The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Psychotherapy for the troubled and irritable bowel.

The Nature and the Meaning of Gut Symptoms If we have an injury or infection, nerve impulses from the affected part alert the brain to the damage and instigate appropriate … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

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

Suicide caused by IBS, but did the system let her down?

  On the 5th March, 2013, The Southern Daily Echo, based in Southampton reported the inquest on a 25-year-old Hampshire woman, who committed suicide after struggling to overcome irritable bowel … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 6 Comments

You’re only as sick as your secrets.

Jenny had had IBS ever since her early twenties. It was the pain deep in the pit of her stomach that affected her most.  It made her feel unbearably sad … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 5 Comments

It may be shocking, but does your doctor understand your IBS?

Sam Bearfoot, who blogs and broadcasts on UK Health Radio as The Digestion Detective, wrote last week to say how much she enjoyed The IBS Network’s 25th Anniversary Event, ‘IBS, … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

The meaning of constipation

So why do people get constipated?  Is it all due to the diet; not enough fruit, vegetables or cereal fibre?  Do they have a disease affecting the motility of the … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Is your life with IBS intolerable? So tell us your story.

Tracey wrote to me the other day. You asked me to tell you what my life with IBS was like.  Well, I am thirty nine years old and have had … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Health anxiety and morbid thoughts; the trap of IBS.

‘What life is it if you are constantly afraid of dying?’  I asked Tom. He had been  coming to see me for years, always with a new set of symptoms: … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 5 Comments

Capturing Clouds. Hunting for evidence for IBS

How is it that scientists can eradicate infectious disease, cure cancer and reverse strokes but have not idea on what causes or how to treat my IBS?’ All we know … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

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