The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Constipation: a consequence of embarrassment, suspicion, intrusion and bad habits.

Human beings are social animals. We talk, eat, work, relax and sleep in public. The only things we tend to do in private is defaecate and have sex. We are … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Auto-intoxication revisited: could our diet be promoting the bacteria that slow down the colon?

Constipation isn’t just about the difficulty in passing faeces; it can also make you feel unwell. People with constipation often complain of headache, bad breath, furred tongue, anorexia, flatulence, irritability … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Candidiasis: is it now time to reappraise the yeast connection?

Someyears ago, before the microbiome revolution, I wrote an article on Candidiasis and IBS for The IBS Network. It described the current state of the art and concluded that ‘there … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

Safety, transformation and holistic therapies

In my last post, I presented the case for perceiving IBS, not as a syndrome comprising  a collection of as yet undiscovered  diseases, but more the visceral expression of a … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The unproven case for probiotics in IBS; so could you do it yourself?

Probiotics and IBS: it just seems to make so much sense. There are reputedly about 12 trillion bugs in the gut. They are not just there to break down dietary … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Psychotherapy for the troubled and irritable bowel.

The Nature and the Meaning of Gut Symptoms If we have an injury or infection, nerve impulses from the affected part alert the brain to the damage and instigate appropriate … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Low FODMAP diet; symptom relief at the expense of the microbiome?

While scanning the journals recently, I came across a review by Peter Gibson making the case for the low FODMAP diet as a first line treatment for IBS.   He … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Nature and Meaning of Pain

A long time ago, when I was more adventurous, I joined a medical expedition to Ethiopia.  One evening, I was taken to a cemetery on a hill in Addis Ababa.  … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

Down on the Farm: A metaphor for the gut.

The classic BBC radio comedy series “Beyond Our Ken” used to feature a gardener called Arthur Fallowfield, played by Kenneth Williams. His response to anyone who asked him anything was, … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding the person you can be; a recipe for recovery and success.

It has been a while since I last wrote a post for this blog.  I have been away on the farther flung British Islands in search of the space to … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

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