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Are probiotics a scam treatment?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

They are definitely good medicine in some conditions.
Probiotic meds are even used in the hospital for some causes of diarrhea.

In brief: No

They are definitely good medicine in some conditions.
Probiotic meds are even used in the hospital for some causes of diarrhea.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: No.... and yes.

There are studies showing the benefits of probiotics for certain narrow conditions and other studies show no benefit.
So there are some good uses. Problem is advertisers make billions off promises that probiotics will cure everything. Not true

In brief: No.... and yes.

There are studies showing the benefits of probiotics for certain narrow conditions and other studies show no benefit.
So there are some good uses. Problem is advertisers make billions off promises that probiotics will cure everything. Not true
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Great succinct answer!
Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Probiotics--worth $

"pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few.
Most are available over-the-counter, and may provide (in some patients): less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections (like C.diff), improve digestion, decrease inflammation. Check prices & desired benefits of each.

In brief: Probiotics--worth $

"pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few.
Most are available over-the-counter, and may provide (in some patients): less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections (like C.diff), improve digestion, decrease inflammation. Check prices & desired benefits of each.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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