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Jul 11, 2022

Paediatric gastroenterologist Professor Marc Benninga. Prof Benninga or Marc as he prefers to be called, studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After receiving his Medical degree he worked as a research fellow at the department of paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He performed extensive research on constipation and faecal incontinence in childhood. Subsequently he was trained in paediatrics at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After his paediatric training he performed research at The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, Australia with Geoff Davidson and Taher Omari. During his stay in Adelaide his research focussed on maturation of upper gastrointestinal motility in very young infants. In 1999 he became a staff member in the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam and currently he is the head of the department paediatric gastroenterology & Nutrition. The focus of his current clinical and research work is gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, recurrent abdominal pain, constipation, functional non-retentive faecal incontinence and inflammatory bowel disease in childhood. He also played in the Dutch National hockey team and competed at the Olympics in 1988, Seoul.

In todays podcast episode we had a really interesting conversation about pediatric functional abdominal pain, childhood constipation, and fecal incontinence diagnosis and treatments. We even talked about his interest and research in Gut Directed hypnotherapy. Lots and lots to learn. I hope my talk with Marc as interesting and helpful as I did. Please you enjoy my talk with Prof Marc Benninga.

Jun 27, 2022

Welcome to another Episode of Talking Gut. Todays talk is about Entero-stomal Therapy. My two guests today are both Stomal therapy nurses at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond  Melbourne.


Jackie Berryman is one of two Stomal Therapy Nurses at Epworth Richmond. Jackie came to nursing later in life after many years within the corporate world. She utilized her Arts Degree to enter a Masters of Nursing Science which is a 2 year entry to practice course. In 2011, at the age of 48, Jackie did her graduate nursing at Peter MacCallum and then went on to complete the Graduate Certificate of Stomal Therapy Nursing.

Jackie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Melbourne (also completed as a mature age student), a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Swinburne University of Technology, Masters in Nursing Science and a Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing. She is currently the Treasurer for the Victorian branch of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses.

Renuka Clarke is the other Stomal Therapy nurse at Epworth Richmond. Renuka has been a nurse for 40 years and still loves it.  The last 12 years has been as a Stomal Therapy Nurse.

Renuka has a diverse nursing background commencing in Townsville and then a post graduate placement with Mother Teresa in Kolkata, India.  She returned to Melbourne to work in a variety of general nursing roles culminating in Stomal Therapy.


In todays talk we discussed what a stoma is, what’s involved in the process of getting a stoma and the role of the nurses that help patients pre and post-surgery. We also discussed some of the challenges individual with Stomas can face and how these incredible nurses help them manage them.

Jun 13, 2022

Welcome to another Episode of Talking Gut, and today I have the honour of presenting someone a person I deeply respect, Prof Lin Chang. I met prof Chang many years ago while she was visiting Melbourne to present at ANGMA, The Australasian  Neurogastroenterolgy and Motility Association conference, and again during DDW conference in Chicago and San Diego.

Please allow me to introduce Prof Chang

Lin Chang, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She serves as the Co-Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA. She is also Program Director of the UCLA Gastroenterology Fellowship Program. Dr. Chang’s clinical and research expertise is in disorders of brain-gut disorders. Her research focuses on the pathophysiology of IBS related to stress, early life adversity, sex differences, and epigenetic factors, and the treatment of IBS. She is currently the Clinical Research Councilor of the AGA Governing Board. She previously served as President of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) and is a member of the Rome Foundation Board of Directors.

So…todays talk is about Stress and the Gut

We all know stress affects the gut, but how does it all work.

Some things you may know, but Im sure you are going to learn so much more.

We cover everything from how stress affects the gut from a neurobiological perspective, to how stress affects the microbiota,. There is just so much more and I just want to jump straight into it! Lets go!

Please enjoy my conversation with Prof Lin Chang

May 30, 2022

Welcome to Season 4, of The Talking Gut Podcast show. Wow, It’s been a long time and a lot has happened in the world since my last post, but I am excited to say I am back!, Back with new and truly fascinating episodes about the gut.

Todays topic is Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder or ARFID.

Its an episode that has been in the making for some time, and Id like to thank todays guest Dr Helen Burton Murray for her time and patience in bringing this to you.

Just alittle background before we dive in…

Dr. Burton Murray is a psychologist and the Director of the GI Behavioral Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital within the Center for Neurointestinal Health. She is specializes in the intersection of problematic eating behaviors and disorders of gut-brain interaction, including behavioral treatments to improve patients' nutritional status and eating-related quality of life. Dr Burton Murray has also has published in highly regarded research journals and undertaking fascinating research Massachusetts General Hospital.


