I'm all for "probiotics way better than the crap you get in the drug store".....I take some stuff that has at least 3-5X as many strains as most things that are sold under the name probiotics, and they include several strains that usually don't show up in most blends which are very important. Notably L. Reuteri which has been shown to thicken intestinal linings as well as improve surface tissue condition.
But for people to go around using such tactics to sell stuff...that's obscene. I occasionally make specific recommendations to people about brands of supplements etc. that I have had good results with -- something I can't say about many of the treatments I've tried over the years, pharmaceutical or otherwise -- and would hate to be mistaken for a spammer/scammer in doing so. I help take care of my two kids (inasmuch as I'm really able to, which isn't nearly as much as I'd want), and I don't have a lot of time to spare....but I make a point of trying to share knowledge that has helped me, and perhaps help others who are suffering. That makes it a bit easier to cope with my own horror and pain....
...the notion that someone is out there, exploiting the awful things we're already going through to do nothing but line their pockets....infuriating beyond words.
Hopefully our community can help us keep track of those that do this, and ban them (preemptively, even, by their IP addresses) from as many sites as possible.
Conditions: Reactive Arthritis (AKA Reiter Syndrome), Crohn's Disease, Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Syndrome, Sacroiliitis, Costochondritis, As Yet Unknown MS-Like Relapsing/Remitting Neuropathy, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Medications: Currently not that many are taken daily, but there are many at my disposal for part-time use. Low dose pain medication, after years at high doses. Working on innovative ways of taking lesser-known pharmaceuticals and non-prescription supplements to maximum benefit.