Attn Dry Eye Sufferers


Posted by Shanasy in IL , Mar 08,2002,10:01   Archive
This may or may not be news to you, however if it is, maybe it might help some who have tried dry eye remedies that work for others but not them and are puzzled as to why. Maybe this could be the causative factor. ASPARTAME has been found to cause dry eye. Aspartame for those of you unfamiliar with it, is also known as Nutrasweet, Equal and Spoonful. It is probably in any product labeled as "sugar-free" (especially diet soft drinks)

This product is being accused of causing all kinds of neurological problems - it changes the brain chemistry (as if we need more of that!). It also changes the dopamine levels in the brain (blephos already have reduced levels). It is warned strongly not to be taken by patients with Parkinson's Disease (which we certainly have something in common with them).

It is marketed as a diet product but IT IS NOT A DIET PRODUCT! On the contrary - it makes your crave carbohydrates and will make you fat. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.

This product is now in over 5000 different products. Read your labels closely and if you see it listed - DON'T EVEN THINK OF BUYING IT!

OK I'm getting off the subject of dry eyes, however I was just trying to give you other factual info to help motivate you and give you reason to avid this ingredient at all costs!

During a lecture, one physician said this: "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss -- you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!"

Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Roberts will be writing a position paper with some case histories and will post it on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians, 'We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison". Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed.
He said "his diabetic patients presented memory loss, confusion, and severe vision loss". At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they did not know. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence).

There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame, from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological, because the aspartame destroys the nervous system. (that alone should scare us blephos away from it!)

Sorry this was long but I felt it important.

Shanasy




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Re : Attn Dry Eye Sufferers --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by Lynn Yarbrough , Mar 08,2002,14:09 Top of Thread Archive
I would take this stuff more seriously if my BEB had not shown up 20 years before aspartane was FDA-approved.

--- Lynn




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Re : Attn Dry Eye Sufferers --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Mar 08,2002,15:54 Top of Thread Archive
Thanks for the info, Shanasy - it was interesting. I did know aspertame causes many neurological problems - in fact, whilst working at the university I brought home medical info on the subject because my husband is/was a cokeaholic - consuming many bottles a day and I was worried about that. He hasn't been able to give them up completely but has been only drinking 2 (regular cokes) per day now for years (he doesn't drink tea, coffee, alcohol or beer) - just 2 cokes, a juice and water. I have never drunk soft drinks (grew up in the war years in the U.K. and we didn't have them), and have never used aspertame knowingly in any product. I am interested in knowing what other products it might be in - guess things like light jello, ready-made desserts, etc. What else I wonder? Thanks again for taking the time to post this.

June in Toronto (beb/meige)




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Re : Attn Dry Eye Sufferers --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by Lyn Patterson , Mar 08,2002,18:57 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Shanasy

I came across the info on Aspartame some time ago and immediately stopped drinking diet drinks. There is a lot of stuff on the Internet about it - after reading it, I don't know how anyone could even consider using it ! We have enough problems without adding to them !

Lyn




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Re : Attn Dry Eye Sufferers --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by Joann Humphrey , Mar 08,2002,21:54 Top of Thread Archive
Good information, Thanks. I don't have dry eyes but I have always avoided the artificial sweeteners too.
Joann in Ark.



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Re : Attn Dry Eye Sufferers --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), Mar 09,2002,08:17 Top of Thread Archive
I was wondering where you were. Aspartame is not related to the aspartate form of mineral supplements, I hope?
What the hell are diabetics supposed to do? I'm not one yet as I am trying to lose weight and exercise when i can.

--modified by Kathy in Atlanta at Sat, Mar 09, 2002, 08:18:43




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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy --- Kathy in Atlanta
Posted by Shanasy in IL , Mar 09,2002,10:41 Top of Thread Archive
To your first question, no.

What are diabetics supposed to do? Still... just avoid the ingredient like the plague - no matter what!

Keep up your exercise - wish you could motivate ME! That's my biggest downfall!

Hugs,
Shanasy




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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by Ann Doyle , Mar 10,2002,13:40 Top of Thread Archive
Diet Rite Cola doesn't have aspartame in it. There are some others--orange and maybe shasta but diet rite is the only cola I know of without aspartame. I am really addicted to the stuff and ashamed of it and I agree with Shanasy that it helps you gain weight. Ann Doyle



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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), Mar 12,2002,08:56 Top of Thread Archive
thanks for the answer. I just read this. What a thread you have started here!



