Hi Dr. Hull. My name is Calub, and I’m from Chicago. I’m a 34 year-old male, and basically, I am emailing you because I am worried about my father. I’ve used aspartame since I was 15 years old, and my health symptoms started going south about 4 years ago.
I feel like I was raised on Diet Coke and other diet stuff because my dad is a diabetic and they were all we had around the house. They have been my main drug of choice. Funny enough, we never used Equal, though.
So here’s my story for you: I was drinking the Diet Coke pretty much exclusively every day, but I quit drinking them 3 months ago, and almost immediately my lower back quit hurting. It has not hurt since!
I am now convinced that aspartame really is a nasty chemical, and I don’t even chew sugar-free gum anymore.
Now, what do I do for my father – that is my question? He’s in a retirement center now, and is in and out of the hospital due to his bad health. They serve him all kinds of diet stuff in the retirement home and in the hospital. How can I help him stop using this stuff?
From Dr. Hull
Wow. I am proud of you, but I agree that your father is in a bad situation.
Whenever health issues disappear like this after aspartame has been used for as long as you used it, I seriously focus on aspartame as the cause.
As you recover your health, make sure to take a good multi-vitamin and vitamin C (not from corn) every day, eat mostly raw and fresh foods and quality meats, and drink plenty of water.
Slowly but surely when the aspartame is detoxed and gone, any hidden health symptoms should be gone, too.
And as a bonus, you’ll find that you are less hungry and will lose weight!
Now for your father … being a diabetic isn’t a curse, but it is not fun and can be very stressful, both mentally and physically. Your dad should replace all of the ” sugarless” manufactured products with raw foods and more protein.
That said, this is hard to do when he’s not in control of his meals at the retirement center or when he’s in the hospital.
Simple carbs are a big problem for everyone actually, and they put extra stress on your body when diabetic. All the sugar-free products pushed on diabetics are very harmful, and it makes me angry that they push this stuff in hospitals.
More and more sodas are coming on the market today that are made with stevia, and stevia is perfectly fine for diabetics. It’ll take some time for him to adjust to the taste, but encourage him to switch to stevia.
You can read in my books that saccharin is actually fine to use, too. So, he has some healthier choices – stevia and saccharin.
Encourage him to eat more protein than carbs. When he wants to snack, he can nibble on fresh veggies and fresh nuts. Get creative with him, and provide him real food choices with less simple carbs.
Go speak with the kitchen manager at his retirement home, and tell them what you want for your father, and when he’s hospitalized, let the nurses know that you want it put on his chart that he is allergic to all diet sweeteners except for saccharin and stevia. They have to honor this – if not, they can get sued for giving it to him.
Keep up the good work on your health, and keep trying whatever you can for your father!
The best in health to you both,
– Janet Hull
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