bowel

A blog about the bowel and associated conditions

Helen Barnshaw

30 Apr

Homemade Healthy Ginger Beer

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Rex Garratt

22 Apr

Silicawater may help reduce bowel inflammation

Silicawater may help reduce bowel inflammation

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talkhealth

26 Mar

talkhealth meets…Sahara Fleetwood-Beresford, inflammatory bowel disease blogger and founder of #IBDSuperHeroes

What symptoms prompted you to seek help initially? When I was 19, I started suffering from diarrhoea and abdominal cramps that got worse over a period of two weeks. I had visited a GP who had diagnosed me with IBS …

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Caz

3 Mar

When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go : Invisible Illness & Public Toilet Troubles

‘When you gotta go, you gotta go’. Everyone goes, everyone uses a toilet and some of us just happen to go in bags. So what? Why is it still so embarrassing to talk about it? I’ll admit I’m embarrassed just …

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Julie

6 Oct

The Perfect Watercress Soup – low FODMAP

Watercress soup is sublime and tradition in our household means that we have it as a starter every Christmas. I have considered the fact that we can’t use onion – the complete taste profile onion gives to the dish – …

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Laura Gamble

17 Sep

Advocacy at the doctors

“Do something your future self will be thankful for,” -unknown   Imagine, two individuals, experiencing similar chronic health issues go to the doctor’s office. The first one roughly explains their symptoms, doesn’t feel prepared, is in a deep desire for relief, …

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Julie

8 Sep

Oyster Mushrooms – A Umami Low Fodmap Option for IBS

It is autumn and the evenings are becoming darker. It is the season for mushrooms and many people really miss mushrooms when following the low fodmap diet. But if you are following the Kings College Low FODMAP diet oyster mushrooms …

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talkhealth

28 Aug

Guts UK explore the ‘Science of Digestion’ in their free event

Gut health charity, Guts UK are hosting an exciting new event for the public on Thursday 12th September starting at 5.30pm at The Revell Ward Suite, Huddersfield, Football Stadium, Stadium Way, HD1 6PG. The event is called ‘Exploring the Science …

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Helen Barnshaw

27 Aug

95% of the body’s detoxification enzymes are found in the Liver.

? To look after your Liver, start by reducing toxins like refined sugar, saturated fat, carbonated drinks, smoking, alcohol, pollution, cleaning products. ? Try giving your body a rest from heavy meats and Monosaccharide carbs, by replacing a meal with …

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Laura Gamble

21 Aug

Recovery

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart, sing anyway.” – Emory Austin Recovery takes everything you don’t feel like you have. It takes the energy you scrape from the bottom of the barrel to someday feel normal …

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Helen Barnshaw

12 Aug

? Anxiety ?

? As a sufferer of Anxiety my whole life, I have learned and practiced some affective strategies that have enabled me to overcome the fear-based personality that was once stopping me from living a happy and free life, and reaching …

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talkhealth

2 Aug

Birth rates, what food to eat to avoid heart attacks, breast cancer breakthrough & more

If you’ve missed the latest health news from the week beginning 29th July, catch up now in our roundup. Butter, red meat & cheese increase heart attack & stroke risks Too much butter, red meat and cheese are actually bad …

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Helen Barnshaw

30 Jul

Simple steps for growing your daily wellbeing & long term happiness

? Know what your body needs to heal & meal prep in advance to make it easier for you to stay on track. ? Drink plenty of water daily. Take a thermos with you so you can fill with hot …

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Helen Barnshaw

30 Jul

Going Vegan? ?

You may already know of the many benefits of going Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian; ? To name a few: * Better digestion * Improved metabolism * Improved energy levels * Improved circulation * Healthy weight loss * Improved detoxification ability …

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Helen Barnshaw

18 Jul

Tips to begin reducing stress, anxiety, and pain, naturally

Did you know? ???????? ———————————- Did you know Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients we require to function? . Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzyme systems that regulate important biochemical reactions in the body. Its most important …

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Laura Gamble

15 Jul

SIBO Solutions

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO, is a condition that can be minor or have debilitating symptoms. Most commonly, doctors will prescribe a type of antibiotic to eliminate overgrown bacteria. What happens when the patients SIBO arise again after a …

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Laura Gamble

18 Jun

Why does Gastrointestinal Problems Affect Mostly Women

Ask any woman if she has had chronic digestive problems in her life. The answers will most likely be positive rather than her male counterpart.  According to the International Gastrointestinal Disorders,” A significant proportion – 35% to 40% – of …

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Laura Gamble

28 May

Low-FODMAP

  “Mindful eating is eating with intention while paying attention.” – Katie Konersman RD, CDE  If you are present in the digestive health community or simply into diets, you might have heard of something called the Low-FODMAP Diet. The diets abbreviation …

