Should CFS Patients use Lactobacillus Acidophilus? -Probably not

The studies behind this opinion may flies in the face of many physicians opinions (ND and MD) . The reason is the nature of the gut bacteria found in their guts. For many other conditions, Lactobacillus Acidophilus has proven health benefits. This is not the case with CFS.  I have read conference reports where CFS specialist have politely stated that they “have not seen any benefit from [normal] probiotics” — I would go further and suggest that it may be harmful to the CFS patient’s health.

The first study is Faecal Microbial Growth Inhibition in Chronic Fatigue/Pain Patients, presented at the AHMF conference in 1998 (The Manly Conference). The population of  E.Coli species was about 50% of normal in a sample of 27 patients. Richard Schloeffel reported finding extremely low E.Coli population in Two Case Studies of Successful Treatment of CFS/M.E. at the 2001 conference. Both Dr. Sarah Myhill (Wales, UK) and Dr. Kenny DeMeileir (Belgium) prescribes E.Coli probiotics for their patients.

This suggests that you want to encourage (healthy) E.Coli growth and avoid things that kill E.Coli.

Unfortunately Lactobacillus Acidophilus kills E.Coli as the following studies state:

and many more…  Lactobacillus Acidophilus (and some other species) are not the way to restore a CFS patient’s gut — if anything, it will keep it with low E.Coli populations.