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Gluten Sensitivity vs Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is most commonly confused with gluten intolerance, though the two are very different things. Gluten sensitivity is a condition where eating gluten leads to uncomfortable GI symptoms, including abdominal cramping, bloating and diarrhea. It does not lead to serious medical complications. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation and damage in the lining of the small bowel with exposure to gluten. It can lead to serious medical complications, and it improves with a strict gluten-free diet. The GI symptoms are very similar between the two. As such, it can be challenging to tell one from the other. Formal medical testing is often needed to ensure patients with Celiac disease are identified and get the care they need. Digestive Health Specialists is here to help you if you, or someone you know, would like more information, or if you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms and would like further evaluation.

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun…And Good Health! A Woman’s Perspective on GI Health

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Gallstones are just a few Digestive Disorders that can affect women at a higher rate than men and can do more than just take the fun out of your day. These disorders can cause you to feel embarrassed, miss important events, be painful and downright inconvenient. At Digestive Health Specialists, not only are we ready to see you and treat these disorders but we want to introduce you to our team of women that can specifically address these disorders in a comfortable and caring environment. We understand the comfort of seeing a female provider for what might be an embarrassing situation.

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Seeing Red?

Let’s get a little personal, shall we?  We all eat, drink and then digest.  What we put in our bodies has to come out.  We all go to the restroom and have bowel movements.  It’s normal. It’s a part of life.  But what is not normal is red on the tissue or red in the stool – and by red we mean blood.  Seeing red can mean several different things.  It can be associated with problems in your esophagus all the way down to your rectum.

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Know the Facts about Colorectal Cancer Screening & Testing Options

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. However, when colorectal cancer is found and treated early, there is a 90% survival rate. Unfortunately, one in three American adults are not screened as recommended. There are a few screening tests available, but a colonoscopy is the only screening test that both detects and prevents cancer. Other tests can miss certain polyps (pre-cancer), and have false positive or false negative results.

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How to Boost Digestion in the Summer Heat!

During these hot, lazy days of summer, you may find yourself moving slowly and feeling sleepy all the time. There is in fact an inverse relationship between the temperature outside and the temperature in your body. In summer, your balance may feel off because your body turns down its internal furnace as a means of protecting itself.

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If You Can’t Take the Heat, it’s Probably Heartburn

What’s in a name?  Heartburn by any other name, indigestion, GERD, pyrosis, the devil….would still burn as bad. Have you ever thought to yourself… Why do I have such severe chest burning every time I eat pizza or pasta???  What is this fiery ball in the middle of my chest attacking me from the inside?? Why is food constantly getting stuck in the middle of my chest???  Why is my voice constantly hoarse???

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Summer is Right Around the Corner!

Summer is right around the corner. Barbecue grills are getting fired up, graduation parties with delectable cakes and sweet summertime drinks are just a few weeks away, and restaurants with outdoor patios are in full swing ready to serve you their finest southern cuisine.  Don’t let difficulty swallowing interfere with your fun summer plans.

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March Madness is Not Knowing the Facts about Colon Cancer!

It’s March and that means a lot more than bracket busters and the final four.  It’s colon cancer awareness month.   It’s true; it doesn’t sound as exciting… But oh man, is it!  Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US.  This month signifies the leaps and bounds we have made in the fight against colorectal cancer. 

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Dysphagia: What is it and what could it mean?

On any given day, our providers here at Digestive Health Specialists see patients who experience a choking or strangling sensation in their throat. The medical term for this sensation is “dysphagia” and it means difficulty swallowing. It can occur in anyone but most commonly older adults.

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Digestive Health Specialists Fights Back Against Colon Cancer!

Digestive Health Specialists is fighting back as a company against Colon Cancer!  About three years ago, DHS formed a wellness team that acts as overall motivators and cheerleaders for the company’s health and well-being.  At least 4 times a year, this team rolls out a “wellness challenge” that incorporates some part of their health that may be physical, stress management, healthy alternatives, fitness challenges, etc.

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