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Probiotics — even inactive ones — may relieve IBS symptoms
- By Anthony Lembo, MD, Contributor
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Anthony Lembo, MD, Contributor
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Why are you ignoring tyhe role of Helicobacter pilory ?
This is an interesting study. Recent information about taking probiotics has been contradictory or inconclusive; many professionals end up not recommending probiotics routinely, unless one is trying to replace normal gut flora after a course of antibiotics.
I would also like to know where to obtain inactive bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75.
Dear Dr. Lembo,
IBS is not chronic gut-brain disorder, and probiotics will not cure or make symptoms better.
Matter of fact, is lack of some digestive enzymes which the one with ibs his/hers intestine stop producing the said enzymes.
Those with IBS should take digestive enzyme before the meal,
have gluten free products, they should be 100% okay.
I have so far 2 cases proven.
Finally, please note that digestive enzymes are not the same as probiotics.
I was diagnosed with IBS, a 75 year old female over one year ago. I believe my problems started after suffering several bouts of UTI and overly prescribed antibiotics. I believe this treatment threw off my flora balance. My gastroenterologist prescribed low dose budesonide which I do not want to depend for the rest of life which he said many of his patients are doing.
How many billion would be considered an effective daily dosage?
Is this strain of inactive probiotic available to the general public?
Hi, I have a question. Is there a significant difference between the results obtained from the study with live and inactivated probiotics?
Are there studies with MIMBb75 in vivo?
Sorry for the spelling mistakes, English is not my native language.
Another positive result of taking probiotics for me has been a reduction of inflammation throughout the body. Before beginning them I would have swelling and stiffness in my feet and ankles, especially in the evenings after sitting for awhile. Since consistently taking the probiotics, this swelling is gone and I no longer have the pain and stiffness that resulted. They have been a life changer for this middle ager.
I find this article interesting and would like to add that I have experienced relief from IBSc symptoms after having been on probiotics containing Lactobacilli. My symptoms are not totally gone and hence my decision to try a probiotic containing Bifidobacteria.
How do I get the inactive bacteria for my IBS.
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