By mebetty Latest Reply 2012-02-11 13:47:35 -0600
Started 2011-09-17 12:10:02 -0500

I was an avid Pepsi drinker and had a hard time letting go until I found that Zero Pepsi was pretty good. I also replaced my sugar with Splenda. HOWEVER, I started developing things which were not evident until I did some research. Please research this product carefully. After 2 years use, my hair started falling out (I thought it was normal). Where my hair was full and vibrant it has thinned out considerably. Headaches, which I got normally — but not as frequent. BLURRY vision - YES. so many other things, there is a checklist online for those who are interested in researching. ALL of these symptoms plus more subsided since I stopped taking Splenda. I tried others, but just not satisfied. Any suggestions? THANKs.

122 replies

2011-09-25 00:16:31 -0500 Report

Hey mebetty~~ Have you tried either Equal or Truvia? (or Stevia?) Apparently they have a lot less chemicals then Splenda has. I personally don't like Splenda. Coke Zero, is not made w/Splenda. It's made w/aspartame. As well as diet Dr. Pepper. This is why I only drink these 2 soft drinks. Well that, and they taste exactly like their non diet counterparts. (which 4 me is a yummy enough reason! :->)

jayabee52 2011-09-25 00:34:31 -0500 Report

Equal (aspartame) has a whole host of problems associated with it too. It doesn't affect me as Splenda does, but I avoid it now too just because of the potential side effects. Look up "Aspartame side effects" for more information.

I forgo all sweeteners due to the study which said that sweetener consumption without a rise in blood glucose levels leads to cravings for more food until the BG levels are attained.

AuntieM234 2011-09-25 03:10:14 -0500 Report

Oh darn! I thought Diet Dr Pepper was made with Splenda. Here I am, a person who aviods aspertame like the plague—at least I thought. Now I find out my absolute favorite is made with the stuff. Well, its going to hurt, but I think I'm going to have to give it up!

I've been doing well, btw, on controlling my BG numbers without meds. Since the last week of August, I've only taken four Metformin pills. I've used lots of test strips in determining how my metabolism handles various foods, but I feel good about what I've accomplished. Now, I'm anxious to get my A1c checked in a couple of weeks for my Dr appointment. It wasn't bad before (6.8), but that was with meds,

It hasn't been easy, but frankly, I believe it is going to be much more difficult to give up my Diet Dr Pepper than it has been to almost eliminate the Metformin. Yes, I suppose I'm addicted to the drink! ;-(

Oh, another btw, James, I don't find that either Splenda or the aspertame (in my beloved Diet Dr Pepper) lead to cravings for more food. To me, I find, what leads to cravings for more food is carbs. By eating fewer carbs in my efforts to eliminate the meds, I find I don't get as hungry as before. ;-) Mara

jayabee52 2011-09-25 05:47:50 -0500 Report

I really loved Diet Dr Pepper too and I would get a 44 oz cup at a convenience store near where I lived, and put minimal ice in the cup so I could get moreDDP in the cup. Had to give it up because DDP had phosphoric acid in it, and dialysis patients are to avoid colas and other stuff with phosphorus in it.

I did experience food cravings. I had not been such a good, complient PWD up until this past Feb. when I started my no diabetes meds experement. I was kinda complient, but I cheated too much.

I experience the same thing too, Mara, with the elimination of the meds.

Dixiemom 2011-09-23 20:18:48 -0500 Report

After reading just about all the comments I think I will stick to regular soda and use the Raw sugar. Not everyone will react the same to a product. Some will have no problems and others many. I am counting carbs and sugar at present and find that there are not many foods that Do Not have some sugar in them. Do what you feel is good for you. Experimenting will not hurt. After all, that's how we find out what we can and cannot use.

2011-09-25 00:23:33 -0500 Report

Dixiemom~~ Doesn't drinking regular soda, and using raw sugar, raise your B/G levels? It would put mine through the roof. The only time I drink regular soda w/ a TBSP of sugar in it, is when my B/G gets so low, that the paramedics have to be called in, for a quick trip to the E.R.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 00:36:46 -0500 Report

I will drink a regular soda for a low, or for a sickday when I cannot keep solid food down so I don't go low when sick.

cjulai 2011-09-23 20:06:33 -0500 Report

Wow! I don't splenda as much. Very rare. I drink my tea & coffee without sugar. However, I eat sweets that contain splenda. I need to research. Thanks for the info.

