gastroenterology

Giardia Parasite Symptoms: Extreme Fatigue and More

Could a past infection with the Giardia parasite be one of the reasons for extreme fatigue? While it may seem far-fetched that common parasites could be extreme fatigue causes, that’s exactly what new research has discovered. Giardia is a common intestinal parasite which previously was thought to be responsible for … Read More

C Diff Treatments Can Include Antibiotics and Probiotics

If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with c diff, or clostridium difficile, you’re undoubtedly considering trying C diff treatments on your own. It’s mostly diarrhea with some stomach cramping, right? Surely, you don’t need a doctor? Aren’t most C diff treatments just anti-diarrheal? Wrong, wrong, and absolutely not. Just treating the … Read More

What Happens If You Swallow Gum?

It was a warm summer day when I first wondered, “What happens if you swallow gum?” My 6-year-old self was doing cartwheels across the back yard when the gum I was chomping on decided to launch itself down my esophagus (luckily it didn’t get stuck). We weren’t allowed to chew … Read More

C Diff Infections Among Hospital Patients on the Rise

The prevalence of clostridium difficile—or C diff —is staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are almost half a million cases per year. Of those, 15,000 patients die from C diff, which is a bacterial infection. While those statistics might make you think, “I need medicine … Read More

Chaga Benefits That Are Not Found in Any Other Herb

Chaga is a type of mushroom that grows on birch trees in northern climates. It survives by extracting nutrients away from the birch tree and concentrating them into itself. The medicinal use of chaga was first documented over 4,600 years ago in Asia, and modern research is confirming its therapeutic … Read More

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