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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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Dysphagia Diet

Dysphagia means difficulty with chewing or swallowing food or liquid. The dysphagia diet covers 5 levels for difficulty in swallowing. To understand how this might happen, it is important to know something about how swallowing occurs. First, food must be chewed thoroughly. Then it is moved to the back of the mouth by tightening the […]

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic Esophagitis is a mouthful of a word. It is a condition that we are seeing more and more frequently. It is a common cause of difficulty swallowing, as well as heartburn that does not respond to conventional therapy.  Eosinophilic esophagitis is sometimes abbreviated as EoE. To understand Eosinophilic Esophagitis, we need to review two […]

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Esophagitis and Stricture

The esophagus is the food tube, or gullet, that carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. The stomach churns the food and secretes a strong acid that aids in digestion. A specialized muscle, known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), is located at the end of the esophagus. This muscle normally contracts […]

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Fatty Liver

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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Full Liquid Diet

The full liquid diet is often used as a step between a clear liquid diet and a regular diet, for example, after surgery or fasting. It may also be used after certain procedures, such as jaw wiring. This diet may also be appropriate for patients who have swallowing and chewing problems. Nutrition Facts The full […]

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Gallstones

To understand the nature of gallstones, it is helpful to first look at the anatomy of the gallbladder and bile ducts. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that rests under the liver in the right upper abdomen. The liver produces bile, a yellow-green liquid needed by the intestine to help digest fat and oils. Ducts, […]

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Gas

Everyone comments sometimes on the digestive problem of gas. When people complain of gas, they usually mean one or more of the following: Frequent belching of air from the stomach Bloating of the abdomen after eating Frequent passing of gas from the rectum It may be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but only rarely is gas associated […]

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Gastric Bypass Diet

Gastric bypass is a type of surgery in which the stomach is reduced in size by one of several methods. This smaller stomach is then reconnected or bypassed to the small intestine. Having a gastric bypass can help speed weight loss by making it difficult to eat too much food at one time and  feeling […]

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Gastritis

The stomach, as everyone knows from watching TV ads, is J-shaped and collects swallowed food and liquid. It then methodically grinds the food into small pieces and squirts it out in tiny jets of fluid into the duodenum which is the first portion of the small intestine. There are several types of cells lining the […]

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Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease

Almost everyone has experienced heartburn. About 25 million American adults suffer daily from (esophageal reflux, sometimes referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn). It is that burning sensation felt in the chest and sometimes in the neck. GERD is caused by acid, normally found in the stomach, refluxing or splashing up into the esophagus […]

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