I hope this email finds you in good health.
I stumbled across your website when doing some research into oral lichen planus and the possible triggers to OLP. I didn’t even know this existed until my wife only recently contracted OLP.
When doing research into the condition, I discovered the standard language that OLP is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the mucus membrane of the oral cavity. They consider it an autoimmune disease.
I realized that there were various doctors and experts in the field that recommended cutting out artificial sweeteners when diagnosed with OLP. Just for the record, she is still very healthy and has always been very careful with what she eats.
About 3 months ago, she went on a cereal sort of diet, morning and evening. Of course she used artificial sweeteners on the cereal for this period of time, and in the evening she had a craving for chewy sweets, which she had a least twice a week.
These sweets would be full of artificial sweeteners.
To cut a long story short, she developed OLP on her tongue, but now we have realized the aspartame may have triggered OLP, and have thrown the cereal away. She stopped eating the chewy sweets and has gone back to a normal diet with plenty of fruit and vegs, like normal.
We have noticed a marked improvement and I wondered if you thought these toxins could have triggered the OLP.
Kind regards from Nottingham UK
From Dr. Hull
Anytime aspartame is used and health symptoms first appear, or get worse, I always recommend removing the diet chemicals (and all food chemicals, actually) as they have been proven to cause, and certainly exacerbate, health stress. I believe you and your wife have connected the dots very well in her case.
Yes, there are toxins in aspartame, and your wife’s digestive enzymes in her mouth had a reaction to them, such as the methanol in aspartame. Digestion begins in the mouth, and her enzymes were “digesting” them immediately, releasing the toxic chemicals in her mouth – the first site of good digestion.
So, your wife’s diagnosis may be because her mouth was polluted with formaldehyde, a by-product of methanol.
As your wife has already done, I suggest removing all diet sweeteners, returning to a pure and natural diet, replacing all nutrients these chemicals rob from the body, and then, within a few weeks, health symptoms typically improve or completely go away.
Because your wife had been healthy, it appears that she is one of millions who restored normal health after the diet chemicals were completely stopped.
Congratulations to you both for figuring this out, and Hat’s Off to your doctor who actually connected the dots, too!
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