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All About Aspartame

Age: 41;
Gender: Female;
Aspartame Consumption: I had basically used for well over 15 yrs;
Health symptoms started after consuming aspartame: Yes;
Diet Products Used: Diet Coke and diet drinks were the main drug of choice, but since my hubby has diabetes, we often have all sorts of sweeteners;
Do you use Equal: No;
Do your children use aspartame: Yes;
Are you aware of products not labeled sugar-free: No;
May we include your case history on website: Yes.

Comments: I was drinking diet coke, pretty much, exclusively every day. I quit drinking it in February, and almost immediately, my lower back quit hurting. It has not hurt since. I am now convinced, and I don't even chew gum with diet sweeteners anymore. I only drink water and totally unsweetened tea. I can't say that I have lost weight, but for my lower back to stop hurting, it has been worth it.

From Dr. Hull : Whenever health issues appear like your back pain, and aspartame has been used as long as you have used it, I always seriously consider aspartame as the cause.

Take a good multi-vitamin and vitamin C daily; eat at least 75% raw and fresh foods at every meal, eat quality meats, and drink of plenty of water. Slowly, but surely, when the aspartame is gone from your system, all these health symptoms should be gone, too.

And, you'll find that you are less hungry and will lose weight!

There are many healthier choices for those with diabetes - Stevia, agave, saccharin, or simply stop adding sugar and cut back on processed foods, fats and starches. This means to eat fresh, raw, and all natural. It DOES make a difference.

And get the kids OFF these diet chemicals. They offer NO nutrition, they are addictive, and they will cloud their thinking, exacerbate moodiness, and adversely affect puberty.

Aspartame and Weight Gain

Age: 38;
Gender: Female;
Aspartame Consumption: Since I was 16;
Health symptoms started after consuming aspartame: Yes;
Diet Products Used: I have used Dexatrim on occasion, however my biggest problem is diet pop. I drink a 12 pack in less than 1 week, typically.
Do you use Equal: No;
Do your children use aspartame: Yes;
Are you aware of products not labeled sugar-free: Yes;
May we include your case history on website: Yes.

Comments: My husband recently saw a documentary on the dangers of aspartame. When he showed it to me, I was amazed. It also started me thinking about my own health problems. I suffer from migraines. I get dizzy for no reason. If I don't take a prescribed diuretic, my ankles and fingers swell to the point that I can't wear rings or shoes. I was diagnosed as a teenager with chronic fatigue. I'm constantly tired, but I don't ever sleep well. I wake up feeling sluggish. I can't concentrate or remember things as well as I once did. I used to be very active in sports, but because of muscle aches and pains, I'm not able to play anymore. I have problems with blurred vision as well as a constant ringing in my ears, which numerous doctors told me was a side effect of long time aspirin use (which I take as a result of a stroke in 2002). I have started to wonder what the real cause of that was, also.

They tell me that I have a blood disorder called Anti Phospholipid Syndrome. Apparently this is hereditary, however no one in my family has it but me, and I am not adopted. They have said that as of now, there are no genetic markers for it, so it is unknown whether it can skip a generation.

I have since tossed out all the diet pop I had in the house as well as any packets of Splenda. I am not going to drink/ingest this poison anymore. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Thank you for all the information you have out there. It was certainly helpful to me and I can't wait to start feeling better!


From Dr. Hull : Thank you for writing. Don't you just hate it when the doctors are guessing why you are so ill, and you spend hours and days at the doctors' offices, and lots and lots of money, and they are still guessing? Yet, that can of diet pop was probably the cause of this entire trauma, all this time!! It happened to me; I was spinning in a medical circle going nowhere until I took charge, and figured out the cause of my supposed Grave's disease was NutraSweet. I got rid of the aspartame, and hmmm, my disease disappeared. My doc was only guessing - he had no clue what was the cause of my phantom disease.

