The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

No, it’s not all in your head, but at least you can do something about that.

If IBS is all is your head, can somebody tell me how dietary fibre cures depression?                              … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The things that happen: childhood trauma and IBS later in life.

Two weeks ago I received a letter from Judith.  This led to the following correspondence, which, with her permission, I have reproduced here with just a few minor edits.  Over … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 8 Comments

Hypnotherapy: recruiting the healing potential of the mind.

Hypnosis is an altered state of mind, which captures the imagination and brings about changes in perception and behaviour.  We are all susceptible to hypnosis.  Brief states of hypnosis may … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · 8 Comments

High on a hill; could weed help your IBS?

A few weeks ago, James offered this pithy piece of advice on The IBS Network’s Facebook page.       ‘Baked cannabis cookies made with organic coconut oil, that will sort it … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

So why do we feel ill?

The post I wrote last week, ‘Stuck, when your bowels rule your life’, raised a bit of a storm.  Several people wrote into Facebook to assert how much worse Crohn’s … Continue reading

August 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

IBS: How can diarrhoea and constipation coexist in the same illness

This is one of the biggest mysteries of IBS.  Alternating diarrhoea and constipation is a well known subset of IBS, but it is not always balanced.  Many people with diarrhoea … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Milk intolerance; it’s not just lactose.

Lactose Intolerance is a common ‘cause’ of bloating, flatulence, pain and diarrhoea.  This is usually assumed to be due to deficiency of lactase or beta galalactosidase, the enzyme secreted by … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

How can you get the best out of your doctor in eight minutes?

Ready!  Steady!  Go!   You’re on Countdown!  The clock’s ticking and you’ve got just eight minutes to explain your life with IBS and get the help that you need. It may … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

When you and your doctor should be concerned.

  A woman came up to me at The Allergy and Free-from Show recently.  She looked embarrassed and deeply unhappy.  ‘Sometimes when I get an urge to go to the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · 7 Comments

Stool Gazing: A Definitive Guide.

In the nineteen sixties before the age of scans and blood tests for everything, medical students were drilled on in the arts of history taking and clinical examination.  Xrays and … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · 3 Comments

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