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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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Colon Polyps and Cancer

Cancer of the colon is a major health problem in the United States. It ranks as a leading form of cancer, along with lung and breast cancer. Importantly, colon cancer is also one of the most curable forms of cancer. When detected early, more than 90 percent of patients can be cured. More importantly, it […]

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Colon Polyps and Cancer Prevention Diet

Please refer to the essay on Colon Cancer and Polyps which describes these entities in detail. This essay describes the dietary steps you can take which may reduce your chance of getting colon cancer or polyps. No one is certain which of the following points are most important. Some are easy, such as ingesting enough […]

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Colostomy, Ileostomy, Rectal Pouch Diets

Surgery is often needed to treat certain conditions of the colon (large bowel). Sometimes the surgeon must make an opening on the abdominal wall through which intestinal waste (feces) can pass. This surgery is medically known as colostomy and ileostomy. The opening itself is called a stoma. A lightweight, disposable bag is then worn over […]

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Constipation

Constipation can be defined as infrequent or hard pellet stools, or difficulty in evacuating stool. Passing one or more soft, bulky stools every day is a desirable goal. While troublesome, constipation is not usually a serious disorder. However, there may be other underlying problems causing constipation and, therefore, testing is often recommended. What Causes Constipation? […]

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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a chronic, recurrent inflammatory disease of the intestinal tract. The intestinal tract has four major parts: the esophagus, or food tube; the stomach, where food is churned and digested; the long, small bowel, where nutrients, calories, and vitamins are absorbed; and the colon and rectum, where water is absorbed and stool is […]

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Crohn’s Disease Diet

Please refer to the essay on Crohn’s Disease for more detailed information on this disorder. Dietary treatment for Crohn’s Disease must start with a solid partnership with your physician. This information will supplement your knowledge of dietary factors that may beneficially influence your disease.  It is for the Crohn’s patient who is reasonably stable.  For […]

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Diarrhea

Everyone has diarrhea at one time or another and everyone has their own idea of exactly what diarrhea is. Is it one liquid stool each day? Is it several soft, semiformed stools each day? Or is it frequent, watery stools throughout the day and even the night? Stool is made up mostly of water. For […]

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Dietary Supplements

In the distant past, medicine, religion and the priesthood were intertwined. In most civilizations studied, the priest was the medicine man to whom people went for help when sick. These priests found very quickly that giving the patient a potion from animal parts, plants, tree bark or herbs made lots of them better. Occasionally, they […]

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Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis

To understand diverticulosis, it is helpful to know about the anatomy and function of the intestine. The small intestine is the long, thin segment of bowel that begins at the stomach and ends at the large intestine or colon. The colon starts in the right lower abdomen and forms a large question mark across the […]

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Diverticulosis Diet

Diverticulosis, otherwise known as pockets or pouches of the colon, is very common. You can access a full description of this condition at Diverticulosis. The condition is almost certainly caused by a low fiber intake over a lifetime. This results in high pressures in the colon, which very, very slowly, over many years, cause ballooning […]

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