Category Archives: Chronic Illness

I used to be soooo brave

Way back in the summer of 1991, just turned 18, I headed off to live in a city 1,300km from my rural town of 300 people. I took my bike, an old suitcase, a collection of tatty and unfashionable clothes and a few tools to reassemble said bike on arrival.  I swear, I went without […]

I am a Spoonie Warrior!

SIBO Warrior Princess

I’m sitting cross legged on my yoga mat, sunlight filtering in through the window onto my face, cup of tea in hand. I’m looking, listening, thinking and feeling, oh so much feeling. I can hear the mellifluous jingle of my eleven year olds fingers on the key board of the piano, and her sweet, perfect […]

SBIO & the MMC – Part V: Lifestyle Stuff

This is part five of a five part series. The parts are: What is the MMC and why we care What Influences the MMC When things go bad with the MMC Healing with Drugs and Herbs Healing with lifestyle measures Recap MMC stands for Migrating Motor Complex.  The MMC is the ‘housekeeper’ of your gastrointestinal […]

SBIO & the MMC – Part IV: Drugs and Herbs

This is part four of a five part series, the parts are: What is the MMC and why we care What influences the MMC When things go bad with the MMC Healing with drugs and herbs Healing with lifestyle measures Recap on the MMC MMC stands for Migrating Motor Complex.  The MMC is the housekeeper […]

SIBO & MMC – Part III: When things go bad

This is part three of a five-part series. The parts are: What is the MMC and why we care What Influences the MMC When things go bad with the MMC Healing with drugs and herbs Healing with lifestyle measures Recap MMC stands for Migrating Motor Complex.  The MMC is the ‘housekeeper’ of your gastrointestinal tract. […]

SIBO & the MMC – Part II: Influences

This is part two of a five part series. The parts are: What is the MMC and why we care What Influences the MMC When things go bad with the MMC Healing with drugs and herbs Healing with lifestyle measures Recap MMC stands for Migrating Motor Complex.  The MMC is the ‘housekeeper’ of your gastrointestinal […]

SIBO & the MMC – Part 1: Background & Overview

This is part one of a five-part series. The parts are: 1. What is the MMC and why should we care 2. What Influences the MMC 3. When things go bad with the MMC 4. Healing with drugs and herbs (no I did not say dealing drugs and herbs – focus!) 5. Healing with lifestyle […]

The Role of ‘Quantifying’ in chronic illness: How far is too far?

I vividly remember in the not too distance past reading an article in the popular media about these people called ‘quantifiers’.  Apparently these ‘quantifiers’ monitored everything they could find about themselves, their steps, their hearts, whatever the latest gizmos and gadgets would offer them. But get this – these mad people actually met up in […]

Reiki Part One: An Introduction

This is part one of a three part series on Reiki, the parts are: Reiki Part One: An introduction Reiki Part Two: What the research says Reiki Part Three: My personal journey Reiki & Me I have received Reiki several times in the past from trained practitioners and always loved the experience.  In the UK […]

Chronic Illness and the Search for the Holy Grail.

There comes a point after many moons of doctors tests and a vague incurable, poorly understood diagnosis or six (often with word ‘syndrome’ attached) that we get the Big Dr Shrug (BDS).  The BDS goes like this: well you are not dying, there is nothing seriously wrong, and nothing more I can do, um yeah, […]