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New cookbook promotes G.I. tract health

October 08, 2008|By JANET HEIM

If you're in the market for some new recipes, while helping out a worthy cause, you'll want to get a copy of a new cookbook. Hot off the presses, "Great Intentions" is a collection of recipes from staff at several Robinwood Medical Center offices - the Endoscopy Center, Gastroenterology Associates, Digestive Disorders and Robinwood Department of Anesthesia.

The title highlights the initials G.I. - the abbreviation for the gastrointestinal tract. The G.I. is the area of the body in which three of these offices specialize.

The project, more than two years in the making, was the brainchild of registered nurse and anesthetist Rebecca Makdad. The project was undertaken as a way to educate the public about digestive health.

"It's both a cookbook and an educational resource about the more common G.I. disorders," said Penny Nicarry, facility manager for the Endoscoppy Center at Robinwood.

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In addition, proceeds from sales of the cookbook will be donated to a charity that promotes the advancement of treatment and research of gastrointestinal disorders, Nicarry said.

Each chapter opens with information about a different digestive issue, ranging from such topics as nutritional profile guidelines to preventative medicine to colon cancer to gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD.

"We never thought publishing a cookbook would be so difficult," Nicarry said. "It's a big project. I just hope we can sell all of them and give the money to a worthy cause."

Copies of the cookbook can be purchased for $20 at the Endoscopy Center at Robinwood, Suite 248 (near the blue entrance).

For more information, call 240-313-9800.

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