Posts Tagged ‘self-help’

IBS, Smoking, E-cigarettes and Nicotine

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

IBS and other diseases of the digestive system, including diverticular disease, are affected by cigarette smoking. Tobacco smoking is rapidly being replaced by the use of e-cigarettes known as ‘vaping’. This system is clamed to be safer than tobacco cigarettes, giving the pleasurable effects of nicotine with only trivial side effects. However, the pharmacological effects of nicotine are still relevant to all nicotine delivery systems.

This article appeared in Gut Reaction, the magazine of the IBS Network, Issue 93, Oct 2014


IBS sufferers are well aware that diet and the passage of food residues through the gut can influence their problems. Similarly, worry and stress affect the digestive system through nerve connections between the head brain and gut brain. Less attention is paid to substances which reach the bowel through it’s blood supply to modify nerve and muscle behaviour. Drugs and their side-effects are an example.

Cigarette smoking delivers many chemicals into the blood stream (more…)

Expert Patient Programme

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Nearly two years ago I wrote to the Secretary of State for Health asking why diverticular disease (DD) was not included with all the other diseases in the National Service Framework (NSF) for long term conditions or the NSF for older people or the ‘Expert Patient’ initiative. The government thought that both NSFs should ensure that all older people receive improved services based around their own individual needs, and in this way DD may well be covered but not specifically. 

The Expert Patient initiative is a new approach to the management of chronic diseases. (more…)