Gastroenterologists Decatur GA

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Mark A Stern, MD
(404) 299-1679
2675 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA
Business
Dekalb Gastroenterology Associates
Specialties
Gastroenterology

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Robert I Gibbs Jr, MD
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1950

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Nicole Michelle Gordon, MD
4680 Redbranch Dr
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1997

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Stanley Paul Riepe, MD
(404) 778-5000
615 Michael St NE 201 Whitehead Res Bldg,
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1974

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Mark Alan Stern, MD
(404) 299-1679
2675 N Decatur Rd Ste 506
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1992

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William Ralph Hardcastle, MD
(404) 296-0148
487 Winn Way
Decatur, GA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Dekalb Med Ctr, Decatur, Ga

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Henry Chinedu Olejeme, MD
(404) 727-5638
2469 Manor Walk
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Lagos, Coll Of Med, Lagos, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1992

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Lorraine Marie Leader, MD
(404) 321-6111
1670 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1982

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Peter Brynan Leff, MD
(404) 299-1679
2675 N Decatur Rd Ste 506
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Decatur Hosp, Decatur, Ga; Dekalb Med Ctr, Decatur, Ga
Group Practice: Dekalb Gastroenterology Assoc

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Jennifer A Christie
(404) 778-6100
1365 Clifton Rd Ne
Atlanta, GA
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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How Healing the Leaky Gut Could Heal Your Life

by Lissa Rankin, OB/GYN

What do your intestines have to do with mojo? EVERYTHING! Sure, you can be vital , even if you’re ill. But if you have leaky gut syndrome, it might manifest in ways you would never expect, such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, food allergies, gas and bloating, or the inability to find relief from other diseases, even when adequately treated.

What is leaky gut syndrome?

Good question. I’m a doctor and I never heard about it at Duke or Northwestern, where I trained. While conventional medicine doesn’t recognize the existence of “leaky gut” syndrome, many naturopathic and integrative medicine doctors believe that a “leaky gut” can impair the natural healing process of the body and impede both traditional and alternative treatments.

In theory, leaky gut syndrome results from damage to the intestinal lining that leads to a state of intestinal hyperpermeability, allowing undigested proteins, fats, waste, bacteria, and other toxins to “leak” through the gut membrane, which should only allow healthy nutrients through. These particles can then wind up in the blood stream and lymphatic system, where the immune system tries to come to the rescue to eliminate these unwanted intruders, triggering an auto-immune response. While a natural immune response is usually a good thing, too much can lead to a state of inflammation, which wreaks havoc in ways you may never relate to gastrointestinal function. A normal intestinal lining brilliantly lets good stuff through, while screening bad stuff out, allowing it to be excreted as waste. But when this membrane is impaired, beware!

What kinds of symptoms might result from leaky gut?

Common early symptoms include gas, bloating, and fatigue, which should not be considered normal. These harbingers of other stuff brewing may be your only clue that your intestines need to be healed. If time goes by, you may wind up with chronic fatigue, skin rashes like eczema, psoriasis, or even chronic vulvar itching, food allergies, gluten intolerance, memory problems, mood disorders, body aches and joint pains, and other vague, seemingly unrelated conditions.

Why has my doctor never heard of this?

Nobody ever taught me about leaky gut syndrome in medical school, and unless you’re out there researching and self-educating yourself about complementary and alternative medicine treatments, you would never hear about it. Why is that? We Western docs are research fanatics, and the trust of the matter is that most of the expensive research that fuels modern medicine is sponsored by drug companies hoping to prove that their product works. Once they’ve proved it in randomized controlled trials, it becomes mainstream. Because there is no “drug” to treat leaky gut syndrome and nobody has paid to perform big studies, we just don’t have a lot of data out there in the mainstream medical literature, so it falls largely into the realm of what traditional docs call “anecdotal medicine” (and d...

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