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    Aspartame. A warning!

    I think that everybody is aware of the controvosy surrounding this sweetener. Well I have first hand experience of the dangers of this poison.

    For those of you that have been reading my Journal you will know that I posted about my skin becoming inflamed, and holding water etc etc. It all began when I had a shave and then did some decorating. I believed that the sweat, paint and dust had agitated it and caused the inflamation, which it probably did. It is now 3 weeks since the shave, and 2 weeks since it flared up badly.

    I have been having some mild secondary flare ups in other places and have thought nothing much of it.

    During this week it was clearing up and settling down nicely. Then yesterday the itching started and a nettle rash came up on the inside of my biceps.

    I began thinking what could be causing it. I thought maybe it was my body fighting back as I am into the last days of contest prep.

    Then it dawned on me! Thursday evening I smashed a 2ltr bottle Dr Pepper Zero, and friday it started again. Then I had 500ml of Coke zero whilst driving yesterday afternoon, then another 500ml after my evening cardio. I then played poker yesterday evening, and had a 2 ltr bottle of sprite zero. I know this sounds a lot, but i figured i was only a couple of days away from cutting out all crap.

    Last night my skin became really hot and itchy. At 4am this morning I woke up as i couldn't bare the irritation anymore. I grabbed my laptop and put 'aspartame skin rash' into google. Hey presto! it's a fairly common cause of skin rashes, hives, and urticaria.

    I then googled images of urticaria..........



    This is exactly what mine looks like........

    I then did a quick assessment of what I have been doing and it all adds up. I was even drinking loads of diet drinks when I was decorating. I then looked at my effervescent vitamin C tabs, and yep! they have aspartame in. The sugar free jelly I eat.....Aspartame! I've been consuming silly amounts of this sh1t, and I have no doubt others have on a cut up do.

    I've been to the shops and got some piriteze antihistamine, and some pure vitamin C powder. I am now on the pre-comp 8ltrs of water a day now. So if my skin clears now I am off the poison it will confirm my suspicion.

    Shocking isn't it!

    For those wanting more information just google

    Aspartame skin rashes
    Aspartame urticaria
    Aspartame hives
    Aspartame Nettle rash

    For me this confirms that this stuff has no place in human nutrition, and total avoidance from now on for me.

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    Woah mate that looks bad....best of luck with the recovery

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    Agree mate this stuff is really not suitable for human consumption.

    If I use a sweetener I try to make sure it is sucralose as that has been widely deemed as safe.

    I hope your symptoms clear asap!

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    aspartame isnt as bad as its made out to be. some people have adverse reactiosn to alot of things. you will get better joe, just stop drinking so much lol.
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    Looks bad mate; topical steroids (the good kind) e.g. hydrocortisone should sort it out.

    Anyway can develop an allergic reaction to any substance at any time in their life- dont know what I'd do if I couldn't have coke

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    Aspartame is nasty stuff.
    Stevia is probably the most natural, although the taste is not the same as sugar or sweeteners.
    Last edited by xbc; 29-05-2010 at 02:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Callofthewild View Post
    Looks bad mate; topical steroids (the good kind) e.g. hydrocortisone should sort it out.

    Anyway can develop an allergic reaction to any substance at any time in their life- dont know what I'd do if I couldn't have coke
    my mate reckons it was CLA that caused him to lose his sight for a short time and have headaches, like a migraine.

    to be honest I'm not sure a fatty acid can do such a thing, maybe a bad batch? lol

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    And it's not just aspartame - saccharin can give rashes too.

    One hot summer I drank quite a lot of diet coke and got bad rashes, and especially an itchy nob.

    My wise old Doc knew instantly what it was - apparently it was rife that summer - and told me to stop drinking stuff sweetened with saccharin and to drink plenty of plain water.

    I did, and the rashes and itching went away in 2 days without any treatment.

    I rarely touch diet drinks now.

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    I am sorry but how can anyone speculate it's substance X that gives skin rashes when we are exposed in so different chemicals from air,food , water every day?
    Is there any solid scientific evidence that aspartame is responsible for skin rashes ? Not that I am aware of , if anyone else is aware of please post. BIGJOE you are consuming way too much water that your (or any other man's) intestine is physiologically accustomed too , it is very likely something passed into your system because of disturbed digestion and caused an immune mediated response.

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    i was told that aspartame has been banned in the us and most of europe, there is evidence to link it to causing cancer. not good stuff.

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrikos View Post
    I am sorry but how can anyone speculate it's substance X that gives skin rashes when we are exposed in so different chemicals from air,food , water every day?
    Is there any solid scientific evidence that aspartame is responsible for skin rashes ? Not that I am aware of , if anyone else is aware of please post. BIGJOE you are consuming way too much water that your (or any other man's) intestine is physiologically accustomed too , it is very likely something passed into your system because of disturbed digestion and caused an immune mediated response.
    In my post above, you will notice i wrote that if it clears when ridding it from diet it will confirm my suspicion. I am very careful about the way I word things, so as not to suggest something is certain without overwhelming evidence. I am merely stating that when googleing there is plenty of information connecting aspartame and urticaria. I am stating that my skin was settling down, and when I consumed a large quantity of aspartame it flared up again. The zero drinks were the ONLY change to my diet in the 48 hours that it re-flared. I can be pretty sure of this, as I am on a cut and I eat the same boring stuff every friggin day!

    If my skin doesn't clear whilst on aspartame avoidance the my suspicion will have been wrong, however. Evidence is pointing towards this being the problem.

    As for water consumption, I am into last week before show day, and it's part of the drying out routine, and only started today. Previous to today it was about 4ltrs a day.

    I am also fully aware of adverse reactions to food, as it is my job to know, I am responsible for systems and procedures to prevent allergen cross contamination in food, so have done lots of courses on the subject. I was even at the Allergy show last weekend working there on one of the stands.

    So please don't tell me it's this or that, or that there is no way of knowing because I haven't said for certain what it is, i have stated a case of probability towards aspartame causing the problem.

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    Thank you buddy for the info I did suffer from this 3 weeks ago and thought it was bed bugs I guess I was wrong thanks

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    I just had a large diet coke from mcdonalds. Miss you all.

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    Re: Aspartame. A warning!

    Quote Originally Posted by B|GJOE View Post
    In my post above, you will notice i wrote that if it clears when ridding it from diet it will confirm my suspicion. I am very careful about the way I word things, so as not to suggest something is certain without overwhelming evidence. I am merely stating that when googleing there is plenty of information connecting aspartame and urticaria. I am stating that my skin was settling down, and when I consumed a large quantity of aspartame it flared up again. The zero drinks were the ONLY change to my diet in the 48 hours that it re-flared. I can be pretty sure of this, as I am on a cut and I eat the same boring stuff every friggin day!

    If my skin doesn't clear whilst on aspartame avoidance the my suspicion will have been wrong, however. Evidence is pointing towards this being the problem.

    As for water consumption, I am into last week before show day, and it's part of the drying out routine, and only started today. Previous to today it was about 4ltrs a day.

    I am also fully aware of adverse reactions to food, as it is my job to know, I am responsible for systems and procedures to prevent allergen cross contamination in food, so have done lots of courses on the subject. I was even at the Allergy show last weekend working there on one of the stands.

    So please don't tell me it's this or that, or that there is no way of knowing because I haven't said for certain what it is, i have stated a case of probability towards aspartame causing the problem.
    So everybody in this thread should agree it is aspartame causing this?
    You have not stated a probability , the title of the topic is pretty clear cut that it is aspartame causing adverse reactions , no probability more like a certainty.

 

 
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