Hi Dr. Hull. I’m DJ from Turlock. I’m 45, and writing you about my wife.
After reading your stories, I felt I had to write and tell you about Terry.
In and around June 2014, she began having pains that our doctor said were most likely arthritis. He sent us to a rheumatologist for a battery of tests.
He confirmed that she had arthritis, sent us home with a pocket full of prescriptions, said that she should quit work, and I should just try to make her feel comfortable.
On a return doctor’s visit, my wife made a reference to getting a second opinion, and the rheumatologist told her that if she didn’t believe him, maybe she should get a second opinion.
Our family doctor got us an appointment at UC San Francisco in January. We were glad to go, and we thought we could get a real answer as opposed to the first rheumatologist’s visit. Indeed, this rheumatologist told her that she did not have arthritis, but did not know what was wrong with her.
After 3 more visits for tests, they told us that sometimes symptoms show up but their tests don’t confirm it, and that arthritis might take a few years to finally show positive on their tests. Now discouraged again, and still in a lot of pain, we went home with no logical answers.
After months of continued pain, a friend sent us one of your articles on the effects of aspartame and arthritis. By the end of June, Theresa stopped using anything with aspartame, and by the 4th of July, she was playing volleyball at a July 4th party.
I believe that this letter, and Theresa’s faith, brought us to this happy ending, although it took until about November for her to fully recover.
She now is back to work, and aspartame-free.
Thank you for helping us get our life back.
From Dr. Hull
I’m so glad you wrote to share your wife’s experiences (and your’s too, since you supported her through all of this!) We hear from many people sharing their health reactions to aspartame, and we are always so elated to hear the positive stories.
Unfortunately, your experience is not uncommon. Inexcusably, too few medical doctors are aware of the problems caused by the artificial sweeteners. Many will not touch this topic with a barge pole; most medical schools only require a cursory course in nutrition, and the AMA has encouraged their members to avoid addressing this very litigious issue.
I’m so glad that you solved the problem, and that your wife is doing so well after all this time. You also have a very good friend who cared enough to help you both.
I am glad you shared your story to help others.
My best in health to you both.
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