Probiotics as mainstream medical therapy?
An Allergy Research Foundation conference - Dick Mieli reports
Professor Jonathan Brostoff, founder of the Allergy Research Foundation and professor of allergy at King’s College London introduced the programme.
Glen Gibson, professor of food microbiology at the University of Reading presented the topic Probiotics, their application and future prospects.
Product integrity - do they contain what they say on the label? - Professor Jeremy Hamilton-Miller, professor of medical microbiology at University College Medical School.
Reports from different countries show that many probiotic products do not match their label claims. The consumer has a right to accurate information about the numbers of live bacteria, correctly identified as to strain and level, and to know that the component organisms may properly be called ‘probiotics’ ie show a beneficial effect in man.
Probiotics in childhood disorders - Professor Simon Murch, professor of paediatrics at Warwick Medical School.
The use of probiotics in infectious diarrhoea is associated with significant reduction of both output volume and symptom duration. In sporadic infectious diarrhoea, the use of lactobacilli as probiotics reduces the duration of the diarrhoea by approximately one day. There is some preliminary evidence that probiotics may potentially reduce the incidence of allergies or treat established disease by providing appropriate infectious exposures to the developing immune system to
Probiotics have been used for decades in various parts of the world and, on a purely empirical basis, by sufferers from a variety of gastrointestinal ailments, some of which would now be classified as irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics can modulate the flora and restore balance.
The innate immune system - Professor Gerhard Gerber,
How can probiotics work in inflammatory bowel disorder?
There is increasing evidence that the use of functional foods such as probiotics may reduce the severity of ulcerative colitis and be
beneficial as maintenance therapy for irritable bowel disorders.
The world suffers from an epidemic of acute and chronic illness. Much supports the association of chronic disease with modern lifestyles, stress, lack of exercise, transition from natural unprocessed food to processed, calorie- condensed and heat-treated food. People living a western lifestyle have lost a large portion of their intestinal flora and most likely also their bronchoalveolar flora. What we eat affects our immune system.
Gut microflora: metabolism and interactions with the host - Dr Kieran Tuohy from Reading.
The human gut microflora is a dynamic microbial community consisting of many hundreds of bacterial species. There is growing evidence that the modulation of the gut microflora through dietary means and direct microbe interactions may bring about an improvement in biomarkers of intestinal and systemic disease.
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