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Hi all, I just wandered over from Parkview and didn't see anything about this product. I have been on it for almost two weeks and it seems to be working well for my IBS D. I started with one capsule am & pm and started getting a little D again so upped it to two. I STILL get a little D about every two - three days, but it's minimal and not an emergency. I had to get it directly from the company (Sharman) but they are supposed to start selling it at GNC. Anyone else tried it? I'm be interested in you results.Carlene
 
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Hi Carlene,Glad you joined the BB - I was kinda annoyed that the parkview board ended when it did, because the NSF discussion seemed to be heating up again (not to mention I had finally reached Senior Member status there..haha). As for the NSF, I'm on day 2, and I really can't say so far it has helped alot.I'm taking 2 in the morning and 2 at night.Now, I seem to remember you saying it took 4 days to kick in for you...I'm definately gonna stick with it until week's end.Carlene - I think you answered this for me before, but are you D-free now? How's the diet? (e.g. have you been restricting your diet at all in addition to NSF?).Please cross your fingers for me; I'm really starting to get down again.RopesEnd
 
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Wanted to share a few things on the Normal Stool Formula; see: www.shamanbotanicals.com or www.diarhheasolutions.com As Carlene mentioned they are to be selling their product in GNC stores soon...which in itself doesn't lend it any credibility but will certainly make it easier to get for those it works for.Now a question...Shaman Botanicals talks about a product offshoot of their Normal Stool Formula (NSF)...they refer to it as NSF-IB; which is supposedly for people with Irritable Bowel syndrome, yet I couldn't find anything on the website that explained what makes this formula *especially* for IBS, nor what is different in the ingredients from their regular NSF.As I mentioned above, we had a nice string going on in Parkview about this, and I hope it picks up again as I'm trying this stuff out...so far Im not overwhelmed...but I'm forever a cynic.RopesEnd
 
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Hi Rope! As far as I'm concerned I'm D free. Once in a while I'll have to go and it's D, but nothing like running to the bathroom several times a day like I used to. I've been on the Atkins diet and that seems to help too - low carbs, lots of water. I've been adding back some veggies and fruit and so far (two weeks on NSF)so good. I even have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning! As to GNC carrying it, don't hold your breath. I was shopping with an IBS friend today (always good - we know where all the bathrooms are!) and I told her about NSF. We stopped in a GNC and asked about it. The clerk said it would take two to three months before they start carrying it! I was disappointed because it's not cheap and I certainly didn't want to have to keep paying shipping charges. Hope this helps,Carlene
 
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Hi Carlene...I need your advice! This is my third day on NSF, and it doesn't seem to be helping at all! My D is as bad as ever (except maybe some of the urgency has decreased)...I'm really tempted to take some Imodium and end this, but I want to give NSF a fair chance to work. When you started taking it, did you see at least gradual improvement from day 1 until it completely kicked in for you? Again, I really don't see any improvement at all...the only observation I can make is that my D is spread more throughout the day than before
I'm taking 4 right now (2 morning/2 night), and wondering if I should try uping the dose to 6 or 8...yet it would seem to me that it should be *somewhat* lessening my symptoms if it was simply a matter of not a high enough dose? I dunno...boy I'm frustrated.Ropes.
 
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Rope, I had to up my dose from 2 pills a day to four pills a day, like you before I saw any substantial affect. I'd say up your dosage to two in morning, two at lunch, two just before bedtime. We are all different when it comes to why we are IBS D but I've had success with the product, but only after tweaking it to fit my body. Good Luck! Ps, I saw results after I upped the dosage within 48 hours...but while I was shifting my dosages around, I didn't always see good results. As it is, I sometimes have to take 5 pills a day if I went off my diet and ate something I shouldn't have.It should also be noted that some Chemo patients, and AIDS patients take over 10 pills a day to combat their D caused by their medications...not happy to think about, but I hope you find something that workS!AquiliusBTW, I think NSF-IB is just going to be a marketing tool, with no real difference in product, but I don't really know for sure...just haven't seen a press release saying that they are changning it in anyway for us.
 
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Aquilius - thanks for the note.Unfortunately, I broke down yesterday and took immodium...it just didn't seem to be working. I kick myself for doing this, because I don't think I gave it long enough to work - but when you have D everyday, and have to go to work...you reach a breaking point, know what I mean?I did up my does to 6 pills on the last day I took it...but again, that's not to say I shouldn't have given it more time. I think I'm gonna wait awhile before I try it again, maybe wait until it's in GNC so that I can buy it more easily. Aquilius - could you let me know (for future reference) how long this stuff took for you to work? I know we're all different...but it helps to know if others don't get immediate results.Thanks again.
 
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Ropes-I took the product for about a week, with only one pill a day, before I decided that it wasn't really doing that much for me. I thought I could tell that SOMEthing was happening by the change in consistancy of my stool, but it was still a VERY wet stool, and so I upped the dosage to two pills a day. The next day, in the morning, I noticed an improvement, but that seemed to go away by night time. So after about four or five days, I decided to up the dosage to four pills a day. Within about 48 hours max, I definately noticed the difference. I've posted before on the parkview board, and maybe here, but I'll repeat it if not...I tend to have a huge amount of stool when I go, and the NSF hasn't really helped that out any (not really noticeably anyway), but what it does do for me is form the stools and cut WAY down on the amount of TP that I have to use, since my stools aren't as watery anymore, and the residual is a lot less. I've been tempted to bump my dosage to six pills a day to see if I can cut my stool amount down any, but I'm unsure why I have so much stool, and since it does seem to be formed now, and not just mushy, I don't want to mess with it. Maybe I will experiment, though...To sum up, I would say that once you hit the 'threshold' for the NSF within your body, you should see almost immediate results in your stool...I did, but again, only after I crossed that so important threshold.....Good Luck!
 
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Hi Rope - finally found time to get back on the net! I don't think there is any reason you can't take Immodium once in a while too. I think this disease is a day to day thing and our bodies are always different. I am still having good results with four pills a day but about a week ago we went to an all day function down by the ocean. Yes, there were bathrooms, but not too close so I took one immodium! Why take a chance, right? Next day I was back to the NSF and doing well. I'm going to try and cut back to two pills a day to see what happens - just because it does get expensive. I'll keep you posted!Carlene
 
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