OH Yea, Culturelle is definatley wonderful stuff, I've been on it for a year and a half and it has enabled me to eat a more varied diet, and I can even enjoy a bowl of cereal now and then, which was a big NO-NO when I was flaring before because I couldnt tolerate the milk. I've been feeling much better since being on it, and won't ever give it up!! Plus, it's not expensive at all, only about 16 bucks for a month's supply!
I have been using Culturelle for several months now and it always helps to slow down bm's and makes them more solid. It's not a cure, but it's the best probiotic I have ever used...much better than Primal Defense and many others that I've tried. Usually, I take one pill twice a day.
Meesh, I know what you mean. Strengthening the immune system is quite vague, in fact. The idea is for the immune system to strengthen the function of the immune system to work "properly", which may involve communicating with the regulating portion of our immune system in such a way that may restore the order of the rest of the immune system (maybe by dendritic cells to the lymphocytes). I am way over simplifying, but the immune system is more complex than this. The inflammation is more likely due to the phagocytes or some other destroying type of cell. Click on my homepage in my profile for more info on this: I uploaded a chapter on it as an attachment or just send me an email.
Meesh - I think most probiotics say they can strengthen the immune system. I know DanActive (probiotic drink) and Naked probiotic smoothie both say this. Good question though, but I don't know the answer.