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Healthy Probiotic Fruit Candies

My daughter is approaching school age, and consequently she is more frequently encountering kids who don’t have food sensitivities and who don’t eat the way that we do. From Lunchables, to bottles of rainbow-colored sugar water, to packages of 20-ingredient cookies and pastries, a lot of today’s kids eat little more than highly processed, artificially […]

Debunking Common Heartburn Myths With Dr. Bettaiah Gowda

Submitted by Mississippi Valley Endoscopy Center If you’re like nearly 60 percent of the adult population, you know the terrible feeling of burning in your chest coupled with a foul taste in your mouth caused by stomach acids rising up your esophagus. It’s likely heartburn, and it’s not fun. Although heartburn is a fairly common […]

Misconceptions About Bariatric Surgery

Submitted by Illinois Bariatric Center It’s no secret that a large percentage of the population is overweight. In fact, according to the CDC, more than two-thirds of American adults are considered to be significantly overweight or obese. Furthermore, most people have struggled with their weight issues for a long time, and many have been unable […]

GERD Awareness Week

Submitted by Illinois Bariatric Center It’s no coincidence that GERD awareness week takes place during the week of Thanksgiving. While most people associate Thanksgiving with feasting on turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, this overindulgence is also responsible for an increase in heartburn, which is a primary symptom of GERD. GERD awareness week is […]

Meet Dr. Ramavaram the Community’s Newest Gastroenterologist

Submitted by Mississippi Valley Endoscopy Center Our overall wellbeing is greatly affected by how well our digestive system functions. Since 70 percent of our body’s immune system dwells in the digestive system, it is important to know and trust a doctor whose medical specialty is devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of […]

A New Treatment for Weight Loss

Submitted by Illinois Bariatric Center Both the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association now recognize obesity as a chronic, progressive disease that requires lifelong treatment and control. It’s not just a matter of carrying a little too much weight due to overeating and no self-control. It is a disease and needs to be […]

Six Surprising Things That Can Trigger Heartburn

Submitted by Illinois Bariatric Center Most people who suffer from heartburn know that certain foods tend to aggravate the condition. These include tomatoes, tomato sauces, and citrus, fried, or spicy foods. Smoking and alcohol are also very common culprits. There are many more heartburn triggers that aren’t as well-known. This may be because many of […]

The Royal Flush Cleansing The Colon

By Lynette Pritchard, VIM Today Dirty topic, I know, but, necessary to discuss. As a Colon Hydro Therapist and teacher of cleansing protocols, I can personally attest to the difficulty that people have in even mentioning bowel movements. It has always been interesting to me how separate people feel from the normal process of elimination. […]

Natural Ways to Treat Heartburn

Submitted by Illinois Bariatric Center Heartburn is a very common condition. In fact, many people simply accept heartburn as a normal consequence of eating! The pharmaceutical industry is certainly benefitting from those who seek relief for the burning, uncomfortable sensation. According to Consumer Reports, prescription medication for heartburn is one of the highest-selling classes of […]

Health Awareness What Is New in Colon Cancer Screening

Any time is a good time to discuss new developments in colon cancer screening and there is good news to talk about. Thanks to sev­eral important preventive health guide­lines updated last year, there is now more access to, and insurance coverage for, a variety of screening options be­yond a colonoscopy. The problem According to the […]