Probiotics - A Serious Truth Of Dare Question
Based upon the threads I'm reading here, and elsewhere, I have serious doubts about my ability to change my gut flora, using a probiotic, long term, after a few expensive doses. It seems that diet alone will result in the gut bacteria I'm destined to have, regardless of my attempts to change it.
The wisdom of using a probiotic to heal the gut, also seems vaguely argued here. Dave also fails to make a solid case, other than diet as the driving factor. I see no solid evidence that a probiotic works long term, and those who suffer from irritable bowel disease and other gut issues like Crohn's disease, seem to agree.
On the other hand, using a strong antibiotic, as I am now doing, is not natural either. I'm currently into a 10 Day course of antibiotics of the superhero type(try Clarithromycin,) and as soon as I'm done, my doc. plans to put me on an oral antifungal to help me rebuild my gut flora, and kill the yeast, which will be a new experience for me. What I rebuild that flora with, I do hope to improve, but will that really work, is my primary question(Truth?)
Despite my skepticism, I figure the time to try a good probiotic, might be a week or so after I've finished the Clarithromycin.
BTW, the purpose of taking my taking the antibiotic wasn't for an infection, or to kill off my gut flora, but to see if it would kick my azz into a much needed, higher gear. The chance to change my gut flora, will be incidental.
For those unfamiliar with the latest thinking, here's a clinical trial for the life hacker's to ponder
I'll get into the results of this test on me, elsewhere on the forum, but for now, know that I started on a paleo-like diet about five weeks ago with good results.
After reading serveral threads here on the subject of probiotics, the problem I see is that there isn't a lot of verifiable proof that probiotics help anyone, but there seems to be a whole lot of possible danger(dare,) if you infect your gut with the wrong bacterium.
So given the possible danger, what I want to know is, are there any solid truths that we can hang our hat on here?
I'll start with a couple of truths, and please add yours to the thread, below. Remember, only solid truths, which you believe, and why, or dares if you want to warn us:
1) Antibiotics wipe out a host of bacteria in our gut, both good and bad.
2) Antibiotics give yeast a better chance to fluorish in our gut.