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Aspartame Ingestion Poisoning - My Story, My 4 month old Baby

Mar 22, 2008 - 12 comments
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Hi, my name is claire. My story starts march 2007 when i became pregnant to my partner. We were over the moon and really excited at the thought of our little one being born. due date was the 10th of December. my pregnancy was text book until i went for the twelve weeks glucose tolerence test in which i was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which is not uncommon in pregnancy. Still all went well. Because i had developed diabetes though i now had to watch my sugar intake, so i was sent to see the diabetic nurse to monitor my progress in the pregnany. Course now all the sugary products had to be got rid of as i was put on insulin three times a day to control my blood sugar levels, and of course i had to have more scans in my pregnancy than was usual. This is to watch for signs of the baby growing too large. My liver was also tested, which was fine to start with, so no worries at all. The scans always showed a healthy normal baby slowly growing and all was well.
Slowly over the months i started to replace the sugar in my diet with low sugar products, and Canderel in my tea. Day in and day out i ate what i was told was good for both me and my baby and so i thought everything was going to be fine. After about 6 months of pregnany and the many tests that i had to have, something started to change. My liver was slowly getting high readings in the tests they did on me, firstly the reading were slightly raised, then a month after, they raised a little more. Nobody was worried though as they say it is very common for this to happen in mid to late pregnany, and all seemed to be going well with our baby.
It was three days before they decided to induce me for our baby to be born 2 weeks before his due date. they said they dont like the pregnancy going full term just in case the baby starts to get too big with all the extra insulin floating about in the blood stream. so i prepared myself for a delivery the thursday of late november 2007. On the monday before that date though, our baby stopped moving and we became very worried. we got ourself up the the hospital as quickly as we could. I was rushed into theatre for an emergency cesarian.

Our son was born on the 26th of november 2007, he was rushed into the intensive care unit for monitoring after they had realised that he had been badly compromised before he was born. These things happen sometimes and we accepted that, although we were very puzzled after what seemed like a text book pregnancy to why things had gone so wrong. The doctors themselves expressed confusion to what had happened. our sons blood chemistry was haywire and he started fitting more or less straight away and was very poorly at one point. They didnt really know what could have happened. things started to become more clear though as they examined the placenta and umbilical cord. It had developed blood clots, and in the final few days, one clot had broken away to partly block our son's life line to his mums placenta. Still we just put it down to one of those things, even though it has become clear now that our son's development will be effected by what happened. We just accepted it as bad luck.

our son is now 4 month old and doing ok. The health issue is now with me. since He was born my liver reading were expected to return to normal, not only have they not, but have become even worse. I recently had a liver test done after a post natal examination caused concern over the reading. The gamma part of the test is the one that shows intake of substances that the body cannot deal with. Usually it is excessive alcohol or drugs that cause this part of the liver test to be high. A normal alcoholic will have a reading of 4 to 6 time the normal level. My reading for the gamma is a massive 10 times what it should be. I have been asked twice now by medical staff if i am a alcoholic and when i tell them that i am tee total and have been for years, they look at me with dismay and cant work out why my readings are so high. It wasnt until the doctor said. (this is something in your life style that is causing this, and usually to have reading so high you would have to be a raging alcoholic.. something you are doing is causing your liver to work hard as if its being poisoned like an alcoholic.) To this i was shocked because i know i dont drink, do drugs, medication or otherwise. my diet is still good and yes i dont even take sugar. this is when it hit me, the only difference in my life is the sugar free stuff i am eating and putting in my tea. Aspartame in all of these things. I decided to investigate and was shocked by my finding. i even saw a headline that said "ASPARTAME THE THALIDOMIDE OF THE 90'S" and we all know what that did to unborn babies.
The liver is your chemical factory, not only does it process toxins out of your blood stream but it also makes chemicals that help our bodies to function properly. One of those funtions is to regulate blood and clotting control. my liver started to go wrong as soon as i started to take artificial sweetners, not only in my tea in the form of canderel, but also in other food stuff like angel delight and sugar free chewing gum. This is the only thing in my diet that has changed, intake of Aspartame. i am under no doubt that this is the culprit to why my system is still being poisoned and maybe the link to why our son was so badly compromised. We went to see the specialist yesterday over our son and got the results from the MRI scan. The damage to his brain because of what happened we were told by the doctor, is highly likely to cause celebral palsy. This from a normal healthy pregnancy, scans which consistently showed a healthy baby.

Of course i am now off the horrible Aspartame poison and have been for almost a week. all i can do is hope and pray that the damage it had caused me is not permanent and that when i go and see the liver specialist my readings will start to fall and i dont have to have a liver biopsy. I guess at this point you may be wondering what massive intake i must have been taking to cause such problems for my health. well here is a run down to the amount i was taking. i'll let you decide if it's seems like a massive amount.

