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Natural OptionsThe “Leaky Gut” Link to Autoimmunity

Autoimmune disease is an emerging health concern for millions of people. Autoimmunity results when components of the body’s immune system target one or more of a person’s own bodily tissues instead of attacking foreign bacteria or viruses. More than 40 autoimmune conditions have been identified, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid Read more…

Medical NewsThe General Surgeon

The General Surgeon

Dr. Johnson, I have had GERD for twenty years and have taken PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) for many of those years. However, last year my symptoms returned and my physician doubled my dose. I’m still having issues today and think it might be time to consider surgery on my valve. Read more…

Medical NewsMen Are Stubborn

Over and over again I see men, typically over 55, complaining of symptoms that frighten them: difficulty swallowing, food sticking in their throat, feeling as if they are suffocating due to regurgitation. They often confess to ten or more years of increasingly severe symptoms, typically starting with heartburn and/or chest Read more…

Medical NewsAre PPIs the Right Solution for Heartburn?

The General Surgeon

As a physician, I was very skeptical when pharmaceutical manufacturers began to promote prescription medications – which can have very serious side effects – on TV. As an expert on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), I am shocked at the frequency of the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPIs) commercials – even Larry Read more…

Medical NewsWhat You Don’t Know About Heartburn CAN Hurt You

The General Surgeon

By the time the paramedics got to me I thought I was dying of a heart attack, so imagine my relief when I found out it was only heartburn. When the doctor sent me home with a prescription I had not a care in the world; I was confident that Read more…

Medical NewsOh What a Relief It Is…Or Maybe Not!

The General Surgeon

If only life could be as portrayed on television…Good conquers evil, the hero wins the girl, and indigestion is cured with a simple pill. In reality, life isn’t so simple…and neither is heartburn! The heartburn medication industry has exploded in the past decade. In 2007 and 2008, two of the Read more…

Natural OptionsJust Another Ride On Your Harley

I have been brushing my teeth for some sixty years, so it’s not a stretch for me to believe in the value of a clean colon. But still, when asked if I would try Desert Colon Hydrotherapy and then write a review, I was a little apprehensive. I’ve been married Read more…

Natural OptionsBanish The Embarrassment…Let’s Talk About Hemorrhoids

Dr. Joseph Thornton

I realize that talking about hemorrhoids is not polite cocktail conversation. With that in mind, I use every other opportunity I have to educate the public on this too-often embarrassing subject. My 30 years as a board certified colon and rectal surgeon qualifies me to speak on the subject. Hopefully Read more…

Integrated PracticesIrritable Bowel Syndrome: An MD’s Perspective Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition in this country, estimated at 10-15 % of the population, with a 2:1 female predominance. IBS is a group of symptoms without a known cause. The current medical criteria are chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habits, lasting at Read more…

Integrated PracticesIrritable Bowel Syndrome: Alternative Treatment Options

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal (GI) condition, most often diagnosed when all other probable conditions have been ruled out. This means, it is a clinical diagnosis based on eliminating the possibility of more serious disease when uncomfortable GI symptoms still remain present without serious progression. The most frustrating Read more…

Natural OptionsCleanse Your Colon for a Fresh Start to Spring!

Spring symbolizes rebirth and change. As we reflect on new beginnings, we are motivated to restore and refresh our own lives. Spring cleaning around the house or garage creates a sense of satisfaction, and a fresh start to the new season. Similarly, a colon hydrotherapy cleanse gives our bodies a Read more…

Natural OptionsWhat is Your Immune System Telling You?

The Fever Fallacy Contrary to popular belief, fevers are GOOD and a positive indicator that your body has the strength to fight off pathogens. A fever is part of your body’s defense mechanism and actually kills off bacteria and viruses that can’t live in higher temperatures. Fevers up to 104ºF Read more…

Natural OptionsSaccharomyces Boulardii: A Yeast You Don’t Want to Live Without!

Yeast has the reputation for causing infection, so the notion of taking a few billion a day to be healthy may be difficult to swallow. One yeast in particular, Saccharomyces boulardii, has an indisputable role in the health of the digestive tract in mammals. This yeast is considered a probiotic. Read more…

Natural OptionsNutritional Health Care Q&A

Digestive issues affect a wide range of people in today’s society. The most common symptoms I see in my practice include acid reflux or GERD, constipation, bloating or gas and diarrhea. Following is my list of frequently asked Questions and Answers on digestive issues: Q: What is a probiotic and Read more…