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#1 AMC

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:24 AM

When i drink diet soda or otherwise ingest aspartame i get brain zaps and dizziness just like ssri discontinuation syndrome? Any others? Any insight?
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:44 PM

Don't drink it: the chemical crosses the blood brain barrier and could be a secret cause of the explosion of mental illness today. The other artificial sweeteners are not as bad but still bad. I drink unsweetened but flavored seltzer water mostly.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:29 PM

Don't drink it: the chemical crosses the blood brain barrier and could be a secret cause of the explosion of mental illness today. The other artificial sweeteners are not as bad but still bad. I drink unsweetened but flavored seltzer water mostly.


Do you have any citations from mainstream medical journals to back up your assertion that aspartame is a source of mental illness? We deal in facts here, not Internet-fueled scaremongering.
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#4 VisualSnow

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:45 AM

I'm not sure about MI in general, but aspartame has been indicated in lowering migraine thresholds. Of course, not all the medical literature agrees, so take it with a grain of salt. I get migraines for sure if I consume it, and it increases my existing vertigo as well. A 20oz. bottle will do it for me. Honestly, I think a lot of it depends on individual brain chemistry and other confounding factors, so not everyone will have issues. If it causes you negative side effects, I would just stick with regular soda or sparkling water flavored with juice.

http://onlinelibrary...1010.x/abstract
http://www.nejm.org/...198608143150712
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

I know my Mother can't have it because it makes her depressed. Even on meds.


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