On average i would have 6 to 8 cups of  tea with two canderel in each cup.
For treats i would have sugar free angel delight maybe twice a weeks.
I would chew sugar free gum for a while in the day.
then there are the bits that do add up. Like sugar free or reduced sugar sauces like ketchup and salad cream. Its also in options chocolate drinks i had at bed time, and in some cereal that is supposed to be low in sugar.
I never drink fizzy pop like cans of coke or other flavours, but it is in dilute fruit cordial which i drunk through the summer months.
Not a massive amount as you can see, but the things with Aspartame, its accumlative, it builds up and stores in your system and tissue, slowly eating away at you. A time bomb waiting to go off.

I do urge all of you who read this to watch the food labels and if it says ASPARTAME to throw it in the bin, dont give it to your children, and please if you are pregnant dont even think of taking anything with this substance in it. It could be responsible for hurting not only you, but your unborn baby......

Claire
I also had migraines when ingesting this stuff, fuzzy lights,headache and vision blurryiness...never had a migraine in my life before until i started sugar free and low sugar due to my diabetes.



  


Just to add, if anybody is interested in more info regarding Aspartame and the effects it has then please don't hesitate to contact me as given what has happened with our son and myself, me and my partner have decided to reasearch the stuff and have made a free info forum about it. I am not sure i can put the link on here though, so anybodys interested then please contact me.

I wish you all the best.
Claire


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by Slw602, Jan 02, 2009
Hi Claire,

My husband and I have not had health insurance for at least 8 years or so, and my husband about 6 months ago got a job with the government and now we have the insurance.  About a month ago, he went in for a overall checkup at the doctors since we really haven't had regular care.  Well they did the regular blood work to check for any kind of problems, and when we got the results back, it showed that his liver enzymes were high, so now we have to get it tested again in a month or so.  Now I really hope you get this since you posted back in March of 2008,  my husband drinks the walmart brand of Chrystal Light, EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!  And it has Aspartame in it.  That is all he drinks for his fluid intake and also some milk sometimes, otherwise that is all he likes to drink since we have cut back on the soda,  and we also drunk alot of the diet soda as well that contains it, but now he mainly just drinks the mixed stuff that has the aspartame in it.  And the doctor said for him to not drink any alcohol at all over the waiting period before he gets retested, well my husband very very rairly drinks any type of alcohol, so we knew that was not the reason for his results to be showing high,  and I really want to thank you for the artical you wrote, because now I know why it is showing high, because he is consuming aspartame on a daily basis, which has been going on for at least 3 years now if not more.   And he has also been getting bad headaches too, and he has this problem with his left leg around the chin area, where at first it started as a bruise, and then over 3 months time, he still had a lump, and it started growing and getting longer in length, he got xrays and an mri, and it shows that some blood vessels burst under the skin, and we have no idea why, I am really wondering if this also has something to do with his consumtion of Aspartame as well.  If you have any more information to share, please feel free to email me at ***@****.  Thanks again for the artical and I am very sorry for what it has done to you and your baby.  I am currently 15 weeks pregnant with my second child, and I have luckily stayed away from the stuff because I have read that you shouldn't use it while being pregnant because there isn't enough studies done on it to say whether it would cause birth defects or not, but obviously in your case, you found out too late.  Well please contact me if you have any more information. Thanks so much!  God Bless You for making other people aware!     Sandra

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by Slw602, Jan 02, 2009
my email address didn't show up right,  it is:     slw602 at aol *******   (hopefully it is understandable how I wrote it)

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by andy643467, Sep 08, 2009
I'm sorry to learn of the difficulties you have been having.  However, there are some points you should consider:

I've read your account, and have to say that there isn't even weak anecdotal evidence of aspartame intake being linked to your problems.  Gestational diabetes is a potentially serious condition, especially in the case where medical professionals feel it necessary to treat with insulin.  There are a wide range of complications that can arise, including what happened to your son.

Elevated gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) is not ONLY caused by alcohol intake, as you suggest... it can be caused by a whole range of things, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen or aspirin).  Further, I have never heard any evidence that moderate aspartame intake (such as yours) would have any effect whatsoever on GGT.  In fact, of the large number of claims that aspartame is harmful, none of them are substantiated by proper, peer-reviewed scientific analysis.

Out of interest, what was your BMI at the time of conception?  Normal BMI is in the range of 20-25, whereas 25-30 is 'overweight', 30-35 is 'obese' and 35+ would be either 'morbidly obese' or 'severely obese'.  I only ask because this is the primary cause of gestational diabetes.

