Questions – Answers

About Propulsid prescribed along with asthma medications

I have been prescribed propulsid (10mg 15 minutes before meals and bed) and prevacid (20 mg once a day – am) by my allergist. I have been having difficulty with extrinisic asthma for a number of years.

Mastocytosis and Prilosec

Important information about Mastocytosis and Prilosec in question-and-answer form. Get to know about the condition better in simple words.

Hypnotherapy effective in the short run for treating IBS?

THE QUESTION Some studies have shown hypnotherapy effective in the short run for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), whose symptoms include stomach cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Do the benefits of hypnotherapy continue for extended periods?

Hormone replacement therapy

THE QUESTION Recent studies have suggested that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involving a combination of estrogen and progestin may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Does hypertension affect the risk of HRT-associated stroke?

Causes of Chronic Diarrhea

A few months ago, you wrote about overgrowth of bacteria in the intestines as a cause of chronic diarrhea. I’d like to know what else could cause chronic diarrhea. My situation doesn’t seem to be related to overgrowth of bacteria.


A few years ago the subject of bulimia was constantly splashed across the covers of women’s magazines. Lately I haven’t seen anything about it.

Is fiber useful to individuals with IBS?

Is fiber useful to individuals with irritable bowel syndrome? Studies addressing the question have reached different conclusions, due both to problems in study design and to the variable nature of symptoms described as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).