My name is DJ from California. My wife and I are both 45 years old, and it took me a while to figure out what was making my wife ill, but after reading your stories, I felt I had to write and tell you about my wife, Theresa.
In and around June 2014, she began having pains in her body that our doctor said were most likely arthritis, and he sent us to a rheumatologist for tests.
The rheumatologist confirmed that she had arthritis, and that she should quit work and just try to make herself feel better. 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.
After talking to our family doctor, he 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 he did not know what was wrong with her.
After 3 more visits for a battery of 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 answers.
After months of continued pain, a friend sent us to one of your articles on the effects of aspartame and arthritis. At 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 your information, and Theresa’s faith, brought us to this happy ending, although it took until around November for her to fully recover. She now is now back to work, pain free, and aspartame-free.
Thank you for helping us get our life back.
From Dr. Hull
DJ and Theresa,
Unfortunately, your experience is not uncommon, and medical misinformation is sadly more prominent today.
Inexcusably, too few medical doctors are aware of the problems associated with artificial sweeteners, and they have been instructed by their superiors not to touch this topic with a barge pole.
Most medical schools only require one cursory course in nutrition, and the AMA has encouraged their members to avoid addressing this very litigious issue.
If they hide the truth about aspartame, what else are they hiding from the public?
I’m so glad that you persisted in solving 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 would love to share your story with others because when you know the truth, you can heal.
My best in health to you both.
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