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Posted by Urs ( on September 27, 1999 at 16:48:23:

In Reply to: Sweetners? posted by Dave n Ky on September 27, 1999 at 01:55:22:


I thought I went crazy when I read the messages about the bad experiences with sweeteners. My own experience is totally contrary.

During my last episode about one year ago I noticed, that the attacks of CH correlate with eating and drinking. I almost daily had an attack at 2 p.m. often another one at 8 p.m. and sometimes a last one two hours after going to bed. But I observed that if I was late for lunch then also the "2 o'clock attack" was deferred. So I began to make experiments and to watch exactly what I'm ingesting.

I found and could confirm several times the following facts to be true in my case:

1) When I ingested something which contained sugar I got an attack within 15 to 120 minutes.

2) Only simple carbohydrates like glucose, lactose, fructose etc. led to an attack, the complex carbohydrates like starch had no consequences.

3) Sugar at breakfast didn't harm.

4) A low concentration of sugar resulted in a milder attack than a high concentration.

5) Big amounts of food or beverages containing sugar resulted in longer lasting attacks than small amounts.

6) Sweeteners, MSG, coffee, smoke etc. didn't influence the attacks.

It sounds incredible but I know that it was not a simple coincidence: 3 weeks after the first attack I stopped the consumption of sugar (at least I tried to). During the next 6 weeks I always had a mild attack when there was some sugar in the food which happened several times by mistake. After that time the episode was over. Since then I am in remission and I can eat sugar as much a I want.

Am I wrong to suspect similar effects in the candida theory (diet without carbohydrates) and the water therapy (the water lowers the concentration of the sugar) ?

I thought I let you know once again my experience with CH even if I have to fear that nobody believes me. If only 1% of the sufferers react the same way I did it was worth it.

Pain free days to all.


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