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Red_40
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   Posted 2/5/2006 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Please somebody give me a link to a good probiotic aka acidophilus.  I have looked online till I'm dizzy trying to fiind one.  Also, are there any side effects?  What is this "die-off" I read about, and is it something you need to treat or can you just let it wear off?  Also, what is the general consensus regarding colon cleansing?  Does it help?  Sorry to be so needy, I'm just sick and tired of trying everything, and getting no relief.  I'm starving all the time from nothing staying in, and afraid to eat again because I'll be in pain.  Doctors don't do anything except prescribe anit-spasmatics in my area and aren't accepting of natural medicine.  Thanks for the information and support!

7Lil
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   Posted 2/5/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Red,
I recommend going into a nutriotion store (GNC, etc.) and asking the people in there what they recommend - or asking a pharmacist. I have noticed that acidophilus gives me gas, but kyo-dophilus does not. Everyone reacts differently. However, aside from gas, there are no side effects from probiotics. The best way to avoid excess gas is to introduce the probiotic gradually (like you would fiber). Start by taking a low dosage, like 1 or 1.5 billion live cultures, in the morning. Then if you don't have any gas, take another one at night. Do this for like a week and then increase your dosage (anywhere from 2-5 billion). If you don't see any results within a couple months, switch up and get a new probiotic. Keep trying until you find one that works for you.
As for colon cleansing... It seems to be a pretty controversial topic. It has been debated here before. IN MY OPINION (my personal, non-medical opinion), I would not do it. I haven't met a doc that condones it. Others here will disagree and advocate for it. I suggest you do a lot of research before trying it. And, if you do try it, do it while under medical supervision.
Take care.
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pb4
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   Posted 2/5/2006 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes!!! you gotta relax, I can understand why you're so anxious but you may be causing yourself more harm from it.

Here's a start (a good one) google Primadophilus Reuteri, the first link it should take you to is the one made by Natures Way...you can even order it directly from that site and it will give you plenty of encouraging info...it happens to be the one I use and found great success with it in regards to my crohns disease (my GI also suspects some IBS going on as well)...things have improved so take a look...it's priced better then VSL3 which is also highly recommended but $$$.

take care

Keriamon
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   Posted 2/6/2006 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
My G.I.'s nurse swore by Culturelle. She said she took it prior, during and for a week after a trip to Mexico and was the only person in her party to not get sick.

My rule of thumb on colon cleansers is: are you pooping enough as it is? Do you really want to poop more? If the answer is yes, I poop enough and no, I don't want to poop anymore, then you should not use them. I have heard of people taking the cleansers and pooping out black stuff and that's "proof" that they are getting out crud. Personally, I think the black stuff is probably the colon cleanser you injested yourself. The only reason why I say this is because I have had a colonoscopy. I drank that nasty go-lyghtly stuff and pooped all day until nothing came out but a little yellow water. Never pooped anything out that was black. Then they did the colonoscopy. I've seen the pictures of it: everything in there is smooth and clean; no black stuff, no caked-on poop, no nastiness whatsoever. Sooooo... if you want to have even more diarrhea than you're having now, then get a colonoscopy prep agent. Much cheaper than the colon cleanse and it always cleans you out. about the only time I say "might as well" when people suggest the colon cleanse is when they are severely constipated and need some form of laxative anyways. I still say the colon prep is just as effective and most probably cheaper, but it DOES taste nasty, so it might be worth the monetary trade off to get some pills.

And Red, the spasmodic I got put on (back when my gall bladder was acting up) didn't do squat for me. Don't be afraid to go back to your doctor and tell him, point blank, that the medicine he prescribed hasn't helped a bit and that you need to try something else. There are supposed to be a number of different antispasmodics out there.

Red_40
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   Posted 2/6/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you pb4. I will get some. I am hopeful that it will help. And I will try to relax.... :-)

Tstabell
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   Posted 2/21/2006 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I'm looking into a colon cleansing product and came across this thread. I must admit I'm in the same camp as Keriamon, but not 100% sure if I should go that route or try a over the counter product. I came across a blog where a guy is testing a product called Colonix out and documenting his results. In case anyone is interested it's http://www.experimentmonkey.com/category/colon-cleanse/. I found it interesting anyway.

What do you guys think I should do?

Tom


7Lil
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   Posted 2/21/2006 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tom,
Welcome to the site!  :-)
I have to say that colon cleansing has been a pretty controversial subject here (every where really).  I highly recommend speaking to your doc AND doing tons of research.  It can be dangerous if not monitored closely by a doc.

Take care.



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