While hair loss is more harmful to the psyche than anything else, some of the causes of baldness may represent serious health problems. If your hair loss is due to an endocrine condition, like diabetes or thyroid disease, proper treatment and control of the underlying disorder is important to reduce or prevent hair loss. After diabetes, thyroid problems are the most common glandular disorder the world over.

Thyroid Problems

Thyroid problems are among the most common medical conditions but, because their symptoms often appear gradually, they are commonly misdiagnosed. So much evidence suggests that thyroid problems are due to an allergic or environmental cause that it seems sensible to remove those substances known to affect the thyroid to see if this corrects the condition before taking any medication.

Even though the symptoms can be uncomfortable as well as unpleasant, most thyroid problems are not serious if they are properly diagnosed and treated. If a man has a family history of thyroid problems, notices any symptoms, or is getting up in years (thyroid problems are more common as people age), he should have his thyroid gland tested. The good news is, like high cholesterol, doctors can conduct a simple blood test to check the health of your thyroid and many thyroid problems are easily treatable.

Thyroid Disease Can Cause Hair Loss

Both an overactive thyroid and an underactive thyroid can cause hair loss. Patients with an overactive thyroid gland, or hyperthyroidism, may also be symptomatic and require treatment to lower their thyroid hormone levels. Signs and symptoms of thyroid problems can be a result of either an overactive thyroid leading to too much hormone being produced causing symptoms of hyperthyroidism or an under active thyroid leading to symptoms of hypothyroidism. An imbalance in the level of these hormones (which may be brought by underactive or overactive thyroid glands)- may sometimes lead to hair thinning and hair loss. But, an overactive or underactive thyroid is not linked with a higher risk for other heart problems or an increased risk of death, researchers report.

Hypothyroidism should be suspected when you are experiencing some of the following symptoms: fatigue, muscle weakness, weight gain , appetite loss, hair loss, coarse, dry hair, dry/rough skin, recurrent infections, abnormal menses, inability to tolerate cold, decreased sex drive, depression, memory loss, muscle cramps, drooping and/or swollen eyes.

Many people notice rapid hair loss as a symptom of their hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism also known as Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disease that causes gland inflammation or thyroid sluggishness. Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss, typically frontal, and is particularly associated with thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows (syphilis also can cause loss of the outer third of the eyebrows). Hyperthyroidism can also cause hair loss, which is parietal rather than frontal. Be Patient If you’re experiencing hair loss and are just starting treatment for a hyperthyroid or hypothyroid condition, it’s likely that for most of you, the loss will slow down, and eventually stop, once hormone levels are stabilized and in the normal range.


A wide variety of treatments are available, mostly aimed at suppressing or distracting the immune system. Some hair loss sufferers make use of so-called “clinically proven treatments” such as finasteride and topically applied minoxidil (in solution) in an attempt to prevent further loss and regrow hair.

32 thoughts on “Can Lupus Cause Death

    1. manhattanmaryanne

      Complications from Lupus can cause serve illness which might lead to death.( kidney failure)
      With medical advances today, very very rarely do Lupus patients die.
      Most people live as normally as possible with Lupus.
      Some people have more severe symptoms than others…which is typical of Lupus, no two people have the exact same symptoms.
      Most severe problems with Lupus are controlled with steroids ..plaquenil…or chemotherapeutic drugs.

  1. Jess

    Lupus and Death?
    I know that patients with Lupus can live a very normal and long life, having Lupus under control with medication.

    I also know that Lupus is a disease that can affect the body in such a way that can cause death.

    My questions are:

    What is the most comun cause of death on a Lupus patient?

    When a patient’s Lupus has being mostly dormant, how usual is it to flare suddenly and cause extreme damage that would lead to death?

    What has being your experience?

    Thank you very much to everyone!

    1. Linda R

      Death as a result of lupus comes from infection (we don’g fight it well and the immunosuppressive drugs we take don’t help), kidney disease (half of us have kidney involvement), and cardiovascular events (we have premature atherosclerosis as a result of inflammation and some have clotting disorders).

      If a lupus patient flares and seeks medical attention promptly the flare is not that likely to lead to death, but keep in mind that lupus is very unpredictable.

      I have SLE with major organ involvement. Before I was diagnosed, a flare nearly killed me. I am monitored frequently (lots of labs every three months) and seek medical attention promptly at the first signs of infection.

