Category: Gastrointestinal Health

A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in the normal and disease processes of the digestive system. This includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. A gastroenterologist (sometimes called a GI doctor) completes their medical degree, usually in Internal Medicine, then completes an intense, specialty fellowship in […]

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November 6, 2018

By Andrew Heiner, MD and May Marschner, PA-C As the interest in probiotics has greatly increased nationwide, it is important to know that there is very limited data supporting when to use probiotics, which strains are most effective, and what benefits they actually provide. Recent studies to determine the effectiveness and benefits (or negative effects) […]

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By Steven G. Desautels Obesity is a growing medical and public health problem worldwide. The health implications of obesity include a wide spectrum of benign digestive diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus (BE), erosive esophagitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), gallstones, and pancreatitis and digestive organ cancers such as cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma […]

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Belching, bloating, and flatulence: Any of these symptoms can be embarrassing, leading to unwanted noises, abdominal discomfort, and general malaise. Occasionally experiencing these symptoms is normal, but if symptoms become excessive or too frequent, they can negatively impact your life. Belching occurs when excess air is swallowed, causing the stomach to become too full. Flatulence […]

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by James M. Stewart, MD Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints a gastroenterologist hears in daily practice. Evaluating abdominal pain is complicated and often involves looking for patterns. The first place to start is with some questions about the pain. Common questions include: • When did the pain start? Whether a patient’s […]

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“Clean eating” is a popular trend in food preparation and consumption. What it really means is choosing foods that are as close to their natural state as possible (meaning without added chemicals, salt and sugars where possible). If you’re having digestive issues, particularly after eating certain foods, it’s worth considering a month or more of […]

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FODMAPs are certain kinds of carbohydrates found in food. Not all carbohydrates are FODMAPs, just certain ones. FODMAP is an acronym for: Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. FODMAPs are different types of sugar and fiber that ferment in the large intestine. People who are sensitive to FODMAPs may develop GI symptoms that can be embarrassing or even painful. […]

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by Dr. Christopher Cutler In 2015, the American College of Gastroenterology published clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Barrett’s esophagus (BE). The following is a summary of this guideline which the physicians at Granite Peaks Gastroenterology would like to share with you: —Screening of the general population for BE is not recommended. —Screening […]

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By Dr. Christopher Cutler Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications used to treat acid-peptic disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, and peptic ulcer disease. There are several PPIs on the market including Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), and Zegerid (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate). While PPIs overall are […]

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