The report is the opinion of Dr. Mercola and there is a disclaimer. We all are entitled to our opinion and I am sure he has done his homework.
My husband and I have used every sweetener on the market for 50 years or more - starting with saccharin. Now he uses Equal, I use Splenda - tried Stevia - too bitter. Anyway, we have not had any adverse affects we can claim to be from any of the sweeteners. No obvious side effects. I know that Equal and Splenda helped me lose 70 lbs. a few years ago. I feel the bottom line to be anything you can tolerate in moderation - we are all different. Natural is better but some of us (like me ) can't tolerate natural, raw or organic.
As I have said before I have taken IModium probably since it came out - at least 30 years for IBS "D" - however, it is no substitute for the UC medications to heal the colon. Just that some of us need to out and about - not in bed waiting for the next pain, cramp or BM. Those who need to be at work, etc. while taking other medications - need Imodium or similar. I want to heal up but it has been since May, probiotics work great - nothing else does - can't take mesalamine, sensitive to other medications and will NOT take steroids.
Going tomorrow to talk once again to the NP (who confers with my doc) - it is frustrating and I have to take the Imodium which works for me for cramping, etc. when away from home. Just be sure you ask your doc. Mine agrees.
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Close to remission -spoke too soon!