Dr. Hull: this is my story.
I am a young 34 year old with 3 children. I began to have strange things happen to me. To list a few:
- no energy,
- a feeling of pins and needles in my right arm and legs,
- achy joints and muscles,
- not being able to concentrate.
I began to see doctors who ordered all kinds of tests. First they gave me:
- muscle relaxers
- they ordered x-rays and MRI’s of my brain and spine
- an EKG
- ultrasounds of my thyroid
- continuous blood tests
I had consultations with neurologists, and I went to the emergency room thinking I might be having a stroke. All the doctors I went to for help all said the same thing,“We can’t find anything wrong with you, maybe you need more rest, maybe you’re stressed out, you know stress can cause all kinds of symptoms.”
After a year of going from doctor to doctor, I was at my wits end.
Thank My Husband
My husband began to search the Internet and called me and told me what he had read about Splenda.
I was angry that he would even suggest such a thing, I mean come on the FDA approved it. He begged me to stop using it for 1 week to see if anything changed. I had nothing to lose, so I stopped using it.
After one day, I felt better. Every day, I kept getting better and better.
I went back to my physician and told her. She seemed interested. I work in a dialysis clinic, so I told one of the MD’s what was happening to me and he told me that he knew that artificial sweeteners caused numbness, but he had never heard about the other symptoms.
I called the FDA to report my story. They seemed to document it, but that’s about it.
About 6 months later, I began to have the symptoms again. I was scared because they seemed to be stronger and worse. I almost made an appointment to see my doctor when I decided to go through my cabinets and read labels.
Turns out the “Weight Control” oatmeal I was eating everyday had SPLENDA in it. I was angry!!! After reading the ingredients and in small letters below the ingredients, it said sucralose found in Splenda.
I threw it out. The very next day I began to feel better, but I was so angry. I wrote the Splenda company an email, which they have never responded.
I wish they would put a warning on these items. I spent thousands of dollars on tests and doctors with NO HELP!! Splenda is in everything now.
I won’t even chew gum anymore.
I hope this story helps someone. More than that, I wish we could do something about this.
God Bless you, your readers, and my hubby.
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