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EMom
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   Posted 8/29/2007 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone here heard of or used this probiotic? I would love to hear about it if you have. Just thinking I would like to research probiotics...to make sure I'm getting the most for my $$$. Currently using one with 6 strains and 20 billion active organisms. Best I can tell, VSL#3 does not list these statistics on their website. Maybe if I call the company???

Thanks!
EMom

Mother to 15 year old boy just diagnosed in June, 2007. Taking Asacol, just finished Prednisone, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, and a good multivitamin.


pb4
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   Posted 8/29/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Read this link regarding VSL, just scroll to the top of the page when the article loads in to read it from the beginning...VSL is one of the top probiotics used for IBD...

 

 

 
 
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ana_e
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   Posted 8/29/2007 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
EMom

Yes, we tried this 4 months back to treat our daughter. Her pediatric
GI recommened it to her. We tried it for 2 months before she got
pancreatitis caused by Imuran. When she returned from the hospital
after 3 days of stay, we made a mistake and started her again on
VSL#3. We could not figure out what but she started vomiting again
(one of her pancreatitis symptoms) and had to be hospitalised again
for 4 days. After that, we did not try VSL#3 again on her.

I guess many people have found it useful(inspite of being costly). In
our case, we probably tried it for less time(2 months) and then stopped
it completely. Her pancreatities of course was caused by Imuran but
somehow, her situation was aggravated by VSL#3 and we did not dare to
put it back in her system.

Good luck.
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pb4
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   Posted 8/29/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I use Primadophilus Reuteri made by natures way and find it very affective...it's affordable, has guaranteed intestinal release, aids with other things as well, high cholesterol, lactose intolerance, vaginal health, of course even those who don't need assistance with the above mentioned, it is still perfectly fine to take, only one/day is needed, the only downfall is it must be kept in the fridge (purchased from a store that keeps it in their fridge as well.

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EMom
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   Posted 8/30/2007 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone, for the info... I find probiotics extremely confusing because of the many identified strains of beneficial bacteria. Who knows which ones are better for this issue? Why does one brand choose to use a particular strain that another brand leaves out? I think I read once that there are over 200 identified strains in the gut. What about the unidentified ones...? Sorry...driving myself crazy... Nevertheless, I really feel probiotics have helped my son. That's the important part. I just haven't decided if VSL3 is necessarily better than the one we're using (Theralac).

Thank you for the link, PB4! Interesting article! Maybe it's worth a try...
EMom

Mother to 15 year old boy just diagnosed in June, 2007. Taking Asacol, just finished Prednisone, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, and a good multivitamin.


pb4
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   Posted 8/30/2007 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Like I said EMom, you could always try him on the primadophilus reuteri, it's a good place to star, it's the one I use with success.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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