Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Depression, anxiety, panic, thoughts of suicide or death, agoraphobia, feelings of hopelessness, feeling alone

Hot and cold flashes, but also depressed for no reason...
At no point would I have ever put two-and-two together...
I know I feel better now, and I know how I was feeling then...
I found myself spinning into a dark depression...
I started feeling "not myself"...
I noticed incredible fatigue and sleepiness...
I am not happy with the results...
I didn't even realize it might be the Splenda ...
I had the worst feeling...
I started using Splenda in small doses...
Little did I know I was slowly poisoning my body...
Back to good old honey...
I only had to try Splenda once...
I've been sick for almost a year and a half...
I am not myself anymore. What is wrong with me?
Bizarre feelings of hopelessness and loneliness...
These symptoms disrupt my everyday life...
I had no idea I was ingesting poison...
Severe diarrhea for four years...
Unbelievable how awful the experience was...
Chronic, daily, severe, migraine headaches...
I changed into a moody, isolated, irritable person...
I went into cardiac arrythmia immediately after...
I have been having panic attacks...
I thought I was going to pass out the pain was so intense...
I purchased Breyer's CarbSmart mint chocolate chip ice cream...
I know pain and this was definitely real...
I was an emotional wreck...
I went on a crying binge and exploded at everyone...
I had another Splenda beverage, and my symptoms were back...
I had a horrible span in my life whilst using Splenda...
I thought I was crazy...
Terrible pain and aching in my jaw muscles...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I thought I was losing my mind until I found this website!!! My whole summer has been spent battling panic attacks, depression, chest pain..etc. I never would have thought that Splenda may be to blame. I have gone to my doctor and I'm scheduled for bloodwork. I consumed quite a bit of Splenda at the beginning of the summer. It seemed like the attacks came out of the blue. I would be depressed pretty much every day. I never looked forward to anything. I felt nervous, butterflies in my stomach all the time. I've always been a happy person. I think I've only had 2 panic attacks in my life, and they were linked to something traumatic. I know that these symptoms could be indicators of another health issue, but I really believe the Splenda has something to do with it.

BH
Haverhill, MA

UnicornWings said...

I wouldn't wish this Sucralose toxicity on my worst enemy.....
I was a prisoner to my own home...Panic attacks, Low blood sugar, nervousness, and then developed Agoraphobia...I couldn't even go grocery shopping without feeling like I couldn't breathe.
Every few minutes I would fear in my head that I was going to die and then feel anxious....My head was always dizzy and cloudy, I thought I had carbon monoxide poisoning for a while....I have NEVER experienced ANything like this in my life. I've never been a nervous person, or depressed or scared of anything before this. I was like a warrior with strength and courage of a Lion..and nothing in life could ever bring me down. I was mellow, never yelled or got mad, and always had so much Hope in my heart.....And then it was like someone robbed my spirit from my body and replaced it with the opposite...I felt like I was losing my mind, but still suffered in silence because I was embarrassed of how I was.
It wasn't until one day, I had no idea what Sucralose was but i happened to find the info online...and then began reading all my labels again from my food and more. I realized that it was in my benadryl strips and my Crest Toothpaste...I am severly allergic to many things, but had no idea that I was ingesting this poison.
Well to make a good story ending...I stopped using the benadryl strips and didn't brush my teeth until I bought new toothpaste.. ANd at this time I am sitting at a computer that is not in my own house and I am anxiety free. I have not had one nervous thought or feeling. My sugar didn't drop low and my head feels GREAT. I am ME again and I couldn't be happier to be back to my old self.
My only advice to everyone is Be careful and listen to your instincts and keep on reading to find your own cause of sickness. But most importantly don't settle to just being sickly...IT's not what's meant for you.
Take care..

Bobby0512 said...

I like to say sucralose, not Splenda, because that is what Splenda is. And it is in a lot of stuff. The package doesn't have to say Splenda to have sucralose in it. You have to read labels.

About 3 years ago...

Every morning at work, I would make myself a cup of coffee. I mixed two packets of Splenda® in my coffee. In addition, I used Coffeemate sugar free French Vanilla liquid creamer, which also contains sucralose. I would drink two to four cups of coffee a day.

My anxiety was extreme and I could not stand it anymore. The best way to describe the way I felt after drinking one cup of coffee with sucralose in it was that it was like drinking six cups of coffee. My heart was pounding and my anxiety was soaring.

I decided to stop using caffeine and start drinking decaffeinated coffee hoping that this will help. Therefore, one Monday morning, I started drinking decaffeinated coffee. I made it the same way I did with the caffeinated coffee, two packets of Splenda and Coffeemate creamer. After drinking it, I felt exactly the same way. I complained to the person in my office, who is responsible for ordering the coffee, that, the decaffeinated coffee she purchased was not decaffeinated but was really coffee that had caffeine in it.

I continued to drink the decaffeinated, without any reduced nervousness.

Frustrated, I decided to drink caffeine free chamomile tea. I picked this type of tea because it is supposed to have a calming effect. I made the tea with two packets of Splenda® and no creamer. After drinking the tea, the overwhelming anxiety started up again. This is when I finally realized that the only thing that was the same between all of these drinks was the Splenda®!

