Uncovering the truth...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Like many of my fellow Sparks I've been struggling with the ups and downs...and a scale who hates me! Well, I've found some answers to some of my least for me. I would like to share some knowledge that I have gained over the past couple months about what we put into our bodies while we try so hard to be healthy and lose weight. Perhaps this can help some of you!

Here I will make a statement that I have heard from several MD's that I've talked to (including my own physician), a nutritionist, naturopath and now my Acupuncturist/Chinese Medicine Practitioner. "All artificial sweeteners are not healthy or good for you. They promote weight gain and diabetes."

I have done some extensive research over this because I was tested with every imaginable test you could think of and everything came back as normal. Until my son one day pointed out some websites that had a list of symptoms for Sucrolose poisoning. I was very ill and suffered from a very long list of the exact same symptoms...(headaches, fatigue, dry mouth, depression, hot/cold flashes, joint pain, foggy mind, mood swings, rashes, sleeplessness, sugar cravings, insulin resistance, nausea, weight gain...and I could go on but I think you got the idea.) Here is a link that actually explains what Sucralose is, what it does and the fact that it wasn't even properly tested. (You can also Google Sucralose poisoning to see the very long list it gives.)

I immediately stopped consuming Splenda and anything with it in the ingredients. This is were I found out that I was now suffering from withdrawal symptoms. I was addicted to this chemical!! It took 4 weeks for me to go back to anything that would be considered normal. Some of the symptoms completely dissipated but I still did not feel well. My MD suggested I see Roberto Masferrer at Kumo Acupuncture, where I learned the long term side effects of consuming this poison. (Malnourished {yes you can be fat and malnourished}, bad bacterial growth in the gut, lack of flora, etc.) And here is the best one yet that I am still dealing with. Since this poisonous Chlorocarbin is packed into my fat cells I still deal with these toxins with every ounce of fat that I melt away because it is flushed back into my system. So as I lose the weight Roberto works with me to help flush it out and keeps me symptom and pain free.

I've been asked, "So what sweetener do you use since you are prediabetic and have to watch your blood sugar?" I asked the same question and the answers that I have found are very simple. Natural unprocessed sugars in MODERATION within your dietary or diabetic allowances. Here are some more links that you might find interesting. I know I did!! And it decided me once and for all.

It basically comes down to watching what we eat. I use natural cane sugar when I do need to use sugar for anything and I'm responsible on how much I use. I read every label...and I mean EVERY label. To quote a blog from my good friend and mentor at Kumo Acupuncture:

* If you see high fructose corn syrup, trans fats (including any oil described as partially hydrogenated), preservatives (especially sodium benzoate), or food coloring don’t buy it.
*If you see ingredients that you don’t recognize especially if they remind you of chemistry class don’t buy it.
* If you see ingredients that are unclear such as modified corn starch or artificial flavoring don’t buy it.
*If you see artificial sweeteners don’t buy it.
*If you see genetically modified foods don’t buy it.
* If you see nitrates or nitrites don’t buy it.
* If the list is longer than five ingredients be cautious.

To read the entire blog: kumoacupuncture.wordpres

All said and done, I am so grateful for my son for finding the correlation with my symptoms and sucrolose, for my doctor's care and referral to someone who could help and for Roberto at Kumo Acupuncture for taking this hard journey with me to good health. There is a light at the end of this long dark tunnel and I look forward to the day where I can step out into it!

I hope you share this knowledge with others who it might help!
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    Wow! This is interesting! I knew artificial sweetners were bad but I didn't know they could cause damage to that extent! Thanks for sharing this info!!
    2928 days ago
    Thank you so much for replying to my blog. I am so glad I came across your post. I've do use sugar in moderation. But for my fluid intake, I generally turn to the Sucralose full Wylers SF. The Aspertame gives me headaches.

    Now, I'm gonna just drink water with lemon instead. Or iced herbal tea.

    Hopefully it will help with some of my issues.

    2937 days ago
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    Wow, Sucralose is scary stuff! Congratulations on making this change & thanks for sharing the info with others.
    Best wishes!
    2940 days ago
    Wow!! Thank you so much for showing me this blog! very useful information.
    2943 days ago
    wow thanx for the information
    2945 days ago
    Wow, I just got rid of all my Splenda and Equal, into the trash they went. I will go back to using sugar in small amounts. I have a hard time with the fact that the USDA has all this information at their fingertips, yet do not warn us about the dangers of this stuff.
    2948 days ago
    Thank you for the very healthful reminder! emoticon
    2949 days ago
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