For more than a decade, Barbara Blane Toney has been dealing with the classic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome: bloating, gas and abdominal distress.
Her doctors prescribed medication and over-the-counter supplements, treatments that only seemed to make things worse. Toney, an active, 64-year-old runner, still felt like she had an inflated balloon in her stomach.
"I've lived with this huge bubble in my stomach for so long that I don't know what normal feels like," Toney said. "I just can't get rid of it."
Bloat is a frequent complaint, especially among women. Though rarely life threatening, it's one of the earliest and most common signs that...