Category Archives: Digestive Health

Digestive System Problems – Causes And Diagnostics

by Marcelle Pick OB-GYN, NP Many of my patients make the needed dietary and lifestyle changes and find they continue to have digestive symptoms that simply do not go away. Our bodies are fascinating and understanding the digestive system is important to obtaining optimal health. We know that your bodies need food to provide it with […]

Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome – Open The Door To Good Health

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP It is not uncommon in my practice to have women come in with new physical complaints after major life events like having a baby. Ellen is a perfect example of one of these cases. She was diagnosed at a young age with lactose intolerance, and managed her symptoms quite well. […]

The Gluten Spectrum – From Sensitivities to Celiac Disease

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP There is tremendous confusion around the term gluten sensitivities vs. actual celiac disease, and generally, conventional medicine continues to ignore the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity. In the standard community, the advice given to patients with celiac disease is to be strictly gluten-free for life, while those with a sensitivity may […]

Botanical Remedies For Health And Digestive Imbalance

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The science of using botanical remedies to treat health conditions is finding its way back into mainstream medicine. Nature’s healing properties, found in plants, herbs, roots, and flowers have been an essential part of restoring health for centuries, long before we could reach for pills from grocery store shelves. Phytotherapy, […]

Digestion And Dysbiosis

by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN, NP The major function of the digestive system is to break down food and provide a means by which the nutrients can be absorbed in the body. Nutrients that are liberated by this process allow the body to grow, heal and function on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately it is very common […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — Or Intestinal Parasites?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP When I started my practice in the early 1980s, I was amazed at the number of women who suffered from constipation, diarrhea, increased gas, bloating after eating, fatigue and the many other symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It wasn’t long before we realized this was a women’s health issue. Research indicates […]

Functions Of Digestive Enzymes

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Eating a healthy well-balanced diet is the foundation for our optimal health. In the fast paced world we live in, it can be difficult to prepare one healthy meal – let alone three of them a day. The healthier the foods are that we eat, the easier it will be […]

Sarah’s Story: Relief From GI Pain

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP One woman’s amazing story of gastrointestinal relief When Sarah first came to see me, she was a 45 year old woman who suffered for more than five years with gastrointestinal pain as well as discomfort. This included her body alternating between constant diarrhea and constipation, sensitivity to particular foods, persistent […]

Acid Alkaline Food Chart

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP pH balancing foods Combined with our articles about pH balance and digestion, this chart of acid/alkaline forming foods will help you gain a better understanding of the effect that individual foods have in terms of digestive pH. There are a lot of such lists out there, a few more definitive […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – All In Your Head?

 by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often tell me their lives are being run by their bowels. They’ve stopped going out to dinner, taking trips or doing much of anything. It feels like they have tried everything — from increasing fiber and loading up on Metamucil to finally filling a […]

Acid Reflux – What’s Eating You?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Is your body burning to tell you something? In functional medicine, practitioners consider the health of your digestive system to be as crucial as the health of your brain. In fact, many chronic conditions start with poor digestion, sending out clues in the form of indigestion and heartburn. For many […]

Digestion & GI Health – The Truth About pH Balance

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Think fast: what’s your pH? If you are like a lot of my patients, you might be familiar with the term “pH” from biology class or a skin cleanser commercial. And the idea of balancing your inner pH has become trendy these days, being featured in magazines and spawning an […]

Digestion – When Absorption Goes Wrong

By Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP Many conditions can cause nutrient malabsorption: celiac disease/gluten sensitivity, lactase deficiency, infection,parasites, chronic diarrhea, and others. If your body doesn’t absorb nutrients well, you could experience nutrient deficiencies or improper absorption — taking in too much or too little of certain nutrients. Possible reasons for poor nutrient absorption include a […]

What Is The Treatment For Digestive Problems?

By Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP Any woman suffering from gastrointestinal upset, including a chronic sense of fullness or bloating, should first see their healthcare practitioner. Most of the time these common symptoms are easily treatable; on occasion they may indicate a more serious human condition. My experience in working with women with digestive problems is […]

Your Gut Instincts: Natural Digestive Health For Overall Wellness

By Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP If you’ve got digestive problems you have lots of company How digestive health supports overall wellness Married for life: the intimate relationship between your GI tract and your immune system Nutrient absorption supports your “bioenergetic” activities When absorption goes wrong Improving nutrient absorption When you have that gut feeling If […]

Probiotics — For Life!

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Sometimes a patient will ask me what I consider to be the secrets of good health. Of course, they already know many of my “secrets” — my patients are very well-read. But frankly I am surprised by how few women know the importance of the tiny, ever-busy microorganisms that inhabit […]

The Link Between IBS, Acid Reflux And Antacids

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Most of us think of irritable bowel syndrome in relation to our intestines. It’s useful to know that many women with a diagnosis of IBS also complain of symptoms in their upper GI tract: heartburn/acid reflux, nausea, and stomach pain. These upper GI symptoms are often related to the rate at […]

Digestive Health For Women

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP When I started my practice in the early 1980’s, I was amazed by the number of women suffering from constipation, diarrhea, increased gas, bloating after eating, fatigue and the many other symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It wasn’t long before I realized this was a real women’s health issue. Research now […]