The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Stress and inflammation: the missing link for IBS?

Is IBS  all in the mind or all in the gut?  Is it mainly the effect of stress or might infection, inflammation or disturbances in the colonic micro-biome be major … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · 13 Comments

From High Fibre to Nutritional and Microbial Diversity: Back to the Future

Some time in the early nineteen eighties, I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dennis Burkitt on the fibre hypothesis. Burkitt had worked for many years as a … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

I caught a cold.

I rarely get ill.  I put this down to my routines: a daily run, a swim in the river, a predominantly vegetarian diet and writing no more than about four … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 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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