Fibromyalgia & Aspartame




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Rich Murray: Smith: fibromyalgia & aspartame & MSG 6.27.1 rmforall

Ann Pharmacother 2001 Jun;35(6):702-6
Relief of fibromyalgia symptoms following discontinuation of dietary excitotoxins.
Smith JD, Terpening CM, Schmidt SO, Gums JG.
Malcolm Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, USA.

BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a common rheumatologic disorder that is often difficult to treat effectively. CASE SUMMARY: Four patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome for two to 17 years are described. All had undergone multiple treatment modalities with limited success. All had complete, or nearly complete, resolution of their symptoms within months after eliminating monosodium glutamate (MSG) or MSG plus aspartame from their diet. All patients were women with multiple comorbidities prior to elimination of MSG. All have had recurrence of symptoms whenever MSG is ingested. DISCUSSION: Excitotoxins are molecules, such as MSG and aspartate, that act as excitatory neurotransmitters, and can lead to neurotoxicity when used in excess. We propose that these four patients may represent a subset of fibromyalgia syndrome that is induced or exacerbated by excitotoxins or, alternatively, may comprise an excitotoxin syndrome that is similar to fibromyalgia. We suggest that identification of similar patients and research with larger numbers of patients must be performed before definitive conclusions can be made. CONCLUSIONS: The elimination of MSG and other excitotoxins from the diets of patients with fibromyalgia offers a benign treatment option that has the potential for dramatic results in a subset of patients.  PMID: 11408989

Ann Pharmacother 1998 Feb;32(2):196-200
Possible lansoprazole-induced eosinophilic syndrome.
Smith JD, Chang KL, Gums JG.
Department of Pharmacy Practice
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
OBJECTIVE: To report a case of myalgia with eosinophilia related to lansoprazole administration. CASE SUMMARY: A 50-year-old white woman developed severe myalgia 1 week after starting lansoprazole. During the treatment course, the patient was also found to have eosinophilia. The myalgia and eosinophilia resolved 40 days after lansoprazole was stopped and 18 days after prednisone therapy was begun. The patient was not rechallenged with lansoprazole. DISCUSSION: To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of lansoprazole-induced eosinophilic syndrome. Clinically, it is difficult to distinguish between eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome and eosinophilic fasciitis, which are probably part of a continuum of eosinophilic disorders. This patient presented with symptoms of both syndromes. Although other causes cannot be completely ruled out, the time course strongly suggests that lansoprazole was the causative agent. CONCLUSIONS: It is important to consider medications when diagnosing patients with hypereosinophilia and/or myalgia.
PMID: 9496405

Expert Opin Pharmacother 1999 Nov;1(1):71-80
Management of essential hypertension.
Terpening C, Gums JG, Grauer K.
University of Florida, Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine
625 SW 4th  Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601, USA.

Hypertension, in spite of a very high prevalence, remains undertreated. This is not due to a lack of effective therapeutic modalities. Non-pharmacological treatments can be effective in many patients. If those treatments fail to reduce blood pressure sufficiently, the physician can choose between numerous classes of antihypertensive agents. However, interpatient variability in response to these agents is high, and use of multiple agents is frequently necessary. Thus, no single class has proven to be superior for the majority of patients. This article will review the different non-pharmacological and pharmacological methods available to treat hypertension, as well as the guidelines that are available to aid in proper selection of a treatment regimen. Publication Types: Review Review, tutorial
PMID: 11249566

Terpening CM.
The FDA: protector or puppet?
Pharmacotherapy. 2000 Jul;20(7):860-1. No abstract available.
PMID: 10907979

Gums JG.
Empathy to apathy: a consequence of higher education?
Pharmacotherapy. 1994 Mar-Apr;14(2):250-1.
No abstract available.  PMID: 8197049

Christopher Miles Terpening
Information current as of: 09/09/1999
post doc aso     pharmacy practice,uf
Campus   mg-58 445          (352) 392-3155
po box 100486 gainesville fl  32610-0486
Home   u of f box 100846 gvn fl fl  32611

John G Gums
Information current as of: 09/28/1999
professor     pharmacy practice,uf
Campus    j486 jhmhc       (352) 392-4541
po box 100486 gainesville fl  32610-0486
Home   3626 nw 23rd pl gainesville  fl 32605-2666
(352) 335-1124   Email

Siegfried O Schmidt
Information current as of: 01/27/1900
clin ast prof   community hlth & fam med,uf
Campus    w oak clnic     (352) 376-5071
po box 103588 gainesville fl  32610-3588
Home   8120 sw 36th ave   gainesville fl 32608-3629

Rich Murray, MA    Room For All
1943 Otowi Road, Santa Fe  NM  USA  87505   505-986-9103

M.I.T. (physics and history, BA, 1964), Boston U. Graduate School (psychology, MA, 1967): As a concerned layman, I want to clarify the aspartame toxicity debate.
long 40K summary

Excellent 5-page review by H.J. Roberts in "Townsend Letter",
Jan 2000,  "Aspartame (NutraSweet) Addiction"
H.J. Roberts, M.D.
Sunshine Sentinel Press 6708 Pamela Lane West Palm Beach, FL 33405
800-814-9800 561-588-7628 561-547-8008 fax
1038 page text   "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic"
published May 30  2001    $ 85.00 postpaid    data from 1200 cases    34 chapters


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