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Posted on November 15, 2005 in messages from Hullistic Network | Link To This Entry | Comments (25)


Posted by: lize on December 5, 2005 11:07 PM

I don't touch the stuff. I think the FDA is all about profit not health. Animal studies on Sucralose show all kinds of harm to the body. These may not transfer to humans, but I'm not willing to take that chance.


Posted by: Damion (Houston) on December 27, 2005 1:55 PM

I have a major problem with artifical sweeteners such as equal and splenda. For some reason, my body does not process these products once they enter into my blood stream. I went for years wondering why I felt so bad for so long. I am a diabetic and thought that was the reason ... it is just diabetes I told myself. Pretty much everything I was eating and drinking was either sugar free or fat free. I basically lived off diet coke and diet dr pepper.

I was told by someone recently that the aspartame gets in my body and is not processed it just becomes a toxin(poison.) Then I knew it is poison that I was drinking. Honestly if I drink one Diet Dr Pepper I will be in a fit of rage for a week, my skin will become very uncomfortable, I will want to sleep for 3 hours extra each day and I will have the worst mood swings in the world.

Avoiding drinking and eating these sweeteners is hard enough, but these products are hidden in a lot of foods I eat. I am learning more and more each day which foods such as tangy candies, Gatorade, ice cream bars, vitamin E and multi vitamins have the exact things which drive my body bonkers. Any help to idenitfy these products would help very much. thanks



Posted by: Lucy Parker Watkins on December 30, 2005 1:50 PM

The good news is, you can find out which products contain chemical sweeteners. The bad news's a very long list.

Please check out for a list of chemical sweeteners that may cause health issues for you. Then, make sure to read any and all labels. These toxins show up in toothpaste, gum, medicines, etc. If you consume something that doesn't list any of these chemical sweeteners, but you still have a reaction, there may be ingredients not listed on the label. The rule is if there is 2% or less of an ingredient, the manufacturer isn't required to list it on the label.

Additionally, we recommend people avoid highly processed foods and work towards a natural whole foods diet. This helps save you the trouble of
reading labels and you always know what you're putting in your body.

Good luck.


Posted by: Jim Meyers on January 11, 2006 1:48 PM

I recently purchased Orville Reddenbacher's new product "KETTLE KORN" Slightly Sweet and Slightly Salty. As it was popping a pungent sweet smell permeated the house. The taste was very uusual, I kept eating it. Later I had an allergic reaction which affected my breathing. I took a Claritin and this usually helped when I had a reaction to a closed house with animals in it or worked around a dusty environment. Three hours later I had relief for about 4 hours. When I awoke another reaction occurred. I cleared it up with a juicing receipe that had ginger, carots, celery and parsley in it. I took wheat grass after this and both for the next two days to detoxify and get the DDT and Cholrine out of my system.2 days later I am okay. No emergancy treatment was needed.


Posted by: Lucy Parker Watkins on January 12, 2006 12:49 PM

For those of you who may not know this....Orville Redenbacher's Kettle Corn does contain sucralose.

Stay tuned as we will soon be posting my case history about a reaction to sucralose which will include medical documentation of the symptoms.


Posted by: Jennifer on February 20, 2006 3:32 PM

I use a lot of Splenda. The reasoning i have been thinking is that there are so many more horrible things out there...people are on crack for goodness sake. So certainly, my vice of Splenda is harmless. But I have been thinking how too much of anything is a bad thing. Especially since, lately i have been becoming dependent on it. When i have a tall glass of water with lemon juice...i'll put 4 or 5 packets of Splenda. Tea with skim...the same thing. It tastes great, and i thought that since it's "natural", it won't hurt me. But after reading some of other people's symptoms, i have decided to stop cold turkey. I have about 75 packets left. But i will put them aside and see if my bloating goes away,my breathing problems, etc. I am very healthy, praise God,-123 pounds and 5 foot 4. I have lost 10 pounds and the Splenda helps. But i surely don't want to use it anymore if it will be harmful. We shall see!


