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The Importance of Probiotics

An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms inhabit every normal, healthy bowel, where they keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function. If these gut-dwelling bacteria become depleted (usually because of disease, stress, poor diet, or medications like antibiotics) health problems can result. According to Harvard Women's Health Watch, probiotic therapy has been best studied for the treatment of diarrhea. It may also help people with Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and other gastrointestinal problems.

Starting Probiotics

You should not start probiotics until about day five on the diet.

Dosage for the Probiotics

Elaine wote:"I would only go for 3 billion a day to start with - divide the doze: am. and pm." [This means 1.5 billion dose to be given twice a day].

Start slowly with the L. Acidophilus. You don't want more than 3 billion divided over a day when you first start. As your child gets used to this amount of probiotic, you may gradually increase it up to 9 billion cfu per day.

Some children who have not yet tried goat yogurt may need a higher dose, and could increase acidophilus to 10 billion three times daily. It must be be done slowly and carefully.

If you are still battling bacteria and yeast, try the probiotics found in the GI ProStart Yogurt Starter. The GI ProStart yogurt starter is dairy free and is composed of three vital strains of probiotics: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus and L. Casei. Increase the dose slowly and carefully. You may also continue using L. Acidophilus.

Link for the GI ProStart Yogurt Starter

When it comes to probiotics, as with other supplements, there is variation in the individual tolerances. One size does not fit all. Some find lower doses of probiotics better tolerated over the long-term, many individuals do well with the recommended dose, and some do better with higher doses.

Probiotic Storage

The L.Acidophilus should be stored in the refrigerator.

Initial Reactions

Some children exhibit increased hyperactivity or aggression when they start the probiotics. Other children get digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and light-brown-yeasty looking stools. You just have to keep experimenting with the amount, you might need to start out with a smaller dose if you get too many negative reactions.

SCD Goat Yogurt, The Better Choice

The SCD goat yogurt contains a much larger number of the beneficial lactic acid bacteria than the probiotic supplement. Another "plus" of the yogurt: the milk proteins encapsulate good bacteria. Then they can travel further in the GI tract where they do more healing. Although probiotics are very helpful, they don't do this. It is another reason why yogurt appears to promote increased healing.

Calcium in the dairy is an additional bonus. You further increase
benefits by adding probiotics to yogurt once your child becomes
accustomed to it and die off reaction has stopped. Consuming the
probiotic at the same time as the yogurt could help the probiotics
survive better during their travel inside the intestinal tract.

Read about the experience of list members with probiotics

When Probiotics Are Not Tolerated


Click here to learn how to get your very sensitive child to tolerate probiotics

Recommended SCD legal Probiotics:

Scdophilus by GIProhealth:
For acidophilus, Scdophilus is the first choice as the company that makes it understands and embraces SCD, and it is truly dairy-free.

Klaire Labs:

Custom Probiotics:
But the company will try to sell you other (illegal) strains if you order by phone. You can order on-line.

Saccharomyces Boulardii Saccharomyces Boulardii is a unique non´┐Żpathogenic yeast which exercises beneficial actions in the intestinal tract. GI ProHealth carries a SCD legal brand of Saccharomyces Boulardii.

Click here to read more

Sheila's Comments Regarding Bifidus and VSL#3

"The VSL#3 is illegal and I certainly don't recommend it.

I've consulted with a few people who have gone into massive flares after trying the VSL#3. Also I know lots who have had major problems with bifidum bacteria (especially when on SCD).

Perhaps it is because the SCD clears out the harmful microbes and bifidum takes over, overgrowing into huge numbers. The by-products of bifidum bacteria could be what sends people into flares - especially those who have sensitive guts or those at the beginning of the diet, these people unfortunately have "fertile ground" for bifidum bacteria to overgrow."

Scientific Proof for the Risks Associated with Bifidus

Probiotics, including bifidus can be very helpful for many people but are risky for people with IBD, IBS, or autism.

This is attributed to biofilms and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)

People with IBD, IBS, or autism have a high rate of biofilms.

SIBO is very common among individuals with digestive problems. About 40% of people with IBS have SIBO which is also associated with Crohns.

Relationship of Biofilms, Bifidus and "Good Bacteria"

Bacteria live together on the surface of the intestine in a BIOFILM. They help each other extract nourishment, mainly from the foods that we are not able to digest and absorb into the bloodstream. Inside the biofilm, "good bacteria" can mutate into pathogenic ones. (Elaine was very careful to limit the approved bacteria because she feared such mutations. Most people with IBD or ASD have biofilms in their bodies).

This is verified in Medscape.

"Biofilms increase the opportunity for gene transfer between bacteria and and among them. This is important because those bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics may transfer the genes for resistance to neighboring more susceptible bacteria. Gene transfer has the ability to convert a previous avirulent commensal organism into a highly virulent pathogen." [18]

[18]Lewis K. Riddle of biofilm resistance. Antimicrobial Agents Chemother 2001;45:999-1007.

The Risk of Bifidus and SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)

The medical school textbook, Biochemistry and Physiology of Bifidobacteria, written by Anatoly Bezkorovainy, professor at Rush Medical College comments on this as well.

This book explains that bifidus is helpful for humans except under certain conditions. One of these exceptions is SIBO.(small intestine bacterial overgrowth) Bifidus tends to overgrow and cause fat malabsorption for people with SIBO. Many people with digestive problems have SIBO in their bodies

To view the comments inside the book regarding the risk with bifidus:

Scroll down the page until you see "Metabolic Disorders Associated with Bacterial Overgrowth."

Link to view the comments about bifidus in the book

SCD works effectively on many bacteria in a beneficial manner when the approved probiotic is used.