|"I have been interested in starting or joining in a lawsuit against Splenda.
My husband has been a healthy, active firefighter for seven years and a paramedic for three years. Last June, at work in the middle of a training class, he had a full tonic clonic seizure witnessed by his twenty classmates.
They rushed him to the hospital and his coworkers called me immediately after he was stabilized. I was nine-months pregnant at the time.
He has been put through the ringer when it comes to tests--24-hour EEGs (twice), two tilt-table tests to check for vasovagal cardiogenic syncope, he was put on anti-seizure medication, told he couldn't drive for six months, EKG tests, stress tests, and has been taken off regular duty and given a desk job.
He's been under the care of a cardiologist and two neurologists. He was told, after six months of no driving, that he could go off the anti-seizure medication, but, once off it, he couldn't drive for an additional three months. That's ten months of no driving!
He has passed all of the tests and has been cleared of any underlying issues. The reason I'm laying this all out is because the ONLY thing different--THE ONLY THING--that I feel was the major culprit in his seizure was Splenda. He had been on the South Beach Diet for approximately eight weeks before the seizure and was using Splenda as his sweetener of choice. We have everything with Splenda--strawberries, ice creams, desserts, Splenda in our morning coffee.
The night before his seizure, I made a key lime pie with approximately three cups of Splenda in it. Twelve hours later, he had his seizure. After that date, I did my research on the topic. To my surprise, very few studies had been done on Splenda. One doctor had an informational website on the possible side effects of Splenda use, but his website was not up and running. There were no other references to people who experienced any problems.
Needless to say, we have completely and utterly ceased all use of this product and are anxious to tell everyone we meet to consider the possible consequences.
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