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The Difference Between IBS and IBD

Many people often confuse Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) because they both have to do with the digestive system, but they are in fact both very different diseases. In this blog post, I want to separate the two and explain the main differences. Keep in mind there is no cure for… Continue reading The Difference Between IBS and IBD

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A Book Review: The Mind-Gut Connection

I stumbled upon a book titled The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD at Sundance bookstore here in Reno recently. It was not a book I was really looking for, but was misplaced on the shelf and the cover caught my eye. I have written a previous blog post about the brain-gut connection and how… Continue reading A Book Review: The Mind-Gut Connection

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How to Identify Toxins in Your Home

Once I made the conscious decision to heal my body after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I read a book titled My Simple Changes by Brandon Godsey. Brandon has Crohn's disease and wrote a book about all the little changes he made over the course of many years to reach full remission and a full… Continue reading How to Identify Toxins in Your Home

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The Truth About Happiness

I often get people asking me "How are you so happy all the time?" My response has always been 1) because I have a strong Catholic faith and 2) I have a positive outlook on life. I choose not to let negative circumstances determine my future. When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, it took… Continue reading The Truth About Happiness

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IBD and Nutrition

Each time I visited with my doctor during my flare-ups, he would drill into my head "You need to eat more fruits and vegetables!" My response was always "I do!" I thought I was doing the best I could in terms of nutrition and what I was consuming each day. I never ate fast food,… Continue reading IBD and Nutrition

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How to Maintain a Healthy Gut

As somebody with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), I know a lot about how to maintain a healthy gut. Before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), I had never heard of IBD and did not know how important the gut microbiome was. This term is becoming well-known since more research is currently being done in… Continue reading How to Maintain a Healthy Gut