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An Active Lifestyle Results in a Healthy Gut

The warmer weather and weeks of quarantine have us all seeking new ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. We all know how more activity is good for the heart – lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks, and lowering cholesterol...

Jul 15th, 2020
Cologuard in the time of COVID:

At the height of the COVID pandemic, age appropriate cancer screening (including colon cancer screening) was delayed for many patients. As states begin to reopen and cancer screening resumes, it is important that patients continue life-saving screening.

Jul 5th, 2020
What Causes Abdominal Pain?

If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain, it could be something as simple as trapped gas or something as serious as appendicitis or cancer. Many people ignore abdominal pain, attributing it to something they ate, but if you are having ongoing...

Jun 14th, 2020
Coronavirus and Healthy Shopping & Eating Out

While studies have shown that coronavirus can be present for up to three days on certain surfaces such as metal or plastic, there is no published data to date that suggests that people contract COVID-19 from touching food or food packaging...

May 28th, 2020
Can Colorful Eating Improve Colon Health?

Adding color to your diet – in the form of fruits and veggies, not food dyes – can improve your colon health, help you lose weight, ensure you get the nutrients you need, and even help to prevent colon cancer...

May 14th, 2020
IBD and COVID-19

What You Need to Know By Dr. Jessica Kimmel Patients with COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV2, may experience gastrointestinal symptoms alone or in conjunction with respiratory symptoms.

Apr 28th, 2020
Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids and how to handle them: By Dr. Kati Glockenberg

Apr 28th, 2020
Constipation Consternation

Anyone who has ever been constipated knows how miserable this problem can be. Whether stools are hard, lumpy and painful to pass or seem rarely to make an appearance at all, irregular bowel habits can cause suffering and concern for men and women alike.

Apr 27th, 2020
Is Stress Impacting My IBS?

Stress levels over the last month in this country have been some of the highest we’ve seen. Not only are rates of depression up but for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), rates of gastrointestinal difficulty are also higher than normal.

Apr 15th, 2020
Traveling with IBS

Traveling with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is possible. If you’re making travel plans for spring break or summer travel, don’t let IBS stop you.

Mar 14th, 2020
March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month happens every March to help educate people about the risk of colorectal cancer and the benefits of early detection. While more than 49,000 people a year lose their lives to colorectal cancer, early detection...

Feb 14th, 2020
Long Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy: Are We At Risk?

Julie A. Foont, MD Many patients ask about the possible risks associated with long term Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) therapy, including medications such as omeprazole, pantoprazole and lansoprazole. We know that these agents have been highly effective in...

Jan 15th, 2020
Is Crohn’s Disease Curable?

Crohn’s disease has no cure, but it can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes, medication, and in some cases, surgery. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) marked by an abnormal response by the body’s immune system. For the more than

Jan 15th, 2020
Maintaining Your Diet Regimen During the Holidays

No matter what holidays you celebrate this time of year, the temptation to cheat on your diet regimen is constant. From favorite family recipes that are only prepared this time of year to candy, alcohol,...

Dec 14th, 2019
Following a Low FODMAP Diet During the Holidays

If you suffer from IBS or other gastrointestinal disorders, you and your doctor may have determined that a low FODMAP diet is right for you. Of course, following any kind of dietary guidelines during the holiday season is difficult...

Oct 14th, 2019
What Triggers Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a painful gastrointestinal disorder that affects more than three million people in the United States. It is a hereditary autoimmune disease that can seriously impact other areas of your health if left untreated.

Sep 14th, 2019
How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last?

Hemorrhoids can cause considerable pain and discomfort, along with other symptoms. How long can you expect to deal with these symptoms?

Aug 25th, 2019
Can You Suddenly Become Lactose Intolerant?

Lactose intolerance causes people to have trouble properly digesting the sugar that is found in milk, which is called lactose. Lactose intolerance can develop at any time.

Mar 20th, 2019
How Can I Lower My Cholesterol?

When it comes to cholesterol, many people don’t know if their cholesterol is high or normal. It is important to schedule an annual blood test with your physician to determine what steps to take to lower your cholesterol, if needed.

Jan 30th, 2019
Is Acid Reflux Genetic?

What is acid reflux? Acid reflux – better known as heartburn – occurs when stomach acid moves up into your esophagus.

Dec 19th, 2018
Is This A Hernia?

Hernias can occur in different areas of the body, though most commonly, hernias form in the stomach area. Men can develop hernias in their scrotums.

Sep 24th, 2018
Am I Eating Enough Fiber?

If you're constantly on the go, you may grab convenience foods that taste great and fill you up. Unfortunately, processed foods like fast food, fruit juice, and pre-packaged snacks lack an essential element of a healthy diet.

Aug 26th, 2018
How Can I Prevent Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a common condition that can cause heartburn as well as other symptoms, but there are steps you can take to prevent its occurrence.

Jun 14th, 2018
What’s the Best IBS Diet?

Do you suffer from bloating, gas, or abdominal pain after eating? Do certain foods send you to the bathroom more often or cause constipation? If so, you could be dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

May 30th, 2018
Am I Lactose Intolerant?

When you're lactose intolerant, your body doesn’t manufacture enough lactase to digest lactose well.

Apr 29th, 2018
Impact of Gluten-Free Diet

Recently gluten has become a topic of much interest and debate in the fields of nutrition and gastrointestinal health. Many people have adopted gluten-free diets based on doctor advice or personal choice.

Mar 28th, 2018
Gluten: Friend, Foe or Fad?

Bloated? Fatigued? Overweight? Can’t concentrate? These are all ailments which have been blamed on eating gluten. Is there any validity to it? The answer is that it’s complicated…

Mar 18th, 2015
Colon Cancer Risk In African Americans

African Americans have the highest rates of colon cancer among all ethnic groups in the United States. There are many factors which contribute to these statistics.

Mar 17th, 2015
LINX for Reflux

If you suffer from reflux and are considering a surgical option, the LINX management system may be right for you. For more information, please see the “Heartburn” section under the “Our Specialties” tab.

Jan 17th, 2015
Colon Cancer in Young Patients

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s good news and bad news in the war against colon cancer: While rates have fallen among older Americans, cases among adults aged 20 to 49 are rising and expected to continue to do so, a new study finds.

Nov 6th, 2014
Hepatitis C

With increased screening and improved therapeutic options, we are literally witnessing the beginning of the end of chronic hepatitis C (HCV).

Nov 30th, 2013