IPA Raises Concerns about Flaws and Press Sensationalism of Recent Negative Probiotic Research

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, IPA News

CONTACT: George Paraskevakos Executive Director, International Probiotics Association (514) 571-5949 george@internationalprobiotics.org   For Immediate Release   IPA Raises Concerns about Flaws and Press Sensationalism of Recent Negative Probiotic Research Los Angeles–September 13, 2018–Study flaws and press sensationalism are causing unwarranted consumer confusion about function and efficacy of probiotics, according to experts and representatives from the International Probiotics Association (IPA) regarding … Read More

In Fecal Transplants, Not All Poop is Created Equal

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

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There’s nothing like a poop story to get the juvenile juices flowing. Crowding a Twitter and RSS feed recently were numerous alerts to a diaper pail full of baby poop headlines: Kardashian-like catnip for the health-minded. A PubMed search (not all blogs had links) led to an interesting piece of research from Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, … Read More

Sloppy Reporting Undermines Claims of Probiotic Safety

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

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First do no harm. Probiotics appear to be outside the purview of drastic side effects reported for many supplements. No warnings of possible death and dismemberment scroll probiotic labels. Among manufacturers, researchers and clinicians in the industry, probiotics are considered safe. Theoretical risks  include systemic infections, deleterious metabolic activities, excessive immune stimulation in susceptible individuals, gene transfer and gastrointestinal side effects. … Read More

Change in Fecal Microbes after a Month of Probiotics

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

probiotic capsule

Supplements have always had detractors. “Expensive urine” was what vitamin poppers were said to be making in the early days of mega doses nearly 50 years ago. With the cost of probiotic supplements, it is fair to ask: are we creating costly stool? Many millions of people take probiotic supplements trusting in a benefit to their intestinal colonies. Evidence is … Read More

Probiotics and Alzheimer’s Disease: Rich in Potential

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Market Trends

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Alzheimer’s disease is a thief. First it takes your car keys, friends’ names, ability to feed yourself, get dressed and then even recognition of beloved family faces until your brain is a blank slate. Your entire memory is wiped clean just when you want to revisit the best of your life. Faltering minds may have a new ally in microbes. Alzheimer’s disease, … Read More

As Fatty Liver Spreads, Probiotics Enter the Fray

Guest BloggerClinical Corner

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With obesity off the charts, big pharma is racing to bring new drugs to market. Many of the newbie medications tackle the metabolic downsides of obesity: glucose intolerance, high cholesterol and fatty liver. While drugs may be somewhat effective, they can be costly (especially in the United States) and all come with some unhealthy side effect or more. Finding safe … Read More

Putting Probiotics to the Test in Arthritis

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Our joints grow stiff and painful as birthdays mount up —no surprise there. But arthritis, while common, is not just one disease. Because it can be confusing, a brief primer may help, beginning with the type of arthritis that can strike at any age. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) This equal opportunity version of arthritis is autoimmune in nature. It inflames joints … Read More

Drosophila Flies Live Longer (Much) on Probiotic and Herb Mix

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Drosophila

If your goal is to outlive all your friends, here’s a bit of good news. Fruit flies fed an herbal and probiotic mash lived up to 65% longer than their placebo peers in a new study. Not an insignificant result at all. These Drosophila flies mirror 75% of our human disease genes, making them suitable subjects for testing hunches.  Also, they are inexpensive … Read More

Targeting Obesity through Microbiome: Update

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

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In a world grower fatter by the day (1.9 billion overweight and obese), science is searching for answers to the pandemic. There are no easy ones. Obesity is complicated; genetics, lifestyle and the environment create an imperfect storm inside the body. Recent evidence points to the gut microbiome as one important risk factor. Indeed, the microbiome is rich in possibilities. … Read More

Flow Cytometry as a Potential Method of Measuring Bacterial Viability in Probiotic Products

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Martin G. Wilkinson

Flow Cytometry as a Potential Method of Measuring Bacterial Viability in Probiotic Products: A Comprehensive Review   Martin G. Wilkinson, University of Limerick, Ireland Presented at Probiota 2018, February 7-9, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain This paper was commissioned by International Probiotics Association   The measurement of cell viability in foods has traditionally been carried out by assessing the ability of … Read More