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Dr. Richard Rafoth

Gastroenterology
WA
51 years experience male

About

Bio

Gastroenterologist. Interested in improving quality and efficiency of care as well as physician to patient communication on the professional side. Personally enjoy biking and outdoor activities.

Specialties
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Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

153 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rafoth
Gastroenterology 51 years experience
A sluggish colon: A common problem is a very sluggish (moving material through) and efficient (removing water from the stool) colon. A problem when you have bloating and discomfort as a result - but not a problem with absorption of "toxins". You need to help your colon to be more active. Senna is bad - you develop a tolerance and become addicted to it. Stool softeners, mom, glycolax are ok, even daily.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rafoth
Gastroenterology 51 years experience
Not true.: The timing of eating has no harmful (or beneficial) effects on the digestive tract. You may have other issues to deal with such as tiredness from lack of calories, overeating at the next meal (with bloating), etc. But these are not from damage or negative effects on the digestive organs - stomach, pancreas, small intestine, etc.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rafoth
Gastroenterology 51 years experience
Anti-nausea med: It is an anti nausea medication.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rafoth is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rafoth is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 30, 2015
Thank you doc for answering my question.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Sir , I have high bilirubin, abnormal sgot,sgpt for the last ten year
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Thanks for your quick reply! My diagnosis was made by a stool culture, the value is really high!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have an appointment next week...! Thanks! :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1970MD
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