Andrew K. Diehl, Richard L Bauer

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To the Editor: It has been suggested that the ingestion of highly seasoned foods may have clinical consequences in certain patients. Ziment has proposed that such foods may be useful as expectorants because of their qualities as vagal stimulants.1 On the other hand, some have suggested that the ingestion of certain highly acidic foods may cause dysuria.23 Anecdotal information has also indicated that consumption of spicy peppers may cause burning on defecation. To investigate these issues, we prospectively studied participants in a jalapeño-pepper eating contest. Subjects included three women and two men ranging in age from 22 to 42. None. No extract is available for articles shorter than 400 words.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1137-1138
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number20
StatePublished - Nov 16 1978

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  • General Medicine


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