Tag: abdominal pain

Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month—a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of Americans it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Quick Facts about…

Multi-Strain Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are over 1000 species of bacteria that naturally occur in the human digestive tract. A high diversity of bacteria is characteristic of a healthy gut balance. Increasingly, researchers and doctors are recommending multi-strain probiotic formulas to reflect the natural diversity found in a healthy gut. Because each strain has unique characteristics and functions, a multi-strain probiotic may be the…

Gallstone Risk in Obese Children

Childhood obesity is growing at epidemic rates. Over one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, the result of this epidemic is the appearance of health conditions in children that were previously only found in adults, conditions such as metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, and, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition,…

New Surgery Tries a Device to Treat Stubborn Heartburn

Let’s either laugh or cry together. Recently in the WSJ (you know I read that) I found this article http://tinyurl.com/cu3976j. The first sentence foreshadowed the rest, of course. “When MEDICATIONS aren’t enough to control the unpleasant symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux, SURGERY is sometimes necessary.”(CAPS mine!) Yes, I kept reading. Here’s what’s sad. It’s in the definition of the…

Hypnotherapy for IBS

  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder that involves abdominal pain and discomfort along with abnormal bowel habits of constipation, diarrhea, or an alternation between the two. Symptoms outside the digestive tract are also common in IBS. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of people are affected by IBS, though only a small proportion of them see…

One Reason Why Celiac Disease is Under-Diagnosed

  Celiac disease is a condition in which the small intestinal lining becomes damaged as a result of a reaction against a common dietary ingredient, gliadin, a protein in gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. About one percent of the U.S. population is affected by celiac disease, yet most have not been diagnosed. Celiac disease diagnosis is confirmed by…

Exercise for IBS

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gut disorder characterized by abdominal pain and discomfort, and…

Antibiotics, Probiotics or Both for C. diff?

On May 27, 2011 a New York Times article reports that Sherwood Gorbach, a 71 year doctor, has been instrumental in the development of a new antibiotic, Dificid, also known as fidaxomicin, for treating C. difficle (C. diff) diarrhea. Dr. Gorbach spent most of his professional life as professor of medicine and public health at Tufts University. He is also…

IBS & IBD—Mind, Body or Both?

There is still a general belief with medical doctors and the public as well that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are mostly stress-related psychological disorders. I have personally had many patients who were reluctant to discuss their bowel problems for fear of being labeled a “psych” case. Many practitioners still aren’t aware there can be legitimate…

Holiday Survival Guide—The Gallbladder Challenge

Most surgeons on call on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day are not surprised when they get called into the ER to see a patient with right upper abdominal pain and tenderness radiating through to the back. There are also no surprises when an abdominal ultrasound shows a dilated gallbladder, possibly with a thickened wall, and gallstones ranging from the size of…