Author Archives: Linda

All you need to know about histamine intolerance

What is histamine? Histamine is a chemical produced in cells throughout the body as part of the body’s inflammatory response to allergy, infection, or injury. In short, it sends red flag messages to your immune system, notifying your white blood cells to rally up against potential attackers that may be infecting your tissues. As well […]

Is an enema the same as a colonic?

Over the years, I’ve often been asked this question and the answer is no. An enema only empties the very lower part of the large bowel, the rectal area, and a colonic empties the whole length of the large bowel. What is an enema? An enema involves putting warm water or sometimes a raw coffee […]

Do we really need to be taking so many pills?

Are you worried about the sheer number of different medications so many people – particularly the older members of your family – are taking on a daily basis? There has been a staggering threefold increase in the number of prescriptions issued by GPs in the UK in the last fifteen years, with millions now committed […]

Laxatives – how can they improve bowel function?

What is a laxative? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a laxative as “a medicine, food, or drink that makes someone empty their bowels easily”. Used to relieve constipation, a laxative is generally regarded as something that stimulates the bowel, and is often perceived as being aggressive, with many people believing that taking a laxative is detrimental to […]

Probiotics and prebiotics

What are probiotics? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. You are what you eat. Or more accurately, you are what you feed the trillions of bacteria that live in your gut. These organisms that inhabit the lining of […]

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

This blog is the second of two blogs about functional gut testing. You can read the first blog about GI Effects testing and comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA) with parasitology here. If you suffer with IBS, I encourage you to read both blogs, as IBS is often misdiagnosed, and both these functional gut testing blogs will […]

Functional testing for gut health

In this blog, we’re looking at private functional gut health tests, including Gastro-intestinal (GI) Effects, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).  These are tests that are not available on the NHS. It’s the first of two blogs about functional gut testing. You can read the second blog, about Small Intestinal Bacterial […]

Check your meds! When was your last drugs review?

I recently had an interesting conversation with a lady via email.  She contacted me about a few digestive issues she was having, with her main points of concern being her long-term IBS symptoms and the fact that she had urgency for the toilet.  This was having an impact on her wellbeing, as she was nervous about […]

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Antibiotics and children

I get a lot of messages every day. Messages from people of all ages, from all walks of life, the majority of whom need help because they have a digestive or gut disorder. Last week was no exception, but three of the messages struck a particular chord, and I’d like to tell you about them […]

Pregnancy, antibiotics and baby’s immune system

From the moment you fall pregnant, your body starts to change; what you might not know is that these changes can lead to an increased risk of picking up an infection, which can mean needing to take a course of antibiotics. Certain macrolide antibiotics have the potential to cause congenital abnormalities in newborns. The four […]

Should I take supplements?

I have spoken before of my struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression during the early 1990s.  During that time, I tried every natural remedy and treatment under the sun in my quest to heal, and that was when I came across colon hydrotherapy and experienced my ‘light bulb moment’ to train in the practice […]

Does good gut health boost your immunity?

Our digestive health has a lot to do with our immune health and vice versa. Its role in maintaining our immune health and, eventually, our overall wellbeing cannot be underestimated. The two systems work closely to keep us in good physical and mental shape. The immune system is the group of cells and molecules that […]

Important news about the clinic

Shortly before lockdown, my husband and business partner, Kevin, and I closed our natural health clinic in accordance with government guidelines.  To be honest, we had been talking about closing the doors of the clinic permanently for a few months; we just hadn’t committed to following through, mainly down to procrastination and not quite knowing […]

The Gut-Brain Connection: the link with anxiety and depression

The number of people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) worldwide is rising dramatically. This is also the case for mood-related conditions such as anxiety and depression. As many of you will already know, gastrointestinal problems, such as IBS are commonly linked to anxiety and mood changes. Did you know that we are more bacteria […]

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How long should I take probiotics for?

In the modern world, there are so many things that detrimentally affect the levels of live beneficial micro-organisms in our gut; including drugs such as multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, long-term regular use of proton pump inhibitors (antacids), long-term regular use of steroid medications, to name just a few.  Throw into the mix a gut […]