The strain(s) of probiotics makes a difference

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   Posted 3/26/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just watching my local news today and during "health Beat" they were discussing with a GI that it's key that with treating IBD the strain of probiotics used are key, since some strains can actually cause D, for example Activia was also mentioned that 10 billion was the minimum amount that should be taken daily, anything less would be less I couldn't find the story on their webpage yet (like not downloaded) but I did a google search and this is what I found...

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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   Posted 3/26/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Great post. Many different types, new hybrids created all the time.
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   Posted 3/27/2010 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting, but I find it so confusing to know what to take. I was looking some stuff up tonight and I found this from a University in Washington. They found that most brands tested, including Nature's Way to my dismay, not only failed the potency test but some actually had harmful bacteria.
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   Posted 3/27/2010 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats a scary conclusion reached in this study and makes me want to reconsider throwing away good money and possibly exposing myself to bad bactieia or other contamination.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 3/28/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I can only say the one I am using is helping me alot. I use to have about 6 loose stools a day, and now I am down to 1-2, so that works for me. The one thing that confuses me is the amount of CFU's it supposed to have. Everytime I go onto one with more CFU, next thing I hear is you need more. That parts kinda ticks me off sometimes. I start taking 5 billion CFU's, then they say you need 8 billion, so of course I get that one, now they say 10 billion. Make up your darn mind. Geesh!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 3/29/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I just finished an antibiotic and need to start on probiotics. After my c-diff infection last fall, the doctor told me to take culturelle. But it doesn't look like it has enough of what I need. I've also tried primal defense in the past and at the time, that and the dietary changes seemed to have a good effect although maybe it was just a coincidental remission. I've been flaring badly during the past year or so and need to get things under control if possible.

Are doctors the best source for finding a probiotic or should I just go down to the local vitamin shop and see what they recommend? I'm so confused and don't want to waste money on something useless. Is there a favorite among this group who do use them?
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
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