The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

IBS: Does the answer lie in the soil?

When caterpillars chomp on a tasty oak leaf, the oak senses the damage and produces bitter tannins that not only discourage the caterpillars but also attract parasitic wasps to lay … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · 4 Comments

Any progress on constipation? Working it out with a pencil.

Of all aspects of bowel function, constipation must be the one that has shown least progress and most confusion. It goes with the territory.   Although constipation can occur in … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Beano revisited: could enzyme treatment ever replace the low FODMAP diet?

In 1783, Benjamin Franklin wrote ‘it is universally well known, that in digesting our common food, there is created or produced in the bowels of human creatures, a great quantity … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Trust your gut feelings.

‘I can’t stomach not knowing,  I can’t just take it in.’  ‘It gives me a lump in my throat.’  ‘It makes me so up tight.’  ‘If the firm really went … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

But could I have done more?

I have not seen Peter for 10 years, since he and Mary bought their villa in Spain. They have kept in touch by Christmas cards and the occasional post card. … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 2 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

Could an apple a day keep the doctor away? The mad march of computerised medicine.

The computer is such a ‘bone of contention’. It never fails to cause arguments. When things go wrong, I go into catastrophe mode and fear I will lose everything. Joan … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

IBS and The Wandering Womb; could they both be endometriosis?

The endometrium is the lining of the womb. It is made of special cells which shed each month by bleeding. In endometriosis these cells are found in other parts of … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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