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March 2001 Issue

Dietary Help for Common Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Q. I have irritable bowel syndrome; what dietary remedies might help? A. There are many to try, though not all will help everyone. Certainly, you are not alone. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most frequently diagnosed digestive disorder in the U.S. It is characterized by abdominal pain, cramps, bloating and diarrhea alternating with constipation. Women are two to three times as likely to have the condition as men. Many other disorders mimic

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