I immediately stopped using Splenda in my coffee. It was amazing. The overwhelming anxiety went away immediately.

I used sucralose for 6 years and I had a number of medical problems as a result. Ready for this: Overwelming anxiety, depression, mood swings, confusion, memory losses, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, fatigue, back pain, joint pain, numbness in arms and legs, blurred vision, insomnia and heart palpitations.

I went to a gastroenteroligist, had a colonoscopy, and other gastrointestinal test. I was put on medication for about 3 years.

I went to a psychiatrist and was put on antidepressants and anti anxiety medication.

My back pain and the other symptoms, I just dealt with.

I contributed all my problems to the natural aging process.

Today, I feel a whole lot better. Although, I believe I have suffered long term effects of taking sucralose. I learned that the FDA does not protect the American people. That sucralose is a poison.

It saddens me to see that children are using this stuff. That there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people who are using it, have medical problems and don't even know that they are caused by what is in those yellow packets.

carbon monoxide - made from oxygen so its like a breath of fresh air.

Mark Yannone said...

That's a stunning array of side effects for just one person. Whew!

Indeed, sucralose is the generic name for Splenda, and it's that name we must look for in the lists of ingredients.

Long-term use may require a longer recovery period. Let's hope you have a full recovery.

I'm not a doctor, but I can certainly promote the consumption of water as a cure for what ails you. Don't wait until you are thirsty, and don't substitute. Drink plenty of pure water all day, every day. That will help flush the sucralose from your body and keep your cells healthy.

See also: The Water Cure

Mark Yannone said...

PS: Love the tagline, "carbon monoxide - made from oxygen so its like a breath of fresh air."

Perfect!

Ellin said...

Antidepressants are 9 out of 10 times misused or abused due to their tranquilizing property. This very tranquilizing trait of the antidepressants makes them vulnerable to misuse. The fact of the matter is that antidepressants are to be used as tranquilizers but only on prescription. On having them otherwise one not only runs the risk of suffering the side effects but also the prospect of dependence on the drug. Antidepressants like xanax are sold online nowadays for the convenience of the people; one should not try to meddle with them or try to get them by foul means.

Anonymous said...

Man I had no clue, but today I drank a couple of bottles of flavored water sweetened with Splenda and had the worst panic attack I have had in 5 years. There is no worse feeling than the tight chest, jaw, woogly eye feeling and convinced you are going to die....YUCK....Ijust took an ativan hope things cool out

herhtdm said...

It is only xanax, not alcohol, which can offer suitable relief from the anxiety pangs. Other than alcohol, that is likely to make people violent and aggressive instead of providing suitable cure for their depression and anxiety, you should opt for the anti-anxiety pill xanax only when it has been prescribed by a doctor. To obtain relief from anxiety, depression and related disorders, Xanax alcohol is never to be sought after as mixing xanax and alcohol can unleash tremendous harm to your health. http://www.xanax-effects.com /

Nick and Robin said...

My wife and I have been into fitness for many years. In fact, I've competed in fitness on a national level. About 6 years ago, we learned about Splenda and switched from Equal to Spleanda. She even carried Splenda in her purse for us when the restaurants didn't have it on hand. Over the course of several months of Splenda use, we both began getting depressed and anxious. I even had my first, ever, panic attack! We attributed it to our stressful business. My wife went on Prozac for her depression, and increased her dosage of Klonapin to help her anxiety. After a few months, neither one of us could hold a job for any length of time. We became agitated with life and extremely depressed. We blamed it on the economy, the relatives, the weather, the president, the people we worked for, the kids... everything! After a few more months I became suicidal and began taking Prozac. All this time, we were both sweetening all of our drinks and foods with Splenda. We both became more and more depressed. We both had many, many panic attacks to the point where we couldn't hold down any job, and we didn't even want to work either. We were afraid of loosing each other, and hated life! She went on more anti-depressants, and had 3 mental breakdowns. Nothing worked. I began taking her klonapin for MY panic attacks! I had 2 mental breakdowns! We began drinking and using illegal drugs just to ease the MENTAL HELL that we were both going through. Think about it... We started using Splenda for the "health benefits", and now we were both doing coke, weed, and XTC to ease the mental hell that we were both going through! We both feel alone in this dark world. In fact... My computer screen saver is picture of a square peg being forced into a round hole. That's what I feel like life is all about for me and my wife! We both don't feel like we fit in and we don't want to live any longer. THIS morning, I again woke up with HORRIBLE anxiety... AGAIN, and with the feeling that I don't want to live anymore... AGAIN. Splenda just “came into my mind” when I was laying in bed thinking! I went straight to the computer TODAY and searched for the "health risks of Splenda". OMG! We can both relate to ALL of the posts! All of the posts describe us! TODAY, I'm throwing all of the Splenda in the trash. TODAY, I think I found my cure! Thank you so much, for your blog!

Mark Yannone said...

