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Aspartame poisoning (allergy?)
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:41:05 PM »
There has been mention of Aspartame poisoning before on the Forum in the migraine thread, but I thought I would start a seperate thread, as it affects more than migraines.


I've discovered that Aspartame is much worse than the sugar I was trying to replace. I've had a pretty rotten summer health wise. Several migraines, no energy, and generally wishing I'd get lightly trampled by a big truck. The last few weeks were so bad that I seriously questioned if I'd be able to keep my job. For some reason I thought I was having a vitamin deficiency, so I started drinking a ton of orange juice and some of those fancy vitamin water drinks. I started having a few good days, but then the old symptoms would come right back. I don't know how I made the connection, but I realized that on the days I was drinking the juices and water, I wasn't drinking my usual Diet Dr. Pepper. I googled aspartame poisoning, and was shocked to find out how bad this stuff was, much worse than the migraine reactions I had heard about here on the Forum. I didn't seem to have an aspartame related migraine problem, so I kept drinking diet sodas.

Now for the positive part. I stopped drinking all diet sodas on monday, and all of the symptoms of the past summer have cleared up, and I haven't felt this good, or been in such a positive state of mind, since I went on a crash diet many years ago were I eliminated just about everything from my diet. This was the only time I have stopped drinking diet sodas in almost twenty years. According to several of the websites I visited aspartame can cause all of the symptoms I had, and dozens more. I's just as soon eat rat poison as aspartame. I'll never consume it again.


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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2008, 09:50:27 PM »
I switched from Coke to diet Coke about 3 years ago after gaining some weight (I added 20 lbs after quitting smoking). Been drinking diet Coke daily ever since. No headaches, but I'm not as energetic as I used to be. I attributed that to aging. One thing that bothers me a lot is tinitis- ringing in the ears. I figured it was from chainsaw use but it's as bad or worse on days I don't run chainsaws. It hits me in the evenings after 3-4 diet Cokes.

Looks like I may have to find an alternative beverage for a few weeks and see if eliminating the diet Coke also eliminates the tinitis.

Thanks for the heads up. I'll look into this further.

A quick search on Google and the second result is from Snopes. Their site says the claims are false.
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2008, 10:08:19 PM »
I don't know the true extent of aspartames effect, it certainly seems unlikely that one thing could cause every disease for lupus to MS, but over the last couple of weeks, I can see a significant pattern of responses to drinking diet sodas.

Here is what I do know, I haven't changed my diet significantly in the last four months, with the exception of about 3 days of an attempt at low carb. The only changes I have made recently is to stop diet beverages and replace them with the vitamin water type drinks. I was baffled that the symptoms were on/off over the last two weeks, so I studied what was different, and what I was drinking was the only change. Some of it may be internet hype, but I know how I'm feeling right now. At the very least, not drinking soda's can't be bad for me. :)


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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2008, 10:09:13 PM »
 It's a known fact that Aspertame converts to Methanol in the body. Methanol internally is BAADD. It is hard to flush from the system. I can't imagine WHY the Food and Drug people don't ban the stuff ???  
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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2008, 10:12:21 PM »
Some things you might want to research is brain cancer rates have gone up 500-600% since the 60s, when they started to introduce artificial sweetners ... but, there is no connection! Sort of like smoking does not cause cancer ...

The worse thing is these cause you to crave carbs! Which sort of defeats the whole purpose.

Not to mention many of these sweetners are TOXIC when hot, like a can of coke left in the sun.

imho, You are WAY better off now.

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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2008, 10:37:29 PM »
I swore off aspartame at least 10 years ago.  The stuff is poison in my opinion.  Even so, I never consumed it much anyway.

The only "sweetener" in my diet is honey - which I use mostly in coffee.  I also stopped drinking sweet tea about 8 years ago.  My sugar intake is limited to occasional desserts.

I refuse to become yet another victim of "adult onset" type 2 diabetes, which is generally avoidable.

My height and weight are the same now (at 44) as when I was 21.  Granted, things have shifted around a little bit....but that happens.   :)

My sister is a Diet Coke junkie - and she gives the stuff to her prepubescent daughter.  I have spoken to her about this on several occasions, but she keeps right on doing it.  As bad as aspartame is for adults, it is much worse for pre-adults.

Now if I could just gain better control over my intake of caffeine.........and alcohol.   ::)

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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008, 05:38:35 AM »
I had no idea about that stuff but I’ve all but quit drinking any kind of carbonated soft drink for the past few years.  I’ve been drinking a lot of green tea with ginseng and honey.  In the winter, I’ll fix hot green tea and sweeten it with honey.

Lately I’ve been trying to substitute raw milk a couple of times a day.  We get two gallons a week from a local farmer. For a while the girls really drank it up but then slowed.  We started letting them put chocolate in it and they continued to drink it but have got tired of that too.   

