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Ep 21 Assoc Prof Antonina Mikocka-Walus on IBD & The Gut-Brain Connection
In todays episode I have the wonderful pleasure to talk to Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus.
Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus is a registered psychologist and Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Melbourne. She completed her PhD in Psycho-gastroenterology at the University of Adelaide and has since worked at Monash University, University of South Australia, University of York (UK), and has been at Deakin University since 2016.
Antonina is an active researcher, with over 100 research publications, largely on the brain-gut links, psychotherapy and antidepressant treatment in chronic gastrointestinal conditions. Her research has received funding from such organisations as the Wellcome Trust, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and Crohn’s & Colitis Australia. Her research has informed the national and international guidelines on treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and has been translated into practice in Australia. Antonina is presently Associate Editor for Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
We discussed a lot in todays episode. From research into the brain gut connection and IBD, How IBD effects Mental health to how Mental health effects IBD. We also discussed the benefits of antidepressants in IBD, and something some people might not know, Antonina’s own personal journey with IBD. A remarkable story.
I am excited to say we also discussed her recent book titled ‘IBD and the Gut Brain Connection. A patient and carers guide to taming CD and UC’. It’s a great book, and I strongly recommend for anyone who has been diagnosed with IBD, or their carer, and even health professionals working in the field of Gastroenterology.
I am confident you will find my talk with Dr Antonia Mikocka-Walus really valuable, please enjoy.
Ep 20 Tina Aswani Omprakash from Own Your Crohns, a story of resilience and GRITT
In todays episode I had the pleasure to talk to Tina Aswani Omprakash from Own your Own Crohns. Tina is someone who was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease 13 years ago and has gone on to become an IBD Blogger and patient advocate. Not only has Tina needed to deal with Crohns disease, but also an additional 22 diagnoses including gastroparesis, post-surgical irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), vestibular migraines, vertigo, inflammatory arthritis and pelvic floor dysfunction . And lets not forget the associated mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and medial PTSD.
I met Tina last year in May at the Digestive Diseases Week meeting in San Dieago and have stayed connected with her via the social media platforms.
Tina has been very open in talking about her past and present challenges in managing her multiple diagnoses in order to help and support others. She has done such an incredible job that in 2019, she won the Healio Disruptive Innovator Award for the Patient Voice category at the American College of Gastroenterology’s conference in San Antonio.
You can reach out and connect with Tina via her blog posts on ownyourcrohns.com or her facebook and twitter pages under the same name.
This is a story of incredible resilience.
I hope you get a lot of value from listening to my conversation with Tina Aswani Omprakash
Ep 19 Dr Rachael Coakley on Paediatric Pain Management and The Comfort Ability Program
Dr Rachael Coakley, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Innovation and Outreach in Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Coakley specializes in teaching children, adolescents and parents effective strategies to cope with pediatric chronic pain and pain-related stress using relaxation, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral skills.
She has published numerous articles and chapters on pediatric pain management and related topics and has presented at national and international conferences.
Dr. Coakley founded The Comfort Ability in 2011 and directs the implementation at Boston Children’s Hospital. Since its implementation, the program reach has grown to not only other states in the US, but also other countries, including Australia.
For her work with The Comfort Ability program she was granted the 2016 David Weiner Award for Innovation in Child Health.
Dr. Coakley has also published a book, titled “When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress and Break the Cycle of Chronic Pain” (Yale University Press), which won a 2016 National Parenting Products Award (NAPPA).
So what is the Comfort Ability?
The Comfort Ability is a fun and interactive one-day program to help adolescents and their parents or caregivers learn how to better manage chronic pain. The program teaches how pain functions in the body and introduces cognitive behavioral and biobehavioral pain management strategies. The Comfort Ability emphasizes the mind-body connection and offers non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical strategies for improved pain management.
I hope you enjoy my interview with Dr Rachael Coakley.
Ep 18 Prof Douglas Drossman on Effective Communication Skills to Optimize the Provider Patient Relationship
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 What is patient centred care? Should the patient be the judge...
Ep 17 Assoc Prof Jason Tye-Din on Coeliac Disease
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
What Coeliac disease is? Its Incidence and prevalence ? Age of onset ? What the symptoms are ? The potential complications of undiagnosed untreated coeliac disease? Why a gluten free diet may sometimes be unsuccessful in reducing complications The different ways to diagnose Coeliac disease? Why Coeliac disease can be under diagnosed The overlap between Coeliac disease and functional gut disorders The difference between Coeliac disease and Non-Coeliac Gluten Hypersensitivity We also talking about his exciting new research in developing a vaccine, called the Nexvax2 We talked about the research looking at utilising the hook worm to manage the disease What is important for a person managing Coeliac disease or newly diagnosed to know? What would be take home message for health professionals ? and...a whole lot more...
Please enjoy my conversation with Dr Jason Tye-Din
Ep 16 Prof Peter Gibson creator of Low FODMAP diet
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.