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I won't Take This Lying Down!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Back in Early July I took a bad fall. I slammed my head into my van, knocked myself out, gave myself a concussion, cervical strain, Thoracic strain, Lumbar strain, Messed up my left hip, and last but not least messed up my left knee.
I am one of the unfortunate people who don't have medical insurance. Although, fortunately my Personal Injury Protection coverage on my vehicle came into play.
Because I was getting into my car (getting into or out of your vehicle) PIP covered this accident. Thank goodness I didn't know what I was going to do at this point. After almost 6 weeks passed I was able to go see a orthopedic doctor who ordered my MRI.
Second appointment with this DR. he tells me the radiologist suspects a torn meniscus, but he doesn't think that is the problem so he wants me to do 2 months of Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy to work it out. And make an appointment to see him in 2 months. I follow along with what he wants and I do all this therapy. But, my physical therapist says there must be something wrong in that knee. It shouldn't be swelling and having discoloration after this length of time. I still can't bend it all the way and it hurts to touch in places. Maybe I would benefit from a TENS machine because of all that I am still dealing with. The doctor replies he doesn't do TENS machines, as if he was the one to buy and use this machine. My response was, he is not paying for it and he is not using it. I AM! He allowed me 2 months of rental.
Wow, he is a control freak! Now he want me to go through pain management therapy. That just says, "Live with it".
My gut says something is wrong.
I told the office that I am not seeing a pain specialist I want a 2nd opinion. I refuse to take this lying down. No doctor is playing God with my health and well being. Got 2nd Opinion appointment lined up. Insurance said... good call. Therapist said... good call. I was called by the therapist from pain management he heard my story and said... good call on the 2nd opinion.
I am feeling that because I had no medical insurance my first doctor wrote me off. Little did he know my PIP coverage was a very high amount. If the new doctor says I tore the meniscus and I require surgery. The first doctor really messed up. I won't take this lying down.
Wish me luck!

  
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JLUVSHIKIN 3/15/2010 10:18PM

    What is a TENS machine?

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DJONMA 11/6/2009 6:35PM

    Oh gosh, that's terrible!
I hope the new doc finds out what's going on and sorts you out quickly!

Best of luck!

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 10/30/2009 11:38AM

    As others have said, we've got to be our own STRONG health advocate. After any doctor (even a good one) leaves the examining room with you, he's on to the next patient and their issues. Wishing you luck and the right diagnosis, along with the natural health knowledge to support your recovery!

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SHIRLEYX 10/29/2009 7:26PM

    Our bodies are a gift to us and we need to take care of them. Good for you for taking the responsibility for your own health and well-being. Be sure to tell us what the second dr. finds.
Hugs Shirley

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MARY1313 10/29/2009 1:03PM

    You go girl! I don't let doctors tell me what to do when I know something is wrong too! It's your body, and only you can feel it, they just guess. I know why they call their busines a "practice" because they are practicing guessing! LOL

Good call on the second opinion too!

Mary

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EJHEINRICH1 10/28/2009 10:38PM

    Actually, I live in the state of Washington. Although I do know where you were going with that. Tee Hee too!

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WOLFSPIRITS 10/28/2009 7:05PM

    YOU MUST LIVE OUT OF THE USA!. HEE HEE emoticon

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PAINTEDBLISS 10/28/2009 6:51PM

    I really feel for you. I'm on recovery from a torn meniscus, actually 3 tears. No amount of therapy is going to help. A orthopedic surgeon worth anything can actually feel if it is a tear and the mri should confirm that. It is such a painful injury. Something is definitely wrong so hopefully this ortho can help you out. So glad you have good pip. emoticon

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BIRDLEGS29 10/28/2009 4:51PM

    Good for you! We have to fight to get the care we need and it is a battle well worth fighting. So glad you had the good PIP. Keep us posted.

Jean

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The Compromised Immune System Recovery Plan

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In 2003 I was diagnosed with Auto-Immune Hepatitis. NOT Viral. My Immune system was attacking my liver. My LFT's were so high (in the 2000's) the doctors told me I had six months to live if I didn't start taking the prednisone and the Chemotherapy. Etc, Etc...
I treated my Immune system as primary and my liver as secondary.