Posted by: Ora Hill on March 2, 2006 3:27 PM

I recently was over at a friends house and she asked me if I wanted a soda. I don't usually drink soda but she said she had gingerale and I can drink that. It was also made by Hansons sodas wich are in the health food department. On the label it said apartame free and I thought well thats great, I wonder if it has stevia in it. No it had Splenda in it. I didn't know what Spenda was but I drank it because I trusted that company and it's in the health food department and they have rules about what can be in there so I thought it must not be that bad. Before I even finished the can I felt this incredible amount of anxiety. My heart was racing and I was depressed and angry all at once. I had to lay down because I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest. After I calmed down a bit I got up to get ready to go out to dinner and brushed my teeth but I couldn't get the flavor out of my mouth and it felt like the entire surface of my tounge had been burned. It wasn't until many hours later that I felt somewhat better after eating some food. I had an incredible craving for suger and I don't usually eat candy but I felt like I was going to have a hypoglacimic attack if I didn't. I raided my kids candy supply leftover from christmas and then crashed. I will never eat or drink anything containing this product again. I was horrified to find out on the internet today that it contains clorine which I am allergic to.


Posted by: Robin on March 6, 2006 5:45 PM

About 7 years ago I started getting these really weird symptoms (flushing of the skin, nerves in legs felt like they were exposed, heart palpitations, etc)..sometimes I would get to feeling so bad that I just wanted to go to the emergency room to try and get some relief. Well after having several tests ran, seeing a neurologist, no one could find anything wrong. I was discussing all of this with a co-worker who recommended that I quit using aspartame. I did and my body starting feeling normal. About a month ago I started having the same symptoms and it occured to me that I've been using alot of splenda. It has been 3 weeks since I've had any kind of artificial sweetner (that I'm aware of) and the symptoms have totally gone and I'm feeling like myself again.


Posted by: Deana on March 31, 2006 11:38 AM

About 5 months ago I decided that I wanted to lost some weight and replaced the sugared sodas I was drinking with sodas containing splenda. They tasted good and I thought this was a positive diet change that I could live with. Shortly after this I started having pain in my legs that would bother me at night or when sitting in a recliner (my legs hurt when I had them up). Also around that time I started feeling dizzy (or in a haze) often, this continued to get worse as time went on. Also I started feeling irregular heart beats and pressure in my chest which also was getting worse as time went on. I became fightened about what I was feeling with my heart and the dizziness and went to the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital. Through use of a heart monitor they found that I was having an extra heart beat. I was told that this could be caused by simulants such as caffine and smoking or by stress. After this was diognosed I wanted to find what was causing this heart beat and realized the only change in diet or habits was the introduction of splenda to my diet. I quit using it and found that the extra heartbeats much less frequent. I began drinking it again and the extra heartbeats became common again. I no longer use splenda and have found that the extra heartbeat is almost gone and I do not feel dizzy or in a haze anymore. I still have leg pain, but that also is lessening, hopefully with time I will recover from the effects of this dangerous substance.


Posted by: achu on April 3, 2006 10:17 AM

My husband and I have been using splenda about 3 packets each for the past 5 years or so. All of a sudden since january we both have severe muscle and bone pain in the arm, neck etc were we cannot raise it the pain is excruciating. We had all kinds of tests done and came out negative. Dont know if it is splenda we are not doing anything else different. We need someone to tell us if they feel the same.


Posted by: Gail on April 4, 2006 6:24 PM

I noticed that no one mentioned headaches due to splenda or sucralose use. I found that I would get a migraine within 30 seconds after eating or drinking anything with splenda in it. Has anyone else had this reaction?


Posted by: Trish on April 5, 2006 12:36 AM

I have tried many products sweetened with Splenda (ice cream, protein bars, sodas, etc.) and ALWAYS have the same side effects. Shortly after consuming the product, I experience stomach cramps, intestinal noises and eventually diarrhea, for at least two to three days afterward. Even if I only consumed a small amount, the "poison" stays in my system for a long time. I have learned the hard way to avoid ANYTHING with Splenda on the label. I was amazed after reading all the comments, that this product causes so much harm to so many people. I wish more people could be informed as to the dangers of Splenda. People, just read the labels on what you buy and AVOID THIS STUFF LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!


