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rfc
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a co-worker who has now been diagnosed with UC. He has had two very bad flares. He's only been diagnosed within a year and the only way to get any relief has been remicade infusions. I always try passing on info from this site as well as things that have helped me. I incourage the start of vsl#3 as well as to get on this site and see for himself that there are other people experiencing the same things! But one thing he and I were discussing this morning was artificial sweetners. It seems like I remember from some time ago people on this site saying they have problems with UC and A. sweetners. Would anyone care to share some experience so that I can pass it along to him. Thanks. It might convience him to join our site.
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ucwarrior
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
In my case: artificial sweeteners = imminent diarrhea and cramps
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pb4
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   Posted 12/30/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
sugar alcohols (anything ending in "tol", sorbitol, xylitol, malitol, ect) are the worst but they should all be avoided.

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bbc
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   Posted 12/30/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never been able to tolerate them even as a teen
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


WhiteSox1
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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had any problems with artificial sweetner.  Curious, why would it affect UC?
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Dr-A
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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Man made chemical product. Just bad for your health altogether imo.
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kops2da
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, my take and only my opinion and experience.  Artificial sweetners do not bother me - been using them for many of my 68 years - everything from saccharin, etc. in moderation.  I have no problems except with sorbitol and all those ending in "tol". 

I believe everyone is different and if you give them up and feel/do better - don't consume them!  I stopped Splenda for three weeks - saw no difference so went back to it in my coffee in mornings.

ElaineNY


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
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unclebubba
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I avoid sweets as a rule. Even before my UC. only have a few "sweet tooths". I drink unsweetened tea etc. not a big fan of cakes or pies. Occassional cookie or candy. Maybe. Cheesecake is my weekness and I restrict myself to a couple pieces a YEAR. LOL. ALthough If I'm going to have a pop, its normally diet ( maybe one a month ) and they are artificial sweetners and I see no difference the next day....
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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ucwarrior
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Artificial sweeteners may not have an immediate impact on one's body but damage is still being done. Aspartame, for example, turns into methanol when it hits the sm. intestine or heated above 86 degrees. If you put it in your hot tea you are drinking methanol.

What's wrong with a little methanol? It breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde.

What's wrong with a little formaldehyde? It accumulates in the body b/c it isn't excreted very quickly. Aspartame users are slowly embalming themselves.

Research suggests no more than 8 mgs of methanol should be consumed per day, yet one liter of diet soda has about 56 mgs.

This is just my opinion but I choose to pass on the fake sugars.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  


pb4
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   Posted 12/30/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, Canadian researchers found that eating just 1/2 a stick of Extra Gum brings on gas, bloating and D for many people so it can have an immediate (negative) effect.

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jujub
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a big sweet eater, but I've never had a problem with either sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Judy
 
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DesertDance
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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a very natural sweetener out there called Raw Organic Agave Nectar. It is good for diabetics because it is much sweeter than sugar so less is required. I buy mine from Henry's Market, but there are many websites that sell it. It is actually the sap from the agave plant and is a nice sugar substitute. No aftertaste. I have used it in my hot herb tea following flares with no noticeable effects.

Dr-A
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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I get the madhava agave nectar by the case off of amazon. Comes out to around 3.60 for 17 oz bottle that way.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
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princesa
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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Your friend may be interested in this article about the dangers of aspartame (Nutrasweet):

http://www.mercola.com/article/aspartame/dangers.htm

And an article about artificial sweeteners in general:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/05/31/artificial-sweeteners-part-three.aspx


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kops2da
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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Seems mostly "who" to believe or "what" to believe.  Who is this Dr.
Merola anyway?  My point being I am not sure after all these years that any artificial sweentener is good for me but I don't seem to have any obvious side affects except from sorbitol and the like that gives me diarrhea. So, I conclude I will be using some others in moderation - like everything else I consume.
As for "raw" or "organic" - no one has proved to me that this would be better.  Have known more than one person get really sick from "organicly" fertilized food!
ElaineNY
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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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