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Sick and Tired

Healing the Illnesses Doctors Cannot Cure

“At long last, a book not by some New Age nutter, but by an eminent doctor on the massive challenges our society faces in Healing the Illnesses Doctors Cannot Cure… A book that should be prescribed to all medics”
The Independent

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About Me

nickread_photoI am a retired gastroenterologist, physiologist and nutritionist, but I currently maintain a private practice in psychotherapy ov physician.  During my academic career, I held chairs in Gastrointestinal Physiology, Human Nutrition and Integrated Medicine at Sheffield University, published over 500 original papers and edited 10 books.  I am a keen writer and since retirement, I have written  'Sick and Tired: healing the illnesses doctors cannot cure (Phoenix 2006) and Cooking for the Sensitive Gut (with Dr Joan Ransley, Pavilion, 2016).  I also write posts for the following blogs:, and  Until recently, I was the medical adviser and chair of trustees to The IBS Network, the UK's national charity for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  A dedicated advocate of self care, I try to delay the ageing process by fell running,  wild swimming and infinite curiosity.


A months retreat to the Outer Hebrides, in an eco-house overlooking The Sound of Harris, followed by a tour, as Joan's assistant, of the winners of Delicious Magazine's Innovations in Food Produce Awards started the year well. I now intend to complete my next book on IBS before the next adventure.

Professional Activity

This site houses a bibliography of my Medical Research. You can find out more about my Clinical work by contacting me at  (or contact me at Claremont Hospital for a medical appointment). I also give Lectures & Talks.