The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Digestive Health Practitioners: an idea to stop the merry-go-round of IBS?

‘I don’t think my doctor understands IBS. The pills, he has prescribed, never seem to work and make some symptoms worse. He has referred me to a gastroenterologist, who lost … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

April is IBS Awareness Month

…… and The IBS Network are marking it with their 2nd National Conference on IBS. Since I retired from my role as Chair of the charity in December, 2015, I … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Is there an IBS Personality?

What happens in a persons life can make them ill, but while some seem to get ill at the slightest provocation; others cope with the most catastrophic events without any … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Is the uncertainty of modern life causing more IBS?

It is late Saturday afternoon, the setting sun is shining across the loch and a fire is glowing in the grate. It feels very peaceful. We have stopped over at … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

How do we deal with what happens?

How do we deal with experience?  The quick answer is: we process it in association with previous experiences or thoughts and store it in our database of memories, where it … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Gut Feelings: Does both consciousness and emotion come from our gut?

For many years, it was thought that consciousness resided in the most recent part of the brain, the cerebral cortex, while everything below that in the brain stem was unconscious … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Psychobiotic Revolution: an inspiration for discovery.

Whenever a new book claims a new health revolution, I must admit I am a little sceptical. Nevertheless, the notion that the bugs in our intestines can influence our gut … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

‘To boldly go where no man has gone before.’ Exploring the gas clouds of inner space with the IBS voyager.

Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 American science fiction film, starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasance as the crew of the submarine/spaceship, Proteus, that is able to shrink to … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

IBS: is it a case of too much medicine?

50 years ago, we hadn’t heard of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. That’s not to say it didn’t exist. Unexplained illnesses affecting the bowels had been known every since the beginning … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 3 Comments

Faecal Microbial Transplant for IBS: is the future orange, brown or colourless?

Who would have thought it? How could anybody seriously suggest treating IBS with an inoculum of somebody else’s faeces? As a society, we are so aversive to the whole idea … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · 3 Comments

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