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Name: Austin K;
Aspartame Consumption: Since May 2009;
Health symptoms started after consuming aspartame: Yes;
Diet Products Used: Diet sodas and diet Kool-Aid;
Do you use Equal: No;
Are you aware of products not labeled sugar-free: No;
May we include your case history on website: Yes;
Do you want your information anonymous: No;
Comments: My son, Austin, had a grand mal seizure 3 weeks after being diagnosed Type 1 diabetic. We assumed he had a hypoglycemic reaction, but his blood glucose reading was 68 during the seizure. I could not understand why the seizure occurred, and I was concerned about any brain damage that it may have caused.
Upon researching grand mal seizures, I came across multiple articles on aspartame poisoning. After we administered glucagon, he still took over an hour to be responsive...I thought he was dying!! We were camping in Vermont during the Memorial Day weekend, and were giving him only diet sodas and Crystal Lite all weekend. Even our pediatric diabetes nurse was surprised to hear that his seizure occurred at 1 PM (diabetic seizures occur primarily at night, during sleep).
After the seizure I did not sleep for over a month, scared he would die during his sleep. I had initial reservations regarding Splenda, aspartame and Equal because I had heard before this that they were poison, but the nutritionist at the hospital said they were perfectly fine and he could have as much as he wanted - as they pumped Diet Sprite into him in the hospital for 2 days during his initial stay, May 4th.
I know that a 68-blood glucose level is not low, and to this day, I truly believe that he had aspartame poisoning!! We have removed every sugar-free product from our home, and I, myself, have lost 10 lbs within 3 weeks after I stopped using it, without any change in my eating habits.
I am furious that the FDA has not removed these products and deemed them unsafe, particularly for children's use.
Every doctor/nurse/nutritionist that I speak to about this tells me "moderation is key."
I always say to my husband...really...so poison is okay in moderation??
So many friends of mine think I am going overboard, but if they saw their child the way I did mine during that seizure, they would want answers, too! Please forward any additional info/articles/books for me to read on these poisons. Thank you so much for all that you do to inform us of these dangers to our children and to everyone using them!
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