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Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDDo I really need a colonoscopy? The purpose of a colonoscopy is to detect and/or evaluate the health of the large intestine, otherwise known as the colon. How do you know if you really need one? Colon Function 101 The primary purpose of the large intestine (colon) is to

Juice Fasts: A Quick Path to Better Nutrition or a Potentially Risky Fad?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDPeople who sell ready-made juice cleanse products and high-powered juicers – and those who spend their money on them – claim that drinking nothing but juice for a few days can lead to weight loss, detoxification, and a number of other health benefits. A documentary released a few years

Choosing the Best Surgeon for Hemorrhoid Treatment

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDChoosing the right physician for your hemorrhoid treatment is an important decision. Not only do you need someone skilled and well-trained, but you need someone who can make you feel comfortable during exams and procedures. Most importantly, you need a doctor who can diagnose and treat your condition, taking

Take Steps to Prevent Colon Cancer

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDColon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, defines a cancer of the large intestine. According to the National Cancer Institute, 4.3% of adult men and women may be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lifetime. While survival rates following diagnosis are determined on a case-by-case basis, earlier diagnosis often

What NOT to Do to Your Hemorrhoid!

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDHemorrhoids are typically defined as a disorder of the rectum and/or anus. Discussions regarding hemorrhoids may be studiously avoided or fodder for embarrassing jokes, but for those suffering from hemorrhoids, hemorrhoids no laughing matter. Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful, and in some cases, lead to increased discomfort and hemorrhoid

Avoid Freaking Out! Step-by-Step: Colonoscopy

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDHas your doctor recommended that you get a colonoscopy? Are you dreading it? Delaying it? Avoiding it? You are not alone. Many people have obsessive fear about the before, during, and after aspects of the screening. However, a colonoscopy is necessary to determine the health of your colon and

Coffee Enemas: Detox, Cancer Cure, or Quackery?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDSome tout coffee enemas as an alternative or complementary treatment for liver ailments, colon cancer, or detoxifying the body. However, modern medical knowledge tells us there is no reason to use teas, enemas, or anything else to “detox” the body, clear the colon, or otherwise help the body excrete waste.

Unlocking The Dilemma of Rectal Cancer. The Keys to Success.

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD Get the PDF version of this article Affecting 150,000 people annually, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer (after breast, lung and prostate) and the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) in the United States. Prevention through polyp screening is key in making inroads

Pass the Beans! High-Fiber Diet Helps Hemorrhoids

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDSuffering from hemorrhoids? They are literally a pain. However, what you eat can prevent or reduce them. Here’s a simple recipe for success: Fill up on fiber! As mentioned in our other posts about Hemorrhoids, “It’s not exactly a dinner table topic people want to talk about in social

Crohn’s Versus Ulcerative Colitis: A Comparison

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDBowel and rectal disorders afflict all demographics. Some of those disorders present with similar symptoms. Though often confused, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two different conditions that distress the colon. Knowing the difference between the two is important. Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may be defined as

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