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by sparkle73, Sep 08, 2009
Thanks for your reply

I don't know how you can suggest that there isnt even weak evidence of aspartame being linked to what happened. That was the ONLY change since ingesting the stuff like I did. Both me and my son where fine right up til the last week, something caused my liver to be poisoned like that. I understand other things like aspirin and Ibuprophen can (which apparently its paraocetmol which is far worse on the liver than Ibuprophen is, but that's not the point here, the point IS I never comsumed any medication whilst I was pregnant,asprin or otherwise,like i said in my story, the ONLY change was artifical sweetners.

Also, the update to the very high gamma readings, since I completely stopped ingesting ANYTHING with aspartame in it, my liver readings over a period of 3 months went back to normal and have stayed that way ever since, aspartame free! also i no longer have diabetes, I no longer have any symptons like i did have migraines, blurry vision etc. I accidently had a bottle of pop a few months back which contained aspartame, i didnt realise it was in it, a few hours later i started getting a fuzzy head, dry mouth and a migraine, obviously i didnt make the same mistake since and the symptons went away and had nothing since. Whether im classed as moderate or not, some people are more sensitive to aspartame than others.

Although Ive no idea what my body mass was at conception, i do know that i was alot more active and had less weight on me at that time than i have for a long time, so in other words i was the fittest and less weight on me than in previous years, also i actually lost weight in pregnancy cause of cutting out sugar and literally walking everywhere. Im not obese and never have been.

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by andy643467, Sep 08, 2009
I suggest there's no evidence because 1) what happened, sadly, could easily have happened simply as a result of the gestational diabetes, without any need for another factor, and 2) there's no scientific evidence (despite a LOT of research having been done) to suggest that aspartame would do that.  I guess what I'm saying is that, what with the pregnancy, there would have been a lot of changes in your life right then; aspartame was just one of them.

You say that artificial sweeteners were the only change, but that's not true... you were taking regular doses of insulin, which can have its own side effects.

Sorry if I'm coming across as overly critical, but I get a bit fed up of hearing unfounded scare stories about aspartame... I recently came across a new mother who was very distressed because she'd been feeding her nine month old baby with food containing aspartame, and she'd read some of these same scare stories.  The result was that she genuinely thought she'd been poisoning her baby!

Anyway, I hope you and your son are both doing OK.

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by sparkle73, Oct 02, 2009
My story is not intended to scare anyone, just make people aware,especially pregnant women. my story is very real. If people dont want to know, then they simply dont read up on it, simple as that really. The mother in question, although very sad, obvioulsy found these stories by having a reason to search for them or something similiar in the first place maybe. Scaremongering is a sick thing to do,and i know it does go on in this sick world we live in, but if you have a very real reason and your own personal experience of something, then of course if you care enough, then you want to tell people your story and let them make their own minds up.

Yes i was taking regular does of insulin. Side effects for insulin are very rare and if you do have any side effects, its an allergic reaction,usually reacting to other medications/drugs of which i never had at all through my pregnancy, it doesnt cause your liver readings raise, your blood to clot all of a sudden, and the point is, this happened just days before I was due to have my son. Like i said, everything was textbook until a couple of days before my son was due. Now i had been on insulin for at least 3 months, i think if i was going to get side effects from it, then i would have had them by then and not forgetting the fact that my insulin had to be raised from time to time, because something was causing my blood sugars to go high and deranged!! which wasnt the insulin, as that brought them down!! so something else in my system, which is accumlative, 3 months is enough time for aspartame to be building up in my system, enough to cause damage, especially the amount i was having. Then it took 3 months from very high liver readings and stopping aspartame altogether to bring my liver readings back to normal.

im sorry but what you are saying, just doesnt make sense to me at all. Im not looking for a blaming technique because of what happened, im just thinking about it logically with all the information i have and the symptons and changes at that time. whether theres lack and unfounded research or not on the effects of aspartame (which incidently is being researched again, as it was on the bbc news this week) seeing if people have a sensitivity to it because the FSA had receieved complaints and peoples symptons on it. Now if there wasnt something in this, after all these years of controversy over it, why then, are they studying it again? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8266707.stm

and yes, the study will probably come back as safe. Dont you see, its just one big cover up, its all about money, greed! theres more and more people now stepping forward with symptons and illness, some of which are disappearing after eliminating aspartame. The proof is not with the the FDA and scientists, its with the very real people that have already been damaged by aspartame. This will all come out in the end, people and the BIG food companies are paying people off to keep their mouths shut, that has already been proved.

you seem to be adament that aspartame wasn't the cause, can i ask what is your reason for this? because this to me is beginning to look like you actually are sticking up for these companies and makers of the food industry. i can see youve only replied to my post by joining and nowhere else, looking like you only signed up to tell people that aspartame really is OK.



