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Resolutions for Your Digestive Health

As you make your 2020 resolutions, you may be thinking about better managing your finances, exercising more or losing weight. Many even look at ways to reduce stress and be more present in the moment. What you may not think of is bacteria and how it can positively affect your health. Whatever goals you are setting for yourself this year, consider these tips to help you live your best life and improve your overall wellbeing and GI health. (more…)

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Every year more and more people make New Year’s resolutions to start the year right and the video above highlighted the three most popular resolutions. Are these on your list? Unfortunately, there is an 80% failure rate on these resolutions and most people lose their resolve by mid-February. Why? There are different opinions on this matter, but it can be broken down into 5 basic reasons: (more…)

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Trouble Swallowing? It Can Be Dysphagia

With the holidays in full swing, food is always at the center. For some people, though, eating and swallowing make enjoying this time more difficult. Do you have difficulty swallowing? When eating, do you feel like you are choking? Do you get a strangling sensation in your throat? The medical term for this sensation is “dysphagia.” It can occur in anyone but is the most common among older adults.  (more…)

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Ranitidine (Zantac) Provider Recommendation

If you are a patient that is currently taking ranitidine, commonly known as Zantac, and you are worried about the recent news and FDA statement, we want to answer your questions. Concern: There has been a report that several manufacturers have found low levels of a contaminant called NDMA in their products. NDMA is a possible carcinogen. (more…)

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What is a Physician Assistant?

“Are you the Nurse?” “What’s a PA?” “When will I see the doctor?” These are common questions patients have when introduced to a Physician Assistant. We will help you identify the differences between a Physician Assistant, a Nurse Practitioner, and Physician to make a more informed decision on selecting who to see for your appointment. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners Physician Assistants, or more commonly PAs, are health care practitioners who can assess, treat and manage medical conditions, including prescribing medications.  (more…)

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The Hispanic Community and Colon Cancer

Last month we discussed the liver disease and the Hispanic community. This month we want to cover another area of concern in the Hispanic community, cancer. It is the leading cause of death among Hispanics overall. For colorectal cancer specifically, the estimated death rate is 11% in men and 9% in women*. We would like to discuss 3 reasons why this is an area of concern and what can be done to help the Hispanic community. (more…)

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09.2019 Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease

  “For people with celiac disease, the gluten-free diet is like insulin for diabetics” –Dr. Alessio Fasano What is Celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine, which affects genetically predisposed patients. The primary job of the small intestine is to absorb minerals and nutrients from the food we eat. If your small intestine becomes damaged, it is not able to absorb vital nutrients and minerals that our bodies need. This leads to symptoms that result due to malabsorption and can result in serious illness.  First-degree relatives of patients with celiac disease have a 10-15% risk of celiac disease. Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Americans. (more…)

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Hispanic Heritage and Liver Disease

Since 1988, September 15 through October 15 is dedicated as Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is used to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Although it encompasses 4 geographic areas it includes 21 countries. Argentina Belize Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico Spain Uruguay Venezuela (more…)

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Gastroparesis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

    What is Gastroparesis? You can break down the word into two components: Gastro/Gastric meaning stomach Paresis meaning paralysis This translates to paralysis of the stomach. Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach empties abnormally slow. The function of the stomach is to churn and grind your meal and then, contract to squeeze food through to the small intestine. For people who have gastroparesis, this function does not occur properly. (more…)

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