Treating the Patient, Not the Ailment: A Message from Dr. Baradarian

July 1st, 2011

The way medicine is often practiced is to diagnose the ailment and then treat the ailment. It is rather impersonal and doesn’t take in the full impact and ailment has on a human being. Brooklyn Gastroenterology and Endoscopy is different. They look at the whole patient, not just what’s currently physically wrong with them.

To start, our staff speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Persian, Hebrew, and Spanish, so they are able to address a wide range of patients in their native tongue. This is an often overlooked aspect of medicine. It can help a patient feel more comfortable and develop a level of trust and care that can truly help treatment.

The practice also has a dietician, psychotherapist, and pathologist on staff. This allows the doctors to treat, not just the ailment, but the complications someone goes through when dealing with such an ailment (and its treatment) and some of the underlying issues that contribute to the ailment in the first place.

Getting sick can be debilitating mentally and emotionally, it can mean having to develop a whole new lifestyle, it can mean changing habits (such as diet) that you’ve spent a lifetime developing. The additional staff allows the practice to address all aspects of a patient’s life. Disease is not just the destruction of the body. It affects everything that makes us human. It should be treated as such and there’s at least one place that understands that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free From Gluten Yet? Celiac Disease vs. Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance

May 19th, 2011

As awareness about gluten has spread across the nation, we have received an influx of questions about Celiac Disease. The fact is less than 1% of the US population is known to suffer from Celiac, while it’s estimated that 10% or more suffer from a gluten sensitivity sometimes known as Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance or NCGI. Read the rest of this entry »

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Processed Foods You Could Do Without

February 24th, 2011

Eating processed food can cost you more than you think, in terms of money and your own health. There’s a special beauty in cooking your meals, and the benefits from it can led you to a healthier and happier existence. If you don’t take good care of yourself, nobody else will. Companies that offer you processed food are running businesses. And, to do so, they aren’t interested in your health; they only care about how to make these products more sugary, salty and saturated with savory fat.

Eating less processed food has definitely become a popular trend for the past few years. Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Food Rules, has a lot to do with this, especially because of his most important food rule: "If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t."

Processed food, (defined by the US Food and Drig Administration as any food other than a raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration or milling), is more recurrent nowadays, and the key to enjoy of a healthy lifestyle is to detect and avoid the ones you could do without.

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What is Gastritis?

February 17th, 2011

50% of the world population suffers from Gastritis. As an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the mucous coat of the stomach wall develops, Gastritis can lead to the disruption of digestion, decrease of working capacity, and a marked feeling of fatigue. It is as common as the cold or flu, and one of the most widely-spread diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

There are numerous causes and factors that can trigger a case of gastritis, but worldwide, the most common is infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria: a microaerophilic bacteria that can deteriorate various areas of the stomach, particularly the antrum. Alcohol consumption, aspirin, cigarette smoke and emotional or physical distress are among the causes of this disease.

What are the main symptoms?
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The Value of Liver Biopsies

February 14th, 2011

The best way to diagnose symptoms caused by abnormal liver function is to have a liver biopsy.

Hepatitis, gastritis, cirrhosis and pancreatitis are only a few diseases that can be triggered as a consequence of abnormal liver function and the best way to beat them is to anticipate them.

Prevention is the key of modern medicine. By having a liver biopsy you not only can beat a disease to the punch, but also you can enjoy of some peace of mind by knowing that your liver is completely healthy and is functioning properly.

Usually, a liver biopsy is performed to estimate a degree of liver damage in order to decide a type of treatment. But don’t worry. A biopsy and a surgical procedure are nothing alike. On the contrary, liver biopsies are quick and painless methods, designed to remove samples of liver tissue to diagnose them.

As a matter of fact, Pamela Anderson had this procedure done. The beauty from Baywatch is perhaps the best-known hepatitis C patient that knows exactly what the value of liver biopsy is: priceless.

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Natural Antioxidants: The Best Guardians for Your Body

February 2nd, 2011

It’s never a pleasant feeling when we look ourselves in the mirror and discover cell damage and excessive dry skin all around our faces. Similarly, when we feel out of breath right after walking a flight of stairs or having a big and indulgent lunch it doesn’t exactly bring joy to our hearts (more like hypertension).

