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A blog about the bowel and associated conditions

New support programme for anyone with IBS

15Nov

Did you know that as many as 10-20% of people in Britain today suffer with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS? These are the figures that healthcare organisations and charities such as The IBS Network quote. This means that potentially a … Continue reading

  

What Effect Would A Wet Wipes Ban Have On Ostomates?

18Jun

You may have seen the news recently and the talk of the Government banning wet wipes.  With the current focus on the environment, recyclable products are much more in favour at the moment.  Wet wipes contain non-biodegradable plastics, are single … Continue reading

  

Living On Steroids

11May

If you follow the news you will have no doubt seen the recent pictures of the magician Dynamo.  He took to social media to show the effects that the steroids used to fight his Crohns Disease, were having on his … Continue reading

  

Twitter chat for World IBD Day

2May

To mark World IBD Day, talkhealth will be teaming up with @JanssenEMEA to host our latest Tweet Chat, on Friday May 18th between 1PM and 2PM. We’ll be putting questions out to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) community to raise … Continue reading

  

Coming To Terms With A Stoma

9Apr

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Some people get a day. Some may get a week, a month, a year. Others may get no warning, simply waking up with a new life. From IBD and cancer, to colonic inertia, pelvic floor dysfunction and bowel trauma, stoma … Continue reading

  

#ThinkHand campaign could be a game-changer

1Apr

I feel like Thursday 22nd February 2018 is going to be one of those days when in years to come I’ll look back and know that I was part of what will hopefully be a game-changer in the world of … Continue reading

  

What Is Diversion Colitis?

14Mar

I get asked this question a-lot across support groups as I have been quite vocal about diversion colitis since having this diagnosed. I have decided to do a video entry for this to explain about the condition and how it … Continue reading

  

Low Residue Diet After Ileostomy Formation

25Feb

What Is A Low Residue Diet? So for those of you facing stoma surgery you may have heard this. You may not have heard this. So what is a low residue diet? A low residue diet is something that needs … Continue reading

  

What I want you to know about invisible illness

8Feb

Not all is what it seems. From the outside, you’d say I’m a healthy, happy young woman who looks fine. Look beyond what your eyes tell you and you’ll find chronic illness. Invisible illness is a condition or disability that’s … Continue reading

  

What to expect after your surgery

25Jan

So, you’ve been told you need to have an ileostomy formed and the big day arrives for you to go down to theatre and have it formed. All the questions you were going to ask have flown through your ears … Continue reading

  

Urostomy bag Change

16Jan

Recently there has been a lot of media coverage of brave ostomates baring all in magazines, Tv and breaking stoma stigmas. More and more articles are being featured of men and women embracing their stoma bags and talking openly about … Continue reading

  

Let’s talk about Stomas!!

7Dec

Over the last few years, something amazing has happened… Brave ostomates (people with an ostomy bag) have been proudly baring all with their stoma bags on show in the media and the general public. As a community, over the last … Continue reading

  

Let the sun shine into your life with the vital vitamin D

11Aug

 After I broke my shoulder in an accident three years ago, my GP suggested a DEXA scan to measure bone density for osteoporosis. I was not surprised, at the age of 70 and more than 20 years after suffering from … Continue reading

  

Manage your health with Patient support Programmes

16May

For those living with chronic health conditions, self-management is crucial for managing and controlling symptoms day to day. Protecting your own health is a responsibility that can require some help and guidance to ensure you pursue the right treatment for … Continue reading

  

Relief from IBS – your route to digestive comfort

20Oct

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Around one in five people in the UK experience IBS or troublesome digestive problems with symptoms such as reflux, heartburn, vomiting, nausea, flatulence, stomach ache, discomfort, and diarrhoea. Self-management of lifestyle and diet is key to managing the daily discomfort … Continue reading

  

6 Ways Acupuncture Could Benefit Your Health

10Aug

Acupuncture had been practised for thousands and thousands of years over time, perfecting and refining the techniques used. Extensively studied, acupuncture has shown significant results for those with ongoing health issues or problems. Although some still remain sceptical, there are … Continue reading

  

It’s Not ‘Just’ IBS campaign

5Jul

Watch the presentation I gave for the IBS Network’s event The Patients Perspective, which is an effort to recognise that it’s not ‘just’ IBS. The petition is still open and you can sign it here if you wish https://www.change.org/p/all-political-parties-and-the-national-medical-director-recognise-it-s-not-just-irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs Its … Continue reading

  

Pecan, lime and blueberry bircher low fodmap

4Jul

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What a glorious way to start the day with a yoghurt and oat based creamy breakfast – this recipe contains ground flaxseed to add lots of soluble fibre to your breakfast, a real treat for sluggish bowels! Skyr yoghurt contains … Continue reading

  

Don’t suffer in silence: World Continence Week

21Jun

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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

  

Herding cats – the challenges of probiotic research in IBS.

