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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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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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Probiotics

Probiotics are a relatively new field in nutrition and in our specialty of gastroenterology. A probiotic is one or more bacteria that most often you take in a pill or dairy product form. It is hoped that they take up residence in the human colon, compete favorably with the huge numbers of bacteria already there, […]

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Pyramid Diet

A healthy diet plays a major role in keeping the body fit and preventing illness. Based on medical research, a regular diet has been developed that arranges food groups into a food guide pyramid. This pyramid symbol makes it easy for individuals to choose what to eat, how much to eat, and how to avoid […]

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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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Reduced Sodium Diet

Sodium is essential to the body. It is a mineral that helps the body regulate fluid balance. Under certain conditions, excess sodium can cause the body to retain too much fluid. This could be harmful for people with conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease. These conditions are often managed by reducing sodium […]

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Soft and Mechanical Soft Diet

The soft diet serves as a transition from liquids to a regular diet for individuals who are recovering from surgery or a long illness. It can help to ease difficulty in chewing and/or swallowing due to dental problems or extreme weakness, and it is sometimes recommended to relieve mild intestinal or stomach discomfort. The soft […]

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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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Ulcerative Colitis Diet

You should understand that all treatment, including diet therapy for ulcerative colitis, must start with a solid partnership with your physician. This information is to supplement your knowledge of dietary factors that may influence your disease. Evidence based care is something we in medicine always seek. It means that each treatment we select is carefully […]

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Vegetarian Diet

Many people will choose vegetarian diets for personal, health, or religious reasons. On a strict vegetarian or vegan diet, only vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains are eaten. The lacto-vegetarian diet adds milk and milk products to the vegan diet, and the ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet adds eggs and milk products. People who avoid meat and vegetables in […]

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Vitamin K Regulated Diet

Vitamin K is essential for the proper formation of blood clots in the body. The K in vitamin K, which was discovered by a Danish scientist, comes from the Danish word, koagulering, which means “clotting.” The liver makes a protein called prothrombin, which is a vital link in the clotting process. Vitamin K is used […]

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