Dixiemom 2011-09-23 19:44:21 -0500 Report

I only use it on occasion. I found that using Raw Sugar or Turbinado is pretty good. It's not sweet and only 3 gm. and no carbs.

jayabee52 2011-09-23 19:48:12 -0500 Report

when you eat the Turbinado, what does your glucometer tell you after 2 hours of eating it? I find it hard to believe it doesn't have carbs, Dixie.

kaveolook78 2011-09-23 13:50:23 -0500 Report

My hair started fall out BEFORE I knew I was T2 I have been using splenda too. I don't know much about splenda, yet. But thanks now I can read up on it. I was loosing a lot of hair before I knew I was diagnosed with T2. Hey good luck everyone. God Bless

Copperchef 2011-09-22 08:34:36 -0500 Report

I use to use Splenda, till all the plublicity came out. Now I use raw honey(not the pasturized crud), applesauce in cakes along with honey. I have found that my initial BG responses to raw honey were not half as bad as sugar. There are certain schools of thought that say raw honey can help the liver get rid of bad fat? However, I avoid most sweeteners as much as possible now, including the sugar alcohols.
I buy my raw honey from a local bee keeper. What I like is the variety of flavors from spring thru fall.

jayabee52 2011-09-22 22:47:33 -0500 Report

Actually I understand that honey is a form of fructose and fructose delays a BG rise for a while. My dad and I used to keep bees. I don't know about honey's effect on the liver. As a kid I ate nothing but raw honey on my cornflakes. I have tried processed honey and it tasted burnt to me.

Copperchef 2011-09-23 07:06:42 -0500 Report

The reason it tastes burnt is because of the molecular change that pasturizing causes by heating it. Also, heating the honey the way they do causes changes in the sugar molecules which changes how the sugar reacts in our bodies.

TSasabuchi 2011-09-21 23:21:31 -0500 Report

Another scary splenda fact: it actually causes a rise in estrogen levels and is closely similiar to a poision called agent orange

kaveolook78 2011-09-23 13:54:00 -0500 Report

I'm so GLAD I went back on this site I haven't been checking up for weeks. I'm thankful I found this website. Its very helpful I've been telling family members about this site. It is very helpful to read informations, making new friends just helping each others out. Thank you Jesus for good people out there for their input with what we are going thru. Good luck prayers to all of us out there.

jayabee52 2011-09-21 23:55:02 -0500 Report

Wow, I had no idea that this stuff is so nasty. Gabby just shared a News Article today which spoke about artificial sweeteners in general, but told me some other things about Splenda and its effects on the environment. Here is the link to it: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...

I just thought I was just one of those few people who had a sensitivity to it as it gives me a laxative effect when I get a moderate amount in me. Until this discussion I didn't know how problematic Splenda could really be.

My bride Jem could not stomach it or any other artificial sweetener (they upset her tummy) but Jem's mom (my MIL) used Splenda a lot for the last decade of her life (at least about as long as it had been widely available) She died from non-hodgkins lymphoma. I wonder if there was a connection between her illness and her Splenda use? Or was it just that she was 83 years old? "MamaG" also had DM t2 and used insulin to try to control her BG numbers. She was also quite heavy. So there were a lot of factors there, and a firm conclusion cannot be drawn, but with all this new information about Splenda coming out, it makes one wonder.

I wonder if the US FDA ought not be looked at due to what I heard went on during the approval process for Splenda. Sounds like the testing for safety of the product was rather slipshod to say the least.

All I can say is wow!

AuntieM234 2011-09-25 01:37:26 -0500 Report

Let's remember, friend James, that one can't believe everything one reads on the internet. If one could, one should believe that Dr Mercola is a qwack. There are a number of sites where it is stated. There are also sites where it is stated that the FDA has taken serious exception to Mercola's statements about artificial sweeteners and other products which fall under the FDA's jurisdiction. Mercola is an Osteopath, btw, and is not qualified to treat PWDs. I'm unsure about what, if anything, qualifies him to write such an article. Frankly, I would have to see evidence of his research in order to believe what he has to say. I don't doubt that some people have unpleasant reactions to using Splenda, as well as many other products, but I have serious doubts about Mercola's broad accusations. It doesn't matter to me one way or the other whether or not anyone uses Splenda. As a Splenda user, I don't see anything problematic about MY using it; however, I don't have a closed mind on the subject. I'm just sayin' … ;-) Mara

jayabee52 2011-09-25 02:45:24 -0500 Report

I am aware that Mercola has been called a quack. I am also aware that there is no love lost between Mercola and the FDA. Obviously if Mercola has raised issues about how the substance was approved for use by the FDA they would shoot back. If they're trying to hide a slipshod approval process, even moreso!

