The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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 · Leave a 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 · 1 Comment

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

Between the Mind and the Gut.

‘All prejudices can be traced back to the intestine’.  Friedrich Nietzsche Man has long acknowledged the close connection that exists between the mind and the gut.  Our ‘gut feelings’ and … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Could your partner be making you ill?

What is the thing that upsets us more than anything else?  It is surely our relationship with ‘other people’.  Just think about it; notwithstanding what is happening in the outside … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

ME/CFS and IBS: Are they two sides of the same coin?

Twenty of so years ago, I was invited to go on a lecture tour of Calcutta.  This gave me the opportunity to fulfil a lifetime ambition to visit the Himalayas, … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

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