‘Be clear-eyed’ when discussing expectations of probiotics with GI patients

The lead article on the use of probiotics in gastroenterology highlights a conundrum that we have all been dealing with in the trenches for at least decade.The concept behind altering the microbiome of the gut to treat various diseases is simple and seductive. It seems so easy on paper, “Grow the good bacteria, crowd out the bad bacteria, and all will be well is appealing to patients, physicians and providers. This concept could treat so many diseases, both gastrointestinal and non-GI. Unfortunately, for many reasons, it’s not so simple. The science of the intestinal microbiome isRead More

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