A blog about the bowel and associated conditions

What Is Diversion Colitis?


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


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


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


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


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!!


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


Manage your health with Patient support Programmes


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



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


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


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 Its … Continue reading


Pecan, lime and blueberry bircher low fodmap



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



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.


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?


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


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


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


The Great British Gut Project

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


Today is World Cancer Day

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 Father Christmas Have IBS?


Santa: Eating a Plate of Cookies

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


There are plenty of tasty temptations over 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. They come bearing gifts we don’t want and stay for … Continue reading


The Health Benefits of Liquorice


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.


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!


Emma-jane in bathing costume

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?


IBS fotolia

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


View from our hotel in El Nido, Palawan

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


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


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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


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?


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


  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



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


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?



Photo Credit: Christiann MacAuley 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.



“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



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?



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…



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



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


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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



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?


Courtesy of MetaHit website

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?


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


Free From Skincare Awards at the Allergy Show 2015

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



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


Clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness of low FODMAP diet


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


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?


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


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


The A Word - Living with allergies and anaphylaxis  #LivingInFear

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


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


What to Expect with a CT Enteroclysis



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


Dry January Logo

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



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



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



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.


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


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



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.


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



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?


Nut, gluten, wheat, dairy, soya free chocolate sponge

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


Come Back Food



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


Bowel cancer charity logo

“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



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



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



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


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


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




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


talkhealth clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health

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


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’


scientist researches new study

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


Sea shell whispers


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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


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


Silicol Gel

          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?


York Test - Food Intolerance vs Allergy Infographic

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


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…



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



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


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


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!



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





…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


Pruritus ani or itchy bum, labial eczema


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.


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


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…



 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



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


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



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


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



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


NHS Choices - hopefully better res

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


Local Charity hosts IBS Wellbeing Day in Sheffield on Saturday 16th November.


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With 1 in 3 people experiencing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, this common health complaint accounts for 10 per cent of visits to GP surgeries.  To coincide with the launch of its unique IBS Self Care Plan, The IBS … Continue reading


Interview with Dr Chris Steele, TV doctor and coeliac


Dr Chris Steele talks about coeliac disease

Dr Chris Steele MBE, well known media doctor for ITVs This Morning programme and recently diagnosed with coeliac disease agreed to be interviewed by What Allergy about his views on coeliac disease, getting a diagnosis and how to maintain a … Continue reading


Living with Eosinophilic Disease – why non IgE responses need greater awareness


The twins now - coping with Eosinophilic Disease

Just for a change as I’m sure you get bored with my voice on here all the time, here is a blog about Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) which I have to confess to knowing very little about. Here to entertain … Continue reading


What did Paul Hollywood really say about coeliacs?


Paul Hollywood tweets about gluten free

The Twittersphere and social media gossip has been full of anger at comments made by Paul Hollywood in a recent interview that, Paul Hollywood tweets about gluten free he was “sceptical about the whole Coeliac thing”. He also said he … Continue reading


Grains galore! Super? Or perhaps not……………


It appears that we have some grains that are ‘super’ according to the blogosphere, now I am not necessarily a fan of super foods which are proposed to be better for you than standard foods, but it is great for … Continue reading


GPs say testing could speed diagnosis of coeliac disease


Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune condition that can lead to infertility, osteoporosis and small bowel cancer if left untreated. But alarming new research reveals that 50% of GPs find coeliac disease difficult to diagnose and almost 90% believe that … Continue reading


5 IBS & FODMAP Articles You Really Need to Read! (August 2013)



I love writing these posts (bit geeky I know!) but the more information you have about a subject, as long as you can critically appraise it, the better your understanding and therefore you enjoy it more.  This months top articles … Continue reading


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


I often find myself working with clients suffering from IBS, both in my Hypnotherapy and in my Personal Training capacities. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is a disorder involving a collection of symptoms that can include abdominal pain and cramping … Continue reading


The Top 5 FODMAP & IBS Articles from July 2013



I’m a bit late this month reviewing the useful information twitter sends our way.  Weddings (not ours!) and general summer activities have taken up my time along with far too much painting and redecorating.  Anyway sit back and enjoy this … Continue reading


Low FODMAP inspired Beef Rendang



This curry is cooked for a couple of hours so the meat is lovely and tender. Choose some vegetables that will cook slowly with the dish. We found some cheap butternut squash already sliced in a packet so added these … Continue reading


Bladder, Bowel and IBS Clinic


ibs experts

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


Colonic massage for constipation, bloating and IBS


This all sounds complicated doesn’t it and who wants to bare their poorly sore tummy to prodding and kneading when all you want to do is curl up with a hot water bottle? Regular exercise can help, even a gentle … Continue reading


Low FODMAP on a budget – how to make the diet more affordable


One factor I have noticed about this diet is the likely increase in food costs, it is not possible to get gluten/wheat free foods on prescription. Free from food is expensive, no-one will disagree, so how can we make the … Continue reading


DELICIOUS low FODMAP lemon polenta cake



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


If you can only read 5 articles on IBS & FODMAP this month make sure they are these…….


Summary of useful IBS & FODMAP related articles & research via Twitter in the last month (May 2013) This is obviously not an extensive list…what you think I live on twitter?  But please use the comments to leave links to … Continue reading


Adding flavour to Low FODMAP meals (Part 2)



Using up your herbs! If you’re new to the blog, we previously posted about adding flavour to FODMAP meals with herbs being a favourite of ours and an opportunity to get those green thumbs flexing.  If it has now got to … Continue reading


Self care for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


As of last weekend the Self Care Plan for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is free access for those people with the condition and for those who might feel their symptoms are down to IBS, but are unsure and … Continue reading


“I’ve lost more than you weigh, bitch!”



