"gut bug" article

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TraciZ
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   Posted 9/17/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's an article from July '08 Scientific American magazine.  http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=jeremy-nicholsons-gut-instincts
 
I just wanted people to be aware of this up and coming research field. This guy is looking at how "gut bugs" contribute to illness.
"Nicholson says, “almost every sort of disease has a gut bug connection somewhere.”"
 
I thought it was interesting. It mentions VSL-3. "One exception is VSL #3, a combination of eight bacterial species sold in packet form by the Gaithersburg, Md.–based VSL Pharmaceuticals. In double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, the colonies effectively treated ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome."
 
I know a lot of people here take that. I might give it a try!
Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
UC w/skip lesions & stomach ulcers
Asacol 12/day, prilosec twice/day, Canasa as needed


mh53mike
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   Posted 9/17/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am have been in contact with the VA to see if i can get VSL#3 through them, hey anything free is great! I read there have been impressive results with this stuff, I am going to get ahold of it one way or another.

Actually i dont think alot of people take VSL#3, its rather expensive and i know its a probiotic but i am not sure if you need a doctors prescription to get it. I need to read up on it more.
26y old male medically disharged USAF veteran.Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
 
Current daily treatment:                               Probiotics & supplements:
1000mg sup asacol                                      50 Billion CFU's acidopholis daily
2400mg oral asacol                                      Digestive enzymes before each meal
35mg prednisone tapering                             5grams of glutamine
75mg azathioprine                                       folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Nexum                                               Whey protien  
 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine. Stay natural as possible.  
 
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood!


Hans C
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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
there was a recently reactivated thread about VSL3 prescription dose being avaiable in America on prescription and being covered by certain insurance packages
age 26  ------------- diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

Multi-vitamin                                       Lactobacillus acidophillus sachets
Aloe vera - Omega3 fish oil                    Asacol (8x400mg)                     
Iron, folic acid and b12 supplement__________________________________________________ 


men8ifr
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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
And the interesting bit

Thanks to new DNA-sequencing technologies, scientists can now identify gut bacteria fairly easily, and there is growing interest in doing so: the National Institutes of Health launched its Human Microbiome Project last December with the goal of fully characterizing the human gut flora.

This would seem to be a big step forward in developing bacerial ways to control the disease....That project should finish this Dec...
Ian

6 Asacol tabs/day
1 Pentasa Suppository / day
Fish oil 3/day (omega 3 only)
Multivitamin and mineral 1/day
Folic Acid 1/day
Aloe Vera 3/day
Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD
Turmeric 3/day
Currently in no mans land between flare and remission


men8ifr
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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
For more information see

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2007/od-19.htm
Ian

6 Asacol tabs/day
1 Pentasa Suppository / day
Fish oil 3/day (omega 3 only)
Multivitamin and mineral 1/day
Folic Acid 1/day
Aloe Vera 3/day
Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD
Turmeric 3/day
Currently in no mans land between flare and remission


piper_chris
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 73
   Posted 9/18/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Here is another site exploring the link between bacteria and chronic disease and autoimmune diseases:

http://www.bacteriality.com


- female 41, diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- just got off prednisone after a 5month taper from 80mg down to 0mg!!
- currently 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol 75 mg, asacol/mesalamine 4800mg (4 pills x 3 times day), Canasa 1000mg nightly
- VSL#3, Benefiber, multivitamin, chewable calcium, fish oil, biotin, sometimes iron pills

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