The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

The aliens within.

When the submersible Alvin explored the deep ocean trenches around the Galápagos Islands in 1973, it discovered a whole new ecosystem centred around the geothermal vents; fumaroles or chimneys which … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

What a way to spend Christmas.

It was Christmas Eve.  I just assumed I’d eaten too much.  It was a mistake to cook that Mexican feast.  My brother and his partner enjoyed it and so with … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Why do more women get IBS?

The answer to the question partly depends on how IBS is defined.  IBS is not a disease that has a definite cause and pathology.  It cannot be defined objectively.  It … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

The bugs that make you fat, irritate your bowel.

Obesity is not just a matter of thermodynamics; energy in minus energy out equals energy stored, both sides of the equation may be modified by bacteria.  As George Bray, leading … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Food Allergy and Food Intolerance; are they closer than we think?

It all seems very clear.  Food allergy is an immunological reaction to a specific food protein, while food intolerance is the sensitivity of the gut to a range of foods … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Keeping it all in the Family

Yes, it’s true,  IBS does run in the family.  You have more chance of having IBS if a parent or a sibling has it.  And twins, especially identical twins have … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

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