WSJ: Probiotics: nutritionists warn not all products provide the benefits...

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Apologies if someone already posted this, but there was a good article on probiotics, variations in effectiveness, in the Wall Street Journal this week.

49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 1/15/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peety,
Which probiotic do you think has helped you most?

43 year old female
Left sided UC for 25 years
Remission with 6MP for the last 6 years - until now.
Flaring for several months - worst flare ever.
4 Salofalk/day
6MP 4x a week
Golimumab Study
Currently trying the sunflower/spinach diet (thanks, cfromutah!)

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/15/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I like the fact that the article tells what several different bacteria strains are good for.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose

Eva Lou
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   Posted 1/15/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
me too- very good article! The WSJ has some good GI stuff every now & then.

diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Fiber supplement

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