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November 1998 Issue

Leaky Gut Syndrome: More Symptom Than Disease

Q. I keep hearing about a condition called "leaky gut syndrome." What is it and can my food allergies bring it on? A. Leaky gut syndrome, more accurately refer, red to as "increased intestinal permeability," is a response by the body to a number of conditions, explains Gary Lichtenstein, M.D., a gastroenterologist and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Normally, the

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