In todays podcast we discuss

  1. What is ARFID?
  2. What is the prevalence, how common is it?
  3. What are the potential consequences of ARFID?
  4. What is the distinction from classic eating disorders, How do you distinguish ARFID from just Fussy eating and of course, how we discussed evidence based treatments. And of course as always, lots more.!!

Please enjoy my conversation with Dr Helen Burton-Murray

Aug 2, 2021

Welcome to another episode of Talking Gut

Todays episode is slightly different, It specifically created for Coeliac Australia as part of their 2020 Gluten Free Expo which unfortunately did not going head as an in person. Hopefully this year it will back to somewhat normal

The team at Coeliac Australia do a fantastic job in supporting their members and individuals diagnosed with Coeliac disease and I was excited help out by providing them with a useful episode on stigma in Coeliac disease.

And who else best to talk about Stigma and coeliac disease than Associate Prof Tiffany Taft.

Those that has listened to Episode 6 on the psychosocial impact of IBD, will know  Dr. Tiffany Taft is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago Illinois. She also owns a group private practice of psychologists & social workers who work with patients with chronic medical illness.

Dr Taft has worked in the field now known as Psychogastroenterology for the past 15 years during which she published several studies on stigma toward irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroparesis, and eosinophilic GI disorders.

Please enjoy my talk with Dr Tiffany Taft on stigma and Coeliac disease.

Jul 5, 2021

Thank you for tuning into another episode of Talking Gut!

In today’s episode I sat down and talked to Dr Zina Valaydon on Hepatology and the Liver.

Dr Zina Valaydon is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist. She is the head of the Hepatology service at the Western Hospital in Melbourne Australia. 

Zina graduated from The University of Melbourne with a double degree in Medicine and Surgery and Biomedical Science. She completed her physician training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She undertook specialist training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Austin Hospital and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian college of Physicians

Zina has a PhD in hepatology from the University of Melbourne in collaboration with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

What an episode I have install for you. Soo much cool and interesting information on the Liver. What an Organ!

In today's episode, we discussed everything from what the liver is, what it does, the different diseases and treatments, the effect of alcohol and constipation has on the liver, to fatty liver and detox diets, and as always, so much more.

Please enjoy my conversation with Dr Zine Valaydon

Jun 21, 2021

Welcome to another episode of talking gut, where I get the opportunity to interview leading expert in the fascinating area of the gut and related Systems.

In today’s interview, I had the wonderful pleasure to sit and talk to Dr Linda Nguyen, Neurogastroenterologist and motility specialist in California USA



Dr Nguyen is the Clinical Director of Stanford University’s Digestive Health Center and Director of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section.

She has performed translational and clinical research about gastroparesis and has published and  co-authored more than 20 publications through this work. More recently, her research has focused on overlapping conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome as it relates to GI motility disorders and associated symptoms.

Based on this interest, She been invited to serve on two ad hoc committees for the National Academy of Sciences (Institute of Medicine) and researched innovative approaches to manage the symptoms of GI motility disorders, including vagal nerve stimulation.

Dr Nguyen is currently collaborating with the Stanford CHARIOT program to develop a virtual reality mindfulness platform for central neuromodulation to manage chronic GI motility symptoms. This work has been funded with by  philanthropists giving earmarked specifically for herwork.

Currently, Dr Nguyen serves on the Governing Board/Council of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society where she is the Chair of the Membership, Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I also initiated and co-chair the ANMS Monthly Virtual CME Symposia program and serve as Chair of the Planning Committee for the 2023 ANMS Clinical Course after being a member of the Planning Committee in 2020-22. She also originated and maintained the Twitter account for the Division of Gastroenterology at Stanford University as well as led the expansion of the ANMS twitter feed. Dr Nguyen is also a frequent reviewer for multiple journals, including GASTROENTEROLOGY, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and many others.

In todays talk we discussed, you guessed it, Gastroparesis, a rather complex and poorly understood disorders.

We discussed what gastroparesis is, its lap with other GI disorders and neurological disorders and the complications in making a diagnosis. We also talked about diagnostic testing, treatments, future research and a whole lot more.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dr Linda Nguyen.

May 19, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Talking Gut Podcast.

Its been a long long time since our last episode and Im excited to be back for season 3.

