A 38-year-old female asked:
how do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Donald Colantino answered
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Research ongoing: Some experts feel that good bacteria block some of the harmful reactions in ulcerative colitis. I feel that taking probiotics may help and certainly shouldn't do any harm in ulcerative colitis.
Answered on Feb 4, 2014
Dr. John Leander Po answered
17 years experience Infectious Disease
The Microbiome... : Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome). By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless.
Answered on Mar 17, 2014
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