The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Are Universities a toxic environment or are we all just overreacting?

More people are ill than ever before, so we are led to believe.  About 40% report they have a long term illness, but this statistic does not just represent the … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Diarrhoea; the stress and meaning of it.

We have all experienced it; an important interview, the fear of being out of control, an unfair accusation, shocking news; they can all trigger an urge to evacuate our bowels.  … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Being aware of what is happening: the mindful route to IBS relief.

Mindfulness is not some new age religion. We don’t have to sitting cross-legged on cushions in a darkened room with candles and incense sticks and chant mantras.  Mindfulness can be … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 6 Comments

No, it’s not all in your head, but at least you can do something about that.

If IBS is all is your head, can somebody tell me how dietary fibre cures depression?                              … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

IBS: How can diarrhoea and constipation coexist in the same illness

This is one of the biggest mysteries of IBS.  Alternating diarrhoea and constipation is a well known subset of IBS, but it is not always balanced.  Many people with diarrhoea … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

When it all becomes too much.

Jenny was waiting outside in the street when I arrived, enjoying one last cigarette.  Even though we had only communicated by email, I recognised the tragedy etched on her face.  … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

The ‘ravelled sleeve of care; how sleep affects IBS

Sleep disturbance affects about a third of the American population, but is particularly common in patients diagnosed with IBS.  As many as 74% of people with IBS characterise themselves as … Continue reading

June 14, 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

Does work cause your IBS?

Is your IBS worse on Monday morning when you go to work?  Does it improve when you take a holiday?   Have you had to take time off work because of … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 6 Comments

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

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