Tomorrow is Independence Day, a holiday most often celebrated with picnics and barbecues. Ironically, for the 5 million of us with gastroparesis, these food-centered events will remind us that we are not independent — at least when it comes to what, when, and how we eat (or how we feel afterward). Gastroparesis is a life-altering […]
I can’t believe I still haven’t shared the details of the Digestive Disease National Coalition Public Policy Forum that I attended in March. Initially, I intended to take a week to digest and absorb the experience (cheesy pun!) before writing about it. Somehow one week turned into two months. But better late than never, right? I signed […]
Like many with gastroparesis, I rely on meal replacement drinks to supplement my nutrition and increase my protein intake, especially during flare-ups. But the chemicals, fake ingredients and high sugar content have always given me pause. How nourishing can it be if there aren’t any real ingredients in it? So I was definitely intrigued when […]
After a 16-hour drive (in my new car, at least!), I’m back at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. While I will be seeing Dr. Fox for a neurostimulator check-up while I’m here, that’s not the main reason for my visit this time. I’m here for a two-week biofeedback program to address chronic constipation due […]
Like the proverbial cobbler who is so busy providing for his customers that his own children go without shoes, I have been so focused on counseling clients, completing my schooling, and helping others manage their gastroparesis, that I temporarily lost track of managing my own. Predictably, it caught up with me.
I first read about Haley Bullock’s experience with gastroparesis in the New York Times earlier this month. Since I love nothing more than a GP success story, I immediately emailed Haley. She was gracious enough to chat with me via phone last night and, I have to say, this spirited 23-year-old has truly figured out […]
This comes from my March 2010 newsletter. Sleep & Digestion It makes sense that digestive disturbances, such as heartburn, indigestion, and nausea, can disrupt healthy sleep patterns. But did you know that the amount and quality of your sleep can also affect your digestion? In fact, studies have shown that many patients with […]
According to several studies published since 2006, it’s estimated that about 4% of the U.S. population has some form of gastroparesis. For comparison, Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease are each estimated to affect about 1% of the population.