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

Bugs, trauma and brain architecture: an association awaiting an explanation.

Ever since its characterisation some ten or more years ago, scientists have speculated that specific changes in the colonic microbiome could account for IBS, but until recently there have been … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

It’s not just the symptoms.

It is not just the symptoms of being ill: the pain, nausea, bowel upset, bloating, breathlessness, that are so distressing. It is also what they mean. This includes the fear … Continue reading

December 10, 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

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

Grief and IBS: some thoughts on how to survive it and recover.

‘Tonight I can write the saddest lines. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too. …… I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her. Love … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 6 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

The heart (and the gut) know their reasons, that reason cannot tell

Last night, it was so warm and humid, I left the window open, but by morning the temperature had dropped and shards of rain rattled against the skylight. Half an … Continue reading

July 21, 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

Love-sick

Sigmund Freud has been criticised for implying that most mental illness and much physical illness is due to sex. He might have said love or attachment, but nevertheless, he was … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

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