I heat my house with fire wood that I cut, chop, split and stack using only hand tools, except for the chain saw needed to fell the tree.
It's intense, back-breaking work that makes me sweat quite a lot, even in cold weather and gives me a powerful thirst. Sometimes, just drinking cold water didn't quiet do the trick, so I tried drinking some Diet Pepsi to help quench the thirst.
One glass did the job of helping slake my thirst, then two, then three... Soon I was drinking a 2 liter bottle a day of that stuff.
Now here's where it get's weird.
In the early morning, I'll drink 5-6 LARGE cups of strong coffee while online reading the news and composing a blog. But after 7 am, I drink NO more coffee, don't think about drinking coffee and have no cravings for the coffee's drug, caffeine.
Yet if I had not drank any Diet Pepsi by 10 am, I felt cravings for that damned stuff.
Once I realized that Diet Pepsi contained a chemical or combination of chemicals that were making me a Diet Pepsi 'junkie,' I went cold turkey and stopped drinking that toxic slop.
That's when another symptom of addiction hit me. Once my body realized it wasn't going to get anymore of that junk, I got the Diet Pepsi 'blues' for about 36 hours.
Anyone familiar with drug addiction knows that craving for a drug and then getting the 'blues' or worse after stopping the intake of that drug are two symptoms of drug addiction.
What's in that 'pause that refreshes' that turns people into Diet Pepsi junkies? I don't know, but I do know many are addicted to either it or other Diet colas, and they're usually the ones that always have a mug the size of a oil tanker in their hand, filled with their favorite diet cola drug.
They're also usually the ones who are obese, some way overweight, so it doesn't appear that the 'diet' in Diet Pepsi is working too well.
Add in the fact that medical studies have shown that those who drink large amounts of diet cola tend to get kidney stones more often than those who don't and that recent medical studies show a correlation bewteen those drinking large amounts of diet cola have heart attacks and strokes more often than those who don't are two more good reasons to stay away from that poison.
Maybe Pepsi is still using what Coca-Cola did at one time to increase sales?
Lynyrd Skynyrd Live San Francisco 1975 B&W "The Needle and the Spoon"