Research: Probiotic to treat inflammatory disease?

Research from the University of Bristol:

Scientists have been unclear for some time about how most probiotics work. A new study has found a scientific ‘design’ for a probiotic that could be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease.

I suspect most SCDers will take issue with some of the facts presented in this report, but one statement in particular surprised me:

Although probiotics have been shown to successfully maintain remission in IBD…

I didn’t know that medical science had proven that. Does your doctor know about this?

Another interesting point of the paper is that is agrees with Elaine’s views about iron and the gut. See this page for more.

The press release doesn’t name the probiotic is question,  but it does say that the researchers have patented it. I don’t understand the law of patenting a living organism, particularly a preexisting one, but perhaps this sort of study will help “legitimize” SCD concepts and help bring it to a wider audience.

University of Bristol press release here.

Research article here.

Additionally, a search for  “streptococcus thermophilus” on returns several hits:

2 Responses to “Research: Probiotic to treat inflammatory disease?”

  1. 1 Sherry October 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Although my GI doctor is pretty dismissive of SCD she did acknowledge that probiotics have shown benefits to people with IBD. She said they would never use them as a treatment but if they help they can be a supplement.

  2. 2 Tristan October 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’m glad this has been picked up on – I’m part of the team that did the work. When we looked at the published medical evidence, some probiotics do help maintain remission. I do believe that excess iron can be harmful, and I’m suggesting this may be why. We’ve published this to see what people say, and to make people think. The probiotic isn’t licenced for human use yet, and we’ve patented it so that we can do that. If this can be a treatment, we want to make it available.

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