Posted by: April on April 8, 2006 9:53 AM

I have been using splenda for the last two years. Recently I started having stomach cramps. I used pepto bismol, prilosec, they did not help. I had to stay at home for a couple of days. extreme cramps, kept me away from work. They are coming and going. And also, I started complaining from kidney pain. When I read the info about splenda, the calcification it causes in kidneys, I can understand. Also, I have leg pains and cramps especially at night time. I thought it was because of my job. From this day on, I put my splenda box in trash and I will see what will happen...I will let you know...


Posted by: Kay on April 10, 2006 5:44 PM

I have been using splenda for about a year in my tea and some foods. I use the splenda every day all day long in Ice tea. I started getting sores on my face. I thought it was fever blisters and then I thought it was acne. But it did not seem normal. It got real bad and I had to go to the emergency room because it was all over my face. I was afraid it was going to get into my eyes. They gave me medicine and it went away for a little while. It came back and I went to the Doctor before it got so bad and he said he thought it was acne. Anyway it's still here and I get probably 15 tiny white heads everyday and get bumps like fever blisters around my mouth and nose area. I just did not know what to do. Then I heard on TV that splenda causes headaches.
Then I got to thinking, I use a lot of splenda so I quit a week ago and everything is gone. I feel so much better and my face is well. My husband has been out of town and he saw me and said you look so good. Anyway, everyone stay away from splenda.


Posted by: Anonymous on May 3, 2006 8:28 AM




Posted by: Karen on May 11, 2006 3:53 PM

Long story short---my husband began having an extreme irregular heartbeat. He went through 3 doctors and EXTENSIVE testing only to find out it was the diet,(caffeiene free--so it wasn't that part) soda!


Posted by: Jack on May 18, 2006 7:02 PM

I have been getting headaches everyday now for three weeks straight. After using the process of elimination of what I'm doing now that I wasn't doing weeks ago...I realized that I've been on this Diet-Rite kick for about a month. This was because I was traveling on the job and filling up a chest with these sodas. It's addicting because I also starting picking up the 12 packs of “zero” and overloading on it. There is no doubt that this is the root of my daily headaches. Also, I have been experiencing increased heartbeats which I think has raised my blood pressure periodically thoughout the day. Has anyone else had similar Splenda Headaches and Heartbeats?


Posted by: Bill on June 5, 2006 7:29 PM

WARNING! >Do not drink PROPEL Fitness Water!! I tried this "Propel" for about 10 days... I started feeling like something was wrong with my body - not sick, but just not a NORMAL "well" feeling. It was a VERY strange weird sensation! I had eaten or drank nothing else "new", different or odd during this period. I then examined the Propel label and in the middle of the ingredients I found the odd word "sucralose". Did a check on Google (including this page!) and this is BAD stuff! (aka "Splenda") I have always avoided Aspertame, Splenda, etc. (Saccharin is the ONLY SAFE time-tested artifical sweetner!) Had I known that "sucralose" was SPLENDA - I never would have bought or drank this stuff. - PLEASE BEWARE!! - Check the ingredients...


Posted by: Teresa on June 17, 2006 3:42 PM

I have been using alot of splenda after being on the South beach diet. The weight is coming off but I feel strange on this stuff. I can cry at the drop of a hat and feel somewhat spacy. I don't think it is my imagination. I am taking myself off of it.


Posted by: Denisse on June 20, 2006 11:07 PM

My name is Denisse, Im 20 years old, I live in mexico and about 2-3 years I started consumig a significant amount of splenda, up to 10 packets a day. The curios thing is that I ve been experiencing severe deppression, irritabillity, anxiety and i even went through a eating disorder. I stopped using splenda for about a month a i was feeling much better, but then I took it back into my diet and it seems like an adiction that grows every day, and all of the symptoms described came back. now I know splenda i making me very, very sick. Please let me know if there is a way to detox, after all this time of addiction to Splenda.


