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Pinterest Pin ItGallstones, Heartburn — Unwanted Holiday Visitors

Gallstones, Heartburn — Unwanted Holiday Visitors

Posted on 11/24/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and indulgent foods, when sweet treats, fried goodies and alcoholic drinks reign supreme. Many of us look forward to our traditional piece of turkey and pie on Thanksgiving, followed soon after by creamy eggnog and Christmas cookies. The problem is those rich holidays foods can wreak havoc on our digestive systems, making us feel sluggish, constipated and in some cases very sick.

In fact, there’s anecdotal evidence from doctors and surgeons that emergency rooms often see a spike on Thanksgiving of people needing their gallbladders removed. Vinod Kurupath, M.D., a gastroenterologist with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, says a typical holiday feast can precipitate a gallbladder attack in people with gallstones.


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Pinterest Pin ItUnderstanding Heartburn: What You Should Know About GERD

Understanding Heartburn: What You Should Know About GERD

Posted on 11/23/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

It’s a bit ironic — or perhaps extremely well timed — that an awareness week devoted to understanding severe heartburn coincides with the nation’s Thanksgiving festivities. After all, how many times have you eaten a hefty meal of turkey, buttery mashed potatoes and pie a la mode only to experience a horrible burning sensation in your chest a few hours later?

You’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about 20 percent of the nation’s population has gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD. This condition is characterized by chronic heartburn caused by stomach acids flowing back up into your esophagus. Medical experts encourage people who frequently experience these symptoms to talk to their doctors, as GERD is not only painful, but can be doing damage to your body.


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Pinterest Pin ItThe Party’s Over?

The Party’s Over?

Posted on 11/19/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Just days before Halloween, foodies got bad news that was neither a trick nor a treat.

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified eating red meat – beef, veal, pork, lamb – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This new classification puts steak and pork chops in Group 2A, the same group as inorganic lead compounds and malaria.


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Pinterest Pin ItProbiotics - They Actually Work

Probiotics - They Actually Work

Posted on 03/11/2015  by  Toni Brayer, M.D.

Probiotics are live bacteria and eating or drinking them can have a profound beneficial effect on your health. Before you say "ewww," let's look at the science and why the right bacteria is essential for our well-being.

The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract is filled with millions of microbes known as microbiota. Your microbiota is specific only to you and was started at birth when you acquired the bacteria from your mother. Over the years it continued to evolve depending upon your gender, geography, health and diet. If you took antibiotics, it probably knocked out your good intestinal microbial environment for at least a month. Some strong antibiotics affect the gut for up to four years.


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Pinterest Pin ItIs Your Food Safe?

Is Your Food Safe?

Posted on 06/11/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

The recent news of the recall of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries from Costco may have us all a little concerned. Unless you grow all your own food, you are dependent on the “food chain” for your sustenance. And those who have chosen to buy organic believe that is a healthier, safer choice. Now contaminated organic berries?Berries

How worried should you be about the ultimate safety of the food you eat and feed to your family?

If you did not buy Costo berries, should you be worried about other fruit or produce? How can you protect yourself from a similar contamination?


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