The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Healing: observing, listening and ‘a laying on of hands’.

 Some of my encounters with patients are so shocking that they remain etched on my mind as lessons that have altered the way I practice. It was 1994 and I was … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

IBS: An Existential Issue.

There is an absence about Irene. She lives alone in a small village in the Yorkshire Dales, forty miles from the nearest town. Her husband works abroad for much of … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 11 Comments

IBS: fact or fiction?

By the nineteen nineties, I had been conducting clinical research for 20 years. I knew my trade, had published several hundred papers in academic journals and was in demand on … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Delusion: a necessary refuge from life and illness.

It is Wednesday and I am writing from my cottage in Derbyshire. All seems safe outside, a soft rain is falling and a thrush is singing from the gable end, … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

You’ve heard of FODMAPs; now read about FoMO.

Jack might be said to have had it all. In his early forties with a lucrative law practice, an affluent life style, happily married to a beautiful woman, three lovely … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

IBS: Working with Complexity

I was taught medicine from the bottom up, First understand the components, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and then put these together to understand the whole patient, but human life doesn’t … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding the person you can be; a recipe for recovery and success.

It has been a while since I last wrote a post for this blog.  I have been away on the farther flung British Islands in search of the space to … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Decoding the symptoms of your IBS

  One of the first lessons people learn when they attend self help groups for IBS is that everybody’s symptoms are different.  Some people have diarrhoea and abdominal pain that … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

The healing power of poetry

In New Jersey even bridges are named after poets.  Extending over the Delaware River, the Walt Whitman Bridge connects two distinct cultural communities. To the north is Philadelphia, the proud … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

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