I suggest that you remove all diet chemicals from your life ASAP and FOREVER, but expect a withdrawal similar to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. Pretend you have the flu and stay in bed for 1-week, and the worst will be over. If you get scared at how bad it makes you feel, and you go to your doc, expect a deer-in-the-headlights reaction - he will be clueless. Stick with avoiding aspartame, and you'll soon see that it is a cause of your health concerns, if not THE cause. Then you can get better and go show your doc you are better, but still expect a deer-in-the-headlights reaction - he will be clueless.

Start taking a good multi-vitamin and vitamin C daily, eat raw and fresh foods and drink of plenty of water. Slowly but surely when the aspartame is gone, these health symptoms should be gone, too. Any damage already done may weaken your body some, but you should begin to get better, not worse. That is your goal.

May I suggest reading my books as inspiration? Sweet Poison will confirm that this is a real issue happening to many people, so you will not feel alone. My doctor simply glazed over when I tried to discuss this with him, so if this happens to you, as well, discount this non-support, but believe in yourself.

Then, I suggest getting my Detox Kit - it will make you feel hopeful, again, that there is a way to make this better. I tell you how I did it, myself, in my books!

You have some work to do, but it is mostly to get stronger in body, mind, and spirit. But there is a great strength at the end of this journey.

And, as I have said to all parents who give aspartame products to their children - get the kids OFF these diet chemicals. They offer them NO nutrition, they are addictive, and they will cloud their thinking, exacerbate moodiness, and adversely affect puberty. Don't let them go down the same path you unknowingly wandered down.

Aspartame and Depression

Age: 57;
Sex: Female;
Aspartame Consumption: At least 8 years, but more in the last 3 years;
Health symptoms started after consuming aspartame: Yes;
Diet Products Used: Flavored Water, Jello, pudding, hard candy, lozenges, Crystal Lite powdered drinks, tea, light yogurt, fruit juices, soda from time to time, dried fruit, cereal, coffee drinks, and the list goes on...
Do you use Equal: Yes;
Do your children use aspartame: No;
Are you aware of products not labeled sugar-free: No;
May we include your case history on website: Yes.

Comments: I have been trying to lose weight but I cannot seem to lose it. It seems that the more sugar-free and fat-free products I use, the hungrier I am. I work out by doing water aerobics and some weights. I have advanced osteo-arthritis, and had to retire early because of it, and other health problems: severe headaches, ringing in my ears, numbness in my feet, hands, and the back of my legs (calves), weakness and fatigue, being tired all the time, I can't focus for long periods, I have trouble sleeping, herniated growths in my abdomen, anxiety, vision problems (severe blurring), dizzy and light-headed, aches all over by body, just to name a few... I used to be a very active person and, now, I have days I can barely move, and my legs won't support me. I seem to lose my balance a lot; my memory is very short, which never ever was a problem. I tell you, I get so depressed some days, all I want to do is throw in the towel and give up. I have not been using aspartame for over a week and my headaches are already less often. I hope I can recover what I've lost, especially over the last 3 years.

From Dr. Hull : You absolutely CAN do this, but it will take some faith, a strong will, and a belief that you CAN recover from aspartame poisoning.

I suggest that you remove all diet chemicals from your life as of yesterday, but expect a withdrawal period, and some work ahead to repair the damage it has done. Recovering from aspartame's toxic effects takes some time and patience. Slowly, but surely, when the aspartame is gone, these health symptoms should be gone with it.

If you have the chance to read my book, Sweet Poison, it will confirm that this is a real issue happening to many people, and you will not feel so alone. Those who do not understand the truth about aspartame will not be supportive, and many times your doctor will blame your health issues on stress or hypochondria - don't pay attention to the nay-sayers. This IS a real issue!

I strongly suggest learning about detoxing, and I have made a CD about detoxing and a 60-minute DVD interview all about my personal experience with aspartame and how I beat it! It helps to know that you are not alone in your experience - that really helped me when I went through this.

You have some work to do, but it is mostly getting stronger in body, mind, and spirit. But you will gain great strength at the end of this journey.

The best in health,

- Janet Hull


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