Mercola does refer to outside studies which tend to lend credibility to what he says.

I googled Dr of osteopathy and found this: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...

What it says is an osteopath is allowed to prescribe medicines and practice in fields that MDs do with the same training. The only difference is that the Osteopath has 300 to 500 hours additional training beyond the basic in what is called "manual medicine". I don't see how being an osteopath would disqualify him from treating PWDs. And PWDs are not the ONLY users of Splenda, so this is not targeted to PWDs in particular.

I am open to good solid research and studies which refute Mercloa's article. So far, to date I haven't seen any and I have googled "FDA response to Dr Mercola." I have also looked on the FDA website and searched for "Splenda," "Sucralose", and "Mercola" I found several hits but none specifically about the question at hand. If it is available I haven't yet found it.

mebetty 2011-09-24 15:55:37 -0500 Report

I am glad you took the time to research. this is a very good and comprehensive link. you can also google 'splenda side effects". Good health to you and your bride.

jayabee52 2011-09-24 18:36:00 -0500 Report

Thank you Betty. I really don't know which of her "medical challenges" took her from me, but she had many life threatening conditions. I continue to miss her but with all the painful and debilitating and deadly conditions she had, I wouldn't wish her back either. For me to wish her back would be very selfish of me.

margokittycat 2011-09-20 21:46:34 -0500 Report

I know about the things that can happen from the different artifical sweetners. I have been diabetic for 30+ years and have used Splenda since it came out and have had no side affects from it, but I don't use it all the time either. I don't drink coffee or tea with sweetner, I drink a lot of water and some diet coke can't drink diet pepsi it makes me sick. Sweet n low was the only thing out when I was diagnosed and it made me physicaly ill so I was happy when equal came out but had side affects from it so I did not use anything really until Splenda came out. Try Truvia I hear that is really good.

Thomas508 2011-09-20 15:17:15 -0500 Report

I have had problems with nutra-sweet depleting the calcium in my body to the point where I can not do anything. It is a rare side effect that very few people have but I happen to be one of the few. I have been using Splenda for a little over a year and a half and have had no side effects at all from it. These things effect people differently.

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-25 02:10:04 -0500 Report

Yep, I think it is prudent to do your research and to keep an open mind. I know that I lost a lot of hair when I was drinking several diet sodas a day. It was about the same time I was developing DM. Who knows what came first? I do know that I've read a lot about how diet sodas can make you crave sweets more, which I have found to be true for me. I have made the decision not to have it around the house. I do still buy it out once in a while. I would like to get to the point where I don't even do that! Let's face it…all those artificial things in that can can't be good for a body that is already compromised! I love water and water is good for our bodies. I just wish I always had the discipline to order that!!

KaySexxci 2011-09-19 02:29:50 -0500 Report

I love splenda I've been type 1 since I was fifteen. AndI was so use to eating all kinds of sweet over the years I have used equal and when splenda came out I feel in love it take like real sugar I'm thankful because that equal taste nasty.

redcamel 2011-09-18 22:42:54 -0500 Report

mebetty I used to drink Pepsi cause my roommate buys the stuff. It was real hard to quit drinking it but I did. I don't touch any soda or soft drinks of any kind. My addiction is sun tea without sugar of course and I can only drink about 3 cups a day or the tannic acid will mess up my stomach. Seem water is the best beverage for a diabetic.

2011-09-25 00:46:19 -0500 Report

Yeah your right, R/C. H2o is the best thing for anyone. Diabetic or not. But every once in a while, as a treat, it's tastes really good.

Abby888 2011-09-18 18:55:55 -0500 Report

I had to stop using Splenda in my coffee because it was making my blood sugars high. I haven't tried Stevia yet but I heard its good

jimmyjames43 2011-09-19 09:25:35 -0500 Report

coffee in general,even black spikes my blood sugars,think its the caffiene

jayabee52 2011-09-19 17:08:20 -0500 Report

Each Person's BG is affected differently by the same inputs, Jimmy. Coffee is one of those imputs that can vary in results. I've seen people who say black coffee lowered their BG numbers, others who said it didn't seem to affect theirs, and those like you who finds it does raise the BG numbers by varying degrees.

