Probiotics: Mercola Complete Probiotics

A healthy individual response to probiotics is different than a person with CFS etc. What helps one may hurt the other. Dr. Mercola is well respected but does not focus on CFS, Crohn’s Disease or other autoimmune diseases.

This probiotic blend only specifies one specific strain, the rest are described at the family level (which means that we do not know exactly what their effects could be).

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1

There were just 9 PubMed articles on this strain

Bottom Line

Do not take this probiotic because it will likely increase any symptoms associated with the increased TNF-alpha and interleukin-1 that is typical with CFS  patients.

Crohn’s Disease

This applies to likely all autoimmune conditions, for example:

  • “These consistently raised TNF-alpha, IL-1 beta and IL-6 secretions by normal appearing mucosa from patients with Crohn‘s disease provide evidence for a sustained immune stimulation in Crohn‘s disease even in the absence of patent inflammation.” [1996]