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Hold the Worms: Can Sushi Really Make Me Sick?
2007-10-18 16:10:00
I love sushi. Not sure if it's really the taste, texture and wasabi that I get cravings for or the longing for the ritual of eating daintily with chopsticks off of cool, Asian pottery that makes me drool. But I do know this my sushi days may be over after I read a recent report that warns that eating raw or undercooked seafood--such as sushi and sashimi--increases my risk of infection by parasitic worm larvae. Eew. I just lost my appetite for anything edible. Of course there is always a risk getting sick when you eat anything raw--but I'm a little freaked out after hearing that there may be little worm eggs in my sushi that could cause severe stomach and intestinal problems such as diarrhea, cramping and vomiting--symptoms so bad that could land me in a hospital emergency room. Raw or undercooked seafood can contain larvae of a parasitic worm called Anisakis (round worm). While the worm itself can't survive in humans, the larvae can attach to the tissues lining the sto...
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Don't Suffer Silently: Join My IBS Support Group
2007-10-18 15:33:00
Well, despite my denying that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), my gastro doc confirmed that my ongoing (for years in fact) abdominal and intestinal craziness is indeed IBS. Yea, I'm coming out here. I have alternating IBS. I've always paid attention to what I eat, my stress level and how it affects my digestive system. But I did suffer--and often silently, secretly avoiding social opportunities or making excuses for my lateness or early exits. My journey brought me to Revolution Health a little more than a year ago, and delving into the digestive health area, I listened to the stories many of you shared about your IBS, read your questions, which were often the same ones I had and tried to dismiss my own symptoms as "all in my head," or the result of reading so much about distressful digestive symptoms like abdominal cramping, bloating and constipation--that somehow I began to feel those symptoms.   And looking back, a lot of the time, I ignored the warning sign...
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Natural Resistant Starch-An Old Fiber With Modern Health Benefits?
2007-10-18 14:49:00
I came across a study published in Nutrition Today that suggested we may be overlooking the potential health benefits of natural resistant starch. I thought to myself, what is this stuff anyway? And it certainly doesn't sound very appetizing either. I breathed relief when I learned that natural resistant starch is a type of dietary fiber that is consumed in a variety of carbohydrate-rich foods such as beans, bananas and cold potatoes--and even my favorite legume--lentils. Curious, I did some exploring and found that a recent conference, "The New Fiber Story: Natural Resistant Starch," brought together top experts from around the world who touted the health benefits of natural resistant starch that somehow ferments in the large intestine. And guess what? They say this dietary fiber could help with weight control, diabetes management and digestive health. "The key to these benefits is the way resistant starch is digested, said Dr. David Topping a senior scientist, CSIRO Nationa...
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Rock Star Life and Crohn's Don't Mix
2007-10-10 18:37:00
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who has battled Crohn's disease for 20 years, says the rock star life and Crohn's don't mix. Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), is a condition in which the lining of your digestive tract becomes inflamed, causing severe diarrhea and abdominal pain.  The inflammation often spreads deep into the layers of affected tissue. Like ulcerative colitis, another common IBD, Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. In a live and very candid online interview last night, McCready told Healthtalk listeners how he's managed his Crohn's disease--a journey that wasn't always easy. This journey was one that forced the talented musician to take a hard look at his lifestyle and how it affected his body, which at times failed him at the most in opportune times--including when he was traveling on a tour bus, onstage in front of thousands of fans and even dr...
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Reminder: Pearl Jam Guitarist Talks About His Life With Crohn's Tonight
2007-10-09 16:50:00
I just wanted to remind you that Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who has lived with Crohn's disease for years, will answer your questions about living with this life-altering digestive condition. Learn about how he has calmed his Crohn's by sacrificing his rock star habits in favor of exercise and eating right, find out how he copes with flare-ups on the road and hear the advice he has to share with you. The latest Health Talk program, "Rock Star Battles Crohn's: Mike McCready," aims to help and inspire you in your daily life living with Crohn's. The show will air on the Internet on Tonight , Tuesday October 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. PST). How to participate online: It's okay if you haven't registered prior to the show ? you can still attend. Tonight, October 9 approximately 10 minutes prior to show time, access the following Web address from any computer: http://www.healthtalk.com/crohnsdisease/p rograms/5_857/index.cfm Be sure to install M...
