Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, affects 35 million Americans. The discovery of IBS occurred in 1950 and was first published in the Rocky Mountain Medical Journal. It is the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorder affecting the colon. Approximately one in six Americans display symptoms of IBS, the causes of which are largely unknown. The source for some patients has been identified as an intestinal infection; the risk of developing IBS increases 600 percent after an acute gastrointestinal infection.
Stress and anger can trigger colon spasms in sufferers of IBS. Wrote one medical site regarding the condition:
“Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle, and stress. Others will need medication.”