The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

‘To boldly go where no man has gone before.’ Exploring the gas clouds of inner space with the IBS voyager.

Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 American science fiction film, starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasance as the crew of the submarine/spaceship, Proteus, that is able to shrink to … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Constipation: Myths and Misconceptions

In 2005, a group of senior gastroenterologists, writing in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, questioned a number of commonly held beliefs concerning the causes and treatment of chronic constipation. I … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

IBS Research: Truth, Post Truth and Statistics

To the sceptics among us, there is no such thing as truth. Memory is fallible and remodelled every time it is recalled; so we can never be sure of what … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Fallacies and Fallibilities of IBS Research.

It might seem strange for me to be writing this.  After all, I have spent such a large part of my life engaged in research into bowel function, you might … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

‘Sick and tired’ of rigid attitudes and flawed science.

  ‘The worst days, many hundreds of them, saw me so ill that I was unable to move my arms and legs, open my eyes or speak.  For those hundreds … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 9 Comments

High on a hill; could weed help your IBS?

A few weeks ago, James offered this pithy piece of advice on The IBS Network’s Facebook page.       ‘Baked cannabis cookies made with organic coconut oil, that will sort it … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Stool Gazing: A Definitive Guide.

In the nineteen sixties before the age of scans and blood tests for everything, medical students were drilled on in the arts of history taking and clinical examination.  Xrays and … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · 7 Comments

The aliens within.

When the submersible Alvin explored the deep ocean trenches around the Galápagos Islands in 1973, it discovered a whole new ecosystem centred around the geothermal vents; fumaroles or chimneys which … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

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