Letters Irritable bowel syndrome

Why pills more than skills?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3148 (Published 06 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a3148
  1. Gregory A Plotnikoff, medical director1,
  2. Mark B Weisberg, clinical health psychologist2
  1. 1Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
  2. 2Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic, St Paul, MN 55114, USA
  1. gregory.plotnikoff{at}allina.com

    The effectiveness of fibre, antispasmodic drugs, and peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome should further increase interest in other low cost, low toxicity interventions.1 2

    The heavy emphasis on pharmacotherapy found in so many British and US guidelines on irritable bowel syndrome results in continuing monthly expenditures for …

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