How many of us drink diet sodas?

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rileydog
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   Posted 10/7/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Or use other artificial sweetners?  I know we're always looking for answers but I still cannot wrap my brain around how I could have had lyme for almost 30 years and been mostly fine for most of it until this last year.  I've tested positive, so yes, I have it... but why now did all of the symptoms take over my body?
 
I've been reading about aspartame poisioning and I realized that the year prior to me getting really sick, I was, in addition to my 3-5 diet sodas a day (for the past 25 years), and equal in coffee, was chewing about 20 pieces of sugar free gum(this was a new habit that just started a couple of years ago). 
 
I'm just trying to figure all this out.. and I know there are so many hypes out there... but out of curiousity, how many of you use sugar free products regularly or have in the past?
 
Thanks all! 

KO-LD
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   Posted 10/7/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to drink diet pop.  about a year ago I stopped using artificial sweeteners because of all that I had read.  I was hoping that the tingling in my extremeties was related to that, but it didn't help with the tingling.  I did notice that if I do have any diet pop now it seems to irritated
my bladder.  Now I just drink lemon water with Stevia.  There is alot of hidden artificial sweeteners in things you don't even realize, like toothpaste.  You need to read the labels on everything.
KO
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Currently on Dr. Zhang's protocol 


Sulma
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   Posted 10/7/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
rileydog said...
Or use other artificial sweetners?  I know we're always looking for answers but I still cannot wrap my brain around how I could have had lyme for almost 30 years and been mostly fine for most of it until this last year.  I've tested positive, so yes, I have it... but why now did all of the symptoms take over my body?
 
I've been reading about aspartame poisioning and I realized that the year prior to me getting really sick, I was, in addition to my 3-5 diet sodas a day (for the past 25 years), and equal in coffee, was chewing about 20 pieces of sugar free gum(this was a new habit that just started a couple of years ago). 
 
I'm just trying to figure all this out.. and I know there are so many hypes out there... but out of curiousity, how many of you use sugar free products regularly or have in the past?
 
Thanks all! 
I believe some artificial sweeteners are believed to affect the thymus, which would be a really risky thing for us since that gland is responsible for stimulating parts of our immune system. 
 
I've totally sworn off artificial sweeteners of any kind. I use Stevita brand refined stevia in my protein drinks, and I don't drink sodas of any kind. 

Dowa
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   Posted 10/7/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Rileydog: May I ask, how do you know you had the Lyme for 30 years or more?? From what I am told, it can go into remmision until something else triggers it, even emotional stress or a car accident for example. Anything that weakens your system, can bring it out of remmision. But, I am curious how you know it goes back 30 years if the symotoms were not there?? D

JELAINEP
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   Posted 10/7/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never been a big soda drinker or used artificial sweetners. I'm on filtered water and have 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning... that's it.
We'll get through today - Jennifer
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, 08/25/08-WE'LL SEE
Current Rx's 08/25/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Restoril 30mg, Prevacid, Darvocet, Acidophilus, Flagyl 1500mg, Urso 250mg, IV Rocephin 4 grams, Magnesium Chloride and/or Magnesium Oil - I need to order off the internet 
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twingirl
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   Posted 10/7/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I never use artificial sweetners. They cause all kinds of issues for me, mostly numbing of all parts of my body.

I believe people with Lyme and other chronic illness need to have very clean diets with whole foods only and no processed foods. I think it helps with our recovery.

I've had lyme for a very long time as well but it has just been in the past 3 years that it became a real issue. I think it's common for that to happen.

take care,
dar

*Bella*
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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't drink diet soda. I was never a big diet drinker, but I figured after being diagnosed with Lyme, that I would switch and I had side effects.

I do drink Sprite though. Bad, I know, but I love my soda. I find it very hard to drink lots of water, but I'm getting better!

phsinvent
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   Posted 10/8/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Aspartame is one of these most controversial subjects i have ever seen next to lyme. When this chemical hit the market in the 80's, the strange symptoms mounted. People were complaining to the FDA and logging into a site to report their symptoms. This is about the time when Multiple sclerosis and lyme cases were on the increase. Is there a connection? I won't comment on that. It is a very long story but in a nut shell, i've seen scientists disprove the methanol and formaldehyde forming potential of the molecule and on the other hand, i've heard of people going to the emergency room to find they suffer from methanol poisoning. But it gets even better, i've heard stories where a pathologist could tell who consumed high amounts of aspartame during an autopsy. Somehow those that consumed high amounts of aspartame already appeared to be preserved like with formaldehyde embalming. I have my own opionions but i'm not going to start some huge argument.

With a large majority of the american population being overweight. Diet drinks have always been appealing. Aspartame is not the answer but they have tried to replace it. Splenda didn't last too long in diet coke when they tried to replace aspartame with it. People just didn't like the taste. Until they find a better alternative, aspartame is here to stay no matter how much damage the chemical is proven to cause. It is all about $$. And nothing will get in the way of a chemical that is addictive and sold all over the world generating millions in wealth.

Overall, i'd avoid it. One diet coke once in a while or some gum is really no big deal. But constant consumption of this chemical could give you symptoms that mirror lyme. I've even read some articles about aspartame locking the borrelia spirochete into the body. Don't see that discussed too often though.

I think Xylitol and stevia are safer alternatives. We don't really know the truth about aspartame.  


bookfreak
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   Posted 10/8/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Aspartame used to really aggravate my symptoms. My bladder would spasm like crazy. I don't react to Splenda but from what I've read I'm not so sure that is good either so I rarely use products that include it.

I have found a soda sweetened with stevia, it's called Zevia. You can Google it and order online, however, they are starting to carry it in most health food stores.

Do they taste like regular soda? No, but I think they taste pretty good. I'm partial to the Ginger Root Beer. These sodas have no calories.

Every now and then, especially when it's hot out, I like the taste of a fizzy soda so this works for me...... and it doesn't aggravate my symptoms.......

Celestia
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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never been a diet soda drinker. Gave up all regular soda, not that I ever drank more than 1 a week. If I need to use a sweetner I use Stevia Plus. I'm totally used to it. But I love the taste of unsweetened tea and black coffee so I've never needed to sweeten that.

sojourner
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   Posted 10/8/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
nope, never.  not then, not now.

"God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible." ~booth

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rosesinjanuary
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   Posted 4/14/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad and hoping your infection is mild or u have a genetic system that stops it, that's great
I don't like coke i love coke take mi coke take my life. i know its hard on mi teeth and caloric but i noticed no difference in the way i felt when i gave it up.

Caldonia Sun
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   Posted 4/15/2010 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Never have. Artificial sweeteners are so bad for the body, as well as the soda itself. You are better off with water, flavored with lemon or lime.
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