July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections, which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. Hepatitis C was discovered only five years before I started my first job as a ‘liver doctor’ at the Veterans […]

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. IBS is common with worldwide prevalence estimated at 9 percent to 23 percent. Yet, many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medically recognized disorder. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common diagnosis in children. When we hear about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), we may […]

My treatment at The University of Vermont Medical Center pulled me out of a long year of struggling with a Clostridium difficile infection. I went into my local hospital with a relatively easy to manage condition, and I came out with a major illness that was very hard to treat. I developed the C. Dif […]

Gluten is everywhere. You can’t escape it. It’s in bread, cereal, granola bars, pasta, pizza, soups, sauces, gravy, vegetarian “meat”, cookies, cakes, pastries, muffins, ice cream, Chinese food, and even some medicines. What is this food substance everyone is talking about? It’s literally the glue that holds certain foods together (Gluten is from the Latin […]

You’ve probably noticed – there’s an explosion of gluten-free foods in the grocery stores and health food markets!  So, what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye and barley.  If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, you probably know that there’s only one treatment: a strict gluten-free diet.  When people with celiac […]