What do Subo and I have in common? Well, it goes something along the lines of the look that Simon Cowell and the audience gave when Susan Boyle stepped on stage, and the looks that I was given today by … Continue reading


The Allergy Show – my top four funnys


Allergy Show 2013 goodies

Since returning from the Allergy Show life has been hectic with work and preparing for a talk at my local library about Food allergies and intolerances (10.30 – 11.30am on Thursday 13th June at Wendover library – more on that … Continue reading


Gluten free bread woes?


The one anxiety people have when they are diagnosed with coeliac disease is the bread. People complain about the texture, the taste, the fact that sandwiches ‘are just not the same’, the slices are too small and they struggle with … Continue reading


talkIBS coming soon & we need your help!



We will be launching talkIBS very soon and we are looking for you to help us build our new platform in order to help many others.  We are looking for articles and stories associated with IBS that you think others … Continue reading


Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Candida


The human body harbors a variety of yeasts as well as beneficial bacteria to keep out destructive bacteria and toxins in the digestive tract and mucus membranes. For optimal health, it’s necessary to harbor a good balance of yeast and … 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


Cheap vitamin could prevent birth defects



Politicians need to help tackle the common misconception that taking folic acid during pregnancy is optional, writes Jackie Bland, chief executive of SHINE. Spina bifida is the most severe congenital abnormality compatible with life, yet it still affects 1 in … Continue reading


40% only visit GP after nudge from a friend or relative


More than a third (40 per cent) of people say talking to a friend or relative about a change to their body that was playing on their mind encouraged them to make an appointment with a GP, according to a … Continue reading


What To Do About Fibroids


Fibroids will be diagnosed in many women, but may need no treatment at all. They are most often found in women between 30-50+ who have had no children and become less common at menopause as oestrogen levels decline.  Being overweight is … Continue reading


Cancer Warning for Women who like a Glass of Wine or Three


They are the problem drinkers missed by government efforts to curb alcohol misuse – women, often middle-class and professional, who share a bottle of wine with a partner over dinner each night, putting their health at risk. Unnoticed because they … Continue reading




  This week’s picture has nothing to do with the blog. I figured if I put up a picture of what my blog is about…y’all probably would not read it. I want to talk about something that no one wants … Continue reading


Peppermint tea – great for stomach pains


As all Coeliacs will know, it’s easy for your stomach/intestines to get irritated about something when you have a gluten-intolerance. The gluten damages the villi of your intestine, leaving it weak. Sometimes it’s easy to eat gluten by accident, and … Continue reading


Irritable Bowel Syndrome leads to more than 5,000 hospital admissions a year, new report shows


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) led to more than 5,000 hospital admissions in England in 2011 – with women accounting for 70 per cent of such admissions – Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show. IBS is a common … Continue reading


Could You Go Without Gluten For A Week?


Coeliac UK, the national charity for coeliac disease is challenging the nation to go gluten-free from 14-20 May to raise awareness of the daily food frustrations encountered by the 1 in 100 people in the UK who have coeliac disease. … Continue reading


Eating Disorders and Malnutrition


Reproduced by kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) “EFFECTS OF MALNUTRITION An eating disorder, along with the cognitive and emotional symptoms, causes nutritional chaos. That chaos of lost nutrients, erratic supply, and the … Continue reading


Acne – A Herbalist’s View


Acne usually starts at puberty and tends to affect males more than females.  Usually it’s the face, neck chest and upper back that are affected. Although acne is often triggered by puberty it can persist once puberty is over. Layers … Continue reading


Testing for allergies


When all your usual remedies fail and the doctor is baffled by your symptoms, you may suspect you or your child has an allergy. It’s often difficult to find a specialist in allergies who can help, but there are now … 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


British Nutrition Foundation Confirms There Is No Evidence That Sliced Bread Bloats Us


Despite a distinct lack of scientific proof, the start of the 21st century has seen a continuation of the claim that sliced supermarket bread made by the Chorleywood Bread Process (CBP)** causes bloating. A new report published by the British Nutrition Foundation in … Continue reading


Three bowel cancer drugs rejected


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have rejected 3 bowel cancer drugs over concerns of cost effectiveness. Chief Executive Andrew Dillon said “We have to be confident that the benefits that drugs offer patients really do justify what … Continue reading


Is bread the enemy?


New research by the University of Portsmouth has found that 1 in 5 British adults believe they have a food allergy and most blame wheat. This could explain why bread sales have been declining since the 1970s. Many diets portray … Continue reading


10 Myths About Food Intolerance


I thought that I would share with you some of the common myths surrounding food intolerance! Here goes:- Myth 1 – Food intolerances are very rare Genuine food allergy is rare. Less than 2% of the population (and 8% of children … Continue reading


How do you get a 3 year old to understand their allergies?


So how do you get a 3 year old to understand that they can’t eat wheat? That if they eat wheat they will end up in pain and discomfort for days around going to the toilet? How do you get … Continue reading


Food allergy or intolerance? When people talk about suffering from food reactions, whether allergy, intolerance or hyper-sensitivity, what do they mean?


The statistics from Allergy UK state that 45% of the population suffer from “food intolerance” symptoms such as gut problems, skin problems, headaches, migraines, joint pains, fatigue and low mood. However, when people talk about suffering from food reactions, whether … Continue reading


Action Against Allergy – information


The symptoms of allergy and allergy-related illness come in many different forms, from a mild irritant to a severely debilitating chronic condition. About one in three of us suffers allergy for all or part of our life and although there … Continue reading


Dr Chris Steele Has Coeliac Disease


Dr Chris Steele MBE announced today, 18th January 2010, on ITV’s This Morning where he is the show’s resident doctor, that he has been diagnosed coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. Damage is … Continue reading