What are Hemorrhoids?

Published on Jul 21, 2016

Hemorrhoids are painful varicose veins in the anal area, which can get inflamed and cause significant pain and discomfort.

Traditional surgical treatment involves excision of the hemorrhoids that can be very painful with a long recovery time. Using radiofrequency and electrocautery, we are able to treat a large number of hemorrhoids, under local anesthesia, as an out-patient procedure.

An office evaluation of the anal area is necessary to qualify for this treatment and rule out other causes of pain and discomfort such as anal fissures, tumors, infection, abscess, polyps or cancer. Once hemorrhoids are identified, in most cases local treatment involving emollients and steroids are sufficient to relieve the pain. However, if the hemorrhoids are recurrent, treatment using these outpatient techniques are employed.

Treatment requires a duration of less than 15 minutes. Local anesthesia is used. With no down time, in most cases, the patient may return to his or her normal activities subsequent to the procedure. Multiple treatments may be necessary to allow for complete resolution of the hemorrhoids.

For patients that qualify for this treatment, this may be a solution much more tolerable than the traditional excisional treatment.

Can Multivitamins Increase the Risk of Death?

Published on Jun 29, 2016

Yes, you read correctly. Recent studies show multivitamin use in healthy people not only decreases healthiness but also increases the risk of death. The exact conclusion from one study is as follows:

“Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided. This message is especially true for the general population with no clear evidence of micronutrient deficiencies, who represent most supplement users in the United States and in other countries.”

All the essential vitamins and minerals that we need to stay healthy and avoid chronic disease are in the foods we eat. So, instead of supplementation we need to pay closer attention to our diet. A diet balanced in nutritional value as well as calorie intake is the key to our health and longevity.

A healthy diet should be high in protein, vegetables, fruits, and low in fat and processed or simple carbohydrates such as white rice and bread. Complex carbohydrates can be found in nuts, wheat bread, and brown or black rice and should be consumed in moderation. It is important to allow enough time for digestion and energy production, and to consume such carbohydrates mostly in the morning and at noon.

Many studies also reject the benefit of organic foods over non-organic. Organic labels do not necessarily indicate better or superior quality foods. The key is to avoid highly processed foods and stick to more natural sources of nutrition.

Bon appétit!!!