As an avid Diet Pepsi drinker, people have sent me many articles through the years that expressed concern about my compulsive caffeine consumption and about my aspartame consumption. This one hit it home and I found it purely by accident:
(If the link doesn’t work then copy and paste this: http://www.examiner.com/article/artificial-sweetener-disease-a-grave-cause-for-concern)
Symptoms of this disease go something like this:
* Migraines and recurring headaches
* Arthritis flare ups
* Muscle pain
* Chronic fatigue
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
* Crohn’s disease
* Acid reflux
* Buzzing/ringing in the ears
* Central nervous system disorders such as nervous twitches and abnormal reflexes in muscle tissue
(*If this doesn’t work, copy and paste: http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html)
What scares me is that …… this looks like my symptoms. Now I’m not disputing that I had Lyme Disease (and probably still have it since I herx when treated whether by salt protocol or by pills). What I’m thinking is that I drank diet soda for years without incident. I’m wondering if having Lyme made me more susceptible to this. During my stint on the 17-day diet, I was asymptomatic. Honest to God. It was an anti-inflammatory diet but I was also abstaining from diet soda to meet their water protocol (if you drink one can it’s considered negative one water so you must drink two waters to take its place …… that can add up).
I’ve been wanting to go on the diet again since I’m inexplicably puffing out again. But I have labs coming up next month and am reluctant to have them stick me when I’m at my ‘best.” Not that I want to keep myself down …… if that makes sense. You may also be wondering why I haven’t gone back on it if I was doing so well. Well? I guess there’s a bit of denial. I enjoy my diet soda tremendously and want to find a way to have my diet soda and drink it, too.
Do many of you consume lots of aspartame? Do you mix it in your coffee or chew sugarless gum …. does it take other forms for you?