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."
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