Category: Granite Peaks Gastroenterology

By R. Kyle Barnett, MD UPDATED: 10/18/2018 Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men and the third most common in women, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Yes, colorectal cancer can be prevented—not just detected—through colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer arises from precancerous growths, or polyps, that grow in the […]

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What is Pancreatitis? The pancreas is located behind the stomach and has two main jobs: it secretes insulin to help control blood sugar levels and produces enzymes that help with digestion. Acute Pancreatitis is the condition when the pancreas suddenly becomes inflamed and swollen, possibly causing pancreatic tissue damage. Chronic Pancreatitis occurs over time where […]

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Antibiotics are effective medications commonly used to treat infection. Although safe, they can cause side effects, including diarrhea, in up to 20% of patients, usually improving when the antibiotics are stopped.  In some patients Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) can develop due to a toxin-producing bacteria that causes a severe form of diarrhea associated with antibiotic […]

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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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Gluten-Free New Year’s Eve Recipes Whether you’re hosting a big New Year’s Eve party or just staying at home celebrating the New Year with your family and a few close friends, you’re going to need some delicious party snacks. If you are a gluten-free household or have gluten-free guests, you’ll want to be sure the […]

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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 As a doctor here at Granite Peaks Gastroenterology, I reflect on Humanitarianism: the promotion of human welfare; making other people’s lives better, regardless of their gender, race or religion. Dr. Michael VanRooyen personifies humanitarianism. For him, providing for the health and welfare of the world’s oppressed and suffering is not a […]

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