These problems, and many more, become recurrent in our lives when free radicals invade and disarm our organisms. And it’s no joke when, apart from causing the occasional discomfort, they trigger fatal illness such as cancer and heart disease.

In the battle against this enemy antioxidants are the best weapon we have to live a healthier and happier life.

What’s an antioxidant?

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules that produce free radicals. A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that steals vital components from our molecules and damages our cells.
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A Gastroenterology Doctor in Brooklyn

January 17th, 2011

It’s often a confusing and frustrating experience when your digestion, bowel movements, and general gastroeintestinal health seem to be delivering less-than-the-best results. The source of the discomfort and, in some cases, pain is hard to pinpoint on a truly independant basis.

Pain and discomfort could simply be caused by a lack of digestive fiber or an over-consumption of highly processed foods. It could also be caused by more intense and dangerous ailments such as Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, or even Cancer of the stomach, rectum, or colon. These are ailments that one cannot, and should not, try to self diagnose.

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A New Year, A New Look at Dieting

January 4th, 2011

We have become a large, amorphous American mass of calorie counters. The main objective in many cases is to jettison one thing or another, whether it be total calorie count, fats of all forms, or carbohydrates in an attempt to align yourself with gastrointestinally taxing diets like South Beach or Atkins. These are all viable ways to drop weight with varying degrees of consequences resulting from each. So for 2011, try dieting for the whole body with not just image, but health in mind.

It’s been documented that some people choose a “soup diet”, and what a time to begin eatinga regular regimine piping hot soup than the winter time, right? Well, most mass produced, low calorie and low fat soups have a hidden demon. Almost each one carries an alarming amount of sodium, in some cases almost covering an entire day in one 180 calorie swoop. For all the weight you might be cutting your veins, arteries, and capillaries are tightening up due to all of the salty, soupy goodness. Making soup at home allows you to moderate the sodium content to a degree.
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Glutens Could Be Contributing to Celiac Disease Rise

December 22nd, 2010

A new study that involved 141 adult subjects is contributing to the ongoing debate on whether a diet filled with glutens can lead to symptoms of Celiac Disease.

Published in the ACS Journal of Proteome Research, the study revealed that many of the people in the study did not in fact have Celiac Disease, but instead were showing the same distinctive metabolic makeup that people who suffer from Celiac Disease.

People who suffer from Celiac Disease are characterized as being unable to properly digesr a protein named gliadin, a part of gluten that can be found in wheat, rye, and barley. This autoimmune digestive condition can cause, diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain. Oftentimes, Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed and steps to curtail its effects are never instituted.

A definitive diagnosis consists of a biopsy taken from the small intestine. There are currently over 3 million diagnosed cases in the Unites States. There is such a thing as a pisitive blood test, but a negative biopsy, meaning they are “potential” Celiac Disease patients, and are typically instructed to adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Treatment usually begins with a total abstinence from foods containing glutens. The debate here is whether a gluten filled diet could accelerate the effects of Celiac Disease, all the way on up to full blown diagnosis.

It seems to be a novel idea to curtail gluten intake if the symptoms seem to be persistent. One take away from this study is that the sample size was relatively small at 141 subjects. Yes, it’s small, but contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for Celiac Disease, are experiencing symptoms, and if a gluten free diet might be right for you.

Happy Holidays and be in good health Brooklyn!

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Top 10 Fiber Filled Breakfast Cereals

December 15th, 2010

We all know we should eat more fiber. We all know the childhood song about beans (“beans, beans, they’re good for your heart..etc”). So why do we so often neglect to include fiber in our diets? One of the best ways, and most advertised ways, to include fiber in your diet is through the regular consumption of breakfast cereals. Though not all cereals were born equals – at least in terms of fiber. We won’t be listing cereals like All Bran Bran Bus, which contains a mammoth 36 grams of fiber per serving, – rather, we’ll be telling you about the standards, the mainstays, and the also-rans. Aka, stuff you already know about, but maybe didn’t know the fiber content.

1 - Fiber One- 14 grams of fiber – This one is a no brainer, but it should be noted that it is the best in class mainstream cereal, available in almost every major supermarket.

2 – Kellogg’s All Bran (not the Bran Buds) – 10 grams of fiber – This Bran heavy Kellogg’s product may be light on sugar and extras such as out clusters, marshmellows, chocolate, etc…but it is good for you and the perfect complement to some fresh fruit in the morning.
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