This is the basic idea of what I did although I added a few more steps. The person who wrote this is mentioned at the bottom of the article. I hope you enjoy this one!

The Compromised Immune System Recovery Plan

Congratulations for taking the first steps in creating your own personal healing program!

I wish to preface this by saying that nobody else, myself included, has the whole and complete answer for you, because only you can know what specific triggers contributed to your condition and only you can try the specific suggestions that are going to help you get well again.

Naturally I am biased towards a holistic, natural approach because that is what worked for me and what has worked for thousands of people. But don't just take my word for it - do your research on your autoimmune condition, read the theories of the top autoimmune researchers and scientists as posted on this web site and elsewhere, read the books on healthy immunity that we recommend, and then decide for yourself if a holistic, natural approach is right for you.

The following is based both on my experience and perspective, and on the research on autoimmunity that was done by Dr. Stephen B. Edelson and Dr.. Patrick J. Bouic in South Africa.

Both of these great doctors and scientists have contributed enormously to the understanding of autoimmune diseases and how to safely and effectively overcome these debilitating diseases by going beyond standard medical treatments.

Dr. Edelson's basic treatment approach for all autoimmune diseases is the same: The elimination of heavy metals and/or chemicals and the appropriate nutritional therapy to support it. His success with this approach supports the idea that all autoimmune disorders have their origins in an autoimmune process that is triggered by heavy metals and/or chemicals.

Dr. Bouic and his researchers in South Africa have found a way to naturally regulate an over-responding immune system using a blend of plant sterols and sterolins. Several double-blind placebo controlled studies have shown that sterolins and sterols in their correct ratio keep immune cells functioning at their optimum level.

The formula used in the clinical trials became available for sale in South Africa in 1997, and testimonials poured in from people recovering from debilitating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis and allergies. Today people from around the world are benefiting from one man's vision and dedication.

The autoimmune repair plan outlined below incorporates both detoxification of metals and chemicals and targeted nutritional supplements, including sterols and sterolins. It is a holistic, natural approach that has no side effects, no drug interactions and no toxicities, and it does not conflict in any way with mainstream medicine.

The autoimmune repair plan is the basic protocol for all autoimmune disorders - please refer to your particular disorder for more targeted suggestions.

Please note that it is important that you do not reduce, change or discontinue any medication or treatment without first consulting your physician. You can do a natural health program such as this one alongside your orthodox medical treatments.



The Autoimmune Repair Plan
Put yourself in charge of your health

You must not relinquish control of your health to anyone, not even your health care practitioner. In order to believe what you are doing, you must be in control. You want their counsel, you want their advice. But you must make the final decisions.

Believe you can get well

There is a saying that goes something like, "As you believe, so it shall be". These may not be exactly the words, but you get the gist. Don't overlook this truism. You must believe in what you are doing and that what you are doing will help you.

Pray to your Higher Power

I had my greatest breakthroughs when I prayed deeply to be shown the way to healing.

Do your research

Learn as much as you can about your disorder. In addition to medical doctors, you may wish to consult with chiropractors, holistic practitioners, nutritionists, acupuncturists, spiritual healers, and so on. There are many approaches to healing.

Identify your sources of toxins.

This is the basic, most important foundation of any good healing program. All other steps will build on this one.

Please refer to the Detoxification Therapy page on this web site for lists on the sources of toxins, for the easiest and least expensive methods to test yourself for toxic metals, and the most effective way to remove these toxic metals and chemicals.

Remove toxins from the body
This is the foundation of any good healing program. Do not skip this step. Detoxifying the body is vital. To help put this in perspective - Our Medical Director Dr. Thomas Nissen, an expert in Environmental Medicine, believes that this step is so important, that if you do not first detoxify your body of toxic metals and chemicals, then anything else you do will only be about 10 per cent effective. So put your attention first on getting rid of any heavy metals and chemicals, and then you can take the next step of regenerating the immune system, and the tissues and organs.

