Ask a GI Dietitian: Staying Healthy This Summer

by Samantha Woodward, Digestive Disease Institute ** Debra Clancy, RD, CD, is a registered dietitian who works with patients within Virginia Mason’s Digestive Disease Institute providing nutrition information and tools for making positive changes … [Read more...]

Why is Inflammatory Bowel Disease on the Rise?

By Michael Chiorean, MD ** There are more than 1 million people affected with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the United States -- about equally distributed between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. However, the IBD “map” has changed … [Read more...]

Are Natural Remedies Better for Your Liver?

Between an unusually warm, sunny weekend in Seattle and celebratory barbecues, I may have enjoyed some alcoholic beverages, causing me to think, “oh, my poor liver” after a few glasses of wine and too much sun. I’m aware of what excessive alcohol … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Intestinal Gas

Broccoli Girl

Almost everyone has experienced an embarrassing episode of passing gas. For me, it was an unfortunate childhood incident during quiet reading time in the fifth grade (that incident and parachute pants continue to haunt me to this day). Gas is known … [Read more...]

Getting a Good Colonoscopy

It is easy to talk about preventing colorectal cancer through healthy lifestyle choices and screening. But discussing how to get a good colonoscopy is a more awkward subject. Most of us will start getting routine colonoscopies beginning at age 50 -- … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Prevent GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can wreak havoc on your body and ruin a food-filled celebration. While there are very successful medical treatments for GERD, many times you can actually prevent GERD from happening in the first place: Eat … [Read more...]