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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
So Ive read often that many of you take vsl3. I have been taking something called kyo dophilus.

Anyway, I came across this site that rates probiotics, and it only gives vsl3 a 3/5.

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   Posted 12/8/2011 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
     I used to take Powerdolphilus and ordered it online.  I think I ordered it from Vitacost.  I forget.  It really didn't do anything.  However, I have a friend who swears by VSL#3.

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   Posted 12/8/2011 8:00 PM (GMT -7)

Anyone read about this - probiotic looks very very promising
Chuck - 30yrs old
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 08 - pancolitis

Pentasa 4000mg daily, 50mg Azathioprine

Vit D, Vitamin B12, probiotics, fish oil

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   Posted 12/9/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
It does look promising. Thanks for the link. I dug down and pulled one of the published research reports to learn what I could about how this was all working. Very interesting stuff, even if I could only understand the introduction of the article.
But the press release (link) might also be easily misunderstood because it was not a report of a probiotic itself, but of a genetically modified probiotic variant that would result in a very specific stimulation of IL-10, which plays a regulatory role - without stimulating IL-12, which plays an inflammatory role. So anyone going out and getting lots of ordinary Lactobacillus acidophilus might not help anything, and could even create inflammation if too much IL-12 was stimulated. Also, it was effective against UC-like inflammation induced in mice with a caustic salt. It may play out differently in humans, or the underlying cause (i.e., not a caustic salt injection) might continue to produce IBD even as the treatment tries to keep it in check. Careful research and trials are needed. But this looks to be another promising therapy that may be available within the next decade.
The gist of it seems to be that without the gene they remove, an acid on the surface of the organism, LTA, is not produced, and as a result a part of the immune system called activated dendritic cells are stimulated to make good IL-10 without making undesirable IL-12.

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   Posted 12/9/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Ultimate critical care probiotic from Whole Foods
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008
Avascular necrosis L knee from Prednisone, surgery was Oct 2011
No colon surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions.
Currently on Lialda, Ambien (prn), xanax(prn) D3, probiotic, Rowasa

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   Posted 12/10/2011 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I swear by VSL, since I have been using it, I am in remission. No flares.

I used to take something that had 5 Bill active organisms, with VSL at 255 Bill, it was what my system needed.

Even right now I am on an antibiotic, I am feeling good.

As most know antibiotics destroy the bad and good.
55 year old male
Left sided UC since 1978, (diagnosed 2003)
Type 2 Diabetes (non insulin)
Asacol HD(800mg) 3/2x a day, Cotifoam 10mg
Multivitamin, fish oil 3-6-9, D 3 5,000IU daily, iron, probiotic
Tried: Mesalamine, Prednisone, different diets, willing to try anything that will help
My Diet: NO Dairy, No NUTS, Nothing processed, No Fatty foods, Low soluble fiber foods, No carbonated..

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   Posted 12/10/2011 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Ohh, thanks for the link! Cool to see my alma mater involved in such research.

I do VSL #3 and Culturelle. VSL #3 is developed with UC and IBS in mind, so perhaps why it works better amongst those on this board.
23 y/o graduate student

Misdiagnosed with Crohn's June 2007, Diagnosed with left-sided UC and IBS August 2010
Pancolitis as of December 2011

Currently: Apriso (3g), Canasa, VSL #3, Culturelle, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, B12 injections monthly
Previously: Prednisone (most recently Summer 2011), Cortenemas, Proctofoam, Lialda, Imuran (Allergic), Asacol, Remicade, Humira, Celexa

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   Posted 12/10/2011 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Reading here over the years, it seems that different ones help different folks. VSL has done wonders for me. My second choice is UFCC. PB8 did nothing for me. My son takes Align and does well.
Age 55. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Asacol - 16 pills/day,
Metamucil - 2 doses/day
VSL#3DS 1/2 x daily, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
Son, 18, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission

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   Posted 12/12/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Good comparison, yet where does the rating come from? Which factors are taken into account? Just having more or less doesn’t make them good or bad, but what is the survived bacterial count that is more important. Do the admins have any data on that?

Who has funded this comparison?
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 100mg + 50mg, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 1200mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily, Butterbur 150mg daily.

Verapamil 240mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least twice a month,
Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution (but leads to bleeding). Looking for alternatives.

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   Posted 12/12/2011 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
So does anyone take this Benebiotics that scored the highest? It doesn't look outrageously expensive like some...
~ Ulcerative Colitis diagnosed November 2010 : better but not *better*

Current meds: Apriso x 4, Librax x 3-4, Endocort x 3, Pamelor x 75mg
(nightly Rowasa enemas Fiber capsules x 3 daily) <-- flaking on these. Enemas don't seem to help and make the next day weird.

Not UC related: Lamotrigne x 100mg, pantoprazole x 40mg, Quasense (birth control - 4 periods a year!)

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   Posted 12/12/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
well Ive ordered some, as Im in need of a more... will let you know.
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