Hello to all! I'm a new member, have been a fascinated lurker for many weeks, b/c I have the same problems that many of you describe. Mainly unconsciously passed gas and *terrible* odor when I go to the bathroom. I was laughing when I read the thread about bathroom strategies, because over the years I have learned *never* to go to a crowded bathroom!Anyway, I was surfing the net last night and learned some things I wanted to run by the people here. Several sites I visited suggest that foul odor comes from certain kinds of bacterial overgrowth in the colon, which in turn can happen b/c of inadequate stomach acid. Stomach acid is supposed to digest food, but if you don't have enough acid the bacteria digest your food for you, and the result is smelly. My mother was diagnosed with low stomach acid when she was young and had to take supplements for years. I wonder if this might be the cause of part of my GI problems? Has anyone else has their stomach acid tested?Thanks for your input.