Treat Your IBS Yourself: Your IBS Toolkit  is a half-size ‘in your palm’ booklet in the Treat Yourself series, offering simple, effective treatments for the obstinate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Here, Jon Gamble, BA, ND Adv Dip Hom, offers his 35 years of experience of in understanding and treating this painful and often misunderstood syndrome. The key difference he highlights is that there is more than one cause of IBS that needs to be treated in order to recover from this painful condition.

Categories include: Parasites, Reflux, Yeast overgrowth, Leaky Gut, Food Sensitivities and Allergies.


Abridged Review by Susanna Shelton, BA, MDiv, AdvDipHom, RCHom
Director of College of Natural Health & Homeopathy, (CNHH)

Refer to full review in the NZHS April 2023 Newsletter

In cases of IBS and CFS, in particular, the results of these investigative tests can help confirm pathologies, possible causations or triggers, or functional issues– thus forming useful pointers to individual treatment plans. Curiosity and compassion have driven nearly 40 years of patient interactions for both Jon and Nyema and these Pocket Books provide a distillation of their findings and recommendations in relation to these all-too-frequent chronic conditions that are often marked with distressing acute flare-ups. 

The discussion of treatment strategies for both acute and chronic aspects of the highlighted conditions always encourages individualisation for the best results.  Dietary or supplementation strategies that assist in many cases are described with practical hints and suggestions. Consumers are encouraged to be proactive in addressing environmental and dietary obstacles to cure, as well as seeking support from health professionals with specialised skills –e.g. registered homoeopaths for the prescription of individualised potentised medicines. Each pocketbook has a Table of Contents, Appendices, Resources, and Further Reading sections to guide readers to specific information.

The tone of these volumes is educational without being jargon-laden, condescending, or judgemental. The authors offer hope without fantastical or magical promises and give practical and achievable steps toward the management of symptoms and wellness. This is all the more laudable considering that in the case of IBS and CFS, there is a long history of minimisation of patient suffering; under or missed diagnosis and miscategorisation of these very real and very distressing syndromes. Jon and Nyema acknowledge the reality of suffering and identify practical measures to alleviate symptoms and pathways that might lead to the permanent resolution of complex syndromes.