Great News Everyone! on April 13,2006 WNBC TV had a special on their news segment about IBS treatment at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. Basically the MD Discussed the fact that this is a BACTERIA!...Yes! BACTERIA! Everyone has this "Bacteria" in the normal person they are able to expel it....Those with IBS Symptoms: Stomachaches, pain, gas, belching, burping, bloating, crampy abdominal pain and diarrhea, Feels that the symptoms can be traced to intestines that don't move or work the way they're suppose to. if they move too slowly, bloating or constipation can arise, if they move too quickly, it can cause diarrhea.Since bacteria are the problem, an anitibiotic such as Rifamaxin may be the answer. this drug isn't absorbed by the body, but targets bacteria in the gut. minimizing side effects. A Study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that IBS patients given this antibiotic had significant easing of their symptoms. For the first time patients are coming in telling the Doctor they are cured after a course of antibiotics. People who were interviewed said that this drug has greatly improved their life.So I had to share this with everyone here...)Maybe the answer we are looking for. Please speak with your Doctor's about this.I personally have an appointment with this MD on Tuesday hopefully I will be a candidate for this medication....Please write me if you have any questions or check wnbc.com april 13,2006 Dr. Max Gomez's story on IBS.. Good Luck Everyone!