The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

Any progress on constipation? Working it out with a pencil.

Of all aspects of bowel function, constipation must be the one that has shown least progress and most confusion. It goes with the territory.   Although constipation can occur in … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Beano revisited: could enzyme treatment ever replace the low FODMAP diet?

In 1783, Benjamin Franklin wrote ‘it is universally well known, that in digesting our common food, there is created or produced in the bowels of human creatures, a great quantity … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

So hypnotherapy is as effective as a low FODMAP diet for IBS. What does that mean?

I was interested to read this post from Dr Simone Peters from Monash University, which confirmed that gut-directed hypnotherapy is effective in 70 to 80% of people with IBS.  Dr … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

De Profundis:  Gluten, FODMAPS, Probiotics and Anguish from the Bowel.

 The Royal Victoria Hotel in Sheffield, with its imposing red brick facade and the faded grandeur of its interior has not changed much since Oscar Wilde stayed there over a hundred … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

Low FODMAP diet; symptom relief at the expense of the microbiome?

While scanning the journals recently, I came across a review by Peter Gibson making the case for the low FODMAP diet as a first line treatment for IBS.   He … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

‘The pain and the bloating come on as soon as I’ve eaten and then the diarrhoea starts.’

 So is this food intolerance?  As pointed out in a recent post by Jaci Barrett from the Monash Group, entitled The Timing of Symptoms, the symptoms of food intolerance caused … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Can similar changes in the microbiome lead to both IBS and colon cancer?

  I subscribe to ‘The Conversation’ and usually scan through its contents every morning.   This post by Bradley Meehan, PhD researcher in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, University … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Low FODMAP diet. Ten years on.

In medicine, every new treatment tends to go through a cycle.  First there is the breakthrough, the honeymoon phase, where it is miraculous, the answer to everything.  Then comes the … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 844 other followers