No matter what tummy trouble you may be experiencing, the Grill Master and Debbie Dietician have you covered. Check out their tips for keeping your digestive system happy while enjoying BBQ season: [Read more…]
An Interview With the Leaders of DHC’s Women’s Wellness Center
In the spirit of the 18th annual National Women’s Health Week, we are encouraging women to make all aspects of their health a priority, especially their gastrointestinal health. To that end, we thought it would be beneficial to sit down with our premier female physicians Dr. Claudia Barghash and Dr. Kristen Lee of the Women’s Wellness Center to discuss the issues surrounding women and the sensitive subject of digestive care: [Read more…]
Colon cancer—also known as colorectal cancer—is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. Though the risk of developing colon cancer is approximately one in 20—five percent—it is a largely preventable and treatable disease thanks to regular screenings.*
In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, here are five fascinating myths about colon cancer that we have effectively debunked:
This year, we are supporting the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) new initiative, “80% by 2018.” The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has also joined this national coalition of organizations committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major health problem. Together, we are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% of eligible adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Maintaining a good body weight goes far beyond the satisfaction of slipping into your favorite pair of jeans or turning heads at the beach; keeping excess weight off has a multitude of health benefits that will keep you moving for years to come.
We at Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC)—along with and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) and Beacon Health Options (Beacon) have launched a new and innovative pilot program that integrates mental and physical treatments in order to improve care for patients with Crohn’s disease.
Our very own Dr. Accurso sat down with the Courier News to discuss this groundbreaking program and the changing behavioral needs associated with a chronic disease diagnosis.
Read the entire article here.
Established in 1999 by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), GERD Awareness Week is officially part of the U.S. National Health Observances (NHO) calendar, falling on the week of Thanksgiving. [Read more…]
What to Look Out for This Halloween When Living With IBS and GERD
Trick or treat!
It’s that special time of year again where the ghosts and goblins roam the streets, carved pumpkins decorate the lawns and where the hidden talent of a zombie make-up artist is unearthed. This one day makes us all kids again, giving us the opportunity to show our creative side with our costumes and —of course— indulge in the never-ending Halloween candy. [Read more…]
It seems these days that, for many of the misinformed masses, gluten-free is the way to be. As a result, living gluten-free has become not only a way of life, but also a marketing strategy and opportunity for every company on grocery store shelves. The absurdity of gluten-free labeling even reaches as far as items not fit for consumption, such as shampoo and soaps. (Really, people?)
The reality is that a gluten-free lifestyle has become something new age and trendy (like snacking on kale or growing a beard). However, it’s sadly piggybacking off of a lifestyle requirement for individuals living with celiac disease that are forced to live gluten-free in order to combat the symptoms of their condition.
In the lime green spirit of Celiac Awareness Month, here are some common misconceptions about gluten and Celiac disease debunked and brought to light…
Myth: Having an allergy to wheat is the same as celiac disease.
Fact: Those with a wheat allergy only have to avoid products with wheat. Gluten is found in other grains, like barley and rye, as well as a host of other foods.
Myth: People can outgrow celiac disease.
Fact: Celiac disease is not an allergy that people can potentially outgrow; it is a lifelong autoimmune disease that results in damage to the small intestine.
Myth: There’s a medication for everything. Surely celiac disease can be treated with mediation?
Fact: Sadly, that are no medications for managing celiac disease. A gluten-free lifestyle is the only way to effectively treat the condition.
Myth: Those with celiac disease must use everything that is gluten-free, including soap, shampoo and lotion.
Fact: Gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, and it is only harmful to those with celiac disease when ingested in certain quantities.
Myth: Products labeled “gluten-free” contain no gluten.
Fact: It is practically impossible to remove any and all traces of gluten from a diet.
Myth: When the packaging on a product states that the item was processed in the same facility as wheat, it is unsafe for those with celiac disease.
Fact: Products with this kind of labeling may be celiac-friendly depending on the processes of the facility. To be safe, always check the company’s website or call to learn more about their practices.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has celiac disease, initiating a gluten-free diet on your own is not recommended. In order to properly test and confirm your diagnosis, you must be eating gluten at the time of testing.
The specialists here at Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC) are greatly experienced in the effective diagnosis, treatment and continued care of celiac disease. Through advanced techniques and compassionate patient care, our physicians help patients living with this debilitating condition lead healthy, happy lives.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact us today.