Posted 11 July 2009 - 04:25 AM
HiI can assure you that probiotics, regardless of teh strain or quantity, do NOT just stop working. (but They may not work in teh first place if they are not what you need). Bacteria of all kinds are a vital part of our gut and to a certain extent the entire GI. Align does have a good track record that has some data behind it, and alot of people on these boards have had some sucess with it, but it is also worth remembering that teh bacteria in align and VSL3 etc is just normal bacteria available in other makes. what may make it different is the way that it is made and teh active numbers that are consumed (this is just an observation and not a clinical oppinion). However, once your body has enough of the strains of probiotic that it needs, it wont actually utilise them anymore untill it needs them again. taking them everyday wont do you any harm at all, but every few months, it is worth stopping them for a few days or a week to see if your original condition comes back to any extent. if it dosent, it is up to you if you continue to take teh probiotics ortake a small maintenance dose daily or wait untill your original symptoms start to re appear, if they re appear. but as i said, taking any probiotic daily for years wont harm you at all, and if your body at some point has enough of them, they will just pass through you harmlessly. Because all bacteria is in a transient state through the GI, at some point after stopping them, if you choose to at any point, you will need to put some more back in just to keep things on an even keel. if you stop taking them, every two or three months is a good time period to bung some more in for 4 weeks. also, if you have a bout of D or a bug of any kind when you have stopped taking them, start taking them again for 4 weeks. Sadly there are still doctors out there that think things like probiotics and suppliments are as good as witchcraft and should be dissmissed as mere folly. i think that these doctors are the ones that dont read teh lancet or other medical papers and have their mindset stuck in teh 80`s when bacteria where still largely thought of as bad. but more research is being done slowly and alot of it cannot be ignored. Sure, teh ploacebo effect can occour with probiotics, but the physical differences that occour if probiotic therapy is working for you cannot be imagined. It is true that probiotics do not help everyone, but they do have something to offer most people, even normal healthy ones!Your doctor i think is a sandwich short of a picnic. The only time that probiotics should be not considered as a therapy or part of a therapy for anyone, is when they are seriously ill or have a pancreatic illness that is very serious in nature or is suffering from an illness that affects teh immune system in a big way. in these situations probiotics can be very dangerous. A doctor should encorage you to try everything that is safe as well as the stuff that they have reccomended. Im so happy that you have found something that is working for you. may it last long.cheersIan
Emetophobic since 1987, IBS A (More C) since 1990, Chronic GERD + Chronic Gastritis since 1987. When people say it cant get any worse, i say at least you are still breathing! Keep the faith. Currently in remission thanks to specific strain probiotics and 12 years of probiotic reaserch.