Gastroenterologists Simsbury CT

Scatological jokes aside, it turns out that a lot can go wrong after you swallow your supplements or eat a meal. Digestion and absorption might seem like straightforward processes, but for many people, the 30-foot-long digestive tract can hold a series of ambushes on your nutrients.

Richard I Stone, MD
(860) 243-5600
6 Northwestern Dr Ste 302
Bloomfield, CT
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1976

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Paul Alan Shapiro, MD
(860) 246-2571
6 Northwestern Dr Ste 302
Bloomfield, CT
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1975

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Lawrence Ahrens, MR
31 Bathcrescent Ln
Bloomfield, CT
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Andrew Cherry, MD
(860) 242-8591
6 Northwestern Dr Ste 305
Bloomfield, CT
Gender
Male
Languages
French, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp Med Ctr, Hartford, Ct; Hartford Hosp, Hartford, Ct
Group Practice: Colon & Rectal Surgeons

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Claudia McClintock, MD
(860) 714-3690
239 Tunxis Ave
Bloomfield, CT
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1976

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Steven Howard Brown, MD
(860) 242-8591
6 Northwestern Dr Ste 305
Bloomfield, CT
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: U Conn Health Ctr-John Dempsey, Farmington, Ct; St Francis Hosp Med Ctr, Hartford, Ct
Group Practice: Colon & Rectal Surgeons

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Steven A Goldenberg
(860) 242-5580
580 Cottage Grove Rd
Bloomfield, CT
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Bruce Elliot Stein, MD
(860) 645-6655
1 Barnard Ln
Bloomfield, CT
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Manchester Mem Hosp, Manchester, Ct; Rockville Gen Hosp, Vernon Rockvl, Ct

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Saumitra Ranjan Banerjee, MD
(860) 242-8591
6 Northwestern Dr
Bloomfield, CT
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Univ Of Calcutta, Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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Kenneth Ira Freedman, MD
(860) 262-5104
14 Juniper Rd
Bloomfield, CT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tel Aviv Univ, Sackler Fac Of Med, Tel Aviv, Israel
Graduation Year: 1989

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Gut Check

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By Jack Challem

Why you don’t absorb the nutrients you should—and what you can do about it

A few years ago, while I was chatting with a nutritionally oriented physician, the conversation drifted to absorption. I asked him how a person really knows if he’s absorbing the supplements he’s taking. The doctor chuckled. “If your supplements go ping in the toilet,” he said, “it’s a sure sign that you’re not absorbing them.”

Scatological jokes aside, it turns out that a lot can go wrong after you swallow your supplements or eat a meal. Digestion and absorption might seem like straightforward processes, but for many people, the 30-foot-long digestive tract can hold a series of ambushes on your nutrients. And worse, some of the problems may arise from the very supplements you take.

The bottom line? You aren’t what you eat. You are what you absorb. The good news is that most bioavailability (the degree to which a nutrient is absorbed into your system and thus physiologically available) problems are relatively easy to solve. We’ve investigated seven of the most common, and we offer clear recommendations to help you get the most out of your supplements and foods.

the tighter the pill

problem: Not all supplements are created equal. Occasionally, tablets get pressed too tightly during manufacturing, so they take much longer to break down and instead wind up passing through your system either partially or wholly unused.

Vitamin companies follow US Pharmacopoeia manufacturing guidelines, which stipulate that a tablet must break apart in your gut in 30 to 60 minutes. That doesn’t always happen, making tablet absorption difficult. Over the past 20 years, many vitamin companies have shifted from tablets to soft- and hard-gel capsules because digestive juices break down the thin gel wall more rapidly to release the capsule’s ingredients.

Excipients pose another potential problem, especially in tablets. These compounds aid consistency in supplement manufacturing; the name is really an umbrella term for fillers, binders, lubricants, and disintegrants. Excipients are technically safe and approved by the FDA, but just because they’re safe doesn’t mean you want these artificial colors and sugars in your vitamins.

Capsules contain fewer excipients than tablets because capsule ingredients don’t have to be pressed together to form a tablet. Tableting machines stamp out tablets in fixed sizes, so companies often have to make a tablet bigger than is strictly necessary to deliver a certain dose. They do that by adding more excipients to the mix. Capsules use excipients to ensure that the powdered mixture is consistent and to fill up a hard-gel capsule so it doesn’t look half empty. Generally speaking health-food store brands of capsules and tablets contain fewer and less-noxious excipients than drugstore or discount brands. In health-food brands, the most common excipient is plant cellulose; drugstore brands usually choose lactose. Cellulose is innocuous, ...

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