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Treatment of Food Poisoning

Introduction The vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and all around bad feelings you may get with food poisoning is extremely unpleasant. We’ve previously discussed prev
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 13, 2018

Understanding Food Poisoning

Introduction We make a decision with everything we place into our mouths. We also exhibit a large amount of trust that the food we eat is safe. Most of the time that’s true, but
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 12, 2018

Treatment of Acid Reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post addresses the treatment of acid reflux. If you experience heartburn two times a week or more, you may have gerd. Because there are sign
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 20, 2018

Acid Reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Introduction Do you have acid reflux? I’m at the point in life where I rarely eat after 8 pm. That has defined health benefits, but it’s also protective from today’s Straight
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Tips for Treating & Preventing Gas

So… you have problems with gas. What are you to do? Well, given that gas production is a natural occurrence, it’s not like you’re going to eliminate having gas (no pun intend
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Gas You Pass-Eructation (Belching) and Flatus (The Other One)

It seems like Straight, No Chaser is unafraid to address any topic! Here’s one of those conversations that everyone wants to have but rarely does. Gas is a natural phenomenon. Th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Gallstones of Some People

Pain is no fun. It’s always a good time to discuss topics related to your goals of eating less, eating healthier and exercising more. Let’s start with a condition especially as
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 31, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Travelers’ Diarrhea

This is the time of year in the U.S. when you wished you were somewhere else. (Hawaii, Africa, Australia or Mexico for a nice cruise, anyone?) Unfortunately, sometimes when you tra
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The irony of the name “irritable bowel syndrome” (IBS) is found in the connection between stress (in some cases, irritability) and symptoms. This can become a vicious cycle. Yo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Medical Complications and Medication Treatment of Alcoholism

  There are interesting commonalities of certain drugs like alcohol and cigarettes. One is users that really enjoy them are able to do so for a long time while being oblivious to
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 5, 2018

Straight No Chaser: Gluten, Wheat and Celiac Disease

One of the reasons I enjoy writing this blog is it brings me closer to understanding you. As you respond to posts or query me, I get to better appreciate the breadth of your conce
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Eating Goes Wrong, Part II – Bulimia

If you read Part I of this conversation on eating disorders (anorexia nervosa), you will recall that eating disorders are a mix of an abnormal body image combined with abnormal b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Treatment of Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness)

The vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and all around bad feelings you may get with food poisoning is extremely unpleasant. We’ve previously discussed preventative meas
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness)

We make a decision with everything we place into our mouths. We also exhibit a large amount of trust that the food we eat is safe. Most of the time that’s true, but unfortunately
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 23, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Me on the Business End of a Colonoscopy, aka Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer

The last two posts have highlighted recommended screening examinations for men and women between ages 40-64. In today’s Straight, No Chaser, I want to pay special attention t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Treatment of Acid Reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

If you experience heartburn two times a week or more, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Because there are significant differences in the severity of GERD, you s
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 26, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Acid Reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

I’m at the point in life where I rarely eat after 8 pm. That has defined health benefits, but it’s also protective from today’s Straight, No Chaser topic: gastroesophageal re
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 25, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Treating Your Gas and Gas Pains

So… you have problems with gas. What are you to do? Well, given that gas production is a natural occurrence, it’s not like you’re going to eliminate having gas (no pun intend
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 26, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Eructation (Belching) and Flatus (The Other One)

It seems like Straight, No Chaser is unafraid to address any topic! This, here’s one of those conversations that everyone wants to have but rarely does. Gas is a natural phenomen
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 25, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding and Appropriately Stopping Thumbsucking

At first glance, you may be wondering what’s so significant about thumb-sucking that we need to discuss it. And then, I show you these two pictures. In most instances, thumb-suck
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 1, 2017
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