Category Archives: Digestive diseases

Blowing smoke up your backside wasn’t always a figure of speech!

If someone is blowing smoke up your butt today, it probably means they are feeding your ego with insincere compliments. But a few hundred years ago people literally blew smoke up other peoples’ keisters for a variety of medicinal purposes….

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Twitter chats engage patients and experts

When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 15 years ago my instinct was to learn everything I could about the disease. Unfortunately, my doctor at that time discouraged me from educating myself. He handed me a pathetic little brochure…

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The real poop on IBD

Back in January a columnist for The Virginian-Pilot wrote an incredibly insensitive, misinformed, and elitist piece that had my friends with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) losing their poop. Pun intended. The column was written in reaction to a defeated bill…

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Finally, a positive healthcare experience

There has never been a shortage of negative news regarding the U.S. healthcare system, and for good reason. I could write a whole book on the subject, just based on my own bad healthcare experiences. But this is a mere…

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Rising to the Challenge

When I signed up for my first half-marathon, which took place recently on the Las Vegas strip at night, I knew I was in for a tremendous challenge. But I had no idea I would be finishing the 13.1 mile…

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IBD: an equal-opportunity disease!

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), do not discriminate between age, race, gender, economic status, or geographic borders. It is truly an equal-opportunity disease! I was 18, a freshman in college, when I was diagnosed…

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Living with a pain in the rear

I am living with a pain in the rear. Casey Abrams, a musician and American Idol alumnus, would say I am living with a “chip on my shoulder,” but I prefer to be as literal as possible. So yes, I…

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Need to track your BMs? Try GIMonitor, a.k.a. Buttbook

Just call me Pinocchio because I lied. Last week I said I would review the Sleep Cycle app for this week’s mobile health review, but over the holiday weekend I came across an app that I am so excited about…

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Green-eyed with med-tech envy

I’m not proud to admit this, but once in a while I do get bit by the green-eyed monster – only when it comes to medical innovation though. Hey, nobody’s perfect – right? About eight years ago I had major…

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