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Latest post Thu, Jan 10 2008 5:11 PM by LynnM. 6 replies.
  • Thu, Jan 10 2008 9:57 AM

    Angry [:@] Aspartame

    Hello, my name is Tony and I have Multiple Sclerosis. I was a commercial real estate appraiser and expert witness in Boise, Idaho. I have since moved to Arkansas and I now live with my dad because I need his help in daily life. I was diagnosed with MS on March 5, 2007 and I have seen a number of doctors since then. I have been taking Avonex once a week, Wellbutrin daily, and Xanax, Valium, Hydracodone and Ibuprofen as needed for pain. I have had two MRIs in the past year and the first one shows a lot of lesions on my brain and the other one shows problems with my spinal cord.

    I drank Diet Dr. Pepper for over 15 years and I drank about a case or more a month. I have also used Nutra Sweet in my coffee. I’m sure I have come into contact with Aspartame from other sources as well. It is a horrible feeling knowing that I have to spend $40,000 a year just to maintain my health and hopefully not get any worse.

    I guess I’m writing because I’m frustrated, learning my MS may have been preventable and no one is doing anything about the problem. Google Aspartame sometime, you get over 3,000,000 pages, 30% are pro and 70% are AGAINST! There is a ton of scientific research and a number of doctors have come out against it, but it is still on the market. The history of the stuff makes me sick. It shouldn’t even be on the market but big business made sure that it is and it is going to stay. I wish I could find just one law firm that had the cahones to take on this industry and kick some butt. Thank you for letting me vent and have a great day!
  • Thu, Jan 10 2008 11:22 AM In reply to

    re: Aspartame

    There are numerous mentions of potential class action lawsuits.

    I did not look far enough to see if any are actually in progress.

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  • Thu, Jan 10 2008 12:43 PM In reply to

    • LynnM
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    re: Aspartame

    What medical diagnosis do you have that your MS is the DIRECT and SOLE result of ingesting aspartame?

    I can show you dozens of people who use lots of aspartame and don't have MS.
  • Thu, Jan 10 2008 12:54 PM In reply to

    re: Aspartame

    Tony Orman

    Direct evidence say from a board certified neurologist? I don’t, but looking back over the past few years, my intake of Aspartame rose dramatically and as it did, my memory and logical reasoning were affected. I am going to bring this up with my neuro when I see her in March. I am going to the Univ of Arkansas medical center for a checkup and one of the instructors there is an MS specialist.

    The other thing is since I have eliminated Aspartame from my diet my symptoms seem to be getting better every day. I know that with MS you have relapses and remissions. Since cutting this crap out of my diet I haven’t been relapsing. For the first 6 months it was a steady course of relapse and remission with the remission being 2-3 weeks. The relapses were fairly constant with similar symptoms each time. I was diagnosed with secondary progressive MS and it is supposed to get worse with time and your relapses are supposed to get worse each time. However, I have never had a remission that lasted this long and I am positive that it is due to quitting Aspartame.
  • Thu, Jan 10 2008 4:29 PM In reply to

    • carol3
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    Disagree [)*(] re: Aspartame

    "I have never had a remission that lasted this long and I am positive that it is due to quitting Aspartame."

    And what SCIENTIFIC evidence do you have to support your theory?

    The FDA has years of accumulated research on its side when it maintains that the sweetener is safe for most people.

    Information to the contrary presented in the reference is deemed " hysterical and poorly substantiated" such as the World Environmental Conference's totally unsubstantiated attempt to link it to MS, lupus, fibromyalgia and a laundry list of disorders.

    All of this is TOTALLY unsubstantiated.

    The Internet is rife with unsubstantiated fear mongering sites.

    I have indulged in NutraSweet (and earlier Sweet & Low) most of my life with no untoward effects.

    Sorry, but you will go nowhere thinking you can sue the makers of Aspertame.

  • Thu, Jan 10 2008 5:11 PM In reply to

    • LynnM
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    re: Aspartame

    That's not evidence, that's wishing.
  • Fri, Jan 11 2008 10:58 AM In reply to

    News [|*|] re: Aspartame

    First of all, you need MEDICAL EVIDENCE, not your own speculation or feelings.

    Second, the National MS Society discredits any connection between aspartame and MS.

    Third, this is a little like blaming McDonald's for getting fat.

    Fourth, filing lawsuits against big business has NOTHING to with the size of one's "cahones." The idea that lawyers are somehow afraid to sue big business is just downright ignorant. If that were the case, I wouldn't have a job. Big business gets sued ALL THE TIME. IF there were viable evidence, there would be NUMEROUS law firms who'd be happy to run down to the courthouse and file a lawsuit.

    Your condition is unfortunate, but, unless you've got some reasonable evidence, you'll have to find someone else to blame.
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