Aspartame – Enjoy Your Daily Dose of Sugar-Free NeuroToxic Poison

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Important information! I always check the ingredients to make sure this is not listed!

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Aspartame Brain damageAspartame, also known as NutraSweet and Equal, is one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners on the market today. It is used in thousands of foods and beverages including chewing gum, candies, diet soft drinks, desserts, yogurt, condiments, and even vitamins and pharmaceuticals.

Astonishingly, although millions of people consume Aspartame every single day, it was never tested on humans prior to its approval.

First introduced in the 1980s, Aspartame has constantly been linked to a broad range of health problems. In a report by Dr. Joseph Mercola, he wrote that “Aspartame accountsfor over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.” Here’s just a few of the over 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of Aspartame dangers:

Headaches/migraines, Dizziness, Seizures, Nausea, Numbness

Muscle spasms, Weight gain, Rashes, Depression, Fatigue

Irritability, Tachycardia, Insomnia, Vision problems, Hearing loss

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I usually try to keep things on this blog Lupus-related but thought this was interesting. I am sharing to get the word out. Knowledge is power

In Her Words Avenue

I write with tears in my eyes, tightness in my chest and fire in my fingers. I speak to you who are reading this, to help me pray and support my beautiful country Venezuela during these difficult times.

Students are fighting for their rights to speak up against the government system and express their freedom of speech. Why are they assaulted, harmed and killed by the authorities that are supposed to protect them? Why parents, single mothers and elders are made to wait in long lines to find the most essential things to live like toothpaste, paper toilet, soap, milk, rice and medicine to say the least? The TV channels are censured to only show what the president has to say? Why does the social media completely shut down when exposing reality? Why do the people have to live in constant fear? Why can’t my generation and the next one…

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New therapist and therapy


I’m sure you know as you read from my last post that I am still seeing a therapist. However I have changed who I see. I liked my first one, she was such a sweet, old(ish) lady and I actually felt like I was learning something and was on the path to a better me.

Of course we all know how much insurance is a bitch. I was getting onto Medicare and her company will not allow Medicare so I was on the search for someone new. I mentioned to my pain specialist if he knew of another good therapist that I could go to and that would take Medicare. He gave me another name so I went to visit her.

At first I wasn’t sure if I liked her; she seemed wayyyyy too happy. But not long after meeting her she told me that she is also a child therapist, which now makes sense why she is so upbeat. I have seen her a few times now and I have to say, she has grown on me! She is always trying to make me strive to be the best that I can be, and that’s great! I guess my first therapist that didn’t bother much with me had left a bad taste in my mouth and now I am leery of who will be trying to figure out what’s going on in my head.

I see her once or every other week while I also have group therapy with her and others. This group therapy is called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This therapy teaches a person to manage their emotions, stress, etc. It has four focus parts: “Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Mindfulness.” I haven’t been able to do my first group session yet due to bad weather and sickness. Which is fine by me because I am nervous about the whole “group” thing. I do not like being the center of attention as well as being in a group and getting picked to answer a question. However, my therapist PROMISES me that I don’t have to talk if I don’t want to. I’m holding her to it.

The little nerd inside of me gets excited because we have weekly ‘homework.’ Surprisingly so far it has been a little difficult. I don’t know if I took shitty notes or if it is because I haven’t been working on this very long yet. We have to valuate our day and see if we participated in the four modules. Maybe it will be easier once I have my first group session and have heard other participant’s answers.

Has anyone tried this DBT form of therapy before??



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That Darn Pesky Debt


Something I am trying to “deal” with in my therapy sessions is getting my finances under control. According to my therapist, my debt is keeping me from reaching one of my goals (which I agree).


Waiting for Medicare sucks because no insurance wants to cover your sickness, so you end up stuck with COBRA health plan that is half of what you receive a month for disability. Not only that, but prescription prices are not any better. I paid an extra $200.00 plus my expensive monthly COBRA payment each month.