  2. Gabe

    How can i help my dear friend who’s going down a very bad path in life that will kill her?
    I care a hell of a lot about my ex girlfriend. We broke up because we argued a lot but i still like her as much as i did. I hadnt talked to her in a few months and we recently began talking again. She is paralyzed from a severe form of lupus that has nearly killed her multiple times and so is very fragile yet she tells me she doesnt care if she lives anymroe and wishes she’d die.

    She’s picked up her ex boyfriend from the past and started smoking pot with him and abusing her pills she gets for her migraine headaches from her disease. Her boyfriends even asking her to do cocaine with him and all this crap and she told me she wants to try it, drop out of college, and just have a baby with someone.

    She’s not like that though! and it kills me knowing she is like this. i talked to her for a long time yesterday trying to reason with her about what she’s doing to herself and how dangerous it is especially with having such a severe form of lupus that can cause her death at any moment. I dont want her to die. She almost died in my arms once before and to think of that happening kills me. I want to get her help but i dont know how :(.

    1. White Bird

      You are all ready helping her by being the who cares how her life can be With out being sad for her sickness helps her to be open with you treat her like any one else be forward on what you need to say and let her know you love her that is all you can do cause she will try things any way and you have to stand tall for her cause she has someone else pulling the strings and showing her disrespect that is all she needs now is for YOU to be the tough one!! It wont be easy for you but you say you care then you take her for how she will be and be there when she falls and that she will!! Stay in her life keep showing her you love and friend ship if you turn a blind eye to it all she will die before ger time and you have to keep letting her know you dont approve and tell her always that you love her she will get it. I had a friend who was dieing of cancer and decided to smoke crack every day, I hated the people who did those things with her, She did her thing for a while and I was there in the back ground letting her know how much I hated it and one day she finally got so sick of it all and told me she quit and wanted to life a better life before she died and it was because she saw the hurt on the faces of the people that truley love her. It is easy for us who do not have a sickness to see the bad but sickness gives that special pereon a diffrent point of view for a while any way, You can say they feel sorry for there selfs and dont want to under stand a life in pain and who are we to say we truley know how it feels each day all you can do is be there, It will take a toll on you be ready for that honey and I feel for you but PLEASE stand by her She needs you she just doesnt know it yet. Be strong and I pray for you for all the tough love you will be giving and I will Thank You for all you are about to do.Honey I just want to say this you are only human and your heart can take only so much hurt please do not forget your self!!!

  3. Mycho

    Lupus as cause of Michael’s death?
    I researched Lupus and i got this result:
    Heart and circulatory system. Lupus may cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart (pericarditis; pronounced per-i-kar-DIE-tiss) or of the heart itself (myocarditis; pronounced my-o-kar-DIE-tiss). When this happens, various heart problems may develop, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia; pronounced uh-RITH-mee-uh), heart failure, and even sudden death. Blood clots often form in the blood vessels. These blood clots can break loose and cause a stroke (see stroke entry) or other complications.

    Couldn’t that have been a major factor in MJ’s death??? Why’s everyone stressing out over drugs being the reason…
    n that whole IV n him being put to sleep previously n no one knowing how… did u all forget he went through surgery a lot in his life?? Ofcourse he’s felt what its like to be put to sleep.

  4. Karen S

    What can a coroner find during an autopsy?
    A person was said to have Lupus for twenty years but the Lupus was in remission. This person died last year an autopsy was performed and a cause of death was listed. Also listed in the autopsy was healthy problems nothing to serious arthritis enlarged prostate and signs of getting older. However the one thing that missing from the report was Lupus. Could the coroner be able to tell if a person had a autoimmune disease even if it was in remission?

    1. Chrys

      yes..but only if an ANA (test) was done, if it wasn’t done, they wouldn’t know about the lupus and since an ANA takes 1-2 wks and costs an arm and a leg to do, they aren’t going to bother, since the death was caused by other things…lupus can be the cause of death, but it’s also an underlying factor, not always the primary.

  5. NOOOOOOOOObama!

    Is it ethical to ban compact florescent bulbs?
    Ban of Current Incandescent Light Bulbs

    On December 19, 2007, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law No: 110-140). Under the new law, all light bulbs must use 25% to 30% less energy than today’s light bulbs by 2012-2014. Since today’s incandescent light bulbs do not fit the energy efficiency standard, there will be a phase-out of current incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. By 2020, bulbs on the market must meet the 70% efficiency standard.

