Case reports of fibromyalgia chronic pain sufferers cured by removing the artificial sweetener aspartame (Nutrasweet) from their diets.
Reported for the first time recently, case reports of aspartame-induced fibromyalgia, an unusual but curable cause of chronic pain. “50-year-old woman had been suffering from widespread pain and fatigue for more than 10 years leading to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Poor woman. During a vacation in a foreign country, she did not suffer from painful symptoms and made a connection with the fact that she had forgotten to take her aspartame. All of the symptoms reappeared in the days following her return when she reintroduced aspartame into her daily diet. Thus, aspartame was definitively excluded from her diet, resulting in a complete regression of the fibromyalgia symptoms. “A 43-year-old man consulted for a 3-year history of bilateral fore-arm, wrist, and hand and neck pain with various unsuccessful treatments. A detailed questioning followed to find out that he had been taking aspartame for three years. The removal of aspartame was followed by a complete regression of pain, without recurrence. “The benefit/ risk ratio of considering the diagnosis of aspartame-induced chronic pain is obvious: the potential benefit is to cure a disabling chronic disease, to spare numerous laboratory and imaging investigations, and to avoid potentially harmful therapies; the potential risk is to temporarily change the patient’s diet. Thus, practitioners should ask patients suffering from fibromyalgia about their intake of aspartame. In some cases, this simple question might lead to the resolution of a disabling chronic disease. And fibromyalgia is no small pain in the neck, affecting an estimated 5 million American, who I believe should all be asked that simple question.
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Nontoxic treatments should always get precedence, and you can't get much more nontoxic than removing processed foods from people's diets! Alternately, many folks suffering with fibromyalgia symptoms may have been misdiagnosed and are actually suffering from an easily treated vitamin D deficiency. What's the best way to treat that? See Vitamin D Pills vs. Tanning Beds, one of my dozen videos on vitamin D. I've got a bunch of previous videos on sweeteners including Is Nutrasweet Bad For You? and Update on Aspartame. Erythritol is probably A Harmless Artificial Sweetener. Tomorrow's video-of-the-day Diet Soda and Preterm Birth addresses concerns about aspartame consumption during pregnancy.
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