The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

IBS: more than just a pain in the neck.

So why haven’t we thought of it before?  Intrigued as to why joint hyper-mobility or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) might be associated with migraine, IBS and a whole variety of … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

What’s next for IBS?

On Saturday afternoon at the King’s Hall, Ilkley, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, presenter of The Life Scientific on Radio 4, took us on a voyage into the future. ‘What scientific innovations … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Migraine: does it also affect the bowels?

A Constellation of Symptoms It occasions unseemly and dreadful symptoms: nausea, bilious vomiting, collapse, gas in the stomach, eructations, vomiting, palpitations of the heart, vertigo, depression, despair. Sick headache is … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

All in the mind/all in the gut: it’s a false dichotomy.

Many of the posts in this blog tend to focus on trauma, stress and how what happens to us affects how the gut feels and misbehaves, but please don’t conclude … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Psychotherapy for the troubled and irritable bowel.

The Nature and the Meaning of Gut Symptoms If we have an injury or infection, nerve impulses from the affected part alert the brain to the damage and instigate appropriate … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Between the Mind and the Gut.

‘All prejudices can be traced back to the intestine’.  Friedrich Nietzsche Man has long acknowledged the close connection that exists between the mind and the gut.  Our ‘gut feelings’ and … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · Leave a 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

Can self stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck suppress symptoms of IBS?

Vagal stimulation has been shown to reduce the prevalence of seizures in patients with epilepsy and abort migraine attacks, but until recently this has involved an operation with a significant … Continue reading

October 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

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