A Look at Carbohydrate Digestion

Carbohydrate Digestion:   Carbohydrates are in many foods that we eat. Ultimately, carbohydrates are broken down to glucose and used for energy that allows our body to function and for you to do all your daily activities. Let’s take a look at the different types of carbohydrates and how we digest and absorb them:  …

Wellness Wednesday: What is IBD?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Over the past few years, doctors have noticed an increase in the number of pediatric patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, which is a chronic disorder characterized by autoimmune-related inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract including the colon and intestines, and includes both Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). The…

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a type of “dysautonomia”, a disorder involving a person’s autonomic nervous system. Your autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating the automatic functions of your body, actions that your body performs without you thinking of it. This includes breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and several other vital functions…

Wellness Wednesday: How GI for Kids can help you

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — In this ‘Wellness Wednesday,’ we introduce you to Dr. Youhanna Al-Tawil​​​​​​​​, Medical Director and Pediatric Gastroenterologist at GI for Kids. GI for Kids is the only freestanding independent pediatric GI facility in the area, offering an Infusion Center, Ultrasound, X-ray, Food Allergy Testing, Lab, Nutritional Counseling, Clinical Trials and Behavioral Counseling. The facility also…

Correlation Between Vaping and GI symptoms

Vaping has been an increasingly popular habit over the last 10-15 years, initially being advertised as a “healthy” alternative to smoking but now seen as something distinct from other tobacco/nicotine containing products. The popularity has especially surged amongst young people, primarily college aged students but also as young as high school and even middle school…

Lactose Intolerance on Living East Tennessee (WATE)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Living East Tennessee has launched a new segment called Wellness Wednesday. This week we are catching up with our friends from GI for Kids to discuss lactose intolerance. Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Dr. Chad Thornhill explained what lactose is, what symptoms your child would experience if they are lactose intolerant, and options for treatment.