20Jun

The dietary guidelines for IBS have been published. It has taken considerable work to produce these guidelines over the last 2 years at least and I was very pleased to be part of the development process with some very experienced … Continue reading

  

Should we really be putting children on the low FODMAP diet?

7Jun

Should we really be putting children on the low FODMAP diet?

Gastrointestinal complaints are extremely common in children, from mild bloating and discomfort to chronic constipation or diarrhoea, reflux and pain. The reasons behind these symptoms can be straightforward to diagnose and treat with dietary changes and sometimes with the use … Continue reading

  

Why your wind smells of roses – The Life of Poo book review

31May

Well now, a book all about poo, why would anyone want to read this you may ask, surely the grim subject of poo is not something to read about – certainly not in public or polite company, I imagine you … Continue reading

  

Comment on I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London! by Research on the reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet – Reintroducing fodmaps

29May

I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London!

UPDATE: I originally posted this in Feb 2014 and since then I left King’s  one and a half years later to travel the world for a year. You can read all about our journey of ‘Around the world in 80 … Continue reading

  

What’s living in my gut? Check out the British Gut Project

14Mar

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Just a really quick blog to let you all know about the British Gut project. It’s a subject that fascinates me and numerous studies have shown that factors affecting gut microbiota can have a huge impact of whether certain people … Continue reading

  

World Cancer Day, and Major New Research into Bowel Cancer

4Feb

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As you’ve probably already seen, today (4th February 2016) is World Cancer Day. Charities and individuals all over the world have been engaging with the event, both through supporting the campaign itself and organizing local efforts to raise awareness of … Continue reading

  

Does the ‘Season of goodwill’ truly apply to all?

9Dec

Christians and atheists alike are all looking forward to Christmas. We are lucky to live in a multicultural and diverse-religion society and although not all religions celebrate Christmas, the air of  festivity is felt throughout the land. As a nation … Continue reading

  

Does Father Christmas Have IBS?

2Dec

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It was six o’clock and I wanted to go home when the nurse came in and announced I had one more patient to see. I thought I’d seen the last one, I complained, my heart sinking. I’m sorry she said, … Continue reading

  

10 Tips for Keeping Your Gut Healthy This Christmas

1Dec

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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. They come bearing gifts we don’t want and stay for … Continue reading

  

The Health Benefits of Liquorice

24Nov

In the past, liquorice roots have always held great commercial value. Besides this, their status of luxury meant that they were often offered as a gift to kings. Today, while maybe not treated as quite as luxurious a product as … Continue reading

  

Managing IBS. Problems with GP’s, national guidance and the low FODMAP diet.

23Nov

Managing IBS. Problems with GP’s, national guidance and the low FODMAP diet

Believe it or not, not everyone who has IBS needs to follow the low FODMAP diet! The low FODMAP diet has been such a revelation in the treatment of IBS symptoms that one can forget there are actually many things … Continue reading

  

Emma-jane – a serious good news story!

2Nov

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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?

27Oct

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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

  

Following a low FODMAP diet when travelling in the Philippines

26Oct

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I absolutely loved the Philippines it is a spectacular place with some of the best scenery and beaches in the world. View from our hotel in El Nido, Palawan Stunning scenery at Las Cabanas beach, Palawan We spent 5 weeks … Continue reading

  

8.5 Ways to Keep Your Bones Healthy

23Oct

Bones are complex organs and rather than being static as most people think, are in constant dynamic change, adapting and adjusting to all the knocks and traumas and changes in lifestyle that we throw at them on a daily basis. … Continue reading

  

Stuffed Aubergine

18Oct

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Aubergines are my favourite vegetable and suitable for a Low Fodmap diet. Aubergines have been stated to be the vegetable to use if you wish to replace meat in a dish as they have a good texture and is satisfying … Continue reading

  

IBS is no fun for anybody

13Oct

As a practicing Consultant Gastroenterologist, by far the commonest condition that I see in my out-patient clinics, is IBS The patients are usually are at their wit’s end by the time they get to see me, having harassed their GPs … Continue reading

  

What does ‘abnormal’ white cell count mean?

