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Whole Grain vs Multigrain? Oct 28th, 2019

There’s a “whole” host of information about wheat and grain spinning out there. Some of it is contradictory, which is stunning considering how much we know about grains and their effect on gut health. Low carb diets, high carb diets, debate over whole grain, multigrain, healthy white, fortified white. Take...

Rectal Bleeding & The Importance of A Digital Rectal Exam Oct 14th, 2019

Do you have rectal bleeding? Has a doctor told you it’s from hemorrhoids? Has that doctor given you a Digital Rectal Exam or DRE? No, it not “digital” like digital vs analog. In this case a digital rectal exam means using a digit or finger to physically examine the rectum...

Can You Live Without Your Large Intestine? Small Intestine? Sep 24th, 2019

First, we have to define the two intestines in our bodies. The large intestine, also known as the colon or large bowel spans most of the length and width of the abdomen in an upside-down U shape. We categorize the colon in five distinct parts. From right to left, it...

Fiber for Colon Health Aug 7th, 2019

Fiber is a necessary part of healthy digestion. While many supplements exist on market, the best way to get your daily fiber intake is through a healthy and well-balanced diet containing fiber-rich foods and consumption of adequate water to keep your bowels regular. Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber Are you confused...

Preparing for a Colonoscopy Mar 26th, 2019

Colonoscopy is a procedure where your doctor passes a small tube with a camera at it’s tip into your colon to screen for colorectal cancer or for diagnostic purposes if you’re having symptoms. The preparation requires you to empty the colon completely so your doctor can see the inner lining of...

What You Need to Know About Lynch Syndrome Mar 22nd, 2019

Lynch syndrome (aka hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer) is the most common hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome. If colorectal cancer genes run in your family, you or your children, siblings and parents may all be at high risk for developing colorectal and various associated cancers. So, should you talk to your health care provider about...

The Difference Between a Gastroenterologist and a Colorectal Surgeon Mar 4th, 2019

Do you know what the difference is between a gastroenterologist and a colorectal surgeon? While we treat many of the same conditions there are some inherent differences in these two specialties. Knowing this difference will guide you to the right specialist. A colorectal surgeon, may also be known as a...

Coffee’s Effects on Cancer – Benefit or Risk? Feb 4th, 2019

There has been lots of controversy lately on the health benefits and risks of coffee drinking. There are many studies that have shown a link between coffee drinking and good health, including reduced risk of cancers (including colon cancer), gout, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. There has also...