Season 3 is jam packed full of some really exciting and interesting talks with leading health professionals in the area of Gastroenterology and related systems . Topics covered include gastroparesis ARFID, hepatology or the liver, and, as always a whole lot more.

Today, to highlight world IBD day, I excited to introduce to you Dr Britt Christensen who will talk about Everything IBD!

In todays episode, we discussed

What is IBD

Possible causes and complications

Diagnosis and treatments

Diet and IBD

Fecal Microbiota transplants

Complementary treatments including probiotics and cannabis

and...a whole lot more



Jun 22, 2020

In todays episode I have the wonderful pleasure to talk to Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus.

Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus is a registered psychologist and Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Melbourne. She completed her PhD in Psycho-gastroenterology at the University of Adelaide and has since worked at Monash University, University of South Australia, University of York (UK), and has been at Deakin University since 2016.

Antonina is an active researcher, with over 100 research publications, largely on the brain-gut links, psychotherapy and antidepressant treatment in chronic gastrointestinal conditions. Her research has received funding from such organisations as the Wellcome Trust, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and Crohn’s & Colitis Australia. Her research has informed the national and international guidelines on treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and has been translated into practice in Australia. Antonina is presently Associate Editor for Journal of Psychosomatic Research.​

We discussed a lot in todays episode. From research into the brain gut connection and IBD, How IBD effects Mental health to how Mental health effects IBD. We also discussed the benefits of antidepressants in IBD, and something some people might not know, Antonina’s own personal journey with IBD. A remarkable story.

I am excited to say we also discussed her recent book titled ‘IBD and the Gut Brain Connection. A patient and carers guide to taming CD and UC’. It’s a great book, and I strongly recommend for anyone who has been diagnosed with IBD, or their carer, and even health professionals working in the field of Gastroenterology.

I am confident you will find my talk with Dr Antonia Mikocka-Walus really valuable, please enjoy.

May 20, 2020

In todays episode I had the pleasure to talk to Tina Aswani Omprakash from Own your Own Crohns. Tina is someone who was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease 13 years ago and has gone on to become an IBD Blogger and patient advocate. Not only has Tina needed to deal with Crohns disease, but also an additional 22 diagnoses including gastroparesis, post-surgical irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), vestibular migraines, vertigo, inflammatory arthritis and pelvic floor dysfunction . And lets not forget the associated mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and medial PTSD.

I met Tina last year in May at the Digestive Diseases Week meeting in San Dieago and have stayed connected with her via the social media platforms.

Tina has been very open in talking about her past and present challenges in managing her multiple diagnoses in order to help and support others. She has done such an incredible job that in 2019, she won the Healio Disruptive Innovator Award for the Patient Voice category at the American College of Gastroenterology’s conference in San Antonio.

You can reach out and connect with Tina via her blog posts on or her facebook and twitter pages under the same name.

This is a story of incredible resilience.

I hope you get a lot of value from listening to my conversation with Tina Aswani Omprakash


Mar 9, 2020


Dr Rachael Coakley, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Innovation and Outreach in Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Coakley specializes in teaching children, adolescents and parents effective strategies to cope with pediatric chronic pain and pain-related stress using relaxation, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral skills.

She has published numerous articles and chapters on pediatric pain management and related topics and has presented at national and international conferences.

Dr. Coakley founded The Comfort Ability in 2011 and directs the implementation at Boston Children’s Hospital. Since its implementation, the program reach has grown to not only other states in the US, but also other countries, including Australia.

For her work with The Comfort Ability program she was granted the 2016 David Weiner Award for Innovation in Child Health.

Dr. Coakley has also published a book, titled “When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress and Break the Cycle of Chronic Pain” (Yale University Press), which won a 2016 National Parenting Products Award (NAPPA).

So what is the Comfort Ability?


The Comfort Ability is a fun and interactive one-day program to help adolescents and their parents or caregivers learn how to better manage chronic pain. The program teaches how pain functions in the body and introduces cognitive behavioral and biobehavioral pain management strategies. The Comfort Ability emphasizes the mind-body connection and offers non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical strategies for improved pain management.


I hope you enjoy my interview with Dr Rachael Coakley.

Dec 4, 2019

A big welcome back to Prof Douglas Drossman, worlds leading Gastroenterologist in Functional Digestive Disorders/Disorders of Gut Brain Interaction! 

