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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.

Jacqueline A. Gaulin

Founder, Chief Strategy Officer

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.

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June 19, 2024

Your Gut Health: Fact vs Fiction

One of our favorite Gastroenterologists who is also a TikTok star and a leading health content creator, Dr. Austin Chiang, @austinchaingmd, joins us to talk about his new book, Gut: An Owner’s Guide. With an increasing influx of gut health influencers dominating our social media feeds, Dr. Chiang’s book is a timely and vital guide to help us better understand our digestive system and determine what is fact vs fiction from the overwhelming amount of information online. We discuss the key take-aways from his book, including how to find evidence-based information and credible resources. Dr. Chiang also explains how his outreach efforts on social media provide his audience with the info they may need to make informed decisions about their gut health with their healthcare provider.

June 12, 2024

How I Treated My IBS-C: A Patient Tells All

Many listeners have had tons of follow-up questions about IBS-C from our previous episodes, so we invited back one of our favorite patient advocates to answer them for you. Karen is here to get into more details about her personal healthcare journey including her search for the right doctor.. We also discuss more of the different subcategories of IBS-C, including DGBI (Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction) as well as the IBS-C treatment options that finally worked for her.. This episode is brought to you by Ardelyx.

June 6, 2024

What Gut Health Products Are Right For Me?

The number of “gut health” remedies and products circulating all over social media is confusing and overwhelming. How can we possibly navigate the constant daily stream of information bombarding us while making sure we’re not consuming things that may do more harm than good. Dr. Vivian Asamoah from the Houston Gastro Institute is here to share her insights and experience on helping her patients cut through social media noise and focus on their individual needs and health journey. We discuss the current landscape, validate patient concerns, and highlight the vital fact that just because a product or remedy worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you.

May 9, 2024

What You Should Know About Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease

Dr. Bilal Hameed, a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist from the University of California San Francisco joins us for a discussion about alcohol-associated liver disease. A condition that has been on the rise, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol-associated liver disease is not just a physical deterioration of the liver but complicated by the nature of personal lifestyle choices involving alcohol consumption. Dr. Hameed shares his expertise on symptoms to watch out for, treatment options, and offers tips for having candid conversations with your healthcare provider. This episode is brought to you in partnership with the American College of Gastroenterology’s Patient Care Committee.

May 2, 2024

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) And Pregnancy: What Primary Care and OB-GYN Providers Need To Know

What happens when your patient with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) becomes pregnant? Will pregnancy trigger symptoms? Will EoE affect your pregnant patient’s ability to get proper nutrition? Can patients continue using medications prescribed for EoE? We welcome back Dr. Claire Beveridge, a Gastroenterologist from The Cleveland Clinic, to answer these questions and more so Primary Care and OB-GYN providers are armed with the information they need to better support their patients. Patients will also find this episode helpful if they have questions related to EoE and pregnancy. This episode is brought to you with support from Sanofi Regeneron.

April 24, 2024

How is Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) Treated in Children?

Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Sophia Patel of the Cleveland Clinic explains the presentation of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) in children and what parents and caregivers should know about treatment options that are available for children. Dr. Patel also explains the progressive nature of EoE and why treatment adherence is key to successful management of EoE. She also shares tips to help older adolescents or young adults maintain their treatment plans. This episode is brought to you by Sanofi Regeneron.

April 12, 2024

Erica’s Story: How Camp Oasis Changed My Life with IBD

We’re thrilled to feature Erica, a young teen who bravely shares her patient journey on this episode. Erica was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when she was 7 years old, and she along with her Mom, Nicole, share some real-life insights from the family perspective when a child is living with a chronic digestive health condition. Erica also shares her personal experience at Camp Oasis, a summer sleep-away camp developed by The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation for children diagnosed with IBD. She explains how much Camp Oasis has made a positive impact on her life and why other kids with IBD should attend. To learn more about Camp Oasis, tune in to our previous episode with Becky Johnson Rescola, the Vice President of Education & Community Engagement at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, as well as Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Steiner, who is the Medical Director of Camp Oasis in Michigan.

April 3, 2024

How Camp Oasis Changes the Lives of Kids With IBD

We’re excited to shine a light on the wonderful work The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is doing with Camp Oasis, a summer sleep-away camp designed for kids living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Joining us on this episode are Becky Johnson Rescola, the Vice President of Education & Community Engagement at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, as well as Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Steiner, who is the Medical Director of Camp Oasis in Michigan. We discuss the benefits Camp Oasis has provided attendees based on the findings of a recent study. We also answer some common questions parents have about what they and their children can expect from the Camp Oasis experience.

March 27, 2024

New Research Insights: Does Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) Presentation and Treatment Response Differ in Ethnic and Racial Minority Patients?

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is increasingly recognized as a major cause of swallowing difficulties in children and adults. It affects about one in 2,000 people. But the differences in EoE presentation and outcomes by ethnicity and race remain understudied. Dr. Evan Dellon from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill is here to explain EoE and discuss the recent findings of a study he co-authored, “Clinical Features and Treatment Response to Topical Steroids in Ethnic and Racial Minority Patients With Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” We focus on what patients need to know about the main findings, as well as tips for patients to begin discussing their symptoms and treatment options with their provider. This episode is brought to you by Sanofi Regeneron.

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