The Bowel Book

So many people suffer from embarrassing and uncomfortable problems such as pain and irritation around the anus, bleeding with bowel actions, bloating, constipation and loss of bowel control. In fact almost everyone has experienced these sorts of symptoms at some time in their lives and a remarkably large number suffer from repeated or ongoing bouts of these complaints. And there is hardly anyone who does not know of someone who has required treatment for bowel cancer, diverticulitis or Crohn’s disease.

Yet there is far too little practically useful advice available to the general public. Innumerable myths and misconceptions about how things should be and about what we can do to help are compounded by publications which, although designed to help, are written in technical language that is hard for non-medical people to decipher.

The Bowel Book was my first book. It was published in 2002 as a self-help guide to people suffering from these unpleasant and embarrassing conditions and is written in language specifically designed to help “ordinary” people understand. In addition, it sought to debunk many of the myths that plague the successful treatment of such common conditions as haemorrhoids, itchy bottom, constipation and bowel incontinence. The Bowel BookIt describes how, in many cases, you can control these problems yourself without the need for complex treatments or surgery. It also included necessarily brief but concise accounts of more serious bowel diseases such as large bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis, again in language designed to improve understanding and to avoid the usual confusion people experience when trying to learn more about their own health problems.

The Bowel Book has been reprinted twice since then. Unfortunately, it is now no longer available. Currently, I am working on a series of smaller books combining and updating various chapters from The Bowel Book.  In this way, I hope to be able to make the book or books a little briefer and a lot more relevant to people with particular bowel problems.  Keep your eye out for details of these books which will be made available through this website.

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