Flora-Q2 Probiotic

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Ohana
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I was given some samples of Flora-Q2 Probiotic from my doctor. I think it works great, but now when I started to look at buying it, it is normall over $50 for 3o capsules!! Crazy! Does anyone have a place to get this that is cheaper, or what might be a comparable product that is not so expensive? Or, are all the probiotics this expensive?
Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 42-yr-old wife and mom
Allergic to Entocort and Prednisone / Not sure what's next
Currently on Protonix, calcium and multi-vit; and Flovent (for asthma)


yellowroseoftexas
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 45
   Posted 10/31/2007 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi  - was just going to tell you to look at a book called

The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine An evidence-based approach.

Editors are Edzard Ernst, Max H. Pittler and Barbara Wider.

In this book it says that there is no clinical evidence which shows that probiotics help CD and there is some which indicate it can cause more irritation.  Probably not what you wanted to hear but I recently spent hundreds of £ going to a Nurtional Therapist who had me spend more £ for more medicines that are contra-indicators for CD!  This book as been a life safer not just for my CD but for other things as well.  A must for anyone wanting to look into alternative meds and therapies.  It covers things like Acupuncture as well.  It is compiled using only the studies that were 'true'

Hope it helps - I got mine off amazon

Amy


 
Dx CD Sept 06
no surgeries
no meds - codine infrequently
Mom of 4, Wife of 1, Daughter of the King
 
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance
 


EMom
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I was hoping someone smarter on this than me would come along and answer this for you! I spend $40 for 30 capsules of Theralac. From a quick look, it appears somewhat similar to Flora-Q. It seems really good probiotics are fairly pricey, and there seem to be A LOT of good brands to choose from. As for clinical evidence, I've read far more good than bad, and I know many, many people here take probiotics. The question is, what strains of beneficial bacteria are most important for CD. That's where it gets really, really complicated and it's probably fair to say that no one really knows.

I believe Elaine Gottschall, mother of the SCD, believes any bifido bacteria in probiotics is not good, yet our probiotic contains strains of this and my son is doing really well. I believe Elaine is more in favor of getting probiotics the natural way.

So, to make things really simple (or not!), maybe you would like to try making the SCD yogurt to get your probiotics the 100% natural way. You can purchase a yogurt maker from the SCD website and follow their directions. I have not done this yet, but am seriously looking into it. Many here do it. The thinking is that you get billions more beneficial beasties along with important calcium and other nutrients at a fraction of the cost. Just a thought.

We are new to this experience, but from all I've read since June we will not be stopping probiotics any time soon.

Someone else please jump in!!!

Good luck, Ohana!
EMom

Grateful for everyone's help here!

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

Started The Maker's Diet in early September.


Nanners
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   Posted 11/1/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Trueskeptic I respectfully disagree with you. Probiotics are what has helped put me into remission. I use to have so much D and since starting them I have less D and even can eat a little better. We tend to have a bacterial imbalance in our intestines and the probiotics help to keep the bad bacteria from taking over and causing problems. I just take Lactobacillus and it works great for me. PB4 takes one that is made by Natures Way (I believe) and it is really inexpensive for a months supply. Something like $13 a month.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


pb4
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   Posted 11/1/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is a link that says different regarding probiotics and IBD, they did a study with UCers exclusively and the majority while flaring went into remission because of VSL3, the most expensive probiotic out there, with the rest of the group noting at least some improvements...

Here's the link, just scroll to the top of the page when it loads in to read the article from the beginning..
 
 
 
 
 
And yes there are very affective probiotics that are well priced...I use Primadophilus Reuteri made by natures way, a 90 cap bottle lasts me 90 days because only one/day is needed, and it costs me under 30.00 cdn.  It has guaranteed intestinal release, aids with high cholesterol, lactose intolerance and vaginal health as well. BUT, it must be kept in the fridge at all times.
 
 
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Post Edited (pb4) : 11/1/2007 9:39:01 AM (GMT-6)

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