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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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APRIL IS IRRITABLE  BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) AWARENESS MONTH!

The symptoms of IBS can vary widely from person to person and may even recognize other common disorders/diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A “loud/grumbling” stomach, does not mean you have IBS, but it is worth learning more about – just in case!!

IBSAbdominal pain is often described as:

  • Crampy
  • Generalized ache with periods of cramps
  • Sharp, dull, gas-like
  • Modest pains are common
  • Increased gas
  • Altered bowel habits
  • Food intolerance
  • Bloating (distention)

The IBS discomfort or pain usually feels better after a bowel movement.  IBS is a “functional” disorder. Some risk factors for IBS include (but is not limited to): diet low in fiber, excessive use of laxative, longterm use of analgesics (pain medications), etc.,

DO YOU HAVE IBS?  Click  HERE and read page and pdf at bottom left of page.

TREATMENT

  • Though irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) doesn’t have a cure, your doctor can manage the symptoms with a combination of diet, medicines, probiotics, and therapies for mental health problems (anxiety or depression)
  • Traditional drugs include; fiber supplement, anti-diarrheal, anti-flatuents (decrease gas), anti-spasmodic drugs.
  • Eating smaller meals more often, or eating smaller portions, may help your IBS symptoms. You should avoid foods and drinks that make your symptoms worse.

Disclaimer: Use of these videos are for information purposes only and not a form of endorsement.

IBS

For more information please see below

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

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Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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April is Alcohol Awareness month and I thought the last day of the month would serve as a potent reminder! *big grin*

There seems to be a love-hate relationship with Alcohol that dates back to its discovery and intentional fermentation thought to be ~10,000 BC. Alcoholic beverage is common in many cultures, religions and often time associated with geographical locations and social status.

Well, fast forward to 2014, alcohol is now regarded as a legal drug by many.  There are consistently mixed messages that alcohol is bad for you, then alcohol is good for you, then alcohol is bad for you. Which is it? You actually get to decide whether that alcoholic beverage is “worth it”. This serves only to educate, clarify terminologies and re-emphasize some areas of concern regarding alcohol.

But first, you must know the recommended allowable/maximum daily alcohol intake – for women it is 2-3 units per day and for men it is 2-3 units per day. What is a unit? 8 grams or 10 mL of pure alcohol…no matter how diluted. The unit differs per type of drink:alcohol-serving-sizes

  • Pint of strong Lager/Beer  = 5% alcohol = 3 units
  • Pint of standard Beer = 3.5% alcohol = 2 units
  • Standard glass of wine(275mL)  = 12% alcohol = 2 units
  • One measure/shot of spirit (25mL) = 1 unit

The Bad and the Ugly: Diseases associated with alcohol consumption include (but is not limited to):

  • Brain – cause depression and thought to associated with epilepsy
  • Cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, bowel, stomach, liver cancer, etc.,
  • Liver – cirrhosis and fatty liver disease  directly linked to high alcohol intake
  • Pancreas – pancreatitis (infection/irritation of the pancreas)
  • High blood pressure – may lead to stroke
  • Heart Problems are linked to excessive drinking
  • Driving under the influence or while intoxicated (DUI/DWI) – Absolutely BAD!
  • The list goes on and on…can you think of a few others?
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How long before the Alcohol leaves your body…

The Good: While medical advice is against alcohol, there exists research evidence that “some” amount of alcohol may actually be good for you:

  • Heart Disease
  • Common cold
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Read more my clicking HERE

There are some absolutes – no alcohol while pregnant, do not drink and drive, my cognizant of your family history and alcoholism, consider the medications you are taking if contraindicated, etc., My rule remains the same: Everything in moderation AND always think safety first!

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Alcohol effects on the brain. Click below to watch…

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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