The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

The Gardener’s Question Time Model of IBS Management

One of my favourite programmes on the radio is Gardeners Question Time. I often listen to the wisdom of Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Beardshaw, Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithenbank … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The NHS is in crisis, but where does that leave IBS?

It had been a week since I became ill while on holiday in Madeira.   My cough had got worse and I was still feeling very tired and shivery.  So my … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

In Hertfordshire, IBS hardly merits follow up.

Recently, Robin Whittaker, one of the members of The IBS Network, told us of a letter he wrote to the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  In it, he queried … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

Does you doctor always know best or can you sort something out between you?

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines, of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) … Continue reading

September 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 · 1 Comment

IBS: post modern medical nemesis.

The history of medicine over the last 100 years has been nothing short of miraculous.  The diseases that used to kill millions: smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, typhus, cholera, pneumonia have all … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

It may be shocking, but does your doctor understand your IBS?

Sam Bearfoot, who blogs and broadcasts on UK Health Radio as The Digestion Detective, wrote last week to say how much she enjoyed The IBS Network’s 25th Anniversary Event, ‘IBS, … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Quality Care for IBS: Are we any closer?

In April (IBS Awareness Month) 2015, The IBS Network of patients and health care professionals initiated a  campaign for improvements in  health care professional training and services that included the … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Is your doctor or your dietitian keeping you in IBS?

He shuffled in, sat down heavily and fixed me with a watery stare.  ‘You know them pills you gave me last time, doc?’  He sucked in his breath noisily and … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

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