This is so important that I'll say it again: detoxification is vital, do not skip this step. If there is one thing I hope you remember from this web site, it is that toxins play a major role in all autoimmune disorders, and removing toxins is the key to getting better again.




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Another excellent way to remove metals and chemicals from the body that is highly endorsed by Dr. Stephen B. Edelson is the infrared sauna.



Rebuild your immune system through proper rest, proper diet, and proper exercise


Rest, Rest, Rest - Consistent proper rest is much more crucial to health than most people realize. It is important not to let yourself become consistently exhausted or overtired. And once you have recovered from a major illness, you must be extremely vigilant in getting abundant rest and relaxation.

Following natural healing principles can give you such renewed vigor and energy that it's easy to become overconfident and overdo, which is not a problem for healthy people. But if you are recovering from a major illness, it is vital that you protect your new-found health and your natural immune defenses through proper rest and minimized stress.



Proper Diet - The most important thing to remember is this - eat whole, unprocessed, unadulterated foods as much as possible. This means no additives, preservatives, flavors, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial sweeteners, caffeine, refined flours and sugars, or anything pickled or smoked. Think of how people ate one hundred years ago, and try to eat like that as much as possible.. Stick with fresh vegetables and fruits and organic foods, even organic meats.

Eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible. It is a proven fact that people who incorporate more raw fruits and veggies into their diet have much quicker healing results.

Here is another important note: Many people with autoimmune diseases have experienced vast improvements by adopting a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein that is found in certain grains, namely wheat, rye and barley.

A sensitivity to gluten is ten to thirty times more common in people with autoimmune disorders compared to the general population. Many people with conditions from Crohn's disease to Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune thyroiditis find great relief from their symptoms after adopting a gluten-free diet.

If you choose to try this diet, be sure to stick with it for at least 3 months. A good support group can help you learn how to eat gluten-free among today's food choices, and certain grocery stores and restaurants such as Trader Joe's actually put out pamphlets on what foods in their store free of gluten and hence safe.



Proper Exercise - Go very slow with your exercise. If you overdo it, it can take days and days before you recover from the exertion. This is true for almost all autoimmune disease patients.

One of the best forms of exercise is using a mini trampoline, or rebounder. This gentle, low impact exercise flushes the lymphatic system, which cleanses the lymph system of toxins. Walking, swimming, yoga and tai chi are also very helpful for your healing.



Rebuild your immune system with proper nutritional supplements

Once you have begun the "Detoxification" phase of this program, you may then start the supplementation, or "Regeneration" phase. This involves taking targeted nutritional supplements to rebuild your immune system.



In Conclusion...

For those of you who need some encouragement, take heart - you can do this! It may not be easy, but then nothing truly valuable in life is easy. If you make the commitment, you too can begin to heal. Put yourself first, and do whatever feels right for you. It may take some hard work, but it is worth it. I know, because I've been there - and I worked hard to get to where I am today. I thank God every day for the healing, for the miracles, and for my new life. And I hold for you the highest vision of what is possible.

With great respect and admiration,

Andrea Nichols, Master of Social Work (MSW)
(Community Health - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention)
Evenbetternow, LLC


If you enjoyed this Blog, I have my own Team called: Herbs, Supplements & Vitamins
Please join us for more great natural ideas.
Thanks for reading.
"Knowledge is the Power"

  
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MARGIE100%PURE 6/14/2010 12:44AM

    YES, THINK POSSITIVE THOUGHTS AND strong Probotic care, and laugh a lot, hugs!

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JLUVSHIKIN 3/15/2010 10:20PM

    EJ, is there a link to this article... I have a friend who I would love to send this to. I could copy and paste but if you have a link, I guess that would be better.


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DJONMA 11/6/2009 6:34PM

    You inspire me so much EJ!

