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A blog about bladder conditions and issues

Potty Training a child with Down’s Syndrome – our journey


Potty training is a rite of passage and a skill that most children conquer between the ages of 2 and 4 years of age.  And, just like every other life skill children have to master, some get the hang of … Continue reading


Don’t suffer in silence: World Continence Week



Bladder incontinence is a problem which affects 6 million people, just within the UK. The condition causes people to feel embarrassed and isolated, with many being too scared to leave the house.   Urinary incontinence is described as the unintentional … Continue reading


Luteolin for mast cells, histamine and brain fog?


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Citations always at the bottom of the post According to Dr. Theoharides at Tufts University School of Medicine, brain fog is defined as a “constellation of symptoms” encompassing the loss of mental acuity, the ability to concentrate and multitask, and … Continue reading


Preventing Cystitis


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Recurrent Cystitis – Another bout of Cystitis? You are not alone. Cystitis and urinary tract infections, often referred to as UTIs, are reported as the most common types of bacterial infection in outpatient medicine- causing between 1 – 3% of … Continue reading


How To Prevent Leaks When Suffering With Incontinence


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For those of you who suffer with incontinence, you are probably in need of some tips to prevent any embarrassing situations arising. Even though incontinence can’t be completely avoided, you can alleviate the symptoms through lifestyle changes. 1. Exercising One … Continue reading


Kefir: may stabilise mast cells and lower histamine



Fermented foods may block diamine oxidase (DAO) one of the histamine degrading enzymes. That’s why  a while back I wrote a post with some tips on how to create histamine friendlier home ferments to try and help heal the gut. … Continue reading


This week in health news: Terry Wogan, the Zika virus, and more


The Zika virus is know to be carried by a certain kind of mosquito commonly known as the Yellow Fever Mosquito

Some very sad news hit us at talkhealth along with the rest of the UK on Sunday: that Sir Terry Wogan had died of cancer at the age of 77. The legendary broadcaster had a short battle with cancer and … Continue reading


Kefir: histamine inhibitor and mast cell stabiliser


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A while back I wrote a post with some tips on how to create histamine friendlier home ferments to try and help heal the gut. This week I have some more exciting news: another study on rice based kefir (rather … Continue reading


Antihistamine medication reduces IBS symptoms


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Researchers at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium have published a new study in the journal Gastroenterology on their findings that antihistamines may be the answer for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome [1]. As I shared in the … Continue reading


Dr. Diana Driscoll interview: vagus nerve and POTS/mast cell activation


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In our interview Dr. Diana Driscoll shares her research on the role of the vagus nerve in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Mast Cell Activation (MCAS/D) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Don’t miss the end of our chat where Dr. Driscoll shares information … Continue reading


Real Pelvic Floor Exercise Advice for Women (and Men)


The pelvic floor muscles are important for controlling and preventing accidental leakage of urine. Incontinence affects both sexes but is thought to be more prevalent in women due to the nature and location of the pelvic floor muscle. As we … Continue reading


Barberry helps leaky gut


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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website barberry has been used for over 2500 years to treat gastrointestinal complaints and lower fever. In Iran it’s now being used medicinally for gallbladder disease and heartburn. The active component is berberine, … Continue reading


Harvard neuroscientist Dr. Michael Van ElZakker: chronic fatigue vagus nerve link


In today’s interview Harvard and Tufts neuroscientist Dr. Michael Van ElZakker shares his fascinating new paper Chronic Fatigue from Vagus Nerve Infection: A Psychoneuroimmunological Hypothesis. His hypothesis proposes that an infection of the vagus nerve can cause greatly exaggerated chronic sickness … Continue reading


Are you allergic to Candida?


  Research shows that Candida triggers histamine release, but did you know you can be allergic to candida, causing repeated, longer lasting or more intense infections? Or that those with chronic candida are 70% more likely to have a history of … Continue reading


Confused by a negative histamine test result?


  A negative histamine result doesn’t rule out mast cell disorder or some kind of chronic inflammatory condition.  When I arrived to meet with my new doctor at the Virgen del Valle hospital in Toledo, Spain, I was a little … Continue reading


Medical Benefits of Botox


In the medical world, Botox treatments are generally looked at for its benefits in anti-aging. Although Botox has proven to be useful in that field, studies have shown that the treatment can actually help in other areas. It has also … Continue reading


Emma-jane – a serious good news story!


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It is always so nice to get good news stories, isn’t it? So, I was chuffed to bits to get an email from a proud gran who had been a subscriber to the Foods Matter magazine way back in 2002. At … Continue reading


IBS? Really?


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As a dietitian specialising in Irritable Bowel Syndrome I usually begin my consultations by discussing how the patient feels about their diagnosis. Many of my patients instead of being reassured by their diagnosis find it very hard to accept that … Continue reading


Misdiagnosis: antibiotics as anti-inflammatories


For many the diagnosis of histamine intolerance or mast cell activation will come after decades of mis-diagnosis. Some of us will have been told it’s psychosomatic and prescribed antidepressants, benzodiazepines and sleeping pills, while others may have been told their … Continue reading


Your Recovery Toolbox: How to Adopt Physical Exercise While Beating Your Addiction


Fighting an addiction of any kind may be one of the most difficult things you will ever do in your life. Relapse rates are notoriously high among recovering addicts – as many as 60% will relapse at some point, and … Continue reading


‘The clap’ hits the 21st century


Gonorrhoea, that most ancient of sexually transmitted diseases is back in the news again! First described as ‘the clap’ in the 16th century and possibly even referred to as ‘zav’ or ‘zavah’ in biblical times, the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeaea)  has … Continue reading


