The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Motivational Interviewing; a change of attitude.

So many people with IBS complain that their doctor never listens to them. This is not just because the doctor does not have enough time or they engage with the … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

The healing power of poetry

In New Jersey even bridges are named after poets.  Extending over the Delaware River, the Walt Whitman Bridge connects two distinct cultural communities. To the north is Philadelphia, the proud … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Escaping from the tyranny of what happened: a message of hope.

Over a hundred years ago, Joseph Breuer and Sigmund Freud wrote that ‘hysterics suffer mainly from reminiscences’.  Hysteria, as a medical diagnosis, has gone out of fashion, outlawed by the … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Bing: the art of the grudge.

*Bing could never make a decision.  He was forever caught between what he wanted to do and what he felt he ought to do.  A rebel at heart, he desired … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Taming the stubborn bowel; a constipated person’s guide to defaecation.

  The colon is an obstinate beast.  It likes to have its own way and will not work to your order.  The more you try to bend it to your … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lumping and Splitting. IBS and IBD; when does irritable become inflammatory?

As a medical student, I learnt that Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, now lumped together as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) were serious, life threatening, long term conditions affecting the bowel.  … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

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