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Introducing the
Gastro Girl Podcast!

If you’re one of the 1 in 4 people who is living with a chronic digestive health condition , you’re not alone. Whether you’re just diagnosed, in remission, or trying to learn what is happening in your body and what you can do about it, then this podcast is for you.

In each episode, Jacqueline Gaulin, longtime patient advocate and the Founder of Gastro Girl, Inc. and GI OnDEMAND, will tackle topics that go beyond the basic mainstream coverage of GI health to educate, inform and empower patients and their caregivers. If you crave the inside scoop on the latest news, research and resources related to gastroenterology, and want it all delivered in an engaging, friendly, nonjudgmental and educational way that features leading GI experts, inspiring patients and positive vibes, this podcast is also for you.

Gastro Girl, an official patient-education partner of The American College of Gastroenterology, is committed to providing actionable and evidence-based health information to help empower patients to better health.

Latest Episodes

Learn about Lynch & AFAP from a Top Genetic Counselor & a Rare Cancer Survivor

Our first guest, Heather Hampel, shares her inspiration for becoming a genetic counselor and explains some of the rare hereditary GI cancers. Heather explains Lynch Syndrome & AFAP, and shares why genetic testing is so important if you have a family history of colon cancer. Our second guest is Dan “Dry Dock” Shockley, who has AFAP (Attenuated Familial Adenomatous Polyposis). Dan discusses his patient journey, his mission of advocacy, and an upcoming surgery to continue the treatment of his disease.

Heather Hampel

Heather Hampel is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Director of the Division of Human Genetics. Her research focuses on Lynch syndrome and universal tumor screening for Lynch syndrome. She has >160 publications on the prevalence of Lynch syndrome among colorectal and endometrial cancer patients, the best testing protocols, cost-effectiveness, and referral guidelines for cancer genetics. She was on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Genetic Counseling from 2006-2011, serving as President in 2009 and 2010. She has been on the Steering Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable since 2016. She was on the Council of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer from 2016-2019, serving as president in 2017-2018. She was just elected Secretary/Treasurer Elect of the National Society of Genetic Counselors with her term starting in 2021.

Dan “Dry Dock” Shockley

Dan “Dry Dock” Shockley is a retired United States Navy veteran and an 8-year hereditary attenuated familial adenomatous polyposis (AFAP) survivor with a permanent ileostomy. He is an active patient advocate across multiple organizations and strives to bring awareness to hereditary colon cancer. After receiving his AFAP diagnosis, he enrolled in the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Creighton University hereditary colon cancer registries. Through the years, he has requested and received Colon Cancer Month, Rare Disease Day, and Ostomy Awareness Day proclamations from the governors of Hawaii, Idaho, and Texas, as well as from the mayor of each town he resided in each of these states. His current advocacy efforts are to establish legislative jurisdiction to designate the 4th week of March as Hereditary Colon Cancer Awareness Week.

Eating Disorders and Gastrointestinal Conditions, What You Need To Know

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22-28, and our podcast is focused on eating disorders in the GI community.

Gastroenterologist, Dr. Monia Werlang, joins us to discuss eating disorders in those with GI conditions and to provide helpful guidance for people who need help. Eating disorders are not rare. According to Dr. Werlang, research suggests that “about 13% of patients have suffered an eating disorder by age 20.” It’s important to note that eating disorders can affect anyone.

For example, Dr. Werlang tells us that “about a third of eating disorders occur in men” and “older women can develop eating disorders.” She also goes on to explain that eating disorders are more common in patients with chronic illnesses and autoimmune conditions.

When it comes to GI conditions specifically, Dr. Werlang notes that the prevalence of eating disorders in general gastroenterology practice may be up to 24%. One explanation for this connection could be due to the relationship between food and many GI conditions.

Listen to the full podcast for more information and if you need help or no someone who might need help with a diagnosis or treatment you can contact the National Eating Disorders Helpline: For 24/7 crisis support, text ‘NEDA’ to 741741

Or Call the Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-800-931-2237 Monday-Thursday 11AM-9PM ET & Friday 11AM-5PM.

Dr. Monia Werlang

Originally from Brazil, Dr. Werlang did her residency, chief residency and gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Mayo Clinic Florida. She is currently working as a general gastroenterologist in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a clinical assistant professor at university of South Carolina Greenville campus. Her main areas of interest are inpatient gastroenterology, nutrition in GI and gut-brain disorders.

Gastro Girl’s Foodie Find: Epicured

This is a special Foodie Find episode! We found a great resource for you, a gourmet meal delivery system called Epicured. Richard Bennett, CEO and Melissa VP of Customer Experience discuss Epicured and how it is helping GI patients by providing gourmet Low FODMAP meals. jacqueline also speaks with Chef Daniel Chavez-Bello, the Culinary Director of Epicured to get a FODMAP food tip, and to hear his favorite dishes! Enter GASTROGIRL when you order with and get 20% off!

About Epicured

Epicured is a healthcare company which harnesses the natural healing power of food to help people eat better, feel better, and live better. As the first low FODMAP and gluten-free meal delivery service, Epicured give customers with IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, SIBO, and celiac an easy way to achieve better digestive health. The team at Epicured consists of chefs, clinicians, caregivers, and friends. Epicured delivers low FODMAP and gluten-free, dietitian-approved meals which are backed by science. They created Our Partners in Health Network which includes some of the best gut-health focused doctors and dietitians, and they have a one-of-a-kind relationship with Mount Sinai Health System. The renowned culinary team, led by chef Dani Chavez-Bello, has cooked at some of the world’s best restaurants. Epicured has a menu including over 50 Low FODMAP entrees, soups, salads and smoothies which are always freshly prepared with the best ingredients and delivered right to each customer’s door.

Past Episodes

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