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Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Really Cause Anxiety Symptoms??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 27, 2010
  • 07:44 PM

My name is Ben and I'm 31 years old. I'm about 5'9'' tall and about 15 lbs overweight (210 lbs). I first experienced severe anxiety symptoms about one year ago. When I experienced my first symptoms, I felt an unknown pressure going down my left arm into my hands and fingers constantly for about a day. Then, the following day I started experiencing SEVERE shortness of breath and dizziness/light headed. It was so bad, I could hardly sleep......however I wasn't actually nervous about anything particular. I finally had enough and saw my doctor (even though I don't have any health insurance). Well, he did an EKG test to make sure my heart was normal and ran a blood test. Everything came back normal, so the doctor just shrugged his shoulders and told to just cut back on the caffeine, $500 later. Anyway, after taking a couple days off from work to try and just get some rest and re-coupe, I actually did start feeling a little bit better. This all started in October, 2009 and by the end of the year, my symptoms gradually got better but never went away completely. I finally started a food journal as a friend of mine in med school recommended and started noticing that my symptoms got worse everytime I had anthing with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. I'm not sure if this was just an ironic coincidence.........but as soon as I completely stayed away from these foods (mayo, ketchup, many sauces, ice cream, reg. soda, etc..) my symptoms actually completely went away by March, 2010. Now, just this past weekend (August 20, 2010) I went to a family BBQ and without thinking ate some potato salad and a lot of snacks with dip. Well, for the past 4 days, my symptoms came back pretty bad for the first time since March!! Now, a week later, they finally seemed to settle down a little bit again. So, is it HFCS?? I'm just so tired of dealing with this and having symptoms for no reason whatsoever and a doctor who obviously is not helpful. If anyone can relate or want to comment on this........please do so. I appreciate any advice and info you can provide......especially from any doctors who actually realize that anxiety is REAL and is something that should be treated without having to pay to see a shrink for no reason.

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  • My name is Ben and I'm 31 years old. I'm about 5'9'' tall and about 15 lbs overweight (210 lbs). I first experienced severe anxiety symptoms about one year ago. When I experienced my first symptoms, I felt an unknown pressure going down my left arm into my hands and fingers constantly for about a day. Then, the following day I started experiencing SEVERE shortness of breath and dizziness/light headed. It was so bad, I could hardly sleep......however I wasn't actually nervous about anything particular. I finally had enough and saw my doctor (even though I don't have any health insurance). Well, he did an EKG test to make sure my heart was normal and ran a blood test. Everything came back normal, so the doctor just shrugged his shoulders and told to just cut back on the caffeine, $500 later. Anyway, after taking a couple days off from work to try and just get some rest and re-coupe, I actually did start feeling a little bit better. This all started in October, 2009 and by the end of the year, my symptoms gradually got better but never went away completely. I finally started a food journal as a friend of mine in med school recommended and started noticing that my symptoms got worse everytime I had anthing with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. I'm not sure if this was just an ironic coincidence.........but as soon as I completely stayed away from these foods (mayo, ketchup, many sauces, ice cream, reg. soda, etc..) my symptoms actually completely went away by March, 2010. Now, just this past weekend (August 20, 2010) I went to a family BBQ and without thinking ate some potato salad and a lot of snacks with dip. Well, for the past 4 days, my symptoms came back pretty bad for the first time since March!! Now, a week later, they finally seemed to settle down a little bit again. So, is it HFCS?? I'm just so tired of dealing with this and having symptoms for no reason whatsoever and a doctor who obviously is not helpful. If anyone can relate or want to comment on this........please do so. I appreciate any advice and info you can provide......especially from any doctors who actually realize that anxiety is REAL and is something that should be treated without having to pay to see a shrink for no reason.You probably have what is known as a 'brain allergy'. Some foods can effect your brain chemistry. I am allergic to HFCS as well and after completely eliminating that poison from my diet all symptoms went away. Look up brain allergies - you may find just the info you are looking for. I hope you are better soon.
