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Sustainable Weight Loss – It’s About Small Steps
By Karen Jerome-Zapadka, M.D.

There’s no magic pill for long-term sustainable weight loss. Only by learning new ways to think about food, challenging your body through increased physical activity and learning new behaviors, will you find success. Your long-term commitment is THE foundation to reaching and maintaining your weight loss goal. Read more >>


Healthy Eating = Happy Colon
By Dominic G. Ventura, D.O.

Making your colon happy probably isn’t something you think about every day. But with colon cancer increasing at alarming rates among younger and middle-aged adults, colon health is coming into focus like never before. Now, our younger generations are in danger. Read more >>

What Happens at a Colonoscopy Screening?
By Dominic G. Ventura, D.O.

If you’re one of the many people who are nervous about getting a colonoscopy because you can’t tolerate pain, fear no more! Most people experience no pain. Read more >>

Itchy, Ouchy Pain in the You Know What
By Sean A. Connelly, D.O.

No one likes to talk about them, but almost everybody gets them from time to time. Hemorrhoids (also called piles) are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus and are very common. Fortunately, many effective options are available to treat hemorrhoids. Read more >>

Celiac Disease: Who Should Be Tested?
By Alice Valoski, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Celiac disease has really come into mainstream awareness in just the past 10 to 15 years. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about the disease. Most people know the classic digestive symptoms .... but is it celiac, or isn't it? Read more >>


Why Get a Flu Shot? Why Not?
By April Vinopal, PA-C

Ask anybody and they have a strong opinion about why they do or don’t get a flu shot. You’ll hear, “I always get a flu shot and I never get the flu. So it must work!” and “I never get the flu shot and I never get the flu. So I don’t need it!”  The fact is, everyone’s immune system is different. But, most doctors do recommend getting the flu shot to be on the safe side. Read more >>


Stomach Cancer Awareness
By Dustin Wallace, M.D.

While the number of those affected by stomach cancer has decreased, the mortality rate is still alarming. Many of the symptoms are more often caused by things other than cancer, such as a stomach virus or an ulcer. Read more>>

Is Acid Reflux Serious?
By Roberto Inglese, M.D.

It’s known by many names … acid reflux, heartburn and GERD. But is it serious? What can you do to get relief? Everyone experiences heartburn from time to time, but when it happens on a regular basis or it’s extremely painful, it’s time to seek medical help. Read more>>


Real Food: Best Defense Against COVID-19

The coronavirus isn't going away anytime soon, so what you eat over the long haul is important. We're sharing this article with you. Read more>>