Nick Swimming-3

I am a retired gastroenterologist and nutritionist, but I still work clinically as a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist.  Most of my clients are people who have suffered with medically unexplained illnesses, especially Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  For more information, contact me at I was, until recently the medical adviser to The IBS Network, the national charity for people with IBS.

I am also a writer.  My books include ‘Sick and Tired; healing the illnesses doctors cannot cure’ (Phoenix 2006) and ‘Cooking for The Sensitive Gut’ with Joan Ransley (Pavilion, 2015).  I write on a variety of topics related to the human condition for this blog,  on topics broadly related to IBS for and also occasionally write on wild swimming for and for  



3 Responses to “About Dr Nick Read”

  1. Bettina Schmid Says:

    Dear Dr. Nick Read,

    I’ve been waiting a long time for a book like “Sick and Tired”.
    Thank you very much. I also love your blog.

    I would be very interested how you see the effect
    parents like the Naipauls have on their children.
    ( Did they have any ? )
    I come from a similar background (although my father to my knowledge didn’t have affairs).

    All the best to you

  2. Eileen Says:

    I’m reading your book about unexplained illnesses. My hackles rose almost immediately from just dipping in, especially with the line about CFS and sloth, and the mention of Simon Wessely!
    As I read from the start though, I’m finding a lot of heart, intelligence, insight from yourself. I’m finding (as a ‘CFS/M.E./FM sufferer’) that I’m even coming to think of your book – in spite of my strong feeling that my illness is physical in origin and consequent irritation with and rebuttal of ‘psych’ arguments – as quite brave! (No doubt you’d see my illness belief as reflective of little insight. I disagree.)
    Part of me is still very sceptical however. Groups of symptoms may not fit into any ‘known’ illness, but that does not mean that symptoms and illnesses should be dismissed (because that is what it translates as for many who encounter doctors as a result of their CFS or whatever they’ve got) as ‘psychosomatic’. Let’s wait and see what happens with, for instance, CFS/M.E. Will it be one of those illnesses that turns out to be as well understood (as an illness of ‘organic’ origin) and treatable as, say, diabetes?
    Concerning your book, I’ll read on with interest..

  3. mindbodydoc Says:

    It’s a long time since I last used this blog, Eileen, but I am glad the book interested you. I must update it or write another. Thanks, Nick

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