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Probiotics effective in combating antibiotic-associated diarrhea
American College of Gastroenterology ^ | October 31, 2011

Posted on 10/31/2011 6:26:17 PM PDT by decimon

'Good bugs' look promising as anti-inflammatory agent for patients with ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome

Washington, DC -- In four different studies presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 76th Annual Scientific meeting in Washington, DC, researchers explored the effectiveness of probiotics for antibiotic-associated diarrhea; as an anti-inflammatory agent for patients with ulcerative colitis, psoriasis and chronic fatigue syndrome; and for people with abdominal discomfort and bloating who have not been diagnosed with a functional bowel disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

These four studies will be featured during an ACG press briefing on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 entitled: "Good, Bad and Ugly Bugs: Mother Nature as a Treatment for Better Health in the GI Tract," which will highlight new clinical science that explores the role of the "gut microbiota" –the bacterial composition of the GI tract – and the efficacy of probiotics and fecal microbiota transplantation in treating various GI conditions.

Probiotics are considered "good bacteria" that help maintain the natural balance of microflora in the digestive tract where trillions of bacteria live. While most of the more than 400 different species in the gut are healthy bacteria, others, "bad bugs" have the potential to cause damage to the digestive system. At times, an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria can lead to uncomfortable symptoms or illnesses. Probiotics are bacteria, or even sometimes yeast, which may alleviate common GI symptoms and are found in many commercial products including yogurt, juices, soy products, fermented milk, tempeh and other dietary supplements. They also come in capsule, tablet or powder formulations.

(Excerpt) Read more at eurekalert.org ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: aad; cdad; immunology; microbiology

1 posted on 10/31/2011 6:26:19 PM PDT by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Ping


2 posted on 10/31/2011 6:27:10 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

But which ones? I tried several brands when I last has antibiotics - I’m sure the probiotics made it worse.

Which are the good probiotics? The amount of gas produced is a function of the flora in your gut. Which one produces less, and which more?


3 posted on 10/31/2011 6:28:31 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: decimon; a fool in paradise

Who maintains the diarrhea PING list?


4 posted on 10/31/2011 6:29:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: decimon

Will there be any running commentary on this thread?


5 posted on 10/31/2011 6:33:27 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL


6 posted on 10/31/2011 6:34:22 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert ( Honkies for Herman 2012)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

It Depends!


7 posted on 10/31/2011 6:35:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

I have been taking probiotics for several years and never had problems with gas. I do take super digestive enzymes after every meal. It was explained to me that as we grow older, our own digestive enzymes diminish. I only use the NOW brand, I trust them.
If you go to Swanson web site, they will cost less (sometimes a lot less) than if you buy at the Health Food Stores.


8 posted on 10/31/2011 6:35:41 PM PDT by etabeta
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To: decimon

why is this even news?.....hasn’t everyone known for ever that you take yogurt or lactobacillus milk when you’re on antibiotics for a long time?....I thought everyone knew this...


9 posted on 10/31/2011 6:37:03 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
But which ones?

The only one I see mentioned is B. infantis 35624.

"Bifantis is the trademarked name for the patented probiotic strain Bifidobacterium infantis 35624."

http://www.bifantis.com/

10 posted on 10/31/2011 6:37:49 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

The best bet is not to go for oral probiotics, but for the introduction of an engineered flora via high colonic, along with an ideal growth medium just for it. That is, genetically engineer an entire complex flora so that they prefer a particular growth medium that the existing flora finds unpalatable.


11 posted on 10/31/2011 6:37:54 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: decimon

12 posted on 10/31/2011 6:39:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: decimon

this is news? must be easy to get a grant these days


13 posted on 10/31/2011 6:40:05 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cherry

The only ones who don’t know it are the medical doctors. I’ve had relatives nearly die because they weren’t given a pro-biotic.


14 posted on 10/31/2011 6:41:39 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Revolting cat!
"Who maintains the diarrhea PING list?"

Trotsky.

15 posted on 10/31/2011 6:41:43 PM PDT by almost done by half
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To: driftdiver

I’ve got to run


16 posted on 10/31/2011 6:44:24 PM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: decimon

It’s the same old story since the dawn of mankind - the constipated man wishes he had diarrhea, while the diarrheatic man wishes he was constipated!


17 posted on 10/31/2011 6:50:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Is there such a thing as that?

Why do you want to replace the existing flora? It’s bad flora?


18 posted on 10/31/2011 6:57:23 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Complicated answer. Either because of radiation, poisoning, disease, or antibiotics, the flora might be damaged or even pretty much imbalanced. Or, it might be having a bad interaction with an individual’s immune system.

Traditionally, a way of treating it was with what is called a “fecal transplant”, aka a “chocolate shake”, quite literally, a small amount of a healthy person’s feces put in a chocolate shake for the person with a poor flora to drink.

But this is a primitive way of doing things. Human flora contains some 300-1000 different microorganisms, though only 30-40 take up almost all the available space. And the presence or absence of any of these might be responsible for serious medical problems.