I wanted to ask about the rest... do you find 8 hrs per night is what it takes?
I don't sleep properly, something I'm working on, but part of it is fibromyalgia; I get stuck in dreaming sleep, so I don't go into deep rest sleep very much. So I wake up tired, and feeling like I've not slept. Even after 10 hours of sleep!
I find myself sleeping far too much, and even then I tend to have a nap from about 4pm til 7-8ish.
How do you organise your rest? I'd be really interested to know.

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 10/20/2009 10:49PM

    Hello EJ! I was perusing through the list of SP blogs, and since I had just been reading up on immune systems earlier in the day, your blog title called out to me! Wow! Amazing information. I thank you for sharing it. At first, I was trying to think of how I wanted to preserve the info you presented, and then it hit me: Just add you as a Spark friend and join your new team! LOL How simple was that?! Thank you again and I'll be looking over the team threads tomorrow.
Susy

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From Growing to Canning

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It seems we have lost the art of growing our foods and preserving our foods. I guess it is too easy to expect somebody else to provide you with food and just hope it is not contaminated.
I love to go to the garden and harvest my veggies. Or go to my fruit trees and harvest pears or apples knowing I didn't spray chemicals on them. Pick the cherries right off the tree and eat them.
We don't hear of many people gardening, canning, freezing our own foods. The taste of something out of the garden is nothing like what you buy in the stores.
When my 2nd grandson Jonathan was staying with me for a couple of weeks. I asked the little guy what he wanted for lunch. He thought for a moment and then got very excited and said, "I don't know, Let's go the the garden and see what we can pick". I loved it. He picked beans and a couple tomatoes had a few radishes. Then he wanted to pick some raspberries and blackberries.
Before I knew it he had his fill. He then said, "That was the best lunch he ever had". Now that is memories.
My next project is a chicken coop with a bunch of chickens.
OH McDonald had a farm!!! Here we come...

  
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MARGIE100%PURE 6/14/2010 12:50AM

    I dream of a pressure canning system, I can not have citric acid or pectin. Maybe if I send out good thoughts I may achieve success by way of freecycling.com

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DJONMA 11/6/2009 6:30PM

    A proper pressure canner from the states is on my kitchen gadget to buy list!
I really want to get my garden sorted this spring (currently it's a wilderness as I've just been too ill since I moved here in March).
I'm going to work out a full 'floor plan' for the garden, and have lots of yummy fruits and veg, and then can a lot!

My big plan is to make and can sauces. Rather than buying pasta sauce, or chinese sauces, that have all sorts of chemicals in them, I'm going to make a huge batch fresh with proper fresh ingredients, and to my own taste, and then can them, so if I feel like pasta, I can just grab a pasta sauce jar, like buying them, but cheaper, and far healthier!

I think canning should be a basic kitchen skill, especially if you've got a garden growing your own yummy fresh food. What could be better?

Ooh and I want to make jam... with my own grown fruit!
How yummy would that be!

I'd love a couple of chickens, but I'm not allowed them here, so I'll just satisfy myself with a good garden :-)
Can't wait til Spring to get the work started when I should be healthier!

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WOLFSPIRITS 10/25/2009 12:44PM

    I'M GOING TO LEARN HOW TO CAN. ANOTHER SP FRIEND IS TEACHING ME.

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1FRUSTRATEDCOOK 10/19/2009 1:52AM

    Finished my canning for the year. Now on to drying apples. Nothing tastes better than home canned green beans. Tomorrow we cut and wrap the elk the hubby got. Deer season is now and I will soon get my deer. We will cut and wrap it and put it in the freezer for the year to come. I use to have my two red hens and get two eggs a day. They were great. HATE roosters. They can get mean. That's about all I know.

