I read a blurb in the New York Tims citing a study in which patients were given 2.5 grams of red pepper before meals for five weeks. there was a control group. After five weeks, the pepper group had 60% less discomfort than before. The active ingredient in pepper (capsaicin) may work by blocking nerve signals from gut to brain. Any more info on this? They cite an article in NEJournal of Med. 3/21/02. prayers for all.