“Some people say you are what you eat. I say you are what you know. Understanding your health is the first step towards improving it”
– Talia Zenlea
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Here you’ll find the answers to some of the questions I encounter most commonly in my practice – and ones that you may have had but were afraid to ask!
You Really Are What You Eat: Can Food Actually Have an Impact on Health and Disease? I get a lot of questions from patients about food. There’s a lot of interest lately in using food to treat disease. Now, we know that “eating right” is “healthier” in that too much of anything can…Details
Hiatal Hernia – What You Need to Know I get asked about hiatal hernias a lot – what are they, can they be fixed, and most importantly, are they the cause of my symptoms. Chances are, if you’ve been told you have a hiatal hernia, it’s because you underwent some sore of upper-GI…Details
Food For Thought: The Role of Food in Irritable Bowel Symptoms “Food For Thought” is a recurring column on bellyblog.ca, where we will share a well-curated collection of high quality, thought-provoking pieces, usually about food, diet, nutrition, and the gut. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a complex syndrome characterized by abdominal pain…Details
Crohn’s Disease: The Basics Crohn’s Disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD. The other form of IBD is called Ulcerative Colitis, which you can read about here. Read more about IBD in general here, and remember that IBD is very different from IBS, which stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which you…Details
Routine Health Maintenance for People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Routine health maintenance for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is very important. IBD consists of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, which are chronic inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract. Read more about IBD here. IBD is thought to be an autoimmune disease.…Details
Ulcerative Colitis: The Basics Ulcerative Colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD. The other form of IBD is called Crohn’s Disease, which you can read about here. Read more about IBD in general here, and remember that IBD is very different from IBS, which stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which you…Details
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) consists of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. IBD is very different from IBS, which stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which you can read about here. These are chronic inflammatory conditions, meaning they are characterized by episodes of symptoms, alternating with episodes of feeling fine.…Details
Not Sure If You Have IBS or IBD? It’s Worth Finding Out Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are inflammatory diseases of the bowel (IBD, for Inflammatory Bowel Disease). There’s a lot of confusion out there (among the general public but also among doctors) about what IBD is. Though IBD and IBS (which stands…Details
The Facts About H pylori Helicobacter pylori (aka H. pylori) is a bug that lives in the stomach, and thrives in the acidic environment. It’s the most common chronic bacterial infection in humans, and amazingly, about a third of north American and north European adults are infected. In areas such as…Details
Fecal Incontinence? You’re Not Alone Having “an accident” as an adult can be extremely embarrassing – something you might not even feel comfortable discussing with your doctor. Know that you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that about 5% of women over the age of 60 will have experienced an involuntary loss of stool. This…Details
Yogurt Got You Wondering? So in Part 1, we talked about probiotics – what they are and what is their job-description within the body. The next question is – what does this mean for you, and should you be taking them. Here are a few important things to keep in mind about probiotics:…Details
No Bugs About It. Probiotics are everywhere. Drug store, health food store, and even in your breakfast. But what are they, and do they actually do anything?? The intestine is like a big garden hose that runs through the body and contains a ton of bacteria. We commonly think of bacteria as a…Details