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2011-09-18 19:05:07 -0500 Report

I love stevia I stopped using splenda to many side effects!!

hobbygirl 2011-09-22 06:46:21 -0500 Report

There seems to be a lot of talk about the many artificial sweeteners affecting people differently. I have tried many and stayed with Sweet-and-Low for years. Then, I was told about stevia and how much better it is for you. I got the "brain fog syndrome" like many do, so I am back on S&L. Different strokes for different folks.

eyes48runner 2011-09-18 02:23:16 -0500 Report

use stevia its real sugar and does not raise your blood sugar and sobe 0 life water has stevia not artificial sweetener. All artificial sweeteners are very bad for you. Your liver has to turn some of them to fermaldihyde to process them out of your body. Soda is bad for you too weather sugar sweetened or artificially or with stevia ; the phosphoric acid leeches the calcium from your bones. Ask any nutritionist or doctor.

jayabee52 2011-09-18 02:32:42 -0500 Report

Stevia may have a natural source, but it is NOT sugar. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia

Actually it is the Splenda which starts out as sugar and is chemically altered to not be absorbed in the intestine. Here is an article which speaks about splenda and the transformation sugar goes through to become Splenda: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splenda

digitaldoorbell 2011-09-18 14:28:49 -0500 Report

That's right. Stevia is NOT sugar. It's so interesting that so much misinformation is promulgated even here when everyone is clearly trying so hard to help each other. It makes you realize why it's so hard to navigate health and BG control.

jayabee52 2011-09-18 14:43:26 -0500 Report

That's why when I see something that doesn't sound right, I will politely ask how they got that information and/or then do a search engine search to determine whether it is correct and if not, then I will post my findings. Sometimes folks get a little testy when they discover what they have believed for some time has been called into question.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 14:37:26 -0500 Report

I love google. If you have a question 6 sites say yes, 6 sites say no and 6 sites say maybe it is possible, then another 20 sites have nothing with the question but will sell you something.

jayabee52 2011-09-18 14:47:24 -0500 Report

I try to find rather neutral sites which generally speaking have no vested interest in the outcome of the question. I tend to trust those much more than those who are trying to "sell" you something.

AuntieM234 2011-09-18 21:43:20 -0500 Report

The website MEGriff1950 has directed us to is trying to sell a book ($25 or $30, depending whether you download it or want it mailed) and a Detoxification Kit ($69). It does say the Kit is out of stock right now. I've not fully investigated the site yet, but I find it suspicious when someone comes out knocking products, then suggesting THEIR product can take you through detox from using the others. I'm just sayin' …

MEGriff1950 2011-09-17 22:34:12 -0500 Report

OMG MeBetty, I did a bit of googling I found this site. Please make sure you click on the links at the bottom of each page if you click on this link. I am glad I use real sugar. http://www.splendaexposed.com/

mebetty 2011-09-21 02:06:08 -0500 Report

yes. I am glad you researched it. I didn't post any material on Splenda on purpose. I feel that if someone has genuine interest they wd reseach it themselves. As you can see, some people feell they have no effects, so they will continue to use. Me, if I think a product is bad, whether I show effects or not, I will not use it. GOOD FOR YOU!!! It seems you have taken that extra step. As you can see, you can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink it…: (

Carol2x 2011-09-17 22:31:42 -0500 Report

Regular Pepsi or diet?

mebetty 2011-09-21 02:11:04 -0500 Report

In my opinion, regular Pepsi has contributed to diabetes, especially if used like I used to… couldn't stop at one glass. Now Pepsi Zero has Splenda which can cause other harmful after long-term use. Best to stay away from soda altogether if you are diabetic. I drink mostly water, sometimes with lime in it, or lemon, or carbonated water mixed with regular juice. Occasionally I may have 4 oz of regular soda, but definitely not every day - maybe twice a month. We make our choices and pay the consequences, good or bad…: ) Just wanted to share my personal info with Splenda.

