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Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier

If you have multiple sclerosis, you can do things to help limit unpredictable flare-ups of pain, dizziness, numbness and imbalance. In particular, people with relapsing-remitting MS, can take steps to avoid certain behaviors and situations that trigger MS flare-ups or relapses. Neurologist Alexander Rae-Grant, MD, identifies eight triggers that may lead to relapses or flare-ups. Avoid these … Read More

If You Have a Colostomy Bag, Embrace the Freedom It Offers

A Facebook post by aspiring model Bethany Townsend, 23, went viral in June, when Ms. Townsend posted a picture of herself in a bikini that revealed her toned body — and her colostomy bags. She has worn them since 2010 to help manage her Crohn’s disease. Townsend’s shame-free attitude about needing to wear colostomy bags is exactly what colorectal … Read More

4 Best Ways to Take Control of Abdominal Adhesions

If you’re facing surgery, you’ve probably wondered about what your scar will look like. But have you stopped to think about those other scars – the ones on the inside? You should. These inner scars – tough tissue bands that form between your abdominal tissues and organs – can develop after surgery. Also known as … Read More

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Living on Liquids: How an IV-Only Diet Works

For most of us, the smell of our favorite meal cooking on the stove might inspire a little taste test. But for some people, taking any kind of forkful isn’t an option. Approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. rely solely on intravenous fluids (IV) to meet their caloric and nutritional needs. This therapy is known … Read More

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