Now that I've staunched the tears (from laughing so hard), and picked myself up off the floor (from ROFL), so that I can actually read the screen, I'll try to make a reply!
First, snohare, where do you get off calling me the "human data hoover"??? I'm not even British! If I'm anything, I'm the "human data vacuum cleaner"!! LOL!! Well, ok, yeah, I do like to read the technical stuff, but you seem to be the one with the ability to type it up and post it in the forums!! Right Ralph??!! LOL!! (Although I must add, that it is especially remarkable, given the dyslexia. You must have worked very hard on that, snohare, and I just want to validate you on that!)
AAaaahh but alas, Ralph, one can absolutely know plenty of mumbo-jumbo, without years of schooling...well, formal schooling, anyway. It is ironic that when we first virtually "met", I thought snohare female, and he thought me male, because we are really so much alike! I also have been mostly ignored by the medical community, in my attempt to have my pain and illness diagnosed and treated; I also have felt it necessary to educate myself about all my medical issues, so that I might challenge my Drs with valid research when they balk at my requests. None of my friends or family think of me as normal, either! LOL! It took me quite by surprise that they don't find technical details the least bit interesting, especially because those details are the keys to my health or lack of. Anyway, my best advice (and probably snohare would agree), is if one must be ill, for goodness sakes, don't be ill with CFS or related illness!
Mark, I did have a look at the website you emailed me, and I see that you have since posted a link to it. So that's fine. That is definitely "pure information"!! But I can't tell you how much I appreciate your discretion in not posting it until you were asked! I've never had much luck with artificial sweeteners, and avoid them all across the board. If pressed to choose, I would prefer saccharin(sp?), though. I did try NutraSweet/aspartame, as there had been some negative news about saccharin, over the years. Aspartame had a bad after-taste, to which I might have become accustomed, had I not developed head aches and a strange feeling of being disconnected (I get the same feeling when I have to take dextromethorphan for coughing), after drinking a soda sweetened with it. And I have tried Splenda/sucralose. Unfortunately I may never know how it affects me as I can't get past the taste, to drink more than a sip or 2 of a soda sweetened with it. I would describe the taste as sickly sweet. I can imagine it could be used in a combination of flavorings, where I could tolerate it, though. I'll have to remember to check more ingredient labels. Anyway, thanks for the info, Mark!
And Jon, finally!! Your thread has become somewhat diverse, as far as subject, but just wanted to let you know we're still here for you. I hope your holiday was a good one, and that you got some significant help or info from the candida specialist. As you probably know, the candida yeast theory, as the source of symptoms in CFS/ME is controversial. Maybe I'll start a thread on it, just to keep things interesting (even though I'm not a strong proponent). In any case, let us know how you're doing!
Best of luck and health to everyone