2011-09-25 00:53:12 -0500 Report

That's why I stick with either Coke Zero or Diet Dr. Pepper. It does not contain Splenda. (which I dislike) It has good old fashioned aspartame. That's the stuff I'm addicted to. Sad but true. :(

digitaldoorbell 2011-09-17 22:13:46 -0500 Report

Look into stevia. I have used it for years. It is great. There is also a "soda" type drik with it on the market. I also use stevia, lemon juice and water for great lemon aid. I am off all other "sweeteners".

All the best

PaulZ 2011-09-17 21:54:48 -0500 Report

did I miss a note about weet and low? Is that okay???

jayabee52 2012-02-11 13:38:53 -0600 Report

I had used sweetNlow for many years without problem, EXCEPT I got very hungry. It seems the sweetness without the corresponding rise in Blood Glucose (BG) levels triggers a appetite trigger which made me hungry. I ate ravenously. Once I stopped taking sweeteners of any kind that ravenous hunger stopped.

So, yes one can use it, but it does have that side effect in common with all non nutritive sweeteners, synthetic or natural.

DJB49 2011-09-17 19:45:57 -0500 Report

it was NOT the splenda that made your hair fall out. I have been using it for more than 5 years and have a head of hair that is thicker than ever. What causes problems is the blood sugar spikes when we diabetics don't behave ourselves and eat and drink what we are supposed to. So don't blame splenda (a product that is tried and true) because someone can't behave themselves and follow a diabetic diet.

Zack W
Zack W 2012-02-11 12:39:16 -0600 Report

Splenda made my facial hair fall out. I took photos so that people with similar symptoms may have a look and compare. Some are posted on my blog, which is located here: http://splendamakesmyhairfallout.blogspot.com/.

jayabee52 2012-02-11 13:47:35 -0600 Report

quite interesting. When I used sucralose (Splenda) I didn't note that particular effect. I guess we all differ in our responses to the same stimulus.

veggie1962 2011-09-22 09:38:35 -0500 Report

Just because someone uses a product without having any problems does not automatically mean that everyone who uses it will experience no problems. It would have sufficed to say that you have been using splenda for 5 years without problems. And regarding this person's diet-are you living with them and "see" that they "can't behave themselves"? It would be great if you could stick to more positive or neutral statements vs blaming or judgemental ones. BTW, when aspartame first came out I got what sound like migraine headaches whenever I would drink a diet soda. Never had that problem with saccharin sweetened sodas.

mebetty 2011-09-21 02:16:45 -0500 Report

I would not have been so irresponsible to post if I had not experienced first hand. For your safety and health please look up articles on Splenda and then re-evaluate your position. I shared because I thought most people were not aware of it. I happen to love Spenda and its taste. I tried ever imaginable sweetenr and just could not use them. The only time I used sugar was with coffee, one cup a day. Then I started to buy soda and yogurt that had splenda. When I stopped using Splenda my hair STOPPED falling out, my nails are getting stronger again. And I can control my diabetes with diet, not meds or insulin. I had 429 bg 6 weeks ago, today it is at 93. The choice is totally yours to use knowledge or not.

lambchop0903 2011-09-22 08:44:05 -0500 Report

I am very new to this, I have just started to use Splenda in my coffee. One cup a day of decaf. I do not drink soda, or use artificial sweetners in anything else. I count th carbs and calories. I do not think any artificial sweetners is good for you in large quantities just like anything else you eat in huge amounts. Stick to your diabetic food plan. Everythng should be good. Take care of yourself and your body will take of you.

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2011-09-18 19:12:07 -0500 Report

Not to be mean but your not a Dr. you don't know if this person was eating right or not. I stopped using splenda 4 years ago I got migraes, upset stomach, diaherra, as soon as I stopped using splenda I've not had a problem I felt horrible when I used it, and I jnow of 12 of my friends locally that had problems when using splenda so in my opion it's not a tried and true product

Type1Lou 2011-09-18 10:04:53 -0500 Report

Your response seems a bit harsh, given that we are all individuals and what one may tolerate well may cause severe reactions in another. While other factors may have been at the source of mebetty's hair loss, how can you know that Splenda was not a contributing factor? IMHO, you owe her an apology.

jayabee52 2011-09-18 02:05:33 -0500 Report

Howdy DJ! WELCOME to DC!
Just because you use Splenda without incident doesn't mean that mebetty's hair
IS NOT falling out due to Splenda.

