Are You Planning a Cleanse or Detox? Read This First

Contributor:  Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD You hear a lot about the supposed health benefits of a cleanse or detox, designed to eliminate toxins from your body. There are many claims about various detox regimens, which could be in the form of a fast, diet, drink or powder. Removing toxins has questionable benefits, including: … Read More

Gene in Children Linked to Higher Risk of Celiac Disease

Researchers may be a step closer to helping doctors to identify children born with a higher risk for Celiac disease, which ultimately could result in earlier treatment and fewer complications from the disorder. A new study points to a possible way to tell which babies are predisposed to developing the auto-immune disorder. In the study, researchers from Children’s … Read More

Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know

At some point, every parent hears these three words: “My stomach hurts.” Most of the time, kids’ stomach pain goes away on its own with home remedies such as ginger ale and TLC. But sometimes stomach aches signal something more serious. How can you tell the difference? Lori Mahajan, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Cleveland Clinic … Read More

“Out of This World” Findings from 2014 Cardiology Expo

The 63rd annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology brought together leading experts in cardiovascular medicine. The result was a heady mix of promising new medications, old medications revisited, and links found between dietary conditions, unusual lifestyle factors and heart disease. 1. New generation cholesterol lowering drug PCSK9 inhibitors are the new potential game … Read More

Probiotics: What You Need to Know

Probiotic supplements have been touted to improve gut health, balance vaginal flora and strengthen the immune system. They contain beneficial bacteria naturally found in the intestinal tract and in some foods, including yogurt, pickles, soft cheeses and sauerkraut. So, it makes sense to consider adding probiotic supplements to your diet. Studies are underway What you … Read More

Pig Whipworm ‘Smoothie’ May Help Crohn’s

It might not be a treatment for the most squeamish among us. But for certain patients battling Crohn’s disease, a concoction made from the eggs of an intestinal parasite could soon be just what the doctor orders. Researchers say the microscopic eggs of pig whipworm (or Trichuris suis) hold promise for treating severe cases of … Read More

Guaranteeing ‘Gluten-free’ Really Is Gluten-free

There’s good news if you have celiac disease and need to eat gluten-free. The FDA has mandated that any food labeled “gluten-free” has to be exactly that: gluten-free. On August 2, the agency ruled that any food product labeled “no gluten” or “gluten-free” can’t contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten, which is … Read More

Celiac Disease: Common, Often Undiagnosed

Going gluten-free is a trend these days, as all the specialty foods on grocery store shelves will attest. But how do you know if you actually have Celiac disease and should avoid gluten? Even though nearly 2 million people in the United States have Celiac disease, most of them do not know that they have … Read More