Probiotics are living bacteria or other microorganisms that have beneficial health effects in people when they’re ingested. The concept has become very popular and many of my patients are taking probiotics to gain some health advantage, but enthusiasm for a concept is not the same as scientific proof of effectiveness. Very few marketed probiotics have … Continue reading Are probiotics good for you?
Ladies: Don’t most of us talk to our hairdressers about all kinds of things? Kids, pets, vacation plans, clothes and the list goes on. Something that doesn’t come up too often in conversation? Colorectal cancer. Yet, this is the topic 57-year-old hairdresser Cathey Minter finds herself discussing quite regularly with her clients. Last year, Cathey’s primary care physician found a … Continue reading Hairdresser survives colon cancer, shares powerful message with clients
The pediatric world is learning from a young girl with a rare congenital disease, while somehow she stays smiling. The child, 10-year-old Haelie Pisciotta, of Rob and Kellie Pisciotta of Belton, Texas, is talkative and full of life, pioneering her way through her condition as one of the oldest living survivors. At the time of … Continue reading Girl with fight, 10 years post transplant for rare disorder
We know that the brain plays a key role in all of our bodily functions – it’s the center of our intelligence and the controller of our movements and behaviors. But did you know that you have a “second brain”? This second brain is found in your gut. Beyond digestion, your gut contains an extensive … Continue reading Why caring for your second brain can improve your health
The brain is in charge of every function in the body — from breathing, to digestion to circulation. And yet, this important organ is just as susceptible to the negative effects of poor lifestyle choices as the rest of the body. What we eat (or don’t eat) can increase inflammation in the brain, thereby impacting … Continue reading Did you know you can improve brain health through your diet?
Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a new study. Earlier research linked the diseases to bacteria in the gut. Researchers found that patients with inflammatory bowel diseases had a greater variety of viruses in their digestive systems, indicating viruses may play a role … Continue reading Could viruses contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases?
What does GERD stand for and what are the classic symptoms? GERD stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Typical symptoms are frequent heartburn, which is by far the most common complaint. Other symptoms include nausea, feeling of food or liquid coming up into one’s mouth, difficult or painful swallowing, pain in the mid-chest or upper abdomen, … Continue reading GERD is more than heartburn; key questions answered
More than 30 million Americans suffer from acid reflux monthly. According to a national study that followed more than 30,000 people for 11 years, symptoms of reflux and heartburn have nearly doubled in the last decade. Scott & White Healthcare has joined forces with other U.S. communities to improve public awareness regarding diagnosis and treatment, … Continue reading Causes and symptoms of GERD
When people go in for a routine colonoscopy they may hear the word “polyp” tossed around. If you’re unsure about polyps but were too anxious to ask, we have answers. Scott & White colorectal surgeon Rahila Essani, MD specializes in care relating to the colon and the rectum. She offers some insight about polyps, as … Continue reading Puzzled about polyps?
Gastrointestinal gas is part of the human condition. The extent of which that person becomes aware of it dictates if gas is a problem or not. Belching Belching is the audible escape of air from the esophagus into the upper airway. Almost all air that is belched is a consequence of air swallowing. Belches that … Continue reading The Truth About Gas…More Normal Than You Think?