The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Bread and Bloating

Of all the foods that are claimed to be responsible for bloating and other symptoms of IBS,  bread would appear to be the most common.  No fewer that 50% of … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

‘Twas the clinic before Christmas

It had been a long clinic. It was already six o’clock and I wanted to go home when the nurse came in and said she was sorry but I had … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Don’t let IBS wreck your Christmas.

It’s the silly season again!  We will all be tempted to eat far too much, drink ourselves daft and collapse in front of the telly.  And then there’s the relatives.  … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

IBS: let’s change the model.

The practice of medicine still operates on a model that was developed early in the last century.  First establish the diagnosis, then identify the cause and finally apply the treatment.  … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dietary fibre; is it time to reconsider?

There was a time, and not so long ago, when lack of dietary fibre was considered to be cause of most ailments of modern civilisation. Dennis Burkitt (remember him?) had, … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bloating, abnormal abdominal physiology or just a lot of gas.

At one time, doctors believed bloating was due to swallowing too much air.  At another, it was caused by lordosis, an abnormal posture produced  by arching the spine and pushing … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

It’s not just FODMAPs. Meat is fermented too.

One ‘breakthrough’ always opens our thinking up to others.  We now know that rapid fermentation of poorly absorbed low molecular weight sugars (FODMAPs) found in onions, beans, sprouts and some … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why don’t doctors advise a low FODMAP diet?

Joy replied to my last post, pointing out that the low FODMAP diet ‘has been scientifically proven to improve the symptoms of IBS in 75% of sufferers’, but complained that … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

How much weight is it normal to lose on a low FODMAP diet?

Tina explained that she had been eliminating FODMAPs for about 6 weeks.   ‘I tried to re-introduce normal white bread last week, but I had a flare up which I am … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

All Change for IBS

Shirley had written to me for advice about the dreadful abdominal cramps that were associated with her constipation.  The following day she wrote again.  ‘Thank you for your response regarding … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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