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McKee Medical Center invites Loveland to talk about digestive difficulties


LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 3, 2012) – McKee Medical Center Spirit of Women is hosting an event called All Right Now: Solving Digestive Disorders to discuss the hidden burden of gastrointestinal disorders.

Health education and healthy snacks will be offered at the event which will emphasize awareness of symptoms, risk factors and treatments for gastrointestinal distress. 

The guest speaker for the evening is gastroenterologist Crystal North, MD. The program will be at McKee Conference and Wellness Center, 2000 Boise Ave. on Feb. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To register or for more information, please call (970) 203-6631.

Covering everything from heartburn to celiac disease, the talk will provide answers for anyone who hopes to break free of disruptive digestive condition and avoid the threat of colon cancer. A special focus will be on ways in which women are affected by GI disorders, as they are considerably more likely to suffer from digestive health problems than men.

“More than 70 million Americans are dealing with digestive disorders on a daily basis – but very few of us are talking about it seriously,” says Sheryl Fahrenbruch, McKee Medical Center’s senior Spirit of Women coordinator. “Sure we make jokes about stomach upset but with upwards of 70 percent of the cells of our immune system in our gut, we need to make healthy digestion a priority for our overall health. From the simplest of heartburns to the stick-close-to-the-bathroom episodes, all digestive dysfunction should be taken seriously and taken to your doctor. Treatments range from easy lifestyle modification and medicines to breakthrough technologies and same-day laparoscopic surgery to get you back to eating without fear and feeling great ‘all right now.’” 

The gastrointestinal tract is an amazing piece of machinery – were the small intestines to be smoothed out flat, they would cover an entire tennis court. But with so much square footage internally, there are more chances for things to go wrong. New treatments including new surgical options are now available for longtime sufferers of GI malfunction who can’t find relief in over-the-counter remedies. Robotic surgery may also permit people who might not be traditional candidates for open or minimally invasive surgery to undergo surgical repair, so if surgery was previously not an option, it may be now.

Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women’s lives and the lives of their families with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. To learn more, please visit

McKee Medical Center is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit facility with 132 beds. It serves as a community medical center with services including emergency, oncology, heart, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging.

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