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) already meet the 70% efficiency standard, which means that most public spaces and homes are switching to CFLs. As you may know, some reports suggest that there may be enough UVB radiation in fluorescent light bulbs to cause photosensitivity in people with lupus.

    Photosensitivity can cause lupus flares that result in severe illness and even death. Will Obama make sure people with medical needs like lupus will be able to get safe light bulbs at an affordable price?

    One of my friends just died from lupus complications and I have lupus also.

    1. mshatswell


      not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior; “unethical business practices” [ant:

      I think saving energy definitely conforms to approved standards and is therefore ethical. We have plenty of notice and plenty of time to adapt.

  6. Sam_I_Am

    Way too much written here – more than two scrolls and you loose people. Anything like this that I get in email – I don’t even bother reading the whole thing. Like now. Who is ‘someone’? – name your sources and put a link that leads to something, and not an unknown URL.

  7. j

    what to do about my mother?
    I am seriously ill with lupus.I was just diagnosed.As I was just in the process of a million medical tests and hospital visits and very ill,my mom decides to take a cruise and leave me with her 9 pet cockatiels to care for for 2 weeks.Then she does not call me once to check on me.When she returns to pick up her precious “babies”[the birds] she doesnt even ask me how I am doing.She complains because some how her bird has injured its wing,it looked fine to me.She goes home and then calls me a week later and says that her bird died,and it is all my fault for not seeking vet care.It got an infection,this is after it was home for a week with her.I tell her that I can not deal with that right now as I am trying to keep lupus from killing ME. She tells me to quit whining,grow up and learn that we all gotta die sometime.She then tells me to tell my problems to the little faces at st. judes childrens hospital cause I aint got it so bad.She tells me that lupus is treatablae and to just take my pills.I have been for months now and I am getting worse,no better.She sent me a nasty email on my birthday saying that I am the cause of her poor birds death,and all she has left is a bag of ashes{apparently she had it cremated].she wants me to repay the hundreds of dollars in vet bills and she went into detail about how she had to watch her poor bird suffer greatly for 9 days and that no one should ever have to watch that.I am thinking to myself,I am your DAUGHTER and I am suffering greatly everyday and slowly dying too! how do I get over the hurt of this?
    to the person who tells me i am too mellodramatic because she had cancer and survived,I am a cancer survivor also.I have had cefvical cancer and had to have my cervix removed,I then got breast cancer TWICE in the same breast,and now lupus.

  8. jaz mie

    what is SLE(Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?
    please explain to me SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) more, so i can fully understand the illness.
    i want to know about the possibility of death on teenagers who suffer SLE.
    are there teenagers who’re aware of their illness and can already predict when they’ll pass away?
    are there cases like this?
    who are the persons who’re usually having SLE?
    what are the causes?symptoms?treatments?
    do they have medications?


  9. skylar

    Have you done your H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot research? Read this…..?
    My bf did research on a article….kinda long but important, just do a quick read and you see the important parts!!!

    Excerpts from TORONTO STAR article:
    Pregnant women will get a shot of Aussie H1N1 vaccine
    October 27, 2009

    OTTAWA–Pregnant women will be able to get an alternative version of the H1N1 vaccine by early next week.The Australian imports do not contain adjuvant – a substance added to the vaccine to stretch supply and boost immunity. (YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY CAN’T ALL OF OUR VACCINES BE OF THIS KIND?)

    The adjuvant used in most of the 50.4 million doses being produced by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. at its plant in Ste. Foy, Que., is a mixture of squalene (derived from fish oil), tocopherol (containing vitamin E) and an emulsifier called polysorbate. (SO WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WELL LETS DO OUR OWN LITTLE RESEARCH. LET’S LOOK BELOW

    Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that on injection, an “otherwise benign molecule like squalene can stimulate a self-destructive immune response,” even though it occurs naturally in the body.

    Other research shows that squalene is the experimental anthrax vaccine ingredient that caused devastating autoimmune diseases and deaths for many Gulf War veterans from the US, UK, and Australia, yet it continues in use today and for new vaccines development in labs.

    Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to humans injected with squalene. “… squalene-based adjuvants can induce autoimmune diseases in animals…observed in mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
    -Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote:

    Squalene “contributed to the cascade of reactions called “Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.”

