A deathly sip
In 2013, blogger Rhonda Gessner shared a story with the internet community of how a mainstream product almost killed her beloved family member. In October 2001, Rhonda’s sister began to feel extremely ill. The young mother was hit with terrible stomach pains, making it almost impossible for her to walk or get out of bed on her own. Over the next few months, she had several tests done, including tissue and muscle biopsies, but doctors could not identify the underlying problem.
Meanwhile, Rhonda’s sister continued to feel terrible. Her pain became more and more intense, reaching the point where the poor woman thought she would soon die. She made arrangements for the wellbeing of her children and planned one “last hooray” in Florida. Three days before her departure, Rhonda called her sister to ask about her most recent tests. While nothing was entirely certain, the doctors suspected that she had multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system. Upon hearing this news, Rhonda suddenly remembered something very important.
“Do you drink diet soda?” Rhonda asked. Her sister affirmed, stating that she was just about to open a new can. Rhonda had just recently read an article about how symptoms of aspartame poisoning are often mistaken for multiple sclerosis. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than normal sugar and often found in “sugar-free” foods and beverages. Still on the phone, Rhonda told her sister to put down the can of soda.
According to MD Heath, aspartame dissolves into a solution, traveling through the body and leaving deposits in the tissues. This process can result in an abundance of aspartame accumulating in our bodies, causing the following symptoms:
– Breathlessness, elevated blood pressure, and skipped or racing heartbeat.
– Decreased vision, particularly night vision, blurring, tunnel vision and eye pain.
– Diarrhea (possibly bloody), abdominal pain, and painful swallowing.
– Hives and intense itching.
– Migraines, dizziness, and unsteadiness, seizures.
– Aggressive or suicidal behaviors, severe depression.
The FDA recommends limiting the consumption of aspartame to 40mg a day for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. Due to growing health concerns, Pepsi has already launched their new version of Diet Pepsi without aspartame.