Be Clear on Bowel Cancer

 Be Clear on Bowel Cancer

The Department of Health is running a new campaign to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and increase early diagnosis. The ‘ Be Clear on Cancer ’ campaign will run for nine weeks from the end of January, and aims to raise awareness that blood in your poo or looser poo can be early signs of bowel cancer. If England’s survival rates were to match the best in Europe for bowel cancer, 1700 lives each year could be saved. The campaign will encourage people to see their doctor straight away if they are experiencing any of the symptoms. These vital messages will be communicated via various channels, including TV, radio and print adverts, events and social media. Reinforces the message neglect kills and self diagnosis is no diagnosis – go to your GP and get checked.

Source: UK department of health

By |February 17th, 2012|Digestive Disorders, Disease, Education, IBS - Irritable bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis|Comments Off on Be Clear on Bowel Cancer

A digested guide to perfect digestion

A digested guide to perfect digestion: Experts reveal how to relieve common symptoms – with some very surprising advice

We are a nation obsessed with our guts. From bloating to bowel issues, an estimated nine million of us have problems with our digestive systems. ‘The number of people being diagnosed with digestive disorders is on the rise, as people are taking their symptoms more seriously and are getting diagnosed earlier,’ says Dr Anton Emmanuel of the gut health charity CORE. One in five of us suffers with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterised by diarrhoea, stomach cramps and bloating.

Nine million sufferers: One in five of us suffers from Irritable Bowel SyndromeNine million sufferers: One in five of us suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Many of us resort to all kinds of measures for a healthy gut, chomping through bowls of high-fibre cereals and guzzling water. But could we be unwittingly making our symptoms worse?

Here, some of the country’s leading digestive experts dispel the most common myths and advise how to have a happy gut.

DITCH THE FIBRE

IBS patients are often told to eat more fibre. ‘But this is the worst thing for a significant number of patients, particularly when it comes to bran,’ says Peter Whorwell, professor of medicine at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester and a leading authority on IBS.

‘While eating more fibre undoubtedly helps to sort out mild constipation, it’s rarely helpful for severe IBS symptoms and it won’t help diarrhoea. Fibre is a bulking agent which gives the bowel even more work to do, so it’s likely to worsen symptoms in people with severe constipation.’

Instead, he advises white bread, white pasta, […]

Your gut health

Your gut health

Digestive Health Issues

Your gut health – World Digestive Health Day – “We hope that this day will help unite gastroenterologists worldwide”  – Digestive Health – The WGO engages in advocacy on a global basis as it celebrates World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) annually on May 29, the anniversary of WGO’s founding in Washington, DC, USA in 1958. Each year WDHD highlights an important topic in the area of digestive health and disease for physicians, other healthcare practitioners, patients and the general public. Topics have included optimal health and nutrition, viral hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. In 2011 the focus will be on enteric infections and their relationship to clean water, clean food and a clean environment. Working with you, our national member societies, we make the general public and governments more aware of issues – local, national, and global – relating to digestive health, nutrition and digestive diseases.

In 2009 over 60 events in 40 countries informed physicians, patients and the general public about IBS, how to live with it and how it can be treated. Information on IBD was spread in 2010 by 25 of WGO’s member societies with over 50 events taking place worldwide.

Source: http://www.worldgastroenterology.org

By |March 31st, 2011|Digestive Disorders, IBS - Irritable bowel Syndrome|Comments Off on Your gut health

Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel

Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel

If you’ve ever had butterflies in your stomach or an attack of nerves that sent you racing for the bathroom, you already know that the intestinal tract has a mind of its own. The millions who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or I.B.S., perhaps know it best. I.B.S., with its symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation or an alternating cycle of the two, can seriously impair the ability to work and enjoy leisure activities. Up to 15 percent of the population is affected, though only half seek medical help. The gut and brain are intimately connected, with more nerve cells in the intestines than in the spinal cord. The gut has been called the body’s second brain, containing 95 percent of the body’s neurotransmitter serotonin and direct nerve connections to the brain.

So it is no surprise that this common disorder of intestinal function has a strong mind-body connection. This does not mean I.B.S. is a psychosomatic condition caused by emotions, but rather that emotional upsets can aggravate symptoms in someone with a hyper-reactive bowel. It also means that learning to minimize stress and emotional disturbances can reduce the symptoms of I.B.S., perhaps more effectively than medications, recent research has indicated. Yet much educational material about this condition underplays the mind-body connection and the vital role that emotional retraining can play in controlling it.

This is perhaps an overreaction to the past when most patients with I.B.S. were told there was nothing physically wrong with them — it was all in their heads. After all, they had no obvious organic cause like a tumor, infection or ulcer. In the modern era of medicalization, the pendulum swung the other way. Gastroenterologists […]

Hypnotherapy may help ulcerative colitis

Hypnotherapy may help ulcerative colitis

Laurie Keefer, a clinical health psychologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, reckons that the therapy could certainly help boost the quality of life for patients with ulcerative colitis, a nasty gastrointestinal disease that flares without warning and makes it vital for patients to find a bathroom fast.

She says that some of her patients have started embracing activities they once avoided, after they took part in a research study, which tested if hypnotherapy could extend the time between their flare-ups.

Currently, the treatments for ulcerative colitis include a maintenance medication called 5-ASA, which should be taken as many as 12 per day that reduce the risk of flares but that many forget to take, as well as steroids or surgery to remove their colon.

Taking an early look at the data for the ongoing study, Keefer has found that treatment with hypnotherapy enabled some subjects’ to socialize more and get involved in activities such as eating at restaurants, exercising and road trips.

Some subjects feel less impaired by their disease, and are better at remembering to take their pills.

The study will be enrolling a total of 80 patients over three years, and will track the progress of each patient for one year.

To date, 27 subjects have enrolled in the study and completed the required eight weeks of hypnotherapy sessions, which also includes listening to special relaxation tapes up to five times per week.

Although it’s early, it has been found that only two of 12 subjects, who have participated in the study for a full year, have experienced a relapse, whereas based on their history, all 12 subjects would have been expected to have had two or more relapses within the […]

By |July 8th, 2009|Anxiety, Digestive Disorders, Hypnotherapy, Pain, Stress, Ulcerative Colitis|Comments Off on Hypnotherapy may help ulcerative colitis

Making an Appointment

Making an Appointment

If you’re interested in finding out what Hypnotherapy can do for you, I offer an initial 30 minute consultation, with no obligation to carry on with the treatment. This will allow me to talk you through what Hypnotherapy is able to achieve, you can ask

any questions you have, and we can establish what it is we are aiming to do in any subsequent sessions. See if you can get on with the sound of my voice by trying the FREE button below and listening to the free track on my download site. If you can then thats fine a face to face appointment or if your budget is tight then a download may help.

If you’re happy to carry on working with me, we can have an hour session of hypnotherapy directly afterwards, provided the diary allows – so you should plan for you initial meeting with me to be one and a half hours. Subsequent sessions will be one hour.

I do not usually see clients in the comfort of their own homes. This is usually because there are too many distractions and in some cases the very thing we are to work on is associated with the home environment in some way. I therefore use a Clinic Environment. However if you are nervous, I understand it may be a new experience for you so  it’s OK for a friend or relative to come along with you.

Appointments held during the normal working day, on weekdays, are £75 for one hour session (The first session is more likely to be of two hours – Same price though £75 so you get 1 extra […]

By |October 7th, 2007|About Me, Hypnotherapy, Make an Appointment, Resources|Comments Off on Making an Appointment