To all,(If this helps even one of you, I’m happy. Let me know and let others know. Write me back.)Well, I’ve been diagnosed with IBS. Three times, by three different doctors.Had the usual “don’t eat fatty or spicy foods. Cut down on red meat. Eat more fibre. Don’t drink alcohol” spiel. (Is there anything I can have with that toothpick and glass of water, Doc?) Had the tube shoved up my butt (big hint, get them to give you local, because otherwise, it REALLY hurts.) to check for cancer, too. Nothing.If you want to skip the story, go to the end for the punchline. Write and tell me how it works out for you. I’m really curious if I haven’t found something that cures what had been, which may or may not be, “IBS”.I had all the symtoms: Bloating, diarrehea, constipation, sore stomach, blood in my dump, fear-of-the-fart!, ripped up rear-end from straining, middle of the night gas attacks/emergency trips to the john, plus all the previous, mixed up, with no trigger. Everything did it to me. And nothing did it to me. Then it would settle down for a few days, and then it would all come back. I found this all rather interesting since my IBS just came on suddenly, and of course, didn’t go away. Spicy foods certainly aggravated it, but why now? I had spent the better part of a year down in the SW deserts, swilling cheap gin and beer, whilst downing literally a large bottle of jalapeno peppers every 4-6 weeks on fajitas and other assorted tex-mex foods I whipped up out there. My stomach didn’t so much as hiccup. At one point, during one episode a few years ago, the gas and bloating (I didn’t know it then.) was so bad I felt like I was having a heart attack. I actually went to the hospital. I was only 39 and I’m gonna die!!“Oh... That’s IBS!...”Sound familiar?I don’t think there is such a thing as “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” I’m a carpenter by trade, and when a door isn’t hanging right, it’s because of something, plumb, level or square, that’s not right. In fact, whenever something’s not right in my trade, it’s ALWAYS a basic diagnosis. You just don’t get such virulent symptoms for NO reason.There’s NO test for IBS? Translated, we haven’t found anything that we looked for... WELL MAYBE YOU’RE LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE OR NOT LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT THING! Duh-uh!?I had doctors swearing up and down, “You’ve got IBS!”And let’s just get something straight. I’ve read through a bunch of forums. Yoga ain’t gonna do a thing. And the probiotics thing? Nope. Tried that. (Some people say they’ve had some success, but that’s okay, as you read the end of this, you’ll understand why.) And yogurt, didn’t work either. Some of this will alleviate symptoms and will definitely help, but only a CURE is a CURE. The range of the symptom alleviation treatments shows how desparate we all are and just how out to lunch the diagnosis is from our medical community. But hey, if it does help, keep doing it.So how did I CURE it in 2 days? And I’m not talking reduced symptoms, that only casually flare every once in a while. I’m talking C-U-R-E-D.Simple: Good ol’ Doctor Fowler’s Wild Strawberry Extract, available North America wide, in any drug store. It’s what my mother and her mother and your mother’s used, too. I had 2 months of this BS, (and that ain’t short for Bowel Syndrome!) and I was going to be damned if I was going to put up with this all my life. I was really starting to worry, as it would be affecting my ability to work: You can’t be running off every hour because you think you’ve got #### on a job site. So’s I thoughts to myself: “Self! You’ve got the wicked runs and bloating and et cetera? What cured that in the past? Doctor Fowlers.” I don't know why I hadn't taken it before. Just a brain-cramp I guess.Nothing like “activated attipulgite” otherwise known as magnesium aluminum silcate. (The original Doctor Fowlers was a thin liquid made from a strawberry extract which was discontinued years ago, because the supplier stopped making it, although I have seen off-brand of similar stuff. I know this, because when they changed the formula, my father wrote them, because he has occasional stomach problems and our family swore by the stuff!)Do the math and logic on this people: For those of you wandering around in the diagnosis woods with symptoms that just don’t make sense, reeling from bloating and diarrhea to constipation, with no real triggers? I read the forums and everyone’s complaints are