Demystifying Hemorrhoids

It’s not a topic most people discuss with their friends over a cup of joe or with their family around Sunday lunch. In fact, it’s not a topic most people discuss with their physicians. Some people say it’s just a nuisance, easily treated with over the counter medications. Others find themselves in the emergency room…

Let’s Talk Eating Disorders

When you picture someone with an eating disorder, who comes to mind? Is it a troubled adolescent teenager, the start of acne covering her face? A celebrity with big sunglasses covering half his face as he checks himself into a hospital? A professional ballerina pushing her body to the limit to perform the role she’s…

The Downsides to Stool Based Colorectal Cancer Screening

The advertisements on television and in magazines make stool based colorectal cancer screening sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread. And the more you think about it, the better it sounds, especially since you’ve been dreading a colonoscopy ever since you turned the big 5-0 (happy birthday to you!). The ads promise a simple…

H2O and Your Digestion

With the holidays behind us but the coldest part of winter setting in, now is the time of year many begin fantasizing about days warm enough to slide into a swimming pool to cool off…snorkeling in crystal blue waves…dashing through a sprinkler with the kids in the back yard…filling water balloons for the annual end…

Holiday Wish List from Your Gut Microbiome

With the holidays upon us, you’ve probably seen a wish list or two. Maybe you’ve written one. But between this year’s trendiest gift and that top of your Santa list gadget, your body is quietly trying to get a word in, too. Maybe this year will be the year you gift yourself a little gut…