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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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"Note also how we don’t worry about taking medicine for pain the way we often do about taking 'happiness' pills like antidepressants. We worry that by artificially changing our mood we risk not being 'us.' But no one feels inauthentic because he took ibuprofen to relieve his back pain."

--"Happiness and Its Discontents," essay in the New York Times by Daniel M. Haybron, the author of the book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction.

 

"What's your true self and what's your fake self. Yeah, and where are you on that scale? And how's it working for you? And sometimes you got to go with the fake one, and sometimes faking it 'til [you] make it is the best path, ... I mean sometimes for ... anybody I've known who's struggling ... you got to put your feet on the ground every day and say, you know, don't embrace the struggle, you're going to sink like a rock."

-- David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, in an interview with Terry Gross

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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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