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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy --- Shanasy in IL
Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), Mar 13,2002,12:08 Top of Thread Archive
well, I'm wondering, since Alzheimers has captured the attention of so many in the U.S.A. , gracing the covers of Time magazine several times , with memory loss being the main concern of so many, if Aspartame has anything to do with it? So many people consume alot of soft drinks, many daily. Is this something that could go away if one stopped drinking these diet colas? Magnesium deficiency is also related to the consumption of colas; didn't we discuss this before?

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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy --- Kathy in Atlanta
Posted by Shanasy in IL , Mar 13,2002,21:25 Top of Thread Archive
YES Aspartane has been found responsible for memory loss. A Dr. Robert has published a report detailing 157 persons with aspartame-induced confusion and memory loss. Dr. Mercola (mercola.com) has alot of info on the dangers of Aspartane.



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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy --- Kathy in Atlanta
Posted by Evelyn , Mar 10,2002,22:30 Top of Thread Archive
I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for almost 45 years, so I can't use sugar. I used to use things with Aspartame, until I discovered the same things that Shanasy posted. I never was much of a soft drink user, so that wasn't hard to give up. However, a diabetic wants some sweet things, so I've learned to make pies with fruit juices, cakes with fruit for sweeteners, ie. raisins, dried pineapple, etc. I've discovered a powder/liquid sweetener called Stevia, which is made from the stevia plant. It's rather good in food and my friend uses it in her coffee. I've found that with most things, "where there's a will, there's a way". I sometimes wonder if the aspartame that I used for a while, contributed to my bout with depression and also with my deafness. There are so many things to consider, but if one knows the possibilities of something being dangererous to the health, it's wise to avoid consuming that product, in my opinion.
Evelyn



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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy --- Evelyn
Posted by joyce whitt/NC (Joyce Whitt,joyce whitt/NC), Mar 11,2002,17:34 Top of Thread Archive
Evelyn, where do you purchase this product? Is it in the grocery store or a health food store? Questions, questions.

Joyce in NC




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Posted by Evelyn , Mar 11,2002,21:53 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Joyce,
I haven't purchased it myself yet, because my friend gave me some samples. But I have a catalog from a co-op near here that I will order some from soon. I think there are several places you can buy it...such as health food stores. I haven't checked the grocery stores.
Evelyn



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Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), Mar 12,2002,08:52 Top of Thread Archive
thank you Evelyn, you are more than knowledgable about this. I don't drink soft drinks that often but when i do i prefer the lowcalorie ones, the amount of sugar in the real ones is just too much for me. I do have hypoglycemia , i'm pretty sure. So you are backing up some of these things Shanasy found. I wish she would answer the aspartate/aspartame question. I'm overeacting i know. They are probably not even related.



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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy/Evelyn --- Kathy in Atlanta
Posted by Shanasy in IL , Mar 12,2002,21:44 Top of Thread Archive
For even more info on it (and a wealth of other alternative health/healing research) go to mercola.com. This is my new dr. that I am trying some alternative healing with and he has an astounding web page! You can research a ton of good stuff on it!

This Friday I am starting cranial-sacral therapy at this dr's office.

--modified by Shanasy in IL at Tue, Mar 12, 2002, 21:45:27




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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Shanasy/Evelyn --- Kathy in Atlanta
Posted by Ann Doyle , Mar 13,2002,06:28 Top of Thread Archive
KATHY, try Diet Rite, it is 0 calories and sweetened with Spenda. Ann Doyle



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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Mar 13,2002,10:57 Top of Thread Archive
But it's not the one and only Coca Cola!


Sally in North Idaho where fake snowflakes are floating down. It's March.




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Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), Mar 13,2002,12:12 Top of Thread Archive
Maybe i will sometime.Ann. I don't drink soft drinks very often, tho.

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Posted by Carol Brown , Mar 09,2002,14:38 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Shanasy,

I was very interested in what you had to say. I printed it out so that I could read it to my husband. I have often heard people say that diet drinks were not could for you, but didn't know why. You have certainly shed a lot of light on the subject. Thanks. I do drink diet pop once in a while, but will certainly start reading the labels now.

Just thought I would pass this on for everyone. I have found a diet suger which does not list aspertame as an ingredient. It is called "Splenda" and it is very good. It comes in a box containing little packets.

Carol Brown, blephero, meige




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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Mar 09,2002,17:27 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Carol ... I was wondering about Splenda. A retired nurse in my neighborhood gave out boxes of it to several of us who are diabetic. I've not even opened mine yet as I use very little sugar (except in recipes). I just have banana and milk on my cereal, and no sweetener in coffee or tea, so have really had no occasion to try it. A friend's son-in-law said he liked it a lot better than Equal. I wonder how long until they use it in diet pop. I do like Fresca and that is a diet drink. However, I don't drink it very often.

