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Thursday, June 5, 2003

The Power of Peppers

I'm Dr. David Vastola and when Patrick and I take care of patients, they frequently come to us with indigestion heartburn. They claim to have burning here that wakes them up at night - sometimes better with antacids, sometimes not. We can treat it with different types of medication, such as AcipHex. This is one of the newer ones, not only good for acid peptic disease but also GERD, that's reflux going up into the esophagus. But there's an old remedy, one that might work just as well and is a whole lot cheaper. Let me show you what it is.

Dr. Bartalotti at the University of Bologna took 30 patients and studied them over a 5-week period of time. One half got a placebo, the other half got capsules with this in it: hot pepper. That's right. Do you know what he found? Over a 5-week period of time the patients with the hot pepper in them had a 60% improvement rate compared to 30% with placebo. How can that be?

Ulcers with chili peppers? There's probably two reasons why. The first is capsaicin which is in chili peppers that blocks pain perception. The other thing is that this kills H. pylori, the bacteria that can cause ulcers in our stomach. So when it comes to acid peptic disease you can fight fire with fire, but don't do it unless you check with your doctor first. But guess what? It will probably work.

And I'm Dr. David Vastola and that's life.

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