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talkhealth

23 May

Advice & guidance for living with Accidental Bowel Leakage

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Do you have embarrassing bowel leakages? Bladder and Bowel UK estimates that 1 in 10 adults will have some form of bowel control problem at some point in their lives. This chronic condition can be very upsetting and embarrassing and …

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talkhealth

12 Apr

Web IBS Therapy, Fatty Liver Disease, Cancer Treatment & More

If you’ve not had the chance to catch up on the latest news this week, here are the latest stories from 12 April. Fatty Liver Disease in Young People Experts have warned that high levels of fatty liver disease among young …

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Caz

12 Apr

Hospital Go Bags : Prepare For The Unexpected

Have you ever had unexpected trips to the hospital emergency department before? Maybe you know all too well what it’s like to be caught off guard. Life gets thrown into disarray, best laid plans go out the window, and you’re …

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Louise Helen Hunt

13 Mar

What is ‘healthy’ when you’re chronically ill?

It has been almost eight years since I first started feeling unwell. This was a something that niggled me at first but would go on to engulf my life at the ripe age of 22. I’ve written about my diagnosis …

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talkhealth

21 Dec

This week in health – 21 December 2018

It’s only four days until Christmas Day, but that hasn’t slowed the flow of health news. Instead, it seems to have spurred a number of health professionals to call for stronger actions to dissuade people from eating unhealthy foods. This …

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talkhealth

15 Nov

New support programme for anyone with IBS

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 …

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Natalie Garton

18 Jun

What Effect Would A Wet Wipes Ban Have On Ostomates?

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 …

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Natalie Garton

11 May

Living On Steroids

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 …

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talkhealth

2 May

Twitter chat for World IBD Day

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 …

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Caz

9 Apr

Coming To Terms With A Stoma

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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 …

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Trishna Bharadia

1 Apr

#ThinkHand campaign could be a game-changer

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 …

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Louise Potter

14 Mar

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 …

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Louise Potter

25 Feb

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 …

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Caz

8 Feb

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 …

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Louise Potter

25 Jan

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 …

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Rachel Jury

16 Jan

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 …

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Rachel Jury

7 Dec

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 …

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Guest blogger

11 Aug

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

 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 …

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talkhealth

16 May

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 …

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Guest blogger

20 Oct

Relief from IBS – your route to digestive comfort

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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 …

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Tilly-Jayne Kidman

10 Aug

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 …

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Julie

5 Jul

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 https://www.change.org/p/all-political-parties-and-the-national-medical-director-recognise-it-s-not-just-irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs Its …

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Julie

4 Jul

Pecan, lime and blueberry bircher low fodmap

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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 …

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talkhealth

21 Jun

Don’t suffer in silence: World Continence Week

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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 …

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Julie

20 Jun

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

7 Jun

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 …

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Julie

31 May

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

29 May

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 …

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talkhealth

4 Feb

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 …

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Dr Helen Webberley

9 Dec

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

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 …

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Dr Nick Read

2 Dec

Does Father Christmas Have IBS?

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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, …

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Dr Nick Read

1 Dec

10 Tips for Keeping Your Gut Healthy This Christmas

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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 …

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Guest blogger

24 Nov

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

23 Nov

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 …

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Michelle

2 Nov

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 …

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Ghislaine Swinburn

27 Oct

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

26 Oct

Following a low FODMAP diet when travelling in the Philippines

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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 …

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Dr Helen Webberley

23 Oct

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. …

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Julie

18 Oct

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 …

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Dr Helen Webberley

13 Oct

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 …

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Dr Helen Webberley

8 Oct

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 …

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Balquees Ali

1 Oct

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 …

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Dr Helen Webberley

28 Sep

The miracle that is aspirin

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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 …

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Julie

22 Sep

Which probiotic could I try for IBS?

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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 …

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Julie

13 Sep

Prunes – natures laxative.

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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 …

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Dr Helen Webberley

7 Sep

13 symptoms never to ignore

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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 …

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Dr Helen Webberley

6 Sep

The stigma of stomas?

