I have not written articles recently, except for those that decry the claims made by Dannon Activia.
I do pay attention to anyone who writes a comment for this blog, and answer as soon as possible.
In about a month, I hope to start reviewing IBS books and new blogs. If you have found an […]
Every once in while I read a post on another blog that is so good that I don’t just sit back and think, “Now there’s a good post.” No, I sit back and think, “What an admirable, original post! I wish I had written something like that.” Sophie, who runs the IBS Tales blog, has […]
You know you are having a bad IBS day when
You start talking unkindly to the button you are trying to sew onto that winter coat that it’s cold enough for, when it’s really all the fault of the needle.
You know you are having a stressful and bad IBS Day when
You drop and break a perfectly balanced, grooved, weighted glass that knows better than to leap out of your hand and crash to the floor.
So the stress catches up with you, and you know you are having a really stressful and bad IBS Day when
Your IBS-C turns into IBS-D.
The social impact of disease names is variable, and sometimes immense. If you have one “pariah” or outcast disease, like athlete’s foot, suggests the following article excerpt, you just don’t rate.
What if illnesses, ailments and diseases were brands? You’d have your embarrassing, awkward ones like irritable bowel syndrome and athlete’s foot. Your once well-known, but obscure ones that you find only in history books or Delmas, like diptheria and typhoid and polio. The diseases that everyone’s heard of but nobody knows much about, like multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis (hey, that rhymes). There are the ones that fill us with dread, like Alzheimer’s. The cancers are in a category of their own. And there are the truly terrifying, faintly exotic ones like Ebola or mad cow disease, diseases you never want to catch but which have a certain dark glamour nonetheless.
See more of Sarah Britten’s musings, on the light side of disease names, at http://blogs.thetimes.co.za/britten/2007/10/24/if-diseases-were-brands-part-i/
If IBS had a different name, like Arugula — which always did sound like a disease name to me — we would still have to answer questions of “what does it mean?” Still, we might get away with using words like “tummy” in the definition, rather than “bowel.” I’m not a fan of baby words like tummy, most of the time, but “Irritable Bowel Syndrome?” Come ON! Can’t we say “I have been diagnosed with “Chronic Pain in the Tummy” (CPIT) or “Continual Runs, usually Diarrhea” (CRUD).
What difference would a change of name make in your life? Let us know with a comment.
Food and Environmental Impact
Somehow the slogan “food is a weapon” makes me think of food fights. We are familiar with some kinds of food fights, the kind when someone tries to make you eat something you know is going to cause IBS symptoms like diarrhea, gas, cramps, constipation.
This arresting poster comes from World War II. […]
If you have been here before, there is a newer, bolder look to the Header and menu bar.
I was “working” (fooling around?) behind the scenes and changed a couple of things in the Header. The thing is, the changes I made did NOT promise to make the Name bolder, or to shift the menu down […]
I stumbled upon the blog site of someone named Seth Godin; he is a marketing guru, hardly an expert on IBS. He is also a very good and readable writer. His topic for today, Labor Day, was “work,” both the old-fashioned kind measured in productivity–chickens fed, hay baled, steel poured—and the kind of work measured […]
̈ ܹNo matter how many times I see this very short paragraph by Sophie at ibstales.com, I chuckle. I tried writing “giggle,” but that sounds too undignified. She’s had a calm period, and writes:
No sooner had I written an entry saying I was so well I didn’t have anything to write about, my intestines gave me something to write about. They’ve very helpful like that. Sometimes they even make the bed.1
- http://www.ibstales.com/blog/ooops.html, accessed 9-2-07 [↩]
An organization called NICE (National Institute for Health Information Clearance Exchange) is calling for comments on Standards of Practice in Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that are in development by the National Health Service. The comment period has started, and will end on October 11, 2007.
Mostly they want comments from so-called “Stakeholder” Organizations. This would […]
There is a brief and interesting discussion over at LiveJournal on a community blog for people with IBS. They are discussing jeans, and how to “dress for bloating.” The link is right here.
i thought you might like to take a break and look at this interesting collection of bathroom signs around the world. As memes (miniature themes)– also read “lists”–for blogs who do memes, this is a winner!
The oriiginal author, as you will see, was thinking in terms of conveying gender in a few strokes. I’m thinking in terms of making the distinction as distinct as can possibly be recognized in one second.
Somehow the final two lines, text rather than pictures, is included when I give the link, and blockquoting doesn’t resolve the problem by indenting. I can’t see the two lines below on any edit screen, so I can’t delete them. They occur at the end of the pictures in the link given above.
A collection of amazing and funny toilet sign photos from around the world.
Labels: Amazing, Funny Pictures
This blog has carried a link to www.helpforibs.com, the Heather Van Vorous website, since we began. The key to her approach as well as ours is the simple strategy “If it hurts, don’t eat it!” Of course there is a lot of elaboration on that short phrase, in her constantly developing web site, and in […]