I'm starting to feel like a broken record in my recent replies, so bear with me, but I also just became aware there's a dangerous chemical in 6000 food items and drinks. Aspartame, aka phenylalanine, Acesulfame-K, Amino-Sweet, Nutra-Sweet, Sunette, etc. It can induce headaches and a slew of 91 other ailments/symptoms, some very serious - seizures, brain tumors - it can mimic symptoms of MS. If drink diet drinks, stop, if you chew gum, stop, if you use breath mints, stop, in fact switch toothpaste as well, Sorbitol isn't any better for us than aspartame is (Sorbitol is in a lot of chocolate candy, Crest, Colgate, Pepsodent, Aquafresh). I buy my toothpaste from a health food store now. I read every single label of any product I buy now - from food, to drinks, to cosmetics, to candy, you name it, I am now spending twice as long at the grocery store. I am purging anything in my house with it too - I recently read it's in V 8 juice, lovely, I used to use V 8 in stews and soup, I won't anymore.
The reason I became aware of this chemical, loosely labeled as an artificial sweetener, is because I have lost 50% of the hearing in my left ear from cochlear meniere's disease. My doctor asked if I experienced headaches and migraines, I said yes since I was 16 and I'm 58 now. He said to look up migraine triggers to manage my meniere's more effectively (the two are connected, headaches and meniere's, he implied I was prone for a meniere's dx), aspartame comes up as a trigger.
Avoid aspartame. My doctor said to avoid it like the plague.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99, Cochlear Meniere's Disease
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Cholestyramine 1 T daily
- Eliminated aspartame, caffeine and alcohol from diet.