Helicobacter pylori and Probiotics
Just in case you think the dangers of antibiotic overuse is limited to IBD risk (as if that wasn’t bad enough all on it’s own…) this article finds that addition of probiotics to treatment of H. pylori greatly increases its effectiveness and reduces side effects. Sounds great, right?
Here’s the real question–is the H. pylori present in the FIRST place because of destruction of the normal, protective flora years earlier by antibiotics? The answer is likely yes, and geezzz…what a boon for the drug companies, huh? One treatment increases the need for another, more expensive treatment later down the road!! What a gig!