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A woman suffers from digestive symptoms that wax and wane for months. What could be the root of her mysterious illness?

“I’ve never seen my belly so big,” said Christina, puffing her cheeks out
like a cartoon character. “It keeps bloating and bloating.”

Christina, the wife of my good friend Norman, was a healthy 50-year-old who
took no medications and had no chronic health issues. She had first told me
about the bloating, diarrhea and stomach cramps one month earlier. The
symptoms had been plaguing her for weeks. Because it’s unwise to treat
friends and relatives, I had refe…


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