Doctors ‘prodded’ to rethink irritable bowel diagnosis

Professor ‘prods’ doctors to rethink irritable bowel diagnosis.

A twist on tummy troubles

Prolific public health advocate and author Professor Kerryn Phelps AM has a strong message for her conservative medical colleagues – listen to your patients’ ‘gut instincts’!

The one-time federal president of the Australian Medical Association and current Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Prof. Phelps is not one to shy away from controversy over her passion for patient well-being.

Apart from the highly public spat she had with former Health Minister Michael Wooldridge in early 2001, there have been her strident calls for doctors to consider patients’ sexuality and gender issues when treating them.

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    pedro the swift
    22nd Aug 2017
    11:05am
    There has been a lot of investigation and information about how we are affected by our "gut" bacteria.I'm pretty convinced it has a lot to do with many of the current rash of problems people are having in general. Good to see docs. may be taking a good look at this issue.
    As they quote on Iron Chef "You are what you eat".
    Tib
    22nd Aug 2017
    3:45pm
    As far as I know there has been a lot of work done on gut bacteria . I know that catalyst did a couple of shows some time back now. I believe that they have even been doing some poo transfers for those that have gut problems. I somehow doubt she is one of the few practitioners using in Australia. There seems to have been a steady stream of information on the subject over the last couple of years. Though I haven't heard Phelps name mentioned before.
    rtrish
    25th Aug 2017
    5:40pm
    As I'm not a medical person, I don't know if she's one of "the few" doctors interested in "the gut." My GP sent me to a dietician almost 3 years ago to discuss the low-FODMAP diet, which I have been on with great results. Agreed, it is difficult to diagnose IBS as there are no simple definitive tests. I will borrow Dr Phelp's book from the library and read it. However I feel just a little bit suspicious that she is promoting the sale of her book.
    Nan Norma
    20th Dec 2017
    12:21pm
    Just this morning there was an American doctor on TV saying the same thing.
    john
    20th Jul 2018
    11:38am
    Talking about Irritable bowel syndrome,

    My pet rooster attacked me yesterday

    I'm positive he had irritable FOWL syndrome!!


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