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by annie1979, Dec 06, 2009
Hello Claire,
I am so worried as I had diarrhea into the 7th week of my pregnancy and the doctor prescibed me with repalyte, it is a electrolyte powder and told me to drink it all day to rehydrate me, so I had 4 powder sachets then i stoppped as the diarrhea had stopped, I noticed I had a huge headache that night i went to bed, now I am so worried I have harmed my unborn baby and wished I had never went to the doctors at all, i am not sure how much aspartame was in those sachets, and I am not sure how much can harm an unborn child, but i feel so upset now if it has done anything to my precious unborn baby.

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by Laurajacko, Dec 19, 2009
Hi Claire, I just googled Aspartame and came across your blog. I was interested in reading up about Aspartame as my grandfather died in March and the nurse had mentioned Aspartame to me for the first time.

Though, admittedly, my grandfather was getting old, he had developed diabetes around a year before his death and lived almost entirely on products containing Aspartame. I have done much reading on this and I am certain this was what eventually caused his death.

My Grandfather had a triple bypass just before he developed diabetes and had many, many health tests, scans, etc done and they all came back clear. A few months before his death he started feeling unwell and we took him to the hospital. They then did a whole lot of scans and his body was riddled with tumours - big tumours. The staff compared scans from his previous hospital visit and were all saying that it was unusual for tumours to get so large in such a small space of time. They were aggressive. In short, I have no doubt in my head that these tumours were caused by consuming products all day containing Aspartame. People on diets or diabetics, like you, consume this stuff thinking that it may be better for them. And it's in some pretty unexpected products too!

I now watch for this in any product I consume! I hope you are well.

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by rozv90, Nov 08, 2010
For me, simply put artifical anything is toxic to the body, and aspartame is a dangerous chemical.  Each person is an individual reactions will very.  For me I know when I have ingested something artifical, because I get a nasty headache that will last for while.  Know your own body and act accordingly ,  

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by sweetsugar10, Nov 25, 2010
The level that the FDA set is 50 mg-aspartame/kg body weight, which is an extremely large amount for humans to consume. For example, a 150-pound person must consume 97 packets of dry sweetener, or 19 cans of diet soft drink, in one day to reach this level, while a 200-pound person must consume 130 packets, or 25 cans. It is almost impossible for a person to consume this much aspartame, even if he or she consumes several different products. A 150-pound person would need to drink a 12-pack of diet soft drink and eat 5 gelatin desserts, 6 bowls of cereal, and 4 servings of yogurt in one day to reach the ADI level. http://tc.engr.wisc.edu/uer/uer98/author2/content.html

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by sparkle73, Nov 27, 2010
sorry but that is a load of rubbish! ive read this countless times before, i think that is just another cover up, you have to consume this amount and body weight this amount for it to be dangerous! but yet you have so so many people that are being poisoned with this stuff and having alsorts of problems from not walking to walking again since they have eliminated aspartame from their diets. So, all these people are throwing this impossible amount of cans of coke, packets and packets of sweetner in one day etc etc! so to me the proof is in the pudding as they say! ask any of these people, aspartame must be dangerous even at low levels and THAT is preciously how they cover it all up saying its not possible to consume the dangerous levels in one day, of course it isn't!! so the stuff is poison to start with!!! even at low levels!!  dont you see?

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by Sadmommy2017, Apr 23, 2017
My husband and I was 5 months pregnant until I lost my baby few days ago.  My Dr had me on bed rest bc the baby wasnt growing fast enough.  Icame to the ER on Tuesday because I had horrible left should pain and stomach pain that wouldn't go away. I found out I had a cyst on my liver that burst and I had internal bleeding.  No one knew why our how this could happen.  Since my pregnancy was high risk I was getting ultra sounds multiple times a month and no one seen anything except a healthy baby that was a little bit smaller than expected.  By the next day , I was still in hospital,  and my baby heart stopped beating. The Dr's kept asking if I was drinking or doing drugs or smoking, the answers were no.  It wasn't until 5 days in the hospital that I realized I had been drinking aspartame in my water sweetness. I was not drinking enough water so I found ways to increase my water intake.  I did not check my sweetners for this ingredient until about a month after I had been religiously dining this poison.  Once I realized what I was drinking I changed my sweeteners to one's that did not have the aspartame ingredient.  But by then it was to late. I already had a cyst on my liver,  it burst, sent my body into preclampysia and my precious little girl was taken from me. It is my fault,  I know,  I wish I would have been more careful.

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