Gut Reaction #29: Rifaximin in IBS and SIBO
Rifaximin is an antibiotic that can be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome without constipation (IBS) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and if successful, may relief abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhoea. Individuals with IBS and/or SIBO are thought to ...
Gut Reaction #28: Carbohydrates, maldigestion and malabsorption
Carbohydrates are commonly consumed as part of a typical Western diet. This blog will highlight some of the problems that carbohydrates may pose if there are problems with digestion or absorption.
Carbohydrate digestion starts in the upper part of the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...