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Dr. Brian Bressler
Gastroenterologist
Vancouver, BC
Dr. Bressler is a caring doctor that has risen to the rank of international expert on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Following advanced training at Harvard Medical School, he has been very active in both inflammatory bowel disease research and in educating and treating patients. He is also kept busy by speaking at educational programs for fellow gastroenterologists and by speaking at patient education events.

He is passionate about Trusted Therapies because it will enable expert doctors to share their knowledge with a much larger audience of patients with IBD.

Dr. Bressler is the Director of the Advanced IBD training program at the University of British Columbia. He is also a member of the GI Research Institute in Vancouver, one of the most active gastroenterology research centres in North America.

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Smoking and Crohn's Disease

Tobacco smoke contains literally thousands of chemicals, including the addictive substance nicotine, and toxins such as carbon monoxide and cyanide. Not surprisingly, smoking is known to increase the risk of a number of serious diseases, including...

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Meeting Energy and Nutrient Needs With Crohn's Disease

A proper diet can help prevent malnutrition and avoid nutrient deficiencies. Eating well will improve energy levels, help with symptom management, enhance immunity and the body's ability to heal, and improve overall quality of life. It is important to...

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Fecal Transplant and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In the past few years, interest in a potential new therapy for the treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) infections and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has grown rapidly. It involves the transplantation of stool from a healthy donor to the colon of a...

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Probiotics and Crohn's Disease

In the past dozen years or so, there has been a revolution in medicine. New technologies have allowed scientists to identify and catalog the multitudes of microbes living in the human body—and especially, the gastrointestinal tract—with unprecedented...

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Contacting and Interacting with Your Gastroenterologist

A diagnosis of IBD is a major life change that can trigger feelings of fear, panic and anger. On top of dealing with these emotions, symptoms like diarrhea, stomach pain and fatigue can be completely debilitating. Given the circumstances, when feeling...

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Diagnosing Crohn's Disease

Diagnosing Crohn's disease can be challenging. Since there is no single test that can make a definitive diagnosis of Crohn's, your doctor will typically gather information from several sources. This process may begin with a physical exam and a health...

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What is Crohn's Disease?

What is Crohn's disease? If you have Crohn's disease it means that you have inflammation of the lining of your digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This inflammation can affect any part of your GI tract, which includes your esophagus,...

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Fecal Calprotectin Test for Crohn's and Colitis

The best test currently available to assess intestinal inflammation, the type that occurs with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, is an endoscopy. An endoscopy is a flexible tube with a small light and scope or camera at the end. The two most...

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Smoking and Ulcerative Colitis

For most people smoking is simply a bad idea. Chronic smokers are at significantly greater risk for numerous ailments, including lung and mouth cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and respiratory tract infections. After...

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Popular Diets for Managing Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

As previously discussed, diet can play a major role in the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With so much information currently accessible to us, it can be difficult to filter through diet trends that you might hear or read about. The...

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Practical Strategies for Optimal Nutrition with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis - Trusted Therapies

It is one thing to know how to eat properly, and another to actually put it into practice on a daily basis. In the articles Meeting Energy and Nutrient Needs with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, meeting energy needs and avoiding common...

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Meeting Energy and Nutrient Needs With Ulcerative Colitis

A proper diet can help prevent malnutrition and avoid nutrient deficiencies. Eating well will improve energy levels, help with symptom management, enhance immunity and the body's ability to heal, and improve overall quality of life. It is important to...

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Diet and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Although there is no substantial evidence that diet alone can treat or cure inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), clinical practice and scientific evidence show that proper nutrition and specific dietary changes may help manage many challenges that come...

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Are Probiotics Effective For Ulcerative Colitis?

The collection of communities of bacteria and other microorganisms living in the gut (the micro-biome, or microbiota) plays important roles in human health. This has become increasingly clear over the past decade. Concurrently, interest in the use of...

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Rectal Therapy In Ulcerative Colitis: An Option That Shouldn't be Overlooked

If you cringe at the thought of using a rectal therapy in your ulcerative colitis treatment plan, you're not alone. Most people consider them to be strange and icky, uncomfortable and unfamiliar and in many cases just plain embarrassing. But as much...

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Contacting and Interacting with Your Gastroenterologist

A diagnosis of IBD is a major life change that can trigger feelings of fear, panic and anger. On top of dealing with these emotions, symptoms like diarrhea, stomach pain and fatigue can be completely debilitating. Given the circumstances, when feeling...

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How Ulcerative Colitis Differs From Person to Person

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the colon (large intestine), in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops small sores or ulcers that produce pus or mucous. The inflammation and ulcers can cause significant abdominal...

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Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis - Trusted Therapies

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of inflammation and specifically where the inflammation occurs in the colon. There are five types of the disease and each represents a different portion of the...

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Diagnosing Ulcerative Colitis - Trusted Therapies

Making an accurate diagnosis of ulcerative colitis often requires ruling out other possible causes (such as infection, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis or colon cancer, among others) first before making a final determination. Since there is no single...

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What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Many people pay no mind to the digestive process; they eat their food, go about their day, eat sleep and repeat. But for the 1 in 100 Canadians dealing with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the digestive process is anything but quick and painless. ...

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Medications for ulcerative colitis - Trusted Therapies

There are many different types of medications for Crohn's and colitis that are all designed to do the same thing: control the inflammation. You can take pills, rectal suppositories or enemas,... In this video Dr. Bressler discusses medications like 5...

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Risks of medications for ulcerative colitis

Dr. Brian Bressler discusses the risks associated with ulcerative colitis, including lymphoma, colon cancer, colectomy and risks of medications such as prednisone, anti-TNF agents and Imuran.

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Are Your Medications Working?

How do you know if the medication you're using is working? One of the issues is that medications have different times for them to start working. When you put on a medication for any reason you should have some insight as to how long you have to wait for it to kick in. Different medications for IBD have different times when we anticipate them to work. Some can work in as short as a few weeks, but some can actually take a couple of months before they start working as well as we hope they do. The most accurate way to find out if there is inflammation, is to look inside the bowel.