Dear Dr. Hull, my name is Christina. I’m a 57 year old female from Charlotte, SC. I’ve been using aspartame for 3 years, and my health problems first appeared after I started consuming aspartame.
Everyday, I would use products with Splenda, Sweet N Low, and Equal. I’m sorry to admit that my children use the diet products, too.
I don’t know if this is “a new revelation” or not, but about 3 years ago after I started following the South Beach Diet, I began using Splenda in my coffee and diet sweeteners in anything else that was a snack. Everything labeled sugar free had aspartame in it.
Everything was going along fine for awhile – I lost some weight and was going through life like normal. Then, about 6 months ago, I started using more and more Equal in my morning coffee; I used 3 packets per cup of coffee, and I drank 3 cups every morning.
This consumption was outside of the other sugar free foods that I was eating with all the different artificial sweeteners, like diet pop, sugar free jello, puddings, snack cakes, etc etc.
I began experiencing pain in my hips and down the sides of my lower legs. It got worse and worse. Finally I went to an Orthopedic Specialist who ran an MRI on me and said quote “your back is a mess” and you have spinal stenosis (arthritis) in your lower lumbar region.
He put me on narcotic pain killers and sent me for a series of epidural steroid injections to control the pain. They lasted for about 3 weeks each, then it would all come back.
BY THE WAY, I was taking my medication with a diet soda.
I reached a point where the pain was debilitating when awakening in the morning. I could not stand on either leg, and sometimes I was not able to make it to the bathroom on time.
The pain was moving from one leg to the other and from one hip to the other. Some days it wasn’t so bad, but others it was more than I could stand, so I’d just sit and cry from the intensity.
I just found your articles and website on Friday – today is Sunday. I was completely shocked, and I had never EVER thought it might be caused by my high intake of artificial sweeteners.
After reading your articles on this “poison“, I rounded up everything with aspartame in it and tossed it in the trash. I can tell you that within 24 hours, I had marked relief. My pain had reduced by about 25%. In just one day!
This is my third day, and I can’t say that I am pain free because I’m not, but I’m 40% better, and the stiffness and pain go away within about 5 mins after waking up instead of 45 mins.
So I’m 3 days into my detox, and I had to write and tell everyone that this aspartame nightmare is NO joke. I am so hopeful for continued health and relief from pain.
I am 57 years old, and was about ready to give up and file for health disability benefits. Now, I think I might be on my way back to some sort of normalcy.
This stuff should be yanked off the market, and right now!
Thanks for getting the word out, and I plan on writing to every health agency I know, including my orthopedic doc who wanted to do surgery on me next! NO Way!!!
God Bless You ….. Have you had others talk about leg pain and arthritis from aspartame?
From Dr. Hull:
It is amazing how quickly your health symptoms disappear when you stop using all aspartame, Splenda, and the other artificial sweeteners. Once the poisons are gone, the body starts to get rid of them and begins to return to normal.
It is good to detox and start taking some quality vitamins to replace what a
chemical diet has depleted from your body.
This issue is REAL and it IS harming people. Removing these toxins is the only way to return to your old self and to good health!
The best in health,