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Appendix Finally Gets Digestive System Props!
2007-10-08 19:14:00
I believe that everything in life, whether tangible or not, has a purpose or meaning. We may not always know what that purpose or meaning is at first, but ulitmately we do find clarity in life's little mysteries. Take the appendix. For generations it's been dismissed as useless and potentionally troublesome, although it does contain some immune system tissue.  But guess what? It turns out that the appendix is more than just a little worm-shaped organ. That's right. Some scientists now say that the appendix--the slender two- to four-inch pouch located near where the large and small intestine meet--produces and protects good germs for your gut.    Our gastrointestinal tract is full of different microbes that help our digestive system break down the foods we eat. In return, our gut provides nourishment and safety to the bacteria.  Now, the belief is that the immune system cells found in the appendix are there to protect, rather than...
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Yikes! Kids' Use of Acid Reflux Drugs Soars
2007-10-05 22:03:00
I'm shocked that the number of young children taking prescription drugs for heartburn and other digestive problems has soared about 56 percent in the past five years. While this news is indeed unbelievable, a recent Medco Health Solutions Inc. analysis of U.S. prescription data for 2002-2006, says that more than 2 million U.S. children 18 and under used drugs for digestive or gastrointestinal complaints last year. That's a lot of childhood heartburn! What on earth is going on? Are parents putting tabasco in their kids's sippy cups? Is our french fried frenzy finally flowing up? Are those happy meals actually filled with misery?   Although I jest, I'm not that far off.  Our consumption as a nation of higher fat foods is one reason why our kids are finding relief  from antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, etc.), H2-blockers (Pepcid, Zantac, Tagamet) or PPIs (Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, Zegerid and Nexium). These words are a lot ...
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Gastro Girl's 10-Day Yoplait Yo-Plus Challenge
2007-10-04 14:54:00
Probiotics are becoming the hippest food enhancer since fiber. And for me this isn't a bad thing--if it helps keep my digestive system on track. So I was flattered when the thoughtful folks at Yoplait asked me if I'd like to try their new yogurt, Yo-Plus. The company must have read my mind (or my digestive system) as I've been struggling to keep things moving and grooving for some time. Like a lot of you, I'm trying to manage symptoms including gas and bloating and the inability to stay regular, which have caused me great discomfort over the years. So you can imagine my excitement when the Yoplait representative generously sent me a ten-day supply of Yo-Plus after I volunteered to take this 10-day challenge.I'll admit I was a bit skeptical, as I really wondered if a yogurt, specifically formulated to help my digestive system could really do the job. But when I saw the cups of strawberry and vanilla yogurt (two of my favorite yogurt flavors of all time), I put my objective journ...
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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready: A Rock Star Talks About His Battle with Crohn's
2007-10-04 04:41:00
Digestive conditions like Crohn's disease don't discriminate. You can be male or female, young? or old, rich or poor. Even celebrities aren't immune.Imagine yourself playing music for thousands of screaming fans and you suddenly need to run offstage to go to the bathroom. This nightmare has been a reality many times for Pearl Jam 's lead guitarist Mike McCready. How on earth does he cope  with this disease and manage a successful career?Join the conversation with Mike as he shares his stories about life as a celebrity with Crohn's.You can find out how he slowed his flares by sacrificing his rock star habits in favor of exercise and eating right. And just when you think you can't go on--you'll get a positive perspective on life with Crohn's from someone who has been through it all. The latest Health Talk program, "Rock Star Battles Crohn's: Mike McCready," aims to help and inspire you in your daily life living with Crohn's. The show will air on the Internet on Tu...
Banana Powers: Activate!
2007-10-03 20:17:00
I love bananas. I especially enjoy them when they're ripe, just as the skin turn a bit brown. I even like the way the word banana sounds. So you can imagine my joy when bunches of bananas started appearing in our kitchen here at work.Ba-nan-a. Not many words sound as deliciously comical?that make me simultaneously salivate and smile. I like bananas in smoothies. Oh, my goodness, there is nothing better than bananas and strawberries mixed together with ice and blended silly with flax-seed and several drizzles of orange juice. While I know they're good for me, I want to know why. As a runner, I know they're good for a potassium boost and often eat one before and/or after a run. As Gastro Girl, I've been thinking a lot about their role in my digestive health. So in my signature fashion, I did a little banana research.Here's what I found most intriguing about bananas in relation to digestion of course!Nutritional value No surprise. Lot's of good stuff in this fleshy fruit! No matt...
