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   Posted 10/30/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Dr. W, ( a professor of psychiatry) told the New York Times that in 92 independently funded studies, 84 identified adverse health effects from aspartame. Dr. W added that in a mental health facility where he is clinical director, he observed that aspartame intake is an aggravating factor in people with depession and bipolar.
Bipolar patients might also consider lithium orotate. This was in a newsletter 2/06/07 by Dr. S, M.D. who found lithium orotate was a means of assisting those with bipolar disorder.
Dr. S adds that whenever addressing a health issue as serious as bipolar disorder, a doctor should be consulted, perferably one informed about nutrition and alternative health care.

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   Posted 10/30/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't doubt this at all, I know that as a person with Fibromyalgia, as soon as I COMPLETELY gave up ALL "diet" sugared items, I was much more in control of how stable I was with the condition. Prior to this, I struggled with the physical see-saw of the fatigue/aches/pains of it. It was hard. But after someone suggested if I want sugar, either choose the real stuff, or nothing at all and I happened to listen...IT MADE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in my life. I may have occasional "fibro days", but overall I am stable and functional a good 85+% of the time now. And, if I ever do have something with it in it...BOY can I feel it in my body. So...I don't TOUCH the stuff. Now that there is a mental health link...neither will my husband or son! WOW! Thanks for sharing the info. LFW

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   Posted 10/30/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
It has been 16 days since I have had any diet drink of any no aspartame at all.....and my body feels much better. I have also been eating much better in general, so I don't think the aspartame is the only contributing factor, but I know the removal of Diet Coke has made a significant difference in my overall health. My joints don't ache and aren't swollen, and I don't have daily headaches.

It is terrifying to see the negative effects this man made product can have on so many aspects of the human body....and this is just what we know of now!!!
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   Posted 10/31/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not drank a diet soda in about 2 years and it has made a huge difference. I still drink regular sodas which are bad for you, but I don't have headaches anymore. I used to also get GI problems because of it. I try not to drink/eat aspartame in any form. Thanks for the info.
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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I was a huge Diet Pepsi drinker --- three, four, five a day. When I started the topomax it made all soda taste like drain cleaner, so it was cold turkey for me. I miss it at times, but I certainly haven't put on piles of weight, because I haven't switched to sugary sodas. I know my body is better without it. For years I told myself I was going to quit drinking it, but never could quite do it. See, it's addictive!
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