In todays episode we talked about

  1. What is patient centred care?
  2. Should the patient be the judge of patient centred care and why?
  3. What are the key definitions relating to communication?
  4. How and why effective communication is important to the patient and the doctor?
  5. How effective communication builds a therapeutic relationship and how it improves patient satisfaction levels and therapeutic outcome, and also reduces physical burnout in doctors.
  6. How to communicate and still manage time effectively.
  7. We discussed Prof Drossman’s educational videos for health practitioners on effective communication.
  8. We also discussed in great details Prof Drossman’s 10-point guide to ‘Learning & Applying Effective Communication Skills to Optimise the Provider Patient Relationship’, and how verbal and no verbal behaviour affects communication.

And…as always a whole lot more interesting and fun facts!

Please enjoy my discussion with Prof Douglas Drossman.

Jul 28, 2019

Dr Tye-Din is a gastroenterologist with a clinical and research interest in Coeliac disease. He heads the Coeliac Research Lab at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, runs a Coeliac clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His PhD employed feeding studies to characterise gluten immunity that underpinned development of a novel immunotherapy for Coeliac disease, Nexvax2.

His research interests include understanding the immune and genetic basis for coeliac disease and how gluten tolerance is lost, the role of the microbiome, understanding why the gluten-free diet can fail, and developing and testing novel diagnostics and treatments. He is on the editorial board of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and consults for an industry partner (ImmusanT Inc.) who are leading the development of Nexvax2. Jason chairs the Medical Advisory Committee of Coeliac Australia and is involved in patient advocacy, clinical guideline development and medical education.

In todays talk, we covered a lot. There was so much about coeliac disease that I didn’t know, and so, I think a lot of people, medical professionals as well as individuals managing this disease, will find this episode really interesting and helpful.

So what did we cover?

We talked about

  1. What Coeliac disease is?
  2. Its Incidence and prevalence ?
  3. Age of onset ?
  4. What the symptoms are ?
  5. The potential complications of undiagnosed untreated coeliac disease?
  6. Why a gluten free diet may sometimes be unsuccessful in reducing complications
  7. The different ways to diagnose Coeliac disease?
  8. Why Coeliac disease can be under diagnosed
  9. The overlap between Coeliac disease and functional gut disorders
  10. The difference between Coeliac disease and Non-Coeliac Gluten Hypersensitivity
  11. We also talking about his exciting new research in developing a vaccine, called the Nexvax2
  12. We talked about the research looking at utilising the hook worm to manage the disease
  13. What is important for a person managing Coeliac disease or newly diagnosed to know?
  14. What would be take home message for health professionals ?

and...a whole lot more...

Please enjoy my conversation with Dr Jason Tye-Din

May 7, 2019

Welcome to another Episode of Talking Gut, where I get to interview leading specialists in the area of gastroenterology and related systems.

Living and working in Melbourne Australia, I am very fortunate to know and work alongside many amazing Gastroenterologists. Leaders in their field. I am very fortunate to know and today interview, Prof peter Gibson. To those who might not know, Prof Gibson was the gastroenterologist who created, or as he might say, oversaw the development of the Low FODMAP diet.

Just some background, Peter is the current director of gastroenterology and hepatology at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne Australia, recipient of multiple awards and grants and has authored and co-authored multiple books, book chapters and research articles.


In this talk, we discussed everything from his background and how he got into gastroenterology, early influences and what factors lead to focus on looking at diet for GI disorders. We talked in great detail about how to Low FODMAP diet was created, its appropriateness, contraindications, and how it should be utilised, even in Children. We also talked about bloating, and there is some interesting information in there about bloating.

Peter is also a big advocate of the psychological therapies, especially Gut Directed Hypnotherapy. We also talked fibre and about non-coeliac gluten hypersensitivity, diet and inflammatory bowel disease and a lot more. Over 90 minutes of valuable information. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Prof Peter Gibson.

May 2, 2019

Welcome to another Episode of Talking Gut, where I get to interview leading specialists in the area of gastroenterology and related systems.

In today's episode I had the honour to interview the Worlds leading expert on Esophageal Disorders, Prof John Pandalfino.

Prof Pandolfino is a Hans Popper Professor of Medicine and chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at  Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and was also the director at the Esophageal Center at Northwestern Medicine between 2011-2015. His CV is 27 pages way too long to cover in this introduction, but lets just say, he has multiple hospital and administrative appointments, is recipients of multiple grants and awards, Editor in chief for highly regarded Gastroenterology journals and is himself author and co-author of books, book chapters and over 200 research articles.