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IBS Treatment: Is Bacteria the Missing Link?
2007-09-06 20:21:00
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common chronic digestive condition with more than 60 million people coping with  abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel habits, including constipation and diarrhea.Dr. Mark Pimentel, Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has written a book entitled ?A New IBS Solution:  Bacteria -The Missi ng Link in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome.?  Here he talks about simple solutions to help people alleviate their Irritable Bowel (IBS) symptoms.  On digestive enzymes:Q)  In your book, you discuss some of the advantages of taking digestive enzymes.  What are some of those benefits, and how do they relate to your assertion that IBS patients are suffering from an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines? A) The basis for using digestive enzymes in treating IBS is that I believe taking the enzymes will increase the speed of digestion. The faster the food i...
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Pancreatic cancer: A lesson from Pavarotti's death
2007-09-06 17:41:00
Even though I?m not a huge opera fan, I?m sad today after learning that the beloved Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti has died after fighting a long battle against pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed last year and underwent surgery in July 2006. In August, he underwent additional surgery and was then released from hospital. Pavarotti suffered kidney failure and was no longer conscious during the final stages of the illness, according to news reports. While his amazing voice will live on thanks to Ipods, CDs and DVDS, his death is a great loss. As in life, we can learn a lot in death?or at least when someone as high-profile and beloved as Pavarotti passes away. So I see this an opportunity for public awareness as not many of us may know where the pancreas is in the body or what it does. More importantly we may not realize that pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest of today's cancers due to limited tools for early diagnosis and few effective treatments. The pancreas: An esse...
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Colonoscopy Bowel Prep: My Gut is a Mad, Mad World
2007-08-30 17:28:00
I could deal with a day of green jello, clear veggie broth and ginger ale. I made it through morning and afternoon hunger pangs by drinking fennel tea. By midafternoon it was more of a challenging mind game than mere food denial, as I actually begin to revel in the fact I wasn't eating. Colonoscopy prep so far: a piece of cake. At four o'clock on Tuesday afternoon I swallowed four pretty pink pills. These 5 mg bisacodyl tablets are part one of Halflytely Bowel Prep Kit. I groaned when I saw them, as I immediately had nightmarish visions of my collegiate experience with Correctol, the so-called "women's gentle laxative." Yea, right. If you think major intestinal cramping that is so bad you feel as though two grunting muscle-heads are playing tug-o-war with your intestines while hundreds of  five-year olds wearing cleats moon-bounce in your belly is in fact, "gentle."  I gulped each pink pill down with swigs of bottled water feeling "ghost" cram...
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Go, Gastro Girl, Go: My mind and bowel prep
2007-08-27 22:56:00
Just got back from my friendly neighborhood pharmacy with a box so big it looks as though I bought a new pair of shoes. But after I indulge in a little bowel prepping for my very first colonoscopy on Wednesday morning--my inner gastro tract may shine as bright as new pair of shoes.  Yes, you read it right, Gastro Girl is getting a colonoscopy.Now, you've probably heard about the bowel prep that is required before the colonoscopy procedure. You've heard "horror stories" of folks stuck in their bathrooms for hours while the "gross" liquid you have to swallow works its movement magic--despite the protests from your sophisticated palate. And you've probably put off, postponed, and found every excuse under the sun for not getting a colonoscopy based on what you've heard.Well, I'm taking a positive, open-minded approach--and the first step for me was no longer denying what my body was telling me--and making my appointment with the gastroenterologist my awesome doctor recommended...
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People power: Our growing Crohn's community
2007-08-23 18:49:00
I'm proud of what is happening here in the digestive health community at Revolution Health.  I can' t believe it's been a year  since I began my Gastro Girl mission and made a commitment to helping others living with a digestive disease or condition, caring for, love or simply know someone who is coping with one.. I started Gastro Girl as a way to raise awareness and get people talking after I realized just how many people are suffering in silence, afraid to talk about their severe, unpleasant and embarrassing symptoms--like gas, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. I never realized that some people have stopped living the lives they want and in extreme cases have contemplated suicide because their suffering is unbearable.   But with the digestive health resources here at Revolution Health, the digestive health community is blossoming. I want to share some of the highlights with you--and commend the people who have so openly and generously shared t...