19 posted on 10/31/2011 7:27:00 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: decimon
I don't know what my family would do without probiotics (Douglass Labs is our fave), vitamin D3, and our chiro. Our general practitioner would love us though if we did have to do without.
20 posted on 10/31/2011 7:30:54 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
Maybe the results were the effects of your body purging some “issues” from itself. Whenever I suspect that candida is creeping up on me again I double up on my doses and the same thing occurs. After my system is back in balance I no longer have those problems.
21 posted on 10/31/2011 7:32:58 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Traditionally, a way of treating it was with what is called a “fecal transplant”, aka a “chocolate shake”, quite literally, a small amount of a healthy person’s feces put in a chocolate shake for the person with a poor flora to drink.

Okay. We have quite a few chocolate candy bars leftover from tonight's trick or treating, which suddenly aren't so appealing anymore.

My dentist and my waistline thank you.

22 posted on 10/31/2011 7:34:31 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: decimon

Oh, my God. 47 days in the damn hospital, most of it on antibiotics, then they’d give you probiotics, among the pain meds and muscle relaxers and antiinflammatories.
Then they’d have to give you Milk of Magnesia! I swear half the meds they gave me were to counteract the other half.


23 posted on 10/31/2011 7:35:53 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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Trick or Donate!

24 posted on 10/31/2011 8:06:59 PM PDT by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: decimon

The nursing staff said “if you’re in the hospital long enough you will get diarrhea.” Well they were right! Those wonderful drugs don’t just kill the bad bugs, but beneficial as well. And, the diarrhea medicine just wasn’t helping much. My cardiologist suggested “probiotic yogurt.” Worked very fast, was cheap and didn’t require any prescription! And, today’s yogurts taste pretty darn good. I love the low fat ones, with fruit.


25 posted on 10/31/2011 8:08:35 PM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I’ve had relatives nearly die because they weren’t given a pro-biotic.

That’s because yogurt isn’t produced by a pharmaceutical company for $50 a serving.


26 posted on 10/31/2011 8:11:39 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: decimon; a fool in paradise
I must say I miss Benny Hill, who was the master of diarrhea and toilet jokes in general!


27 posted on 10/31/2011 8:15:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Get yourself some kefir
http://www.probiotic.org/Kefir.htm
Yogurt works to but the kefir is better


28 posted on 10/31/2011 8:45:56 PM PDT by Lera
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To: decimon

The one thing I use when I get food poisoning is activated charcoal. It is a miracle “drug”


29 posted on 10/31/2011 9:00:08 PM PDT by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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To: etabeta

bump probiotics


30 posted on 10/31/2011 10:56:17 PM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: goodwithagun

bump probiotics by Douglas Labs—


31 posted on 10/31/2011 10:59:18 PM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: RummyChick

activated charcoal—tell me about this, it sounds interesting


32 posted on 10/31/2011 11:04:55 PM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: mplsconservative

This was always a difficult treatment, though it was highly efficacious. It goes against the grain for doctors to give what amounts to a septic cure.

During their schooling, it is very typical for young doctors to at some point become intensely bacteriophobic and obsessed with hygiene. But the light has finally dawned that people are utterly reliant on microorganisms to maintain good health.

Our immune systems have actually adapted to take into account some hundred common parasites that can afflict people, and may to some extent be reliant on the presence of some of them in a functional triangle with our flora. That is, our bacteria also interact with the parasites we no longer typically have.

And overlaying it all are an immense number of viruses, most of which are fortunately “bacteriophage”, or bacteria-attacking viruses, that keep our bacterial cultures under control.


33 posted on 11/01/2011 7:18:04 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Taffini

I originally bought it for my dog in case she ate chocolate or some other thing that could hurt her.
Then one night I got food poisoning. Took away the symptoms almost immediately.

It absorbs toxins. People use it if they have gas. They use it in emergency rooms for poisoning.

You don’t want to take it when taking other medications because it will absorb the medication.

Don’t know if or what effect it would have if someone took it daily

Anytime I have the first system of a GI problem I take it.

Another thing people swear by is apple cider vinegar.


34 posted on 11/01/2011 3:52:25 PM PDT by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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To: cherry
I thought everyone knew this...

In an age of information overload, common sense has often become uncommon.

35 posted on 11/01/2011 4:03:28 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: decimon; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; Battle Axe; null and void; ...

micro/immunology ping

Thanks decimon.


36 posted on 11/02/2011 9:51:38 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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Ping! (Thanks, neverdem!)


37 posted on 11/02/2011 11:01:13 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: decimon

I can’t digest the capsules. I am too sensitive for that quantity in there. So I just start drinking kefir or eating good yogurt. There are other naturally fermented foods that work, too.


38 posted on 11/03/2011 4:46:37 AM PDT by Yaelle (Donate to Cain today to show the media they can't choose our candidate this time.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


39 posted on 11/03/2011 1:26:17 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

You are Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


40 posted on 11/03/2011 1:39:12 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: neverdem
Anytime I have an animal on certain antibiotics, I use probiotics concurrently. I learned a long time ago that much of the diarrhea with some diseases were caused by the diminished number of symbiotic gut flora due to the antibiotics I had to use to save the animal. The Parvo puppies I treat get probiotics automatically.
41 posted on 11/03/2011 6:32:58 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Sauerkraut helped me - I like Bubbies. Kimchee might work too but I hear it’s hard to eat unless you’re used to it. I also drink kombucha.


42 posted on 11/03/2011 10:28:17 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (I have a job; therefore I am in the 1%.)
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