    The Washington Post also confirmed that the H1N1 flu vaccine l contains the mercury derivative thiomersal, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

    The swine flu shot ingredients also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and Polysorbate 80, a preservative which causes infertility in mice.

    It is toxic and should not be eaten, drunk, put on the skin or injected.

    Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions.”

    Put in plain English, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill.

    so do you really want to drink the kool-aid now?

    SO my question is…how many people are planning to get this shot without knowing what is in it? What are your thoughts on the shot?

    Thanks everyone!
    Anything AFTER the LOOK BELOW is outside research not from the article, the article tells you that it is safe, yet research can show otherwise.

    1. BJC

      You have been mislead by the anti-vaccine propoganda machine. With their half-truths and inflammatory language they have been deceiving the public for too long. I also think you need to reconsider your use of the phrase “real professional research”.

      Were you aware that vaccines that don’t contain adjuvants have to have far more toxin (antigen) in them than vaccines that have adjuvants? We use adjuvants to be able to provide a vaccine with less toxin and still get the same immune response. Why can’t all our vaccines be like that? There is the answer.

      The studies you mention are being taken completely out of context and many of them cannot be applied to the presence of these substances in vaccines. (I checked up on your sources..ps. The Karolinska Institute thesis where the info was derived from does not say what you say it does…it is being horribly misinterpreted by people without a scientific knowledge base) It’s like providing someone with the toxicity information of formaldehyde in mass quantities (it can cause this and that and do this….ooooh it’s so scary) and talk about that in relation to vaccines that MAY contain microscopic traces of formaldehyde in them, and ignoring the fact that an infant has 10x more formaldehyde coursing through his/her veins produced as a metabolic intermediary than could be found in 10 vaccines. Do you see how this information is easy to misconstrue? Formaldehyde that may be present in some vaccines cannot cause cancer. Why is there formaldehyde traces in vaccines…..they prevent bacterial and viral contamination. Before the inclusion of formaldehyde in the production process (again only trace elements of it are left, if any at all, in the final vaccine product)…..people died from bacterial contamination of vaccines. The only people at risk are those who are allergic to formaldehyde and I have not heard reference in the literature to this allergy being common.

      This is one of the main tactics behind the propganda machine. Twisting things and using studies out of context, or using studies that are not scientifically sound and have not been peer-reviewed. And, the general public is not informed enough to be able to be critical of the information and so are easily mislead by the lies and inflammatory language

      Saying that squalene was responsible, or even “contributed to the cascade” with deaths/illness in Gulf War veterans who received Anthrax vaccinations is patently untrue and completely innacurate. There have been no deaths caused by squalene in vaccinations. A micropaleontologist provided that gem of a quote, I see. Are you aware of what a micropaleontologist is? Hint hint: paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. She sounds super-qualified to be doing research on vaccines!

      Saying that squalene in vaccines has induced autoimmune diseases (they are referring to arthritis which is an AI disease) happened when the mineral oil was applied generously to the exterior of these animals’ mucosal membranes in quantities so much larger than what would be contained in a vaccine…..again with the twisting…..

      Oh, and ANY foreign substance can cause severe anaphylaxis if you are allergic to it…..but in the context of what you were writing it makes it seem like it is common and very scary. Squalene has not, to my knowledge, ever been associated with allergies in large amounts of people (or even a smallish number of people)

      And PLEASE, mentioning the “link” between autism and other neurological disorders……which is again, hogwash. No link has ever been established. And how is information on this being twisted by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine?. Check out the difference between methyl mercury and ethyl mercury…one of which is a possible ingredient in some vaccines and the other (VERY DIFFERENT) chemical is what causes environmental neourological disorders when a person is exposed for a lengthy time. Often when the anti-vaccine propaganda machine uses information about mercury…they forget to tell people the information they are providing is for a completely different chemical. Ethyl mercury (thimerosal) has been shown to clear the body very quickly. Methyl mercury (not used in vaccines, but found in some industrial workplaces) is a chemical that our body’s cannot clear quickly and which result in long term exposure. We know, conclusively, that mercury causes brain damage only through long term exposure. Ethyl vs. methyl…..didn’t see you talk about that in your post. The link does not exist.

      And now to address polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier and solubilizer that is used in MANY foods (including ice cream) and is used in MANY medications that are given using an IV. Ever had IV meds before?

