The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Could you run an IBS Self Help Group?

According to patient testimony, IBS is not well managed by the NHS.  Patients  complain that they are not listened to, treated as if they are a nuisance, discharged as soon as … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

In Hertfordshire, IBS hardly merits follow up.

Recently, Robin Whittaker, one of the members of The IBS Network, told us of a letter he wrote to the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  In it, he queried … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

Diarrhoea; the stress and meaning of it.

We have all experienced it; an important interview, the fear of being out of control, an unfair accusation, shocking news; they can all trigger an urge to evacuate our bowels.  … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

When fat intolerance becomes Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction.

  Mary has had constipation-predominant IBS for most of her adult life.  She also has severe intolerance to fats and more recently a lot of other foods, which give her … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Does you doctor always know best or can you sort something out between you?

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines, of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nothing in, nothing out: but is there more to constipation?

Doctors tend not to consider IBS a serious condition; that would be a mistake.  Although most people seem to cope with the occasional inconvenience of it and live a normal … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

‘The pain and the bloating come on as soon as I’ve eaten and then the diarrhoea starts.’

 So is this food intolerance?  As pointed out in a recent post by Jaci Barrett from the Monash Group, entitled The Timing of Symptoms, the symptoms of food intolerance caused … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Being aware of what is happening: the mindful route to IBS relief.

Mindfulness is not some new age religion. We don’t have to sitting cross-legged on cushions in a darkened room with candles and incense sticks and chant mantras.  Mindfulness can be … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Placebo Effect: Exploiting the art of healing.

The vespers for the dead began with the phrase, ‘Placebo domino in regione vivorum’ (I shall please the Lord in the land of the living).   In the 12th century, these … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cooking for The Sensitive Gut at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Do you have IBS and struggle to know what you can eat?  Then why not come and see our lecture demonstration at The Ilkley Literature Festival in St Margaret’s Hall … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment