The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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 · 2 Comments

Are Universities a toxic environment or are we all just overreacting?

More people are ill than ever before, so we are led to believe.  About 40% report they have a long term illness, but this statistic does not just represent the … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Fallacies and Fallibilities of IBS Research.

It might seem strange for me to be writing this.  After all, I have spent such a large part of my life engaged in research into bowel function, you might … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Decoding the symptoms of your IBS

  One of the first lessons people learn when they attend self help groups for IBS is that everybody’s symptoms are different.  Some people have diarrhoea and abdominal pain that … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Life and the Colon ‘in the fast lane’.

Yesterday I got an email from Beppe.  He had been to America and wanted me to know that his bowel problems were now cured.  He wanted his experience to be … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Motivational Interviewing; a change of attitude.

So many people with IBS complain that their doctor never listens to them. This is not just because the doctor does not have enough time or they engage with the … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Taming the stubborn bowel; a constipated person’s guide to defaecation.

  The colon is an obstinate beast.  It likes to have its own way and will not work to your order.  The more you try to bend it to your … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

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