      In conclusion, your data is bogus and at the very least, taken completely out of context. The real professional research you have done has been to visit websites created by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine and taken the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      My problem with your posting has to do with the fact that you are passing on the lies and misinformation that will end up causing more deaths and anguish. That is dangerous, unethical, and egregious. Please stop spreading lies.

  10. Mycho

    Lupus as cause of MJ’s Death?
    Many of us are mourning Michael Jacksons passing, I beign one of them felt annoyed with all the assumptions made by the media concerning his death and how they are making him seem like an instable perscription drug abuser.
    Sources claimed that he suffered from Lupus. I researched Lupus and i got this result:
    Heart and circulatory system. Lupus may cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart (pericarditis; pronounced per-i-kar-DIE-tiss) or of the heart itself (myocarditis; pronounced my-o-kar-DIE-tiss). When this happens, various heart problems may develop, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia; pronounced uh-RITH-mee-uh), heart failure, and even sudden death. Blood clots often form in the blood vessels. These blood clots can break loose and cause a stroke (see stroke entry) or other complications.

    Couldn’t that have been a major factor in MJ’s death??? Why’s everyone stressing out over drugs being the reason…
    n that whole IV n him being put to sleep previously n no one knowing how… did u all forget he went through surgery a lot in his life?? Ofcourse he’s felt what its like to be put to sleep.

  11. ExaltLoth

    Very interesting – You have a good story, but This I Believe essays are typically about a page and a half double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman font. This might be three pages in that format. Also:

    – no technical errors (this might be the first esssay I have seen without a few gramatical or spelling errors).
    – The essay should be a bit more about the belief than the story behind it. I was wondering if you were even writing about a belief until the very end.
    – “So, I believe” – As my teacher said when we were writing these in class, You shouldn’t have to directly state your belief. It should become apparent through your stories and perspectives in the essay. It isn’t essential that you fix this, but it is still something to consider.
    – you might be able to make the essay shorter by excluding some of the details. For instance, instead of saying exactly how each relative died, you might simply say something like “My aunt, who has a blood disorder called lupus, almost died a few years ago from a stroke.”

    As for my personal perspectives on this (you may not care, but…):

    I completely agree that death shouldn’t be feared as it is, but I have never liked phrases such as “he is in a better place.” This phrase is so easy to believe and comforting that, even if it was false, it would be believed anyways. I am not saying that consoling people who have lost a loved one is wrong, but, to me, it seems wrong to simply say what they want to hear, reguardless of validity. You may disagree; this is only my personal belief.

  12. maymay62003

    i was just tested for lupus,it came back normal. Dr. say i have fibromy.. why do i have 5/8signs of lupus?
    i have had 3 surgeries in one year last one a month ago. i feel tired and wish i never had to get out of bed.i want to Dr. two weeks ago cause i was peeing blood ended up with a pos. mono test. 1 week later all my joints, muscel hurt. plus they all crack now when ever i move. i get numbness in hands and feet. i feel like i am dying a slow painful death. does anyone have fibromyalia cause i’m confusued and don’t understand this. my b/f has fibromyalia and its only in her feet and hands. i feel it all over my body. plus i get cheast pain that go into my shoulder. i also got a rash when i was out in sun(which has never in my life happen before). i just wanna feel better. i have been off from work but now dr. says i can go back i just don’t know how i’m gonna do that feeling this pain and feeling so tired after i just clean my houose. anyone with some advise please let me kow

    1. Linda R

      The list of “signs of lupus” is actually criteria used by lupus researchers to qualify people for clinical trials. It is not a check list for patients to figure out whether or not they have lupus.

      Fibro and lupus are both autoimmne diseases. Autoimmune disease often have similar symptoms and more than one occur at the same time.

      Stress makes autoimmune disease worse. Every surgery is a stress.

      Chest pains should ALWAYS be reported to your doctor. This is serious stuff.

      Consider resting as much as possible. The house cleaning can wait. If you push yourself you will never improve. Think about what is really important to you. Do those things and let the others go for a while. Ask for help. Lower your standards.

      The most important thing is for you to recover.

      A diagnosis of lupus is made this way:
      1. Medical history
      2. Symptoms
      3. Variety of lab tests
      4. After other disorders have been ruled out

      It takes the average lupus patient 3-4 years to be diagnosed. There is no definitive lab test for lupus.