8Oct

This is something your GP may talk to you about after reviewing your blood tests. It sounds very scary but the vast majority of times there is usually a very simple and non-worrying reason. White cells are blood cells that … Continue reading

  

Pain Management and TCM

1Oct

  As a traditionally trained Acupuncturist I regularly get people coming to me for the treatment of pain; often as a last resort but also as part of a holistic pain management strategy working in partnership with other health professionals … Continue reading

  

The miracle that is aspirin

28Sep

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Aspirin has been around a long time. It was first marketed by a German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1898 as a cough suppressant and a ‘non-addictive’ substitute for morphine. Although acetylsalicylic acid (the chemical name for aspirin) was only first … Continue reading

  

A day in the life of an allergy nurse

26Sep

Andrew Williams, Allergy Nurse at Guys & St Thomas's hospital

Do you have an allergy nurse? Do you even have a specialist allergy consultant? I know many of us adults with life threatening allergies don’t. I myself have never managed to get that referral to an allergy specialist though I … Continue reading

  

Which probiotic could I try for IBS?

22Sep

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Photo Credit: Christiann MacAuley http://www.stickycomics.com A systematic review last year by Ford and his colleagues (2014) looked at probiotics and their effectiveness for IBS, the conclusion the authors made after applying some statistical analysis was that probiotics in general were … Continue reading

  

Prunes – natures laxative.

13Sep

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“I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers, If I belittle dogs and mothers” Ogden Nash Ogden Nash was an American poet who suffered from crohn’s disease according to Wikipedia, his unfortunate demise was after a lactobacillus infection after eating … Continue reading

  

13 symptoms never to ignore

7Sep

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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

  

The stigma of stomas?

6Sep

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Luke Bennet’s very brave ‘selfie’ that went viral with 3 million views and shared by 10 000 users, depicted the 20 year old law student from Swansea standing in his boxers with his 5 week old stoma bag proudly on … Continue reading

  

It’s August so…

20Aug

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The middle Sunday in August  and, apart from the leadership row in the Labour party, not a lot to write about so, guess what? Both the Mail and theGuardian dug out the old ‘coeliac food on prescription outrage’  and ‘food intolerance – fact … Continue reading

  

The Black Seed Plant: Over 2,000 Years of Health Benefits

14Aug

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Black seed plant, also known as black cumin, or black caraway, has been used for numerous health problems and conditions. Here’s what it can do, what it might do for you, as well as side effects to be aware of … Continue reading

  

#NotJustIBS Twitter Chat with the IBS Network

14Aug

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Take part in a Twitter chat with the IBS Network on Tuesday 18 August for the chance to ask any questions you may have regarding Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The event is happening between 19:00pm and 20:00pm GMT and anyone with a Twitter account … Continue reading

  

Survey Results: 70% Suffering from Bowel or Digestive Problems

10Aug

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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

  

Our amazing gut microbiome – what is it and what happens when it goes awry?

8Aug

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Courtesy of MetaHit website Our microbiome is the name for the microbes that live on our body and some people think that the microbiome is our forgotten organ. Over the last few years our knowledge of what our microbiome is … Continue reading

  

Is gluten an allergen and do oats contain gluten?

6Aug

Oats do not contain gliadin, the protein in gluten containing cereals.  It does contain avenin and can cause problems for some coeliacs.

At the recent judging session for FreeFrom Eating out Awards we had a heated discussion about oats and whether they came under the Top 14 allergens banner. I thought that oats were not in the Top 14 allergens but others … Continue reading

  

Working, speaking and eating at the Allergy Show 2015

14Jul

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This year’s Allergy Show went by in such a blur of activity I cannot believe I still didn’t manage to speak to and visit all the stands I’d ear-marked for attention. It was heaving and sometimes you just had to … Continue reading

  

Never2Young + Bladder, Bowel and Digestive Health

8Jul

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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

7Jul

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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

  

Clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness of low FODMAP diet

26Jun

Jules_GastroRD: Just started following JHND blog – see here for a link to a paper published on Group education for the Low FODMAP diet. Originally posted on Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Notes: Clinical effectiveness and economic costs of … Continue reading

  

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

25Jun

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

  

When Sex Is Painful What Can You Do?

