Patient Education


Celiac Sprue Association – Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic disorder. In people with CD, eating certain types of protein, called gluten, sets off an autoimmune response that causes damage to the small intestine. This, in turn, causes the small intestine to lose its ability to absorb the nutrients found in food, leading to malnutrition and a variety of other complications. The offending protein, gluten, is found in wheat, barley, rye, and to a lesser extent, oats (WBRO). Related proteins are found in triticale, spelt, kamu.

American Celiac Disease Alliance

Canadian Celiac Association

Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign, NIH

Celiac Disease Foundation

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness


Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation – This site introduces the patient to Crohn’s Disease The Mission of the foundation is to cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support.


American Society for Gastrointestinal Endooscopy – This Society represents over 7,500 gastroenterologists, surgeons, and other digestive health specialists who remain committed to furthering the knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of GI disease through the appropriate use of endoscopic techniques.

American Gastroenterology Association – This is the online resource for members of the American Gastroenterological Association, other medical professionals with an interest in digestive diseases, patients and the general public.

Gastronews Online

IFFGD – the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – A nonprofit education and research organization founded in 1991. IFFGD addresses the issues surrounding life with gastrointestinal (GI) functional and motility disorders and increases the awareness about these disorders among the general public, researchers, and the clinical care community.

National Digestive Diseases – The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports basic and clinical research.

Reflux Disorders – This site offers information for Heartburn relief.

American College of Gastroenterology

Drugwatch – is a comprehensive website featuring information on prescription and over-the-counter medications and their associated side effects. Currently, Drugwatch is focused on spreading awareness about the side effects of Accutane. Accutane is proven to cause IBD, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.


The Hepatitis Information Network – This site contains links to a variety of Hepatitis C information and news.

American Liver Foundation – The American Liver Foundation is a national non profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of hepatitis and other liver diseases through education and research.

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases


American Cancer Society

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Sponsored by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Food and Drug Administration by the Department of Health and Human Services – This site offers information and products for a healthier life.

Healthfinder – A guide to reliable health information

National Cancer Institute

National Library of Medicine

WebMD – This website offers medical and preventative information.




Arizona Department of Health

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