The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

Migraine: does it also affect the bowels?

A Constellation of Symptoms It occasions unseemly and dreadful symptoms: nausea, bilious vomiting, collapse, gas in the stomach, eructations, vomiting, palpitations of the heart, vertigo, depression, despair. Sick headache is … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

The large bowel is great! It’s soo-oh smart. Not a tweet, but a trump!

My fellow Americans, I want to tell you that the large bowel is such a ‘smart tube’ – it’s really, really smart.  Just a few feet long – so small, … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Grief and IBS: some thoughts on how to survive it and recover.

‘Tonight I can write the saddest lines. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too. …… I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her. Love … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Stuck in the past? So use the body to change what is happening now.

Mary and Andrew adopted Molly when she was 18 months old. Her mother had been  addicted to alcohol and drugs and was incapable of looking after her.  She was therefore … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

The heart (and the gut) know their reasons, that reason cannot tell

Last night, it was so warm and humid, I left the window open, but by morning the temperature had dropped and shards of rain rattled against the skylight. Half an … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

IBS: An Existential Issue.

There is an absence about Irene. She lives alone in a small village in the Yorkshire Dales, forty miles from the nearest town. Her husband works abroad for much of … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 11 Comments

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