I have problems with splenda too. It gives me EXTREMELY loose bowels! In fact I ate some SF hard candy which was sweetened with Splenda. I had 6 pieces. I had rumbling and gurgling intestinal tract, and had a couple of "accidents" in my pants. That candy with splenda in it was the ONLY thing that I ate differently. My bowels are now FINALLY coming back closer to normal.

We ALL react differently to the same imputs, from medicines, to foods, to sweeteners.

IMO what you said about "behaving themselves and follow a diabetic diet" was a bit of a cheap shot. I understand that you like Splenda and it makes YOUR life better and you may feel threatened because someone is dissing a product you love. But Splenda does not work that way for every person with diabetes

Blessings to you and yours


2011-09-25 00:58:56 -0500 Report

Hey James, don't 4get that any type of s/f candy if taken in large amounts, will cause you to have REALLY loose stools, (if you get my drift) and stomach aches like you wouldn't believe. It happened 2 me only once, and believe me, I learned VERY quickly to limit my intake to one piece. No more than that.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 01:13:08 -0500 Report

I learned that the hard way a few years ago. I started having the "hershey squirts" at work when I was eating SF candy. It took me a while to figure it out, but once I did, I swore them off. Wasn't worth it. That's how I discovered that I CANNOT have very much Splenda either. If I got more than 2 cans of soda sweetened with that stuff in me, I would get the runs as well. Darn! I really liked some of the Shasta flavors like grapefruit soda.

2011-09-25 01:29:35 -0500 Report

J~A~B~ it's not the sugar alcohol that gives you the hershey squirts" It' the ingredient called "maltitol syrup" that gives you the "hershey squirts". Not many s/f products, (such as candy) put it in their products anymore. But for future use, read the labels just to be sure.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 01:38:21 -0500 Report

for me any sugar alcohol will do it to me (with the exception of eritherol). any of the sweeteners with -ol tacked onto the end of it. PLUS splenda plus something called "isomalt" When I ate something with isomalt recently it started my intestinal tract churning and gurgling. The fella on the next computer 4' away heard it and commented. My intestinal tract is just settling down now. I still have loose stools, but the rumbling isn't intense like it was.

2011-09-25 01:44:00 -0500 Report

And I thought I was bad. I, too, have intestinal problems, w/anything that has splenda, or ends w/"ol". Thank god I don't have a problem w/aspartame. Then I couldn't consume my 2 favorite brands of sodas.

lambchop0903 2011-09-22 08:48:02 -0500 Report

James, on all bags of SF candy there is a warning about loose stools, due to the sugaralchol in the product. Can not pin the problem due to Splenda. You must read all labels and head warnings. Take care.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 01:51:03 -0500 Report

Thanks for your response Spring!

I am aware of the warnings on SF candy. But I have had problems with sodas sweetened with Splenda in the past. If I get more than 2 cans of Splenda sweetened sodas within 2 or 3 hours, I get the runs, and they can get explosive. When I had figured it out I had had no SF candies, and nothing other than my usual lunch of a jumbo Jack hamburger. I am pretty sure that the Jumbo Jack didn't do it, as I tried it again another day with the same results. So I think I CAN pin the problem on Splenda.

We are all different and react to the same inputs in different ways sometimes.

Blessings to you and yours!


Pynetree 2011-09-19 08:58:38 -0500 Report

Ha-ha…My brothers hair loss started in his late 20's. Since my Dad had a full head of still brown hair- people said "I've read that it's from years of wearing ball caps when you were a teenager!"
My Dad told him it was from getting Married!

When my husband's hair thinned, a friend gave him an article blaming the Epidemic of balding men on "Alcohol and tabacco use."

My friend's thinning hair , according to her Hairdresser was "From not using a Ph balanced shampoo."

My hair was falling out the summer I was very sick…Nurse told me it was from my Diabetes,MRSA infection, and lack of sleep = STRESS.

So just take your pick…you can pretty much blame anything and everything for what ails you…and find "research" to backup your theory!

mebetty 2011-09-21 02:21:14 -0500 Report

my hair stopped falling out since I stopped taking splenda — almost immediately. then I saw other positive changes take place. the adverse reaction from splenda was not noticeable until 3 years later. I happen to come across an article and did further research. I was shocked to see I had about 75% of the damage resulting from splenda. Good news is that most is reversible.