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  • My name is Ben and I'm 31 years old. I'm about 5'9'' tall and about 15 lbs overweight (210 lbs). I first experienced severe anxiety symptoms about one year ago. When I experienced my first symptoms, I felt an unknown pressure going down my left arm into my hands and fingers constantly for about a day. Then, the following day I started experiencing SEVERE shortness of breath and dizziness/light headed. It was so bad, I could hardly sleep......however I wasn't actually nervous about anything particular. I finally had enough and saw my doctor (even though I don't have any health insurance). Well, he did an EKG test to make sure my heart was normal and ran a blood test. Everything came back normal, so the doctor just shrugged his shoulders and told to just cut back on the caffeine, $500 later. Anyway, after taking a couple days off from work to try and just get some rest and re-coupe, I actually did start feeling a little bit better. This all started in October, 2009 and by the end of the year, my symptoms gradually got better but never went away completely. I finally started a food journal as a friend of mine in med school recommended and started noticing that my symptoms got worse everytime I had anthing with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. I'm not sure if this was just an ironic coincidence.........but as soon as I completely stayed away from these foods (mayo, ketchup, many sauces, ice cream, reg. soda, etc..) my symptoms actually completely went away by March, 2010. Now, just this past weekend (August 20, 2010) I went to a family BBQ and without thinking ate some potato salad and a lot of snacks with dip. Well, for the past 4 days, my symptoms came back pretty bad for the first time since March!! Now, a week later, they finally seemed to settle down a little bit again. So, is it HFCS?? I'm just so tired of dealing with this and having symptoms for no reason whatsoever and a doctor who obviously is not helpful. If anyone can relate or want to comment on this........please do so. I appreciate any advice and info you can provide......especially from any doctors who actually realize that anxiety is REAL and is something that should be treated without having to pay to see a shrink for no reason. Hi Ben, My name is Deanna and I have the same problem. I started to get anxiety a few years ago and when I went to the doctors they would just tell me that it would go away. I did start noticing that certain foods would trigger it. So I did the same, I started keeping the labels of all the food that caused my anxiety and the common ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. This ingredient gave me instant anxiety. I do have a problem with all sugars accept natural sugars that are in fruit. I started to eliminate these items from my diet and my anxiety went completely away. I have seen several doctors and told them my situation and they would just say that high fructose corn syrup does not cause this. Then I asked the doctor if he documents my case and others in a computer system to see if there might be a pattern of others having the same symptoms and he said no. This does not make sense to me. It is hard since almost all sauces and a lot of foods have high fructose corn syrup and sugars in it. I have to eat salads with just oil and vinegar since almost all salad dressings have high fructose corn syrup and sugar. It is also so hard to go to barbeques and dinner parties. I don’t want to offend anyone by not trying their food that they worked very ******n to make. It has been tough…. I wonder if it is a fructose intolerance that we might have. It seems to be that if there is more fructose than glucose that it causes anxiety. I am still testing this out but I tried bread a couple of times that had high fructose corn syrup and I do not believe I had any anxiety. If this is the case, is it because there are carbs counter acting the sugars more glucose than fructose??? Do you think that high fructose corn syrup caused us to have this allergy? I hope a doctor can come up with a prescription to counter act the allergy someday.
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  • My name is Ben and I'm 31 years old. I'm about 5'9'' tall and about 15 lbs overweight (210 lbs). I first experienced severe anxiety symptoms about one year ago. When I experienced my first symptoms, I felt an unknown pressure going down my left arm into my hands and fingers constantly for about a day. Then, the following day I started experiencing SEVERE shortness of breath and dizziness/light headed. It was so bad, I could hardly sleep......however I wasn't actually nervous about anything particular. I finally had enough and saw my doctor (even though I don't have any health insurance). Well, he did an EKG test to make sure my heart was normal and ran a blood test. Everything came back normal, so the doctor just shrugged his shoulders and told to just cut back on the caffeine, $500 later. Anyway, after taking a couple days off from work to try and just get some rest and re-coupe, I actually did start feeling a little bit better. This all started in October, 2009 and by the end of the year, my symptoms gradually got better but never went away completely. I finally started a food journal as a friend of mine in med school recommended and started noticing that my symptoms got worse everytime I had anthing with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. I'm not sure if this was just an ironic coincidence.........but as soon as I completely stayed away from these foods (mayo, ketchup, many sauces, ice cream, reg. soda, etc..) my symptoms actually completely went away by March, 2010. Now, just this past weekend (August 20, 2010) I went to a family BBQ and without thinking ate some potato salad and a lot of snacks with dip. Well, for the past 4 days, my symptoms came back pretty bad for the first time since March!! Now, a week later, they finally seemed to settle down a little bit again. So, is it HFCS?? I'm just so tired of dealing with this and having symptoms for no reason whatsoever and a doctor who obviously is not helpful. If anyone can relate or want to comment on this........please do so. I appreciate any advice and info you can provide......especially from any doctors who actually realize that anxiety is REAL and is something that should be treated without having to pay to see a shrink for no reason. Hi Ben, My name is Deanna and I have the same problem. I started to get anxiety a few years ago and when I went to the doctors they would just tell me that it would go away. I did start noticing that certain foods would trigger it. So I did the same, I started keeping the labels of all the food that caused my anxiety and the common ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. This ingredient gave me instant anxiety. I do have a problem with all sugars accept natural sugars that are in fruit. I started to eliminate these items from my diet and my anxiety went completely away. I have seen several doctors and told them my situation and they would just say that high fructose corn syrup does not cause this. Then I asked the doctor if he documents my case and others in a computer system to see if there might be a pattern of others having the same symptoms and he said no. This does not make sense to me. It is hard since almost all sauces and a lot of foods have high fructose corn syrup and sugars in it. I have to eat salads with just oil and vinegar since almost all salad dressings have high fructose corn syrup and sugar. It is also so hard to go to barbeques and dinner parties. I don’t want to offend anyone by not trying their food that they worked very ******n to make. It has been tough…. I wonder if it is a fructose intolerance that we might have. It seems to be that if there is more fructose than glucose that it causes anxiety. I am still testing this out but I tried bread a couple of times that had high fructose corn syrup and I do not believe I had any anxiety. If this is the case, is it because there are carbs counter acting the sugars more glucose than fructose??? Do you think that high fructose corn syrup caused us to have this allergy? I hope a doctor can come up with a prescription to counter act the allergy someday.
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