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Did You Know that Many Celebrities Suffer from IBS?

Updated on July 18, 2016

You Are Not Alone - Irritable Bowel Syndrome Does Not Discriminate!

When you're feeling depressed, remember that you are only one of millions of people around the globe suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. Some very big celebrities, including world leaders, have to deal with this perplexing condition.

(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann

On your worst IBS days, console yourself with the knowledge that irritable bowel syndrome can strike anyone, famous or infamous. Here are a few people who share your plight.

Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten starred next to Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. She also played Peter Parker's girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, in three Spider-Man movies.

Tyra Banks
Tyra has appeared in TV productions such as America's Next Top Model and her own television show. In 1994, she was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine.

Camille Donatacci (Grammer)
Camille, a former Playboy bunny, is Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife. Due to the extent of her disease, she had two children via surrogate. She is currently one of the stars in the television series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Cybill Shepherd
Cybill debuted as a film star in The Last Picture Show and starred with Bruce Willis in the TV series, Moonlighting. Her career as a producer, writer, and actress continues, and she has appeared in several recent television productions.

Jenny McCarthy
Jenny started her public career as Playboy's Playmate of the year in 1993. She acted in various TV series, including her own sitcom, Jenny. She starred as Courtney on Two and a Half Men and hosts Love in the Wild.

Cher, formerly of Sonny and Cher, began her career as a singer. Over the years, she proved her acting talents in various movies, and picked up an Oscar for Best Actress in Moonstruck. Her last live tour as a singer was in 2005.

Fran Drescher
Who can forget the strident voice of Franny! Drescher, who developed the plot line for The Nanny, also played the leading role. She has appeared in several films and TV series. As a cancer survivor, she is an inspiration to women everywhere.

Lynda Carter's mother
Lynda, best known as Wonder Woman, now fights the villain known as IBS. She currently speaks on behalf of her mother and a "Talk IBS" awareness campaign. Unfortunately, her mother was told everything from, "It's all in your head" to, "You have diverticulitis."

Grammy-nominated rapper, Cam'Ron, is so fed up with IBS that he even wrote a song about it. His first album, Confessions of Fire, was released in 1998. He has also appeared in various television series and feature movies.

Chyler Leigh
Chyler may be best known to you as Dr. Lexie Grey of Grey's Anatomy. She appeared in several TV pilots at the tender age of 16, but even before that, was co-host of Hall Pass and played Cindy in the movie, Kickboxing Academy.

Franklin Gutierrez
Gutierrez is well known to baseball fans as a Major League Baseball center fielder for the Seattle Mariners. Regarded as one of the game's best defensive outfielders, in 2010 he was awarded a Golden Glove for outfielder.

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain started the grunge band, Nirvana, in 1988. In 1993, the band released In Utero, a highly acclaimed album. Unable to handle the pressures of disease, heroin use, and public life, he tragically committed suicide in 1994.

Elizabeth Taylor
Liz is perhaps best known to the older generation as Velvet Brown from the television series, National Velvet. She went on to become a Hollywood icon with several films, TV series (and marriages) listed in her biography.

Sigmund Freud
A highly controversial person, Freud was an Austrian neurologist who is credited with being the founding father of psychoanalysis. His theories, ideas, and techniques are still followed in modern times. (Think id, ego, and super-ego.)

President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, the 35th US president, was assassinated on November 22, 1963. He was diagnosed with multiple ailments including ulcers, colitis, spastic colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and food allergies. Somehow, he still managed to lead the country.

Adolf Hitler
Perhaps the most infamous villain of modern history, the F├╝hrer found relief for his eczema and irritable bowel syndrome when he used probiotics. Researchers also report that he may have suffered from Parkinson's disease.

When it seems like life has handed you a giant lemon and you feel unable to cope, think of the people who have achieved fame (or infamy). You might wish IBS on someone like Hitler, but it is possible to overcome your condition and do great things like some of the above celebrities - in spite of irritable bowel syndrome.

Be sure to read Kathy's latest books:

The IBS Compass: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tips, Information, Fiber Charts, and Recipes. Navigate through the latest remedies and advice for IBS sufferers.

IBS-IBD Fiber Charts: Soluble & Insoluble Fibre Data for over 450 Items, Including Links to Internet Resources. Track your fiber consumption 24 hours a day, no matter where you might be.



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      Kathy Steinemann 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      If it's IBS and not some other medical condition, it doesn't have to increase your grocery bill. You need to be aware of what you're eating, how it affects you, and then adjust your diet accordingly. Lifestyle changes help as well. Self-hypnosis works for many people. My book, "The IBS Compass" has a link to a free self-hypnosis script.

      In any case, it's encouraging to know that IBS doesn't discriminate. It's an equal-opportunity malady.

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      alison 3 years ago

      only celebrity's have the money and get help with the right diets ect

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      Sweetsimple16 5 years ago from United kingdom, London

      a great hub about ibs.i have suffered from that since childhood and what.never knew celeb suffer from ibs too. apart from hitler his no celeb his an evil mastermind grr.anyhow great hub

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      Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

      Interesting to know, i never thought much about this topic. But it is nice to know you don't have to let an illness or something like IBS get you down, that you can suceed and overcome. Voted up.

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      Kathy Steinemann 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thanks, CyberShelley.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this read, glad to know Hitler was hit with sick stick! ha ha. Voted up, interesting and useful.