Probiotics

A Gut Feeling About Probiotics

It’s been known that one’s gastrointestinal tract functions in essence as one’s “second brain”, lined with hundreds of millions of neurons. The gut manufactures more dopamine & serotonin, important neurotransmitters that powerfully influence mood and motivation, than does the “head” brain.

The accepted view has been that due to the blood-brain barrier, hormones produced in one’s g-i tract can’t travel to the brain.

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Should You Take a Probiotic?

Maddie Oatman says, a few years ago, after a gnarly bout of giardia earned from a few months studying in India, and the ensuing rounds of antibiotics prescribed to kill the bugs, I began to take a probiotic supplement to recoup. I was hoping for something to help me digest, and for some new microorganisms to repopulate my intestine and fend off bad bacteria.

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Microwarriors - The Battle Within Promotes use of Probiotics

 Los Angeles-based Health Points Productions believes that people need to know more about probiotics, so the company has developed a game promoting education about the science of it all and the use of it in a game called "Microwarriors: The Battle Within."Releasing this spring, Microwarriors: The Battle Within is described by Health Points Productions as "the first video game dedicated to educating, entertaining, and exciting play

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Blood Cancers Helped By Probiotics

New research suggests that probiotic microorganisms, such as those more commonly used in yoghurt, could help bone marrow transplant for patients with blood cancers.

Some patients with lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia are treated with an "allogeneic" bone marrow transplant where the donor is a blood relative or is unrelated but has the same tissue type.

One problem that can arise is "graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)". Here donated cells can generate an immune attack against cancer cells in the patient, but can also attack normal healthy cells & tissues.

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Probiotics

Lori Corbin of KABC LOS ANGELES talks about Probiotics.
She explains that Probiotics known as "friendly bacteria," are popping up in everything from pizza crust to candy. She is concerned as to whether the probiotics give any real health benefits, or are they simply marketing 
hype? 

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