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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.