The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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 · 2 Comments

Gluten Wars: No smoke without fire.

Chapter 7 of Professor David Sanders new book, ‘Gluten Attack’, is entitled Sheffield: Centre of The Gluten Universe.  The Royal Hallamshire Hospital accommodates the Sheffield Institute of Gluten Related Disorders, … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

IBS Research: Truth, Post Truth and Statistics

To the sceptics among us, there is no such thing as truth. Memory is fallible and remodelled every time it is recalled; so we can never be sure of what … Continue reading

December 18, 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

Is there ever one cause or cure for IBS?

Is it human nature?  Do there always need to be a single ’cause’ for illness?  Can we just not get our heads around anything more complicated?   Is it part … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

Cooking for The Sensitive Gut at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Do you have IBS and struggle to know what you can eat?  Then why not come and see our lecture demonstration at The Ilkley Literature Festival in St Margaret’s Hall … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Low FODMAP diet. Ten years on.

In medicine, every new treatment tends to go through a cycle.  First there is the breakthrough, the honeymoon phase, where it is miraculous, the answer to everything.  Then comes the … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

IBS: Why diets can fail.

Sam Bearfoot, nutritionist, kinaesiologist, and health adviser, who writes under the soubriquet ‘The Digestion Detective’ wrote to me recently. ‘I work with many clients, but in recent years I’ve had … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Re-introduction of FODMAPs: is there an easier way?

  Ever since the Low FODMAP diet was introduced for IBS in 2006, most papers have shown that elimination of FODMAP foods from the diet causes a reduction of symptoms … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

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