Reacting to everything? This could be why


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  It’s a question asked by pretty much everyone who schedules a consult with me: why a gradual or suddenly increasing reactions to not just histamine, but foods on pretty much all the lists (salicylates, oxalates, fructose etc). So what’s the … Continue reading


13 symptoms never to ignore



A large number of people have a habit of ignoring potentially serious symptoms. This may have dire consequences for the individuals concerned as delays in diagnosing cancer can lead to disastrous outcomes in terms of treatment and potential cure. There … Continue reading


Survey Results: 70% Suffering from Bowel or Digestive Problems



There is an estimated 14 million people in the UK living with a bladder control problem and 6.5 million living with a bowel control problem. [1] Of all the illnesses that affect the gut, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one … Continue reading


Never2Young + Bladder, Bowel and Digestive Health



talkhealth and NHS Choices have teamed up with Bladder & Bowel Foundation, The IBS Network and PromoCon to present an Online Clinic on Bladder, Bowel & Digestive Health – open now! We recently received a press release from Never Too Young … Continue reading


Living the dream



This week we are running our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health. I have had a stressful week, moving house, downsizing here in the UK and hoping soon to semi-retire and move to France. It made me think of … Continue reading


Stay cool. It’s going to be hot.


Eczema: 5 dilemmas for parents in summer

A heat wave is forecast with temperatures rising above 30 degrees centigrade. Detrimental health effects of hot weather include dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke , which is a medical emergency and can be fatal. Generally the risk of these … Continue reading


World Continence Week – when inhibitions are cast off and awareness is promoted


The first World Continence Week (WCW) was initiated by the international Continence Society (ICS) in Cairo in 2008, with worldwide activities promoted to raise its profile and public awareness. Incontinence and bladder-related problems are now more common than asthma, diabetes … Continue reading


Can hypnosis prevent histamine reactions?


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Did this image of an Indian dude charming a snake pop into your head like it did mine when I first considered the idea of hypnosis? Hypnosis has come a long way since the early days of freaky Sigmund Freud-like … Continue reading


ICP (Obstetric Cholestasis) – My Story


In 2012 I fell pregnant with my fourth son.  It wasn’t planned but I couldn’t have been happier.  It just felt like it was meant to be.  Things were different this time though.  Five months into the pregnancy I began … Continue reading


DripDrop: Great Tasting Oral ReHydration Solution



As a responsible blogger,  I want to let everyone know that this product was provided to me free of charge to try.  All opinion expressed are my honest assessment of the product and I have not been paid to say … Continue reading


It’s not exactly rocket science


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Improving patient care in NHS is not rocket science! – Patient dignity is simple trust me! We talk about patient dignity and compassion all the time but aren’t they simply fashionable new buzz words? In the back of my mind … Continue reading


The histamine-endometriosis infertility link


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For some reason, I can guess really, I’ve been avoiding writing about this for some time. Not because I’m worried about never having children, but because I don’t want to alarm anyone. And that’s still not my intention – please, … Continue reading


Chronically Bonded as Friends for Life



Being chronically ill can make it difficult to make and maintain friends. With being in and out of the hospital, limited time and energy, and a very unusual life, I have always wondered how me being sick affects how my … Continue reading


Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014


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Did you manage to visit our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health? If you missed it or would like to read through the questions and answers you can see all the content here. We would like to thank … Continue reading


Five potential new allergy and eczema cures


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If you’ve had allergies all your life no doubt you will have tried all sorts of whacky and wonderful cures, things that will change your life, solutions that will get rid you of all your allergies, amazing treatments that will … Continue reading


Good Nutrition for Breastfeeding mums



You’ve done an amazing thing – you’ve had a baby and now you’ve decided to give your baby the best start in life by breastfeeding. I get lots of requests for information from mums who are breastfeeding and are not … Continue reading


My annual toilet rant



I have to say I find the price of toilets rather expensive and unlike last year when I travelled to London, this year I am going to blog about the problem. My bladder is partly at fault here, because it … Continue reading


Bladder, Bowel and IBS Clinic


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Did you manage to catch our online clinic on Bladder, Bowel and IBS?  If  not don’t worry – as the clinic is still available for viewing and offers some fantastic support and advice provided by our panel of leading experts.  … Continue reading


How To Stop Wetting Your Knickers & Start Enjoying Life Again


Really how can you ignore a headline like that when it seems that one in 4 women1 wet their knickers every time they sneeze, cough, exercise, laugh or dance? We women of a certain age have taken to buying Tena lady … Continue reading


Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) Part 1 – what are the problems?


I see many people who are hypermobile, in other words, are able to move certain joints through a greater range. But what is normal? With so many being able to do this including some of the best known athletes, what … Continue reading


Why your doctors should be working together


Why your doctors should be working together and why patients shouldn’t have to integrate the data themselves. Eleven years ago, my Mom passed away from MSA – Multiple system atrophy. Multiple-system atrophy (MSA) is a neurological disorder associated with the … Continue reading


Collaboration with the Bladder and Bowel Foundation


talkhealth are proud to be in collaboration with the Bladder and Bowel Foundation (B&BF) in our talkcontinence forum. The Bladder and Bowel Foundation (B&BF) is the UK charity for people with bladder and bowel control problems.  B&BF provides information and … Continue reading




And just a few years ago, I heard a not-so-pretty revelation at a women only dinner party.  Six ladies all fessed up to the same problem:  When they sneezed, sometimes they leaked! So I fessed up too. The first time … Continue reading