A completely different probiotic blend — and I mean different!

A reader of this blog shipped me a link to a very interesting probiotic. Finding ‘unusual’ probiotics is a good quest because at many conferences, CFS MD’s have stated that they have seen no evidence of (typical) probiotics helping the patient. My own impression is that  since most contain L.Acidophilus (which inhibits E.Coli), I am almost surprised that they did not say, “makes CFS a little worst”.

This probiotic is described at this UK site as well as at Amazon.com (but not Amazon.co.uk). It contains none of the usual bacterias!

  • Anthrobacter agilis,
  • Anthrobacter citreus,
  • Anthrobacter globiformis,
  • Anthrobacter luteus,
  • Anthrobacter simplex,
  • Acinetobacter calcoaceticus,
  • Azotobacter chroococcum,
  • Azotobacter paspali,
  • Azospirillum brasiliense,
  • Azospirillum lipoferum,
  • Bacillus brevis,
  • Bacillus marcerans,
  • Bacillus pumilis,
  • Bacillus polymyxa,
  • Bacillus subtilis,
  • Bacteroides lipolyticum,
  • Bacteriodes succinogenes,
  • Brevibacterium lipolyticum,
  • Brevibacterium stationis,
  • Kurtha zopfil,
  • Myrothecium verrucaria,
  • Pseudomonas calcis,
  • Pseudomonas dentrificans,
  • Pseudomonas flourescens,
  • Pseudomonas glathei,
  • Phanerochaete chrysosporium,
  • Streptomyces fradiae,
  • Streptomyces celluslosae,
  • Streptomyces griseoflavus

In terms of PubMed Studies, there are two, both done by Battelle Seattle Research Center, Washington, USA.

Both studies dealt with Irritable Bowel Syndrome which is often co-morbid with CFS. From these studies:

  •  At >or=52-week follow-up, the rate of remissions was 81.5% to 100% (P < 0.003).
  • This study identified 3 subsyndromic factors of IBS: general ill feelings/nausea, indigestion/flatulence, and colitis. In this methodologically oriented double-blind study in patients with IBS, combined probiotic-prebiotic treatment with Prescript-Assist was associated with significant reductions in these factors.

There have been no studies with CFS or FM. Studies with Lactic acid bacteria and IBS found “The probiotic combination was not significantly superior to the placebo in relieving symptoms of IBS.”.

Bottom line: A definite thumbs up on trying this for at least 4 weeks.