Stand Up for Earth Day–And Your Hemorrhoids

On  April 22, we celebrated Earth Day. We feel prompted to care for our environment, recycle and use less energy. Earth Day brings many teachable moments for our children as we encourage them to think ahead for their future and consider how their choices have long-term consequences.    These planet-conscious choices help the Earth outside our bodies, but what are we … Continue reading »

Try Something New for Dinner Tonight

While there is no guarantee for hemorrhoid elimination, there are dietary changes you can make to prevent or reduce the likelihood of their return. One pasta that gets far too little attention is orzo.  Closely related to couscous, orzo is a rice-shaped pasta that is low in fat and sodium and high in protein and iron.   Eat a serving of orzo, and … Continue reading »

Detoxing For Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable, but there are many remedies that can help. Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed blood vessels around the rectum and anus that get itchy, inflamed and irritated. There are many different types of hemorrhoids, from first degree to fourth degree. Fourth degree may require surgery, but if you have a more mild case, you can often do some … Continue reading »

Quinoa for Digestive Health

It may come as a surprise, but 2013 is the year of a very powerful grain! Pronounced “KEEN-wah,” quinoa is a grain that is mainly used for the seeds it produces. It was largely grown in South America around 3,000 years ago until it faded into obscurity behind other grains and corn (Source: The University of Chicago). We now know that … Continue reading »

Exercise and Hemorrhoids

Exercise benefits the body in countless ways. It strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory system, burns calories, builds muscle tone, lowers blood pressure, removes toxins from the body, releases endorphins and improves blood flow. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you may think that your condition limits your options for exercise. However, exercise is one of the most important activities that you … Continue reading »

Hemorrhoids: Don't Sit Out of Your World Series

If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you’re not alone. Even the stars have had their battles with hemorrhoids! George Brett, former third baseman for the Kansas City Royals, made headline news back in 1980 when he underwent surgery for hemorrhoid removal. The  MVP removed himself during the sixth inning  of game two of the World Series in Philadelphia because of discomfort. … Continue reading »

Hit a Home Run for Your Quality of Life

You’re standing at the plate right now, and you don’t even know it. The sun is beaming down, the grass has that fresh cut smell, and you’ve got a Louisville Slugger resting in your hands. Life is on the mound across from you, and you never really know what kind of pitch he’ll send your way. One of life’s sneakiest … Continue reading »

Health Benefits of Lentils

Lentils are a great low-calorie food full of vitamins and nutrients creating benefits for the entire body. One cup of cooked lentils has only 230 calories, plus they are low in fat and provide a filling snack for anyone trying to lose weight. Lentils provide a good source of fiber and protein. They contain high levels of protein, 26 percent … Continue reading »

Genetic Links to Colon Cancer

Researchers at the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium have been studying the genetic links to colon cancer in approximately 40,000 participants, half of who have colorectal cancer. There are many possible risk factors of colon cancer, and a very small percentage of colon cancer cases are caused by genetic variants, mutations in a person’s genes. However, the study found four specific variants … Continue reading »

Time to Go See a Doctor?

According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2012, some of the most popular search trends for the year included Whitney Houston, Hurricane Sandy, Big Bird and… hemorrhoids. It seems as though we would rather ask our smart phones about those pesky little pains in our behinds rather than our family physician. On some level, it is not surprising as hemorrhoids are an unpleasant … Continue reading »