Fibromyalgia mystery: If MSG and sweeteners
stop, so do symptoms.
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A very small study by the University of Florida offers
promise of a dietary treatment for the chronic fatigue
and pain of Fibromyalgia. Four women who had had Fibromyalgia
for years, plus allergies (such as allergic rhinitis
and food allergies, for example), found that their Fibromyalgia
symptoms were nearly gone within a few months of eliminating
from their diets the widely used flavor enhancer MSG
(monosodium glutamate) and the artificial sweetener
aspartame. MSG and aspartame do not cause Fibromyalgia,
explains a researcher, nor does eliminating those items
work for patients who do not suffer from allergies.
But for a disease that has no treatment, no known cause
and as many as 6 million (mostly female) sufferers,
it's worth a try.
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