So how is a person supposed to live if they have at most $200.00 a month to pay for anything or any other bills? Answer: credit. I was living off my credit card since I had no other way to pay for necessities. And no, I wouldn’t go blow a bunch of money; I learned about credit the hard way and realized quickly the difference between want and need.


However, due to my situation and going on Social Security, I am back where I was when I first learned the evils of credit cards. My therapist asked me if I thought about bankruptcy and that thought actually had been in the far corner of my head.  But something was stopping me—being too proud and not wanting to give up another “freedom.” Going on disability took just about everything of mine such as my job, my own place, and my vehicle. I didn’t want to be forced to get rid of something else since I am in the process of rebuilding myself from my lowest low in my whole life. I looked at bankruptcy as dragging me back down yet deep down I knew I had to start the process instead of having the idea dance around in my head.  


My therapist has been doing a wonderful job and helped me view it in a positive light. I finally decided to move forward with putting words into actions; tomorrow I visit an attorney to sign paperwork.


I doubt I will be able to get my student loans taken care of since they are “private,” but will still try. Even though I will be making a monthly payment to my attorney, I know it will be a heavy burden off my shoulders to no longer have to deal with the other debt and collection calls.




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A music video that I can’t stop watching

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I plan on putting this uplifting music video on my animal blog since it relates to the subject, but then decided to put it on this one as well because I think it’s well done, unique and has a great message. This video always makes me smile and sometimes cry (from happiness). In case you were not aware, I am a tad obsessed with animals/pets.

It was mostly seen on Facebook to help a Bulldog rescue, but I was able to search and find a copy on Youtube. I hope this makes you smile as well! 🙂

Evidence of Nerve Damage in About Half of Fibromyalgia Patients

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New people in my life


I am so thankful that my pain has not gotten worse, where I’ve needed to take a higher dosage of Gabapentin. I still have the hardest time with my fatigue which is no surprise, so I really can’t complain. No ER visits since last post! Yay!!

My visits to the Pain Clinic have been going well and my doctor thinks meeting only once a month should suffice unless I am having issues. However my doctor wanted me to start seeing a therapist that works with some pain patients. She uses a certain technique, which I of course cannot remember, but it looks at what is going on around me that may cause me to stress which in turn causes me pain. I was excited yet leery about this new person because I see a psychologist and don’t feel she does much for me. Much to my relief she is wonderful and gives me daily “assignments” every time I see her. I find these assignments useful even if I don’t complete them. I guess it helps give me purpose to my day. My first assignments:

1) Exercise – to take Storm on 20 minute walks twice a day. I struggle to get this done and am not quite sure why.
2) Read – specifically a book called “The Energy Bus.” I have not done this which is surprising because I love to read. However, I had to wait for my monthly disability payment since I had no way of paying for the book.
3) Journal – which I do on a normal basis so not too hard for me.

In my last session we went over a breathing technique, which is supposed to help me when I am stressed or in pain. She taught it to me then left the room with a CD playing while I practiced. I fully engaged myself in it because I love the idea of easing pain with no drugs. At the end of the CD it mentioned that I should now be alert and have energy. I laughed because I was the complete opposite; I was tired and wanted to sleep. And while I was doing my new technique, a headache decided to pop up that didn’t annoy me 20 minutes before at the beginning of my appointment. She was just as surprised as I was and has me practicing my breathing as one of my next assignments.

I think one of the MAIN reasons why I have been so pain free is due to the fact that I am dating someone. I met him on the Plenty of Fish dating website and he is 10 years older than me. We seem to be moving very fast which could be good or bad. I have been known to move fast in relationships so I am fine with it. We have so much in common, from our hobbies to our personalities. But we are a little different that he has been teaching me new things as well. He has been great at accepting my Lupus which help eases a lot of my fears. He wants to take care of me and hearing him tell me those words makes me even crazier about him. So for now I am floating on Cloud 9…





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