The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

The heart (and the gut) know their reasons, that reason cannot tell

Last night, it was so warm and humid, I left the window open, but by morning the temperature had dropped and shards of rain rattled against the skylight. Half an … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Love-sick

Sigmund Freud has been criticised for implying that most mental illness and much physical illness is due to sex. He might have said love or attachment, but nevertheless, he was … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diarrhoea and constipation: chaos, control and a possible explanation.

One of the most intriguing questions about IBS is why some people have diarrhoea most of the time, others have constipation and others seem to alternate between those two opposing … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

How other people can make us ill

We are sociable creatures. The way we relate to each other does not only determine our behaviour, it also affects our physiology and the way we perceive ourselves and the … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · 3 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

All Change for IBS

Shirley had written to me for advice about the dreadful abdominal cramps that were associated with her constipation.  The following day she wrote again.  ‘Thank you for your response regarding … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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