A new review article focuses on the use of probiotics in childhood gastrointestinal disorders, emphasizing the importance of balancing the diverse range of microbes in the gastrointestinal tract for effective prevention and treatment of conditions such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory disorders. Covering over 120 references in the medical literature, the article explains how these "good" bacteria can displace potential pathogens in the intestine such as Helicobacter pylori, the trigger for ulcers and gastritis. These positive microbes can also secrete natural substances that deter the growth of negative bacteria, lower the pH in the colon, take away nutrients from pathogens, and stimulate immune antibodies against viruses.
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (1998;27:323-332)
COMMENT: I put EVERY new patient on good bacteria unless they are already taking it. I believe it is one of the essentials of staying healthy. It is not necessary to take all the time, but most of us benefit from taking a course at least once a year. If one develops diarrhea, it is most frequently due to an infection acquired in their diet. Large doses of acidophilus, approximately two to fifteen billion organisms EVERY hour, until one is better is frequently miraculous at producing recovery.