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Probiotics May Protect Against Drug-Resistant Superbug, Study Finds

Hospitals have struggled in recent years with the rise of C. difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD). The strain most commonly affects older adults using antibiotics in hospitals and long-term care facilities. But rates have risen among younger individuals and other populations not typically considered high-risk, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Each year, more than a half-million people get sick from C. difficile, and in recent years, C. difficileinfections have become more frequent, severe and difficult to treat,” the Mayo Clinic reports.



Swedish Medical Center in Seattle is reviewing its probiotics policies in response to recent research, including Bastyr’s, says Dan Labriola, ND, medical director for naturopathic services at Swedish.

Per Vandvik, MD, a gastroenterologist in Norway, said the study helped convince him to prescribe probiotics along with antibiotics to reduce cases of CDAD. He hopes more care providers will recommend probiotics when they prescribe antibiotics.

“Most patients would want to take this treatment if they were well-informed about the benefits and absence of detectable harms,” says Dr. Vandvik, a co-author of the study.

For many, it’s old news that probiotics help restore the balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract. Sales of probiotic supplements and foods (such as yogurt, sauerkraut and other fermented foods) have risen sharply in recent years. (Read more on the benefits of probiotic foods.) They provide a balance to antibiotics, which fight disease but disrupt the intestinal balance.

“Using probiotics when taking antibiotics is sort of a quintessential naturopathic treatment,” Dr. Goldenberg says. “You use conventional medicine when needed, but you add a naturopathic element to make it safer.”


The Cochrane study analyzed data from 23 clinical trials with 4,213 total participants. It found that 2 percent of participants in the probiotic group experienced CDAD, compared to 5.5 percent in the placebo or no treatment control group.

As a meta-analysis, or study of other studies, the paper uses the Cochrane Collaboration’s widely praised approach of searching for every possible examination of the topic. The work took three years, but Dr. Goldenberg believes the process is necessary to root out biases that can distort any single trial.

“We used to think the gold standard of research was the large randomized controlled trial,” he says. “But researchers are finding that 50 percent of all studies, and even 25 percent of great studies, turn out to be wrong. They’re affected by all sorts of biases. You can’t see that unless you zoom out farther and combine a lot of randomized control trials together. Combining 10 or 20 clinical trials in a meta-analysis is really the platinum standard.”



One common distortion is publication bias — the tendency that trials with positive results are more likely to be accepted by major journals. Cochrane reviews attempt to neutralize this problem by finding so-called gray literature — studies that have not been published in journals but appear at conferences, in dissertations or elsewhere. Seven of the trials Dr. Goldenberg’s team investigated came from gray literature.

“Done properly, systematic reviews weed out those biases,” says Jane Saxton, MLIS, Bastyr’s director of library services and a co-author on the study.


Surprisingly, the study found that C. difficile was still present in many patients, but diarrhea and other harmful effects were not. From the perspective of patient well-being, that’s a positive result, Dr. Vandvik says. Dr. Goldenberg adds that there are rare cases in which probiotics have dangerous effects, such as in very young infants or patients with severe pancreatic illnesses. The study concluded probiotics are safe for “immunocompetent patients.”

Dr. Goldenberg has collaborated on a previous Cochrane review and recently published a study of naturopathic attitudes toward evidence-based medicine. This summer he joined Northshore Family Practice in Kenmore, Washington, to focus on clinical practice.

The Cochrane study did not distinguish among types of probiotics — a task for further research. It was also restricted to probiotic supplements, not foods containing live cultures.

As a researcher, Dr. Goldenberg understands the precise focus on supplements. As a naturopathic doctor who ferments his own sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha, he finds it odd to focus on pills.

“Our results are restricted to patients who are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors to take probiotic pills at the same time,” he says. “As a naturopathic doctor, it seems ridiculous to take pills when I can ferment kefir in my own kitchen. We evolved eating fermented foods that contain probiotics. We have this incredibly complex, beautiful flora of different organisms in our gut.

“So while I recommend probiotic pills for patients taking antibiotics, for general health I tell patients to eat the foods we evolved to consume — whole foods, some of them fermented.”



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What’s Behind Natural Organic Clean – Probiotics For A New World

This is an awareness blog to consider the future of your world. This is the place to learn about different kinds of natural and organic safe and clean new ways of life. Humans over thousands of years learned who is really in control of planet earth. Mother Nature is. Good old Mother Nature. But you can play your part in how she will determine your health. Down to the microscopic level. Mother nature is in every nook and cranny, every particle of dust and each and every bacteria in each and every speck of well everything. What is the one thing that every living thing needs. Aside from light, food and water? Natural balance. Balance in bacteria.

Natures clean is the name of the blog and here we are going to learn how even bacteria when balanced with natural cleaners can change your life for the better. its time to escape dangerous chemicals and improve your life.

My journey started with learning about natural organic probiotics on the farm. I am by job description a poultry farmer among many hats I have worn in my work life of nearly 40 years. But I have come a long way since the chicken coop in my learning on how probiotics effect not only agricultural animals health, but organic probiotics can change your ordinary life into a much healthier one. In raising poultry, over the years I found that you can’t just “clean” a coop, the coop has to be balanced with the proper bacteria for a healthy chicken. (See our website Blue Star Ranch ) Further, I even started another website just because I was so impressed with the way probiotics has improved my farm life.

Consider even a lowly fish tank. Even a guppy or goldfish has to have proper bacteria in order to live in the fish tank or bowl. Good balanced bacteria in the water  is needed to maintain the PH levels and bacteria for a healthy life. So does every living thing need the same on our planet. We need a healthy balance of the right kinds of bacteria’s are “probiotics” which means “for health” Antibiotics mean “against health.”

As I said, I am a poultry farmer always trying to balance the proper mulch, and bedding with harsh chemicals, bleach and other cleansers to keep the coop clean and fresh for the customers. Add to that fact, that the weather always changed and upset the cleaning schedules. There HAD to be a better way to keep the chickens healthy. There is. I found a company in Europe Chrisal that has developed the proper bacteria’s and cleaners for agricultural (and human) use.

For thousands of years we humans have been trying to improve ways to clean ourselves and where we live and work – as the best way to protect against filth, odors, illness, infections, molds and many other problems. But, even with all of today’s technology, we still find ourselves endlessly battling between trying to protect ourselves and using dangerous chemicals and products that harm us, our children, animals and the environment.

So this blog will be a place where we can all learn about probiotics and how it changes our world. Probiotics started in my chicken poultry farms, but it won’t stop here for me. More articles to come on probiotics and how it can change your world too.