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Aspartame Poisoning

This is a reader response I have dubbed Aspartame Poisoning to my series on Aspartame. Read for yourself the unbelievable damage she claims is caused by years of high consumption of Diet Coke and Diet Dr Pepper. As it may be illegal (even if it were true) for me to say that these products have caused Aspartame poisoning (or any health effect), I will leave that for the readers to decide. Aspartame Poisoning

Diet Dope by Seana Murray

I am a 42 year old woman who has suffered for the last 12 years from weird medical issues like anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, panic attacks, mental fog, confusion, worsening eyesight (was always better than 20/20), insomnia, extreme dizziness, extreme fatigue, worsening weight gain while eating 800 calories and working out 2 hours a day), and feeling like I was living in an alternate reality.

I’ve taken trips to the ER in the middle of the night because my heart feels like it’s jumping out of my chest for hours and hours only two be told my heart is fine. I’ve gone to doctor after doctor, even asking if I had an addiction to aspartame and caffeine, and been told I’m perfectly healthy. I’ve thought about seeing a counselor so many times because I thought I was going crazy – or just one step away from losing it.

But the kicker was going numb – completely numb – on the inside and out for 5 months! I could not feel. I could not tell if I had to go to the bathroom. I could not smell. I could not tell if I was hungry. I could not taste. For five months, I went to see doctors, neurosurgeons, ENT’s, Chiropractors – you name it. None could tell me what was happening. None proposed any kind of diagnosis or treatment. None cared.

So, I decided to do a little research and found a few different diseases with some of my symptoms – but then I found a site that detailed symptoms of Aspartame poisoning. Bingo! There it was in black and white. I didn’t think there would be any withdrawal symptoms apart from the traditional caffeine headache. Boy – was I wrong.

You see, I drank 5 – 8 cans of diet coke/ diet dr. pepper each day, consistently, over the last 25 years. It kept me going. It was convenient. Over time, I began to dislike the taste of water. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? But if you talk to a lot of diet soda addicts, I bet they will tell you the same thing! Yes – I discovered I was an addict. I discovered my body couldn’t break all these chemicals. I discovered I was poisoning myself and asking my liver to do an impossible job. I was slowly dying from a product the FDA says is okay for me to consume.

I began my detox about a month ago. Terrible headache and feeling like crap led me to consume ½ a can of diet dr. pepper on the third day. I immediately started having symptoms of dizziness, confusion and anxiousness. So, I thought, I should wean myself off instead of the cold-turkey approach. Every day I thought I would have a can and then after a week go a every other day. Wrong. The addiction was so strong. I began drinking two or three a day again. Two weeks later, I was back to my old ways of more than 5 cans each day and I felt worse than ever. It was when I felt like driving off and over-pass on my local highway, that I really got serious. I knew my health problems – my mental cognition problems – had to be caused by aspartame.

So – a week and a half ago – I made up my foggy mind to get healthy. I have been without aspartame for 8 days. The first day was a string of severe headaches. The second and third days were made up of flu like symptoms, a never-ending-headache and extreme fatigue. The third day brought a slight headache, runny nose and fatigue I cannot begin to describe. I also began to swell in my arms and legs. Little pains and tingles in my left arm and chest began to worry me. My kidneys hurt. Fourth day, I was through with my headache. I chalk that down to caffeine. But I could not get out of bed! I felt as though I was weighted down or tied down. My kidneys hurt. My eyes, cheeks and lips were swollen. I didn’t recognize myself. My legs and arms were swollen tight. I couldn’t bend my fingers – and bonus!- I had an interesting new rash all over my body.

It was then I decided to make an appointment with my doctor. She ran tests. She gave me a cream for my rash. She told me this wasn’t a withdrawal from aspartame and that I was completely healthy. I fired her – and I’m going to send her links to websites like these!

The next day the rash has overtaken my body and face, but my anxiety was waning. My nose stopped running. I wasn’t as swollen. But, my temper was short. Everything was emotionally heightened and I cried for two days (not typical for me). The seventh day was so much better. I still have a little raging temper and a swollen joints, but the anxiety has almost gone. I’m thinking more clearly and can communicate my thoughts clearly and concisely again. I think I’m on the road to recovery.

My goals are to keep going no matter how hard it is. I know aspartame and pre-packaged foods are what has made me sick all these years. I hope to serve as an example of healthy, balanced living to my children and anyone who needs help. I’m even considering getting away from gluten – but one step at a time.

I wish I had known more about the detox process/cleansing processes before I began. That’s why I took the time to write to you today. Please help others get the information they need – this includes doctors!!! Without our health – we simply have nothing! Thank you.

My Response

If you have similar symptoms to what I have called Aspartame poisoning, I hope this readers letter will help you understand you are not alone. This is serious business and it takes a serious effort to detox from addictive substances (see Aspartame Withdrawal). The reader and myself are making our own judgments, and are not doctors, so please make your own informed decisions.

If you have “Aspartame poisoning”, please send us your experience below.

