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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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February 22, 2024

What You Should Know About Bile Duct and Gallbladder Cancer

The biliary tract (or biliary system) includes the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. They work together to make, store and secrete bile, which is an important role in our digestive system. But what are the signs and symptoms that something is wrong? Doctor Navine Nasser-Ghodsi, a Gastroenterologist at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts joins us with some vital insight. She explains the role of the biliary tract, the potential causes and risk factors of bile duct and gallbladder cancer, as well as treatment options. This episode also features expert tips on preventative care and recognizing when your gallbladder or biliary tract is telling you it’s time to see your doctor. This episode is brought to you in partnership with The American College of Gastroenterology’s Patient Care Committee.

February 13, 2024

Are Probiotic Food Labels Misleading?

Many people consume probiotic-containing foods to strengthen or revitalize their gut flora and potentially reduce gastrointestinal symptoms like gas and bloating. But do these foods actually contain the strains and amounts of good bacteria that is expected from what is printed on the label? We welcome Dr. Sabine Hazan, a gastroenterologist and microbiome expert from Ventura, CA, to discuss her findings from a recent study she presented at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting. The study analyzed 26 commercially available probiotic-containing foods to determine the presence and abundance of Bifidobacteria and other microbes and compare them to expected ingredients. Her findings–and–tips for consuming probiotic foods may surprise you.

February 9, 2024

Don’t Let Fear of Eating with EoE Ruin Your Super Bowl Party!

While many people look forward to Super Bowl Sunday as a time to party with friends and family, for those living with gastrointestinal symptoms, like difficulty swallowing, or a condition like Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), food-centric social events can bring high anxiety. In this episode one of our favorite Registered Dietitians, Beth Rosen, joins us with some insights on EoE, including symptoms that could be triggered by your favorite superbowl foods. She also share tips for enjoying food-centric social events, like Superbowl parties, and explains some of the warning signs of symptoms for those of us who may be struggling with an undiagnosed gastrointestinal condition like EoE, and why it’s important to see a gastroenterologist.

January 31, 2024

Do I Have Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome?

Are you or a loved one experiencing recurring bouts of nausea and vomiting? Are you struggling to figure out why you or a loved one feel good one day, and then have a period of time where food just doesn’t stay down? Gastroenterologist Dr. Matt Hoscheit of the Cleveland Clinic joins us on this episode to share his expertise on cyclic vomiting syndrome. He provides insight on possible causes; warning signs; and when patients should see their healthcare provider. We also discuss how cyclic vomiting syndrome is diagnosed, how it can affect patients quality of life and treatment options. This episode is brought to you in partnership with the American College of Gastroenterology’s Patient Care Committee.

January 8, 2024

Exercise-Induced GI Distress: What You Need To Know

Upper- and lower-gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are highly prevalent among athletes during exercise (especially endurance athletes) and can negatively impact performance. In severe cases it can pose health risks too. So what’s really going on in our guts when we’re exercising at a high-intensity level? We asked Drew Triplett, DO from Dayton Gastroenterology to join the show and help explain exercise-induced GI distress. As a marathon runner, Dr. Triplett has a unique perspective and offers some tips for athletes trying to regulate their digestive system during training or events. This episode is produced in collaboration with the American College of Gastroenterology’s Patient Care Committee.

December 12, 2023

Tips For Holiday Eating With A GI Condition

The holiday season has a special place in many people’s hearts as we gather with loved ones and celebrate time-honored traditions. Of course, many of those traditions may involve food, and if you’re managing a chronic GI condition, those traditions may be a little tricky. That’s why we’ve invited back one of our favorite Registered Dietitians, Emily Haller, to offer some tips on navigating holiday meals while limiting the possibility of a flare up. Emily also discusses what holiday meals may have some hidden GI triggers in them, ingredient substitutes and whether or not using that special family dinner as a cheat meal may be right for you.

December 1, 2023

Patient Stories: Living and Thriving with Ulcerative Colitis

Living with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like ulcerative colitis can be a challenging journey for patients. But more and more patient advocates are willing to share their stories and connect with online communities for support. One of our recent favorites is Better Bellies By Molly. Molly joins us to share her experience with ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and why she decided to take her story to social media for the benefit of others who may be struggling with not just the physical symptoms of these chronic conditions, but the mental health impact as well. You can follow Molly on Instagram @betterbelliesbymolly or visit her website, betterbelliesbymolly.com to join her online community.

November 14, 2023

What Does “Feeling Better” Mean To You? The IBS-C Provider Perspective

What does a doctor really mean when they ask a patient “are you feeling better”? We asked! In this special compilation episode brought to you by Ardelyx, we gathered a group of healthcare providers across the multidisciplinary spectrum to break down what signs they look for when assessing if a patient is improving with their IBS-C diagnosis. From symptom relief and management, to quality of life, these providers share a range of ideas on how to help their patients thrive with this chronic condition.

October 23, 2023

What Does “Feeling Better” Mean To You? The IBS-C Patient Perspective

When a doctor asks you “are you feeling better”, what goes through your mind? How do you answer that question as a patient dealing with a chronic health condition? Is there a difference between what a doctor is looking for in an answer, and how a patient answers? We asked some of our previous patient advocate guests in this special compilation episode brought to you by Ardelyx, and the answers may surprise you. You may even relate to their struggle to not only define what better means for them, but how to communicate that to their healthcare provider.

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