21Jun

The hormonal changes at menopause can make sex more difficult as the body’s natural lubrication diminishes. You don’t have to ‘put up with it’ as restoring hormone balance can really help. This is a frequent concern for women as they … Continue reading

  

Why Microbiotics should be in your diet

21May

Many of us are much more aware of our need for good nutrition than ever before – but even more people are confused and bewildered by the contradicting advice, and ever-emerging string of ‘super foods’ we are advised to include … Continue reading

  

The A word… on anaphylaxis, allergies

5May

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After the flurry of blogs that filled Allergy Awareness Week last week, I am reflecting on why I write. There are many reasons, including to share stuff I’ve learnt, help others and as a therapy; the latter being very high … Continue reading

  

A must-read book for every coeliac

23Apr

Coeliac Disease - what you need to know by Alez Gazzola

This week I have been mostly reading ‘Coeliac Disease – What you need to know’ by Alex Gazzola. This book is truly a must-read for all coeliacs. If you haven’t read it, buy it today. You won’t regret it. This … Continue reading

  

My Catch 22 Disease

17Mar

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Ever heard of a catch 22? Well according to Urbandictionary.com, a catch 22 is  “Also known as a vicious cycle – two or more conditions require the other conditions to be fulfilled, but these other conditions also require the original … Continue reading

  

What to Expect with a CT Enteroclysis

3Mar

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No this is not mine, mine is all screwed up! But you gotta admit this is cool! Friday I had my least favorite test in the world performed.  Well actually it was a double doozie because I had a colonoscopy … Continue reading

  

Dry January

22Jan

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The blog entry was originally posted on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog Section When I was asked if I was doing Dry January, the thought initially made me shudder. So called ‘dryathletes’ give up alcohol for a month and … Continue reading

  

Comment on DELICIOUS low FODMAP lemon polenta cake by RMdietetics

20Jan

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Another dietitian off to have a baby means another event in the office with sweet treats. So that myself and coeliac colleagues could get involved, this was a great opportunity to try out a FODMAP friendly and gluten free cake … Continue reading

  

Comment on DELICIOUS low FODMAP lemon polenta cake by Judith van der Leeden

15Jan

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Another dietitian off to have a baby means another event in the office with sweet treats. So that myself and coeliac colleagues could get involved, this was a great opportunity to try out a FODMAP friendly and gluten free cake … Continue reading

  

My College LifeSavers

6Jan

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Yesterday I had my last first day of college.  While the day was a tad bitter-sweet, I couldn’t help but be amazed that I’ve made it this far. It is crazy everything I have been through in college.  To be … Continue reading

  

Comment on About by Low FODMAP Grocery Shopping: UK vs US – Well Balanced. Food. Life. Travel.

9Dec

RMdietetics Ltd. is Mel Rendall and Lee Martin, two Registered Dietitians (RD) living in London. Mel is a specialist paediatric dietitan working in the acute and community in North West London & also at The Portland Hospital, working across a wide range … Continue reading

  

8 benefits of oxygen therapy #eczema #asthma

5Dec

I’ve been having oxygen therapy now for a couple of months so what have I found? Has it helped? What are the benefits? Well I’m going, once a week now, so that tells you something. Full of energy – Straight … Continue reading

  

#FightingFierce: IBD Awareness Week

2Dec

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Everyday I am Fighting on the Inside BUT Fierce on the Outside.  I refuse to give up and I refuse to give in to my disease.  My life with Crohns makes each day an uphill battle, BUT it has also … Continue reading

  

Comment on About by Low FODMAP Baking: US vs. UK – Well Balanced. Food. Life. Travel.

2Dec

RMdietetics Ltd. is Mel Rendall and Lee Martin, two Registered Dietitians (RD) living in London. Mel is a specialist paediatric dietitan working in the acute and community in North West London & also at The Portland Hospital, working across a wide range … Continue reading

  

Wheat free couscous stuffed peppers and Living well with IBS

1Dec

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Please watch and share ‘Living well with IBS’ (irritable bowel syndrome), a film made by Vicky Grant, a researcher at the University of Sheffield, and Gemma Thorpe, a professional filmmaker. Vicky has lived with IBS for over 30 years; here … Continue reading

  

Allergic to Chestnut – nut allergy or latex allergy?

