March 30, 2009
By Cathy Alexander
My name is Cathy Alexander, age 52, from Tennessee. Here is my story: MY BATTLE WITH ASPARTAME POISON.
In 2005 I had an operation on my abdomen, and there were 100 days of recovery time.
A week after I got up one morning and my legs folded under me. I could not walk and my mind was so cloudy I could not remember what day it was. I was very frightened because I had never felt this way before, not once in my entire life! I would hold on to whatever was near, holding unto the walls to get down the hall to the bathroom, falling along the way.
I was so scared: I had never felt this way before. I had no insurance. I went to 3 different ER's at three different county hospitals. First, they all thought I was on drugs or drunk and I wasn't. With all kinds of testing they could not find anything.
I had to come up with the money to go to a Neurologist who tested me and did spinal taps. Nothing showed up. So the neurologist and another doctor said it was acute cerebellitis and that I would be better in about 6 months. By that time it was the same or even worse.
I had no balance or any motor skills. It was like my muscles were soft and did not work. I do not take prescriptions for nervous or antidepressants, but I was very shaky and very depressed. I did not care to live.
I would wake up and cry because I was still here another day. I was clumsy, dizzy, and suffered from blurred and double vision. I could not remember anything from the day before. My speech was slurred. I had to have around the clock care, so my best friend took care of me. I almost lost all my hearing and eyesight.
The doctors gave me all kinds of medications but nothing worked. I used a walker for a while and even then I would be walking across the yard and just fall, like mini strokes, 5 to 10 times a day.
My best friend heard the famous Aspartame/Neurologist, Dr. Russell Blaylock on a short wave radio telling about Aspartame and symptoms, and how to test to see if it is what you have. So i went back to talk to my own physician, Dr. Lewis
I told my doctor "When this first hit me, you asked me how many diet drinks I had a day.I did not lie to him but said at least one or two a day. He asked me to stop but I never did until the day came when I went back to him I told him i did not tell him the whole truth, that I drink 5 or more daily, as well as many other sugarfree products, Crystal Lite, and sugarfree gum, all having aspartame in it.
He told me to get off all aspartame for 90 days. That is the same thing Dr. Blaylock said to do. So I did. After about four weeks, my eyesight and hearing got better. My pain had lessened as it was before all this happened.
My doctor knew all about Aspartame poison. He had done research on it a few years ago when his wife was sick from it. The last 9 months I had kidneystone problems. I never reported this to my kidney doctor because so many doctors don't believe in aspartame poisoning, or even appear to have the slightest understanding of what should have been obvious among their patients, with so many identical symptoms, all deriving from their use of "diet" products.
About two months I told my kidney doctor about me having aspartame poisoning awhile back. He said he wished he had known because then he would known something different to try for my stones. I have had 21 kidney stone operations in the last nine months.
The doctor thought my body was making the acid that makes the stones. But the poison shut down the tubes that filters the acid to and from my kidneys. So he doubled my medications for stones; now they have almost all of them.
WHAT ASPARTAME DID TO MY LIFE AND MY CONDITION
I have always been a hard worker, quick thinking, and never forgotful. I could go to stores and start talking to anyone about anything. I never met a stranger. I was a sales person many years and was really proficient. I had that kind of outgoing personality.
Aspartame took all that from me.
Now I go in and out of stores as fast as I can, hoping no one will speak to me because of my memory loss. I can't even think of anything to say to anyone. I cannot be friendly or even smile to people who I don't know. I really feel like a nobody.
At times I feel like I am only here to love my grandkids and feel their love. My grandchildren caused me to fight to overcome what aspartame has done to my life. Even after over a year and a half of being aspartame free, I stay very depressed and can't comprehend. I can't remember things unless the thought is triggered. I still have sore and soft muscles and no strength, and I still have pain in my joints. NO PERSONALITY AT ALL.
I cannot drive because of falling asleep all the time from the narcolepsy, and that I never had before.
Each day has gotten better on all other things since I made the forced decision to remain aspartame free. I had no medications to help me through this. All it took was getting off aspartame.
I am sure i would have died if I had not got off of it.
I know the aspartame took over my body when it was the weakest. Aspartame almost killed me. In some aspects, it actually did kill me. I feel like aspartame is a time bomb: you drink and carry it around in your body., while it waits for a weak point in your immunosystem to be explode itself. After all, it is metabolized as methanol, formaldehyde, diketopiperazine (proven to cause brain tumors) and a witch's brew of other deadly and proven poisons.
How does anyone know when they are going to have a bad operation or a car wreck or become sick? If aspartame did not remain not stored in your body, in the chromosomes, the RNA, and mitochondria, people would have a better chance to recover.
Today is Nov.5th 2008 I had to get a shot in my right knee for the arthritis I have in my joints that worsened with the poison. Aspartame also has been proven to dry up the synovial fluid, in the joints, and this was proven in the very first tests done by Searle in Central America, but that was always concealed from the FDA, and only after whistleblowers let out the truth, did anyone know about it. I believe it is also at the heart of the range of symptoms and illnesses that together are called FIBROMYALGIA.
Today is Dec. 18th 2008 and I got shots in my right hip for the arthritis in my joints that worsened since the poison. I guess I will have to have them in all joints. They are helping. . THIS IS MY STORY FOR NOW Dec.18th 2008. I WILL ADD MORE AS I REMEMBER IT.
Feb-2009 Now I have had 25 kidneystone operations in 11 months. Right now I am going to the hospital every 12 hours. I have a pickline where the give me Fortaz antibiotic for 10 days. All the stones keep causing me to have a E. Coli infection in my left kidney; this is the 2nd one in the past 2 months. I am looking at maybe loosing my left kidney.
ALL BECAUSE OF ASPARTAME POSION! Where are the American Attorneys and Attorneys General who are willing to take on Ajinomoto, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Wrigley's Gum, Equal/Merisant, and so many pharmaceutical companies?
Cathy Alexander of Tennessee