Now that I 've had my colonoscopy and the doctor can find "nothing wrong," I realize how much on my own I am with a pretty bad case of IBS-C & D (with major bloating as one predominant symptom). I sort of think that my last hope for any significant relief might be diet--that is the one frontier I've yet to attempt to cross. So, I've discovered two very contradictory diets that claim to help: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet developed by Elaine Gottschall and the Eating For IBS Diet by Heather I Can't Remember Her Last Name. I've seen posts by people who swear by Heather's diet but none by anybody who's tried the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I know that this diet was originally devised for people with IBD, but when you read the book, it does mention that people with "spastic colon" (that's us, right?) have been "cured" by following it. It's very confusing because the two diets seem very opposite from one another: one encourages lots of carbohydrates (in the form of soluable fiber) and the other forbids most of them. Could anyone shed more light on the subject of these two opposing points of view? I realize this may be a tired subject, but I'm new here and would be very grateful if you all would "chew" it over again for me. Thanks.