|"I read your report on Splenda with great interest. After discontinuing the use of all products containing aspartame--I suffered from horrible headaches, joint pain, and heart palpitations--consuming only one diet soda per day and sometimes sugarless gum--I wondered if Splenda might be the answer for me.
I went four months with no artificial sweetener of any kind and then started using a small amount of Splenda as a sweetener in my one cup of coffee per day, an occasional protein bar, and a couple of times each week on cereal or fruit. Within one week, the horrific headache was back and I even noticed heart palpitations again.
I immediately stopped and have been symptom free ever since. I have read of other people having similar negative experiences with first aspartame and then sucralose. I believe that once your body finally breaks down from one, it cannot tolerate the other either.
I have a friend who stopped using aspartame years ago after similar complaints. A few months ago she drank one half of a can of soda and got very sick. Seems to be a common story.
Once your body is allergic, a very small amount cna trigger the illness again regardless of how long one has been without it. I just hope there is no residual damage or long-term negative effects from their usage after one has stopped. I hope the FDA wises up. There are tends of thousands of people out there trying to get the FDA to do long-term studies on aspartame, hoping that they will take it off the market. I think the chemical companies who manufacture artificial sweeteners have too many lobbyists and too much money for the FDA to listen to the multitudes who have suffered."
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