The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

Bugs, trauma and brain architecture: an association awaiting an explanation.

Ever since its characterisation some ten or more years ago, scientists have speculated that specific changes in the colonic microbiome could account for IBS, but until recently there have been … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Therapy for IBS: How I try to help.

I enjoy my work. In reality, I hardly think of it as work. It is more like reading a novel or seeing a play; a privileged access to the lives … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emma and Peggy: a family matter.

Emma was always close to her mother – too close you might say. The only girl in a family of four, abandoned by their father, Reg, while they were still … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

It’s not just the symptoms.

It is not just the symptoms of being ill: the pain, nausea, bowel upset, bloating, breathlessness, that are so distressing. It is also what they mean. This includes the fear … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The way we are. How much do we pick up from Mum and Dad?

When we are young, our parents are part of us – just mum and dad.  We don’t recognise their otherness until much later.  We are so close that we pick … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 900 other followers