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Are you REALLY gluten sensitive?

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Over the last few years there have been a multitude of reports surrounding the “harmful” effects of gluten. Celebrities have championed their gluten-free sensitivities and Americans have embraced the diet without any medical advice. For those who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, a gluten free diet is essential to remaining healthy.

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Esophageal Cancer Awareness

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April has come and gone, but are you any more aware of your risk of esophageal cancers? We didn’t think so… Most people think heartburn is harmless, something they have learned to live with, but in reality chronic, frequent heartburn can lead to development of cancer of the esophagus.

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Endometrial Cancer, Colon Cancer Link

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In the ever-expanding body of knowledge about the risks for colon cancer, a new study published in the Journal of Oncology adds additional information. The study looked at links between Endometrial Cancer and Colorectal Cancers. The study found women who have Endometrial Cancer prior to age 50 are 4 times more likely to have a subsequent diagnosis of colon cancer; while women diagnosed after age 51 show no increased risk.

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Morning Cup of Coffee, A Cancer Preventative?

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A recent study done in Israel indicates that drinking your morning cup, or cups, of coffee may help prevent colon cancer. The study looked at 8500 people, of those 3500 did not have any history of colorectal cancers, the remaining 5000 had been diagnosed with colon cancer. The researchers looked at the coffee drinking habits of the entire group and found that those participants who drank two cups of coffee in the morning were 30% less likely to have had colorectal cancer than the non coffee drin…

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Awareness and Screening Works

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Over the last 20 years the number of deaths for Colon Cancer, in America, has been steadily declining. The number of newly diagnosed cases has also decreased. Both numbers are likely dropping due to increasing awareness and the establishment of routine colonoscopies.

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Mixed Signals On Red Wine Consumption

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The headlines are grabbing “Red Wine Consumption Lowers Risk of Colorectal Cancers.” Did that get your attention? The body of the article goes on to claim that 2 – 3 glasses of red wine per week can lower your risk by as much as 68% – a number hard to ignore. The problem is that a simple internet search will reveal studies that show the contrary. Most lists of risk factors for developing colon cancer include drinking alcohol.

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We’re Growing

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You may already know Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group, Inc. (SCMGG); after all, we have been serving the Santa Monica community for 40 years. Founded by Gastroenterology pioneers, Doctors Richard Corlin, Thomas Kun, and Dave Rimmer, SCMGG has been on the cutting edge of patient care from the very beginning.

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Colon Cancer Awareness Improving Screening Rates – But Not Enough

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently that nearly 23 million people have not been properly screened for colorectal cancer. This despite a 10 year rise in screening rates. Currently, recommendations are for everyone between the ages of 50 and 75 be screened (45 for African Americans); but sadly, only about 65 percent of those eligible to be screened have been. Since Colon cancer is the second most common cancer in America and, if caught early, one of the most…

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A Study Convergence

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Two different studies have been released lately that should be looked at closely as they relate one to another. The studies refer to screenings lowering the risk of death from colon cancer. The highlights of the screening studies, both of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine: Yearly fecal occult-blood testing, which looks for blood in the stool, reduced the risk of death from colorectal cancer by as much as 32 percent and it seemed to keep the death rate low throughout the…

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Women, Is Your Grab and Go Lifestyle Contributing to IBS Symptoms?

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IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a miserable, and sometimes life altering condition. Characterized by gas, bloating, and either diarrhea or constipation, IBS symptoms can range from uncomfortable to devastating, with some sufferers unable to leave their homes for fear of being unable to reach a bathroom in time. We are unsure of what causes IBS but we do know that stress and certain foods can trigger an increase in the symptoms.

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Truth in Labeling

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The FDA has, after a six year delay, finally put forward the guidelines for labeling foods as “gluten free”. In food packaging there can be trace amounts of gluten present and still be labeled as gluten free. Currently, that amount is determined by the individual manufacturer. The new guidelines, which become mandatory in one year, will allow no more than 20 parts per million of gluten in any products.

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Aspirin, Women, and Colon Cancer

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Please note that the use of aspirin can cause some gastrointestinal bleeding and should only be started after consulting a physician. Two separate studies were published this summer linking the use of aspirin to the reduction of colon cancer. The first was published in the June issue of JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) that shows a 27% reduction in the risk of colon cancers that are not linked to a BRAF genetic cause. And in the July issue of the Annals of Internal Medi…

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Dr. Corlin Honored

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Santa Monica hosted the 8th Annual Red Cross “Red Tie” Affair this past weekend and we are proud to say that our own Dr Corlin was honored during the event; receiving the Rick Crocker Spirit of Volunteerism Award. The award is named the the Santa Monica police officer, Iraqui war veteran, and Iraqi war who passed away in 2005; Dr. Corlin was singled out for his service and dedication to the people of Santa Monica and the Westside community.

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Allergies or Acid Reflux

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Do you have allergies that are not responding to standard treatment? It could be that you are suffering from acid reflux! The two don’t seem to be connected but they can be linked. Acid reflux, or GERD, happens when the round valve at the base of the esophagus fails and the acidic contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus.

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New Years Resolutions

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There are many health benefits to being active and the American Cancer Society has added one more – colon cancer survival. The study was a spin-off of a major nutrition study that began in 1992. While reviewing data, researchers discovered that of the 184.000 participants 2300 had developed colon cancer.

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