The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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 · Leave a comment

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

Information technology: is it good or bad for our health?

  We can talk to each other from wherever we are in the world, obtain information about anything at the touch of a button, hold virtual meetings with colleagues, get … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Escaping from the tyranny of what happened: a message of hope.

Over a hundred years ago, Joseph Breuer and Sigmund Freud wrote that ‘hysterics suffer mainly from reminiscences’.  Hysteria, as a medical diagnosis, has gone out of fashion, outlawed by the … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Nothing in, nothing out: but is there more to constipation?

Doctors tend not to consider IBS a serious condition; that would be a mistake.  Although most people seem to cope with the occasional inconvenience of it and live a normal … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

The things that happen: childhood trauma and IBS later in life.

Two weeks ago I received a letter from Judith.  This led to the following correspondence, which, with her permission, I have reproduced here with just a few minor edits.  Over … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 8 Comments

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