what is probiotics

This is a great example of the disconnect between scientific studies and general knowledge.

This study looked (supposedly) at all of the relevant studies on probiotics and decided that we need more studies. That is true. But it’s already well accepted that probiotics have a significant role in the function of the digestive system. It’s also known that they can help some people with IBS. However, there are many, many different types of probiotics, and many other variables that affect digestive health. It’s almost impossible to design a study that can take all of this into account, and even if one were designed, it could never get funding.

As a doctor providing cutting edge care for my patients, I don’t wait around for studies to demonstrate what basic biology and clinical experience has already demonstrated.

-Dr. Stephen Wangen of the IBS Treatment Center

Excerpt from National Institutes of Health:


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition affecting 3%-25% of the general population. As no curative treatment is available, therapy is aimed at reducing symptoms, often with little success.

Because alteration of the normal intestinal microflora has been observed in IBS, probiotics (beneficial microbes taken to improve health) may be useful in reducing symptoms.