The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

The Psychobiotic Revolution: an inspiration for discovery.

Whenever a new book claims a new health revolution, I must admit I am a little sceptical. Nevertheless, the notion that the bugs in our intestines can influence our gut … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Faecal Microbial Transplant for IBS: is the future orange, brown or colourless?

Who would have thought it? How could anybody seriously suggest treating IBS with an inoculum of somebody else’s faeces? As a society, we are so aversive to the whole idea … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

The unproven case for probiotics in IBS; so could you do it yourself?

Probiotics and IBS: it just seems to make so much sense. There are reputedly about 12 trillion bugs in the gut. They are not just there to break down dietary … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · 1 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 · 7 Comments

The enigma of probiotics for IBS. Should you decide?

My friend and colleague,  Julie Thompson and her collaborators from The British Dietetic Association, have recently published a systematic analysis on the role of probiotics in IBS.  In a  recent … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

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