Hello all, it's been a long time since I posted due to bad health, depression and the death of my dear brother, last september. I want everyone who has hair loss to seriously consider cutting out, completely, aspartame and sucralose from their diets, and here's why: In 2008 it became clear my hair was thinning. Around 2009 I was suffering from senitivity to sunlight. My eyes couldn't handle sun. After a bit of research I cut Aspartame out of my diet (I drank a lot of diet drinks containing this substance which is a chemical sweetener). I found a diet drink that had sucralose instead and happily guzzled about 4-5 2 litre bottles of the stuff per week. I began to have a lot of pain walking, which was unusual as I've always prided myself on the distances I could walk! The pain didn't come on suddenly, all at once, no, it was an insidious slow process, but by Dec 2010 I quit my job because walking there was too difficult, and I was also incredibly depressed about that and my ever worsening hair loss. I've posted on here from a while back, and the first photo I've attached here is a pic of my hair in Feb 2011. By about july 2011 It had worsened, my hair line receded more. At around the same time I decided to try the Atkins diet, and sucralose is recommended for that, so I bought powdered sucralose and used it instead of sugar on food. I was also consuming lozenges which contained it, to try and distract me from smoking. What a mess I was!! In Nov 2010 I bought my Jessica Simpson topper. Before that I relied on Dermatch for about 9 months, until my hair loss was too extreme for dermatch to cover, hence the purchase of the J Simp topper, which did a lot to make me feel better about myself. The week my brother died, in a terrible accident, I lost a ton of hair. By Oct 2011 my leg/hip pain was was extreme, and I had an xray, which only showed mild deterioration of the hips. That mildness didn't reflect the agony I was in. I felt like I was 90 years old and I've just turned 50. I thought I'd be in a wheelchair before long. I was in a terrible state, and my hair loss had progressed to worse than the firts pic posted below (taken Feb 2011). It was almost at the point I had nothing of a hairline to clip my topper to, and I began to wonder what my next step would be. Because of the pain in my legs I once again began to read up on sucralose, and there are many cases of severe leg pains reported by people who used it. Also, people have reported hair loss. On March 22 2012 I poured all my diet drinks (containing sucralose)down the sink. I threw all my lozenges in the bin and I have religiously read every label to make sure no aspartame or sucralose passed my lips. Beware anything that's described as "Sugar free" as it most likely contains one or the other of these sweeteners. Well, within 3 days of stopping the stuff, my legs felt a lot better, I couldn't believe the difference. It's now been 3 months since I stopped using the stuff and I can walk quite long distances, with only mild hip pain. Before that, my legs felt lie ton weights, every step was an effort. Since I got my Jess simp fringe I've got in the habit of brushing my hair and putting it on before I would look in the mirror, but 4 days ago I took a look at my hair, and to my great surprise the once thin, feeble and weak hairs seem to be growing back as stron normal hairs!! Over the last 4 days since I realised this, I reckon I've checked them in the mirror a 100 times, such is my excitement!! I reckon the second set of pics below, where you can see strong hairs growing at the hairline, show what is approx 3 months growth, coinciding with completely removing sucralose from my diet. I know my legs have improved vastly since I quit this stuff (I seriously consider it to be poison). The photos show how much my hair has improved and I have no doubt my hair is growing back. So I wanted to show this to everyone and advise that if you consume a lot of diet/sugar free goods (food oand/or drinks) which contain either of the sweeteners mentioned, that you remove them completely, and go back to sugar, or maybe stevia. Seriously give it a few months and see if it makes a difference.