  13. Dawn C

    did u know? i got this in the email?
    Reading this information & sharing it, might mean saving a life or improving the quality of someone’s life, maybe yours.

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick, she had stomach spasms, she was having a hard time getting around, and to walk was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone biopsies, and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. She was in so
    much pain, and so sick, she knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life
    insurance, etc., in her oldest daughters name, and made sure her younger children were to be with her oldest daughter. She wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19th I called her to ask her how one of her tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I thought, oh, my…. then I recalled an article a friend of mine emailed to me…and I asked her…. Do you drink Diet pop?

    She told me yes, as a matter of fact she was getting ready to crack one open that
    moment. I told her not to open it, and stop drinking the diet pop…. and I emailed her the following article.

    She called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she stopped drinking the diet pop, and she can walk. She went up the stairs, and the muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% well, but sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me back when she got home.

    She called me, and her doctor was amazed, he is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweetener!

    In a nutshell she was being poisoned by the aspartame in the diet soda, dying a slow death!

    When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for poisoning… she is well on her way to recovery… and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!
    This article saved her life!!!

    The life saving article:

    If it says “SUGAR FREE,” on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on “ASPARTAME” marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’ In the keynote
    address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, that it was hard to understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:
    When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to Formaldehyde, and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.)

    The methane toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis. People were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a
    death sentence, where methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis; especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use, irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become life threatening. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptomatic once taken off diet sodas. In the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision returned and hearing improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus
    During the lecture I said, “If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) And you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss…. you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!”

    People were jumping up during the lecture saying, I’ve got some of these symptoms: Is it reversible? Yes!

    Not drinking diet sodas and keeping an eye out for aspartame on food labels. Yes!

    We have a very serious problem. A stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said: “Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, etc. are NOT A DIET PRODUCT!
    The Congressional Record states that it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly if no significant increase in exercise, etc.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that physicians would believe that they have a patient with retinopathy, when in fact the symptoms are caused by aspartame! The aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control! Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxin without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it passes the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing in diabetics (as well as in patients not suffering from diabetes) various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic seizures, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence. (The Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi, consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.)

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects: i.e. mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given NutraSweet. I can relate different case histories of children having mal seizures and other disturbances, being on NutraSweet. Unfortunately it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child’s illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children’s health into their own hands.

    Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics) has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

    Books on this subject are available: EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS written by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665) and
    DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

    These two doctors will be posting a position paper with some case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet.

    According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians “we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison.”

    Here is the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!

    I assure you, MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame knows how deadly it is. They fund among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians.

    This has been exposed in the New York Times – to no avail. These Associations cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and have to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public!
    i got this in an email. so read it, even if u thing wtf, lol casue it could be useful some time for someone

  14. sandiego_devil

    Is my cousin a MORON? Are her Dr.’s not helping her???
    I have a cousin that has Lupus. She will be 33 in May. She has 4 children at this point. Ages 17, 11, 3 & 1. She is currently pregnant with her 5th child. Her Lupus is VERY bad. She has kidney stones. Right now the Dr.s have a tube going from her kidney out thru her back and into a bag. Normally she doesn’t have any problems with her lupus, however, being pregnant causes these problems. She has been in and out of the hospital more times than I can count. He lungs have collapsed, she had a shunt for the kidney stones. All of these problems that can eventually cause her death… My question is, at what point will the Dr.’s step in and tell her that having this baby is a BAD idea. She can’t even take care of the kids that she has. She gave the 17 year old to his father to be raised and from the time the 11 year old was 2 until she was 6 I had her, while I was in school. The young boys… Don’t even get me started. Now this one… if she survives.. Is it not the Dr’s JOB to do something?

    1. Colt & Tegan

      Yes, it is irresponsible of her doctors not to advise against having further children. Her home situation and caring for her children is not their concern, but if the pregnancy is causing her lupus to flare and endangering her health, then it is very much their prerogative to step in and warn her in the strongest terms that she is putting herself and her child at risk.

      That said, no doctor can *make* her stop having children if she chooses to go against their advice. Are you certain that they have not spoken to her about this, and she’s not just ignoring their warnings?

