Dr. Bill Salt, MD

Bio

Dr. Salt, a Sharecare Expert and board-certified gastroenterologist educates people about their digestive health and medically unexplained pain, symptoms, and symptom syndromes from an integrated, holistic perspective. His new book co-authored with Tom Hudson, MDiv, JD is Still Hurting? FIND HEALTH! Discover What’s Behind Your SYMPTOMS (That Doctors Can’t Explain). Website is stillhurtingfindhealth.com

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds.

    A team at the University of Michigan found wide variation in the types of bacteria that healthy p...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates.

    Hernia surgery involves closing a gap that has formed in the muscle walls of the abdomen. This common procedure...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your risk of developing colon cancer may depend partly on having a doctor who often spots precancerous growths during patients' colonoscopy screenings, a new study suggests.

    Colonoscopy is one of the ways doctors screen for colon cancer. It's e...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recent research has raised the possibility that low-dose aspirin could add extra years to the lives of colon cancer patients. Now, a new study suggests that only certain patients may gain a survival benefit by taking aspirin after diagnosis.

    Th...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with celiac disease have a nearly twofold increased risk of heart disease compared to those without the chronic digestive disorder, according to a new study.

    Researchers analyzed data gathered from nearly 22.4 million people, aged 18 and...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gut bacteria influence the production of immune cells that act as the first line of defense against infection, a new mouse study finds.

    If validated in humans, the findings eventually could lead to new therapies to sustain and increase people's i...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.

    The 10-member committee said the benefits of Exa...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer is missed in about 6 percent of colonoscopies, according to a new study.

    "Not only did we find that colonoscopy isn't perfect, we discovered a number of factors associated with these 'missed' cancers," study lead author Dr. N....Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new at-home stool test screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy, researchers report.

    "That kind of result is really unprecedented for a noninvasive stool-based screening," said study co-author Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, di...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn's disease, a new study shows.

    Overall, patients with Crohn's have less diversity among their intestinal bacteria than healthy individual...Full Article

  • Bill Salt, MD
    Bill Salt, MD answered:
    Look for a mixture of antioxidant carotenoids, which includes beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. These are labeled collectively as “mixed carotenoids,” or “provitamin A.” The body converts these antioxidants that are found in fruits and vegetables into usable retinoids. Find a daily vitamin...Read More
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    Bill Salt, MD answered:

    The autonomic nervous system is the part of the nervous system that automatically controls breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, and digestive function. Autonomic symptoms include shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, rapid or slow heart rate, irregular heartbeats (palpitations),

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    Bill Salt, MD answered:

    None, except it can result in stress and anxiety, unneeded testing, and is associated with medication sensitivity.

    Gilbert's syndrome is a harmless, common, inherited condition (runs in families) that results in elevated bilirubin. Bilirubin is normally produced by the breakdown of red blood cells

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    Bill Salt, MD answered:

    Diet, exercise, and supplements.

    As a gastroenterologist, I practice what I preach with my advice here, since I must keep my LDL cholesterol low.

    LDL cholesterol is measured in a blood test and is the "bad cholesterol." Risk for heart attack and stroke can be reduced by lowering LDL. While statin drugs

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    Bill Salt, MD answered:

    Some people with hepatitis C can get a kidney transplant. Kidney specialists (nephrologists) from the University of Colorado write about hepatitis C and kidney transplantation in a recent medical journal (the end of this answer gives this reference and how to see a summary of it online). Here's what

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