Medicine: Celioc Disease

One of the strangest of children's diseases is celiaca, a lingering intestinal ailment which produces diarrheaandmuscular weakness, stunts growth for several years. Victims of celiaca cannot utilize fats and carbohydrates; most sugars ferment in their intestines, cause enormous distention of the abdomen.

Effective treatment for celiaca is skimmed lactic-acid milk and plenty of ripe bananas, and injections of pancreatic extract. But thanks to submarines, the U.S. has few bananas, and without fresh or powdered bananas celiacous children may develop the disease all over again, losing, in a few days, all the weight they have gained over a period of months.

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