I find I feel a lot better in the summer months when there is plenty of work out in the heat and I pour a lot of water through my system.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2008, 05:51:20 AM »
No doubt in my mind but that for some people aspartame is deadly.  I think intensive lobbying and liberal greasing of certain palms keeps it on the market. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2008, 06:03:30 AM »
Why did they create aspartame?  Too keep folks on the slim side of things?     Tim
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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2008, 06:44:11 AM »
Actually, when I first saw it as an ingredient in diet soft drinks, I also noticed that the Food and Drug made them post a warning that it can cause cancer in animals. That was enough for me and I read labels on everything and avoid it. No such warning in Canada. If I make a mistake and forget to read the label at the store and discover it later, the product goes to the trash.  Even in "artificial" yogurt and ice cream for some time it has been in there. I buy Activia with real milk product in it, avoid the diet version and all those brands full of bean gum.  Activia Vanilla flavour is full of bean gum to and not one is vanilla bean. ::) I'm not concerned to much with weight, other than the fact I avoid a lot of junk food and eat nuts, dates, craisons , grains, small amount of cheese and yogurt. Some of which are found in my parfaits.  ;D Not many sweets. The best nuts for toppings are pecans. I wanted to get some almonds and hazel nuts used up and crushed them up in the grinder for topping on my parfaits. It's interesting,  :D I'm only doing it to use them up.  ::) I try to get unsalted nuts.
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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2008, 06:50:20 AM »
I was watching a show on TV the other day (so it must be true!), but the guys diet suggestion was "don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize" there has got t obe soem wisdom there!

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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2008, 10:27:35 AM »
No doubt in my mind but that for some people aspartame is deadly.  I think intensive lobbying and liberal greasing of certain palms keeps it on the market. 

Sounds like more Govt. control suggested here....I drink diet cola, and have no problem with it.

If those who do have a problem, then they should stop drinking it. Seems simple as that. Don't need to blame others for our own actions, or lack of self control.   Just seems to me anyways... ::) ::)

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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2008, 01:16:59 PM »
Food is addictive, but your right about having to make our own choices. We have to be informed to make them though. It's nice that someone is out there who cares and can present the information so I can make my own choice. Already somebody made the comment about eating rat poison. I guess we are rats and unless someone tells us about the potential harm we will never know while someone profits by it and we get ill.
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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2008, 02:03:07 PM »
There are millions of people in this country being fed rat poison every day. So what's wrong with that?

It's actually called Warfarin, Coumadin, or just blood thinner.

I have been taking it for the last seven weeks, but today is my last day.   8)

Oh and I drink Diet Coke too. Thinking bout quitting and have gone without for two or three days at a time and felt no different. But I don't like paying for bottled water!   ::)
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2008, 02:05:48 PM »
Well.........you could'a had a V-8 :D
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2008, 02:11:13 PM »
Good idea Tom, but most of those tomato juice drinks are so loaded with sodium (salt) that I can't drink them either.  ;D
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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2008, 02:36:44 PM »
Try the low sodium V-8.  It's so tasteless that I can't stand to drink it.    :D
I think that, the worse it tastes, the less harmful it is. :-\

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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2008, 02:44:15 PM »
If you want to talk about poisons you can't forget salt as it is far worse than anything else that is approved to eat or drink. It just takes longer to cause you problems.

There are to many prepared foods that are overloaded with salt to prevent spoilage. Soups and tomato juice are just a few and those snacks like potato chips and pretzels are very bad too.

Actually the FDA does have a campaign on to reduce the amount of salt in prepared foods but they are meeting a lot of resistance from manufacturers because salt is cheap and effective plus there are not too many alternatives.

Try the low sodium V-8.  It's so tasteless that I can't stand to drink it.    :D


Yes, that is one of the problems. Plus here it is twice the price.

Best thing is home canned tomatos and as a bonus they are salmonella free. But it does not look like a good crop this year for some reason.
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« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2008, 03:00:26 PM »
Try the low sodium V-8.  It's so tasteless that I can't stand to drink it.    :D
I think that, the worse it tastes, the less harmful it is. :-\

Castor Oil should really be good for you.  :D :D :D

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Re: Aspartame poisoning
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2008, 03:09:31 PM »
I think the whole aspartame hoopla has been blown way out of proportion, but if you're feeling ill on a day-to-day basis, cutting out soft drinks- diet or not- is probably a pretty good idea.  My dad drinks Diet Coke on a daily basis and has never suffered from any of the symptoms it's supposed to cause.  I hardly ever drink cokes, and I've also never suffered from the symptoms it's supposed to cause.  The snopes article that was posted pretty handily dispels the whole "aspartame is poison" myth.
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