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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 …

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Michelle

20 Aug

It’s August so…

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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 …

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Guest blogger

14 Aug

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

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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 …

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talkhealth

14 Aug

#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 …

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talkhealth

10 Aug

Survey Results: 70% Suffering from Bowel or Digestive Problems

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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 …

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Julie

8 Aug

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

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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 …

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talkhealth

8 Jul

Never2Young + Bladder, Bowel and Digestive Health

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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 …

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Dr Roger Goulds

7 Jul

Living the dream

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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 …

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Julie

26 Jun

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 …

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Guest blogger

25 Jun

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 …

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AnnA_R

21 Jun

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 …

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Guest blogger

21 May

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 …

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Sarah Brocker

17 Mar

My Catch 22 Disease

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

3 Mar

What to Expect with a CT Enteroclysis

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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 …

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Oral Health Foundation

22 Jan

Dry January

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

20 Jan

Comment on DELICIOUS low FODMAP lemon polenta cake by RMdietetics

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

15 Jan

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

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

6 Jan

My College LifeSavers

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

9 Dec

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 …

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Sarah Brocker

2 Dec

#FightingFierce: IBD Awareness Week

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

2 Dec

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 …

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Julie

1 Dec

Wheat free couscous stuffed peppers and Living well with IBS

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

17 Nov

Why You Should Care

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

4 Nov

Come Back Food

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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 = …

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Charity News

30 Sep

Lynda Bellingham- Bowel Cancer UK statement

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

30 Sep

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

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

29 Sep

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

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

26 Sep

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

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

11 Aug

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

11 Aug

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

7 Aug

Bloglovin

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 …

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talkhealth

28 Jul

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 …

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Charity News

21 Jul

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 …

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Oral Health Foundation

9 Jul

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 …

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Sarah Brocker

15 Jun

To the World that Hears without Listening

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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 …

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Lesley

15 May

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 …

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talkhealth

21 Apr

talkhealth visit the Natural & Organic Product Show

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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 …

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Katy Gray

27 Mar

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 …

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WeightLossBitch

16 Mar

Two things…

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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 …

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Charity News

10 Mar

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

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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 …

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WeightLossBitch

23 Feb

Goodness me…

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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 …

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Julie

18 Feb

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

5 Feb

I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London!

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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 …

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WeightLossBitch

30 Jan

Mr WLB…

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

29 Jan

Tips that Make Not Eating Easier

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 …

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Julie

23 Jan

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 …

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Mark Whiteley

23 Jan

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 …

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Gary Turner

13 Jan

Want To Run A Marathon? Tips To Help…

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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 …

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Julie

1 Jan

2013 in review

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

22 Dec

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. …

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Sarah Brocker

19 Dec

I am a Ninja

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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, …

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LeeMartinRD

27 Nov

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 …

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Julie

17 Nov

My annual toilet rant

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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 …

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talkhealth

13 Nov

Online Clinic on Men’s Health now OPEN

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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 …

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Julie

6 Nov

Stir fry beef low fodmap

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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 …

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Charity News

4 Nov

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 …

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Julie

13 Oct

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

17 Sep

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

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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 …

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Gary Turner

13 Sep

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

19 Aug

The Top 5 FODMAP & IBS Articles from July 2013

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

10 Aug

Low FODMAP inspired Beef Rendang

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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 …

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talkhealth

18 Jul

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.  …

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Julie

2 Jul

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

25 Jun

DELICIOUS low FODMAP lemon polenta cake

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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 …

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LeeMartinRD

25 Jun

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 …

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LeeMartinRD

21 Jun

Adding flavour to Low FODMAP meals (Part 2)

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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 …

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Julie

16 Jun

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 …

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WeightLossBitch

15 Jun

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

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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 …

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Julie

31 May

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 …

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talkhealth

11 May

talkIBS coming soon & we need your help!

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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 …

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Dr Eric Bakker

7 May

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 …

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AnnA_R

6 Mar

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 …

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talkhealth

20 Feb

Cheap vitamin could prevent birth defects

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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 …

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talkhealth

5 Dec

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 …

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AnnA_R

3 Dec

A Yogalicious Advent Calendar – Free!

I know we are more used to the traditional chocolate feast for the first 24 days of December, but in the interests of our health – and waistlines – I thought you might like to try something different this year. …

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AnnA_R

26 Oct

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 …

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Sarah

22 Sep

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 …

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Carol

10 Jun

WE ARE ALL FULL OF IT

  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 …

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Sarah

4 Jun

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 …

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talkhealth

11 May

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 …

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talkhealth

9 May

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. …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

Eating Disorders and Malnutrition

Reproduced by kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) www.feast-ed.org “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 …

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Patricia

20 Mar

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 …

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Janet

2 Mar

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 …

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talkhealth

1 Mar

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 …

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talkhealth

25 Jan

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 …

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talkhealth

25 Nov

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 …

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talkhealth

22 Nov

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 …

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Dr Gill Hart

18 Oct

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 …

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Dawn

7 Oct

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 …

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Dr Gill Hart

6 Oct

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 …

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Deborah

12 May

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 …

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talkhealth

19 Jan

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 …

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