Topic: Horrible Joint Pain from Sucralose
I connected recently with a company (health company go figure) that came out with a diet product. It addresses belly fat and I became very excited. I started losing weight, but noticed it was very sweet. (it is a liquid formula) I do not as a rule do a lot of sweet and do not use artificial sweetners. I noticed after my third bottle about three weeks into this diet plan, my shoulders began to really hurt. My very dear friend who also went on this product sunk into a very deep depression, and we learned it contained "sucralose". The company formulater kept saying the study shows this is a safe sweetner, there has been a 20 year study done, etc. I did not want to believe a health company would add this if they thought it would harm us. I went off it and my pain got better. I even backed off on drinking my coffee so strong and cut down thinking maybe I was just too acid.
I started back on and in just a few days the pain returned. I blamed the weather changes for the pain and said well, I must have some arthritis in my shoulder/arm joints or maybe I am having roto cuff issues, Who knows as I do not run to doctors. I stayed on for a week and my weight loss had come to a complete hault. Thinking I am at the plateau, I went off this time for a full week, the pain subsided. Now I am thinking..hmmm...let's do some research on this sucralose. First, I did not know it was Splenda. As mentioned, I don't do sweets, and I don't do fake sugars. My body was pretty much clear of toxins as I do detox often.
It was a Monday and I thouhgt okay, let's give this product one more try. Oh, I also added a hormone supplement from the same company thinking it was hormones keeping me at a weight plateau. When I started back on this and took my morning pill, I noticed the pill was very sweet, so I looked at the bottle and sure enough "sucralose"...why prey tell would any health company add sucralose to a woman's hormone formula in a pill no less!? anyway...by Wednesday after my morning dose, so this would be 10 ounces later (two ounces each dose) the pain was so bad I cold not tolerate it. That is when I really got serious in researching the connection. I have been off this stuff and the hormone supplement for almost two weeks and the pain is a little less, but not gone.
My question is...can sucralose cause damage to the joints? enough that it will take longer for the body to rid itself of this toxin? I am now convinced this stuff is pure poison and needless to say I am not promoting this product and have lost a great deal of respect for this company and the potential harm they are causing a lot of people. I am glad it happened to me because I am a very big promoter of something I believe in and I could have brought harm to many people's lives. The company claims they are going to remove sucralose from this product. I think the company owners need to take a far better stand on what they are adding to their products and the potential harm they are causing people.
If anyone knows if this can cause damage to the joints or a link where I can specifically research this, would appreciate it. Thanks.
UPDATE: After contacting the company and expressing my side effect and those of some folk I introduced to this product, I received an email from the product formulator standing firm that sucralose is SAFE. Does not sound like it is going to be removed. Apparently me and the few in my group are the ONLY ones of 100,000 people using this weight formula that has had an issue. Hmmm...I highly doubt that. Probable the onely ones bold enough to speak out. He basically referred to me as a diehard naturalist. Well, it was not until I investigated sucralose that I even knew what it was or why I was having such pain in my body. The pain is subsiding, but not gone as I have to look into some serious detoxing at this point. I think thousands of people using Splenda/sucralose do not know that their health issues could be related to this toxin. I would never have known without doing my homework. And would still be using this toxin not knowing why the pain in my joints and all over the body was happening and likely would have just brushed it off as aging or something.
Last edited by pjrmk53 (04-06-2009 1:09 pm)