MarMann57 2011-09-18 15:46:35 -0500 Report

jayabee52 that happens to me as well, I had the soft candy with the splenda in it, will never do that again lol, so far have not had a prob with the hard candy, not sure why tho. maybe processed in a different way ?

2011-09-25 01:02:25 -0500 Report

Like I said, you probably learned from past mistakes. And had only ingested one piece. Take a gander at one post earlier. You'll understand why.

Gemm 2011-09-18 10:28:46 -0500 Report

We use stuff sweetened with Splenda as well. Most of the stuff that says it is sweetened with Splenda also has sorbitol, malitol, or other 'tol' sweeteners that are known to cause the laxative effects. My husband has that problem with anything that has a 'tol' in it. Sorbitol is noted for it's laxative effect so much that it is sometimes used as a purgative for toxic effects from medications (one of mine even recommends it's use for that purpose if toxic levels of it occur over other laxatives). Read labels very well for any sorbitol or other 'tol' sweeteners if you are subject to that laxative effect from them. The only problems I have with the 'tols' are added gas problems and I'll take that over no candy :) James, I'd almost bet that the candy you ate had sorbitol or another 'tol' sweetener in it that caused the laxative effect.

I do agree though that Splenda does bother some people, though I have never heard of it being a laxative before. It could be for some people I guess. I'd still say in candy it was most probably a 'tol' over the Splenda though. I have known some people who have had negative effects from Splenda, even though my husband and I use it all the time and have for about 9 - 10 years now with no problems when using it alone. I use it in cooking and baking and beverages in place of sugar in most everything. When I took all added sugar out of my diet because of a reactive effect (BG would drop when I ate any) I had to find an alternative and since I am allergic to both aspartame and saccharin I had to find something else. A doc suggested Splenda and I love it. I have read here a lot on stevia and have thought about trying that as well but since we have no problems with what we use now I am hesitant to try something else since I do have allergies to some things. JMHO :)

Just an observation here - can't we all agree to just disagree without getting nasty about it? Some of the replies here have been really negative and accusatory in nature and to me, that detracts from a really good discussion on any subject. We all have different experiences with different things and none are more right or wrong than any other - they are just our personal experiences and personally, I don't think it is right to cut down another's experience just because it isn't what I experienced. JMHO


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Samsons Mom 2011-09-25 02:51:26 -0500 Report

Man, I couldn't agree more! I love the discussions and listening to how different people react to different ingredients. As a nurse, I am always intrigued at how some people react to different substances and others do not. Take latex, for instance. Many people have no problem with latex of any kind. Others have a little problem with latex and just try to stay away from it. Others get quite a rash with it and actually ask us not to use latex gloves when we care for them. Then other patients can have everything else up to and including anaphylactic shock if any latex gets anywhere near them. This has become increasingly difficult in the hospital setting. So much so that many hospitals don't even allow latex balloons to come into the facility. So, the fact that so many people here on this site can have so many different experiences with the different types of artificial sweeteners does not surprise me at all. I don't think anyone should feel upset, threatened or otherwise if their experience is different then the next persons. It would be like me, who has no allergies to any medications, telling a patient that says they have an allergy or reaction to penicillin that, they don't because I have taken that for years and I have never had a reaction! Maybe if we think about it that way it will help just have a discussion without making it personal.

jayabee52 2011-09-18 12:37:24 -0500 Report

Gemm, I have had problems like that before with some splenda sweetened sodas. But I haven't yet thrown away that bag of hard candies so I will closely check the ingredient list.

My response to DJB49 was because of the what I considered a cheap shot at a new member, MeBetty when DJB49 said in his/her reply to the original post "because someone can't behave themselves and follow a diabetic diet." All I said was I considered that a cheap shot against the original poster.

mebetty 2011-09-21 02:44:08 -0500 Report

thank you Jay. It may be that DJB49 had a sugar spike and was irritable…who knows. I had controlled my diabetes for 3 years eating properly. However, this past year I have had one personal trauma after another. Stress is also a factor in diabetes along with lack of exercise. Guilty of both. I was SHOCKED at my blood sugar, but then I r ealized I was eating way too much fruit (oranges and berries) and natural fruit juices. One forgets as you start 'healing'. I have stopped the fruits, only an apple or banana a day and my bg is down to 93 (after 6 weeks). One can never forget that you have diabetes for the rest of your life… : (

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