I think the most over-used word associated with "IBS" has got to be the word stress. When I'm under extreme stress..I know it!! I'm also aware that my "IBS" symtoms will definitely be worst. Since I've been having such positive results with alternative medicine, I've noticed I have a much greater stress-thresh-hold than I've ever had before. For years I spent so much energy,time on learning new stress reductions, from bio-feedback to all different types of meditations. While there was some positive aspects of this, it doesn't compare at all to the relief I've found being very pro-active with supplements & dietary changes. I think so many of us are convinced that stress is this "HUGE" factor because the first thing out of the Drs. mouth is usually that, & than when we do experience a stressful event & experience some sort of pain..we start thinking "boy my Dr. must be right" For anyone I've ever spoken with that no longer has "IBS" & I asked them if they changed there life-style, The answer is always the same NO!!!There life-style the same, they still have plenty of stress, but just NO Symtoms!!!It just goes back to finding the root-cause of your "IBS" Find the root-cause, get well & you will look at the word stress in a entirely different lite.