Thank you for your comment, Nick and Robin. What a story! You've convinced me to move these comments to the front page of the blog so that they cannot be missed. Clearly, this is a matter of life and death for many people.

Give your condition a couple of weeks to clear. Flush your body with plenty of good water. If you think of it, let us know how you are doing.

Mark Yannone

Jeanette said...

I was using splenda to take MSM for lupus, and my kidneys aren't so good. I started using splenda to sweeten my tea. I was normal one day, and woke up a mental patient the next. It started with panic attacks, and then I wanted to kill myself. I am 53. This has never happened to me before. Someone suggested that splenda is a nuero-toxin. I won't touch any artificial sweetner ever gain. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me, and I have had bad really bad things happen! Take that stuff off the market now!

Nic said...

I wished I would have found this website before I started using Splenda. I'm a 37 year old male. Just over a year ago I was an outgoing and very active person. I did not think there was anything physically (within reason) that I could not do. I lifted weights and exercised at least 3 to 4 times a week. However, I did get into the habit of drinking sweet tea. Rather than giving it up, I decided that I would eliminate the consumption of sugar by substituting it with Splenda. This was after a coworker recommended that I use Splenda. He said that it was made from sugar, unlike all the other artificial sweeteners out there. So, I gave it a try and liked it well enough. I thought great, I can have my cake AND eat it too. I would use several packets a day. I thought all was well in life. Little did I know, I was most likely slowly poisoning myself. Looking back, I would say that the first sign that something was wrong was some weight loss. But who complains about weight loss? I shrugged that off and figured I was eating better and exercising more. A few months pass and I start having some odd sensations in my mouth. It started on the top right and began to progress to the other side of my mouth. Initially, it was a tingling sensation. Later it was a burning one. Then it spread to the bottom and was excruciating. Frantic that I had a gum infection, I saw a periodontist. He said everything was fine. I then saw an Endodontist. He said everything was fine. My dentist also said I was fine. The whole time I was thinking I had gum problems and never paused to think what else it could be. Shortly afterward, I started having sleep disorders. I would be very tired, but yet I couldn't sleep. At times, my heart felt like it was running away. I would have panic attacks for no reason. I had a sense of hopelessness. I'm ashamed to say, thoughts of suicide crossed my mind, even though I knew it was wrong to think such things. All the while, my mouth was still killing me. I would stay up for 24 hours before I was overwhelmed by fatigue and could fall asleep. No one believed me when I told them how bad I felt. I started isolating myself from friends and family. My coworker asked me what was wrong. He said everyone at the office has noticed I was not acting my usual self. I didn't even realize I was behaving that way. After my second visit to the periodontist, I was sure he was going to find something wrong. I was shocked when he said I was fine again. It was like I WANTED him to find a problem. He said perhaps I had an allergy. I told him I have never had an allergy. So, on my way back home, I began to ponder what I had done differently in the last year of my life to cause this problem. And, like a ton of bricks, it hit me. I had been drinking the tea with Splenda in it for a few months prior to my issues. That is when I did a search and found out the troubles others have had with this substance and that it really is NOT sugar. I have been without Splenda for almost 10 months now. I feel I have improved. The pain in my mouth is more tolerable. Unfortunately, I feel like the old me will never return and is lost forever. Could there be permanent nerve, brain, and organ damage? I still alienate myself from my friends, family and coworkers. Sleep is only accomplished when I am very tired. The depression and anxiety is still there, although I seem to be able to better control it.

If this comment prevents even one person from using this poison, I think my post was worth it.

Mark Yannone said...

Nic,

Thank you for your feedback. It's quite a story. Please note that sucralose is found in more than 4000 products now, including medications and "health" products, so you have to read labels carefully to avoid Splenda and sucralose. You may discover that you are still consuming sucralose.

Mark Yannone

Anonymous said...

Oh my God!! I can't believe all that I read. 3 months after my son was born, I started panic attacks, insomnia and had a stress seizure. They gave me ativan but stressed me out even more because I was breastfeeding. After 2 weeks of "what the heck is happening to me", more seizures and insomnia, they said I had post-partum depression and put me on zoloft and klonopin. I had to stop breastfeading:( The nightmare began and over the course of one year, 12 medication were prescribed to me because nothing was working. Meds were making me feel like a total zombie, suicidal and depressed and worst than at the beginning. All that time and for many years I have been consuming lots of splenda, ALWAYS chewing sugar-free gum, eating sugar free desserts, diet this and that. Today I am medication free but still feel quite unlike myself, as if my brain and I are strangers. I blamed it on hormones, motherhood and unfortunately myself. I HAVE TO and WILL quit this bad habit!!! Thanks for enlightening me!

Melvin said...

Damm.When is the FDA going to wake up and stop these splenda bastards from poisoning us.Never.Look at white sugar the biggest poison of all and it is still sold.Look at white flour.Look at chickens,cattle and the injecions of anti-biotics.It never ends.How can we ever eat healthy.I thought Hitler casused all these anorexics,bullimics,now I wonder if it is a foods overwhelingly altered.(Hitler and reincarnation may,also,contribute as it seems all these problems didn't exist before him and they ate sugar before Hitler.