Gut Feelings

Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde

Eat, sleep – and get CBT

“Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered over the phone or online has been found to be more effective in relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) than current standard care, according to new research.

It’s hoped the results could make a big difference to patients with IBS who currently have very limited access to CBT, with some waiting months for treatment, in an increasingly strained NHS.”

Through the WI Lens

Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Southampton carried out a trial involving 558 patients with persistent and significant IBS symptoms. They found that those treated with CBT – delivered either by phone or website – were more likely to report a significant improvement in their symptoms than those who only received current standard IBS treatments. This might be surprising to those who thought IBS was a purely physical condition, albeit there was already some knowledge that stress could be a key factor. This finding has a number of implications in terms of the wellness sector:

• It highlights the connectedness between different aspects of wellbeing. Just as you can’t dissociate the brain and the gut, you can’t separate financial wellbeing from anxiety and depression.

• There is going to be a growing opportunity in future for different types of healthcare to be delivered by private providers in partnership with the NHS, and through innovative channels. The potential of CBT-based apps is just beginning to be acknowledged.

• Digital treatment will rely upon access to technology – which needs to be recognised as a potential enabler of wellness alongside its role as a cause of stress.

Gut Feelings

April 16, 2019

Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde

Radicalise Movement

April 2, 2019

Sitting down for too long may be causing 70,000 UK deaths a year – The Guardian, 26 March 2019, Nicola Davis

Humans Back In Vogue

March 26, 2019

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good – New York Times, 23 March 2019, Nellie Bowles

Sickness to Debt to Sickness

March 19, 2019

Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick, The Atlantic, 15 March 2019, Olga Khazan

On The Money

March 12, 2019

Why the future of well-being isn’t about money, 26 Feb 2019, Justin Dupuis

Bread Culture

March 5, 2019

With bread’s return to favor in the wellness world, consumers are ritualizing the baking process as an opportunity to slow down. JWT Intelligence, 28 February 2019, Emily Safian-Demers

Ikea Purity

February 26, 2019

Ikea’s new curtains purify the air inside your house – Fast Company, 20 Feb 2019, Jesus Diaz


February 19, 2019

Insectageddon – Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next – Guardian 12 February 2019 – Molly Scott Cato

Goop, Delta, Netflix

February 12, 2019

Goop Enters Netflix Deal: Has Pseudoscience Found A New Platform? Forbes, 9 Feb 2019, Bruce Y. Lee

Race Ready Workplace

February 5, 2019

5 ways work culture will change by 2030, Fast Company, February 4th 2019 Gwen Moran

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