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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

#ThisIsIBD

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

December 1 marks the start of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, an important week within the inflammatory bowel disease community to bring attention to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two debilitating digestive diseases that cause crippling abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding and weight loss.

One Morning at the Farmer's Market

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

The east coast organic apples I have seen tended towards the same type of imperfections. I bought a container of the lumpy fruit. It was not as pretty as its commercial cousins but the farmer could legitimately claim no bees died while producing this fruit. And they were delicious.

Aspiring Model With Crohn's Disease Isn't Afraid To Show Colostomy Bags In Bikini Photo

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

When Bethany Townsend finally grew sick and tired of hiding her colostomy bags, she posed for a photo in a sleek black bikini and shared the image on ...

On Trial: Judgement vs. Expression

Daniel Leighton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

I struggled to write this article. I was imagining people scouring the article for every little thing I did wrong. I was constantly questioning the worth and validity of what I had to say. I'm still doing it as I write this.

World IBD Day: It's Not All Sunshine and Flowers

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

When people hear about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, they do not hear these stories. However, to get a full understanding of how serious these diseases are, it's essential that these stories are shared.

Could This Be Why Your Cat Is Losing Weight?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), also called pancreatic insufficiency and maldigestion syndrome, is thought to be rare in cats. However, accor...

Cure vs. Remission: Thoughts From a Crohn's Caregiver

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

Until researchers find a cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, I implore you -- please don't say these diseases can be cured when they can't. There is already a significant lack of understanding related to these diseases -- we must be focused on disseminating the right information and making people aware of these diseases, rather than spreading false truths.

Not Just a Pooping Disease: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

These diseases have been known primarily as "pooping diseases" because many patients frequent the bathroom as a result of the cramping and abdominal pain caused by IBD. However, there are many aspects of the disease that are far worse than spending time in the bathroom.

Art Words: Holding It Together

Daniel Leighton | Posted 12.29.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Pieces of heart. Disconnection from Self. The shadow that surrounds you: What you know you could be, what you fear you might be. Caught up in a p...

In the Cave -- Going Into Darkness

Daniel Leighton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Experiencing pain and loss is part of every human's experience, but too often we skip over the feelings that come with it.

Cincinnati Police Department: An Ostomy Is Not a Tragedy

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

While it is commendable for the department to attempt to curb the behavior of these youth, the use of ostomies as an undesirable outcome of youth violence is not only misinformed, it is inappropriate, distasteful and downright offensive.

Tied Up at the Hospital

Daniel Leighton | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Three days before my first solo show, I stood alone in a Dallas art gallery staring at one of my paintings. Tied Up At The Hospital is about my first visit to the hospital when I was five years old. This painting is about the moment when I realized that I was powerless in this fight.

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

Time for New York State to Pass the Restroom Access Act

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 05.26.2013 | New York
Rebecca Kaplan

It's time for New York State to pony up and pass the Restroom Access Act. The quality of life of the thousands of New Yorkers living every day with inflammatory bowel disease depend on it.

Gut Check: Science Probes Frontier Within Us Made Up of Millions and Billions of Microbes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The microbiome is a relatively new frontier for scientists, who have only begun to examine how microbes might affect the function of our bodies.

Supplements for Those With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

If you are interested in using vitamin A or E supplements, check with your doctor first to see whether they are a good idea for you, or if simply eating a well-balanced, plant-based diet is enough for you to get adequate levels of these in your body.

Celebrating Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

Six years ago, I had not heard of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. I lived in a world where I was blissfully unaware of inflammatory bowel diseases, where the debilitating symptoms didn't impact my life. Then I met my now-husband Dan, and everything changed.

The Other Side of the Scope

Sami Kennedy | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Sami Kennedy

My broken colon has inspired me to pursue medicine as a career. I want to fix other people' s broken parts, which is ironic because not too long ago, I didn't think I could overcome mine.

What You Should Know About Bacteria On Your Body

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have long known that bacteria living on and in our bodies outnumber our cells -- which themselves sum up to a number that exceeds any hope of real understanding -- by 20 to one. We are a rounding error in our own skin.