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WKG aims to keep you informed about the latest developments in gastroenterology. Dr. Harris will post regularly about issues that relate to the investigation, treatment and management of GI conditions. We hope that you find these posts helpful, stimulating and easy to understand.

Gut Reaction #27: The possible relationship between gut microbiota and obesity

Studies conducted in recent years have explored the relationship between the gut microbiota, consisting of around 800 different bacteria species, and metabolism. It has been suggested that specific intestinal microbial compositions can either protect from, or contribute to, obesity and ...

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Gut Reaction #26: Alkaline Water & Plant-Based Mediterranean Style Diet

In the 19th edition of the Gut Reaction series, I suggested that patients with Laryngo-Pharyngeal Reflux (LPR) may consider an alkaline water & plant-based Mediterranean style diet. As discussed in that blog, a paper published in JAMA Otolaryngology (October 2017) suggested that diet and ...

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Gut Reaction #25: STW5 (Iberogast)

This month’s blog will focus on STW5 (or Iberogast), a herbal product used for many years to treat functional dyspepsia (a chronic disorder of sensation and movement in the upper digestive tract – read more here). What is it? Iberogast is ...

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Gut Reaction #24: GDPR

With last month’s blog having focused on CMA’s article 22, enforcing transparency and trust within the private healthcare system, this month’s blog will follow up by discussing the GDPR and the measures WKG takes to protect your information. The GDPR ...

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Gut Reaction #23 CMA Article 22 – Consultant Fee Disclosure

This month’s blog will take an alternative approach to the usual format, focusing not on the patient but instead the practitioner. In 2012, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened its investigation into the private healthcare market. The key finding ...

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Gut Reaction #22: Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics and prebiotics, both of which assist in maintaining a healthy gut, are often confused for one another. This blog will set out the definitions and differentiations between the two. Probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in ...

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Gut Reaction #21: Constipation

Constipation is a common condition that is more common in women and is generally defined by infrequent bowel movements (usually less than 3 stools per week) with the passage of hard stools with straining. The 3 most common causes of ...

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Gut Reaction #20: Why is Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) getting more common?

GORD is a chronic relapsing condition whereby acid produced in the stomach moves up into the lower part of the gullet, or oesophagus, leading to a “burning” discomfort or heartburn. The actual amount of acid is not increased but the ...

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Gut Reaction #19: Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)

During episodes of gastro-oesophageal reflux, the stomach’s contents (containing hydrochloric acid) may rise to the upper oesophagus, beyond the upper oesophageal sphincter (a ring of muscle at the top of the oesophagus) and into the back of the throat. This ...

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Gut Reaction #18: The 5:2 Diet

Over the last 20 years many patients have asked for my advice on losing weight (often following a discussion about hiatus hernia, reflux or fatty liver….). It appears that all diets work (albeit some quicker than others) when people ...

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