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MARY1313 10/18/2009 10:05PM

    ahhhh I miss those days. I'm getting ready to move to a small apartment but it has a small patio and I am going to plant a container garden!!!! I cant wait!

drool

Mary


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IWILLREACHIT 10/18/2009 9:01PM

    Oh I remember those days when
I was younger. Our family did
exactly what your doing.
Then I got married and moved
to the city!
There is always retirement!
So I still have hope!
All the best to you and your
grandchild. How special!
Blessings~ Linda

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Stevia

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Anybody looking for a little sweetness without the calories or the blood sugar swing. Look into stevia. I have grown the plant harvested the leaves. Or you can buy the stevia already to use.
If you have high blood sugar it can help to bring it down. If you are low it will level it off. I swing toward hypergycemia and when my blood sugar level is low I mix 1/2 tsp into 1 cup of water and it levels me off. Stevia comes in packets, bulk, liquid. And now you can get stevia sweetened soda. The soda is called Zevia and comes in lemon lime, cola, ginger ale, orange, root beer, black cherry it has only 5 calories. I don't drink much soda but if I wanted one this is how I would go.
More Info on the soda can be found at
www.zevia.com
If you want to bake with stevia I would recommend getting a recipe book because it is a little different baking with stevia.

  
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JLUVSHIKIN 3/15/2010 10:24PM

    I have a friend who sorta follows the blood type diet.... but he also has type 2 diabetes... he says that Stevia isn't good for "his blood type" Any thoughts there? Personally, I think it's bunk. But then again, I have been reading that sugar isn't what it's all about for diabetes.

Comment edited on: 3/15/2010 10:27:10 PM

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SUDEAUX 2/3/2010 8:11PM

    I recently began using it and it's pretty tasty. I put it on my grapefruit, oatmeal, in my tea-- on everything. Didn't know about the cola they made either. Thanks, EJ. Good info here.

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EJHEINRICH1 10/18/2009 6:35PM

    Yes, you can use it in baking, although the recipes need to be a little different. And remember sugar is what gives you the crispness in your baking. Without the sugar you have very soft baking. I have mixed before and that work pretty well. It lowers the sugar but still gives you the right texture.
I am a baking grandma and I have made my own gluten free recipes for my grand-children so I like to play with recipes.
You can also find recipe books using stevia.
Happy Baking

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1AVERY 10/18/2009 10:13AM

    Thanks so much for the info. I just bought a small bag of the stevia. I use very little sugar but I thought I would try it in my lemon water every once in awhile.
Can you use stevia in baking????

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MITECU 10/18/2009 7:17AM

    I'll look into trying stevia in my coffee and tea.

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MARY1313 10/18/2009 12:12AM

    I have been wondering about Stevia. I will check it out. Thanks!

Mary

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SING4MYFOOD 10/17/2009 11:39PM

    Thanks again! I didn't know about the Stevia soda, either - I'll have to check that one out, since I do want a soda once in a while.

Another nice thing about Stevia - a little goes a long way. If you use the liquid, one drop will sweeten a whole glass of tea; I can use half as many packets of the new Truvia as I would use any other sweeteners. I used to think Splenda was good, but have realized it wasn't - I'd rather use plain sugar than anything else except Stevia!

Be blessed!

Kerolyn
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ONECOOKIETWO 10/17/2009 2:30PM

    I had no idea that soda sweetened with Stevia existed. I'll have to track it down.

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WARFCR 10/17/2009 2:29PM

    Thanks for all the good info.

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APRIL91B 10/17/2009 2:29PM

    Thanks for the info! I'll have to check these out!

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New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Info About Potential Harmful Effects

Saturday, October 17, 2009

We are hearing more and more about auto-immune diseases and neurological diseases etc..... We need to put the pieces together and take control over our own health. Nobody will do this for us. It is all about the dollar and not about the safety of our health.
This information was found on Dr. Mercola's website, web address is at the end of article.
This is another artificial sweetener I would not touch. READ THOSE LABELS!


New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information About Potential Harmful Effects


James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).

In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.

According to Turner, "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label."



Sources:

Globe Newswire September 28, 2008

Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 2008;71(21):1415-29





Dr. Mercola's Comments:

It’s very important to realize that Splenda (sucralose) is actually NOT sugar, despite its marketing slogan “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar”. Rather it’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin, and with detrimental health effects to match.

Splenda was approved by the FDA in 1998 as a tabletop sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices, and gelatins. Sucralose is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.

The approval was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies, but as you’ll soon find out, out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for four days!

