Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

NTV America Interview with Dr. Robin Baradarian Regarding latest endoscopic and therapeutic procedures.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

NTV America interview with Dr. Robin Baradarian, Chief of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn, NYC, regarding the latest endoscopic and therapeutic procedures to treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Disorders include heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), constipation and bloating, as well as more rare diseases of colon, pancreas, liver, bile ducts and gallbladder.

Watch Dr. Baradarian from Brooklyn Gastroenterology speak about the latest endoscopic and therapeutic procedures to treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Click below to learn more!

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The Power of Probiotics

Monday, May 14th, 2012

“Good” bacteria?

Deep inside our intestines, there’s a complex microbial ecosystem, known as the “gut flora” which we now know contains nearly a thousand species of bacteria which may affect our overall health in unimaginable ways!

It has long been recognized that our gastrointestinal system relies heavily on these gut flora or “good bacteria”.  They exert a pronounced effect on the nutrients and energy that get pulled out of food. In fact, these bacteria are thought to play a big role in a slew of health conditions, including combating obesity, diabetes, infections, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, and even colon cancer. There are many theories as to how these bacteria confer their positive benefits such as an anti-inflammatory effect for the body, increased immunity and therefore healing power after an infection, and even the power to fight off potential cancer cells in a microenvironment by competing for the same nutrients.

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Too Much Gas, Bloating, and Burping?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Does excess gas cause you embarrassment and discomfort?

You may feel that you pass a lot of gas, or just suffer from bloating and crampy abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in areas where gas can become trapped, such as in bends in the colon, which occur naturally in the area under the liver (upper to mid-right part of the abdomen), and in the area under the spleen (upper to mid left part of the abdomen).

 

WHERE DOES ALL THIS GAS COME FROM?

There are two main sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (mostly swallowed air) and gas that is produced by bacteria in the colon.

Air swallowing

It is normal to swallow a small amount of air when eating and drinking and when swallowing saliva. Some of that air comes out through belching and some moves on to the small intestine. Belching is more common with certain foods that relax the sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus where it joins the stomach, like peppermint, chocolate, and fats.

Bacterial Production

The colon normally provides a home for billions of harmless bacteria, some of which support the health of the bowel. Did you know that there are more bacteria than human cells in your body? Certain carbohydrates that are incompletely digested by our body’s enzymes are “eaten” by those bacteria instead. The by-products of this process include lots of different gases.

A condition called bacterial overgrowth can increase the number of bacteria and cause excess gas production.

But most people who complain of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person. Instead, they are more aware of normal amounts of gas. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FD (functional dyspepsia) are especially sensitive, for example.

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Processed Foods You Could Do Without

Thursday, 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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A Gastroenterology Doctor in Brooklyn

Monday, 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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Hot Dog Eating Contest shows consequences of Overeating

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island

Thousands of fans flock to Coney Island in Southern Brooklyn on the Fourth of July for Nathan’s annual Hot Dog Eating Contest, not far from our own medical practice.  Last year alone 1.5 million more fans were watching on ESPN , making this competitive eating contest the best celebrated event in the sport.  Hosted at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog stand nearby in Coney Island, the event attracts a number of corporate sponsors, including the highly relevant addition this year of Pepto Bismo as major sponsor.

For many the event has become an Independence Day tradition, as much as a barbecue with friends or waving the American flag in a parade. The Hot Dog Eating contest is entertaining, to be sure, although difficult to imitate for amateurs. In fact many of the athletes have a condition where their stomachs can become distended below the bottom of the rib cage.  While most peoples’ stomachs rest at the top of their abdomen, just at the bottom of the rib cage, these athletes are make use of the condition to make more room to eat the massive quantities of food necessary in their competition. Outside of these athletes this condition would be a troubling indicator of larger GI health issue, which is worth exploring further. (more…)

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