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Yo-yo drug effect: Now heartburn drugs ok for your heart
2007-08-09 21:54:00
Yo-yo diets are nothing compared to the yo-yo effect surrounding drugs and medications these days. At least that's what I think. Doesn't it seem that not a day goes by without a news report telling us a previously withdrawn drug is coming back on the market or being taken off because it's risks are too high? The yo-yo drug effect is sure doing loop-d-loops in the digestive health space--check out what's happening with the IBS drug Zelnorm and the problematic multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri that's waiting for the FDA to approve it's use in treating Crohn's disease patients. And it always makes my head spin when a drug that is thought to cause major problems, like heart  attacks or strokes---is allowed back into our bodies--because, well the risks aren't as bad as previously thought. What has sparked such a gastronomical outburst? Well the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that the popular heartburn drugs Prilosec and Nexium don't appear to spur heart pr...
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Multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri: Is it safe for Crohn's patients?
2007-08-08 21:32:00
I'm always perplexed (albeit skeptical) when I read about the latest drug developments. So you can imagine the questions swirling in my mind when I read that a Food and Drug Administration panel has asked that the FDA approve controversial multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri (natalizumab) for use by patients with Crohn's disease.  What's the big deal you ask?Well for starters, the drug was pulled from the market by the drugmaker in February 2005 (just three months after it was approved to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis) after three patients in clinical trials developed a rare viral infection of the brain (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML). Two of the cases were fatal. That's when the FDA stopped clinical trials of the drug. But Tysabri (natalizumab) came back to the market in June 2006 under a strict risk management program.A similar situation surrounds the IBS drug Zelnorm, which was pulled from the market in May and just recently ...
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IBS drug Zelorm returns under restricted access program
2007-07-31 22:08:00
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said July 27 it will allow restricted use of Zelnorm (tegaserod), the only drug approved for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which was taken off the U.S. market in March after new information showed an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. The Zelnorm withdrawal drew mixed reactions from the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) community--with some IBS patients worried about their quality of life deteriorating since Zelnorm was the only thing that helped them. When I spoke with Jeffrey Roberts, IBS Self Help and Support Group founder, right after Zelnorm was taken off the market, he was confident Zelnorm would be available again, but through a restricted access program. He was right on. After numerous requests from doctors and patients for access to Zelnorm,  Novartis (in cooperation with the FDA) has established a restricted access program, called a treatment IND.  This is good news for those IBS patients who cannot find...
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Careful what you eat: Link found between food intolerance and illness
2007-07-25 17:40:00
I have always believed that what we eat affects our overall health and well-being--and that digestion problems can cause illness anywhere in the body. So when I came across a recent article that said British researchers have found "compelling" evidence that links food intolerances and serious illness, I was shocked to learn that this was the first time such evidence was found.  Interestingly, researchers said they specifically found links between food and Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.Why are these findings this such a big deal? Well, it may prompt the medical field to completely rethink the way they treat and look at a whole host of conditions from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to migraine. This is great for patients whose reports of food intolerances have been mostly seen as "in the mind"and discounted, according to a Medical News Today article.Specific findings from the University College of London researchers included: Those with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative ...
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Texas passes restroom access law: Get your state to act!
2007-07-23 19:51:00
We all know that feeling and it isn't pleasant. We're shopping or driving when that dreaded, sudden and uncontrollable urge to use the restroom hits. For most of us this doesn't happen too often, thank goodness, but for many coping with digestive conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, needing a bathroom so badly and not being able to find one is a daily fear. And it's this fear that often makes people living with these digestive conditions avoid leaving their homes and keeps them from enjoying life. But things may get a better for people living with digestive conditions in Texas . What the law doesA new law says that retailers, not including restaurants, must allow access to their restrooms for customers with permanent or temporary medical conditions that require immediate access to a toilet. However, stores with fewer than three employees on duty don't have to comply. Access also is not required if the bathroom is located in...
