The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

Health, Happiness and Personal Freedom.

Many years ago, so the story goes, the then British prime minister, Harold Macmillan, was hosting a dinner in Downing Street for the French head of state, General de Gaulle … Continue reading

June 13, 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

Motivational Interviewing; a change of attitude.

So many people with IBS complain that their doctor never listens to them. This is not just because the doctor does not have enough time or they engage with the … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Could you run an IBS Self Help Group?

According to patient testimony, IBS is not well managed by the NHS.  Patients  complain that they are not listened to, treated as if they are a nuisance, discharged as soon as … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Does you doctor always know best or can you sort something out between you?

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines, of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

No, it’s not all in your head, but at least you can do something about that.

If IBS is all is your head, can somebody tell me how dietary fibre cures depression?                              … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

When you and your doctor should be concerned.

  A woman came up to me at The Allergy and Free-from Show recently.  She looked embarrassed and deeply unhappy.  ‘Sometimes when I get an urge to go to the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

IBS: post modern medical nemesis.

The history of medicine over the last 100 years has been nothing short of miraculous.  The diseases that used to kill millions: smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, typhus, cholera, pneumonia have all … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

The best person to treat your IBS

From a practical viewpoint, there are two types of illness; those that have a clear pathology and cause, a definite diagnosis and can be treated with drugs, diet and surgery … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 4 Comments

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