The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

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

Probiotics and Brain Fog

A few weeks ago, on a warm midsummer evening, Dr Derek Holdsworth and I listened with a mixture of awe and interest as our one time research fellow,  Professor Satish … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 7 Comments

Drugs for IBS: are they any good?

The mass production of penicillin in the nineteen forties heralded a revolution in medicine.  Not only could infections be cured but protection from the risks of infection allowed permitted critical … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

SIBO. Is it a major cause of IBS?

When I was training to be a gastroenterologist way back then, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) was a rare diagnosis, most often found in patients with blind loop syndrome.  This … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · 11 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

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