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Digestive Health

Digestive Health

Worms

Worms are one of the most common conditions that children catch, occasionally from pets, but usually from themselves, or other infected people. There are several types of worms that can affect humans, but in Australia the usual culprit is the threadworm. You catch worms by

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Digestive Health

Heartburn

Heartburn occurs when acids and other fluids that digest food leak up from the stomach into the oesophagus. Normally, the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) acts as a one-way valve that stops stomach contents from moving upwards. However, when it doesn’t work properly then that’s when

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Digestive Health

Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids or ‘piles’ are swollen veins in the anus or bottom, usually just inside the external entrance of the bowel. Occasionally they can protrude or pop out, often immediately after or during a bowel motion. Piles are usually swollen and painful, particularly when external (outside

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Digestive Health

Gluten Intolerance

Intolerance to gluten takes many forms – from coeliac disease, which is a severe reaction to gluten containing foods, to wheat allergies or sensitivity to gluten in the diet. As a result, many people confine themselves to a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found

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Digestive Health

Flatulence

Flatulence, or wind, occurs in everyone.  However for some of us, removal of this gas either upwards as belching or burping, or downwards as flatus or farting, is embarrassing, uncomfortable and painful until expelled. Often it’s not particularly pleasant for those around us either. Most

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Digestive Health

E Coli

Escherichia coli (E coli) is a type of bacteria. An infection with this variety of bacteria generally causes diarrhoea. Children and the sick and elderly are particularly susceptible to more serious effects from this infection. The source of E coli infection in Australia is usually

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Digestive Health

Diarrhoea

The word diarrhoea, when translated from Greek, means “flow through”. People are diagnosed with diarrhoea when they have three or more loose bowel motions in a day. Often this is accompanied with sharp cramping stomach pain before the motion is passed and a desperate need

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Digestive Health

Constipation

When you are constipated you produce a bowel motion less often than you usually do.  Your normal bowel habit is normal to you.  Some people produce a bowel movement three times a week, other three times a day. When the lack of bowel movements starts

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Digestive Health

Bad Breath

It is difficult to detect when you have halitosis, or bad breath. But all of us have suffered from getting too close to others with bad breath and have not enjoyed the experience! The simplest and most effective way to find out if you are

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Digestive Health

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is known by a number of names including GORD (gastro oesophageal reflux disease), reflux, dyspepsia and heartburn.  This condition is caused by what happens to your food and drink after you have eaten. When you eat or drink anything, gravity and muscles allow

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