Posted by: allie on June 22, 2006 7:34 PM

I have had excruciating nerve pain in my hands and arms for the last three months or more, this is the third episode I have had and it is by far the worst. I have also lost much of my fine motor skills. My mom called to my attention this issue with the Splenda. I am pretty convinced that this is my problem. Has anyone experienced this kind of stuff? I have a doctor appointment this week and I'd like to give her some feed back.


Posted by: Debi on June 22, 2006 8:14 PM

Started drinking and eating things with Splenda in it January of 2005 and ended up with cancer of the kidney October 2005. Had a CAT scan done in May of 2005, everything fine and then in October they found cancer. i am convienced it is the SPLENDA. Let me know if anyone else out there has had any problems like this.


Posted by: Jenna on July 25, 2006 2:42 PM

I began having PVC's (premature ventricular contractions) from splenda. Im 31, 5'6 and 120 lbs with no heart history on either side of family and I eat very well (or I thought-splenda). Finally while exercing and after drinking my tea I went into SVT where my heart rate was around 200 bpm. I went to the ER, was admitted ot the cardiac unit, the SVT broke on its own but continued having PVC's. Stayed overnight and had every test in the world done on my heart imagineable. Perfect heart, nothing wrong with it (thank god) but when asked what my diet consists of and any artificial sweetners, my cardiologist told me to absolutely not touch the the stuff. What do you know, the PVC's have drastically reduced- maybe 5-10 a day down from hundreds, no SVT, and hopefully the PVC's will eventually go away. Cardiologist said it was most likely from the sweetner, and he has seen it time and time again. Not too long ago I visited my parents and had some coffee (decaf) with liquid creamer in it- PVC's all over the place again. I went and looked at the creamer- sugar free, sweetened with sucrolose. People should be sueing the makers of splenda for the problems it has caused. It may have caused me having PVC's for the rest of my life. Not fun when you are only 31.


Posted by: Ed on September 4, 2006 10:56 AM

For the second time in several months I’ve started getting headaches.
I say for the second time, because the first time they went away when I stopped drinking Diet Nestea.
Why Diet Nestea? This stuff is good. To me it’s the tastiest of all the Iced Teas, and they sell it in the vending machine at work.
I went back to drinking Diet Pepsi. I know I know, its got Aspartame (NutraSweet) and its linked to cancer, but I never had any “noticeable” symptoms. Maybe long term memory loss, but how do I gauge that? Besides, maybe I’m just getting old. I am in my early 30’s after all.
Anyway, I missed the taste of the Nestea and after a few months passed I started drinking it again. I guess it takes a while for the chemical to accumulate because after a few weeks, the headaches came back again.
I noticed it in the mornings, I’d have the Diet Nestea and a headache would show up. I found myself taking a lot of Excedrin. Well now I am 100% sure that the Diet Nestea is causing the headache, but what you ask is the difference between Diet Pepsi and Diet Nestea? SUCRALOSE! Or its brand name SPLENDA! Diet Nestea contains BOTH.
For some reason Nestea decided to combine both of these toxic and hazardous chemicals into one drink. I cant say for sure if Splenda alone would give me headaches, but it certainly does in this combination.
Guess its back to flavored seltzer for me. Bleh!


Posted by: Steph on November 12, 2006 1:56 PM

I have been drinking Diet Rite colas for about 4 years now.That & water. I was afraid to drink anything with aspartame in it since being dx with fibromyalgia in 2002. I did not realize Splenda was just as bad till now ! Dec. 27, 2005 I started with a headache & it has not stopped.I have been to many dr.s ,have had many tests including MRI's & CT'S,LP'S,bloodwork, a one can find anything, except the fibromyalgia.I take a daily medicine now for the headaches, but they seem to "breakthru" sometimes & i take additional pain meds for that.I now feel after hearing of this Splenda news, that maybe Splenda is the headache?!?! I stopped drinking Diet rite 2 days ago, but still having headaches. Anyone know how long it takes for it to get out of your system?, or have any more advice ? Thank you, Steph


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