GIH is a Toys for Tots Collection Site

For the fourth year in a row, Gastrointestinal Healthcare is proudly serving as a Toy Drop location for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to…

The Bug That Causes 80% of Peptic Ulcers

“Stress causes ulcers.” It’s an explanation we’ve probably all heard at some time or another. It was considered medical fact until two Australian physicians challenged it in 1982. Barry Marshall and Robin Warren noticed that a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, often abbreviated as H. pylori, could be cultured from peptic ulcers and gastric cancer. It…

Being a Good Neighbor

At GastroIntestinal Healthcare, we believe being a good neighbor is a part of what we do every day. It influences the friendly welcome our patients receive when they come into our clinic, and it’s a part of how we treat each other as coworkers striving for excellence in healthcare. But being a good neighbor isn’t…

Dark Chocolate is Good For Your Gut Health

Chocolate lovers now have even more reason to indulge in their favorite treat – just as long as it is of the dark chocolate variety. Scientists have found that consuming small amounts of dark chocolate – about the size of a chocolate square can be beneficial to your gut health. Cocoa is a natural prebiotic…

8 Lifestyle Choices that Combats Acid Reflux Disease

What is acid reflux disease, you ask? Let’s start with a quick biology lesson. Your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is the valve that allows food to travel from your esophagus to your stomach, but not back up. Acid reflux disease, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), develops when the LES is damaged. Your stomach contains hydrochloric…