hello everybody. well after 6 plus years I have found what helps and what hurts my "IBS". and starchy grains definitatly give me bad IBS attacks. Stress also does but alot of people will react poorly under stress. salads seem to help as does aloe vera juice. Is IBS a nervous condition of the second mind? Who knows? I tried adding honey to my diet and suffered bad IBS attacks and anixity attacks at the same time. Its difficult for me to put much faith in the medical community when it comes to IBS. its like the 5 blind men descibing an Elephant. For instance I just had back surgery and was told by the Anthesitologist that I looked remarkable calm and therefore was allowed into the operating room and allowed to ask questions and look around etc until the actual procedure. No pre-medication. So I got more anixty from honey than from back surgery. therefore it maybe be the secound brain in the gut thats nervous and it spills over to general concessness under extreme conditions of digestive stress. another example of the 5 blind men. my 18 month old son has chronic loose yellow stools and I was told he inhertited my IBS. Well I tried Probiotics on him and he seems to be fine. So far so good and I will introduce milk again soon. If this works that doctor will be fired. Doctors like to give answers, thats what they are payed for. IBS is an coveint answer. It puts the burden on the patient and takes the responsibilty off the doctors. I don't object to that as much as IBS used as a frivolus answer before rigourous testing is done. And as far as IBS is in the head, well I beleive it maybe in the secound brain of the intestine. therefore the digestion is compromised and only certain foods can be tolerated. This is just one of my many guesses for IBS and if I were to list them all this would be a very tediuos post. BTW my surgery was sucessful so far. Keeping fingers crossed. it was a microdiskectomy. L5 S1try a elimination diet. many of my friends go on a Atkins diet to lose weight and comment on how this helps with acid stomach, and general reduction of gas. They don't have IBS. Now at least I have people I can go out to lunch with. although I don't avoid simple sugars except to keep my weight under control. Around them I do though. Its no fun being on a diet for life and others are eating forbiden foods and telling you how much you are missing.