Topic: I too have suffered from Splenda
I am a fit 37 year old man who suddenly came down with severe stomach problems about 18 months ago. After 4 months of failed treatments from my family doctor (i.e. acid bufferers, H2 blockers, etc.), an upper GI that showed no cause for the symptoms, and several life-style/diet changes that did me no good (because I eat well anyway), my doctor concluded I had GERD but could not relate it to any cause. Thank god I have insurance because I spent a lot of time at my doctor's and at GI specialists. After the final diagnosis I felt relieved to know it was not yet something serious but also knew that I had to find the cause or it would become serious. I spent the better part of a year systematically eliminating things from my diet attempting on my own to diagnose the cause, and finally about three months ago I discovered that it was Splenda. I had replaced my usual morning coffee with decaffinated tea as my healthcare providers had suggested, but I had continued to add the teaspoon of Splenda (no doctor recommended removing artificial sweetners!). It took me about 2 months off the Splenda to finally feel good again-as good as I had 18 months previously. The sad thing is, Splenda can be just about anywhere. I mistakenly consume it from time to time and I usually notice that I have within an hour of consumption (severe stomach pressure behind the sternum, upset stomach, burping/belching-typical GERD symptoms).
I am so glad to have found this website! I have empathy for those who have also suffered, but I am glad to know there are others because I now have faith that changes can be made. This product should be banned, or at the least, the product should have clearly marked warnings indicating its ill effects on many otherwise healthy individuals. Similarly, all products that contain Splenda should be clearly marked as such so that those who are sensitive to its side effects can avoid it!
I feel like Johnson & Johnson owes me 18 months, or more, of life back. They sell it as "made from sugar". This is why it was one of the last things I attempted to remove from my diet.
Keep up the good work Dr. Janet Starr Hull! I look forward to reading your book and will recommend it and your website to everyone I know who uses Splenda.