This article on pain relief with Equal (Aspartame) was a real eye-opener.
Q. I have arthritis in both my knees and fingers and have no pain.
Every morning I drink a cup of green tea with three packets of Equal in it.
I know this works for me, for I have tried using other artificial
sweeteners. After five days, I started to have mild pain and stiffness
in both of my knees. Needless to say, I went right back to using Equal.
It took about a week to get back to not having any pain or stiffness in
I don't have diabetes, but my son-in-law does. He, too, uses Equal
to rid himself of pain that he gets in his feet. I can't say that this
will work for everyone, but $3 for a 50-packet box is a small price to
pay for pain relief.
A. Aspartame (Equal) has been tested for arthritis
pain in a small placebo-controlled trial. It is nearly as effective as
aspirin but does not irritate the stomach. People who cannot tolerate
aspartame or prefer to avoid it might choose to try natural
anti-inflammatory agents such as ginger, curcumin, boswellia or
We include discussion of these treatments and many home remedies for
arthritis in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis. Anyone who would
like a copy, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (No.
10), stamped (63 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons' People's
Pharmacy, No. AA-2, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It can also
be downloaded for $2 from our Web site: www.peoplespharmacy.com.
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