The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

How do we deal with what happens?

How do we deal with experience?  The quick answer is: we process it in association with previous experiences or thoughts and store it in our database of memories, where it … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Gut Feelings: Does both consciousness and emotion come from our gut?

For many years, it was thought that consciousness resided in the most recent part of the brain, the cerebral cortex, while everything below that in the brain stem was unconscious … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Therapy for IBS: How I try to help.

I enjoy my work. In reality, I hardly think of it as work. It is more like reading a novel or seeing a play; a privileged access to the lives … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

I’m not mad. I’ve got IBS.

Is what we call IBS the name given to any one of a number of different unexplained gut disorders or is it a combination of defects in many functional components … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Stuck in the past? So use the body to change what is happening now.

Mary and Andrew adopted Molly when she was 18 months old. Her mother had been  addicted to alcohol and drugs and was incapable of looking after her.  She was therefore … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Oh I wish I’d looked after me teeth!

Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth, And spotted the dangers beneath All the toffees I chewed, And the sweet sticky food. Oh, I wish I’d looked after me … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

And after the affair

The books and magazine articles are clear. Let it go, move on and start again. Erase his number from your phone, don’t read any letters, throw away all those poems … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · Leave a 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

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