There’s overwhelming evidence that consuming artificial sweeteners will likely wreak havoc on your body. Previous news has centered mainly around artificial sweeteners’ ability to impair your appetite regulation and leading to weight gain.

For example, it’s been discovered that diet soda increases your risk of metabolic syndrome and, ultimately, heart disease.

However, the study mentioned above, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found even further disturbing news besides weight gain. Splenda:

reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent
increases the pH level in your intestines, and
affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications
They also found unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by fat, contrary to previous claims.

It’s truly disturbing that Splenda can destroy up to 50 percent of your healthy intestinal bacteria, as these bacteria help maintain your body's overall balance of friendly versus unfriendly micro-organisms, and support your general health. Many people are already deficient in healthy bacteria due to choosing highly processed foods. This is why a high quality probiotic is one of the very few supplements I highly recommend for nearly everyone.

The Diet Fallacy

The belief that consuming artificially sweetened foods and drinks will help you to lose or maintain weight is a carefully orchestrated deception. So if you are still opting for diet choices for this reason, please understand that you have been sorely misled..

In reality, these diet foods and drinks can cause serious distortions in your biochemistry and ruin your body's ability to control calories. As a matter of fact, it’s been shown that diet soft drinks can double your risk of obesity!

Nearly a decade ago, studies were already revealing that artificial sweeteners can:

Stimulate your appetite
Increase carbohydrate cravings
Stimulate fat storage and weight gain
Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States still recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar.

Now, I am definitely not a fan of sugar, but if I had to choose between sugar and any artificial sweetener, I would choose sugar, hands down, without question. I strongly believe artificial sweeteners are even more dangerous to your health than an excess of sugar.

The Health Dangers of Splenda

According to James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health:

"This report followed accepted policies and procedures and the results make clear the potential for disturbing side effects from the ingestion of Splenda.

It is like putting a pesticide in your body. And this is at levels of intake erroneously approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

A person eating two slices of cake and drinking two cups of coffee containing Splenda would ingest enough sucralose to affect the P-glycoprotein, while consuming just seven little Splenda packages reduces good bacteria."

The web site www.truthaboutsplenda.com lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption, such as:

Gastrointestinal problems
Migraines
Seizures
Dizziness
Blurred vision
Allergic reactions
Blood sugar increases
Weight gain
My site also contains a long list of personal testimonials from readers who have suffered side effects from Splenda. In fact, we have more people on our site that have reported adverse reactions to Splenda than were formally studied in the research submitted for FDA approval!

The symptoms are so numerous I can’t include them all here, but the following are common symptoms, usually noticed within a 24-hour period following consumption of Splenda products:

Skin -- Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts). These are the most common allergic symptoms that people have.
Lungs -- Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath.
Head -- Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines (severe headaches).
Nose -- Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing.
Eyes -- Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery.
Stomach -- Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.
Heart -- Palpitations or fluttering.
Joints -- Joint pains or aches.
Neurological -- Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression.
Beware – You Could be Consuming Splenda Without Your Knowledge

You also need to be aware of the fact that although the bulk of Splenda is sold to processed food manufacturers and soft drink bottlers, it could turn up in your medicine as well, as nearly 10 percent of all sucralose is sold to drug companies.

Many times sucralose (Splenda) will not be listed in the drug information, so there simply is no way you would know you are consuming a potentially dangerous artificial sweetener. However, if you experience any of the symptoms above even though you’re avoiding Splenda and other artificial sweeteners, then it may be worth investigating the ingredients of any medications you’re taking as well.

Splenda Has NEVER Been Proven Safe for Human Consumption

As of 2006, only six human trials have been published on Splenda. Of these six trials, only two of the trials were completed and published before the FDA approved sucralose for human consumption, and the two published trials had a grand total of 36 total human subjects.

36 people sure doesn't sound like many, but wait, it gets worse: only 23 total were actually given sucralose for testing, and here is the real kicker -- The longest trial at this time had lasted only four days, and looked at sucralose in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance.