He’s also a really nice down to earth guy. If there is anything you want to know about Esophageal Disorders, Prof Pandolfino is the person to speak to.


  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder or GERD, and both Esophageal and extra-esophageal syndromes. Diagnosis of GERD and how to treat it.
  • We talked about his unique way of treating GERD via his GERD Precision Texas Holdem approach.
  • We also covered other areas, including
  • Functional Heart Burn
  • The link between Gastrointestinal transit and Reflux
  • We talked about belching or burping
  • We talked about rumination
  • We also talked about eosinophilic esophagitis and a whole lot more.

This talk provides a wealth of information for medical and allied health professionals and well as the interested general public.

I hope you enjoy my talk with Prof John Pandolfino.

Jan 2, 2019

In todays episode, I spoke with Mrs Johannah Ruddy.

Johanna is Executive Director of the Rome Foundation and has recently published an article titled: From Pretending to Truly Being OK: A journey from illness to health with post infection IBS: The patients perspective.

This episode covers Johannah’s very personal journey including her early childhood trauma, childhood conditioning and being diagnosed with IBS and the suffering that resulted from a poor Doctor Patient relationship.

Johannah’s story does have a happy ending.

A lot to learn here for both Doctors and Patients, so both can work together to help each other.

I hope you enjoy the talk.

Dec 3, 2018

Welcome to another episode of Talking Gut, and you have just been listening to the Fabulous Chalets, with the bass player being the one and only Dr Douglas Drossman, gastroenterologist and functional gut extraordinaire.

I am so super excited to have Dr Drossman as a guest here today. I have been wanting to interview him for over 1 year and here it is.`

A little background about Dr Drossman and I mean alittle, There is simply not enough time to go through his jaw dropping 124 page 10 font size single spacing CV. I simply cannot do his Bio justice here in the limited time we have, but Ill give it a go.

Okay, so Dr. Drossman was one of the first gastroenterologists to develop the field of brain-gut interactions and Neurogastroenterology in terms of research, patient care and education.

He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry in Gastroenterology at the University Of North Carolina School of Medicine where he was on staff from 1977 through 2011.  He founded and co-directed of the UNC Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders (1993-2011) in Chapel Hill North Carolina.

Dr. Drossman has published over 350 peer review articles and over 140 book chapters, has edited or written 20 books and acquired over $15 million in grants. He was Associate Editor of Gastroenterology (2001-2006), has served on six other editorial and advisory boards in Gastroenterology, psychosomatic medicine, behavioral medicine, and patient health and was the Gastroenterology Section Editor of the Merck Manual for 17 years. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders (IFFGD) ( 


In 2012, Dr. Drossman founded the Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care (DrossmanCare to help train physicians in relationship centered biopsychosocial care with emphasis on communication skills and enhancing the patient doctor relationship.  An area unique to Dr. Drossman is his excellence in teaching not only on the functional GI disorders, but also in communication skills and patient centered care.  He has been a visiting professor at 143 academic programs and has given over 700 lectures.  He has written numerous articles and produced educational videotapes on the biobehavioral aspects of medical care, medical interviewing and the patient-doctor relationship and he received second prize at the 1997 AMA International Film Festival. 

A major contribution relates to Dr. Drossman being the organizing founder and President of the Rome Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals with FGIDs.

With regard to treatment, he was principal investigator in a 5-year multi-center study that first demonstrated in 2003 the value of a cognitive behavioral therapy and also of a tricyclic antidepressants for treatment of functional bowel disorders. 

Dr. Drossman has received multiple research awards, including the American Psychosomatic Society President’s Award (2003), the AGA Mentors Research Scholar Award (2007), the American Journal of Gastroenterology Lectureship award (2011) to name afew.

And on top of these amazing achievements, he is person who is truly passionate about helping his patients and his colleagues.

Sooo what did we talk about, we talk about pretty much everything. His early beginnings, his band the fabulous chalets to his early days as a gastroenterologist and people that influenced him to take the path in functional gut disorders. We talked about the Rome foundation and ROME criteria, and his past and current work in helping to improve the doctor patients relationship, to the befit of the patients and the gastroenterologist. There is a lot to learn here, for the both patient and for the Doctor will benefit from this talk. I hope you get as much out of it as I did. Please enjoy.

Nov 19, 2018

In the talk we touched the surface on a number of topics including:

- Reasons behind what made him decide to write about the 

  Psychology in the Bathroom?

