IBS: is it a case of too much medicine?
50 years ago, we hadn’t heard of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. That’s not to say it didn’t exist. Unexplained illnesses affecting the bowels had been known every since the beginning … Continue reading
Could an apple a day keep the doctor away? The mad march of computerised medicine.
The computer is such a ‘bone of contention’. It never fails to cause arguments. When things go wrong, I go into catastrophe mode and fear I will lose everything. Joan … Continue reading
Oh I wish I’d looked after me teeth!
Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth, And spotted the dangers beneath All the toffees I chewed, And the sweet sticky food. Oh, I wish I’d looked after me … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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