I want to open dialogue on the notion of working towards a protocol that helps us better discover and eliminate the causative factors that contribute to our problems. Immodium, peptoB, calcium, and almost all the other 'remedies' discussed in this forum do little or nothing to help us discover and understand the underlying causes for our condition. I refuse to accept that there are not specific causes. It's fascinating for example that many of us first began our symptoms after a bout of food poisoning, a foreign trip, or some other parasitic, bacterial or fungal impact on our digestive systems. This cannot be insignificant and of course leads one to supsect that whatever caused the initial bout of digestive disorder (whether it be a specific pathogen or an imbalance) is still present in our system. I am also fascinated by the role that the liver plays in our equation of chronic symptoms and of course stress factors. I have been reading the information at wellatlast.com recently and find his discussions of the complex chemical functions of the liver to be eye opening. We certainly ask it to do a lot and I wonder how much we take care of it along the way.What I do understand is that western medical practice has not found any definitive causes and has no treatments except to lessen the symptoms - many of which ultimately only add to the problem over time. My theory is that nature gives us the cure for everything on the planet if we can discover it. I think that each of us can find a cure if we begin to first at least look at causative factors within our unique experiences.