The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

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

With IBS, the rule is: ‘there are no rules’

…. there is only the patient. Mandy wrote to me recently to tell me how much better her diarrhoea had been since she started taking Questran, a ion exchange resin … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Buscopan; one tablet, two prices, but does it work for you?

Buscopan is licenced by Boehringer Ingleheim, a large multinational pharmaceutical corporation based in Germany.  It is the trade name for Hyoscine Butylbromide, a powerful antispasmodic, registered in 1956, that relieves … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Placebo Effect: Exploiting the art of healing.

The vespers for the dead began with the phrase, ‘Placebo domino in regione vivorum’ (I shall please the Lord in the land of the living).   In the 12th century, these … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

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

It is not always what is so, but what you think is so

As I have commented on many posts in this blog, IBS is a condition that has no clear cause and no specific cure, but is often instigated by a traumatic … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

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