different. It’s a bacteria!! Montezuma’s Revenge. A cold is a cold is a cold. You don’t get this many people, with this many variences in symptoms, without something else going on in their stomach. It’s not your stomach, it’s what is affecting it! My thought is that there are a lot of food-born illness out there that are chronically underdiagnosed, that establish a bacterialogical foothold in the gut and are a real problem to get rid of and certainly when it’s not diagnosed properly. (That’s why “probiotics” seem to work, too. They change the flora.) And as for the odd triggers and such, you get a build up of symptoms as the bacteria flourish, then are flushed out, symptoms decline, you feel better and then it repeats as the colonizing grows back. You stomach is trying to cope, going from diarrhea due to the bacteria which it tries to stop by causing a constipation reaction, and so on...How does Doctor Fowlers’ cure this? I don’t know. I don’t care. But it made my problems go away. 2 to 3 days later, the symptoms were GONE. I can’t tell you what a great feeling it is to have a nice, solid, painless, dump!! Others may laugh, but WE know what a relief, what a pleasure, a nice. solid ####, is to the psyche and well-being of us all. To those who haven’t experienced the opposite, and for months, they just don’t know!And I’ve been IBS free from that day on. I don’t drink the water at the cottage and I javax it heavily, just in case some gets into me. I eat halapenos, hot spicy foods, hot sauces, you name. And guzzle booze like it’s going out of style! Yippi! I’m cured.Sure, sure, I know a lot of you have some real issues, like Cron’s disease and such. (I know a woman who left a rotten marriage and her Cron’s disappeared in a month.) And there’s probably something to IBS, with perhaps other components that do aggravate it like mental state, but it isn’t the catch-all disease that it’s made out to be by others. Look at all of you, the variety of symptoms, allergies, things that make you go off, with this “disease”. There’s got to be a common thread. Otherwise, IBS is just a BS term for a catch-all general set of symptoms that those great doctors have no idea of, or in my opinion, how to approach the problem. (And note, as a carpenter, I see the screwups everyday in a large organization, and when I asked my mother who had E. Coli infection from a hospital operation, “Doctors bury there mistakes...”Back in the 80’s, a girl I knew came back from Mexico with the same symptoms as I, as IBS is now, and sure enough, her doctor couldn’t fix it. I recommended the ol’ DF! And 3 days later, she was fixed.My third bout of IBS started the last week of November ‘07. One week later, I was a wreck. My friends watched my stomach go from washboard (Okay, okay maybe not a washboard ab...) to something that looked like the alien was going to pop out, in the space of 1 hour, after a meal of... Turkey soup?!? Yeah. Even plain old turkey soup did it to me.Here’s the insight: I have a cottage that the water is supplied by a rain-barrel catch-system. The rain runs off the roof, where all the birds sit and #### on it, then the water sits in the barrel up on the hot roof and ferments. I’d used Javex on it, but it was the end of the year, we’d had a lot of rain, and I didn’t think, so guess who had a drink of it the last time he was up in late November of ‘07?And a few years before that? Probably the same thing as I remember the summer I started adding Javex to the barrels after I figured I got something from the water which wasn’t quite so bad as it was the this last time. Probably without thinking, chugged a good mouthful of DF and fixed it then, too.A couple of years after that, I drank out of a hose at work on a construction site and looking back on it, the same thing happened.See what I mean? How often are you people drinking or eating something that may be just a little bit off? Put your hand in a bit of water on a railing at a restaurant outside, that has bird do-do on it and the next thing you know you’ve got Beaver Fever or something similar. Look it up. The symptoms are eerily similar to IBS. Same with Montezuma’s Revenge and a whole host of water/food born ailments.In fact, I was just reading an article on dissentry. You know, what everyone got in World War 1 from bad water? Read about the symptoms... Hmmm.....So, before you people condemn yourselves to a life of IBS, with strange diets and new-age remedies, try this solution as it’s a cheap, quick test. Get a bottle and chug’er down.I think these doctors are full of it. Any stomach issue now that they’re too lazy to do some work on, is pigeon-holed into the ”You’ve got IBS!