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I happen to be a big fan of probiotics. There is a lot of controversy among the transplant population and rightfully so

I am glad there is.  You see many years ago I learned about a specific strain of Probiotics to avoid ) Streptococcus thermophiles) and thought it was only for the Cystic Fibrosis community.

Well while researching something today I came across this strain which confirmed the reasoning why this strain affects the CF population and I would definitely

agree that it would also be negative for the transplant population as well.

This is what I found from this website. See entire link below

"Other factors that stimulate a Th2 response include a strain of bacteria, Streptococcus thermophilus, which is widely used in the making of commercial yogurt.  Marin ML et al from Michigan State University found that streptococcus thermophilus significantly increased IL-6 production in macrophage lines. They also found that lactobacillus bulgaris and B. bifidum also increased IL-6, although less than S. thermophilus. (J Food Prot 1998 Jul;61(7):859-64). Most commercial yogurt have to add acidophilus and many also have S. thermophilus, which is not shown on the label.  Perhaps eating yogurt may not be a good idea after all even though research shows that acidophilus inhibits tumor growth in laboratory animals (Nutr Cancer 1997;28(2):130-4).  If the yogurt contains more thermophilus than acidophilus, Th2 cytokine response may dominate over the beneficial Th1 cytokines."

http://www.drkaslow.com/html/immune_restoration.html

If you insist on taking probiotics be sure that it does not contain Streptococcus thermophiles.  I believe they use this strain to treat CDIFF but in a

immunocompromised immune system not sure if this would be wise.

When practicing muscle testing also known as energy testing, whenever I pick up a bottle of probitiocs and I do not know the strains and I test the pills that come up

negative for me always contain Streptococcus thermophiles

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  • What kind of probiotics do you use?  Because I just checked mine and it does have streptococcus thermophiles.  I've been using it for about a year now but now I want to change.

    • I like Renew Life probiotics. Jarrow is also good

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