Author Archives: Linda

A Quick Guide to Barrett’s Oesophagus: Symptoms, Management, Treatment

Over the years, a considerable number of people have contacted me asking for help to manage their acid reflux.  Very often, they ask if they can stop taking their proton pump medication (PPIs – strong antacids) and take something more natural.  Having heard of the side effects linked to taking PPIs, they hope that they […]

Sugar: pure, white and deadly

Sugar may satisfy your sweet tooth, but consuming too much of it comes at a cost to your health. Here are five things you may not know about sugar. Sugar has been shown to be the primary source of fuel for certain species of harmful bacteria and yeasts in the gut, meaning that eating a […]

2020 – A Year to Forget and Remember

As we approach the end of 2020, I can’t help thinking back to where we were this time last year. It was a very different world, for one thing.  Sad goodbyes The end of 2019 was, for me, a time of worry. My dad was in hospital for the second time, with a chest infection, […]

What you need to know about Candida

There are many kinds of fungus that live in the human body, normally without causing any issues, and often helping it to function. But, there are times when these fungi can begin to cause problems. In this article I’m going to focus on one of these fungi – Candida. Discover what happens when it begins […]

Dealing with constipation in children

Constipation is an issue that many young children suffer from at some time or other, but when it is prolonged or reoccurs often it can become a big issue for both the child and the parents. What is constipation? Constipation is categorised by your child passing a stool less than 3 times per week. The […]

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 […]