleep, and I sleep well, but on the nutrients I don't get any side effects, like I had been getting with the Klonopin."

I liked my psychiatrist personally, and I was not "just setting him up" here. I was being honest with him, and I thought that he would "return the favor and be honest back". My doctor was a good man, and he was honest with me. He said to me "I can't help you with amino acids. All through medical school I only had one three hour seminar on amino acids. I don't know hardly anything about them. However, if I was you I would keep doing what you are doing. You look really well, and if I was you I would continue on the course that you are on. I guess you don't need me any more". Then he shook my hand and congratulated me.

From the fall of 1997 onward, I spread all over the Internet as best as I could the fact that the inhibitory nutrient regime of tryptophan, taurine, GABA, and glycine had helped me to easily overcome an eighteen month addiction to Klonopin in about a month, with very little withdrawal symptoms and no adverse effect. (For this I rarely got thanked, and I often took a lot of "heavy flack" for questioning "what the doctors knew".)

I do remember that at one point in the fall of 1999, I went on the Internet and did a number of simple linking searches to "see what was already known" and posted to net, such that it showed up in a simple linking search. I searched my own illness, bipolar disorder, and linked it with taurine, tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine, carnitine, phosphatidyl choline, amino acids, food allergy , and candida. At this time I got ZERO hits for all of these things. It was at that point where I shrugged, and said to myself, "this is going to be a long battle trying to educate people that these issues are linked, but the Internet is all I have to work with, and I am going to do my best".

In saying the above, I do not claim that many other people are involved in this now, nor do I claim that I did not learn a great deal from other persons, mostly through their books. However, I do know that "I was in this nutrient ballgame very early on". I also know that over time the truths that I have done my best to both learn and generate (discover), and then spread around on the Internet, have made a difference.

I have six key truths that need to be spread around the Internet more in regard to "proper" free form amino acid supplementation. (Anyone can help me with this, as I give everyone in advance the permission to freely cross post this material anywhere on the Internet that you wish, or to use it in any way whatsoever that you deem appropriate.)

1. One is that "adequately balanced broad based free form amino acids" are so much better than simply using a few, or even a half a dozen, individual ones (this is true even if an inhibitory nutrient regime is still used for sleep).

2. The second is that an adequate therapeutic dosage of "adequately balanced free form amino acids" is most probably going to exceed ten grams a day for most persons, and may be as high as fifty grams (or perhaps even more), depending on how amino acid deficient the person taking such is. (I have been telling this same to the world since February 2000, when I first began to use such.)

Incidentally, the largest single dosage of broad based free form amino acids that I ever took at once exceeded 120 grams (this occurred in November 2000). At the time, I really needed a dosage such as this. It helped me enormously (after a gut cleansing using Bentonite and psyllium and some glutamine a half an hour prior) to adequately resolve a state of very severe Depression within five hours. I did take the vitamin and mineral range, carnitine, and phosphatidyl choline at the same time as well, in addition to drinking A LOT of water. (Amino acids need water; and the more aminos taken the more water is needed.) I had no adverse effects whatsoever from taking this 120 gram plus dosage of broad based and "adequately balanced" free form amino acids at once (the effect was only profoundly positive). (I did know for certain when I took this dosage that I was quite amino acid deficient.)

3. The third is that the person who can best determine their "proper therapeutic dose" of free form amino acids, is the person taking such, by "dosing up slowly while monitoring amino acid affect in yourself, and making adjustments accordingly".

4. The fourth is that carnitine, phosphatidyl choline, and perhaps inositol are all nutrients that should be added to any free form amino acid supplementation regime (just as broad based vitamins, minerals, and EFA's should be added as well).(Inositol was suggested to me by someone... thanks, you know who you are, and thanks for the P5P suggestion as well.)

5. The fifth is that when a person is severely health compromised and/or seriously amino acid deficient, dosages of "adequately balanced and broad based free form amino acids" can be taken three times a day. (I credit Robert Erdmann and Meirion Jones with this truth, as theirs is the earliest published book that I am aware of that states such.)

Incidentally, "Willy's baggie" is not proper for use "three times a day". Some nutrients in Willy's baggie should not be "tripled up on". However, the concept here is correct. This concept is that all three periods of supplementation with "adequately balanced and broad based free form amino acids" should also be taken with the entire vitamin, mineral, and essential fatty acid range at the same time. (Essentially what I am saying here is that "Willy's baggie" is correct in concept, it would just need to be adjusted in some of its nutrient amounts when multiple dosages a day are taken.)

6. And the six is that Adelle Davis was right... putting the entire nutrient range together in as balanced a fashion as possible and taking it "all at one time" is "the best way to heal"... bar none.


I have great hope. Just as the world has begun to wake up to the tremendous therapeutic power of many individual free form amino acids over the past nine years or so, some day the world is going to wake up to the tremendous therapeutic power of "adequately balanced broad based amino acids" taken in an adequate therapeutic dosage. (This assumes that Big Pharma is not successful in using its influence with the FDA or CODEX to take these supplements away from the general public, or that they make them unaffordable in some way.)

Some day the world is going to realize that if a fourteen year old child (my son Willy) could learn "how to properly dose himself" with broad based free form amino acids, probiotics, and many other nutritional supplements in order to achieve profound healing effect... then perhaps anyone can.

And some day the world is going to realize that Adelle Davis was right.

Allen Darman

Related blogs:

Adelle Davis; a true pioneer

The Neurotransmitter Precursor Group of Nutrients in Willy's Baggie; and their cost

Willy's Baggie Ingredient List

A more detailed explanation of Willy's baggie

Natural Treatment of Depression and Willy's Baggie

An Anecdotal Case; Depression Resolved in One Day, Rv.2

Depression and Bipolar Disorder - Cured At Last!

An Introduction To Alternative Medicine For Psychiatric Conditions

An addendum: I continue to attach my son Willy's picture to blogs on, as in regard to overcoming ADHD and manic depression naturally, he has set a course to follow for the entire world. Willy's baggie of supplements and his taking probiotics daily continues to give him great results, and we continue to learn more and more over time. Willy is still only seventeen (he will turn eighteen in September). He continues to get healthier and stronger month after month. I am absolutely amazed that Willy, after being a weak and sickly child all throughout his childhood, can bench press 315 lbs., do seven one hand pull-ups, and can do handstands against a wall and then do twenty push-ups of his entire body with his feet in the air, despite his weighing about 170 lbs.. And Willy is "mood stable as a rock", unless he overeats too much of his allergic foods. (He knows how immediately correct for these very minor mood dips from his making poor food choices from time to time, and he has known this stuff for years.)


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