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Are probiotics a scam treatment?

Are probiotics a scam treatment?

No: They are definitely good medicine in some conditions. Probiotic meds are even used in the hospital for some causes of diarrhea. ...Read more

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Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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What probiotic supplements are good for immune support?

What probiotic supplements are good for immune support?

Probably many!: Better to take capsules with high count bacteria (10 billion of more), and ones with more strains of good bacteria (B10- or more). More convenient and better than drinks. Save your money! ...Read more

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Are juice cleanses good for you or are the quackery?

Are juice cleanses good for you or are the quackery?

Depends: I advocate for juicing to help patients with energy and getting their 7-9 servings of fruits/veggies. I don't think you necessarily have to go on a juice cleanse unless an integrative physician recommends it. I think its better to eat natural, try elimination of foods that don't agree with you and a green drink or two daily to replenish (kale, spinach, cucumbers, apple, banana, ginger/lemon). ...Read more

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Is there a probiotic for chronic diarrhea/IBS-D? if so would Phillips colon health or florastor be good brands to buy?

Is there a probiotic for chronic diarrhea/IBS-D? if so would Phillips colon health or florastor be good brands to buy?

In general one: Pro-biotic is no better than the other although I prefer low fat ACTIVA myself! The chronic diarrhea of IBS-D however needs MORE for treatment than the pro-biotic alone!@ Consult with a Board Certified Gastroenterologist! Hope this helps! DrZ ...Read more

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What are considered the most effective anti biotics to take care of a sinus infection?

Amoxicillin: As long as you are not allergic to the penicillin class, the best initial antibiotic for a bacterial rhinosinusitis is amoxicillin. ...Read more

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What is a good herbal treatment for leaky gut?

What is a good herbal treatment for leaky gut?

Leaky gut: I have never heard of leaky gut syndrome, but I am sure a herbalist will have a treatment. ...Read more

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What is the most effective, preferrably natural, way to abolish candida? I have tried all the creams, fluconazol, nystatin, probiotics & coconut oil.

What is the most effective, preferrably natural, way to abolish candida? I have tried all the creams, fluconazol,  nystatin, probiotics & coconut oil.

No single best way: Different strains of candida are sensitive/resistant to diff. Treatments so there is no single best way. It is ideal to do a culture with a lab like genova or doctor's data that will do sensitivity testing to see what works best, but it doesn't always grow on culture. No treatment will work without a very low starch diet for several months. I advise consulting a holistic md with expertise in this. ...Read more

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Nature made multi vitamin probiotic is it good for you? And what benefits does it have versus taking a regular non probiotic vitamin?

Nature made multi vitamin probiotic is it good for you? And what benefits does it have versus taking a regular non probiotic vitamin?

WhoKnows;$$forSeller: The success of select single molecules from nature in helping ? certain human symptoms, rarely chronic disease has lead to wide spread beliefs that there is a nearly magical supplement for many/most human issues; mostly marketing with little relation to reality. The best source of most vitamins ; microorganisms is eating real food, hflc, not processed lchf junk sold as food. Study dietdoctor.Com. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for a yeast infection that are guaranteed to work?

No guarantee: Natural approaches to yeast infections: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying soap on genitalia. 6. Rinse genitalia very well after soaping up. >>. ...Read more

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What is a natural or home remedy not involving anti-biotics for utis?

What is a natural or home remedy not involving anti-biotics for utis?

Drink fluids: To help flush the bladder. Sometimes the symptoms will go away. If they don't improve on a day or two, go see your health care provider. ...Read more

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What are investigations to find small bowel bacterial overgrowth and available treatment methods?

What are investigations to find small bowel bacterial overgrowth and available treatment methods?

Get GI doc to help: Stool cultures and stool analysis, along with EGD endoscopy can pinpoint problems in the small bowel to find out if overgrowth is an issue, along with a detailed history of you eating and drooling, GI -related signs and symptoms. If you don't feel you are getting good advice from your GI, maybe you should seek s consultation on HealthTap ! ...Read more

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Is probiotic powder effective?Is buttermilk or curd a probiotic?Any natural probiotics?Doc has asked me to take probiotics but need a reliable brand

Is probiotic powder effective?Is buttermilk or curd a probiotic?Any natural probiotics?Doc has asked me to take probiotics but need a reliable brand

Perhaps, marketing: yet few clinical trials, little reliable data. Like many OTC products, labels does not even match the contents. While some data about probiotic benefits with clostridium difficile & ulcerative colitis exists, few reliable brands. Thus natural fermented products likely a better option for now. Study the: "Human Microbiome Project" for insights; >another decade to sort out some of the complexity. ...Read more

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What other than probiotics is a good natural product to take to get rid of digestive issues?

What other than probiotics is a good natural product to take to get rid of digestive issues?

Yogurt: Garlic/ ginger/ turmeric/ lemon/ cumin/ mint/bitter squas. Maintaining good food habit....Time and balanced food. Eating breakfast daily. .......Will help. ...Read more

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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

Doubtful: Group b strep infection in newborn, typically acquired from colonized birth canal, can be serious. Pregnant mother should receive penicillin. Don't fool around. Garlic used to be hung around the neck to ward off bad germs & spirit in the medieval era. ...Read more

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Is there a pill by vega for probiotics?

Not a pill: Vega looks like a company that makes propietary blended shakes and other products. The probiotics are included in the shake. How effective they are, i don't know. ...Read more

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Have you heard of an effective treatment for non bacterial prostatitis?

Have you heard of an effective treatment for non bacterial prostatitis?

Alpha-adrenergics: Medications called alpha-adrenergic blockers help relax the muscles of the prostate gland. They include: •alfuzosin (uroxatral) •doxazosin (cardura) •silodosin (rapaflo) •tamsulosin (flomax) •terazosin (hytrin) it usually takes about 6 weeks before these medicines start working. Many people do not get relief from these medicines. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's worth buying probiotic suppliments for IBS treatment ?

Can you explain if it's worth buying probiotic suppliments for IBS treatment ?

Probiotics have: Been shown to help many patients with ibs but all probiotics are not the same nor helpful. I use florastor or align and tell patients to avoid the others in healthfood stores that have not been tested or proven as the 2 above have. ...Read more

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Good day . Are there any cure or treatment for a aparastaltic colon? Thanx Diedre

Good day . Are there any cure or treatment for a aparastaltic colon? Thanx Diedre

Aperstaltic bowel: This is an area of bowel that is not moving. Common problems associated with this are diabetes or medications, calcium channel blockers for example are common to cause this. Electrolyte problems or magnesium and calcium are possible. Hypothyroidism another. I hope that is a good start to think about. ...Read more

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Are juice cleanses good for you or are they just quackery?

Are juice cleanses good for you or are they just quackery?

Overrated, dangers: Our body does a perfectly good job of getting rid of toxins on its own. There’s no evidence that these types of diets are needed. There are possible risks from lengthy or repeated fasts: vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood-sugar problems. The report, fruit juice drinks tied to diabetes: american diabetes assn. Ties fruit juices to diabetes was published in nutrition news 7-24-08 #105. ...Read more