I think one must create an ideal environment in the gut for the postitive bacteria to thrive. It may be impossible to do during a flare, but we have to try. You just cant be putting bacteria and think they'll live and procreate in a bad gut. They need to do a little dance make a little love and multiply. People should also eat more veggies and whatever those little bugs like to eat.
I recently increased the amount of probitotics and have seen a nice improvement. Less blood so I am excited. I have been taking probiotics for a long time, but now am thinking the more the better.
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 2.5yo girl (revised 5/8/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently: 6th week flaring;improving; 2bm/day; very little blood
RX/day: Currently 10mg of prednisone per day. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: food combos, enzymes, good posture, chewing more, etc.