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President Bush's colonoscopy: A reminder for all of us
2007-07-21 00:03:00
As President Bush prepares to have a colonoscopy, he'll temporarily hand presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney. Since Bush will have the procedure under anesthesia, Cheney will be acting president until Bush can reassume his authority. While hundreds of thousands of American's have colonoscopies every year, the news that our President also cares about what's going on in his intestinal tract is a reminder for the rest of us who should have the procedure--to take action.You never know what's lurking inside, especially if you are at risk for colorectal cancer. Two polyps were discovered during Bush examinations in 1998 and 1999. His last colorectal cancer check was in 2002. So please, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, are in any of the risk categories or have been putting off getting a colonoscopy, let the President's colon check up serve as a reminder to make an appointment for your colonoscopy. Need more? Colons and Polyps and Preps,...
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The top ten "gassiest" dogs: Why are they so stinky?
2007-07-20 21:09:00
The pet lover in me couldn't skip over a recent AkPharma, Inc. survey that named the "Top Ten Gassiest Dogs ." Of course I immediately scanned the list to see if my beloved Bearded Collies made the list. And yes, I breathed relief when I didn't see that breed on the list. I didn't think Bearded Collies would be among the "gassiest" because my Beardie boys, Jester and Oscar, who eat a raw food diet (no grains), don't seem to have a problem with gas, thank goodness. Now they may fall into another category, "The top ten nuttiest dogs," but that's not really related to the digestive system. (If I do find a link, I will let you know!) So who made the list? Top ten gassiest dogs 1. German Shepherd2. Mutt3. Labrador Retriever4. Boxer5. Doberman Pinscher6. Poodle7. Cocker Spaniel8. Rottweiler9. Beagle10. Dalmation   About the survey    The recent survey of dog-lovers was conducted on AkPharma's toll-free CurTail Hotline. "This list of gassiest dogs ...
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Lentils rule: Show the little legume some love!
2007-07-18 20:27:00
If you know me, you know I'm a loyal lentil fan. Despite constant barbs over the years from co-workers, friends and even family members, who think my insatiable desire for lentil soup is a bit weird, I've never given up my love for the little legume. And yes, I make a great lentil soup! E-mail me and I'll send you Gastro Girl's "secret" lentil soup recipe. The latest jab came a few weeks ago when our group here was deciding the theme of our monthly "iron-chef pot-luck lunch."  Sometimes it?s based on a single ingredient--so of course I suggested lentils. You would have thought I doing stand-up or something the way my co-workers simultaneously busted out laughing and groaning. Needless to say nobody wanted to tackle a disk with lentils. Although I did have my revenge when the pot-luck subject was "salads." I seized the moment to dazzle them with a French lentil and feta salad I whipped it to impress the naysayers. Yes, it was gobbled up to rave reviews and I took home an mp...
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Living with Crohn's? Tune in for insurance tips
2007-07-12 17:30:00
As you probably know, Michael Moore's new film Sicko has heated up the health care debate. I'm not surprised since 47 million people are uninsured in the United States; and many of them go without health insurance coverage or find insurance companies unwilling to pay for tests or medications because of preexisting conditions, such as Crohn's disease. Did you know that about 500,000 Americans have Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract? Like ulcerative colitis, another common IBD, Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.It' s no secret that many people living with a digestive condition such as Crohn's disease are flustered, overwhelmed or just plain angered by  insurance companies who refuse to cover pre-approved tests or consider useful medicines unnecessary. Yes, this is ridiculous. I can only imagine how frustrating it is to na...
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Pool Drain Danger Beware: Little Girl Loses Intestines
2007-07-05 23:20:00
I just read a heartbreaking and quite disturbing story about a six-year old Minnesota girl who had most of her intestines sucked out of her body by a pool drain.  She is lucky to be alive although her life will never be the same.Abigail Taylor sat on the drain at the bottom of the pool and her bottom created suction on the drain. The strength of the suction from the drain pulled most of her small intestine out, according to wire reports.A several hours in surgery, Abigail now has a permanent colostomy and now faces a lifetime of intravenous feedings since that's the only way she will be able to receive all of her nutrients.Without her small intestines she cannot process food.Her father, Scott Taylor said in wire reports that he's talking to the media to make sure other parents and pool owners are aware of the dangers lurking at the bottom of pools.  "The suction from a pool drain can be so powerful that it can hold an adult under water, but most entrapment incidents...
