What Does Family History Have to Do With My Risk for Colon Cancer?

You may be aware that a family history of colon cancer increases your risk of colon cancer. But not all families are open about health related matters, and there are many family situations where a person may not know part or all of their biological family (for example, adoption). So what does it mean when…

How Caring for Your Heart is Also Caring for Your Gut

February is a month for hearts. You’ve no doubt seen all the red and pink hearts, roses, and chocolates in stores for Valentine’s Day. It’s also American Heart Health month, with a push by large societies such as the American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for people to evaluate their risk…

The Effects of Smoking on Your Gut

You’re probably aware that smoking is the number one risk factor for the development of lung cancer, that it contributes to breathing problems, and that it’s bad for your heart. But did you know that smoking also affects your gut? Let’s take a look at what smoking does (or doesn’t) do to your digestive tract….

Your Pancreas and You

Chances are, the only time you’ve heard of an organ in your body called the pancreas, it had to do with cancer. Celebrities like Patrick Swayze and Steve Jobs both died highly publicized deaths of pancreatic cancer. But what is the pancreas, and what does it do in the body? Let’s take a look. The…

Nourishing Your Gut Microbiome

All of the autumn leaves have been raked and bagged, the outdoor temperatures are falling, and there just might be some snow in time to grant your wish for a white Christmas. Carols play at every store, cheerful lights brighten houses, and yummy smells of our favorite holiday foods fill the air. There’s no mistaking…