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Now, while I know that there are different types of IBS, and that everyone is different, I would like this thread to be a place where we can brainstorm to compile actual CONCRETE SOLUTIONS to solve our UNDERLYING PROBLEMS, NOT our symptons (or pain management, antispasmodics, etc.)As an IBS sufferer, I do not believe that the best course of action is for us all to sit by and waste our lives away wondering how fabulous our life would be if we didn't have to live in constant fear of our symptoms flaring up. I believe that if we all work together researching concrete solutions, we can approach ever closer to ridding THOUSANDS of their IBS. PERMANENTLY.Note that this is here for ALL suggestions. I don't care how radical the idea is, I simply want this to be a place to brainstorm.I'll start out with a couple of things:-Habba Syndrome: Apparently 1/7 of those with IBS actually have Habba Syndrome. It is a condition where the gallbladder produces excess bile and causes unwanted diarrhea. A simple 1-hr test and bile-soaking pill can apparently cure it.-Probiotics: I have heard MANY good things about probiotics; however, it seems that you have to KEEP taking them for them to have an effect.
 

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Every dietary supplement anyone takes is an ongoing project with IBS. I haven't heard of one that people took for a month or two then never took again. They may get relief for decades on end...as long as they keep taking whatever worked for them. I don't know why probiotics are bad for being just like every other thing you buy in the health food store for IBS. :(No one's colon flora is completely immutable, although some bacteria come and go more than others. Probiotics tend to be short term residents so need periodic reseeding to keep the population up.I think one of the reasons they often find IBSers are low in probiotics is that they are one of the bacteria populations where it is easy for them to decrease.After awhile I didn't have to take them every single day to maintain the population, but when my fart frequency goes up I take them for a couple of weeks until it settles back down, and then it may be weeks before I need to do that again.
 

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I too believe that most cases of "IBS" might have more specific causes - or at least factors.I'll add another to the list - rectal prolapse, specifically rectal intussusception, as a potential cause of a proportion of constipation predominant IBSThere is also non relaxing puborectalis muscle/anismus, though I have read of much conflicting evidence as to how specific a problem this is.
 

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I beat my "IBS" by getting inside my head. My gut issues were being caused by head issues.When it was first proposed to me I thought it was ridiculous. How could a toilet bowl mess not be caused by GUT problems; how could it possibly extend beyond that?Thankfully, it became a cure for me, and there is that posssibility, that it may help some others.Jackmat
 

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My "IBS" was different to most peoples here, Naomi. It was called IBS because no specific problem could be found.I had developed an intolerance to certain foods and the list of "poison" foods grew every week until I could eat only boiled white rice, boiled green vegies and boiled chicken.My symptoms were extreme food intolerance, nausea, bloating, feeling weak, loose motions, (or difficult to excrete toothpaste-like stools), rectal pressure, couldn't break wind, extreme cold sensitivity, And I lost a heap of weight - which is not typical IBS.I got well when I became aware that my mind had created this problem. I managed to talk and laugh myself out of it and in so doing was addressing the cause, rather than the symptoms. It seems that the mind-gut connection, for me, was still intact, but the mind-gut connection of regular IBS'ers is severely disrupted.But I am optimistic that some of the forumites here can improve, or restore that vital connection.Jackmat
 

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Note: This post has been edited by the Mod. team. Some information has been removed.this is what i did and believe works besthttp://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=112669http://www.biblelife.org/fiber.htmhttp://www.biblelife.org/bowel.htmhttp://www.westonaprice.org/also don't eat ANY soy. soy is an abominationhttp://www.westonaprice.org/Cruel-and-Unus...-Prisoners.htmlhttp://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/soy does a wide range of horrible abominations to people. horrible birth defects for the babys of pregnant mothers who eat lots of soy. also don't eat any soy lethicin either and if a food item on the ingredients says lethicin i would avoid that too because chances are its soy lethicinits possible that ancient japanees methods to 100% properly ferment soy may make it safe to eat but understand this basically NO ONE makes soy like that anymore it is all posion now. so absolutely NO amount of soy is safe to eat.also i don't eat tomatos anymore it turns out they cause a few little stomach problems for me xD but i wonder if a tomato thats 100% organic would be ok to eat? also know that in western society if a food item says organic it can still have up to 30% GMO in it.... so its gotta say 100% organic to be organic
 

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Note: This post has been edited by the Mod. team. Some information has been removed. Here some info about some soy misconceptions from a different perspective:(I am NOT in anyway promoting this person's diet plan or products. I found his article on some of the misconceptions about soy to be informative and balanced.)http://www.foodrevolution.org/what_about_soy.htm
 
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