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ryleigh
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   Posted 2/26/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,   Have not been here in awhile..  Anyway..  I am staring at a Dannon Activia Yogurt..    Afraid to eat it..   Anyone tried it??  I am just afriad it will make me sick...  You know us with IBS afraid to try anything new...  Just wondering if anyone can give me there take on it..  Thanks..

Ryleigh


Easta
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   Posted 2/27/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I find Danone Activia very beneficial. It seems to help soothe the gut and if I stop taking it, (I am currently out of it having not been to the supermarket for a couple of days) I feel the difference. I shall buy some first thing tomorrow. I hope that if you do sample it that it will not upset you but the only way to find out is to try!

Good luck.

Marsky
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   Posted 2/27/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you'll notice a difference. It certainly can't hurt! I myself prefer to have 2 servings of Vanilla flavored yogurt, brands you find in the heath food aisle at Krogers. I've been eating Stonyfield for a few years now but just recently tried Brown Cow (it's very thick, almost like custard).

I feel my best when I start my day with one cup and after dinner, end my food intake with another cup. In between, I only drink water.

I've joked I wish I could just inject it into my colon. LOL I know, that sounds gross but when I get lazy and don't eat it, I can tell my body needs it.

I should also add I don't really like yogurt so I just stand at the kitchen sink and eat it as fast as I can, then I recycle the container. Sometimes just mixing in a little honey helps. I prefer the vanilla flavors the most.

Let us know if you see an improvement.

pb4
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   Posted 2/28/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
You could always take probiotic pills, they're more effective than just yogurt alone...a good one that I use for my IBS and crohns disease (and my lactose intolerance issues are completely gone thanks to it) is one called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way...google it and check it out, it's been very helpful for me.

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


Marsky
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   Posted 3/3/2008 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4 - I saw a Nature's Way product at my local Kroger store, but it was slightly different from the one you mentioned: Primadophilus Bifidus. Also a probiotic. Do you know what the difference is (in layman's terms, I mean)? If P. reuteri is the one to take, I'll keep looking for it. I did find the one your recommend online. Also, is it a refrigerated item? Thanks.

Mary

Sarita
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   Posted 3/3/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   

The probiotic strains that have been proven most beneficial in the medical journals are Bifidobacterium infantis (B. infantis), Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus), and a couple other Bifidobacterial species.  My GI and I both swear by VSL#3, which is found at some pharmacies.  It has literally changed my life, cutting the frequency my bathroom trips in half (from >10 times a day to about 5-6).  Prior to VSL#3 I had tried Culturelle, Nature's Way, etc. but this one certainly works the best for me.

Each person is different so it might take a few experiments.  The bottle will tell you if refrigeration is required; it's not a bad idea because it extends the shelf life of the live cultures.


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UnderstandTheCause
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   Posted 3/4/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Yogurt can contain some beneficial bacteria. But if you have IBS there is a much better way to deal with your situation than randomly trying various products.

If your car was broken down would you just start randomly replacing parts? Pouring various products in the gas or oil? Some people do, I guess, but it is much better to test and see what is really wrong, and then fix that. The same applies to IBS. Unfortunately, despite there being a tremendous volume of published research on the various causes of IBS most doctors still don't test for the known causes. Worse yet, some do test for some of the causes but refuse to believe the results they get.

The IBS Treatment Center in Seattle is the place to go for a rational and highly successful approach. You may need beneficial bacteria. Doing a test that measures how much you have can tell you. Dr. Wangen (of the IBS Treatment Center) also points out that a high proportion of people with IBS have a dairy allergy and thus eating yogurt is exactly the wrong thing to do. Check out his blog on the Dannon issue: http://www.ibstreatmentcenter.com/blog/2007/11/19/the-truth-hurts-danon-yogurt-company/
and the press release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/11/prweb569059.htm

The solution to IBS is to find out what is causing the symptoms and treat that. How do I know, not only has my wife been helped by the IBS Treatment Center, but many other people I know have as well. Get tested, treat the cause (not the symptoms) and stop randomly guessing at what might help.

There are way better ways to get your beneficial bacteria levels up than yogurt. If you need beneficial bacteria you need a good probiotic product (that is free of common allergens and contaminants).

Marsky
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   Posted 3/4/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I already know what is causing my problem - the loss of my sigmoid and 15 inches of my colon (cancer, 1999). A low residue diet and pediatric Colace dose helps greatly. But the two magic foods for me are bananas and plain or vanilla flavored yogurt. My symptoms are similar to IBS, hence why I searched for forums like this. I wish there were support groups for post-surgery colon cancer in my city but to this date, there still aren't any. Many breast cancer survivor ones but so far none for colon. Some have said - start one. But am I healthy enough to take that on? Not really.....but thanks for your suggestions. I do appreciate them.

Marsky
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 3/4/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I already know what is causing my problem - the loss of my sigmoid and 15 inches of my colon (cancer, 1999). A low residue diet and pediatric Colace dose helps greatly. But the two magic foods for me are bananas and plain or vanilla flavored yogurt. My symptoms are similar to IBS, hence why I searched for forums like this. I wish there were support groups for post-surgery colon cancer in my city but to this date, there still aren't any. Many breast cancer survivor ones but so far none for colon. Some have said - start one. But am I healthy enough to take that on? Not really.....but thanks for your suggestions. I do appreciate them.
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