The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Current status of probiotics to treat gastrointestinal infections

    There have been lots of posts here on probiotics and their effects in a wide range of infections of the GI tract. Probiotics are an appealing concept given their favorable safety profiles.

    Now, a summary of clinical trials has been published.

    Here are the findings.

    • Some placebo-controlled trials show that lactobacilli suppress infections caused by Helicobacter pylori, but others fail to confirm this.
    • Controlled trials support the use of Lactobacillus GG and Saccharomyces boulardii to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and the effectiveness of S boulardii used as add-on therapy for recurrent infections.
    • Several placebo-controlled trials show that Lactobacillus GG reduces the severity and duration of acute diarrhea in children.
    • Studies of probiotics to prevent traveler’s diarrhea report conflicting results, and their routine use cannot be recommended in this setting.
    • Conclusive evidence that probiotics prevent secondary pancreatic infections is not available at this time.

    Another review that discusses the various bacteria and yeasts used as probiotics is available at

    10/7/06 20:19 JR

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