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Digestive Hazard? The Science of Speed-Eating
2007-07-05 18:40:00
I've often wondered how those competitive food-inhalers do it--consuming vast amounts of donuts, hot dogs, watermelon and everything in between. My wonder resurfaces every year on July Fourth as Nathans's Famous hot dog eating contest gets major media coverage, including an ESPN chomp-by-chomp. It was no different yesterday when Joey Chestnut won the dubious honor of being the world's fastest eater ever, setting a new record when he gobbled 66 hot dogs (and buns) in 12 minutes at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest in New York.  That's a rate of one dog every 10.9 seconds--such god-speed velocity that makes my stomach churn and burn just thinking about it. Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2007 Part 1 Chestnut out-ate Takeru Kobayashi, the Japanese competitive eating champion who has won the contest for the past six years. He placed second, downing a mere 63 dogs during a mad-digestive race to the finish. Kobayashi also holds world records for guzzling cow brains an...
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Living with IBS? Tap this Support Group to Live Better!
2007-06-25 22:33:00
In my quest to understand Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a common digestive condition, I came across The IBS Self Help and Support Group , the largest online self-help health site for those living with IBS. I spent many hours on the IBS site ever since I began my role at Revolution Health nearly a year ago in an effort to learn more about IBS--and even more importantly--to understand how IBS impacts the lives of those who are coping with it every day.What I found here was a community of support, of kindness, education, learning, empathy, compassion and insight, at times sprinkled with humor; a place where frustrations and sadness are shared along with the good days when the pain isn't so bad and life is enjoyable. I found tips, advice and insight on everything you could imagine having to do with living with IBS, including medications, treatment options, alternative therapies, exercise and diet. If you don't have IBS you may not realize just how vital an online suppor...
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Alli Oops Bag: Not Just for Dieters
2007-06-22 19:54:00
A colleague of mine was gastro-savvy enough to share her discovery of how people are preparing to deal with the digestive side effects they may experience taking Alli , the new diet pill. By packing an Alli-oops bag of course! But I thought this was such a good idea whether or not you take Alli, especially if you are coping with a digestive condition like IBS, Crohn's Disease or Colitis,or even if you have an unpredictable constitution. A little preparation never hurts.So what's in an Alli-oops bag you ask? Since Alli works mostly in the digestive system by blocking the fat you consume, you'll likely have increased bowel movements, looser stools or diarrhea. And the more fat you eat the uglier your side effects will be. That's why you need to follow the Alli-plan.Yes, your decision to take Alli basically boils down to how much you can tolerate the digestive system side effects which may include: frequent bathroom trips, oily leakage, abdominal discomfort, gas and bloating.But now...
Alli: Can You Deal With Diarrhea and Make Diet Changes?
2007-06-19 18:33:00
I'm amazed and yet not surprised that so many of you are asking about the pros and cons of Alli , the much-hyped new over-the-counter diet pill (weight loss drug.) Whether Alli works or not is on your mind of course--but most of your questions involve your curiousity about Alli's side-effects--which may include gas with oily spotting, loose stools, and more frequent stools that may be hard to control (diarrhea). Since Alli works mostly in the digestive system, I talked with Dr. Brian Fennerty, a leading  gastroenterologist based in Portland, Oregon, who is also a one of our medical experts here at Revolution Health. I wanted to get the "real deal" about the toilet-related side-effects, like diarrhea, to clarify when and if Alli users need to worry.  I also wanted to find if he thought there was any link between Alli and colon cancer. See, many news reports (including my previous post and a a Revolution Health article) have cited a study that concluded Alli caused precance...
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Alli: Is This New Diet Drug A Digestive System Foe?
2007-06-15 07:14:00
Alli, the much hyped miracle weight loss drug that is now available over the counter may not be such a "miracle" after all. On the eve of it's retail debt, experts nationwide are debating its long-term efficacy and more importantly its safety. News reports are all over the internet filled with warnings, some even urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rethink it's approval as the first bottles are about to be purchased.Have you ever tried a fat blocker, like Xenical? Would you try Alli? Tell all.FDA approval of the weight-loss drug Alli for over-the-counter (OTC) sale ? the prescription dose version is Xenical (generic name orlistat) ? has raised some heavyweight questions, according to a Revolution Health report.Among the harshest warnings came from Public Citizen's director, Sidney Wolfe who "strongly urged people not to use this drug.?Wolfe actively petitioned the FDA against approval of Alli. ?There?s no evidence of long-term benefits, and [there are] many shor...
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