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To B-Vitamin, or Not to B-Vitamin

That is the question! (Sorry, Shakespeare! Couldn’t resist that one.) Lots of patients ask us, “Should I be taking B vitamins? B complex? Or just B12? Or folic acid? Should I just try to get all of my B vitamins from food? Are some forms of B vitamins better than others?” These are good questions and so I thought I would talk a bit about B vitamins in this month’s column. The term “vitamin” refers to a natural chemical compound (produced in part by the body, and also found in food) which is vital to certain human bodily functions and...
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What’s in Your Toilet?

This month we are going to discuss poop.  Many don’t really pay attention to what is coming out the other end. Shocking, I know. What your stool looks like is an important indicator to what is going on in your digestive system, as well as your overall health.    So what does a healthy stool look like? Typically, a healthy stool is medium brown. This is in large part because of bile.  Bile is formed in the liver and secreted by the gallbladder, is incorporated into the food that you have eaten to aid in digestion. Bile is actually dark...
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GERD

When you eat, chew and swallow food, it travels from your mouth down your esophagus into your stomach. At the junction of esophagus and the stomach is a muscular band called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter or LES. The LES, when behaving properly, should allow ingested food and liquid into your stomach and then tighten up again to avoid regurgitation of the stomach contents. If the LES becomes flaccid or faulty, contents from your stomach can travel back up or reflux into your esophagus and even up to your mouth, and irritate it. People use the terms heartburn, acid reflux and GERD...
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Safe Food Handling Practices

If you are curious about best food handling practices then read on. A recent article in the New York Times stated that the CDC claims 20% of all food borne illnesses are caused by the food people prepare in their homes. Of course that means that 80% comes from commercial sources. I’ll dine at home, thanks! Safe food handling in the home should be as second nature as brushing teeth. Let’s get started.   First thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water. Dry your hands with a clean towel. This seems obvious, but is that kitchen towel really...
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