15 comments to Aspartame Poisoning

  • Pamela Black

    I’ve been off all aspartame since July 1. I celebrated 21 days today. The first 3-4 days I did have horrible headaches, but I read up on detox water and started making my own and going back to organic honey and real cane sugar for sweetening, just using discipline. I am allowing myself 2 regular sodas a day, but that is all and that, too, is getting ready to stop because I don’t need the sugar! After reading all the comments above, I am assuming my detox water must be helping, or maybe withdrawals haven’t hit me yet? I’ve quit Diet Coke before and would go to these “water flavorings” only to learn they, too, had aspartame in them. Before this last total cold turkey quit, I was up to between 8-12 Diet Cokes a day,not to mention the water flavorings I was using and protein bars (no sugar) etc. I had gastric bypass in 2008 and was urged to go to sugar free items, but I went too far. This time, I am only drinking detox water made with real fruit and water over ice. If I wish to sweeten it, I use honey. I have also gone to Celestial Fruit Teas which are all natural and no caffeine, but honestly, after a week, I had no more headaches and no nausea. Today, I started feeling joint pain and restless leg syndrome…is that aspartame coming out of my system, or an actual joint issue or leg problem? Am I going to have any more bad withdrawal symptoms or has the worst come and gone. I’ve been drinking Diet Sodas I guess about 25-30 years – not to mention the sugar free “fake” foods and candies and gum I’ve consumed….Someone please respond to my questions, if you will. I’m gonna this do!!!!

  • Sean

    I have been off Aspartame for 28 days now and still feel awful. My worst symptoms are brain fog, dizziness, aches in legs and back, fatigue, anxiety and blurred vision. I have been consuming this stuff for 20 years through coffee, Diet drinks and gum. Has anyone taken longer than 1 month to see any improvement? Im guessing that the longer a person consumes Aspartame the longer it takes to detox from it…

  • Mandi

    Hello, I’ve been drinking sugar free red bull for about 10 years. I drank from 1 to 4 a day depending on access or $$$, they are really expensive and not as available as soda. Over the last 1- 1/2 yrs I have been having symptoms that only now I am realizing are most likely related to my aspartame consumption. I also figured or told myself that I was only having a small amount of aspartame and that the rest of my diet was super healthy so it wasn’t hurting me. About 3 months ago My expensive bed that I’ve loved all the sudden because unbearable to sleep on for more that about five hours. I started thinking about other random aches and pains I’ve been having. About 1 year ago I was working out really hard and having wrists issues, pain that would go from my right wrist one day, to my left another. I’m a avid skier and ski most everyday in the winter. This winter I really wasn’t enjoying skiing, the only way to describe it was that I felt like my ankles or knees were gonna break every time I made a turn. Weird.. I know. I chalked it up to maybe being burned out on skiing and my past knee injury (torn acl, had surgery). The last three months I’ve gained a lot of weight and have been extreamly irritable, again I thought it was my stressful job. About 2 months ago I noticed I was having trouble swallowing with or without food or drink. I finally had an epiphany and realized that it really was the sugar free red bull that was causing these issues. I’m gonna list my symptoms and my withdraw symptoms too so people can compare. I have been off for 16 days.

    Symptoms
    Insomnia
    Joint pains wrist, ankle and knees
    Backpain
    Trouble swallowing
    Irritability
    Short temper
    Tired eyes
    Metallic taste in mouth
    Weird sharp or shooting head pains in temples or eye sockets
    Weight gain / trouble maintaining or loosing weight (about
    8-10 pounds)
    PMS
    Fatique
    Ibs

    Withdraw symptoms

    After 16 days (I’ve been taking liver rescue and something to help with movements) eating healthy and trying to generally detox from this crap
    Still having symptoms but different from when I was drinking sugar free red bull

    Extreme fatique – like drugged feeling especially if I worked or did something all day
    Joint pains still
    Easier to swallow so that’s a plus okay okay and then you
    Sleeping through the whole night
    Still horrible back pain in the mornings

    • Eric

      The back pain is probably from Adrenal Exhaustion. I highly recommend a product called Jing City (just look up on Google). It is not cheap, but it does the trick. You also need to watch the caffeine consumption. Thanks for the post! Keep us informed on your progress.

  • Mandj

    I have been drinking sugarfree Red Bull for years anywhere from 1-3. But I feel I’m totally addicted to it. Symptoms: wrist pains for a couple years. This winter it had aches in my knees. I’m a avid skier and I has a hard time skiing but it hurt my joints. Pain in my jawbone. Lots of gastrointestinal issues. The last few months very painfull back pain. Bad temper with or without. Fatigue. I have tried to quit several times I know it’s bad but haven’t been able to kick it. I started a diary and haven’t had a sugarfree red bull. Today is day 3, I don’t feel great, back hurts and aches in back of legs. I plan on updating my results and keeping a diary to see if these effects go away. Also, FYI my mother had Lupus, half sister has ms and half nephew has fibermyalgia. My mother has always been a diet food junkie and has always struggled with her weight. My sister, with ms doest really eat much diet stuff and neither does her son. Just a bit of background.

