Probiotics for Detox?

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Contamination in foods and feed is a major expense and incurs disease in crops, animals and humans alike. Scientists at the National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute in Iran looked at the potential for lactic acid bacteria and yeasts to eliminate, deactivate or reduce availability of this contamination. The paper available here shows the ability of microbes to act as … Read More

Cholesterol: A Numbers Game

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Heart disease is a global killer. One biomarker, cholesterol levels, receives much attention and is usually confronted when high with dietary change and increasingly with statin medications. Probiotics have shown some promise in this area. Researcher Douglas B. DiRienzo recently assessed 26 clinical studies and two meta-analyses. Significant reductions were seen with strains of lactobacilli, enterococci, and bifidobacteria.  A strain … Read More

Hope and Hyperbole

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Probiotic insiders—the scientists, manufacturers, the bloggers—can be so ensconced in all things squirmy and microscopic that we forget that the larger public may have other opinions about our little darlings. Governments, of course, will be wary: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cracked down on   health claims touting the benefits of probiotics in constipation. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) … Read More

FDA To Limit Antibiotics in Feed Animals

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In a position trailing many countries in the developed world, the United States is taking steps to limit the routine use of antibiotics for cows, pigs and chickens. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that antibiotics will no longer be used to make animals grow bigger—and more profitable—but will be reserved to fight infections. A veterinarian must write a … Read More

Gut Microbes Implicated in OCD

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  Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a devastating disorder known to be triggered by stressful life events but the actual cause is unknown. This is from Mayo Clinic online: “Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). With obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may realize that your obsessions aren’t … Read More

Indulge in Health for the Holidays

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However you celebrate the holidays, be sure to add some probiotic goodness to your festivities. Yogurt is a delicious place to start. It can be easily  stirred into sweet or savory dips and soups for both flavor and nutrition. Also, banana and pumpkin breads will benefit with a moist addition such as yogurt or buttermilk. The probiotics will probably not … Read More

Probiotics Under Study in Cystic Fibrosis

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A devastating lung disease which strikes in childhood, cystic fibrosis causes recurrent airway infections. Treatment involves copious antibiotics; this leads to disturbed microbial populations. Could probiotics help? A pilot study in Israel  found that probiotics reduced pulmonary exacerbation rates in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Ten CF patients were supplemented with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG for six months. This confirms earlier observations from a … Read More

Probiotics for Low Birth Weight Infants

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Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a significant cause of death for low birth weight premature infants. NEC means abdominal distension,  vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and bradycardia; it is reported in 10 to 25% of preterm infants and may affect 1/3 to1/2 of all low birth weight infants. The mortality ranges from 20 to 30% and those who survive have long term complications … Read More

Can Probiotics Help Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

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With the explosion in cases of diabetes (the International Diabetes Federation predicts 1 in 10 worldwide could have diabetes by 2030), complications of this chronic condition will soar. Diabetic foot ulcer is one which requires vigilance and thoughtful care. Delayed wound healing and higher rates of infection can occur and lead to more serious events. Researchers from India and the … Read More

The Uncommon Cold

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  Because it infects adults between two and four times per year, the guilty virus has earned its name as the common cold. What to do? Decongestants and antihistamines may relieve its miserable symptoms including fever, sore throat and stuffy noses.  Zinc and vitamin C have shown some benefit. Of course, antibacterials are useless because colds are caused by viruses, … Read More