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[IP] Re: Sweetners



OK all,
    Here is something I found a couple of years back when I was typing into
the computer I could find trying to learn how to type. Ha. Still can't type.
    I thought this was important enough to type in and print out for anyone
that was interested. I think Rosie picked it up at the health store in town.
I think it had a little credibility anyway. I had to convert this from an
old Wordperfect file to a text in hopes you can get something out of it.

Buddy '-)
THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
Major side effects in 496 Aspartame Reactors

Eye
Decreased vision and/or other eye problems (blurring) "bright flashes,"
	tunnel vision)	118	 (24%)
	Pain (one or both eyes)	44	(9%)
	Decreased tears, trouble with contact lens, or both	12	(2%)
	Blindness (one or both eyes)	12	(2%)

	Ear
	Tinnitus ("ringing" or "Buzzing")	63	(13%)
	Severe intolerance for noise	38	(8%)
	Marked impairment of hearing	23	(5%)

	Neurologic
	Headaches	225	(45%)
	Dizziness, unsteadiness, or both	195	(39%)
	Confusion, memory loss, or both	140	(28%)
	Convulsions (grand mal epileptic attacks)	73	(28%)
	Petit mal attacks and "absences"	18	 (4%)
	Severe drowsiness and sleepiness	81	(16%)
	Paresthesias ("pins and needles," "tingling") or
	numbness of the limbs	68	(14%)
	Severe slurring of speech	55	(11%)
	Severe "hyperactivity" and "restless legs"	39	(8%)
	Atypical facial pain	33	(7%)
	Severe Tremors	41	(8%)

	Psychologic-Psychiatric
	Severe depression	125	(25%)
	"Extreme irritability	109	(22%)
	"Severe anxiety attacks"	86	(17%)
	"Marked personality changes"	76	(15%)
	Recent "severe insomnia,,	64	(13%)
	"Severe aggravation of phobias"	32	(7%)

	Chest
	Palpitations, tachycardia (rapid heart action), or both            72     (15%)
	"Shortness of breath"	42	(9%)
	Atypical chest pain	34	(7%)
	Recent hypertension (high blood pressure)	23	(6%)

	Gastrointestinal
	Nausea	68	(14%)
	Diarrhea	63	(13%)
	Associated gross blood in the stools	                    12     	(2%)
	Abdominal pain	62	(13%)
	Pain on swallowing	22	(4%)

	Skin and Allergies
	Severe itching without a rash	38	(8%)
	Severe lip and mouth reactions	23	(5%)

	Urticaria (hives)	21	(4%)
	Other eruptions	42	9%)
	Aggravation of respiratory allergies	10	(2%)

	Endocrine and Metabolic
	Menstrual changes	40	(8%)
	Severe reduction or cessation of periods	18	(4%)
	Marked thinning or loss of the hair	31	(6%)
	Marked weight loss	22	(4%)
	Paradoxic weight gain	29	(6%)
	Aggravated hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)	20	(4%)
	Loss of control of diabetes	15	(3%)

	other
	Frequency of voiding (day and night), burning on
	urination (dysuria), or both	60	(12%)
	Excessive thirst		52  (10%)
	"Bloat"	50	(10%)
	Severe joint pains	48	(10%)
	Fluid retention and leg swelling	18	(4%)

Increased susceptibility to infection                             6   (1%)