  • salley mae

    I am currently drinking 2L a day. Wow! These symptoms sound really familiar!!! Numbness in hands, dizzy spells, brain fog. Ok I am quitting today( though I’ve tried unsuccessfully in the past) .We will see…

  • Jean S.

    I had drank diet pepsi since 1981 and gave it up 10 days ago because I had gone numb in both of my arms below the elbows and both legs below the knees. I have transitioned my addiction from 44 oz of diet pepsi to 12 oz of Stevia soda called Zevia. It lessened the headaches and doesn’t have a sweet taste to it, it actually doesn’t taste very good so its easy to keep to 1 can a day. the hardest for me has been the taste of diet pepsi. I have noticed that I have been extremely exhausted, but much of my dizziness is gone and the numbness is gone in 3 of my four limbs, still numb in my lower left arm. I am optimistic that I will feel better but have been discouraged by some articles that say it takes up to 15 months to totally clear it out of my system. I hope it really doesnt take that long.

  • Debbie Gillis

    About two or three years ago I started to drink Coke, for the caffeine. I hadn’t had caffeine in many years as my nervous system does not react well to it. Then, I don’t remember when, I changed to Coke Zero. I was concerned about my weight mostly and seemed to like the taste better anyway. When I made a decision to stop drinking it for the second time, about ten days ago, I thought that I was losing my mind. I was probably drinking about three or four cans a day. I was living in a fog, my anxiety was through the roof and my stomach felt awful every time I drank a can. At one point my family almost sent me to hospital to get mentally assessed. Now ten days to two weeks in, the headaches have subsided but the anxiety is still there, although decreased, my temper is better and for that I am really glad. I couldn’t believe how quickly I was getting wound up about silly things. I still feel somewhat fatigued and run down. The fog has started to lift, although not completely. My blood pressure is generally low and dips from time to time but this seems to have lasted about four days now. Has anyone else had that side effect from withdrawal?

  • suze

    i have never drank any diet drinks, but 2yrs ago started having a sugar free chewing gum & became addicted to it. the last 18mths i have had more illness than i have had had in 50 yrs. so i decided to stop about a month ago, was craving for the gum. decided i would only use it whilst at the gym. now i’ve been diagnosed with labyrinthitis, on top of IBS, gallstones etc etc & am convinced this is down to aspartame & not labyrinthitis. i have so many symptoms of aspartame poisoning & don’t care how bad the withdrwals are. i came off heroin & crack cocaine over 4yrs ago & it can’t be worse than that. i am angry though that i am so ill & yet there are no warnings on anything that aspartame is in, to say it is dangerous. there again life is cheap when compared to money as far as those in power are concerned. i have put it all over facebook about the dangers of this nasty chemical & just hope others will realise just how dangerous it is.

  • I’m on my fourth day no aspartame, I am drinking tea to get the caffeine (really sugar) Today was really bad brain fog and insides hurt! I just hope the brain fog goes away after all this crap is out of me…I have drank diet soda for years, 5-7 cans a day at least! I’m wondering if I will get the rash? I also have coeliac and it has been totally under control since the second day of no diet soda!

  • jeff

    I feel the same. Was in the E.R. last week bleeding internally aspartame was eating my insides. I drank 4 / 44 ounces of diet coke daily-could not get enough. I am on day 10 no aspartame and have rashes all over, swollen hands and feet, exhaustion.

    • Gina FitsEmons

      That’s me a min of 4 – 44oz of diet pepsi a day. people always thought I was kidding when I said I drank 2 gallons a day. its very very easy when you just keep filling up your 44 oz cup.
      I am 30 days without my fix. its a second by second addiction. I still crave it just as if I never gave it up. how are you doing now? did you finally kick the habit?

  • Lynne Williams

    PS to my post. I will come back off the sweetener, but this time reduce instead of just dropping it. I couldn’t take all the bathroom time again.
    ( the blood tests also checked for coeliac and IBS )
    Lynne

  • Prof. Woodrow C. Monte paradigm: methanol is made into formaldehyde inside cells by ADH1 enzyme in 19 specific human tissues — Alzheimer’s, MS, heart and stroke, cancers, birth defects — 745 free online full text references WhileScienceSleeps dot com: Rich Murray 2012.12.02
    http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2012/12/prof.html

    A pack of cigarettes gives the same methanol (wood alcohol) as a liter aspartame diet drink, 60 mg, which ADH1 enzyme makes into highly reactive acidic hydrated formaldehyde inside cells, causing specific modern novel “diseases of civilization” in 19 tissues with high levels of ADH1.
    The fetus is highly vulnerable, resulting in spina bifida, autism, and
    preterm birth.

    Prof. Woodrow C. Monte, Food Science and Nutrition, Arizona State University, retired 2004, has presented this breakthrough paradigm since fall, 2007.

    http://www.WhileScienceSleeps.com

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