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We want to help you make the best decisions for your health, so we developed educational resources for a variety of digestive conditions, treatment options and nutrition plans.

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Ostomy, Colostomy, Ileostomy

These three words and the images they convey produce dread in many people who may know very little about them. An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening on the abdominal wall for waste products to move out of the body. It is performed when a medical condition is so severe that an ostomy […]

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Pancreas Disease

The pancreas is called the “hidden organ” because it is located deep in the abdomen behind the stomach. About six to eight inches long in the adult, the organ contains thin tubes that come together like the veins of a leaf. These tubes join to form a single opening into the intestine that is located […]

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Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic ulcer disease (PUD) is a common ailment, affecting many people. The causes of PUD have gradually become clear. With this understanding have come new and better ways to treat ulcers and even cure them. Anatomy and Function of the Stomach The stomach produces a very strong acid. This acid helps digest and break down food […]

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Prevention of Colon Polyps and Cancer

The colon is the large intestine. It begins where the small intestine ends, near the appendix inside the right lower abdomen. The colon extends in a wide loop, up the right side of the abdomen to the liver, and across to the left side of the abdomen where it turns down connecting finally to the […]

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Primary Biliary Cholangitis

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is found high in the right upper abdomen, behind the ribs. It is a very complex organ and has many functions. They include: Storing energy in the form of sugar (glucose) Storing vitamins, iron, and other minerals Making proteins, including blood clotting factors, to keep […]

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Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is found high in the right upper abdomen, behind the ribs. It is a very complex organ and has many functions. They include: Storing energy in the form of sugar (glucose) Storing vitamins, iron, and other minerals Making proteins, including blood clotting factors, to keep […]

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Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is a sign that something is wrong. It is usually something minor that can be easily diagnosed, but not always. It is, therefore, important that the specific cause of rectal bleeding be identified so appropriate treatment can be started and the problem corrected. Even though rectal bleeding may not be serious, an individual […]

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, recurring disease of the large bowel. The large bowel (colon) is the 5 to 6 foot segment of intestine that begins in the right-lower abdomen, extends upward and then across to the left side, and downward to the rectum. It dehydrates the liquid stool that enters it and stores the […]

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