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   Posted 8/19/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a lot of talk of probiotics to helps Crohn's.  For those of you with experience or research on the issues can you please shed some light on this for me.  Is homemade yogurt (fermented 24 hrs) enough or do I need something else and if so, what.  And if I do can you let me know what you use.  I am doing SCD and love it and it's helping and I'm wondering if more probiotics beyond the yogurt will help.  Thanks!
Crohn's diagnosed June 2008
SCD June 2008
Pentasa and Entocort, but trying to get off of medication if possible. 

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   Posted 8/19/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm willing to bet that more probiotics beyond yogurt alone will be more this link (it loads in funny so you may have to scroll to the top of the page to read it)...



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   Posted 8/19/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4 do you also take digestive enzymes? I just started to take them and I think they are helping with some pain after eating.

I switched from Primal Defense to a no name one that has almost the EXACT same ingredients and enzymes for 1/4 of the price!
(I had to switch because cat's claw in PD is bad for pregnant/nursing women).

linkja, I currently take Primal Defense probiotics. They help slow down the diarrhea.

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   Posted 8/19/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Roni :)

I actually eat digestive enzymes (papaya, pineapple, kiwiw, mango) everyday rather than take the supplement form because I have no issues with the actual fruits themselves...I also chew my food entirely and eat small portions for easier digestion.

Alot of people do also have success with taking digestive enzyme supplements, I'm glad you find them helping some, hopefully it will get better the longer you take them.

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

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   Posted 8/19/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi linkaja35! Welcome! My son started probiotics shortly after his diagnosis. We only added the SCD legal yogurt a few months ago. I feel the probiotics (capsule form) were beneficial from the beginning and we will continue using both the yogurt and capsules. We currently use Theralac which you can google to read about if you wish. He also used VSL#3 last winter when he was forced to take an antibiotic for bronchitis.

So glad the SCD is helping you! smilewinkgrin
Mom to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin, SCD legal yogurt, weaning off Asacol.
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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   Posted 8/19/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
You should look for a probiotic that has Lactobacillus casei. That particular bacteria has shown an ability to reduce the levels of TNFalpha (like Humira) without the undesirable immune suppression. A variety of Lactobacillus species is a good idea since there are different benefits from each. Definitely continue the home-made yogurt. That supports the bacteria that are already in your gut and helps them flourish and competitively displace certain undesirables.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
If you can get it, use Fage (from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods) as the starter culture for your yogurt. I have had a couple of painful lessons that are presumably due to L. bifidus. Elaine makes note that bifidus is bad, but fails to elaborate. I think I know why now!
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