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Are GMO Foods Safe?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are in the news.  Vermont has already passed a law requiring that GMO foods be labeled accordingly, and the U.S. Congress is poised to pass a similar, but less strict labeling requirement. We gastroenterologists are keenly interested in the nutritional health of our patients.  Several times each week, I am queried … Continued

Can Heartburn Medicines Cause Dementia?

The above headline and sound bite has generated many conversations in my gastroenterology practice.  Many of my patients who take proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for heartburn developed worse heartburn when they thought that these medicines might be frying their brains.  After some calm and reassuring conversations, I was able to put the fires out. Common … Continued

Medical Judgement

Our gastroenterology practice does colonoscopies every day.  We are passionate about preventing colon cancer, which is a preventable disease.  Moreover, nearly every adult who has their eyes and ears open knows that age 50, they need to submit to a thorough examination of their colon, also known as the large bowel. The benefits of colonoscopy … Continued

Probiotics

Several times each week, I am asked about the value of probiotics.  Many of my patients are already on them, based on a personal recommendation or an advertisement.  As a gastroenterologist, I routinely treat patients with all varieties of diarrhea conditions, such as irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and … Continued