28Nov

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Should you eat chestnuts if you have a peanut or tree nut allergy? I’ve researched and written about this before and chestnuts aren’t really nuts in the true sense so could be alright for some people with nut allergies, but … Continue reading

  

Why You Should Care

17Nov

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“The information from your blog has helped me relate to people who are battling sickness, are affected by a loved one who is battling, or an individual who has overcome and beaten their disease or illness.” – Bryan Why should … Continue reading

  

Come Back Food

4Nov

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Last Thursday I walked to the mailroom to pick up my box of IV nutrition.  When I got there, the box was heavier than normal and my heart sank and my mind started spinning… Heavier box = more TPN = … Continue reading

  

Lynda Bellingham- Bowel Cancer UK statement

30Sep

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“At Bowel Cancer UK, we were all saddened to hear of the news of Lynda Bellingham’s diagnosis of advanced bowel cancer.” “But unfortunately it’s all too common.  Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and that’s why we … Continue reading

  

Comment on I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London! by Larah

30Sep

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It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work.  Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in … Continue reading

  

Comment on I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London! by RMdietetics

29Sep

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It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work.  Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in … Continue reading

  

Comment on I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London! by Larah

26Sep

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It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work.  Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in … Continue reading

  

American College of Gastroenterology Issues 2014 Evidence-Based Review on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Management

11Aug

This past week, on August 5, the American College of Gastroenterology Task Force on Functional Bowel Disorders, publicly released the 2014 ACG evidence-based systematic review on the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), also known … Continue reading

  

American College of Gastroenterology Issues 2014 Evidence-Based Review on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Management

11Aug

This past week, on August 5, the American College of Gastroenterology Task Force on Functional Bowel Disorders, publicly released the 2014 ACG evidence-based systematic review on the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), also known … Continue reading

  

Bloglovin

7Aug

The FODMAPPER Blogging about the FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers and eating lots along the way FODMAP, glorious FODMAP! all things FODMAP friendly Cooking for the Sensitive Gut Delicious soothing recipes the sensitive gut FODMAP free living Yummy recipes for … Continue reading

  

Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014

28Jul

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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

  

New clinical trial in bowel cancer

21Jul

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered how two genes – called MEK and MET – cause bowel cancer cells to become resistant to treatments used against the disease, according to research in the journal Cell Reports*. “Our discoveries in this … Continue reading

  

Oral bacteria ‘irritates IBD’

9Jul

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Oral bacteria could have a role to play in the flare-up of irritable bowel disease, new research suggests. The findings, presented in the journal Oral Diseases, discovered that colitis, also known as irritable bowel disease (IBD), was aggravated by the presence … Continue reading

  

To the World that Hears without Listening

15Jun

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Words words words.  Everyone wants me to talk about how I am feeling, to share how it feels to be ill. To explain to them why I feel the way that I do, and they want me to use words … Continue reading

  

Sea shell whispers

15May

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This lovely cowrie shell was collected on Durban beach a long time ago, when Granny was a girl. She treasured it. She gave away all her earthly belongings before she died. She was bed-ridden, on a high-care ward, dying from … Continue reading

  

FODMAPS explained – foods to avoid with IBS

22Apr

Now you probably know quite a lot about food, allergens and healthy eating, like me, but sometimes people mention something I should look into and I’m completely stumped. More than one person has mentioned this weird acronyn to me too … Continue reading

  

talkhealth visit the Natural & Organic Product Show

21Apr

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          Last week talkhealth went to the very busy Natural & Organic Product Show up in Olympia.  We were so pleased to see so many friendly faces including Pravera, silicolgel and Salcura to name but a … Continue reading

  

Are Food Intolerance Tests Reliable?