Even more shocking, the absorption of Splenda into the human body was studied on a grand total of six men! Based on that one human study, the FDA allowed the findings to be generalized as being representative of the entire human population. Including women, children, the elderly, and those with any chronic illness -- none of whom were ever examined.

The FDA claims they reviewed over 100 studies conducted on Splenda. What they don't tell you is that most of the studies were on animals. And, those animal studies reveal plenty of problems, such as:

Decreased red blood cells -- sign of anemia -- at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group
Chemically, Splenda is More Similar to DDT Than Sugar

Yes. Splenda bears more chemical similarity to DDT than it does to sugar.

Sucralose is in fact a synthetic chemical that was originally cooked up in a laboratory. It does start off as a sugar molecule. Then, in a five-step patented process of making sucralose, three chlorine molecules are added to a sucrose (sugar) molecule. The chemical process to make sucralose alters the chemical composition of the sugar so much that it is somehow converted to a fructo-galactose molecule.

This type of sugar molecule does not occur in nature, and therefore your body does not possess the ability to properly metabolize it. As a result of this "unique" biochemical make-up, McNeil Nutritionals makes its claim that Splenda is not digested or metabolized by the body, hence it has zero calories.

But, if you look at the research (which is primarily extrapolated form animal studies) you will see that in fact an average of 15 percent of sucralose IS absorbed into your digestive system, and according to this latest study, it is also absorbed into your fat cells.

Unfortunately, if you are healthy and your digestive system works well, you may be at HIGHER risk for breaking down this product in your stomach and intestines!

Your Healthiest Alternatives

If you have a craving for sweets, rather than trying to find "healthier" ways to continue indulging in them, it is in your best interest to learn ways to relieve your cravings.

The obvious one would be to stop eating any of the products to begin with. But sweets are powerfully addictive – sugar has even been shown to be more addictive than cocaine. Stevia is a preferable natural substitute, which can be used in making most dishes and drinks..

However, complete avoidance of sweets is often necessary to break your addictive cycle, as your hormones insulin and leptin likely play an important role in your cravings.

If you are unable to achieve abstinence from sweets, your emotional connection to cravings might be an important factor for you. One of the most profound methods I know of for diminishing the effects of food cravings is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is the psychological acupressure technique routinely used in my practice to help people reduce their cravings.

There is enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception. If you or your loved ones drink diet beverages or eat diet foods, this book will explain how you've been deceived about the truth behind artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose -- for greed, for profits ... and at the expense of your own health.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BRUCETIGERTOES 10/18/2009 1:23AM

    Thank you for the information. When I was in Horticulture school one of the seminars I attended talked about how many poisons are approved each month and that the only ones really tested in our food supply were approx. 350 and the "Kill" ratio was high. It was what a 17 year old boy, that weighed 150 pounds could tolerate. I have been pretty careful of additives since then but, ended up sucked in on Splenda. It could explain my gastrointestinal upsets. Will immediately quit splenda. also will look for more data. emoticon

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SING4MYFOOD 10/17/2009 11:29PM

    Thanks for some more eye-opening information - I'm anxious now to see what details you have in your Stevia blog.

Be blessed!

Kerolyn
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EJHEINRICH1 10/17/2009 12:36PM

    I don't have problems with the artificial sweeteners. Because I don't use them. Posting the information is just that "information". You can take it or leave it. Knowledge is the power! If you don't have the knowledge to make a intelligent decision for yourself than find the knowledge. I don't want to be in the dark and I want to make my intelligent decisions. Thank you for visiting. emoticon

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CHRISTY60 10/17/2009 12:15PM

    OMG!!! Thankfully I hardly use the stuff, but this is scary. I realize one study is not the absolute, but chemicals and additives can't be best for you.

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RENA1965 10/17/2009 12:11PM

    Sorry to hear you have a bad deal with sweetners...

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THALIAY 10/17/2009 12:05PM

  That was really good information! I have cut out the diet sodas, except once in a while and I drink my coffee black & tea with just a tiny bit of sugar. The only thing I can't really take without sweetener is cereal. I just have to have one packet of sweetener on it!!! Hope I can fight this off!!!

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