What Your Gut is Telling You 

Ever get a gut feeling about something? Like, you shouldn’t go out to that party or step foot on that roller coaster? There’s a reason our culture uses the figure of speech gut feeling. Our gut—or belly region—can tell us a lot. Our stomach is full of microbes, which are established and settled in when we hit the ripe old age …

The Double Balloon Enteroscopy: More Efficient than the Capsule Endoscopy? 

What is a double balloon enteroscopy? A double balloon enteroscopy (DBE)—also known as a push-pull enteroscopy— is a new endoscopic technique that allows pan-enteric (complete) examination of the small bowel. Since its development in Japan in 2001, many gastroenterologists around the world perform the procedure. At Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ), Dr. Matthew Grossman not only performs DBE, but …

Gluten Sensitivity in Women 

Hormones, hormones and more hormones! We usually think that after puberty they’d quiet down, right? That our lives won’t be affected by them as much, right? Wrong. In men and women, hormones have a major impact in the ways our bodies age and handle stress from outside forces. For women, one of the must uncomfortable consequences of this may be due to …

Meet Our Nutritionist

Susana Mendelson, MS, RD, CDE, is the nutritionist for Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ). Since joining our practice in August of 2015, Susana has been working closely with our patients and physicians to build and maintain a nutritional program based on patient needs. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her master’s degree in nutrition from New …

Women’s Health Week: Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating Women’s GI Issues 

May 14 – 21 has been dubbed National Women’s Health Week across the country. This is a special time for women to share their insight, opinion and stories about their health journeys. With gastroenterology, many illnesses choose no gender. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and acid reflux (to name a few) affect both males and females with many …

Can Good Oral Health Lead to an Increased Risk of IBD?

As children, the importance of good oral hygiene was drilled into our head. Hopefully—and we do mean hopefully—that has carried over into adulthood as well. What wasn’t mentioned when we were children, however, was the potential risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a result of good oral health. Seems crazy, right? Who wants to walk around with missing …

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Healthy and Safe Spring Foods for Sensitive Systems

Springtime is here! Sunshine, warm weather, day trips and family time are what many in the United States have been deprived of over winter. While stuck inside, many turned to comfort foods that are high in calories, sodium and sugar in the winter. That said, it’s no coincidence that offices see a rise in visits from those suffering from the …

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IBS Awareness: What You Need to Know

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is different for everyone. Unlike the common cold—which seems to always bring out a sore throat, stuffy sinuses and a cough—IBS has many unique symptoms to an individual. While one may experience cramping and bloating, another may experience diarrhea and constipation. Many confuse inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with IBS, but in reality, the two are separate. …

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GANJ Pathology Lab Performs 1,000 Cases

We would like to congratulate our newly-opened pathology lab for performing 1,000 cases as of March 27, 2017. Located in the same suite as Drs. Roth, Ruiz and Zierer at 71 Union Ave in Rutherford, NJ, the pathology lab opened their doors in the last month of 2016. To perform 1,000 cases so quickly is astonishing, and we couldn’t be …

Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Are African Americans at a Higher Risk?

According to the Center for Health Journalism, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer on an annual basis, and 50,000 out of those die from it. Add those number up year after year and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture. What’s even worse? For African Americans, the likelihood of getting colon cancer and of being diagnosed with an advanced …