Gastroenterologists River Falls WI

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Anthony Curtis Hecht, MD
(608) 263-4033
466 5th St S
Bayport, MN
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wi
Group Practice: New Richmond Clinic

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William Brian Sweeney, MD
(651) 312-1620
3448 Crestmoor Dr
Woodbury, MN
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1983

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Christina Mary Pieper-Bigelow
(651) 438-1800
1210 1st St W
Hastings, MN
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Robert Carl Olson, MD
(612) 371-1600
5975 Carmen Ave
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1968

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Heather J Chial
(608) 782-7300
1836 South Ave
La Crosse, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Christina Pieper Bigelow, MD
(612) 438-1800
8675 Valley Creek Rd
Woodbury, MN
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1985

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Mary Lynne De Paz Lucido, MD
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1999

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Anthony C Hecht
(715) 246-6911
551 Hospital Rd
New Richmond, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Bennett John Pastika
(262) 767-6148
252 Mchenry St
Burlington, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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William K Dernbach
(715) 847-3271
2727 Plaza Drive
Wausau, WI
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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