Metabolism: Milk, Enzymes & Ulcers

Countless peptic-ulcer patients are put on a bland diet rich in milk and cream. If they then get cramping ab dominal pains, nausea and diarrhea, even worse than their original com plaints, their doctors usually put them on a still blander diet - meaning more milk. If such patients shirk their milk drinking and their symptoms diminish, the usual explanation is a quick, glib suggestion that they must be allergic to milk. Not so, report two University of Colorado doctors in the Journal of the A.M.A. The trouble is far more likely to be a shortage of the enzyme...

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