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xxeegg
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   Posted 12/8/2006 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, haven't been here in a bit, nothing much to say. I have been looking tho.  I have a question: 
 
My son has been after me to stop drinking diet coke cause he says it causes ms symptons.  I have
 
tried to explain I have lesions and have ms, but he chooses to believe if I stopped the drink I would
 
lose the symptons. Has anyone heard of this or experienced it:?   Thanks Linda
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shashi
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   Posted 12/8/2006 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
A lot of folks on another board that I belong to have discussed this in detail. So I decided to go off of diet sodas about a month ago.  I've been drinking them for 20 years and haven't lost a pound anyway, so I figured what do I have to lose?  It's been hard though to get used to drinking regular sodas again. I cheated yesterday and had a diet Pepsi. 
 
I really haven't noticed a difference in any of my symptoms though, so I don't know the validity of that theory. 
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bubby13
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   Posted 12/8/2006 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
i think it's the aspartame that people think causes it.....diet coke is also made with splenda now...which is supposedly better for you because it's make with real sugar......you could switch to that although i'm sure it's just as bad for you....i switched to diet rite...it comes in all sorts of flavors and has no caffiene, sodium, or sugar.

BGD2Me
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   Posted 12/8/2006 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
My hubby was an avid diet coke drinker. Six months ago he started to notice he was extremely thristy, peeing all the time, not sleeping well. He had a lot of diabetic symptoms but we ruled out diabetes through blood tests. My hubby would drink between 6-12 diet cokes per day. When he stopped cold turkey so did most of his symptoms. I have never drank diet soda! I do believe that aspartame is bad for you. But that is only my opinion.

Lysha
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uppitycats
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   Posted 12/8/2006 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, it's not like diet soda (or regular soda, for that matter) is a REQUIREMENT FOR LIFE or anything. Meaning, stop if if you want to, and see if it makes a difference in your overall health.

But the "reasoning" behind your son's plea is that there are folks that claim that aspertame is the culprit, that it leads to all sorts of health problems including neurological problems, and so stopping consuming aspertame will create instant health in all sorts of people with diverse health issues.

Whenever I hear these claims, I go to Snopes, which researches and proves...or debunks..the rumors.  Here is their report about this:

 

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

 

 


...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


BGD2Me
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   Posted 12/8/2006 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
What a great website!

Thanks Uppity

Lysha
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Kimber
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   Posted 12/8/2006 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda,
 
    There are lots of articles on this subject stating that aspartame products either cause MS or increase symptoms and going off of it will makes things go away.   Sites like the one Uppity gave (great site Uppity!) and the National MS society say this claim is false and doesn't have enough scientific evidence to proof it.  Mike tried going off the diet pop for about a year, hes a HUGE drinker of this stuff, and didn't notice any difference. 
 
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Legend
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   Posted 12/15/2006 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
  Aspertame is the purported culprit in diet drinks. I am curious how your son came to know of this ingredient. MS requires a true understanding of what goes into our bodies. MS people are the barometers of society.

theLight
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   Posted 12/18/2006 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
While this deviates from the subject I have read that if you have metal fillings from dental work they can be bad for MS. Myth says that they should be replaced with non metalic the fillings they use now. I have also heard sleeping on a magnetic matress can help reduce frequency???

uppitycats
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   Posted 12/19/2006 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
theLight said...
While this deviates from the subject I have read that if you have metal fillings from dental work they can be bad for MS. Myth says that they should be replaced with non metalic the fillings they use now. I have also heard sleeping on a magnetic matress can help reduce frequency???
You already answered your own question... "Myth".  Let's think about it...if it were true that the mercury used in fillings would be bad for MS (or cause MS...the more common "myth"), wouldn't every dentist and certainly every dental technician HAVE MS?  After all, they're poking and prodding and dislodging bits of the stuff every time they dig around in someone's mouth!
 
The truth is -- you end up getting exposed to a lot more mercury by having all your fillings removed and replaced, than if you left them alone (assuming they're in good condition and not breaking apart .. which your dentist should be telling you, when you get your annual or semi-annual exam, and they'd need replacing for good oral health). 
 
There's no truth to either of these.  If you go to snopes (the link I provided above) and search for them, you'll find them debunked as well.
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naturalgrl
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   Posted 12/23/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I just joined this chat room and your question jumped out at me. I know you sent this a while back. Stop, stop, stop drinking or eating anything with ASPARTAME!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a cause and will worsen your symptoms. Stop doing that to yourself. Do some research on ms and aspartame and you will see it for yourself. Please stop ingesting that poison. I used to drink it too, but stopped when I realized that it is what may have cause my MS.

uppitycats
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   Posted 12/23/2006 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
naturalgrl said...
I just joined this chat room and your question jumped out at me. I know you sent this a while back. Stop, stop, stop drinking or eating anything with ASPARTAME!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a cause and will worsen your symptoms. Stop doing that to yourself. Do some research on ms and aspartame and you will see it for yourself. Please stop ingesting that poison. I used to drink it too, but stopped when I realized that it is what may have cause my MS.
The amount of aspartame you would have to consume for it really to harm you in ANY way is SO vast, you'd never be able to do it, unless you injected it into your veins.  There is "research" and there are wild unsubstantiated unscientific claims.  But believe what you want.
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Kimber
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   Posted 12/23/2006 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Naturalgrl,
 
   The internet is a wonderous thing, but you have to be very careful with research because there are a lot of false claims out there.  If you look at the reputable MS websites,  you will see that there is no evidence to support that aspartame either causes or worsens MS.  Some people are indeed sensitive to it though MS or not.  Take care!
 
 
 
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kim123
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   Posted 12/23/2006 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Be careful ingesting anything "un"natural...

http://www.mercola.com/article/aspartame/dangers.htm

...one of many such articles

 as well as,

http://www.mercola.com/2000/dec/3/sucralose_dangers.htm

Splenda is NOT real sugar, as you will read. Be careful. Personally, I don't feel well after drinking or ingesting sucralose products. Good old water may be a better choice. Aren't we supposed to be drinking 6-8 glasses a day anyway? :/ ...Has anyone seen my diet coke? :)

 

 

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