Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Support Group

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common intestinal disorder that is characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramping, and constipation. Typically no abnormalities appear during standard medical testing, and so irritable bowel syndrome is identified by the symptoms. Although irritable bowel syndrome can cause serious discomfort, the intestines are not harmed.

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Hello all,

This is no JOKE ok, I am sending this as I know lots of people that have IBS are on diets and use sugar supplements. Don't take anything with ASPARTAME in it, read below, or go to the sitejust type the word in the Google box, and read it's scary for sure.

Aspartame and PKU
This sugar substitute, sold commercially as Equal and NutraSweet, was hailed as the savior for dieters who for decades had put up with saccharine's unpleasant after taste. There are quite a few problems with aspartame. The first is phenylketonuria (PKU). One out of 20,000 babies is born without the ability to metabolize phenylalanine, one of the two amino acids in aspartame. Toxic levels of this substance in the blood can result in mental retardation. Beyond PKU, several scientists believe that aspartame might cause altered brain function and behavior changes in consumers. And many people have reported the following side effects from aspartame:

Fibromyalgia Syndrome and symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Multiple Sclerosis symptoms
Menstrual problems

God Bless



i have avoided aspartame and sorbitol other artificial sweetners for about 5 years now and when i have a lapse now i really notice the dif - becareful they are in such alot of things

Good subject, Martin. I have had problems with it and avoid it at all costs. I read the labels on everything and if it is in there, I avoid it like the plague.

Martin, this is a very informative posting. About 10 years ago my husband being a diabetic, began having very bloody bowel movements. After many tests, the end result was an allergic reaction to aspertame. I get a really bad stomach from it also. I now use sucrolose which is a generic brand in the supermarket. For me, there is no reaction at bad taste, no stomach issues. Can't beat that. I am a borderline diabetic and can't take metformin because it makes my IBS act up. Thanks!

You're all very welcome.
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