posted on Feb, 26 2008 @ 11:48 AM
I've nothing to offer this topic other than my *own* personal experiences as a consumer of aspartame.
I began drinking diet sodas (coke, pepsi, diet rite) back in 1996 as a means to help myself lose weight. I was alot younger back then, and ignorant
I would say I consumed at least 1/2 of a two litre bottle daily of diet soda. I'm not much the water drinker.
In 2000, I started having severe pains in my joints. It began with my wrists, my knees, and spread into my knees and ankles. I went to the doctor, who
then ran a series of bloodwork on me. When he couldn't find anything other than slight anemia, he insisted on a full body CT scan, to be on the safe
side. Nothing was found. And there were no answers as to why I was in pain on a daily basis. Evenutally I had a spinal tap done to rule out other
diseases. Meanwhile, I was placed on Celebrex for the pain.
After a couple of months of living in pain, it went away on it's own.
In 2003, the pains returned, along with dizziness, ears ringing, vertigo, and gastrointestinal issues. Again, I went to the doctor who sent me to an
ear, throat, nose specialist. The ETN found nothing, so I went to a gastro specialist, and they found nothing. So it was chalked up again as.....one
of those.....things, those mysterious things I get and then it's gone.
In 2005, I started having blurred vision, restless leg syndrome, and gastro issues again. It got to the point where I was living on Immodium AD. When
the spells of blurred vision came more often, back to the doctor I went. I was tested for diabetes, and another assortment of medical problems. Then,
one day I woke up....walked toward the bathroom....and my eye sight was nearly gone. It faded out to nothing but shadows and light. Within the hour,
it returned, but it never was restored to it's full capacity to this day.
I was admitted to the hospital to find out what was going on. Nothing could be found as an organic cause for what was happening.
In 2006, I began having severe joint pain like nothing I had experienced before. I could barely walk it was so bad. I was having pain in the bones of
my feet. I felt as if I had severe arthritis, but I didn't have this. I didn't want to run back to the doctor because they started treating me as if
I were hypochondriac. I mean, my doctor literally would throw up his hands when he came in the door and saw me.
It wasn't until the latter part of 2006 I made the connection that diet soda consumption was causing my health problems. I had read an article that
aspartame in diet sodas caused one to crave more food. And being I wasn't losing weight drinking diet soda, I decided to go off it. I went off of it
I was cranky, sick, angry, had insomnia, shakes, chills, and dizziness that first week of detoxing off of it.
It took two weeks of being off of it to notice that....the pain in my joints had eased off greatly. My vision was slightly better, however this is the
one thing that never recovered.
As of today, all of my symptoms have not returned, but I am afraid that the vision will not be restored completely.
I went to my regular dr about my suspicions that aspartame was the problem, but he laughed that off. He said aspartame was safe. Well if all of the
symptoms go away once you remove a substance, what does that say?
I decided to fire my doctor and go see a naturopathic dr for the first time. Not only was this man an ND, he was an MD from Stanford. When I sat down
to talk with him about aspartame he immediately acknowledged what I had figured out. And he did state that aspartame is toxic and that I was poisoned
I write this because, I happened upon this thread and I wonder if anyone else out there suffers with anything remotely the same while drinking or
taking in aspartame products. I hope my personal story will help another.
I know it's toxic. I don't need scientists to tell me otherwise.