Survey Results on Probiotics

Via facebook, I shared a link to a survey on the 10 best candidate probiotics for ME/CFS/IBS. I expect the response to vary from person to person. An example is below in an email thread from a reader. There is no magic formula, just experiments with better than average odds that are worth trying:

Reader:

” I’ve had a terrible couple of weeks herxing on Miyarisan and Symbioflor 2, plus everyone has had a terrible head cold…
I think I might have a coagulation issue after taking too much Symbioflor 2, I have a puffy face in the morning, mental fog, very thirsty, bruising easily, very tired and I feel cold in my hands and feet – does that sound like it might be? I’ve stopped all probiotics but wasn’t sure what I should do next. Fibrinolytics? Antibiotic herbs? I am too foggy to read about it. 
The worst part is, when I came off Miyarisan I was feeling on top of the world and now I’m back in the dumps again!! “

Ken:

  • Switch back to miyarisan ASAP. You are the third person to indicate feeling bad from Symbioflor-2.

Reader:

  • “Within 24 hours back on Miyarisan, my swelling went down, energy returned and the fog lifted. Thanks for the tip. I feel great again. I can get used to this! :)”

Note on the why of the above suggestion, Miyarisan suppresses E.Coli, hence should not be taken together. If a E.Coli probiotic takes up residence and producing too much herx — then Miyarisan (or general Lactobacillus probiotics) will suppress the E.Coli/

Survey Results

Also see Herb Results

The number of responses is low to use reliably. I am posting them to encourage others to do the survey. The best odds from this data is (in descending order – NO REPORTED NEGATIVE IMPACTS)

  • GB Equilibrium (No negative effect, 100% saw improvement),
  • L. Plantarum 229V (50% improved)
  • L.Reuteri (50% improved),
  • Align (46% improved),
  • Culturelle (40% improved)

Some negative risk but good improvement profile

  • Miyarisan (36% odds of having issues, if no issue – 55% chance of improving!)
  • Mutaflor (22% odds of having issues, if no issue – 67% chance of improving!)
  • Symbioflor-2 (27% odds of having issues, if no issue – 55% chance of improving!)

Go to survey and then be shown the results.

As of Nov 23,2016

Severe Herx Significant Worst Worst No Change Better Significant Better Have Not Tried Total Odd of Better Odds of Worst
Prescript Assist 2 0 1 9 5 1 7 25 35% 29%
Mutaflor 1 0 1 2 5 2 13 24 67% 22%
Symbioflor-2 0 1 2 3 4 2 14 26 55% 27%
GB Equilibrium 0 0 0 0 3 1 22 26 100% 0%
Miyarisan 1 2 1 3 2 5 13 27 55% 36%
L. Reuteri 0 2 0 5 4 2 13 26 50% 12%
Culturelle 1 1 0 9 3 3 7 24 40% 13%
Align 0 0 0 10 3 3 9 25 52% 0%
L Plantarum 299V 0 0 1 3 3 0 18 25 42% 14%
Yakult 0 1 0 4 2 1 16 26 43% 14%