- The psychology of excretion and disgust. And why there is so much

   taboo surrounding the gut?

- We also talked about the anal character with the earliest discussion

   going as far back Freud and psychoanalysis.

- How earlier anal traits or definitions correlate with more recent  

   psychological condition, like OCD, Perfectionism, Orderliness,

   Authoritarianism, & Type A personality.

- We touched on the nature of swearing and the origins of

  scatological swearing & why some people offended by it, and cultural

  and gender differences

- We also talked about flatulence and emotion, defensive flatulence

   and enjoyment of flatulence, and gender differences.

- We also talked about Toilet Graffiti and the theories of Latrinalia

   including the differences between genders.


And finally we talked about the great debate surrounding whether the toilet seat should be left down.


This talk was only a taste or smell ? of the interesting information covered in this book and I encourage everyone to grab a copy and have a read.


I hope you enjoy the conversation

Nov 6, 2018

In todays episode I talk to Dr Adam Testro, head of the Intestinal Transplantation and Rehabilitation Unit at Austin Health in Melbourne Australia.

What a fascinating talk !

We discussed everything from

- What Intestinal Transplantation is

- its origins

- what and who it involve?

- The size of the medical team involved

- the duration of the surgery

-who gets to have the transplant i.e prerequisites for intestinal


-the different types of intestinal


and as always a whole lot more

Please enjoy the show

Oct 14, 2018

In todays episode I talk to Dr Chamara Basnayake about  Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO.

We discuss everything from

-what is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO),

- the likely causes,

- suggested associations,

- diagnostic testing and their limitations

- available treatments, and

  a whole lot more.

Please enjoy

Oct 1, 2018

In this episode we discussed

- Female and Male fertility in IBD

-Fears about medication effect on pregnancy

-Pre-conception Care

-When should a potential mother to be contact their

 Gastroenterologist if planning to get pregnant?

- When should they not consider trying to get pregnant.

- What effect does active disease have on the unborn baby/foetus?

- What is the risk of flare during pregnancy ? and how this differs in

  Ulcerative Colitis versus Crohns Disease

- At what stages of the pregnancy is an unborn child most at risk

  and a whole lot more.

I hope you find this talk interesting and most of all, helpful.

Please enjoy

Sep 17, 2018

In today’s episode we covered:

The Brain Gut connection

The emerging area of Psychogastroenterology

The Biopsychosocial model of functional digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Neuroimaging studies looking at functional digestive disorders

The Gut microbiome

The Psychological therapies shown to be helpful in managing Digestive disorders/diseases and the research behind them.

Dr Keefer’s work in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the great work she is doing at Mt Sinai in New York and a whole lot more.

Valuable and practical information for anyone challenged by these conditions and for Doctors, specialists and other health professionals to apply in clinical practice.

A really interesting conversation.



Sep 2, 2018

In this episode I sat down and spoke with Isabella Trinca and Angela Khera, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists, about Biofeedback therapy and how Physiotherapy is used to treat constipation and other Pelvic floor dysfunctions, from constipation to pelvic floor dyssynergia.  

We also discussed what to expect from seeing a pelvic floor physio, how to sit on the toilet and how physiotherapy may be helpful with individuals diagnosed with IBD and a whole lot more.

Aug 20, 2018

In this episode I talk with Dr Taft about the psychosocial impact of living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from a professional and personal perspective. In our talk we also discussed the complications of IBD, mental health and psychological treatments, and a whole lot more.

Aug 20, 2018

Here it is, the interview I have been wanting to do for a long time. For me, Prof Peter Whorwell and his research played a significant role in my area of interest in Gastrointestinal Psychology.

Prof peter Whorwell is one of the nicest people I have met !

Be prepared for my once again, really really long questions…get to the point Jimbo ! 

Our friend ‘obviously’ shows up again from time to time haha


I had a relaxed and wonderful chat with Prof Whowell

We discussed

  • Origins of gut directed hypnotherapy, where and how it all started, from hypnotising his secretary to develop his first clinical study
  • We touch on the research and his reasons why he chose to focus on IBS and other functional gut Disorders
  • We talked about the importance of the therapeutic relationship between doctor and patient, and how he feels patients in the past haven’t been listened to.
  • We touched on Microbiota and current medicine
  • We talked about the power of Placebo
  • How hypnosis increases gastric emptying
  • Diet as he was initially looking at diet
  • Where he thinks research in gut is going.
  • Tinkolometer bowel sounds
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