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Probiotics – What You Need to Know

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You may have heard that probiotics might help with your IBS symptoms. But do you need them? Which ones? How many? Probiotics, or supplements containing strains of good bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract, are frequently taken by individuals suffering from digestive upset in an attempt to improve their symptoms. In our practice, […]

Study Suggests Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

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A recent news article from NPR refers to several lines of research that we are following here at the IBS Treatment Center.  The essential idea is that the gut ecosystem affects much more than just the digestive process.  There are big connections between the gut and the brain.  This is very important research and it’s […]

4 Important Points to Remember About Probiotics

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You may have heard that probiotics might help with your IBS symptoms. But do you need them? Which ones? How many? Probiotics, or supplements containing strains of good bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract, are frequently taken by individuals suffering from digestive upset in an attempt to improve their symptoms. In our practice, […]

Understanding “Good” Bacteria in Your Gut

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The experts are finally recognizing probiotics and their potential benefit for IBS patients.  But their logic is stuck in the drug mindset – you have symptoms, take this and it will make you better – rather than understanding that it is possible to identify specific conditions where probiotics are called for and treat those conditions […]

Study: Probiotics Significantly Improve Alcohol Induced Liver Injury

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The title pretty much says it all. This is very useful information that can be applied immediately. All doctors should know this. —Probiotics restore bowel flora and improve liver enzymes in human alcohol-induced liver injury: a pilot study. Authors:Kirpich IA, Solovieva NV, Leikhter SN, Shidakova NA, Lebedeva OV, Sidorov PI, Bazhukova TA, Soloviev AG, Barve […]

Study Suggests Low Gut Bacterial Richness Linked to Obesity

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A recent article from PhysiciansBriefing.com discusses the link between diet and the bacteria in your gut. “This finding, although exploratory in nature and requiring replication, supports a recently reported link between long-term dietary habits and the structure of gut microbiota and suggests that a permanent change of microbiota may be achieved by appropriate diet,” Cotillard […]

What are Probiotics and Do You Need Them?

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As many of you know, probiotics are products that contain bacteria. These bacteria are the “good” bacteria, and they are called probiotics to make it clear that they are designed to produce the opposite effect of antibiotics which kill bacteria. The most familiar of the good bacteria are the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacter. The GI […]

Probiotics: Bacteria We Need (part 1 of 3)

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In the last few years there has been a lot of media interest in probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria, the most recognizable being acidophilus. There are many misconceptions about how probiotics work and what they do and don’t do. Hopefully this series of articles can help clear things up. One of the most interesting areas […]

A Deeper Understanding of Probiotics (Part II)

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When we are born, there are no bacteria in our digestive tract. But as soon as we are born, bacteria begin to populate the gastrointestinal system. This is not only normal, but it’s imperative to life. Studies have shown that without bacteria animals do not develop properly and cannot live very long. Some of the […]

WebMD: What are Probiotics?

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Speaking of probiotics, now is a good time to review exactly what they are. Here’s an overview from our friends at WebMD.com. Probiotics are microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. […]

NPR: Confusion At The Yogurt Aisle? Time for Probiotics 101

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This is a good piece from NPR.  But the problem is that they are testing these probiotics as if they were drugs.  They give patients probiotics and then try to see if there is an effect.  It’s similar to giving cars that are having some missing issues a gas drying agent.  The cars that have […]