10Apr

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About ten years ago, I took a YorkTest test on the advice of my then nutritionist. I wasn’t getting any help from my doctor at the time who told me I couldn’t possibly have other allergies! We were struggling to … Continue reading

  

The Game That Never Should Have Been Invented

27Mar

During my time in the first psychiatric hospital I was in, I noticed that the cleanliness of the ward left a lot to be desired. For one, I noticed a giant dust bunny beside my bed on the first night … Continue reading

  

Two things…

16Mar

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There are two things that I am going to share with you today…one is a moral karma kind of thing, and the other is a what pisses me off kind of thing. So first up is the very brief moral … Continue reading

  

Bowel Cancer UK launches new diet information pack for people in recovery from bowel cancer

10Mar

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Bowel Cancer UK has produced a new information pack called ‘Your Diet: Living with and beyond bowel cancer’ which will inform and give tips to people recovering from bowel cancer. Every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer … Continue reading

  

Goodness me…

23Feb

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…Mr WLB wants me to let him loose again! He has been emailing little suggestions over to me all day! Things that he thinks I should mention to you. However, his idea of mentionable behaviour and mine are a little … Continue reading

  

Would Renaming Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Make a Real Difference?

18Feb

Jules_GastroRD: This is a thought provoking piece about renaming IBS – we certainly need more IBS advocates would a name change increase advocacy? Originally posted on IBS IMPACT: Over the years, the symptom cluster currently known as irritable bowel syndrome … Continue reading

  

I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London!

5Feb

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It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work.  Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in … Continue reading

  

Mr WLB…

30Jan

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…decided that he wanted to choose the subject for tonight’s blog post. It seems that he wants to be amused! Mr WLB has been reminiscing and reminded me last night of some of the silly and stupid happenings we have … Continue reading

  

Tips that Make Not Eating Easier

29Jan

Ever been on a liquid or supplemental diet for your IBD, or been on TPN, like me and not been able to eat anything?  Well it sucks!  So here are 5 tips that I have developed of the last 14 … Continue reading

  

Pruritus ani or itchy bum, labial eczema

27Jan

We all have a bottom and private parts and those of us with eczema, psoriasis or a tendency towards sensitive skin may at some point in time experience pruritus ani and/or anal or labial eczema. Anyone can get this condition, … Continue reading

  

Commonly malabsorbed sugar causes obesity! What? – I’m afraid its just not that simple.

23Jan

What is Fructose? Fructose is a hexose, a single unit sugar which occurs naturally in fruit and is a component of the disaccharide table sugar sucrose; it is also the building block of the long chain carbohydrate, fructans. This sugar … Continue reading

  

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) link with cancer

23Jan

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs, is always going to be a matter of concern. Worryingly however, recent NICE guidelines have highlighted an additional concern for those found to be suffering from … Continue reading

  

Want To Run A Marathon? Tips To Help…

13Jan

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 So, you’ve signed up for the London Marathon? Here are some generalised training tips and knowledge to help. OK, not the London Marathon, but I do like this shot of me and the huskies on the Brecon Beacons! A marathon … Continue reading

  

2013 in review

1Jan

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In the great tradition leading up to New Year we look back at what has gone before and think about the times ahead. Last year I published the WordPress stats of my blog and I decided to repeat the process … Continue reading

  

Health Update on TPN

22Dec

I haven’t been writing much lately because I don’t really have anything to write.   I’ve been on TPN for almost 3 weeks and haven’t seen any significant improvements.  In fact in some ways I seem to be getting worse. … Continue reading

  

I am a Ninja

19Dec

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I do not want your sympathy.  I can’t speak for others with Irritable Bowel Disease, but I know personally, that I do not want sympathy.  Even worse than sympathy is pity.   Why would I want you to pity me, … Continue reading

  

5 Interesting Articles on Gut Bacteria, Gluten & FODMAPs, NCGS (Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity), & Constipation

27Nov

I try to complete a post once per month but this month has been hectic!  However I did have time to whip up this post which has some good articles that I came across via twitter in October so I … Continue reading

  

My annual toilet rant

17Nov

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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

  

Online Clinic on Men’s Health now OPEN

13Nov

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Our Online Clinic on Men’s health is now open, this is your chance to ask our experts about any health concerns or queries you may have.  We know that men in particular are not that good at going to the … Continue reading

  

Stir fry beef low fodmap

6Nov

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This recipe is suitable for a Low FODMAP diet, lactose free, wheat free dairy free and some advice later will show you how you can modify this recipe suitable for Crohn’s and colitis too. Give it a go – also … Continue reading