Operations Director, Canadian Place Endoscopy
NutriThrive Health Services provides a personalized blueprint for managing digestive conditions and reducing colon cancer risk.
Arising number of Canadians under age 50 are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer — the second most fatal type of cancer. Researchers believe this increase is largely due to lifestyle factors that include smoking, heavy alcohol use, and diet. Other factors include obesity and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
“Research tells us that through diet modification, as well as exercise and lifestyle changes including stress management, we significantly reduce our chance of colon cancer,” says Baljit Sidhu-Rai, Operations Director at Canadian Place Endoscopy in Mississauga, ON.
This is the idea behind the NutriThrive Health Services program. After screening more than 50,000 patients for colon cancer, Sidhu-Rai also wanted to help patients mitigate their risk of colon cancer and help patients manage their digestive symptoms, including indigestion, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and celiac disease.
NutriThrive provides patients with a year-long personalized blueprint focused on nutrition therapy and life-style modifications to help improve their gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and decrease their colon cancer risk. No physician referral is required.
We know there’s a strong connection between the mind and the gut. For example, feelings of anxiety and stress can trigger symptoms in the GI tract.Baljit Sidhu-Rai
Diet and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk
The Canadian Place Endoscopy clinic also provides an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program. “We know there’s a strong connection between the mind and the gut,” says Sidhu-Rai. For example, feelings of anxiety and stress can trigger symptoms in the GI tract. “The program has been a huge success and we see that, along with the mitigation of stress, patients are able to better manage their GI symptoms,” she says.
Sidhu-Rai encourages everyone to be proactive about improving their GI health and reducing their risk of colon cancer. In Ontario, routine screening for colon cancer starts at age 50, but she stresses that those with a family history should get tests 10 years before the age which their relative was diagnosed.
“Colon cancer can be mitigated through diet and lifestyle, yet it’s the second leading cause of cancer death, affecting men and women mostly equally,” says Sidhu-Rai. “Get screened, be proactive about your health, and know that through diet and lifestyle changes you can significantly reduce your chances of getting colon cancer.”