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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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Minerals

Do you remember the Periodic Table in your high school chemistry class? It listed all the natural elements and minerals in nature. At present, there are about 109 of these elements that make up all matter. Some are gases such as oxygen and helium. Most are hard substances that you can see and touch. Not […]

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Nutrition for Older Adults

Some things you never outgrow–like your need for healthful eating. Good nutrition is important at every stage of life, from infancy through late adulthood. The basics of a balanced diet remain the same but individual nutritional needs change as you grow older. No matter what your age, it is never too late to start living […]

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Osteoporosis

Calcium is essential to the body.  It is the most common mineral in the body and is needed in tiny amounts for the function of most vital organs such as heart and brain.  However, the vast majority of calcium is used by the bones and teeth.  During early childhood and adolescence, vigorous bone growth occurs.  […]

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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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Peptic Ulcer Disease and Non Ulcer Dyspepsia Diet

A diet that avoids stomach irritants is for those patients who suffer from symptoms of peptic ulcer disease or non-ulcer dyspepsia. In peptic ulcer disease, the patient has one or more ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (the first part of the intestine beyond the stomach). Non-ulcer dyspepsia refers to these same symptoms but without […]

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Prebiotics

A prebiotic is not a probiotic. Most people now know that a probiotic is a bacteria which is put in yogurt or other dairy products. Probiotics are also available in pill or powder forms in a wide array of different bacteria formulas. A prebiotic, however, is different. It is, in fact, a food fiber that […]

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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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