Over $9,000 Raised for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Madison Dusek on Mar 15, 2017 5:29:17 PM



The Rapid City Medical Center along with The Endoscopy Center hosted the 2017 Bottoms Up 5K Run/Walk and raised over $9,000 for the American Cancer Society. Funds will benefit colon cancer research in western South Dakota. The race, held on March 11, had 136 participants racing along the Rapid City bike path from Founders Park to Sioux Park and back. Participants gathered at Lost Cabin Beer Company for a post race celebration in honor of colon cancer awareness month. Lost Cabin along with Smokin’ Hot Catering donated a percentage of the proceeds on Saturday to the cause as well.

Gastroenterology: Travel and IBS

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jul 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM


IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, adds a level of discomfort and uncertainty to many everyday situations, but one of the things that people with IBS worry about the most is travel. How can you manage symptoms when away from home? How can you make travel more comfortable? Let our Gastroenterology experts help!

Gastroenterology: Colon Cancer Screenings

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 28, 2016 9:00:00 PM


Although cancer of any kind is a formidable enemy in the medical world, we do have some crucial defenses that can be literal life-savers. Many defenses are straightforward and easy to apply, like healthy lifestyle choices, but the most important defense is also the one that is least understood: cancer screenings, especially those for Colon Cancer.

Everyday Gastroenterology: Food for Colon Health

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Apr 18, 2016 11:30:00 AM


Food is amazingly powerful. It has the unique ability to bring humans together, regardless of age, background, and disposition, simply because it fulfills a basic need that we all share: hunger. However, the more we learn about food, the more we realize just how powerful it is in multiple ways. Food can keep us healthy. Food can reduce our chances of disease and illness. Food can strengthen us. Food can act as a shield for our bodies. In fact, some foods can even help protect us from cancer. One good example of this is the "colorful food diet" recommended by Gastroenterology experts to help prevent colorectal cancer.

Tips from Gastroenterology Experts: Coffee

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Mar 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM


We all have a routine. For some of us, it's a daily routine, a regular and precise game-plan that dictates every step, every break, and, sometimes, even every thought. For others, routine is a much smaller part of life; it's in wetting the toothbrush before you put the toothpaste on, or drinking out of that one mug, or sitting in a certain chair, or taking the same side-road to work everyday--the small stuff. However, whether your routine is an everyday strategy or a by-the-minute thing, it's likely that coffee is part of that routine one way or another. We often rely on coffee to wake us up and keep us alert throughout the day. But we know that too much of a good thing isn't good at all--so what do Gastroenterology experts suggest?


It seems strange that anyone would do such intensive research on something as simple as coffee, but the truth is that coffee isn't so simple, and it can have a big impact on the way your body works. Although studies haven't yet identified all of the cause-and-effect relationships present in your morning mug, it still remains clear that coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, interacts with your body in strange--and not always good--ways. Some side-effects occur only after drinking coffee; others appear because the ingredients aggravate a preexisting issue. The trick is to pay attention to how coffee affects you. How does it make you feel? And, most importantly, what should you be looking for?

Coffee "Side-Effects"

So, what are the proven "side-effects" of coffee? Let our Gastroenterology experts explain!

  • Intestines. Drinking a lot of coffee can have a surprising, and often dangerous, effect on your intestines. The ingredients in this beverage are especially acidic, and they can interact in very unwelcome ways with the lining of your stomach and intestines or even cause ulcers.
  • Laxative. The unfortunate truth is that coffee is a laxative. Drinking it in small amounts at irregular intervals will not cause problems, but if you make it a habit, you will likely begin to see the effects.
  • Stomach acidity. Coffee alters the levels of acidity in your stomach; we know that much for sure. However, coffee interacts differently with each person, and thus some individuals will experience heartburn from coffee while others won't. The key is to pay attention--how does coffee affect you?

Interested in more health tips? Looking for Gastroenterology experts? Contact us today!

How to Avoid Heartburn

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Feb 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Eating doesn't seem like it should be too much of a challenge. As long as there is plentiful food around and you have the means--and, perhaps, the knowledge--to safely prepare it, there shouldn't be any trouble beyond deciding what to eat. However, deciding what to eat can often be a challenge in itself. In today's world, we are extremely aware of the power of food, and we treat it like a living thing that must be tamed; before we can trust it, we feel we need to know the calorie count, the suggested serving size, the carbohydrates, the protein, the expiration date. Of course, there's more to it than that. What if you can't eat gluten? What if you're lactose intolerant? And, the battle that many of us fight daily--what if you have heartburn? Food can be difficult.

Gluten Intolerance

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jan 6, 2016 12:00:00 AM


"You are what you eat." It's a saying that has been around for ages, changing the way we think about nutrition, eating, and food itself. Although this saying has no doubt inspired countless changes to diets everywhere, these few simple words have also set the foundation for a recent food revolution. Look at any magazine, switch on the TV to any channel, open any health book, and you're likely to see references to eating better and making dietary decisions based on what your body truly needs. We've learned a lot about food and how to eat right. However, for some, this food revolution goes another way, thanks to issues like gluten intolerance.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

We've all heard a thing or two about lactose intolerance, but gluten intolerance is discussed much less often. This may be due to a lack of high-quality research and an extremely small pool of absolute knowledge. Gluten intolerance is difficult to define, simply because it can be related to countless other disorders and diseases, and therefore it is difficult to discuss with any degree of certainty. The truth is, gluten intolerance can be a standalone issue; it can be due to celiac disease, a digestive disorder; or, it could simply be a relationship within the body such that avoiding gluten eases other ailments. The differences are important, as they lead to different treatments and diets, but the problem is that it's extremely difficult to identify the subtleties setting one case apart from another.

What We Know

Although gluten intolerance is as difficult to define as it is to analyze, experts in the medical field have made some discoveries on this subject. Here's a quick look!

  • Celiac disease versus gluten intolerance. Most health professionals agree that gluten intolerance can be a separate issue from celiac disease, although the two often go hand-in-hand. However, although each patient's experience is a little different, celiac disease and gluten intolerance often have treatment options in common.
  • Subgroups. One of the keys to understanding gluten sensitivity is in understanding gluten itself. Gluten can be a difficult protein for anyone to digest; as a result, those with more sensitive digestive systems or digestive disorders are more likely to have gluten intolerance. Going gluten-free often helps to alleviate many symptoms that seem unconnected; as a result, the current hypothesis is that there are subgroups of gluten sensitivity, resulting in different levels of intolerance which all respond well to a gluten-free diet.
  • Gluten-free specifics. Let's face it: we all like bread, pasta, and other gluten products occasionally. The good news is, many patients don't have to go completely gluten-free. Different symptoms and levels of intolerance will result in different treatments. An expert in gastroenterology can help you decide whether a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet is best for you.

Interested in more information on gluten intolerance? Looking for a reliable expert in Gastroenterology? Contact us today!