Category Archives: Questions

Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber: What’s The Difference?

Get more fiber into your diet. Eating high-fiber foods is great for your digestive system, and can help lessen your chances of developing colon cancer, or other problems such as indigestion or even hemorrhoids. OK, but what kind of fiber should you eat? Here’s a quick rundown on the two types of fiber. Soluble and insoluble fibers  have different affects … Continue reading »

The Many Benefits of Advocacy

Whether it’s buying a car, choosing the healthiest breakfast cereal or being up to date on the latest healthcare news, the old saying is true: An informed consumer is a smart consumer. Being an advocate means nipping problems in the bud. When it comes to healthcare, that means not being afraid to seek out medical attention. Many people are skipping … Continue reading »

Blood-Pressure Med Symptoms Mimic Celiac Disease

A report from the Mayo Clinic suggests that omesartan, a medication for high blood pressure, can cause symptoms that mimic celiac disease. The news is important because Benicar, the name the drug is sold under, is heavily prescribed. The patients who developed the problem were all older, and saw their conditions improve after they stopped taking the drug. They also … Continue reading »

Finding Reliable Health Information Online

The Internet supplies a wealth of resources when you search for health-related advice. Trusting the information on just any website could be risky for your health, so it is important to be able to evaluate the good from the bad.  Go ahead and do the online research in preparation for talking with your doctor, but follow these steps to be … Continue reading »

Study Shows Benefits, Drawbacks of CT Scans For Colon Cancer

A recent study suggests that CT scans could be beneficial as an initial colon screening for patients who are hesitant about undergoing a colonoscopy. According to the American College of Radiology, CT scans, or virtual colonoscopies, were able to detect most large polyps, but were much less efficient in catching smaller polyps. The good news is that small polyps (under … Continue reading »

Treating Hemorrhoids In Children

Although hemorrhoids are most common in adults, children can form them as well. If your child is seeing blood when wiping, or experiencing any pain or itching around the anus, he or she may be experiencing hemorrhoids. Here are four simple steps you can take to help address your child’s hemorrhoids: Give your child warm baths, making sure the affected … Continue reading »

Anatomy of a Colon

There’s tons of chatter about digestive issues like heartburn, intestinal gas and constipation – but do we really know how our digestive systems function? We monitor what we eat and what we drink, but the scientific facts and figures tend to get shoved under the rug. In order to learn the facts about digestion, it’s crucial to know how our … Continue reading »

Wheat and Digestion

When you’re shopping at the grocery store, you may choose food items made with wheat since they seem to be the healthier option. While it’s true that eating wheat can help digestion stay on track by bulking waste up and moving it along, too much wheat can be the culprit behind hemorrhoids and other digestive woes for some. Wheat contains … Continue reading »

Mythbuster: What Doesn’t Cause Hemorrhoids

When it comes to hemorrhoids, it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. There’s lots of false information out there, so it’s good to have a few facts when it comes to treating and preventing, hemorrhoids. First of all, hemorrhoids can be a one-time issue. Just because you have them once doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to a life of … Continue reading »

Polyp or Hemorrhoid? How To Tell The Difference

If rectal pain or bleeding occurs, many people chalk it up to hemorrhoids. But should you be so quick to judge? While hemorrhoid symptoms seem obvious, it is a lesser-known fact that colon polyps share some of the same signs. While hemorrhoids are never flat, polyps can appear as either flat or raised growths in the large intestine. They rarely … Continue reading »

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