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

IBS: Does the answer lie in the soil?

When caterpillars chomp on a tasty oak leaf, the oak senses the damage and produces bitter tannins that not only discourage the caterpillars but also attract parasitic wasps to lay … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · 4 Comments

Auto-intoxication revisited: could our diet be promoting the bacteria that slow down the colon?

Constipation isn’t just about the difficulty in passing faeces; it can also make you feel unwell. People with constipation often complain of headache, bad breath, furred tongue, anorexia, flatulence, irritability … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Candidiasis: is it now time to reappraise the yeast connection?

Someyears ago, before the microbiome revolution, I wrote an article on Candidiasis and IBS for The IBS Network. It described the current state of the art and concluded that ‘there … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

The large bowel is great! It’s soo-oh smart. Not a tweet, but a trump!

My fellow Americans, I want to tell you that the large bowel is such a ‘smart tube’ – it’s really, really smart.  Just a few feet long – so small, … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 2 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

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

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

Probiotics and Brain Fog

A few weeks ago, on a warm midsummer evening, Dr Derek Holdsworth and I listened with a mixture of awe and interest as our one time research fellow,  Professor Satish … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 6 Comments

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

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