      I’m actually shocked that she wouldn’t have figured this out herself. I’m 34 weeks pregnant, and can’t imagine facing pregnancy and childbirth while also in the throes of a lupus flare with multiple organs failing. And since she’s on number 5, she obviously knows what she’s getting into. Does she lack education about birth control, or have some moral reason to object to it? If not, then perhaps she has some psychological issues that are causing her to feel the need to keep giving birth. Understandably, many patients with chronic illness can become very depressed, and maybe having children satisfies some need she feels for fulfillment or companionship.

      I would suggest that she start seeing a different doctor, and also have a psychiatric evaluation.

  15. star69

    can someone help me write a summary on this science article?
    i need this for tomorrow and im not soo good at ready so can you helo me please
    Environmental pollution is the release of environmental contaminants, generally resulting from human activity.

    Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides produced by industry and motor vehicles are common air pollutants.

    Arguably the principal source of air pollutants worldwide is motor vehicle emissions, although many other sources have been found to contribute to the ever growing problem.

    Principal stationary pollution sources include chemical plants, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, nuclear waste disposal activity, incinerators, large animal farms, PVC factories, metals production factories, plastics factories, and other heavy industry.

    Pollutants can cause disease, including cancer, lupus, immune diseases, allergies, and asthma.

    Adverse air quality can kill many organisms including humans. Motor vehicle emissions are one of the leading causes of air pollution.

    Principal stationary pollution sources include chemical plants, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, petrochemical plants, nuclear waste disposal activity, incinerators, large livestock farms (dairy cows, pigs, poultry, etc.), PVC factories, metals production factories, plastics factories, and other heavy industry. Some of the more common soil contaminants are chlorinated hydrocarbons (CFH), heavy metals (such as chromium, cadmium–found in rechargeable batteries, and lead — found in lead paint, aviation fuel and still in some countries, gasoline), MTBE, zinc, arsenic and benzene.

    Ordinary municipal landfills are the source of many chemical substances entering the soil environment (and often groundwater), emanating from the wide variety of refuse accepted, especially substances illegally discarded there, or from pre-1970 landfills that may have been subject to little control in the U.S.

    or EU. Pollution can also be the consequence of a natural disaster.

    For example, hurricanes often involve water contamination from sewage, and petrochemical spills from ruptured boats or automobiles.

    Larger scale and environmental damage is not uncommon when coastal oil rigs or refineries are involved.

    Some sources of pollution, such as nuclear power plants or oil tankers, can produce widespread and potentially hazardous releases when accidents occur. Adverse air quality can kill many organisms including humans.

    Ozone pollution can cause respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, throat inflammation, chest pain, and congestion.

    Water pollution causes approximately 14,000 deaths per day, mostly due to contamination of drinking water by untreated sewage in developing countries.

    Oil spills can cause skin irritations and rashes.

    Noise pollution induces hearing loss, high blood pressure, stress, and sleep disturbance..

    1. evoL

      The human source of pollutants, of which causes death and disease in humans and also animals, is as varied as the common car, factories, technology industries, is very great and obviously dangerous. Despite human attempts at containment, destructive natural phenomena can vex these intentions, spreading more than its’ share of distruction.

  16. Crackle

    Aspartame Side Effects?
    Can aspartame really cause side effects such as:
    Eye blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    severe depression
    personality changes

    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  17. molly

    Whats wrong with me!?? :(?
    I’m so stressed and scared?
    I feel like I’m mostly always sad, but those little moments when I’m happy, the littlest thing seems to set me off and make me really upset. i have been sad for awhile now, i thought it was just a phase but i think its getting worse. I find it hard to do the little things now, even getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle, i just don’t see the point in it, i would rather just curl up in a ball and go back to sleep, where i don’t have to think about my life. But my sleep isn’t even safe from my life any more, i wake up in the middle of the night crying a lot and I feel really paniced. Or i have a dream about my life and how much I hate it at times and then I cant stop thinking about it. Sometimes I dream about how I wish my life was and then when I wake I am guttard that my life isn’t like that.

