Going Gluten-free

You may have noticed lately a marked increase in the number of food items in the grocery store labeled “gluten-free.” That is a very important piece of information for a growing number of people diagnosed with Celiac disease as the only medically acceptable treatment for the condition is a 100-percent gluten-free diet.

Is Heartburn Becoming a Problem?

Here comes the burn: You have just finished a great meal or you lay down to rest and you are hit with that uncomfortable, burning sensation in your chest. Although commonly called heartburn, it really doesn’t involve the heart. Heartburn affects many of us. In fact the American Gastroenterological Association reports that more than 60 million Americans experience symptoms at … Read More

Cost and Convenience Important for Quality Health Care

At GIA, we are committed to providing the very best in gastrointestinal health care for our patients. That means board certified physicians, skilled nurses and caring support personnel. We have one of the most educated and experienced staffs and one of the most technologically advanced facilities available.

Your Gallbladder Can Be a Pain

The pear-shaped organ known as the gallbladder may only be three to four inches long, but it can be a large pain if it is not working properly, causing damage to pancreas, liver or even resulting in death if left untreated. The gallbladder is a storage tank for bile produced in the liver until the body needs it for digestion. … Read More

Getting to the Right Source

Are you on Facebook? We are! We have also posted some news highlights on YouTube. I am finding new media is opening up incredible ways to provide information that can help keep people well – and for others to share that information with people who need it.

GIA Screening Colonoscopy Day Huge Success

GIA Screening Colonoscopy Day on Oct. 17 was a huge success. A total of 48 persons referred by The InterFaith Health Clinic and The Free Medical Clinic of America received free screenings from the physicians and staff of Gastrointestinal Associates and The Endoscopy Center. I believe I speak for my fellow physicians and the staff when I say that we … Read More

Colonoscopies for the Worthy, and a Message for All

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the physicians and staff of Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA) will gather at The Endoscopy Center for a very important mission. With colon cancer ranked as the second-deadliest cancer, GIA is making free colonoscopy exams available to a group of people in the Knoxville area who are less able to afford the vital screening procedure.

Is Colon Cleansing Helpful or Balderdash?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal brought to the forefront a long-standing debate between practitioners of conventional and alternative medicine over the value of colon cleansing.

GIA Confronts Diagnosis Issues With Eosinophilic Esophagitis

The increasing prevalence of eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) has presented gastroenterologists with this decade’s major challenge for diagnosis. EE is sometimes confused with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) because the symptoms of the diseases are so similar. EE has been detected in all ages and on every continent, except Africa. Our team here at Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA) is familiar with the latest … Read More

GIA Patients Benefit from Our Participation in Research

Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA) is very involved in research to determine the effectiveness of the treatments of gastrointestinal diseases. This involvement is a direct benefit to the patients of GIA. Recently, GIA and I participated in a study of one particular treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to cancer of that organ. The study was published in May … Read More