Sally in North Idaho




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Posted by Joann Humphrey , Mar 09,2002,20:42 Top of Thread Archive
My daughter uses Splenda all the time. It works well for cooking. I've used it a little & like it, but prefer sugar (naturally). Sometimes I use half Splenda & half sugar in recipes.
Joann where it was sunny, cold & windy in Ark.



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Posted by Ann Doyle , Mar 10,2002,13:45 Top of Thread Archive
I've tried Splenda and just didn't care for it but maybe if I mixed it half and half and after I got used to it I could change over. The man at the health food store said Just use a little because it is very sweet but it didn't seem sweet enough for me. How much do you use in a cup of coffee? The whole pack? Ann Doyle



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Posted by Carol Brown , Mar 10,2002,16:01 Top of Thread Archive
Joann - I don't use sugar in my coffee, but I do put in on my cereal and only use 1/2 a packet. I think it is really good myself. Try using it sparingly at first.

Carol Brown, Naselle, WA




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Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), Mar 13,2002,12:16 Top of Thread Archive
Well does anyone know what chemical IT contains?



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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Mar 11,2002,16:12 Top of Thread Archive
Not that I drink pop, but I here that Splenda is in Diet Rite Cola and also in a hard candy that Baskin and Robbins puts out.

Just popping in - this may have been mentioned already!

June in Toronto




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Posted by Delaine Inman , Mar 09,2002,21:08 Top of Thread Archive
I was also told by a Vanderbilt chemistry major that Aspartame becomes the same chemical formula as arsenic at body temperature. My husband was using tons of the stuff and I finally got him to change to Splenda last year. My Mom and Uncle are diabetics and were using it so he got to sample it and liked it. We had tried Stevia and he didn't like it. Thanks for the post. I will copy it.



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Posted by Ann Doyle , Mar 10,2002,13:48 Top of Thread Archive
Speaking of memory loss--it was Stevia I didn't like. Where do you get Splenda? Grocery Store or Health Food Store? Ann Doyle



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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Mar 10,2002,20:01 Top of Thread Archive
Splenda is in the grocery stores now ... at least in Spokane.

Sally in North Idaho




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Posted by Ann Doyle , Mar 11,2002,09:45 Top of Thread Archive
I used to say ;" If God made it , it's ok. If man made it , read the ingredients.
Be careful of things labeled "natural" horse manure is natural. So is stricnine poisoning. Ann Doyle



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Posted by Ruth D. Barth , Mar 10,2002,13:09 Top of Thread Archive
Thank you so much Shanasy. I think you got me onto something. I have been going from doctor to doctor trying to get a diagnosis on my eye spasms. They are not traditional blepharospasm symptoms occuring only at night. I have no light sensitivity. I went through the "maybe you are allergic to your cats to high blood pressure" etc. All of the sudden I realized how much artificial sweetener I use, both Sweet and Low and Diet Coke to which I am addicted (3-4 cans a day). I have had this problem for 6 months, sleeping only a few hours a night.

I stopped all this cold turkey and have been drinking a lot of water. The first two nights I had only one spasm, the next two nights NONE.
Maybe this is an oversimplification and everything will come back but this is the best in awhile. My glaucoma is also very non-traditional, low tension, although I have lost vision, and I wonder if artificial sweeteners have done a job on my eyes.

Thanks for the info - will hope for the best.




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Posted by Shanasy in IL , Mar 10,2002,13:32 Top of Thread Archive
Wow - now this is the kind of stuff I like to hear! I hope your spasms continue to be gone! You just never know I guess. There are so many poisonous toxins out there ("approved by the FDA") that are "silently" wreaking havoc on our bodies. If you would the the full text of the info I found, email me and I will sent it to you (put in the heading Aspartame - since I nomrally don't open emails from strangers).



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Posted by Kathy in Atlanta (kathy,Kathy in Atlanta), Mar 13,2002,12:23 Top of Thread Archive
Well I hope this will help you figure out in time if this indeed is making your spasms worse. Maybe if some others read your post, it will help them also. The caffeine will also do a number on your sleep habits. Let us know if you continue improving!



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Re : Re: Attn Dry Eye Sufferers/Ruth --- Kathy in Atlanta
Posted by Ruth D. Barth , Mar 13,2002,13:42 Top of Thread Archive
Thanks Kathy. I have been off caffeine and aspartame only a few days and I have had less spasms by far, but am very tired. Perhaps drinking 3-4 cans of diet soda a day and sweet and low in coffee has been almost a lifelong habit has given me a false sense of energy. Maybe it will take me time to feel more like myself again. I hope so because we are planning an Aruba vacation next week and I would like to feel better. Will keep you posted. Shanasy I got the information you E-Mailed me.
Thanks.



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