    My mum died when i was 8 years old, I’m now 16. I never grieved about it, i mean i was only little and i guess i never really understood what was or what had happened. She had lupus and I’m not really sure what exactly that is. My real mum and dad Split when i was 3 or 4 years old, and that’s my earliest memory, sitting on the steps listening to them fight. They went through court cases over custody and it was really hard on me and my brother, so we lived with my mum until i was 6 and we were not allowed to see my dad, i was terrified of him anyway because i had been taught to be, not sure how or why, But then when i was 6 i had to go live with my dad and his partner and was only allowed to see my mum once a week for an hour with another adult present. She was in a wheel chair and stuff, She died when i was 8 and then my dad and his partner got engaged. I went to school the day i found out she had died and never really accept it or talked about her death. but now i miss her more than ever. My dad and his partner made me and my brother move cities when i was 11 and i found it very hard to cope and i didn’t have my family and friends any more. Then my dad and his partner split and she moved away. Then my dad got re married this year and yea. So any way there is my life story, kinda? anyways should i still be sso sad about this? I have not felt happy for so long and i don’t know what to do but its not as if i can just be happy, i don’t really wanna talk to anyone about it? I cant talk to my dad about anything he is one of those people who would just laugh and ignore you then run off to his wife and they would laugh together.
    Whats wrong with me!!!!!!????

    I used to self harm. and i think I’m going to start again i mean i don’t want to but i do at the same time. i don’t like people seeing it, so i hide it but I’m worried someone will see or something. so i don’t know if i will do it, but it makes me feel so much better. I pierced my ear the other day because I really wanted to cut and I thought that by piercing my ear it would I dunno, cause that pain that I get from cutting. I guess it sorta helped but it wasn’t the same. whats wrong with me!??? I feel so stupid saying I’m going to self harm again, it just sounds pathetic, But it just releases stress, makes me feel in control. Is that silly? I know it is silly but even though it is ridiculous it doesn’t stop me from thinking it.

    Please don’t suggest me going to the doctor cause i cant. i don’t have any family i can talk to about this and i wont tell my friends, i really don’t want them knowing.

    Please help I’m really lost!!

  18. cmooredr2

    i need some white witches to give me their email addresses so we can discuss some evil black magic spells?
    i have a group (family) trying to put spells on my family thru mexican black magic. they are jealous and seek revenge for the person i’m married. they are targeting my family because they want me to feel the pain they experienced with my husband. they think he is the reason for deaths and misfortunes in their lives. he is’nt however. i think me and my children should be left out of the equation because we are innocent. we did not have anything to do with these misfortunes. they have wished death and terminal illness on my family. why? because one daughter was killed (gang related) and another has lupus, the same daughter has 4 kids by different men who have all left her because she is ill. she and her family think that my husband caused theses things to happen and they want me to experience the same pain as they did so i will leave him and blame him as they have done they have grave dirt and pictures of my children for one of the spells ive been told and personal articles of mine .

    1. STARZ

      you need to put yourself in a circle of holy protection as fast..
      easiest way to cure this , is…..
      FOCUS your mind….and send back to them what they send to you….x’s 3…..

      the stronger your emotion and energy the faster it will work for you…
      focus positive energy around you, and they will not succeed. do NOT give in to the belief that they will harm you….
      first:sprinkle holy water all around your doors and windows….make the sign of the cross while doing so…

      just say out loud, to the universe:
      ” i send from this place…all intruding forces….
      they shall go far away
      & be POWERLESS…
      to interfere with MY wishes….”

      “what my enemies have sent to me…..
      i RETURN to THEM……3 x’s 3″
      as i will it now….so mote it shall be!”

      (now, you are good to go…..wear something red for the next week or so…)

  19. NOOOOOOOOObama!

    What is Obama’s stance on outlawing incandescent light bulbs?
    Ban of Current Incandescent Light Bulbs

    On December 19, 2007, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law No: 110-140). Under the new law, all light bulbs must use 25% to 30% less energy than today’s light bulbs by 2012-2014. Since today’s incandescent light bulbs do not fit the energy efficiency standard, there will be a phase-out of current incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. By 2020, bulbs on the market must meet the 70% efficiency standard.

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) already meet the 70% efficiency standard, which means that most public spaces and homes are switching to CFLs. As you may know, some reports suggest that there may be enough UVB radiation in fluorescent light bulbs to cause photosensitivity in people with lupus.

    Photosensitivity can cause lupus flares that result in severe illness and even death. Will Obama make sure people with medical needs like lupus will be able to get safe light bulbs at an affordable price?

    One of my friends just died from lupus complications and I have lupus also.

    1. Bob M

      There’s a patent out for a new lightbulb that meets the requirement without emitting as much UVB. Assuming it passes all the tests, it should be on the market by 2012.

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