What was causing her chronic digestive distress?
Rohlf said she never had GI problems until her second pregnancy in 1967, when milk and milk products caused diarrhea. After her son was born, the problem disappeared. Two years later, while pregnant with her third child, the episodes of violent diarrhea recurred. But this time it didn’t disappear when the baby was born and seemed to be triggered by more foods, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts and sauerkraut. In 1985, she suffered a bout of both vomiting and diarrhea so severe that she had to be hospitalized for a week. She had been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a serious autoimmune disorder that involves both psoriasis, a scaly skin condition, and joint-destroying arthritis. A year earlier on a trip to India, where she mostly lived on rice and bread, Rohlf had eaten some fresh vegetables. She came home with a roaring intestinal infection that required a course of antibiotics. In previous years she had been beset by attacks of diarrhea in Vienna, Rome and Paris, where water quality isn’t an issue. What was causing the condition?
Option 1: Shigella infection
Option 2: Celiac disease
Option 3: ulcerative colitis
Option 4: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)