“ diagnosis. My 2 cents.Hope it works. Good luck. Had to share. Hope you had a laugh, too.Doug. Let me know. Spread the word. And my gut feeling on ”real“ IBS? These amazing doctors are just now, according to an article my mom clipped, starting to analyze the flora and fauna of the gut. Are you @#$%ing kidding? You mean you didn’t do that already? Logic points to a trigger, and it’s going to be bacteriological. Mark my words. Punchline: Go out and buy Dr. Fowler’s Wild Strawberry and drink the whole thing over a period of 3-4 days.Below is a ruff diary of the winter of my discontent. Pretty much the same from the end of November to the when I started it, because it wasn’t going away. I was starting to panic and getting desparate as the idea of having this for the REST OF MY LIFE was becoming and intollerable concept. You can read the symptom base. Looks like yours, eh?---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Nothing seems to trigger the symptoms, they just occur.Jan 6Felt fine all day. Snacked on coffee and two pieces of toast w/pbutter and honey. Had leftover deep fried chicken legs w/ blue cheese sauce at 11:30 AM. Felt fine. Had nice firm ####.Came home at 5 and bum was doing the contraction thing, like maybe I had to poop?Had bad bloody poop. Small ####. About 7 am. Soft and mushy.Ate and immediately bloated up. Ate homemade soup (beef, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions. in tamarind base. with 4 slices of bread.Not burpy gas but farty feeling and couldn't. Huge stomach., distended.Had runny watery diarrhea at 7:45Back-story.Spent week at Cameron's. Had greasy chicken one night, beers, felt fine. Next day, eggs and toast and bloated all day.then turkey soup next day and was fine.Jan. 7Ate 2 pieces of toast with PB & Honey & cinnamon felt fine.Supper, chips, sour cream, soup (tamarind) got real gassy. Ass hurt from last night.Soon as soup hit the stomach, felt it start to bloat.Ate large helping of yogurt before bed.Jan 8Had decent ####. Still crapping black? Ate large helping of yogurt for breakfast. Didn't feel hungry and skipped rest of day. Felt good to be empty and not bloated.Ate some corn chips and salsa for supper. Felt okay. Had 1 1/2 burger with Kraft Dinner. Felt GREAT! Full but not bloated. Had #### later. Felt fine. Best I''ve felt in weeks!>???????sunday.Jan 11 SundayWoke up feeling tired.Had gassy, poop feeling all day.Ate enchiladas for lunch. Pooped a few times. Big airy fart/poops. And my bum started to hurt into the evening. Badly. Like I had been really pushing. I hadn't been. Ate a burger for supper.By the time evening rolled around, couldn't sleep bum hurt so much. Red hot pain right on the ######, like a knife was starting to go up it.Had to take tylenol for it. If I wiped with water, it was fine for a little while then the pain returned.Jan 12. Monday.Toast and coffee. Fine. Fine. Ate 2 pieces of toast and 1 burger by lunch. Felt good when I got up. Felt bloated and kind of queasy. Didn't want to work out. Did.Ate a fried steak with potatoes w/ ginger and Turmeric.Felt great after supper.Jan 13-TuesdayCoffee. 2 toast. FineEnchiladas-hot peppers fried beef/onion/greenpeppers.No bloating.Jan 14. WednesdayCoffee. Then leftover enchiladas for lunch. Fine. No problemsSteak and potatoes for supper. Fine. No bloating.Jan. 17-Saturday.Ate a mccains pizza. Felt bloated immediately.Did not feel well, bloating, poops not good. No diarrhea.This continued, but got better each day.Jan 20Ate same pizza again test theory. Nothing happened this time. Also ate garlic sausage. Very garlicky. But no real reaction. Still felt as bad as I did day before which wasn't that bad. No diarrhea and poop’s okay. Little acidic on bum but that's it.Jan 31 SaturdayAss was so sore Saturday night and Sunday needed 2x ibuprofen and acetaminophen to relax the pain. Huge blood in toilet.Tuesday, February 3, 2009 1:14 PMLast week stomach has been awful. Ripped up bum, bleeding, bloating. No relationship. Drank water and bloated. Woke up today and felt good then energy level just died.Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:03 AMDrank a bottle of Dr. Fowler’s Wild Strawberry over past week (adding this late).By the 21 my stomach was fine. Just before the job about 2 - 3 days. 3,4,5, it just got better. Still eating same hot foods and such. No link or trigger.